Fantasy Basketball Keeper Profile: C Joakim Noah
The center is posting a career-high 12 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.3 steals per contest this year. Noah is even shooting a career-best 74.9 percent from the charity stripe, which is the most surprising stat considering his whirling dervish style of free-throw shooting.
Noah has dominated the paint for Chicago, while fantasy owners have loved the production from a player that was drafted well outside of the top-30 players this winter. Most people shied away from Noah this year for a couple reasons, but most notably because of his past injury history.
In 2009, Noah only played in 64 games due to a plantar fascia injury in his left foot. He also missed significant time in 2010 with a broken hand and more time in 2011 with a nagging ankle injury. This left him with an injury stigma in most fantasy circles, but Noah has certainly put that rumor to rest this year.
Regardless of his vast injury history, Noah has only missed four games this season. He has been a fixture in Chicago’s starting lineup and is finally living up to his vast fantasy potential. Noah even earned an invitation to the NBA All-Star game last month, which the former Florida Gator certainly deserved.
Noah will be one of the strongest keepers in all of fantasy basketball heading into next season. The 28-year-old is entering his prime and is currently playing the best basketball of his life. Noah will be a top-five big man next fantasy season and will almost assuredly be a first or second round pick.