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Fantasy Basketball Round Three

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Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IDecember 18, 2016

Pick 25: Brook Lopez

Pick 26: Derrick Rose

Pick 27: Elton Brand

Pick 28: Andre Igudola

Pick 29: Josh Smith

Pick 30: David Lee

Pick 31: Carmelo Anthony

Pick 32: Caron Butler

Pick 33: Monta Ellis

Pick 34: Paul Pierce

Pick 35: David West

Pick 36: Vince Carter

Only two point guards went this round, if you consider Monta Ellis one. Six forwards were taken

My Strategy: I was targeting Lopez, Iggy, Gerald Wallace, and Butler with my pick. I know Butler has not played more than 67 regular season games the past three years, but I could not pass up the value. Butler averaged 20.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.6 steals, one three, and shot 45 percent from the field and 86 percent from the foul line last season. In '06-'07 when Gilbert Arenas was last healthy, Butler still averaged 19.1 points. Besides his health, the only other flaw is the lack of blocked shots, but his fantasy value equaled the 12th overall player last season.

Best pick: Brook Lopez is coming into the season with a lot of hype that is well deserved. The rookie averaged 13 points, eight rebounds, 1.8 blocked shots, and shot 53 percent from the field and 79 percent from the foul line. In five games this  preseason, he is averaging 17 points and 2.6 blocks per game. In a two center league, this was a solid pick. I also like Iggy at pick 28 and West at 35.

Questionable pick: Derrick Rose is going to become one of the best point guards in the NBA, but he is not a top fantasy PG right now. His major flaws during his rookie season were his lack of threes (0.3) and steals (0.8) per game. However, he did play in 36.7 minutes per game, and his scoring should rise with the departure of SG Ben Gordon. This owner had the second pick in the draft, and so far has Lebron, Harris, and Rose. I can see his strategy of pairing Harris with another PG, making this team formidable so far.

Riskiest pick: Elton Brand over David West was a selection that stood out. Brand has played in just 37 games the past two seasons and I feel he was drafted a round too early. West is a very underrated fantasy and real life player, as he averaged 21 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks last season. He also shot 47 percent from the field and 88 percent from the foul line. If Brand is healthy this season he should average more rebounds and blocks, but West is the more well rounded fantasy player.

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