Winners and Losers in Fantasy Basketball After Free Agency

Alex WalkerContributor IJuly 9, 2010

GREENWICH, CT - JULY 08:  LeBron James speaks at the LeBron James announcement of his future NBA plans at the Boys & Girls Club of America on July 8, 2010 in Greenwich, Connecticut. James announced during a live broadcast on ESPN that he will play for the Miami Heat next season. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Estabrook Group)
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Everyone has heard about it.  LeBron James is headed to the South Beach to play for the Miami Heat.  He'll be playing with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who have also decided to come to Miami next season.

All three of these players have been the leading scorers for their teams for all the seasons that they've played, and now are all on one team, which obviously means that there can only be one leading scorer.  

This also means that LeBron probably won't be the No. 1 pick for most fantasy teams.  There won't be a consensus No. 1, with Paul, Durant, Bryant, Granger, and James all as possible options.

But with all the signings, many player's roles have also changed, which means there will be more options to draft quality players.  

And yes, I do realize that free agency isn't over yet.  But the best free agent at the moment is Shaquille O'Neal, if you don't include restricted free agents and players with options.


Mo Williams & Antawn Jamison : With LeBron gone, all they are left with are role players, and Williams and Jamison are their most polished scorers.  Plus, no one left in free agency is as good a scorer than either of them.

Andrea Bargnani & DeMar DeRozan : Bosh was their leading scorer and rebounder, and Bargnani is probably going to lead them in both next season.  This will be DeRozan's second year, so I'm going to assume that he's going to have a big year with more opportunities for him now.  My sleeper pick for next year.  

(Note: Calderon will probably have to split time with Jarrett Jack, so I doubt he will improve vastly.)

Carlos Boozer : The Bulls have been looking for a reliable low-post scorer for years, and they finally get one in Boozer.  Rose won't have so much of the load on his back anymore since Boozer will help him out, but with Gibson and Noah, Boozer won't have to worry about rebounding as much.

Amar'e Stoudemire : Yes, I know that he is a terrible rebounder and defender, but this Knicks team doesn't really have any other offensive options, which will equal more offensive opportunities for Amar'e.  He probably will get a lot more rebounds too with Lee gone.

Channing Frye & Jared Dudley :  With Amar'e gone, they will definitely have more playing time, and with their recent playoff performances, they deserve it.  They were both an important part of their playoff run, and with Amar'e gone, they will get a ton of pick & roll opportunities with loyal Nash at point.


James/Wade/Bosh : They will still be productive, and I do think they will be the team to beat, but they won't be able to have the same stats they had with their original teams.  Would Bosh accept only scoring 10 points per game?  James doesn't have to score a ton of points, and neither does Wade.

Michael Beasley : This is if he isn't traded to the Raptors in a sign-and-trade.  If he stays with the Heat, he'll never get a chance to prove himself.  But it's a whole different story if he ends up with the Raptors.

David Lee : He was traded to the Warriors in a sign-and-trade for Anthony Randolph, but the Warriors aren't really a balanced scoring team.  They focus more on their shooting than having a balanced attack.  If they lose Morrow, they might start to incorporate low-post scoring into their arsenal, but they let their players shoot whenever they want, so Lee would have to work harder for stats.