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2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Center Preview

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In this 2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Center Preview, I’m going to help answer some of the most important questions leading up to the season, go over my draft strategy and give a couple steals and reaches for the center position.

Efficiency is key for the big guys in the middle.

They offer the best opportunities for rebounds and blocked shots, but in today’s NBA their scoring chances are limited. That’s why it is important for them to be able to finish around the rim.

We only saw a couple of centers change teams this offseason, but no player really saw their value skyrocket with the move.

2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Center Preview

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Will Deandre Ayton take the next step(s) towards being a top-10 center?

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The first pick in the 2018 NBA Draft is now just 21 years old. Deandre Ayton averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds in his rookie season, while leaving a lot to be desired by Fantasy owners.
Among centers that played in at least 30 games last year and averaged 18 minutes per game, Ayton ranked outside the top-15 in Player Impact Estimate (PIE).
With Ricky Rubio now running point in Phoenix, let’s hope his ability to create plays and run an offense opens things up for Ayton offensively. Last year, Deandre saw just a 21% usage.

When should we target Bam Adebayo?

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Hassan Whiteside was traded to the Portland Trailblazers which opens up a spot in the starting lineup. This has led to Adebayo being drafted in the top-50 according to early Yahoo ADP.

In 61 games last year in which he played 18+ minutes, Bam scored 18 or more points just five times. He actually scored less than 10 points more often than not.

Adebayo did average more than eight rebounds in those games, recording two or more blocks 20 times.

He also recorded a steal and or a block in 54 of those 61 games.

However, he only recorded 11 double-doubles.

If and when I draft Adebayo, it will hopefully be in the sixth round or later and he will be filling in my Forward or Util roster spot. I don’t want to head into the season starting him at Center, if I can avoid it.

The guard position is deeper than the center position which is why I tend to grab at least one big in the early rounds.

Draft Strategy

I tend to grab at least one center in the first three round and usually find myself with a pair of bigs after five rounds of drafting.

Picking players with multiple position eligibility is huge in today’s position-less NBA. I wouldn’t force myself to take a PF who is also C eligible over a better Power Forward, but having that flexibility helps you fill out your roster with category-specific players.

Make sure you add at least two C eligible players to the bench too, if deep enough. You never know when you are going to need an extra boost in the rebounds/blocks/FG% categories!

Reach

JaVale McGee, Los Angeles Lakers

McGee just had a career year, on the worst Lakers team in recent memory. LeBron James is now playing point guard, Anthony Davis is wearing Purple and Gold and the roster is filled out with three-and-d veterans. I am just not sure where I see McGee fitting in.

In 22 minutes last year he averaged 12 points, 7.5 rebounds and two blocks. That is his ceiling if everything goes right in Los Angeles.

Dwight Howard has joined the team as well, so add to that what you will.

There are plenty of Centers going in the following rounds that I prefer over McGee. Not to mention all of Guards and Forwards who can help my roster late in the sixth, early in the seventh round.

Steal

Enes Kanter, Boston Celtics

Kanter has never seen a shot he didn’t like and there is little competition at the Center position in Boston with Al Horford now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Kanter is one of the better rebounders in the NBA and cleans up on the offensive glass.

As your eight or ninth-round pick, Kanter could put up double-doubles on a nightly basis.


Visit the F6P Fantasy Basketball Page for more advice to get you prepared for the 2019-20 season.

About Keith Lott

I have one goal, to help you win your league. It does not matter if you are a fantasy rookie or a veteran. Everyone has questions, and I have opinions. Lot(t)s of them!

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