LeBron is No. 1 in fantasy on per-game basis

Ryan Knaus looks into how Los Angeles Lakers' G/F LeBron James has been the No. 1 fantasy player on a per-game basis this season and what managers can expect moving forward.

Video Transcript

RYAN KNAUS: We should pause to appreciate LeBron James-- this guy you see right behind me-- being the number one fantasy player on a per game basis this season, according to Yahoo's ranks. That's something that hasn't happened since 2011. LeBron has missed 12 games, of course, but that's about the only complaint fantasy managers can lodge against him. The Lakers have bounced back from a brutal stretch powered, as usual, by the brilliance of LeBron. His 28.6 points are the most he's scored since the 2009/2010 season. And his three triples per game are easily a career high. He's limiting the damage from the free throw line, too, hitting 78% of his high volume attempts, which approaches neutrality for fantasy.

LeBron is 37 years old, and concerns about rest, injuries, and inefficiency caused him to slide a bit in fantasy drafts, with an ADP of 21.8 in Yahoo leagues. If he can simply stay healthy and avoid too many precautionary DNPs after the All-Star break, fantasy managers will be laughing all the way to the bank.

The Lakers began January on a hot streak, but they're still part of a pack of teams vying for position in the West. That should ensure LBJ stays on the court when he's healthy. And the Lakers haven't balked at playing him huge minutes in back to back sets, either. He's averaging 37.3 minutes in those situations, which is higher than his season average. But if you are worried about his durability, this is a great time to get strong return in a trade since, as I've said, he's the number one fantasy player. Of course, there's also nothing wrong with allowing the King to hold court on your roster the rest of the season.