It’s less than two months until the NBA regular season begins, and that means it’s also time to think about fantasy basketball leagues. While, you may hope to get the first pick and use it on LeBron James or Kevin Durant, it’s also nice to keep in mind possible impact players like Kenneth Faried.
I do play fantasy hoops, and last season I was involved in six leagues myself — way too many leagues, by the way — and a rookie I picked up was Faried of the Denver Nuggets. I was a firm believer of Faried then (just as I am now), even though he didn’t receive enough play time during the initial one-third of last season, but when he did, he was phenomenal. He was a jolt of energy, displayed incredible passion, athleticism, and bounce.
If you are researching players, you may want to keep “The Manimal” in mind for an immediate impact player on your roster. Last season, he only started 39 games and averaged 11.9 points, and 8.6 rebounds per game during those starts; nearly a double-double for the rookie.In addition, he averaged 10.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game for the season.
It was his rambunctious presence, his never-ending enthusiasm, and his tenacious play that earned him a spot on the All-Rookie Team and was dubbed the steal of the 2011 draft. Among rookies, he ranked first in field goal percentage (58.6%) and rebounds, and was third among Rookie of the Year voting.
He also spent time with Hakeem Olajuwon this summer working out, and this should add to his already substantial repertoire.
Faried shared power forward minutes with Al Harrington last season, and with Harrington out of the picture, Faried’s minutes will increase. Thus, with an increase of minutes, he will see an increase in production.
“The Manimal” is one impact player you will want to grab early in your fantasy draft.