JBL Fantasy Review
- By David Gonzalez, Day 51, 2024
JBL Fantasy Review – Day 51
If you are looking to read about the JBL players who are the most efficient…just move on.
If you want to know who has contested the most shots or has the most defensive win shares…we don’t care.
If you enjoy acronyms like PER, Per36, BPM, VORP…you’ll find none of that nonsense here.
Instead, we want to talk about the JBL players who stuff the stat sheet night in and night out with what matters most. What is that you all ask? Making fantasy owners happy!
We want to talk about the players who are on a 2-0 fast break and throw the ball off the backboard to themselves for a rebound and 2 points.
We want the guy who is going to push his teammate out of the way as the clock winds down to get that last rebound for a triple-double.
In this first article, we are going to take a look back at the pre-season publications which most fantasy owners rely on for that bit of extra knowledge and edge over their opponents as they develop their drat boards. More specifically, we are going to see how the 2024 #JBL Rank Top 50 has held up to this point in the season.
First, let’s provide the scoring methodology being used:
Made 3pt Shot (+0.5)
Now let’s dig in to see which players on the 2024 #JBL Rank Top 50 have fantasy owners cursing and which have owners building mini shrines in their dens:
The Not Top 50 By A Country Mile Fantasy Ranking List
Fantasy Rank (FR) #129/T50 #33: JaDante Hicks (SG - Mustangs)
Fantasy Points Per Game (FPG): 30.114
Fantast Points Per Minute (FPM): 0.9815
FR #126/T50 #24: Keydren Carter (SF - Jailbirds)
FR #107/T50 #32: Odell Bracey (SG - Dragons)
The Congrats on Cracking 100 Fantasy Ranking List
FR #95/T50 #34: Leon Bowen (C/PF - Hurricanes)
FR #85/T50 #42: Brandon Terry (PG - Huskies)
FR #78/T50 #50: Victor Olojakpoke (SF - Kings)
FR #77/T50 #45: Isiah Evans (PG - Bullets)
FR #67/T50 #16: Aaron Honeycutt (SF/SG - Bullets)
FR #66/T50 #47: Donnell Wallace (SF/SG - Blizzards)
The Be Better to Crack the Top 50 Fantasy Ranking List
FR #59/T50 #16: Lamar Francis (SG - Scorpions)
FR #58/T50 #43: Idris Berkley (SF/SG - Barons)
FR #57/T50 #35: Rubin Wingfield (PG - Skyhawks)
FR #55/T50 #22: Reggie Goodwin (SG - Bullets)
FR #52/T50 #17: Darius Barry (SF - Huskies)
For those keeping score at home, that makes 14 players who dropped out. In future editions, we will look into best fantasy players per team, young stars vs. vets and some other topics. For now, we march on.
The Glad to Have Squeaked By Into the Top 50 Fantasy Ranking List
FR #50/T50 #36: Detrez Owens (SG - Kings)
FR #46/T50 #27: Vionte Houston (SG - Huskies)
FR #44/T50 #39: Akieem Martin (C - Lumberjacks)
FR #42/T50 #37: Richmond Benson (PF - Kings)
FR #41/T50 #18: Mark Hunter (C/PF - Skyhawks)
FR #40/T50 #30: Antonio Vega (SF/SG - Jaguars)
FR #38/T50 #40: Jermaine Curry (SG - Fireballs)
FR #37/T50 #21: Khalil Hooker (C/PF - Jaguars)
FR #36/T50 #23: Jerome Bradley (SF - Renegades)
The Almost Could Have Been a Contender Fantasy Ranking List
FR #35/T50 #29: Derrick Griffin (SF - Scorpions)
FR #33/T50 #13: Isaiah Clarkson (C/PF - Bullets)
FR #31/T50 #44: Juwan Hughes (SF - Jaguars)
FR #30/T50 #31: Rasheem Fisher (PG - Vultures)
FR #29/T50 #25: Quavius Williamson (PF/C - Huskies)
FR #26/T50 #15: Ainsley Tucker (PF - Thunder)
The Top 25 And Almost 2nd Round Pick Material Fantasy Ranking List
FR #25/T50 #19: Antoine Peeler (SG - Lumberjacks)
FR #22/T50 #48: Josiah Robinson (SF/PF - Mustangs)
FR #21/T50 #41: Antoine Hall (C - Dragons)
FR #20/T50 #46: Ivan Obradovic (C/PF - Warriors)
The Not Quite Top 10 Fantasy Ranking List
FR #19/T50 #26: Jamaal Adams (PG/SG - Jaguars)
FR #17/T50 #8: Omar Grant (C/PF - Scorpions)
FR #16/T50 #38: Tezale Craig (SF - Skyhawks)
FR #15/T50 #11: Jevon Novak (PG - Dragons)
FR #13/T50 #49: Kelvin Black (C - Cyclones)
FR #12/T50 #7: Marcus Ivory (PF/C - Tritons)
FR #11/T50 #20: Dameon Clarke (PF - Scorpions)
The Top 10 Stat Sheet Stuffers Fantasy Ranking List
FR #10/T50 #28: Josh Gamble (PG - Cyclones)
For a team that ranks 17th in points per game and 20th in Pace, it’s a bargain for those who took a gamble on Gamble in their Fantasy Draft. Josh not only jacks up the most shots for the Cyclones, but he also ranks #3 in all of the JBL with 9.8 assists per game which bring along valuable fantasy points. He also leads all guards with 13 double-doubles securing additional bonus points.
FR #9/T50 #4: Jason Cheaney (SG/PG - Jailbirds)
Unlike his running mate, Keydran Carter, Cheaney has certainly not disappointed his fantasy owners by throwing himself into the MVP conversation early. He currently sits atop the JBL as the #1 scorer in the league and has helped the Jailbirds jump out to a 21-4 record. Cheaney is doing most of his fantasy work through his points and also by leading the league with 4.3 3pt shots made per game.
FR #8/T50 #5: Andre Phifer (SG/SF - Thunder)
Phifer features the lowest FPM in the Top 10, but we don’t care about efficiency. Just get fantasy owners their points and that is exactly what Andre does. He currently sits 4th in the league in scoring and his 2.27 steals per game rank 5th which add some nice FP’s to his totals. His 22 shots per game are #1 on the Thunder, 6 more than his teammate Ainsley Tucker so fantasy owners know on most nights Andre is going to get his.
FR #7/T50 #12: Drayton Banks (PF - Vultures)
Banks is the first big to crack the Top 10 as he leads the JBL in double-doubles with 22. His 13.6 rebounds per game are also good for #2 in the league behind James Spencer and when you throw in close to 26 ppg on top of that, it’s easy to see why Banks is in the Top 10.
FR #6/T50 #6: Dontay Sowder (SF - Thunder)
The league leader with 4 triple-doubles and flat out production up and down the stat sheet is a fantasy owner’s dream. 20+ points, 9+ boards, 6+ assists and a handful of steals and blocks each night put Sowder almost into the top 5.
FR #5/T50 #11: Taquan Slattery (PF - Devils)
Slattery has gone nuclear this season for fantasy owners. Those who were able to pick him up as a later first rounder have to be besides themselves being able to slot him in a nightly basis. Slattery is averaging a double-double (bonus points!) and is also the clear go-to on the Devils offense where he now ranks 3rd in JBL in scoring. Slattery is also averaging 2.4 blocks per game which is close to a career high.
FR #4/T50 #2: Alonzo Weaver (SF - Warriors)
Another likely MVP candidate, Weaver finds himself in the #4 spot currently; however, you can see there is a huge gap between him and Slattery of over 4 FP’s per game. Weaver, like Slattery, is averaging a double-double on the year, but he pushes himself into the #4 spot by averaging 5.0 assists per game whereas Slattery is under 2.
FR #3/T50 #9: Devon Harrell (PG - Crusaders)
Fantasy owners love Devon Harrell. Why? Even on bad teams who are still maturing, somebody has to fill the stat sheet. And Devon Harrell is THAT guy. 23 shots per game which are 9, YES NINE, more than his closest teammate lead to 28.6 points each night. When you add in his 9 assists, 6 boards and 2 steals which he also adds it is clear that Harrell is in a dream scenario for any fantasy owner.
FR #2/T50 #3: Chris LaCruz (PG - Fireballs)
The man leading the run-n-gun in LA currently sits in the #2 spot with his FPM ranking #8 overall. Again, fantasy owners only care about volume and that is what LaCruz. Brings to the table in spades. Chris leads the JBL with 23.8 FGA per game which eventually lead to 29.4 points a night (good for 5th). LaCruz does pick up a lot of points through is 9+ assists, 5+ boards and 2.27 steals, which is good for 5th in the JBL as well.
FR #1/T50 #1: Kelvin Hawes (C/PF - Knights)
The big man in KC was #1 on most draft boards and publications and he has lived up to the billing. He’s #1 in both FPG & FPM. There isn’t too much fantasy owners can say about Hawes other than most wish he would see more minutes to keep racking up that point total.