This is a ranking of the top fantasy breakthrough performers of the 2008-09 season.
There have been a countless number of fantasy performers who have seen an increase in their value since draft day, but these twelve players have far surpassed their expectations for the '08-09 season and several are still on the rise.
When fantasy owners heard that Lamar Odom would be coming off the bench for the Lakers this year, it was hard for anyone to envision Ariza making a fantasy impact.
Well, that ship has sailed. Ariza is averaging career high numbers across the board. He has also been one of the best sources of steals in the league.
Robinson has stepped his fantasy game up a level, compared to his previous three seasons. His fantasy numbers are increasing across the board.
Robinson has racked up the points under new head coach, Mike D'Antoni. He has scored 20 plus points in nearly one third of his games this year and he has also piled up the threes and steals for fantasy teams.
Rondo is starting to mesh very nicely with "The Big Three." He makes sure he gets KG, Allen and Pierce ample opportunities to score the ball, which is why he is averaging nearly eight assists per game this year, compared to five per game last season.
His scoring and rebounding have slightly gone up this year and he is one of the top steal threats you can find.
When the Kings drafted Jason Thompson as a lottery pick, it was unclear on whether or not Hawes would find enough minutes to drastically improve on his 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game from his rookie campaign.
That question has been answered.
Hawes has more than doubled his points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks per game from his rookie season.
It also has to be mentioned that Hawes can knock down the occasional three, which is a huge bonus from a player who has center eligibility.
It was hard to know what to expect from Chandler before the season began. The Knicks had several lineup possibilities to choose from and luckily, Chandler found a starting gig and it has payed off ever since.
Chandler has vastly improved his fantasy numbers from his rookie season.
Chandler can be quite the fantasy commodity, because he can help a team in just about every category.
If Kevin Durant was Batman, Jeff Green would surely be Robin. Durant's handy sidekick has improved by leaps and bounds this season.
Green put up decent fantasy numbers in his rookie season, averaging 10.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
Many fantasy owners expected to see Green improve on his numbers from a year ago, but not by this much. He is having a superb sophomore year and he only seems to be getting better as the season progresses.
Green has also added a lethal three point game to his repertoire this year, which was almost nonexistent last season.
Putting up stats eerily similar to those of Jose Calderon, Duhon has simply amazed fantasy owners this season.
In four previous seasons, Duhon never really won anyone over with his fantasy production. However, fantasy owners, as well as Duhon, can thank Mike D'Antoni for his fantasy stock rising this season.
Duhon is the epitome that just about everyone who plays under D'Antoni will see a rise in their fantasy value.
Nelson has always been considered a middle tier point guard in the fantasy world. However, this season he is quickly jolting up the ranks.
Nelson has dropped twelve 20 plus point games so far this season. He is emerging as a great source of points, steals and threes.
Nelson is a shoot first, pass second type point guard, but he can still contribute over five assists per game.
Nelson's fantasy game is evolving and is one of the most surprising stories of the '08-'09 season.
You couldn't expect much from Rodney Stuckey at the beginning of the season when he was stuck behind Chauncey Billups. Many owners wondered what Stuckey could do, even if he ever was awarded a starting position.
When the Detroit Pistons dealt Chauncey Billups in exchange for Allen Iverson, it seemed as if Stuckey was pinned behind yet another elite guard.
Eventually the Piston's decided to give Stuckey his big break at the starting point guard position. Stuckey has been relentless on opposing defenses ever since, including a 38 and 40 point scoring effort in the past month.
Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Stuckey has averaged 18.4 points, 5.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals and still manages to do this playing alongside Allen Iverson. Stuckey has Detroit fans saying..."Chauncey who?"
If someone would have told me before the season that Nene would be ranked sixteenth midway through this season according to yahoo fantasy rankings, I would have thought they belonged in a Psych Ward.
However, it's true.
Many projected that Nene would see a slight increase in his numbers since Marcus Camby left town, but many still questioned whether or not Nene's health would hold up.
His health has looked better than ever and so has his fantasy game.
He has averaged nearly 15 points and 8 rebounds and a whopping 61.8 percent field goal percentage.
He is also averaging 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks for good measure.
Fantasy owners were prepared for Devin Harris' best fantasy year of his career in '08-09, but no one could have predicted this type of season for Harris.
Harris is one of only three players to be averaging at least 22 points and 6.5 assists. The other two players in this elite group are; LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.
Harris is also contributing 1.6 steals per game to go along with his all-star bound season.
The biggest fantasy surprise of the '08-09 fantasy season belongs hands down to Paul Millsap.
Millsap was overshadowed by Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur for the first two years of his career. An injury to Boozer has given fantasy owners a glimpse of the brilliance that Paul Millsap brings to a fantasy team.
Millsap strung together a streak of 19 straight double doubles that was recently snapped on January 10th, because he had to exit the game early in part due to an inury and the fact that his Jazz were blowing out the Detroit Pistons.
Since holding onto the starting position, Millsap has been averaging 18 points and 11.5 rebounds per game to go along with solid percentages and great defensive stats. It can be argued that Millsap is becoming every bit as valuable as some of the top big men in the game, since he has found himself in the starting lineup.