2012 Fantasy Basketball Sleeper: Jrue Holiday

Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

The point guard position has become one of the deepest positions in the entire NBA. It is filled with stars from top to bottom and seems to be one of the most important positions to address from the general manager standpoint as well.

However, even with the influx of talent at the position, one of the true fantasy sleepers this year is Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday.

The former UCLA Bruins star has matured well over his first three years in the league and is looking to take a big step forward in 2012. Holiday averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game last season. He also only played 33 minutes a game, which made his numbers that much more impressive.

Holiday is also a very tenacious defender.  He averaged 1.6 steals a game in 2011, which ranked him 11th in the league last season. He has very quick hands and any player who can get multiple steals in a game can be a huge fantasy asset, not to mention if he scored over 18 points a game.

The point guard did shoot a rather mediocre 75.6% from the charity stripe and 39.0% from the perimeter, which should be much higher from a point guard in the NBA. However, his rather modest 2.1 turnovers a game was among the lowest at the position and is outstanding considering how much he had the ball in his hands last season.

Through six preseason games this year, he is posting a very impressive 13.3 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.8 rebounds in only 26 minutes a game. This is extremely promising for his 2012 fantasy potential because his numbers will only get better once the regular season tips-off and he begins playing the entire game.

Holiday will have a much bigger role in the 76ers’ backcourt with former All-Star Andre Iguodala now playing with the Denver Nuggets. Holiday will now be in complete control, which will only lead to an increase in his fantasy numbers across the board. He will easily post top-10 point guard stats and is a great value pick after the fourth round.

Holiday will easily post 18 points and 8 assists a game this season, so do not let this young point guard pass you by.

 


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