Fantasy Basketball: Where Is The Love?
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Fantasy Basketball players. Welcome back after a 5 month vacation. Many of you found BEAST DOME last year, and right away you were seeing the results.
The reason you choose BEAST DOME as your source for Fantasy Sports is because you like the way I corrupt your minds with the truth and see the game compltely different than the other “experts.” It leads to winning and keeping you one step ahead of the game. I have been playing Fantasy Football/Basketball/Baseball my entire life, before I even had a favorite team.
Let’s kick off Basketball the same way we kicked off Football. IF I had the 1st Overall Pick in this years Fantasy Basketball Draft. I would draft….
KEVIN LOVE – PF/C – MIN
Look at this stat line. 25 Points. 13 Rebounds. 2 Steals. 1 3PTM. 10/11 FT.
That is the stat line of Kevin Love’s last game in the season before he suffered a concussion. You look at that and say, “okay those numbers are solid. I would still rather own LeBron James.” The thing was, that was not even close to his best game this season.
Now look at this stat line. 51 Points. 14 Rebounds. 1 Steal. 7 3PTM. 12/16 FT.
One of his best games of the season, not even best performance.
KEVIN LOVE (54 Games Played)
6x he did not reach double digit rebounds.
21x he had 15 Rebounds or more.
He went 105/282 from 3PT range.
Scored 20 Points or more 47X.
30 Points or more 19X.
40 Points or more 3X.
50 Points 1X.
379/460 FT = 82.4%
When you look at LeBron, what makes him so fascinating to own is how he gives you everything at the forward position (Assists/Steals/Blocks). However LeBron does hurt your team in FT %. He went to the FT line 502x and finished with a 77.2%. He also struggled to get his 3PT shot going for a major part of the season, he finished with 54 3PTM on the season. Keep in mind that LeBron played 62 games compared to Love’s 54.
While the steals/assists/blocks are completely in LeBrons favor, I believe you can make up those stats easily with other players. Kevin Love will single handily take your team to the top in Rebounds. If you pair him up with a couple other big men, you have a rebound crew that cannot be stopped.
Here’s the deal breaker.
Kevin Love qualifies at Center. Depth at the Center position is one of the thinnest things Fantasy Basketball Owners can prepare for. There is only a handful of the ELITE, a lot of them are inconsistent, a lot of them get injured.
KEVIN LOVE RANK WITHIN CENTERS:
FT% over 200 FTM (#1)
The fact that Kevin Love qualifies at Center makes him much more dynamic and a player you want to own the entire season over LeBron. This is for both Roto/Points Leagues. If I drafted Kevin Love, I would still use him at the Forward position, and I would still draft him over LeBron as Love gives you such dominating numbers which is a great base to build your team off of. Who says he cannot get better now that the Wolves have parted ways with Michael Beasley, and Love’s confidence booster playing great for US Dream Team this summer.
LeBron owners always have to worry about Wade not stealing all the stats, and now Chris Bosh is due for a larger role now that he is more comfortable with his position on the Heat. This could hurt you in the Fantasy Basketball Playoffs when you need nothing but ELITE performances from your #1 overall pick.
Do yourself a favor and take Love #1 overall having a player that dominates in a lot of major categories, and he does not hurt you in any.
Muntradamus is a Fantasy Sports Expert who specializes in Fantasy Football/Baseball/Basketball. He is currently in his first season as a Pro on FantasyPros where he is the only expert to have Adam Dunn, Mike Aviles, Mark Trumbo, Ian Desmond, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Wilin Rosario in his top 20 at each position. Muntradamus not only leads many to championships with his great advice, and outlooks into the future. He is also consistently on the top of leaderboards in DraftStreet. He was also the #1 Fantasy Football Expert of IDP & Overall Rankings in one week, first time in Fantasy Sports History.