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Fantasy Basketball Draft Strategy & Advice: Players to Target (2022)

Sep 27, 2022
Ja Morant

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Fantasy Basketball Draft Strategy & Advice: Players to Target (2022)

Ja Morant (G – MEM)

The elite Memphis point guard enters his fourth season as a Top 5 fantasy basketball option. Ja Morant was the unquestioned leader of a Memphis team that produced an 18-win improvement from the prior season while advancing to the second round of the NBA playoffs. Averaging 27.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 1.2 steals, while shooting 49.3 percent from the field, Morant is now an elite fantasy producer when healthy. His wiry 6-foot-3, 175 lb frame is a concern, as his games played have dropped each of his first three seasons. If Morant plays 65-70 games, he will be a Top 3 fantasy performer in 2022-2023.

Jimmy Butler (G/F – MIA)

Jimmy Butler is 32 years old and has failed to reach 60 regular season games played since 2016-2017. However, when he plays he is a fantasy machine. Butler is a box-score stuffer that has averaged over 38 FPPG in each of the past three seasons. He remains the clear top option on an NBA Championship-caliber Miami team. Few players in the Top 20 can match is 2.5 steals/blocks per game while carrying 30 PPG nightly upside.

Bradley Beal (G/F – WAS)

The 29-year-old sniper signed a five-year, $251 million deal with Washington despite playing just 40 games due to a torn ligament in his wrist. Based simply on volume, Beal should the chance to post career highs across the boards, returning close to the 30 PPG mark he posted the prior two seasons before 2021-2022. He averaged a career-high 6.6 APG while maintaining at least 4.2 RPG in each of the past five campaigns. Beal’s 3P efficiency has dropped for three straight seasons, but he is a potential fantasy steal if he can regress closer to his 37.2% career mark from deep.

Jaylen Brown (G/F – BOS)

The “Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown can’t co-exist” myth has finally been disproved. Boston parlayed a 51-win season and second-place Eastern Conference finish into the Celtics’ first trip to the NBA Finals since 2009-2010. Brown crested 60 games played for the first time in four years while maintaining superb per-game averages of 23.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. Brown saw a slight dip in his 3P accuracy (35.8%), but his career field goal mark of 47.3% is superb given his over 1200 attempts last season. Will the addition of Malcolm Brogdon hurt Brown’s volume? Possibly, but not enough to push him out of the Top 20 fantasy players.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (G – OKC)

Lost in the disappointment of back-to-back 22 and 24 wins seasons, Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a budding NBA star. Playing almost 35 MPG, Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 24.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, and 5.9 APG, while contributing over two blocks/steals per night. Battling an ankle injury all season, he only played in 56 games but should be a leader on a Thunder team oozing with talent with a strong 2022 NBA Draft class.

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