Is Point Guard the Most Valuable Position in Fantasy Basketball?

Oct 28, 2009

By Alex Woods,

Of all fantasy sports the fantasy basketball draft is probably more important than any other fantasy sports draft to get right.  While you can always find talent in the middle rounds of a fantasy baseball draft, and football is filled with players who come out of nowhere to contribute, basketball has an enormous talent cliff after the top players come off the board.  There are simply not many players that can contribute across multiple categories in fantasy basketball without hurting you in another.   This article will explore which categories are most important to fantasy basketball success and which position is most important to address.

An analysis done by reveals that the top 10 assists leaders provide 20% of the total assists from the top 100 players.  In comparison to rebounding and scoring, the top 10 players contributed 15% and 14% respectively.   What this confirms is that scoring and rebounding are easier to find on the waiver wire than assists.  Their analysis also revealed that steals trended similar to that of assists.  It should be no surprise that assists and steals come primarily from the point guard position.  So, if assists and steals are the scarcest statistics, and those stats come primarily from point guards we are going to make the conclusion that point guard is the most important fantasy basketball position to address.

Further supporting the scarcity claim is the final rankings from the 2008-2009 fantasy basketball season.  Looking at the top 25 players at the end of the season as ranked by Yahoo Sports, 10 of the 25 players qualified at point guard! The combination of the scarcity analysis and the fact that 40% of the top 25 players from last year qualified as point guards all confirm that the PG position is the most valuable position to address in fantasy basketball.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Patrick
    November 2nd, 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    A very good post. I recently looked at the same topic from a slightly different angle and found similar results. If I remember correctly, there really are no assists to be found on the typical free agent pool, while some cats like rebounds and threes are surprisingly abundant.

  2. LestersLegends
    November 2nd, 2009 at 9:01 pm #

    That is true. The only way they come available is if someone gets hurt.

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