Fantasy Basketball Team Analysis: 2011-12 New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony

'Melo vaults into first-round status thanks to that fantasy-friendly offense in New York. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Depth chart:

PG: Chauncey Billups, Toney Douglas, Anthony Carter*

SG: Landry Fields, Iman Shumpert, Andy Rautins, Roger Mason*

SF: Carmelo Anthony, Shawne Williams*, Bill Walker

PF: Amar’e Stoudemire, Jared Jeffries*, Shelden Williams*, Renaldo Balkman, Derrick Brown**

C: Ronny Turiaf, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan

* unrestricted free agent

** restricted free agent

Relevant fantasy players and their projected draft positions/per-game stats:

- Carmelo Anthony, SF (Rd. 1): 45% FG, 80% FT, 2 Threes, 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 0.5 Blk, 2.8 TO

- Amar’e Stoudemire, PF/C (Rd. 2): 50% FG, 80% FT, 24 Pts, 7.5 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1.8 Blk, 3 TO

- Chauncey Billups, PG (Rd. 4): 42% FG, 90% FT, 2.2 Threes, 16.5 Pts, 3 Reb, 5.8 Ast, 1 Stl, 2.5 TO

- Toney Douglas, PG/SG (Rd. 10): 40% FG, 11 Pts, 1.5 Threes, 2.5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1.5 TO

- Landry Fields, SG/SF (Rd. 11): 47% FG, 80% FT, 1 Three, 9 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1.5 TO

Sleeper:

Shumpert

Most likely to surprise:

Douglas

Most likely to disappoint:

Billups

Category specialists:

- Threes: Anthony, Billups, Douglas

- Blocks: Stoudemire

Things to consider:

- Billups‘ health

- how the crowded backcourt shakes out

- the glaring lack of a reliable center

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2010-11:

- Pts: 2nd

- FGM: T-7th

- FGA: 6th

- FG%: 19th

- FT%: 2nd

- 3PTM: 2nd

- Reb: T-19th

- Ast: 15th

- TO: 10th

- Stl: T-8th

- Blk: 4th

- Pace: 2nd

- Offensive Efficiency: 5th

- Defensive Efficiency: 21st

Fantasy-friendliness for 2011-12: B+

Bonus:

Jared Jeffries is coming home