Fantasy Gods Mid-Season Player Awards
Fantasy Gods Surprise Player of the Year
KYLE LOWRY (Photo Above) makes this game look pretty easy. Wiping some sweat off on his jersey, he is playing at a level we haven’t seen from him, and most didn’t expect, a well deserved All-Star level this year. For fantasy purposes, he is now one of the Elite PG’s in the game. Despite his recent scoring slump, Lowry still ranks 14th in Scoring for PG eligible players, which puts him in the middle of the pack (15.6 PPG), but when you look deeper into his stats it starts to look really scary. He is the top rebounder at his position (5.3/Game) beating out guys like Dwyane Wade and Jason Kidd, he is 10th in the league in Assist (which makes him a barely a tier 2 passer). He is tied for 4th in the league for Steals with Iman Shumpert (2.0/Game), who trail only Chris Paul (2.3) Ricky Rubio (2.4) and Mike Conley (2.5) making him a top tier thief. When you swing over to the Scoring categories he is only shooting 41.7% from the field, where the slump dropped him a few points, however his 1.8 3ptm (6th in the league) puts him in the top tier of shooters and he hits at a respectable 37.5%. Top that with his aggressive driving ability to get to the free throw line (87.2 %) and you have a top 5 fantasy player that was drafted in the middle rounds.
Buried on the bench of the Grizzlies he had to work his way up the charts and into the rotation. It didn’t take much time for him as a rookie to earn a spot there, yet he struggled to climb the charts due to the development of young Mike Conley Jr. as the organization insisted on handing him the keys instead of locking both into a skill undeveloping time share. But the talent was there, and all he needed was the opportunity, which finally arrived in Houston last year when he was handed the keys, and Aaron Brooks was shipped to Phoenix. We saw the star potential towards the end of last season, and for those of you who drafted him this year with a keen eye, you know that this production is here to stay.
Fantasy Gods Breakout Player of the Year
RYAN ANDERSON -I have to admit, I didn’t see this one coming. But, Stan Van Gundy finally unleashed the beast in Ryan, and he is tearing fantasy teams apart with his combo of Points, 3’s, and Boards. He will finish this year atop 3 pointers made, and by a huge margin, along with 1st round value propelled by averages of 16.1 PTS, 44% FG, 2.9 3PTM, 43.4% 3PT, 83.7% FT, 7.3 REB, 0.9 AST, 0.9 STLS, 0.3 BLK, and a mere 0.7 TO! These numbers are set to increase even more when Dwight Howard gets shipped out of Orlando, especially his blocks total as he is a legitimate shot blocker when Dwight is not in the paint. Enjoy the ride if you were able to scoop him up in the late rounds, or off the waiver wire.
RICKY RUBIO – Also one guy I was skeptical about because of his struggles in the Spanish League, but his game was built for the NBA. His value is launched by his 2.3 STL per game (2nd only behind Mike Conley, and ahead of Chris Paul) along with his elite AST totals (8.4 per game, 5th in the league) He is also an above average rebounder for a guard too!
2nd Runner Up
PAUL GEORGE – Most draft boards pegged this guy as a late round sleeper, so for those of you who didn’t notice, the analyst were right on this one. His Scoring and Rebounding is unimpressive, but is developing at a rapid rate. What really carries his value into the 3rd round is his combo of 3’s/Steals/Blocks, which leads the league at a combined 4.1 (1.7 3’s, 1.5 STL, 0.7 BLK) That is a dangerous combination, and when he gets his scoring up into the 20’s, which will probably be in the next year or two, and his rebounding follows, we have a version of Kevin Durant Light in the making.
Fantasy All-Star Starting Lineup (1st and 2nd Place)
PG – Chris Paul, Russell Westrook
SG – Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant
SF – Kevin Durant, Lebron James
PF – Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge
C – Dwight Howard, Marc Gasol
Fantasy Gods Sleeper All Star Starting Lineup
PG – Ricky Rubio
SG –Paul George
SF – Nicolas Batum
PF – Ryan Anderson
C – Nikola Pekovic
Fantasy Gods 2nd Half Breakout Players
F- Nicolas Batum
F- Thaddeus Young
C- Nikola Pekovic
Stay tuned for more exciting information to help you win your Fantasy League! Player’s Ball Club Player Rankings coming up soon!