Top 15 Guards in Fantasy Basketball in 2012
The guard position has taken over the NBA, and the fantasy world as well. There are point guards who can sore like shooting guards and shooting guards that can now distribute the basketball like point guards, both which make the fantasy world that much more confusing in the backcourt.
The guard position has some very popular names, so naturally it garnishes a fair share of fantasy attention during drafts. Guys like Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Tony Parker and Deron Williams. These guys are the faces of thousands of fantasy basketball lineups across the nation.
However, there are several youngsters that are making a name for themselves through the first part of the 2012 season. Philadelphia 76ers franchise point guard, Jrue Holiday, has really matured as one of the best one-guards in the game. Also young guns like Milwaukee Bucks PG Brandon Jennings and Dallas Mavericks SG O. J. Mayo are having career seasons and really showing off their ability to score.
Additionally, Houston Rockets new addition James Harden is thriving in his new starting role. He is single-handedly winning games for the Rockets and for fantasy owners. You can certainly expect to see him on this list at some point.
The 2012 fantasy basketball season is a welcome chore, seeing as the 2011 season was an unorganized, injury-riddled mess. This season is once again seeing a dramatic increase in guard play, only making it more exciting for fantasy fans that love scoring and little to no defense.
Here are the current top 15 fantasy basketball guards in the 2012 season.
15. PG Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
Jennings has been a little streaky this year, but his 16.8 points and 6.1 assists per game is a very strong stat-line from the one-spot. However, he is also grabbing 2.4 steals a game, which is ranked third in the league. He fills out the entire stat sheet, which is never a bad thing from a fantasy point guard.
14. PG Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Curry is having a MVP season in California this year, but no one seems to be talking about it, since he doesn’t play for the LA Lakers or LA Clippers. The point guard is averaging 19.1 points, 6.6 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game. However, he is also grabbing 1.8 steals, knocking down 2.6 3-pointers a game, and also hitting 90% of his free throws. He is filling out a stat sheet like no one else at the position, which can never get old in fantasy.
13. PG Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
Parker is averaging his usual 18 points and his 7 assists per contest. However, everyone knows fantasy sports consistency wins championships, so do not underestimate Parker’s consistent value. Parker will continue to put up well over 15 points and 6 dimes a game with only head coach Greg Popovich, and his random benching standing in Parker’s way.
12. PG Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
The rookie started off his NBA, and fantasy career off with a bang. Lillard scored 23 points and had 11 assists in his first game of the year and easily was the best free agent addition this season. He is averaging 19.3 points, 6.3 assists, and 3.3 boards per contest, making the Weber State product the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year.
11. SG Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers
The 32-year-old guard is averaging well over 15 points a game off the bench and is easily the frontrunner for sixth man of the year. He is currently scoring 17.8 points a game, which is incredible considering that he is only playing 29 minutes a game and not in the starting lineup. Crawford is also hitting 2.1 3-pointers a game, while knocking down 94.7% of his free throws. He is certainly one of the best guards in the fantasy universe right now.
10. PG Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats
Walker is playing his heart out right now for Michael Jordan, and for fantasy owners. Walker is averaging 21 points a game over his last three games, while also dishing out eight assists and stealing 2.3 passes a game. He is doing it all right now for fantasy owners and has really matured in his sophomore season in the pros.
9. PG Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
D-Will has a lot of company in Brooklyn, including Jay-Z, so there will be games where Williams tends to disappear. Williams is only scoring 16.4 points a game, which is certainly down from his 17.5 career points and severely down from his 21 points over the last two years. Regardless, D-Will has averaged 21.6 points and 10.3 assists over his last three contests, so he could finally be finding his rhythm. Williams is still a top-10 guard in fantasy, but he has the talent to be top-5.
8. SG Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat
Wade is not having the year that most thought he was going to have. However, it is at least reassuring that he is healthy at this point in the year, as he has missed significant time in the last couple seasons. Wade is still filling a box score, by averaging 19.4 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.9 rebounds a game. He may not be putting up elite fantasy numbers on a nightly basis, but he is dangerous when he gets a hot hand. Wade is still a number one shooting guard option in fantasy, but he is just not number one overall shooting guard that he was originally was projected to be this season.
7. PG Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers
The point guard is taking double-digit shots on a nightly basis and still finding a way to dish out 9.3 assists per game. Holiday is the one bright spot in an otherwise mundane 76ers’ lineup and the fact that he is such a key part of his team’s offense, only gives him more fantasy value. “Jay Hay” is one of the premier young point guards in the game and is having a career fantasy season.
6. PG Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
CP3 is putting up amazing assists and steal totals, but his 16 points a game is rather timid compared to his 18.7 career points per game. The Clippers have started slow with an 8-6 record through their first 14 games this year, which is obviously the reason for the team’s meager fantasy production as well. Paul will continue to get better as the year progresses, so expect him to be posting 19 points and 10-plus dimes a game by the time the playoffs come rolling around. For now owners will just have to settle for his 16.1 points and 9.5 assists until he returns to his All-Star form.
5. SG O. J. Mayo, Dallas Mavericks
With the Dallas Mavericks missing star forward Dirk Nowitzki, the team thought they needed an identity. However, in the absence of the perennial All-Star, Mayo has carried the team on his back. The Miracle Whip man is posting just under 20 points (19.8) a game and the 25-year-old has become the fantasy steal of the year. He is hitting 2.7 3-pointers a game and his raw scoring ability is helping him put up huge fantasy numbers right now. Things may be different when Dirk returns, but for right now Mayo is on everything.
4. PG Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Westbrook is averaging a masterful 20.9 points and 8.7 assists per game in 2012. Westy is also a very underrated defender, his 2.1 steals per contest is a coveted statistic in fantasy. Westbrook can do it all for fantasy owners and if anything, will at least get more primetime games throughout the year simply because he plays with All-Star forward Kevin Durant.
3. PG Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
When Rondo has been on the court this year, and not injured or suspended, he has put up utterly dominating fantasy numbers. He has recorded two games already this year with an unthinkable 20 assists, which could add up to an opposing point guard’s assist totals for an entire week. During the week of November 12th, Rondo racked up a dominating 50 assists in his four games that week. He may not score like some of the other guards on this list, but his ability to take over the category of assists in any given week is too hard to replace in fantasy leagues.
2. SG James Harden, Houston Rockets
Harden has earned every cent of his five-year, $80 million contract with the Houston Rockets. He is currently averaging an outrageous 23.6 points and has become one of the most dangerous scorers in the game. Additionally, he is posting 5.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per contest. Harden has amazingly scored over 30 points in four contests already this season, including an insane 45-point effort in the second game of the year. Fantasy owners should “Fear the Beard” because Harden is a legitimate fantasy option at the two-spot.
1. SG Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Right now, Bryant is hands down the best fantasy guard in the land. He is currently leading the entire NBA with 28 points a game, but is also adding 4.9 assists with 5.3 rebounds and shooting an insane 49 percent from the floor. The 34-year-old LA King may be towards the end of his career, but he is showing that he can still knock down shots at will and dominate the sport of fantasy basketball.