One of the most important aspects of Daily Fantasy Sports isn’t knowing who to play, but when to play them. This far into the season we are all aware of what certain players are capable of, but it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking they will be at their best every game. When selecting players, there are many factors that we need to take into consideration, but one of the most important factors is the matchup. Personally, I put a lot of weight into the matchups, so I have decided to outline the best and worst matchups at each position for you.
In today’s article, I will provide a breakdown of the matchups for the point guard position.
The Best Fantasy Matchups at the Point
1. The Los Angeles Lakers
It’s not hard to see why the Lakers are one of the worst teams in the league at defending the point guard position. These guys are about as good at containing the ball as the fat, old guy at your local Y, and at least he has crafty veteran moves. Both Huertas and Williams are undersized, and Russell lacks the foot speed to make up for his inexperience. As a result, point guards have burned them all season to the tune of 23.4 points and 8.9 assists.
Always consider the point guard coming up against the Lakers.
2. The Phoenix Suns
Unlike the Lakers, the Suns are a different story. Both Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe are competent defenders, yet the team still gives up a lot of fantasy points to point guards. Why?
For the Suns, it’s a combination of being third in pace and fifth last in overall defensive efficiency. Point guards thrive in fast-paced matchups, and with a defense that struggles to get back in transition, ball handlers can have a field day on the break.
With Eric Bledsoe (who is a great individual defender) out for the season, it makes sense that the Suns will begin to give up even more than the 24.5 points and 7.7 assists they have all season. In fact, over the last five, they have given up 5.4 points more per game than their season average.
3. The Sacremento Kings
Sacremento is another fast-paced team that struggles defensively. The Kings are first in the league in pace, and one spot below the Suns in defensive efficiency at number 24. It’s quite common that fast-paced teams struggle defensively, and only Boston and Golden State have been able to find the right mix of pushing the ball and getting back in transition. When it comes to the Kings, they know how to push the ball, but getting back in transition has been a struggle.
Let’s just say that this isn’t the last time we will see them on this list.
The Worst Fantasy Matchups at the Point
Sometimes it’s not about knowing when to play, but knowing when not to play.
1.The Boston Celtics
Isaiah Thomas is three inches shorter than I am, so I must admit I was surprised to see the Celtics at number one on this list. But as I mentioned above, the Celts are a team that has perfected the balance between offense and defense, and the point guard position is no different.
The Celtics have a lot of good individual defenders; Bradley, Crowder, and Smart, but ultimately it has been team defense that has made them so successful. Brad Stevens has constructed the second best defense in the league – one that focuses on shutting down the guy with the ball – and opposition point guards have struggled with it.
As a result, it hasn’t been a good idea to play point guards against the Celtics.
2. The Miami Heat
Goran Dragic doesn’t enjoy a stellar defensive reputation, so it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that Dragic makes for a good fantasy matchup. Just remember this, though: If you have thought it, you can guarantee that NBA coaches have considered it, and Erik Spoelstra isn’t an idiot. In fact, he’s an extremely smart coach – especially on the defensive side of the ball – and he has turned one of the Heat’s perceived weaknesses into one of their biggest strengths.
The Heat defense works extremely well to funnel any penetration towards their shot blocker, and Hassan Whiteside’s 3.9 blocks per game can attest to that. So while Dragic may look like a good matchup, the truth is that the Heat’s number seven ranked defense nullifies any advantage you may have thought you had.
3. The Toronto Raptors
Surprise, Surprise. Another top ten defense on the list.
In my opinion, the Raptors have taken the next step, and their defensive intensity is what sets this year’s team apart from the pretenders that got swept in the first round last year. Kyle Lowry’s improved conditioning is no doubt a factor, but he has always been a good defender. It just seems as if the rest of the team has decided to tag along this season.
With a full team effort, combined with Lowry’s solid individual defense, the Raptors are one of the worst matchups for any point guard.