Fantasy Basketball: Rookie Point Guard Watch

Evans won ROY of last season, who is next?

Last year, the league blew up with rookie point guards. Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings, Ty Lawson, and even Toney Douglas carried significant fantasy basketball value. This year was supposed to be different, with John Wall being the only one expected to contribute, but that’s not the way it’s turning out.

Eric Bledsoe, PG Los Angeles Clippers: With Baron Davis going down, Bledsoe has stepped up, and despite the beard’s return, Bledsoe is still producing. With the Clippers looking to unload the veteran PG, Bledsoe could turn out to be the most surprising rookie of the 2010 class.

Ish Smith, PG Houston Rockets: Smith has played quite strongly in the absence of Aaron Brooks (out 4-6 weeks), but his value may turn out to be short-term as he’ll have to deal with the presence of veteran Kyle Lowry. However, Smith has significantly more upside than Lowry and should be picked up in most formats to see how the timeshare pans out.

Armon Johnson, PG Portland Trailblazers: A great scorer no doubt, but Johnson will need an injury to become fantasy relevant, regardless of how much potential he may flash off the bench.

Jeremy Lin, PG Golden State Warriors: Lin is averaging 28 steals per 48 minutes played, but that’s extremely misleading as Lin has not seen much time on the court. Even when Steph Curry was out, Lin wasn’t a part of the offensive attack.

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