Sources of Fantasy Basketball Blocks
By Rocco Minsk This is the follow-up to our article on cheap sources of fantasy basketball steals, and fittingly covers the realm of blocks, the powerful sibling to the steal. Often times, especially in head-to-head leagues, blocks can be decided by one or two per week and finding a way to add that extra block is the difference between winning and losing the category. With that in mind, here are four potentially sneaky sources for blocks (not including Jusuf Nurkic – I am beginning to think that every sentence on this website, features a noun, a verb and Jusuf Nurkic).
Dejounte Murray – This one is on the imaginative side and likely will not net you more than one BPG, but that would be blocks that you are getting from a guard. Murray is an excellent defensive player. I mean, we are talking almost Draymond Green and Rudy Gobert good. Murray would have led NBA point guards in defensive efficiency rating had he played enough minutes to qualify. At home, he steps it up to a whole new level with a defensive efficiency of 95.5 in a limited sample size. Now, Tony Parker is on the shelf until at least December and Murray will get those minutes for at least two months. In preseason, Murray has blocked seven shots in four games. If Murray can get .8 BPG as a guard, that is a huge win for your team and Murray should be explored in deeper leagues.
Steven Adams – So it would be difficult to categorize a seven footer who averaged one BPG last season as sneaky, but Adams blocks totals should increase this season, to close to 2 BPG. With Carmelo Anthony and Paul George in town, Adams will not be counted on to shoulder much of the offensive load and will be able to focus on piling up peripheral stats, such as rebounds and blocks. He has a block in each of his four preseason games, including five in his last tilt against the Nuggets last night.
Marquese Chriss – Much of this is playing time dependent. The Suns eased Chriss into the rotation last year and post all-star break he started to find some semblance of a rhythm, especially on the defensive side of the ball. While Chriss averaged .9 BPG for the season, that number elevated to 1.4 BPG over his last 15 games of the season when his MPG spiked to 27. Provided that the Suns don’t find a way to use Josh Jackson in a manner that cuts off Chriss’ minutes, he should see that amount of playing time again this season. For the preseason so far, Chriss has averaged 2.3 BPG in 21.7 MPG. Chriss is not the greatest defensive player, but he will get his blocks.
Josh Richardson – As I said before, any guard that gets you blocked shots is a huge added bonus. Richardson averaged .7 BPG last season, which increased to 1.4 BPG over his last 15 games. He has picked up where he left off in the preseason with eight blocks in five games. Playing time is the real issue here as Miami features a bunch of tweeners such as Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters and Richardson and Richardson’s late season run came in the absence of Winslow. If Richardson can carve out 28 MPG, he will add to your blocks bottom line.
(PHOTO CREDIT: KEITH ALLISON)