We’ve got one week of BIG3 basketball under our belts. In other words, you’ve got no excuse for not being a fantasy expert!
But if you still need some help, all good… we’re here for you.
Here are some key stats and observations that will help you kill it this week…
First as reminder if you haven’t already created or joined a league of your own: Your fantasy squad is an 8-man roster, and must consist of one player from each of the eight teams. You’ll draft three “franchise players” that are exclusively yours. Then you’ll add five free agents that are interchangeable from week to week.
Got it? Good. Okay, let’s do this…
TRACKING THE MINUTES
It’ll take a few weeks before we all get a handle on which players in the BIG3 will be on the court more than others. And of course, the more they’re out there the more numbers they’ll get you. There will always be guys like Power’s DeShawn Stevenson – who lit it up for 20 points in 18 minutes in Brooklyn. But Rashard Lewis was out there twice as long for the 3-Headed Monsters and had himself a monster game. Here’s a rundown of the top 10 in minutes played from Week 1.
Player, Team Minutes
Ricky Davis, Ghost Ballers 37
Kwame Brown, 3-Headed Monsters 37
Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters 36
Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s 36
Mo Evans, Ghost Ballers 35
Reggie Evans, Killer 3s 34
Al Harrington, Trilogy 34
Derrick Byars, Ball Hogs 31
Rasual Butler, Ball Hogs 31
Andre Owens, 3’s Company 29
For the two teams not represented in the top 10, Jerome Williams led Power with 28 minutes and Jermaine O’Neal led Tri-State with 27.
CAN THEY KEEP IT UP?
Before Brooklyn, most fans were focused on the 16 co-captains – but some of the drafted players who might not have been expected to dominate were actually stars of Week 1. Some of the surprise players who are worth a closer look this week:
• Stevenson had 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks
• Tri-State’s Mike James came the closest to a triple-double, with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
• Trilogy’s James “Flight” White had 16 points and 7 rebounds
• Reggie Evans of the Killer 3s had 18 points and 12 rebounds
• Kwame Brown of the 3-Headed Monsters had 17 points and 13 rebounds
• Al Thornton – a late addition to the 3’s Company roster – had 13 points and 8 rebounds
• The Ball Hogs’ Rasual Butler had 22 points and 9 rebounds
Value in Versatility
Five players registered double-doubles in Week 1, which earns bonus points in fantasy:
Andre Owens, 3’s Company (20 points, 15 rebounds)
Kwame Brown, 3-Headed Monsters (17, 13)
Jerome Williams, Power (10, 10)
Mike James, Tri-State (13, 12)
Reggie Evans, Killer 3s (18, 12)
• Eleven players had more than one steal, which is worth points. Ten players had a pair of steals and Ricky Davis of the Ghost Ballers led all BIG3 players with 3 steals (to go with his 23 points).
• Mike Bibby of the Ghost Ballers hit half of all the 4-pointers that were made Sunday in Brooklyn. A total of 20 4-point shots were attempted with only four made. In addition to Bibby’s two made shots, Rashard Lewis and Cuttino Mobley each hit one. … Tri-State was the only team that did not attempt any 4-point shots.
• My sleeper coming into the season was Xavier Silas of Tri-State. Silas had a quiet debut, with 3 points, 1 rebound and 5 assists. But I’m not ready to give up on a player who turned heads at the BIG3’s pre-draft combine. Expect him to have a breakout game Sunday in Charlotte against the Ball Hogs.