Best No. 2 Pick in Fantasy Basketball After Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic Not only is he back-to-back NBA MVP, he’s also proven to be a league-winning fantasy option during each of the last two seasons. Almost everyone wants him to be number 1 this season in points, category and roto league.

So the question arises: If Jokic is off the board, who should you draft at No. 2 in 2022-23?

These are our fantasy basketball experts Andre Snellings, Eric Moody, Eric Carabel, Jim McCormick And John Cregan They have eyes.


Snellings: In Points League, the choice is simple: Giannis Antetokounmpo, While Jokic may be the obvious No. 1, Giannis is just as clear at No. 2. For example, let’s look at last season’s top-11 players, ranked by fantasy points per game. Jokic was first at 61.4 fp/g, Giannis was second at 56.1 fp/g, then there were nine other players who averaged over 46 fp/g. Of those 9, teammates lebron james And Anthony Davis Missed a combined 68 games from last season and teammates Kevin Durant And Kyrie Irving Missed a combined 80 games. Joel Embiid And James Harden became teammates late in the season while Trey Young And djonte dead Became teammates this season, potentially limiting each other’s upsides. He leaves Luka Doncic (52.2 FP/g last year) as the only other player on that list, and he is a worthy candidate, but Giannis has a similar record of average average and availability over the past several seasons.

I will move Giannis to second place in H2H league category as well, but in Roto league I can consider Stephen Curry, jason tatum either Karl-Anthony Towns As a major category performer without a strong weak range. Giannis and Luca are both high-volume free throw shooters, which can hurt them in the roto rankings. But, in the H2H category, I’m willing to worry less about the poor category than about overall dominance in many other categories.

Carabel: This seems a bit wide for a No. 2 pick and I must admit that I am surprising myself a bit by choosing Antetokounmpo, as he could be a problem in the category leagues for his low free throw percentage (although it did last season). something increased). However, he is so good in every other category that I would find it difficult to pass him at No. Antetokounmpo scores, rebounds, passes, steals, blocks and hits his field goals, is relatively durable, especially when compared to other notables, and is showing no signs of decline. He is reliable. It matters a lot.

moody: I will not hesitate to choose Giannis Antetokounmpo No. 2 overall in a point or category league. For the fourth consecutive season, he was among the top four in the MVP voting. In both formats, Antetokounmpo presents fantasy managers with a very high floor and up to finish as the top player in both formats. Field goal percentage is one of his biggest draws. But in addition, 53.5% of career shooters averaged 29.9 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 5.8 ppg, 1.4 bpg, and 1.1 spg, while last season had the highest utilization rate in the league at 34.5%.

McCormick: Doncic is the rare heliocentric playmaker who can rival the sheer stat-stuffing volumes of Antetokounmpo and Embiid and still match the elite shooting and scoring volumes of Durant and Curry, all the while flirting with a triple-double all night long. There is danger. It is surprising to consider that there is almost a degree of Doncic fatigue in fictional terms; That is to say, he has been so good for several seasons that his rich production seems to have become mundane and expected. When the reality is, Doncic is still just 23 years old and scratching his statistical roof. No player has a clear path to league-leading access, especially in view of Jalen Brunsonthe exit. It’s wild to consider, but this guy is just getting started.

cragan: In points, one can make a martial argument for the seven players worthy of the silver medal evaluation. In roto: four. In points, when in doubt, this old head looks to two dynamics: health and situational scarcity. In Roto: Reduction of health and actual shooting percentage (TS%).

If you have a difficult decision at any point in a draft, look at the total value, not the per-game value. In points, that limits it to Antetokounmpo, Doncic and Tatum (who have historic injury red flags, and could miss six to eight games). Roto-wise, that leads you to Tatum and Joel Embiid.

Now apply reduction. In points we are looking at the dust-binding crunch of SF production for 2022-23. Taking a chunk of SF production from the table, Tatum’s selection sets the table for the rest of your draft. In Roto, Embiid gets approved, giving priority to the reduction of TS%.

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