Fantasy Basketball Rankings: Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks

Joe Johnson
Joe Johnson (AP)

Center – Brook Lopez vs. Tyson Chandler

Brook Lopez, Tyson Chandler
Brook Lopez, Tyson Chandler (AP/Kathy Willens)

Tyson Chandler is injured, but is one of the best defensive players in basketball when healthy. From a fantasy perspective, he usually shoots around 60 percent from the field, which will keep you in the category in both weekly head-to-head and rotisserie leagues. All he does is dunk, so the high field goal percentage makes sense. Besides that, he is a pretty good rebounder (10.7 per game last year) and averages over one block per game.

While that results in a solid fantasy center, it is not Brook Lopez.

Sure, Lopez isn’t exactly the staple of health himself, but when he plays he is excellent. He possesses maybe the softest set of hands of any player in the game, which makes it easy money for him to catch tough post passes, make one move and score. For years, we’ve been waiting for him to improve his rebounding numbers in fantasy but at this point he is what he is.

Lopez will get you around 20 points, 7 rebounds, and two blocks with great shooting percentages (though not quite as good as Chandler) and excellent free throw percentages. His offensive game takes the cake in the battle of New York bigs because he truly is an elite post scorer.


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There you have it; the Nets edge out the Knicks 3-2 according to fantasy value by starting position. Let me know how you feel about my analysis by commenting on this article, messaging me on Twitter @RSandersFR, or checking out Fantasy Basketball Money Leagues.

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Point Guard   |   Shooting Guard   |   Small Forward   |   Power Forward   |   Center