Fantasy Basketball Round Eight

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IOctober 26, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 22:  Andre Miller #7 of the Philadelphia 76ers sets up a play against the Orlando Magic in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena April 22, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Here's a look at my 85-96 picks.

85. John Salmons

86. Blake Griffin

87. Wilson Chandler

88. James Harden

89. Andre Miller (me)

90. Tyrus Thomas

91. Mike Conley

92. O.J. Mayo

93. Ron Artest

94. Rodney Stuckey

95. Aaron Brooks

96. Mike Bibby

Five more point guards were taken this round as well as the first two rookies.

My Strategy

Looking back, maybe I should have selected Stuckey or Mayo based on upside, but Andre Miller has good value this round.

Even though he is coming off the bench, as of now, we know he is a steady producer. He has missed three games over the past three years and averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals for the 76ers last season.

While he does not shoot many threes, he posts solid percentages and should be a steal once he gets inserted into the starting lineup.

Best Pick

There were several picks I liked this round: Salmons, Chandler, Thomas, Mayo, Artest, and Stuckey.

Questionable Pick

I think Harden can have a solid rookie season, but there were better players on the board.

Riskiest Pick

The Hawks acquired Jamal Crawford in the offseason, which crowds the backcourt. Bibby is coming off a solid fantasy season, but his numbers will take a hit.

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