Here at Dynasty Sports Empire, a unique community has been created where different leagues and owners can cross paths and easily share opinions and ideas in regards to fantasy sports. My one-dimensional mind gives thoughts and opinions on players and fantasy basketball; the truth is, there are many different strategies out there. I surveyed how some of our most involved owners perceive players and their value.
I surveyed four of our most involved and savvy league members to gauge where their mindset and thought process was for some of fantasy basketball’s most basic principles and strategies.
Question 1: If you were redrafting today, who would you grab with the number one pick of your startup, dynasty draft?
Surprisingly, three of our four panel members selected Karl Anthony-Towns. I use the word surprisingly not because of the talent and promise with the player, but because there were so many quality options to choose from.
Karl Anthony-Towns is a tremendous talent. Period. In just a short time he has proven to be durable, productive, and reliable. These types of talent do not grow on trees. The fact that he has developed to the NBA game so quickly is impressive. For first, second and third year players, he has distanced himself from the pack in the NBA and in the Fantasy Basketball World.
The reasonings for the panel choosing Karl Anthony-Towns are many of the same reasons that I would have no problem building a dynasty team around him- he is young, durable, and contributes across multiple stat categories consistently. The durability is what sets him apart and provides owners with a sense of comfort over the likes of Anthony Davis.
One aspect of Towns’ game that often goes unmentioned is his fundamental approach. While he is able to rely on his elite athleticism, he doesn’t always have to because of his positioning an fundamentals. How does that translate to fantasy? Longevity. Relying on athleticism shortens the career of many because age will eventually catch up with everyone. Those special players that have fundamentals and have high “basketball IQs” are the same players that play well into their late 30’s. This is yet another reason for building around Towns as a dynasty owner. The bad news is that the secret is out with Towns; if you don’t already have him, you will have to overpay to acquire him.
Honorable mention: Russell Westbrook, Giannis Antetokuonmpo.
Question 2: Which Rookie from this year’s class has impressed you the most?
This question was another slam-dunk (excuse the terrible pun). Joel Embiid has put the league on notice. For a player that hasn’t played competitively in two years and has never competed at the NBA level, he is doing things that are unnatural. Embiid has displayed the complete game that NBA scouts and media experts were drooling about a few years ago. Philadelphia proved to be wise in selecting him third overall despite the injury concerns.
Just this past week the 76ers expanded Embiid’s minutes restriction to 28 per game. Fantasy owners everywhere should be doing backflips because this young man does nothing but produce when he is on the floor. As of the early part of November he is averaging 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game in just 23 minutes per contest.
The biggest hiccup for any owner of Embiid is the assurance of health. While he has been a tremendous talent through the first two months of the season, he has still had two major foot injuries in the last two years that limited him from playing at all. It will just take one more setback for Embiid to be labeled as a liability whether in the NBA or on your fantasy team.
I’ve been wrong before and I will be wrong again (plus, I don’t think I’ve ever given advice like this). If you are in a position to win today and want to cash in, sell Embiid high- you never know when the injury bug might hit. Owners in the cellar might overpay for his promise and potential. Talking out of the other side of my mouth, if you are a bottom-feeding team, overpay for Embiid. He may be the risk worth taking for you if he can stay healthy.
Question 3: Which player will have the biggest impact when returning from injury?
This question had the most diverse answers amongst the panel and rightfully so. The talent and production of a player returning from injury is always a question mark.
I agreed with just one panel member when having to name just one player that will have the biggest impact upon their injury return. That player is Reggie Jackson. This far, Jackson has been rusty, as expected- his team is starting to hit its stride though. The pick-and-roll combination of Jackson and teammate Andre Drummond was one of the most effective combinations for any play on any team last year. With Jackson back, Detroit can expect to hit its offensive stride again.
Reggie Jackson averaged 18.8 points and 6.2 assists a year ago. Detroit has been lucky to keep its head above water without their floor general and locker room leader. Look for the Pistons and Reggie Jackson to start enjoying more success in the latter stages of the season- just in time for fantasy (and NBA) playoffs. If you were lucky enough to roster Jackson on your team through the injury, you will reap the rewards very shortly.
Others receiving votes: Ben Simmons, Derrick Favors, and Chandler Parsons.
Again, the format in which Dynasty Sports Empire has created cross-league interaction sets up a hotbed of debate, a sharing of up to the minute information, and a respectful camaraderie amongst owners.
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