i play this keeper league, 5x5 scoring (pts, rebs, asst, stls, blks) and have to keep 5 players.
help me narrow it down. my top players are:
Guards -- Joe Johnson, Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis
Forwards -- Ron Artest, Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge
Centers -- Jermaine O'Neal, Shaq, Greg Oden
as you can tell, injuries/reliability are a problem, but when healthy my team is VERY well-rounded and tough to beat.
i would've normally kept Ellis, especially with Baron leaving GS, but Ellis' broken ankle makes him very tough to keep. Joe Johnson has been up and down, but he played lights-out after the Hawks traded for Bibby midseason. Calderon played great as a starter last year, and should only see more minutes now that they traded TJ Ford.
Current keepers: Johnson and Calderon
with the forwards, Gasol is a no-brainer. after that, it starts to get dicey. i LOVE Ron Artest. he's one of my favorite basketball players, and a great fantasy player... when he's not too busy wrecking my season. ugh. do i keep him again? is he gonna behave in Houston? will he get enough PT/touches with the likes of TMac, Yao, Battier and Scola already there? then again, he'll be reunited with Rick Adelman, his favorite coach of all time. Aldridge is solid in points and rebounds, but does little else. i don't think he's good enough to keep over Artest, but at least he's reliable.
Current keepers: Pau and Ron-Ron
as for centers, it's tough to argue against JO. but his injury really hurt me last year. of course, neither Shaq or Oden are pillars of health. there's no way i'm keeping Shaq, so it comes down to Oden or JO for the center spot. do i go with the injury-prone but proven commodity, and hope he regains his form/health as a Raptor? or do i go with the potential stud who could anchor my team for years to come... or could be a monumental bust??
current keeper: Jermaine
of course, nothing dictates that i have to keep 2 guards, 2 forwards and 1 center. i can mix and match all i want, as long as i keep 5 players. but ideally i would like my keepers to fill all my "base" positions, so that i can focus on drafting the BPA.
any help/insight/input will be greatly appreciated.
Fantasy wise, Gasol is more of a defensive presence on the court and everybody knows that team relies on Kobe for the scoring. Plus the fact that Bynum is going to be back this year may cut in on Gasol's impact.
Oden has much more upside, and will be a feature in the Portland run and gun offense that has the ability to be explosive this year. If it was a one year deal I would say Gasol, but since your in it for the long haul in a keeper's league, go with Oden.