Best No. 2 pick after Nikola Jokic in fantasy basketball

Nikola Jokic is not only the back-to-back NBA MVP, he is additionally confirmed to be a league-winning fantasy choice all the way through each and every of the previous two seasons. Virtually everybody desires him at No. 1 in issues, class and roto leagues this season.

So that begs the query: If Jokic is off the board, who will have to you draft at No. 2 in 2022-23?

Here’s who our fantasy basketball professionals Andre’ Snellings, Eric Moody, Eric Karabell, Jim McCormick and John Cregan have their points of interest on.


Snellings: In issues leagues, the selection is modest: Giannis Antetokounmpo. While Jokic is also the straight forward No. 1, Giannis is simply as clean at No. 2. For representation functions, let’s take a look at the top-11 gamers from remaining season, taken care of via fantasy issues in line with recreation. Jokic used to be first at 61.4 FP/G, Giannis used to be 2d at 56.1 FP/G, then there have been 9 different gamers that averaged greater than 46 FP/G. Of the ones 9, teammates LeBron James and Anthony Davis neglected a blended 68 video games remaining season and teammates Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving neglected a blended 80 video games. Joel Embiid and James Harden simply was teammates past due in the season whilst Trae Young and Dejounte Murray was teammates this offseason, probably proscribing each and every different’s upsides. That leaves Luka Doncic (52.2 FP/G remaining yr) as the one different participant on that record, and he is a worthy candidate, however Giannis has the upper reasonable and a identical report of availability over the past a number of seasons.

I’d take Giannis 2d in class H2H leagues as smartly, however in roto leagues I would possibly believe Stephen Curry, Jayson Tatum or Karl-Anthony Towns as dominant class performers with out an egregious susceptible class. Giannis and Luka are each shaky loose throw shooters at prime quantity, which might harm them in roto ratings. But, in class H2H, I’m prepared to fret much less a few unhealthy class in trade for general dominance in a number of different classes.

Karabell: It does appear just a little wide-open for the No. 2 pick and I’ve to confess I’m unexpected myself just a little via selecting Antetokounmpo, since he generally is a little bit of an issue in class leagues for the low loose throw share (regardless that it rose some remaining season). However, he is in order that excellent in each and every different class that I might have a troublesome time passing him up at No. 2 without reference to structure. Antetokounmpo ratings, rebounds, passes, steals, blocks and hits his box objectives, is reasonably sturdy, particularly when in comparison to different notables, and is appearing no indicators of decline. He’s dependable. That counts for lots.

Moody: I might no longer hesitate to make a choice Giannis Antetokounmpo No. 2 general in a issues or class league. For the fourth directly season, he used to be a number of the peak 4 in MVP balloting. In each codecs, Antetokounmpo gifts fantasy managers with an excessively prime flooring and upside to complete as the end participant in each codecs. Field function share is considered one of his largest attracts. But in addition, the 53.5% profession shooter averaged 29.9 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.4 BPG, and 1.1 SPG whilst having one of the vital easiest utilization charges in the league at 34.5% remaining season.

McCormick: Doncic is the uncommon heliocentric playmaker who can rival the sheer stat-stuffing quantity of Antetokounmpo and Embiid and nonetheless counter the elite taking pictures and scoring quantity of Durant and Curry, all whilst a nightly risk to flirt with a triple-double. It’s superb to believe that there’s virtually some extent of Doncic fatigue in fantasy phrases; which is to mention, he is been so excellent for a number of seasons that it kind of feels his wealthy manufacturing has change into mundane and anticipated. When the truth is, Doncic continues to be simply 23 and scratching his statistical ceiling. No participant has a clearer trail to league-leading utilization, particularly in the wake of Jalen Brunson‘s go out. It’s wild to believe, however this man is simply getting began.

Cregan: In issues, one may just marshal arguments for seven gamers worthy of silver medal valuation. In roto: 4. In issues, when in doubt, this outdated head appears in opposition to two dynamics: well being and positional shortage. In roto: well being and true taking pictures share (TS%) shortage.

If you’ve gotten a tricky determination at any level in any draft, have a look at combination worth, no longer per-game worth. In issues, that narrows it right down to Antetokounmpo, Doncic and Tatum (who all have historic harm pink flags, and may just pass over six-to-eight video games). Roto-wise, that will get you right down to Tatum and Joel Embiid.

Now observe shortage. In issues we’re having a look at a dust-bowl paucity of SF manufacturing for 2022-23. Selecting Tatum units the desk for remainder of your draft, whilst taking a piece of SF manufacturing off the desk. In roto, prioritizing TS% shortage offers Embiid the nod.

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