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Fantasy Basketball: Top 10 Point Guards in 2014

Image courtesy of Sean Davis/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Sean Davis/Flickr.

2014 has come to an end and we at Baller Mind Frame took a quick look at the top fantasy basketball players by position. How did we determine who the top players are? We used our Player Rater, filtered by position and set to “cumulative wins,” then checked to see which players had the best WARP scores.

For those of you who are new to the site and are using our Player Rater for the first time, WARP stands for “wins above replacement player” and is a measure of the number of wins better (or worse) a player is compared to the average replacement—or waiver wire—player in head-to-head fantasy leagues. By setting the filter to “cumulative wins” we can see the total wins contributed by the players we’re ranking, and not just based on their per-game averages. This allows us to see their impact for the period set, which in this case is year-to-date, and excludes players who may have played a couple of good games and then disappeared.

Here are the top 10 point guards in 2014:

  1. Stephen Curry (10.06)
  2. Chris Paul (9.90)
  3. Damian Lillard (8.86)
  4. Kyle Lowry (7.78)
  5. Kyrie Irving (5.92)
  6. John Wall (5.86)
  7. Kemba Walker (5.36)
  8. Eric Bledsoe (5.03)
  9. Jrue Holiday (4.95)
  10. Mike Conley (4.73)

Notable Inclusions

Stephen Curry has cemented his lead over Chris Paul as fantasy basketball’s best point guard, and if you’ve been following the Golden State Warriors this season, you can see how his production has translated into a bunch of wins for them. Can Curry keep this up for the rest of the season? All indications point to a “yes.”

Kyle Lowry has continued to flourish with the Raptors and his naysayers, so far, have had to eat their words. He’s stepped up his game as the Raps deal with DeMar DeRozan‘s injury.

This is not the Kemba Walker of 2013-14. An uptick in his field-goal percentage has ballooned his current value, and whether or not he can maintain it will become another story altogether.

It is nice to see Jrue Holiday put together a bounce-back season after missing most of 2013-14. He’s formed an excellent on-court rapport with Anthony Davis and both of them have been fantastic so far.

Notably Absent

Russell Westbrook (4.54) is just outside of this list, but considering he has missed considerable time due to injury, he’s already on track to cracking the list by early-2015. Assuming he can stay healthy for the rest of the season, Russ should even make it into the top five.

Jeff Teague (3.77) started off the season very strong and has fallen off a bit in December. He is still a solid PG in fantasy and can easily find his way back into the top 10 by season’s end.

Derrick Rose (0.80) has managed to play in more than 20 games this season. That’s pretty much been the highlight of his 2014-15 season. That said, it is unfair to expect him to miraculously return to MVP form so quickly. Expect him to have his ups and downs this season as he slowly works himself back into elite form. Best case scenario is he finishes the season somewhere in the top 9-12 PG range.

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