Oct 21, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) sits on the bench against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half at the United Center. The Bulls beat the Bucks 105-84. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Point Guards

In terms of basketball, everyone knows that the point guard position is as high profile as it comes. Not only is the point guard the primary ball-handler in charge of getting his team into their sets anymore, but the position is changing. Thanks to freakish athletes such as Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook, point guards are looked to to provide a scoring punch and “wow” with quickness, strength, explosiveness, or a mixture of the three.

With that said, the point guard position has become that much more prominent in fantasy basketball. Many point guards across the NBA are now their team’s leading scorer. Some that have not been, take Eric Bledsoe for instance, are now being asked to step in and contribute right away at a high level.

According to ESPN, here is how the point guard position stacks up this year in fantasy.

  1. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
  2. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
  3. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
  4. Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
  5. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
  6. John Wall, Washington Wizards
  7. Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
  8. Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers
  9. Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets
  10. Brandon Jennings, Detroit Pistons

There are a few names left off of the top ten that deserve some consideration in your upcoming drafts. Jrue Holiday, now in New Orleans, will be the primary ball handler, and will have a lot more weapons at his disposal than he did last year during his All-Star campaign in Philadelphia. Tony Parker was an MVP candidate before hobbling to the finish line due to injury. With Kawhi Leonard emerging as a budding superstar, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili still producing, and Gregg Popovich still on the bench, nothing less than a stellar season should be expected of Parker.

Two potential surprises may be found in Eric Bledsoe and Reggie Jackson. Bledsoe will be a part of dual point guard back court in Phoenix. After impressing everyone as Chris Paul’s back-up over the past few seasons, Bledsoe was dealt to the Suns and was finally given the chance to start that he deserved. An explosive athlete with scoring instincts that lacks many offensive juggernauts around him may be exactly what surprises fantasy basketball owners this season.

Reggie Jackson has been another one of the top back-up point guards over the past few seasons. With Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook slated to miss time due to injury, Jackson will be given the majority of the playing time.  Jackson is another incredible athlete that has a slasher’s mentality. With the ball in his hands, look for him to be potentially the second or third scoring option behind Kevin Durant.

Who is in your top ten?

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