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30 Deep Round 2, Plus Sleepers

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


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30 Team Industry Draft, Round 2

31. Alexander, Rotoworld – Andrea Bargnani F/C Raptors

It's no secret I love this guy and he should be a beast in Toronto without Chris Bosh. Blocks, threes, some boards, points, he can shoot free throws. Not your typical fantasy center, but I can't wait to see what the former No. 1 pick does this year.

32. Yam, ESPN – Zach Randolph PF Grizzlies

Can you say 20-10? I thought about him, but Bargs' PF/C dual qualification, blocks and threes made it an easy choice.

33. Cregan, ESPN – Al Jefferson F/C Jazz

He's off to a slow start in preseason, but I still think a big year is coming. Maybe not a huge year, but he will be a solid fantasy center.

34. Bruski, Rotoworld – Al Horford F/C Hawks

Double-doubles, some blocks, won't hurt you anywhere. One of the best young big guys in the league.

35. Karabell, ESPN – Aaron Brooks PG Rockets

A point guard who hits a ton of threes and scores in bunches is fun to own. That's Brooks, although I imagine his numbers won't be quite as big as they were last year.

36. Urbano, CBS – Andrew Bogut C Bucks

He's hurt and he's going to be in pain for most, if not all, of the year. But he was a borderline all-star last year and might be again this time around. He's a little scary in this league from an injury perspective, and could miss 20 or 30 games if he aggravates his right arm/elbow/hand injury. But he is a top center any night he's playing.

37. Questel, MSG – Paul Millsap PF Jazz

This is the year, right? No Boozer, starting and should be a double-double machine.

38. Gawron, RotoCommunity – Marc Gasol C Grizzlies

Gasol has been mysteriously quiet in the preseason but he's proven over the last two seasons that he is a legit No. 1 fantasy center. Hasheem Thabeet is going to push him, and I think I'd actually take Blake Griffin before Gasol this year.

39. Madden, GiveMeTheRock – Darren Collison PG Hornets

All upside, ready to run the Pacers' offense and was huge in Chris Paul's absence last year. Am I worried that Jim O'Brien recently said A.J. Price (his back up) was the best player in preseason? Not really, but it's something to keep an eye on.

40. Flood - LaMarcus Aldridge, PF Blazers

Aldridge is more finesse than he is banger, which kind of stinks in fantasy, but he's still good for a lot of points, solid boards and some blocks.

41. White, CBS – Joakim Noah, F/C Bulls

Noah is all upside and the other guy I was considering over Bargnani. With Boozer out for the first month or so, he should get off to a great start. His foot injury from last year appears to be behind him, but it's possible it becomes an issue again at some point this season. Regardless, there's plenty to love about drafting Noah this year.

42. Hirsch – Stephen Jackson, G/F Bobcats

Yes, FGP and TOs are a concern, but he scores a ton and produces in every category that I haven't mentioned, except for blocks.

43. Nando – Gilbert Arenas G Wizards

Which Arenas did Nando draft? The sulking, quiet, beard-wearing old man, or the spry, healthy, assassin who is ready to show the world that he's still got it? My guess is the latter.

44. Klyce, HoopsKlyce – Brandon Jennings PG Bucks

The 55-point game was the highlight last year and it was mostly downhill from there. He came on late in the season and should be setting up for big minutes this year. Hopefully Skiles trusts him enough to stick with him through thick and thin. Jennings is really the only Bucks player I would go out of my way to get.

45. Kamla, NBA TV – Blake Griffin PF Clippers

Rookie of the Year? He looks like a man among boys in the preseason and his knee appears to be in good shape. Love this pick.

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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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