Karabell: FBA '05 Midseason Report
Originally Published: January 27, 2005By Eric Karabell | ESPN Games Fantasy Edge
With the fantasy basketball season about halfway done, there's no better time than now to discuss what we've seen, crown our MVPs and busts, and of course, a lot more. There's still a long way to go in the season, and a lot of key fantasy things to watch (Kobe, Andrei, the Suns, etc.). But here's what's happened so far ...
Fantasy MVP: Three players have separated themselves at the top of the ESPN Player Rater, but Kevin Garnett must be excluded since he was expected to be there, and was the consensus top pick in nearly every league. The other two guys? Well, Shawn Marion remained a top 10 pick as always, despite the expected emergence of Amare Stoudemire, which was supposed to hurt his value. Amare is great, but Marion's better. It's a bit surprising to see Marion having his best season, but every Sun is (thanks to Steve Nash). However, the MVP award must go to LeBron James for what he's done. Drafted on average in the No. 14 spot, James is an asset in every fantasy category, much like Garnett is, but a better value. Did anyone expect this to happen so soon? In keeper leagues, the case can be made LeBron IS the top keeper going forward. He's sixth in the league in scoring and assists, and second in steals, and in January his stats have risen. It wouldn't be a reach to see him at No. 1 at the end of the season on the Player Rater, and as next season's top selection.
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