Who has been the best fantasy point this season?
POSTED: Dec 9, 2014 12:54 PM ET
The question was posed in this week's Kia Race to the MVP Ladder:
Is Stephen Curry the best point guard in the NBA?
It's not a stretch to give that title to Curry as he guides the Golden State Warriors to an NBA-best 17-2 mark. But even with his strong play to start the year, it's impossible to definitively say he's the best at his position with the amount of point-guard talent across the league. Arguments can be made for Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Kyle Lowry, John Wall, Ty Lawson , Rajon Rondo and, now, even Jeff Teague.
So while it may be impossible to clearly call one of these players the best of the group, we can determine which point guard is having the best fantasy season after a month-plus of action.
In a league dominated by point guards, these are the very best:
No point guard on this list came into the season with as much pressure as Irving. Teamed with LeBron James and Kevin Love, he found himself in a role different from anything he played in his first three seasons in the league. Many expected his assists to boom and his points to drop as he played more as distributor than scorer with his All-Star teammates. But the opposite has been true so far: Irving is averaging a career-low 4.6 assists and nearing a career-high with 22.0 points. His low assists are disappointing and could knock him out of the top five as Russell Westbrook gets back to full speed in Oklahoma City and John Wall grows with Bradley Beal in Washington.
Lillard's production has cooled down after a mid-November tear when he averaged 25.8 points and 8.4 assists over a five-game stretch during the Blazers' nine-game winning streak. The biggest culprit for this cool-down is his shooting percentage, which hasn't been above 50 percent (or 25 percent from 3-point) in four straight games. He's providing steals at a clip of 1.5 per game and will continue to be a great fantasy option once his shot returns. This may be the best time all season to buy low on Lillard.
Lowry played the best basketball of his career last season to become a breakout star for Toronto. Now he's on track for an even better year as he guides the Raptors to the best record in the Eastern Conference. Lowry is averaging 28.4 points, 7.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games. His usage should rise as the Raptors play without All-Star DeMar DeRozan, who is being evaluated on a week-to-week basis as he recovers from a torn left adductor longus tendon (groin). With the lowest average draft position of anyone on this list (22.5), Lowry owners received incredible value with their selection.
The reigning king of point guards is on track for another incredible fantasy season. He's averaging 17.9 points on a career-best 53.4 percent, 9.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 1.6 3-pointers and a career-low 1.5 turnovers. His usage (21.3 percent) is the lowest it has ever been with Los Angeles, which has caused his point production to slip. But it's hard to argue against the elite point-guard production CP3 provides in nearly every other fantasy category. His reign as best fantasy point guard would easily continue if it were not for one man ...
As the leader of the best team in the NBA, Curry is averaging 23.2 points on 48.7 percent, 7.7 assists, 5.1 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 3.1 3-pointers during the Warriors' 17-2 start to the season. These absurd numbers would make Curry the first player in NBA history to average at least 23 points, 7.5 assists and 3.0 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting for a season. The scariest part about his fiery start to 2014-15? He's shooting a career-low from 3-point at 40.8 percent. So while it may not be as clear in real world comparisons, in fantasy, Curry is without a doubt the best point guard in the league.
Week 7 Schedule Breakdown
Four games: ATL, BKN, CLE, DEN, GSW, IND, LAC, MIA, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, PHO, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS
Three games: BOS, CHA, CHI, DAL, DET, HOU, LAL, MEM, ORL, PHI
Two games: MIL
Pick 'Em Up
Robert Covington - 13% owned
The Sixers' second-year forward set his career-high for points twice last weekend, scoring 21 against Oklahoma City on Friday and 25 against Detroit on Saturday. His scoring output obviously won't always be this high. But if Covington can earn minutes in Brett Brown's rotation, he will be a solid 3-point option as he averages 3.0 per game over his last four.
Tyler Zeller - 13% owned
The Celtics' big man saw a lot of adds this week after his 24-point, 14-rebound performance versus the Lakers. It was a great game, but much more an indication of the Lakers' defensive problems than an offensive resurgence for Zeller. He's scored over 10 points just two other times this season so don't expect him to provide much fantasy value outside of rebounds going forward.