Fantasy basketball roundtable
The first month of the season is in the books, and what a month it has been. Now that the dust is starting to settle, it's time to take a good, hard look at your rosters and make some tough decisions. The moves you make (or don't make) now will shape your strategy for the rest of the season, so weigh your options carefully.
That being said, now is also a great time to reflect a little. I asked our experts to give out a few very early awards dealing with the best and worst of the first month of the '08 NBA season. Here is what they came up with:
If you had asked me who my Fantasy MVP would've been before the season, I would've said
The biggest surprise for me this year has been
I have no doubt in my mind that
Without a doubt, the fantasy MVP for the first month of the season has been
Like many, I was worried about the situation
What is going on with
Chris Paul is first in assists-per-game (11.6) and steals (2.8), 10th in the NBA in scoring (20.3 ppg) and 14th in field-goal shooting (52.2) and free-throw shooting (85.7). Not to mention that he has 12 double-doubles and 10 games in which he has scored at least 20 points and dished at least 10 dimes. The guy is pretty valuable.
Most experts projected
Fantasy owners who were fortunate enough to have Atlanta's
The fantasy MVP award is a simple one for me. I have to go with Dwyane Wade for a few reasons. First, his average draft position was pick No. 8, yet he is playing arguably better than both Chris Paul and LeBron James who went in the top-three in just about every draft. By drafting Wade, you were able to turn around and get an early second-rounder to go along with a player who going into Monday night was leading the league in points scored, tied for first in steals, tied for fifth in assists, and tied for eighth in blocked shots. Wade was the best first round value-pick and is my early pick for Fantasy MVP.
My biggest "Pleasant Surprise" has got to be O.J. Mayo. That's likely because I continue to write him off -- only because I still don't believe that he can play at this level for 82 games. Despite that, Mayo has been a terrific scorer, three-point shooter, free throw shooter, and a solid source for steals. He's currently a top-20 talent, which puts him in my surprise category because I was writing him off until next year.
Finally, my biggest "Disappointment" early on is
The fantasy MVP vote was rightfully split between Wade and Paul, but if I had to choose one, I would go with Wade. He has been flat out amazing so far this season, and has shown great value for a guy that many owners got with the fifth pick or later.
I was very high on Harris during the draft, but even I can't deny that O.J. Mayo deserves the award for the Biggest Pleasant Surprise. An undersized rookie two-guard putting up the kind of numbers he does is just flat out amazing. Now the only question is whether or not he can keep it up.
As for the disappointments, I was very tempted to go with
We will update these awards again in another month and see where everyone stands. Until then, if you have a player you think deserves an MVP, Pleasant Surprise, or Biggest Disappointment award send me an e-mail at