Fantasy Basketball: Rebounding Up This Season

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In fantasy basketball roto-leagues, one of the most sought-after categories each season has been rebounds. Everyone knows which point guards will lead the league in dimes, but predicting the rebound leaders is much more difficult.

That is why most fantasy owners tend to stockpile big men in order to have a monopoly in the rebounding category. In recent seasons, though, more and more big men have become reliable rebounding options. This year, for instance, has seen a drastic increase in rebounds among the top-tier fantasy forwards.

Let’s take a quick look at the players averaging double-digit rebounds over the last two seasons to see how much boards have increased from last year.

2012 Rebounding Totals:

 

Player

Rebounds/Game

1. Dwight Howard, LAL

12.4

2. Nikola Vucevic, ORL

11.9

3. Omer Asik, HOU

11.7

4. Zach Randolph, MEM

11.2

David Lee, GS

11.2

6. Reggie Evans, BKN

11.1

7. J.J. Hickson, POR

10.4

8. Al Horford, ATL

10.2

 

2013 Rebounding Totals:

 

Player

Rebounds/Game

1. DeAndre Jordan, LAC

13.5

2. Kevin Love, MIN

13.0

3. Andre Drummond, DET

12.7

4. Dwight Howard, HOU

12.6

5. DeMarcus Cousins, SAC

11.7

6. LeMarcus Aldridge, POR

11.3

7. Joakim Noah, CHI

11.0

8. Zach Randolph, MEM

10.4

9. Andrew Bogut, GS

10.3

10. Blake Griffin, LAC

10.2

Anderson Varejao, CLE

10.2

 

There always seems to be a handful of players that are able to grab double-digit rebounds each game, but boards have increased drastically this fantasy season. It seems that every fantasy owner has at least one guy that is grabbing 10-plus boards per game and it has somewhat diluted the rebounding category as a result.

Either way, rebounding is up this year and fantasy fans certainly aren’t complaining.

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.


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