If you had to rank the most important Raptors in fantasy basketball without looking at their numbers, what order would you put them in? I think we can all agree that Kyle Lowry is a clear number one, but who even comes in second? DeMar DeRozan when he's healthy? Jonas Valanciunas for all those rebounds and blocks? Lou Williams for all those points and steals? Terrence Ross for all those threes? Amir Johnson because he's the only regular starter we haven't named?
Well, Lowry is indeed the top fantasy Raptor on average through 30 games in 2014-15, but the second highest-ranked guy in nine-category leagues has been Patrick Patterson. Here's his line:
|Patrick Patterson||9-Cat Rank||Points||Threes||Rebounds||Assists||Steals||Blocks||FG%||FT%||Turnovers|
It's true that nothing really stands out here that would make you run out to grab him. That's probably why he's still only owned in 39% of Yahoo leagues. But you have to consider sometimes that players that don't hurt you in any one area can be just as valuable as ones who help you in specific categories only, while hurting you in others.
Other than the below-average scoring mark, what in that line could you consider detrimental to your fantasy team? The threes and rebounds are both above average and it's not every day you can get that many triples from your power forward or center position.
People often ignore the efficiency categories (field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and turnovers) a bit too easily, but 2Pat is above average in each of them. As far as low turnovers go, in fact, he's fifth in the league in terms of value (via Basketball Monster). He has one of the lowest turnover rates (0.6 per game) in the NBA for someone who plays heavy minutes (26.3 per game).
For comparison's sake, the fifth most valuable guy in terms of points in the NBA is Kobe Bryant, who scores 24.6 points per game. In a standard, head-to-head fantasy league, a win in turnovers is worth just as much as a win in points, so why do we stumble over ourselves to draft good scorers like Kobe, but ignore the low turnover guys like Patterson?
*Note: If you're in an eight-category league (sans turnovers), Patterson dips just outside the top-100 in terms of value, but is still worth owning.
What's more, Patterson's been even more valuable over the last month or so. He's averaging 11.1 points, 2.0 threes, 5.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 0.5 turnovers per game over his last 15, while shooting 53.8% from the field, good enough for 50th-ranked value in nine-category leagues.
In other words, pick him up.
He won't light your team on fire, but he'll keep you afloat in many important categories and won't hurt you in the others. If you're concerned with the fact that he's a bench guy and Amir still starts in front of him, don't sleep on the fact that Patterson actually plays more minutes per game than Amir (26.3 versus 26.1).
And if you're a daily fantasy player, keep tossing Patterson in your FanDuel lineups with confidence while he's playing this hot (and if you want to try FanDuel for the first time, you can always click here to sign up and get a nifty 100 percent first time matching deposit bonus up to $200 when you use the promo code SBNRAPTORS). His price is still only $4,900 and he's averaging a cool 23.0 fantasy points per game on that platform over his last 10 contests.
So, what do you think? Are you a Patrick Patterson owner in fantasy basketball? Do you play him in daily games? How has he treated you? Jump in the comment section so we can discuss it!
*Note: Even though this is a sponsored post with affiliate links, all of the opinions in this post are my own. And as an FYI, FanDuel gave me some cash to play its daily fantasy games.