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Ask Nene – Week 2 - 4 comments

By Brett Roberts

For next mailbag: which are your top three best individual fantasy seasons over the past decade? Starting with the 1999-00 season through 2008-09. Factoring in both per game value and cumulative value.

1)  It’s hard to forget what a multi-stud category stud Marion once was, and he really shined in the 02-03 season with this stat line, contributing in all categories:

21.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.3 spg, 1.2 bpg, 1.7 3s/g, 45.2% FG, 85.1% FT

2)  Next, I have to go with KG’s 03-04 year:

24.2 ppg, 13.9 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 2.2 bpg, 0.1 3s/g,  49.9%, 79.1% FT

3)  The now gimpy T-Mac was once a dominant force in 02-03:

32.1 ppg, 5.5 apg, 6.5 rpg, 1.7 spg , 0.8 bpg, 2.3 3s/g, 45.7% FG, 79.3 FT%

4)  And for head to head leagues, you can’t deny Lebron’ 07-08 year, so I have to have 4 best performances instead of three.

30.0 ppg, 7.2 apg, 7.9 rpg, 1.8 spg, 1.1 bpg, 1.5 3s/g, 48.4 FG%,


A simple one – give us your top 3 breakout players (ie – guys who will perform the highest amount of spots over their ADP this year)

Brand @ 34.6

Brand was once a top 10 fantasy force.  How can an injury plagued year and one down season cause him to become a late third round value?  In my opinion he at least finishes 20th in cum ranks.

Nene @ 53.4

Nene finished in the top 25 last year’s Yahoo ranks.  And yet he is being taken 53rd?  Please.

Thompson @ 104.6

In April, the end of last year, Thompson averaged 10.2 rpg, 14.1 ppg, 1.3 bpg.  If he can put up those numbers again, perhaps with a couple less rebounds per game, he’ll easily outperform his draft postion.

Hey Nene,

First time playing on CBS stadard positions(G-F-C)public H2H league(Pts (1), Rebs(1) Assits(2) Stls(1) Blks(1) TO(-1). How would you draft? I’m thinking my priority is to get guards that has assists, guys that are 20, 10 . Those are my main focus stls and blks are secondary, what do you think? Thanks

First, let me say that I have never played in a CBS league.

The league settings are different than normal, and not surprisingly, with assists being worth 2 compared to all other stats being worth one, the Point Guards become a lot more valuable.

Plugging your stat settings into Basketball Monster produced the following standouts in this format (as opposed to a standard 9-cat Yahoo league):

Deron Williams #4

Dwight Howard #7

Devin Harris #11

Steve Nash #19

Zach Randolph #26

Rajon Rondo #29

All of these players go significantly lower in regular Yahoo drafts and you could potentially get them at a lower draft position than their rank above.  Doing so would set you up nicely.

Brett Roberts is one of a growing number of fantasy experts who write for the Cafe. You can catch up with Brett in the Cafe's forums where he posts under the name of Nene.
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4 Responses to “Ask Nene – Week 2”

  1. plonden says:

    Can’t argue with your top four there, Nene. Glad to see T-Mac’s 2002-03 season included as well. Simply beastly!

  2. User avatar Rizzo says:

    Good research on those top fantasy seasons over the past ten years. For some reason, I keep avoiding Brand in my mock drafts, but need to realize that I used to plan on taking him 1st round year after year in my old money league with friends. If he avoids injuries, he should be great again. And of course you would put Nene in the breakout player section!

  3. User avatar RedHopeful says:

    Happy to see another person high on Brand!

    Btw, I should’ve said everyone but NENE when I asked my question. :)

  4. Longshot says:

    I would’ve liked to have seen AK47 breakout year in there, mostly because unlike the guys you listed, he came from nowhere and won lots of leagues. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for AK!


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