2012 Fantasy Basketball Sleeper: Greivis Vasquez

By Adam McGill
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE


In his first game of the 2012 NBA season, New Orleans Hornets point guard, Greivis Vasquez, quickly caught the attention of the fantasy basketball community.

Vasquez logged 37 minutes in the game, while racking up 8 points, 6 rebounds, and a mind-blowing 13 assists.  He looked very comfortable at the point and may have made a case to stay there while rookie guard Austin Rivers gets acclimated to the team’s offense.  Vasquez appears to have won the point guard battle moving forward and in fantasy it is never a bad idea to load up on place-setters.

The Hornets to do not have many natural scorers, but they have a very young nucleus comprised of Austin Rivers, Anthony Davis, Robin Lopez, and Al-Farouq Aminu.  Their entire starting lineup can get up the floor in a hurry, which will only increase Vasquez’s chances to get assists on the fast break.  This is the perfect cast of teammates for Vazquez and will no doubt help the former Maryland Terrapin post career numbers.

Vazquez is not exactly a dangerous scoring threat, but his ability to stack up assists will make him a steady contributor in daily leagues.  He has also shown that he can rebound by grabbing 10 total boards through his first two games.  Point guards are about more than getting assists, as Vasquez has shown that he can fill out a stat sheet along with racking up plenty of helpers.

Vasquez was practically undrafted in every fantasy format and to see him produce 23 dimes in his first two games this season is simply money.  He will be a great backup point guard in fantasy leagues this season and if he keeps it up, he could end up being a great keeper in dynasty leagues as well.


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