17/18 Punting Guides Part 1: Punt Assists

R3) C.J. McCollum

This build starts big/big in most scenarios and you’ll likely be looking for a guard in the third round. McCollum is your best bet. He brings point guard eligibility and excellent scoring numbers (23.0 PPG on 48.0 FG%). He is also one of the better options from deep (2.3 3PG) and is coming off of a season where he led the entire league in FT% percentage (91.2 FT%). The only glaring hole in McCollum’s line is his lack of steals (0.9 SPG), but he somewhat makes up for his low swipes by being a quality source of out-of-position blocks (0.6 BPG).

R3) Myles Turner

Turner has top-8 potential in this build and looks like he’s headed for a major third-year breakout. The Pacers’ prize prospect returned first-round value in punt assists in his sophomore year despite having to compete for touches with Paul George and Jeff Teague. Both players have left Indiana and that means Turner is likely going to have a much higher usage rate this season. That should help his scoring (14.5 PPG) and threes (0.5 3PG), but it could also be a double-edged sword. He’ll receive more defensive attention this season which could lead to a drop in his FG% (51.0 FG%). Regardless of what he does on offense, Turner should continue to provide plenty of value on the defensive end. He posts respectable steals numbers for a big man (0.9 SPG) and is one of the league’s best rim protectors (2.1 BPG). Unlike most of the league’s better shot blockers, Turner won’t hurt you at the line (80.9 FT%).

R3) Klay Thompson – Klay is your backup guard target if you miss out on McCollum. Kevin Durant’s move to Oakland puts a cap on Thompson’s ceiling, but the sharpshooter should still return value in this build if taken in the third. In 2016-2017, Klay was a top-20 player without assists. His line looks similar to McCollum’s except with more threes (3.4 3PG) and worse, but still very good, percentages (46.8 FG%, 85.3 FT%). Thompson is one of the safer picks in the draft.

Other Round 3 Options: DeMar DeRozan, Bradley Beal, Joel Embiid

R4) Otto Porter – Porter was a first-round player in the punt assists build last season so you’d think that he’d be a no-brainer at his current fourth-round price. Not quite. Since it’s easy to have overkill in turnovers and miss out on value elsewhere when punting assists, whether or not to take Porter (0.5 TOPG) depends on who your earlier picks are. If you grab DeMarcus Cousins early on, then Porter should be at the top of your wish list. He is the best way to cancel out Cousins’ devastating turnover rate. If your first three picks are low turnover players, then it may be best to look elsewhere. If you ignore both assists and turnovers, then Porter becomes only a third-round player. That’s still good, but hardly makes him a must-grab. In addition to his minuscule turnover rate, owners drafting Porter get excellent 3-and-D numbers (1.9 3PG, 1.5 SPG) and useful boards (6.4 RPG), blocks (0.5 BPG), and FG% impact (51.5 FG%).

R4) Brook Lopez – Lopez is a great option for those who did manage to pick up steals early and are low on blocks (1.7 BPG). Unfortunately, these days you can’t depend on Brook for much in the other big man categories. He now has a very consistent three-ball (1.8 3PG), but it has come at the expense of his FG% (47.3 FG%). He also continues to be a poor rebounder (5.4 RPG). Grab Brook if you are in need of a points boost (20.5 PPG) and prefer your blocks to come without a FT% hit (81.0 FT%). In case you haven’t noticed, Lopez has managed to shed his injury-prone label. He’s played in at least 72 games each of the past three seasons.

R4) Paul Millsap – As mentioned earlier, you’re usually going to come out of the early rounds light on steals when punting assists. One of your main focuses in the middle rounds is going to be on addressing that weakness and grabbing Millsap in the fourth is a great way to do just that. The Nugget is always one of the best big man sources of swipes (1.3 SPG) and those steals come attached to positive contributions in most other categories. Millsap is always a reliable source of points (18.1 PPG), threes (1.1 3PG), rebounds (7.8 RPG), and blocks (0.9 BPG). He is leaving one of the worst offenses in the league for a top-5 offense, so expect his FG% to bounce back (44.2 FG%) in his first season in Denver.

R4) Kevin Love – Love’s current fourth-round draft spot is well below his ceiling in this build. In 2015-2016 he was a top-20 player without dimes and it’s looking like he’ll be the Cavaliers’ second option for a good chunk of the season. Punt assists’ early-round targets fit very well with Love. Most of the time, you’ll be coming out of the first three rounds with quite a bit of blocks and FG%. That makes it much easier to absorb Love’s weaknesses (42.7 FG%, 0.4 BPG) and allows you to sit back, relax, and enjoy Love’s excellent scoring (19.0 PPG), threes (2.4 3PG), rebounds (11.1 RPG), and out-of-position FT% impact (87.1 FT% on 4.9 FTA).

Other Round 4 Options: Khris Middleton, DeAndre Jordan (if punting FT% as well)

R5) Serge Ibaka – The veteran saw his value take a sizable hit after the move to Toronto and has some risk attached to him if he isn’t placed in a favorable build. Ibaka doesn’t fit into every punting strategy, but this is a very friendly build for the big man (0.7 APG). He was a top-50 punt assists option with the Raptors and was a top-30 punt assists asset on the year. Think of him as a poor man’s Porzingis. He can hit threes (1.6 3PG), can still block some shots (1.6 BPG), and helps you at the line (85.6 FT%). He’ll also hurt your steals (0.5 SPG), is mediocre on the boards (6.8 RPG), and his FG% is below-average for a big man (47.9 FG%).

R5) LaMarcus Aldridge – Aldridge’s regression was very obvious last season, but he can still be very useful when placed in a friendly build. For Aldridge, it doesn’t get any friendlier that the punt assists build (1.9 APG). The big man is only a year removed from posting top-15 value in this build and despite disappointing in 2016-2017, he still managed top-45 numbers when assists were ignored. Outside of steals (0.6 SPG), he provides owners with a clean line with his best contributions coming in the points (17.3 PPG), rebounding (7.3 RPG), and blocks (1.2 BPG) categories. He’s still rock-solid at the line (81.2 FT%), but his attempts dropped last season (3.8 FTA) and that leaves the big man as only a good, but not great, source of FT% impact. It should be noted that Aldridge has a player option that kicks in after this season. We should see a more motivated Aldridge in what could be his final season in San Antonio.

R5) Victor Oladipo – The Pacers’ new first option is an excellent pick in the fifth round and is a perfectly acceptable selection in the fourth. He does lose a little bit of value in this build (3.9 APG in 2015-2016), but his upside is still through the roof. Over the last three months of the 2015-2016 season, Oladipo was the 13th-best player in the punt assists build. He’s going to see his usage spike this season and he should provide owners with plenty of points, threes, and defensive stats. Over the last three months of 2015-2016, the point guard eligible Oladipo averaged 18.7 PPG, 1.4 3PG, 4.8 RPG, 1.9 SPG, and 0.9 BPG.

Other Round 5 Options: Nikola Vucevic, Carmelo Anthony, Andre Drummond (if punting FT% as well)

R6) Robert Covington – This is your primary mid-round target. Covington can almost single-handedly make up for any early-round threes and steals deficits. The Sixer just missed cracking the top-25 in punt assists last season and was a top-7 player over the last two months of the year. Covington is proficient from deep (2.0 3PG) and his defensive prowess translates to the box score (1.9 SPG, 1.0 BPG). I know some are nervous to pick the swingman because his numbers were much better with Embiid out of the lineup. The difference in Covington’s shooting percentage when Embiid was on the floor versus when he was off the floor was significant. Before Embiid went down, Covington was shooting 37.2% from the field and after Embiid was shutdown for good, he shot 43.1% from the field. I’m not losing much sleep over that. Here’s why. Before Embiid’s injury, 37.7% of Covington’s shots were wide open. He shot an awful 29% on those shots and shot an ugly 26.7% on open threes. After Embiid’s injury, 32.6% of Covington’s shots were wide open. He shot 47.2% on those wide open shots and hit 40% of his attempts from deep. What does this tell us? Embiid wasn’t dragging Covington down at all. He was actually doing the opposite. The Process was getting his teammate better looks. The issue was that Covington just wasn’t hitting wide-open shots! If Covington can keep his FG% in the lower 40s, he is going to be a serious problem for his owners’ opponents. I’m all in on Covington. You should be too.

R6) Trevor Ariza – Ariza is a mainstay of the build and a fine option if you miss out on Covington. He’s a lock to provide value at this price if you are ignoring assists. Last season, Ariza was a top-35 player without dimes and was elite from deep (2.4 3PG) and in the steals category (1.8 SPG). He doesn’t do too much else these days, but those steals and threes are exactly what you are looking for in the middle rounds. He’s an especially strong option for a DeMarcus Cousins-led punt assists team due to his extremely low turnover rate (0.9 TOPG).

R6) Gary Harris – Reach for Harris in the the fifth if you have to. He’s going to be very, very good in the punt assists build. He’s only entering his third season in the league, but Harris doesn’t have to improve a lick to be great value at this spot. He was a boderline top-50 player last season without dimes and got better as the year went on. Over the last two months of the season, the Nugget was posting third-round value in this build. What makes Harris special is his efficiency. Few players can hit 1.9 3PG while shooting 50.3% from the field. Expect Harris to improve both his scoring rate (14.9 PPG) and steals rate (1.2 SPG). Both improved as last season went along and he became further removed from the groin injury that cost him 16 of the Nuggets’ first 21 games.

Other Round 6 Options: Tobias Harris, Clint Capela (if punting FT%), Dwight Howard (if punting FT%)

R7) Lou Williams – You’re going to be aiming to roster at least two players with point guard eligibility. Sweet Lou is one of the better options to fill one of those spots. The veteran loses minimal value when assists are ignored (3.0 APG) and has the ability to post monster scoring lines (17.5 PPG) that are accompanied by plenty of threes (2.0 3PG). Those are very nice numbers, but what you are really targeting Williams for is his FT% impact. Only ten players had a larger positive impact on the category than Williams did last year. Aside from Isaiah Thomas and Danilo Gallinari, every other player who bested Williams will be drafted within the first two rounds of the draft. Finding elite FT% impact this late in the draft is extremely rare. Try to find a way to get Lou on your roster.

R7) Avery Bradley – Bradley is going to play major minutes for the Pistons and should be able to match most of his 2016-2017 averages. He was a top-50 player in punt assists last season thanks to big numbers in the scoring (16.3 PPG), threes (2.0 3PG), rebounding (6.1 RPG), and steals (1.3 SPG) categories. The big question mark is the boards. His previous career high in rebounding was 3.8 RPG and he’s joining a team that has a guy named Andre Drummond on it. Bradley has more value if you’re playing on Yahoo instead of ESPN as he only has point guard eligibility on Yahoo.

R7) Nerlens Noel – Noel is a potential league-winning pick at his current seventh-round ADP. Yes, he does carry a fair amount of risk, but an seventh-round pick busting won’t torpedo your season. An seventh-round pick providing top-30 production may make your season though. That’s the type of upside we are dealing with here. It took only 20.5 MPG for Noel to produce top-50 numbers in this build last season. Assuming his knee is healthy, he should see a significant increase in playing time and that means elite defensive numbers. Only Draymond Green and Chris Paul averaged more steals on a per minute basis than Noel last season (2.2 SP36) and the Maverick is no slouch in the blocks department either (1.8 BP36). Owners should also expect Noel to be one of the better sources of FG% impact. He had a top-20 impact on the category last season despite only taking 6.1 shots per night (59.4 FG%).

Other Round 7 Options: George Hill, Aaron Gordon, Jae Crowder, Jonas Valanciunas

R8) Gorgui Dieng – Even if Taj Gibson does steal some of Dieng’s minutes, he will still likely return solid value if taken in the eighth round. In 2016-2017, he was a fourth-round player without dimes and offers one of the cleanest lines in fantasy basketball. He is active on the defensive end (1.1 SPG, 1.2 BPG) and is always a steady source of percentages impact (50.3 FG%, 81.4 FT%). Dieng is very unlikely to see the 32.4 MPG that he did last season, but his minutes should be in the upper 20s and that would be enough to keep both his floor and ceiling high. The big man was actually just as valuable in 2015-2016 as he was last season despite playing five less minutes per night (27.1 MPG).

R8) Marquese Chriss – The punt assists build tends to be strong in both percentages and that makes drafting a player like Chriss much easier. Chriss will likely continue to struggle with his efficiency in his second year (44.9 FG%, 62.4 FT%), but if your team can absorb the hit to both percentages categories, you could have a monster on your hands. The sophomore’s counting numbers could be very, very good. His per minute numbers in his rookie season were spectacular (1.5 3P36, 1.4 SP36, 1.4 BP36). His percentages are in his only weakness in what is a very friendly build for Chriss (1.2 AP36).

Other Round 8 Options: Malcolm Brogdon, Patrick Beverley, James Johnson, Dirk Nowitzki


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  1. Erick

    Great piece!
    Quick q: Who would you target in the second round if you get KAT? (10 teams)

    1. Adam Stock

      It really depends on where you took KAT. Taking KAT at 3 instead of 7 makes is going to change the board quite a bit. PG is obviously ideal but he’ll be gone a lot of the time if you took KAT early. I like Whiteside too. One the mocks I put up worked out pretty well with him. He should be there late second in 10 teamers. I did a similar thing in my main league last season with AD/Whiteside and it worked well. FT% can be issue though. I don’t mind reaching for Turner either if you took KAT earlier in the draft. He should be phenomenal, the only issue is his PO schedule.

  2. trevor

    I love this strategy and your articles but i cant get how you can be strong in both % without falling in a double or even a triple punt. Its impossible to punt assists and being strong in rebounds,blocks and fg without punting ft. And if we get Myles Turner and Brook, then we would be thin in rebounds. Difficult.

    1. Anonymous

      I think you end up creating capacity for double %s success when you are NOT targeting the assist champs, you use those picks to find the unique guys that deliver big-man stats (REBs, BLKs, FG%) who also have FT% (hello Anthony Davis, Karl Anthony Towns, Embiid, Turner, etc.) and little man/shooter stats (3PT, STL), who also have FG% (Bradley Beal, McColum, Harris, Durant, Porter, Thad Young, etc). Also make sure in early rounds, you’re getting the ones that also have points…

      Some specific players make it possible to both %s

  3. Adam Stock

    I’d just keep mocking and playing around with different combinations. I think it’s pretty doable, especially if you start big-big. The KD/Myles team I put up was top of the league in the both and the KAT team was dominant in the big man stats without punting FT%. Guys like Whiteside make it tricky to be great in FT%, but you can still be passable there. Also, Whiteside is very inconsistent at the line. He’s had some stretches where he’s been 70+% for months so there’s some upside there. To keep FG% up without hurting FT%, you’ll want to target efficient wings like Harris and Warren. If you feel a little too light on boards wings like Covington, Rondae, and Warren can help without hurting you at the line. Hernangomez is cheap and can be a huge boost to your rebs late too. If you find yourself in trouble with FT%, after the early rounds, Lou Will can bring you back pretty fast. Combining Lou Will + Towns + Whiteside will make you average at the line and gets you all the big man stats. AD does almost the same thing when paired with Lou and Whiteside.

  4. gloizides

    So these five are from ESPN Mock’s with all 12 teams present. How likely do you think these drafts are?/Which one would you say is the strongest?

    3- Kevin Durant
    22- Myles Turner
    27- Kristaps Porzingas
    46- Victor Oladipo
    51- Robert Covington
    70- Trevor Ariza
    75- Tobias Harris
    94- Gary Harris
    99- Nerlens Noel
    118- TJ Warren
    123- Derrick Favors
    142- Buddy Hield
    147- Jamal Murray

    dominant- ft, 3, stl, blocks, points
    above avg- fg, rb
    weak- none

    7- Karl Anthony Towns
    18- Paul George
    31- Kristaps Porzingas
    42- Kevin Love
    55- Robert Covington
    66- Victor Oladipo
    79- Marquese Chriss
    90- Gary Harris
    103- Nerlen Noel
    114- Derrick Favors
    127- Aaron Gordon
    138- Nikola Mitotic
    151- Patty Mills

    dominant- 3s, rebounds, steals, blocks, points
    above avg- fg, ft
    weak- none

    7- Anthony Davis
    18- Paul George
    31- Kris Middleton
    42- Kevin Love
    55- Lamarcus Aldridge
    66- Victor Oladipo
    79- Garry Harris
    90- Marquese Chriss
    103- Aaron Gordon
    114- Robin Lopez
    127- Seth Curry
    138- Jamal Murray
    151- Danny Green

    Dominant- ft, 3s, rebounds, steals, blocks, points
    Above avg-0
    Avg- fg
    weak- none

    8- Anthony Davis
    17- Demarcus Cousins (thoughts on picking both davis and cousins?)
    32- Paul Milsap
    41- Kevin Love
    56- Robert Covington
    65- Victor Oladipo
    80- Zach Lavine
    89- Gary Harris
    104- Nerlens Noel
    113- Derrick Favors
    128- Seth Curry
    137- JJ Redick
    152- Allen Crabbe

    dominant- 3pm, reb, stl, blk, pts
    above avg- fg, ft (5th)
    weak- none

    7- Karl-Anthony Towns
    18- Paul George
    31- Myles Turner
    42- Kevin Love
    55- Robert Covington
    66- Victor Oladipo
    79- Zach Lavine
    90- Garry Harris
    103- Nerlens Noel
    114- Derrick Favors
    127- Seth Curry
    138- Nikola Mitotic
    151- Danny Green

    dominant- ft, 3s, reb, stl, blk, pts
    above avg- none
    avg- fg
    weak- none

    1. Adam Stock

      I like all of them, I’m not sure if any will be super realistic in a month. ESPN rankings are weird though and they do effect how people draft. Some guys will slip but you’re getting a ton of value in some spots. 1st one is probably the most realistic. I think I like 2 and 5 the most. Also I have no problem with AD/Cousins. Good PO sched. Not worried about their numbers. Only issue is obviously health.

      1. gloizides

        Ended up with the 2nd pick, any thoughts?
        2- Giannis Antetokounmpo
        23- Myles Turner
        26- CJ McCollum
        47- Robert Covington
        50- Victor Oladipo
        71- Garry Harris
        74- Isaiah thomas
        95- Derrick Favors
        98- TJ warren
        119- Robin lopez
        122- Buddy Hield
        143- RHJ
        146-Mo Harkless

        1. gloizides

          Which team would you prefer?
          Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil SF
          23 Myles Turner, Ind PF
          26 CJ McCollum, Por PG
          47 Robert Covington, Phi PF
          50 Victor Oladipo, Ind SG
          71 Gary Harris, Den SG
          74 Isaiah Thomas*, Cle PG
          95 Derrick Favors, Utah PF
          98 TJ Warren, Pho SF
          119 Robin Lopez, Chi C
          122 Buddy Hield, Sac SG
          143 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Bkn SF
          146 Maurice Harkless, Por SF


          8 Anthony Davis, Nor PF
          17 Rudy Gobert, Utah C
          32 Klay Thompson, GS SG
          41 Paul Millsap, Den PF
          56 Harrison Barnes, Dal SF
          65 Lou Williams, LAC PG
          80 Avery Bradley, Det SG
          89 Evan Fournier, Orl SG
          104 Pau Gasol, SA PF
          113 Tyler Johnson, Mia SG
          128 Jordan Clarkson, LAL PG
          137 Ersan Ilyasova, Atl PF
          152 Kent Bazemore, Atl SG

  5. Pedro

    Hey, great article, really enjoyed it. I’m in a 12 team Dynasty league, and by reading this I found out I have a strong core for the build (which I was leaning to since mid season. My 12 keepers (and a wild card, just in case) are:

    1)Karl-Anthony Towns
    2)Paul George
    3)Rudy Gobert
    4)Kristaps Porzingis
    5)Draymond Green
    6)Aaron Gordon
    7)Jabari Parker
    8)Buddy Hield
    9)Nerlens Noel
    10)Jeremy Lin
    11)Jaylen Brown
    12)Norman Powell
    WC=Marcus Smart, since I have no more PG.

    As you can see, I kinda lack some depth, and also, my Guards are really weak. I have the 2nd overall draft pick, I’d love to get Markelle Fultz but it seems I’ll have to settle with Lonzo Ball, since he has more value on the market. What would you recommend me to do? What players should I be looking to trade? Thanks for the advice, keep up the geat work!

    1. Adam Stock

      I would aim very high with Lonzo. Like top-40 high. I’d start with guys like McCollum and work my way down. Very unlikely to get a guy at that level, but you never know. Lonzo makes people do dumb things.

  6. OSH72

    Nice and interesting work, as usual!
    I’m waiting for the following posts.
    In the meantime, one question.
    ESPN 10 team league, H2H 9 category.
    I’m the 4th to pick.
    We have max 3 keepers with 2 round less than last year, so I can skip a pick and choose between:
    Myles Turner 44 (I can pick MT with my 5th round)
    Patrick Beverley 104
    Robert Covington 57
    Malcolm Brogdon 97
    According to your description, my first two keepers are screaming for a punt fg.
    Picks 1 and 2 will be Durant and Giannis.
    With the 4 should I go Westbrook?
    I think that Curry can be available, still I should stick to the FG plan in this case?

    Then, any suggestion for the strategy for picks 17 24 37?
    5th and 6th round will be MT and Cov, if I confirm them.
    Then, who do you choose between Brogdon 97 and PBev 104? I think I would prefer the experienced one…

    Many thanks!

    1. Adam Stock

      I’d go Westy with MT. They’re a great fit. Don’t love Steph in FG% although he can fit in there and MT doesn’t really fit Steph’s best builds which are FT% and blocks. 17/24/37 you need at least one more great big. Kristaps if he’s there. If you want to gamble Embiid would fit amazingly well. Bigs plus PGs unless a wing who shouldn’t be there is. I like Bev a little more than Brog. More upside.

      1. OSH72

        Thanks Adam, I agree, also on Embiid, I don’t know if I have the stomach to gamble on him before 37…
        With Westy, Wall or Cousins would be a dream at 17!
        Bigs are not a lot in 2nd – 3rd round. And I like Rubio at 37 (but I don’t think he is happy to partnering RW…).
        I made some simulations comparing my team projected stats vs field average with same rounds.
        I cannot understand why Westy + Wall + Porzingis (+ MT and RoCo) seem not to work so much (only FG and TO lower than field average, but no net advantage for other categories). Here PG if available at 24 can be an assurance, too. But then I’m missing a big.
        Best combo I found seems Curry + Draymond + Walker (Porzingis). TO better than the field, the weakness in points can be targeted with the next pick considering that FG will be an issue in any case. What I like here it is that I’m not punting TO, and normally I’m that kind of owner! 🙂
        With the simulation, I found that the combo KAT Walker (4+24) seems to work good with my keepers. Lowry / Butler at round 2. Sort of anomalous punt assist?!

  7. Lee

    Hi everyone,
    i’m playing in the league with 18 teams and will draft 15# this year. Can anyone suggest me how to punt assist with my position?

    1. Adam Stock

      Tricky situation. If you do like Punt dimes something like PG plus Myles Turner would work. Whiteside too if he falls. KP and Jimmy also decent options.

  8. oh_lol

    Hope your other punt guides are released soon!

    1. Adam Stock

      Aiming for one every 3 days! These things are beasts to write and research.

  9. Rich

    If you were doing an auction, would you prefer to start with Anthony Davis for $60-65 or a combo of Turner + Porzingis for $70-75?

    What do you think of this build?

    PG: Oladipo ($15-20), Beverley ($3-5)
    SG: Klay/Beal/CJ ($25-30), G Harris ($10-12), Covington/Ariza ($8-10)
    SF; Aaron Gordon ($8-10)
    PF: Love ($22-26), Turner ($33-35)
    C: Porzingis ($40), Noel ($12-15), WCS ($5-8)

    1. Adam Stock

      It’s pretty close but I prefer AD. The top of the draft guys are significantly better than the second round guys. If you go with the two youngsters, I think you have a very, very good plan there. I like every player you listed. Watch out for points though. It’s going to be dicey without a 25+ guy.

  10. tomschlicker

    12 team 8 cat H2H
    Am looking at punting assists. Picking at 8 and most likely will end up with AD/Kawhi/KAT with my first pick.
    Hoping to get PG at 17 but if he’s gone who would be the next best option.
    Also any recommendations on my next 2 picks (32 and 41)

    1. Adam Stock

      I’m fine with starting big/big and then going with CJ or Klay in round two. Whiteside works well because you make up his FT% through your first rounder plus CJ. It’s a bit of a reach for Myles but he works very well there. Same with Kristaps.

  11. Brian

    Hello! Just working in mocking for punt ast. Do you think this is a realistic draft? 12 team 9 cat, did I cover my bases or am I short in some cats.

    Anthony Davis – pick 5
    Porzingis – 20
    CJ McCullom – 29
    Paul Milsap – 44
    V. Oladipo – 53
    R. Covington – 68
    Gary Harris – 77
    M. Brogdon – 92
    M. Chris’s – 101
    Z. Lavine – 116
    T. Warren – 125
    T. Ross- 140
    D. Dedmon – 149

    Am I taking too many guards? Could some of those picks be used for other more valuable targets?


    1. Adam Stock

      I think the mix is fine. I don’t think you’re taking too many guards. Cov and Warren pretty much function as bigs. That team is great, no real holes. Hard to say if it’s realtistic. Depends on the league. First five are doable. Cov is pushing it I think. He’s usually gone before 68. Harris is unlikely at that spot. Harris is going to get a lot more hype as the season gets closer. I think you’ll have to grab Harris in the 6th (still a great pick there though).The rest looks doable, except maybe Dedmon. He’s the best late late round big and I think he’ll go in the 12th in real drafts.

  12. JMC

    Hello again. I already asked before in your rankings guide. Anyway would like to ask again because after reading this guide i am thinking of doingf this strategy.

    I am in a 3 players to keep keeper league. 14 team 9cat h2h. With no news on Thomas status, i will not include him as one of my keepers this year. If i will do this strategy (punt assists + FT%), i am now aiming to keep Cousins, Drummond then Oladipo. I know its not the greatest keepers but by doing this strategy it boosts the ranks of drummond and oladipo to about 2nd to 3rd rounder.

    Anyway, my problem now is who i am going to get at our 1st round and second round draft? i want primarily to boost my points because we all know it will be harder to chase it going forward. could you recommend players i should aim to get? I really like to get covington but he is a 3 and D guy with low points and FG which isnt fit in my keepers, especially cousins.

    1. Adam Stock

      Who’s going to be available in 1 and 2 and what pick do you have? Can’t really comment without knowing the options.

  13. Bilal

    With the updated Yahoo rankings Noel is going in the 5/6 round. What’s your opinion on taking him there.

    Context. I am drafting 1st and taking KD planning a punt assist build.

    1. Adam Stock

      Still really like him in the 6th. Don’t mind the 5th but depends who is there.

  14. cowabunga

    What will be the best punt strategy for 12team H2H 10 category (pts., fg%, Ft%, 3pts, asst, blks,to, stls, oreb, dreb)?

    1. Adam Stock

      The extra rebounding cats boosts the big heavy builds. It makes punt FG% and punt blocks less attractive and boosts punt FT% and punt assists.

      1. cowabunga

        Hey Adam,

        Went with punt ft% and assists … here’s my team, what do you think? Where can I improve? 10 cat (pts, 3 pts , fg%, ft%, dreb, oreb, blks, asst, st, to)

        Steph Curry
        Kyle Lowry
        Aaron Gordon
        Robin Lopez
        Eme’s Kanter
        Gary Harris
        Thad Young
        Marvin Williams

  15. Jimmy

    My 14 teams h2h drafting results. It’s tougher than I thought. I missed out Kristaps Porzingis($45) and Turner ($41), so have to chase more people around $20~$35. Final ranking of 14 teams is 2.
    Btw, we also play DD and 3%. Do you think the following still works? Thanks!

    C Rudy Gobert Uta – C $57
    PG C.J. McCollum Por – PG,SG $35
    PF Paul Millsap Den – PF,C $26
    C Brook Lopez LAL – C $24
    SG Avery Bradley Det – PG,SG $13
    G Patrick Beverley LAC – PG,SG $10
    SF Joe Ingles Uta – SG,SF $7
    F Gorgui Dieng Min – PF,C $6
    Util Marvin Williams Cha – SF,PF $6
    Util Nikola Mirotic Chi – SF,PF $5
    BN T.J. Warren Pho – SF $3
    BN Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Cha – SF $3
    BN Terrence Ross Orl – SG,SF $2

    1. Adam Stock

      Definitely still works. Super deep even it’s a little weak at the top. Not too weak though for a 14 teamer. I think you need another big who gets DDs. Outside of Rudy and Millsap, there’s not real DD source on your team. Gorgui won’t score much this year and will be around 7 rebs. Brook doesn’t rebound enough.

  16. Jimmy

    This is my final results of 14 team h2h auction draft. Although I have mocked several times, it’s still harder than I thought. I missed out Kristaps Porzingis ($42) and Turner($41) because much more expensive than expected.
    So I turned to chase more $20~$35 guys. Btw, we also play DD and 3pt%.

    Do you think this roster still work? Thanks!

    C Rudy Gobert Uta – C $57
    PG C.J. McCollum Por – PG,SG $35
    PF Paul Millsap Den – PF,C $26
    C Brook Lopez LAL – C $24
    SG Avery Bradley Det – PG,SG $13
    G Patrick Beverley LAC – PG,SG $10
    SF Joe Ingles Uta – SG,SF $7
    F Gorgui Dieng Min – PF,C $6
    Util Marvin Williams Cha – SF,PF $6
    Util Nikola Mirotic Chi – SF,PF $5
    BN T.J. Warren Pho – SF $3
    BN Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Cha – SF $3
    BN Terrence Ross Orl – SG,SF $2

  17. Anonymous

    Hi Adam, what build would you recommend for someone playing in a H2H / 9 category / 10 player league who is picking at either 9 or 10?

    1. Adam Stock

      Kawhi might fall now and if he does him. Otherwise I like LBJ plus a PG and punt FT% the most (go DJ in 3). CP/Rudy and the points/FT% punt build works well too. It’s not great value in 10 team leagues but I’ve been having a lot of success starting DL/DC and punting FG%.

  18. TomSchlicker

    In an 8 cat 12 team league. What are your thoughts on my team. Attempted to punt assists. Anyone I could look at offloading to strengthen other areas?
    B. Lopez
    N. Noel
    K. Porzingis
    S. Ibaka
    T. Ariza
    K. Leonard
    C. McCollum
    G. Harris
    K. Bazemore
    J. Richardson
    Jamychal Green
    T. Prince
    R. Holmes

    1. Adam Stock

      Lots of talent on the team. I think you’re still going to be short a little FG%. Depends what happens with Noel but having most of your bigs be below average in FG% is tough. You did do a good job targeting efficient guards though. Love the CJ and Harris picks. Dominant blocks obviously. Rebs might be so-so. Steals look good. FT% great.

  19. K

    Great article. Punted assists last year and was top until KD, Love and Lowry all went down.

    12 team, 10 Cat weekly H2H (10th Cat is FGM). 6th pick

    R1: 1st target is KAT, backup is AD (because of the random DNPs).
    R2: PG, KP, Whiteside (in that order)
    R3: CJ, Klay, Beal

    How much do KP / PG’s value change with Melo now in OKC?

    1. Adam Stock


      Targets all look good. Started AD/Whiteside myself last season in punt dimes and it worked real well. KP definitely gets a bump. KP’s usage was 23.8% with Melo on the court last season and 26.7% without him. It’s a hit for PG, but he gets a lot of value from 3s, rebs, and steals and those will all be there. His FT% impact is going to take a hit though. I like him late 2 still. Not interested until at least pick 17-18.

  20. Danny

    Hi, I have the tenth pick in a 12 person league. What players can I take 1st and 2nd round that will fit in w this punt assists strategy? Demarcus cousins or is that too early? Pg in the second or is that also too early?

    1. Adam Stock

      10 is a weird spot for punt AST. Don’t hate Cousins there but don’t love him. Lillard and Kyrie worked well too. They don’t lose that much value without assists and obviously they pair well with the bigs due to their FT% impact. The problem with going DC/PG is that you’re likely looking at a double punt with FG% and you may not be able to bring back TOs. It can work, but you could get yourself in trouble too.

  21. Marco

    Hi, I’m in a 14 person league, h2h. If I have the 14th pick (terrible).. what should my best strategy be? Use Cousins as my first rounder.. but who should i get for the pivotal 2nd round pick? Thanks

    1. Adam Stock

      Tough luck. Cousins/Lillard if it’s there is ideal. Kyrie would work too with Cousins also not as nice. Paul a no-brainer if he falls.

  22. Keith

    I have pick 2 in a draft. I can’t decide whether to go for punt assists and go with KD or punt FG% and go for Harden/Westbrook?

    At the moment I’m thinking punt assists (10 team, 9-cat):

    2 KD
    19 Paul George
    22 Kristaps
    39 ??
    42 Love
    59 Victor Oladipo
    62 Rob Covington

    Am I reaching with a few of those picks? Especially Love?

    Also wanting CJ McCullom or Klay, but not sure they are worth pick 22.
    Any advice for my 4th pick?

    1. Adam Stock

      I’d go KD and assists. Easier to pull off and if you punt FG% you’ll likely be double punting. If you can pull that start off you’re going to win. Fourth pick someone like Sap or Middleton would work great.

  23. AM

    Would you take KAT as the #2 pick if trying to punt assists? I play a 12-team, 9-cat, H2H League. I’m struggling to think who would work best with KAT as my 2nd/3rd choices at picks 23 and 26.. Any suggestions? I’m thinking a pick like Porzi if he falls to me at 23 along with one of McCollum/Kemba to cover my PG position with decent %s, low TOS, and lots of 3s.

    1. Adam Stock

      It’s defensible. I don’t love KAT at two but I get the appeal. Super easy to build around. I just question how high his ceiling actually is due to Jimmy. KP or Turner plus C.J./Kemba sounds great to me.

  24. Fangs

    I stumbled across your site as I was doing a fantasy basketball search and found myself up at 4am reading your post looking for post draft strategy (my draft happened already). The thing is, I was late to the first two rounds of my draft but somehow ended up with Kawhi and Boogie at the 10th and 15th picks. At that point I decided to punt assists because none of the pgs are that good going forward. Eventually I ended up with the following:
    10 – Kawhi
    15 – Boogie
    34 – Otto
    39 – ibaka
    58 – dipo
    63 – Lou
    82 – S Adams
    87 – E Gordon (bad pick I think)
    106 – G Harris (steal)
    111 – J Murray
    130 – thon maker -> Holmes (FA pickup)
    135 – nance -> RHJ (FA)

    Seems like 3s, steals, pts are strong
    Seems like FTs, boards, TOs are ok
    Seems like FGs are not so good

    My question is what is your assessment of my teams strengths and weaknesses; and who could I get off FA to improve curable deficiencies? I guess Holmes and RJH are the droppable candidates to consider along with eric Gordon after reading your post 🙂

    The available players I’m watching are:
    JJ reddick (someone dropped him)
    Josh Richardson
    Moe Harkless
    Norman Powell
    Alex Len
    A Barnes (if he starts)
    Thon Maker
    Caleb Swanigan
    Skal Labisserie

    1. Fangs

      Btw, my yahoo league is H2H 9 cat 12 teams

    2. Adam Stock

      I pretty much agree with you cat wise. Great break with the first two rounds and good job recognizign what it meant. I don’t think FG% is that much of an issue. It could be better but it’s fixable. Agree on the Gordon pick. That threw things off.

      I’d swap MKG for RHJ. MKG is a rich man’s version of RHJ. Great boards, good D stats, no points or threes but MKG is solid in the %s while RHJ is bad.I’d also swap E Gordon for Redick (get most of the threes back and Redick will help more elsewhere). I’d try to find a way to get J-Rich on your roster too. Dude looks great.

  25. B

    Just wondering, why not Kemba Walker in this build? He has comparable or better stats to mccollum, is it purely because of his FG?

    I have 1st pick in my yahoo 10 team 9 cat H2h league, not sure if I should go durant or kat as I’m concerned about Durants durability and I love having the C position covered early as there seems to be alot of good sf/pf later in the draft.

    1. Adam Stock

      I like Kemba in it. I just like getting a good amount of FG% early because a lot of the mid-round targets are going to drag down your FG%.

      Don’t have an issue with KAT anywhere. I doubt he finishes #1 but it’s not about rankings it’s about building the best team. If you mock better teams with KAT than KD go KAT.

      1. B

        Thanks! I went with KD as I’ve never tried a punt strat before so trust your advice 🙂 Ended up with the below team:

        PG V. Oladipo Ind – PG,SG
        SG L. Williams LAC – PG,SG
        G P. Beverley LAC – PG,SG
        SF K. Durant GS – SF,PF
        PF P. George OKC – SF,PF
        F M. Turner Ind – PF,C
        C B. Lopez LAL – C
        C G. Dieng Min – PF,C
        Util R. Covington Phi – SF,PF
        Util G. Monroe Mil – PF,C
        BN T. Warren Pho – SF
        BN E. Kanter NY – C
        BN J. Ingles Uta – SG,SF

        Any advice on what to improve?

  26. Anonymous

    I was hoping if you can comment on this too.

    This is now my team and hopefully you can suggest ways to improve it.

    Kevin Durant
    Rudy Gobert
    CJ McCollum
    Khris Middleton
    Robert Covington
    Gary Harris
    Tobias Harris
    Aaron Gordon
    George Hill
    Willy Hernangomez

    1. Adam Stock

      Team looks great. Seems like a league with a lot of good options on the wire. Who’s available?

      1. Anonymous


        Thanks for your reply.

        Current Top Undrafted are

        I. Thomas
        E. Payton
        N. Batum
        D. Smith Jr.
        R. Rondo
        M. Fultz
        M. Morris – (Punt Assist Recommendation)
        D. Nowitzki – (Punt Assist Recommendation)

        We are a 9Cat 10 players league.

  27. alexs

    Hi Adam

    Great article, really impressed with the strategy for punt assists and i even applied it to my draft. I’m mostly pretty happy with my selections, but i do have some concerns. The centre spot is weak with just two picks for that spot and i won’t be able to fill my roster consistently. Do you have any suggestions and thoughts on team?

    1. Kevin Durant
    2. Kristaps Porzingis
    3. CJ McCollum
    4. Khris Middleton
    5. Victor Oladipo
    6. Trevor Ariza
    7. Gary Harris
    8. Gorgui Dieng
    9. Marquese Chriss (potent to move to centre spot in time?)
    10. Thaddeus Young
    11. TJ Warren
    12. Markieff Morris
    13. Nikola Mirotic


  28. Roei


    Inseveral mock drafts I found myself picking KD at the 1th or 2th pick, and by my second round pick, all the early rnd bigs with blocks are off the board (whiteside, MT, KP..).
    On the other hand, there’s always a great guard availabe (Lowry, Walker..).
    It was difficult going for the punt assists without any of the first/second round bigs, so what would you do? (I tought of going punt blocks with a guard+blake griffin, but seemed a waste of KD blocks…)


  29. Anonymous

    Hey Adam,

    Great guide – very much appreciate your thorough commentary. Extremely helpful and insightful.
    I notice you mostly work with Yahoo position eligibility and ADPs. On ESPN I find my biggest struggle is with PG eligibility, since neither Oladipo or Avery Bradley or even Seth Curry have PG eligibility. This leaves me in a conundrum around the 2nd/3rd pick (CJ McCollum has a #19 rank on ESPN, so he will most likely be taken in my league). Assuming I can still get Turner/Zingis at the turn, that leaves my third round with Klay/Lowry/Kemba. I love how Klay fits in the build, but if I can’t get CJ and you don’t take a good PG here, you’ll have to fill that #1 PG spot with either a hill/brogdon/lou williams type later on, at the cost of potentially selecting an aaron gordon/nerlens noel/gary harris value in rounds 6-8. There are endless SG options for this build, but very few good PG options, so I’m starting to think of taking Lowry or Kemba instead of Klay in the 3rd round if I can’t get CJ. Thoughts?

  30. R

    Hi. Can you give me some of your thoughts or recommendation regarding my team? I followed your punt assist guide and this was the team that I drafted. I’m playing on a 16 team, 9 cat league and got the 7th pick. Also, I would like to know my team’s weakness, so I can improve it before the season starts.

    1. A. Davis
    2. K. Thompson
    3. P. Millsap
    4. L. Aldridge
    5. L. Williams
    6. J. Johnson
    7. M. Chriss
    8. J. Ingles
    9. Se. Curry
    10. T. Prince
    11. P. Mills
    12. T. Ross
    13. J. Collins

    The one who topped our post draft team analysis got KD, Kemba, Horford, Noel, G. Harris, Favors, KCP, Dedmon, D. Collison, C. Lee, Ja. Green, T. Snell. Do you think I can beat this team?

  31. Ross

    Hi. Can you give me some of your thoughts or recommendation regarding my team? I followed your punt assist guide and this was the team that I drafted. I’m playing on a 16 team, 9 cat league and got the 7th pick. Also, I would like to know my team’s weakness, so I can improve it before the season starts.

    1. A. Davis
    2. K. Thompson
    3. P. Millsap
    4. L. Aldridge
    5. L. Williams
    6. J. Johnson
    7. M. Chriss
    8. J. Ingles
    9. Se. Curry
    10. T. Prince
    11. P. Mills
    12. T. Ross
    13. J. Collins

    The one who topped our post draft team analysis got KD, Kemba, Horford, Noel, G. Harris, Favors, KCP, Dedmon, D. Collison, C. Lee, Ja. Green, T. Snell. Your thoughts on how our team stack against each another?

  32. Dustbin719

    Thank you so much for doing these Adam. I know they’re probably a b*ch to research and write up, but I’ve been a regular follower since the 14/15 season and you’ve helped me win twice so far!

    Yahoo League, 9 CAT, 12 Team

    This was the first time I got stuck with the 11th pick, so I’m not sure if I should’ve gone the punt Assists strategy. Anyways, I stuck with it and quickly got into a double punt AST and FT% strategy. This is what I ended up with:

    PG A. Bradley – PG,SG
    SG T. Ariza – SG, SF
    G P. Beverley – PG,SG
    SF O. Porter – SF
    PF D. Cousins – PF, C
    F P. Millsap – PF,C
    C R. Gobert – C
    C N. Noel – PF,C
    Util M. Chriss – PF
    Util JJ. Redick – SG
    BN A. Crabbe – PG, SG
    BN T. Thompson – PF, C (will probably drop)
    BN Demarre Carroll – SF, PF (hoping for bounceback year, but might drop)

    Seems like FG%, Boards, Blks, TOs are strong
    Seems like Steals, 3pts are ok
    Seems like AST, FT%, PTS are terrible

    Did I just end up with a triple punt? And if Yes, should I just double down on this and shore up my 3s and steals a bit more?

    3 and D players on my WW

    Patty Mills
    Danny Green
    Courtney Lee
    Swaggy P? (LOL)

    Any comments would be really appreciated!

  33. Jota

    Hey Adam,

    Amazing articles. Congrats.

    I tried to follow your guide and punt assists but i had a problem with my computer during the live draft and some auto picks (*) were done. Its a H2H 9 categories 12 teams league. My team looks like this:

    1. Anthony Davis
    2. Hassan Whiteside
    3. CJ McCollum
    4. Otto Porter Jr.
    5. LaMarcus Aldridge
    6. Trevor Ariza
    7. Gary Harris
    8. Greg Monroe (*)
    9. Clint Capela (*)
    10. George Hill (*)
    11. Allen Crabbe
    12. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    13. Patty Mills

    Whats your overall opinion on my team? I can get Kevin Durant in a trade w/ Anthony Davis.
    And possible can get DeAndre Jordan and think about a double punt with FT% and probably keep C. Capela. Thoughts?

    PS: Terrence Ross, Danny Green, Al-Farouq Amin and Taj Gibson are at the waivers list.

  34. kb24

    Hello Adam,

    Great guide for punting, I appreciate all the time and effort you put out there for us to use. This was my first time punting assist and I followed your guide for it.

    2nd pick/12 team/9CAT

    CJ McCollum
    B. Lopez
    Lou Williams
    Seth Curry (in the IR and picked up Harkless)
    Parsons (upside was too good at this point of the draft)

    I feel like I am weak in rebounds, maybe points and then solid throughout, what do you think of my draft?

  35. Pacman

    Hi Adam.

    I drafted on sunday and had your punt assists article with me. It was great, thank you! 🙂

    Hoping you can give me advice on my team. Do you see weakness, some aspects I need to look at?

    My Team:

    M. Conley PG
    E. Bledsoe PG

    G. Harris SG
    A. Bradley SG
    V. Oladipo SG

    K. Durant SF
    P. George SF

    K. Porzingis PF
    P. Millsap PF

    N. Jokic PF C

    D. Cousins C
    A. Horford C
    C. Capela C

    I’m having concerns that I’m too top heavy with all those forwards and C’s. Thing is I drafted DeRozan and Ariza but traded them to get Jokic and Harris. And this is the team I have at the moment.

    Should I drop someone, Capela f.ex., and go for someone smaller like Eric Gordon or Tim Hardaway jr.? And just to mention it, N.Noel and M. Chriss are also in the pool

    Cheers, Pacman

  36. Adrian

    Hello guys,

    Seeking your thoughts on my team. I just read this article today and I should have read it before we had our draft last week. 🙁
    I ended up a punt assist team as of now.

    14 Team | 12 Cat | H2H
    Categories: FG%, FTM, FT%, 3PM, 3P%, PTS, OREBS, DREBS, Steals, Assist, Blocks, Turnovers

    (003) Anthony Davis (NO – PF,C)
    (026) Myles Turner (Ind – PF,C)
    (031) C.J. McCollum (Por – PG,SG)
    (054) Dwight Howard (Cha – PF,C)
    (059) Danilo Gallinari (LAC – SF,PF)
    (082) Dennis Smith Jr. (Dal – PG)
    (087) Seth Curry (Dal – PG,SG)
    (110) Darren Collison (Ind – PG,SG)
    (115) Thaddeus Young (Ind – SF,PF)
    (138) Thon Maker (Mil – PF,C)
    (143) C.J. Miles (Tor – SG,SF)

  37. Champ Douglas

    Hey Adam, last night’s auction didn’t go as planned. I need to tweak this punt Assist build. Projected to be 2nd/3rd. But I don’t see it

    Marvin Williams
    Justin Holiday
    Jaylen Brown

  38. DB

    10 Team, 9 CAT, H2H, Snake
    PG – Malcolm Brogdon
    SG – C.J. McCollum
    G – Khris Middleton
    SF – Tobias Harris
    PF – Thaddeus Young
    F – Nikola Vucevic
    C – Anthony Davis
    C – Kristaps Porzingis
    Util – Joe Ingles
    Util – Willie Cauley-Stein
    BN – Gary Harris
    BN – TJ Warren
    BN – Allen Crabbe

    This is my first time doing Fantasy B-ball. What do you think? I definitely will be punting assist. I’m also thinking of dropping Crabbe for Josh Richardson.

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