The NBA All-Star break is always a good time to reflect on the
first half of the season and look ahead to the remainder of the
campaign. For fantasy-basketball enthusiasts, it also means that
the fantasy playoffs are just a few weeks away.
Who better to help break down this season from a fantasy
perspective than one of the most respected names in the
BasketballNews.com chatted with Josh Lloyd — the host of the Locked On
Fantasy Basketball Podcast as well as the lead fantasy
analyst for Basketball
Monster and Yahoo Sports
Australia — to get some fantasy advice for the home
stretch, pick his brain about the first half of this season and
learn about his journey from pharmacist to fantasy expert.
In terms of fantasy production, which players have
surprised you the most so far this season?
Josh Lloyd: “Gary Trent Jr. has been a huge
surprise to me as well as Dejounte Murray. I also did not expect
DeMar DeRozan to have the best season of his career at his age on a
new team with an established number-one guy.”
Which players have disappointed you this
Lloyd: “Isaiah Stewart has been a huge letdown,
as were Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal — even before they missed
time due to injury.”
Who are a few players that should be owned in
significantly more leagues?
Lloyd: “Patrick Beverley is the number-one
player who stands out to me. He does get hurt a lot, but when
healthy, he shouldn’t be on any waiver wires. I’d also take a
chance on guys like Cam Payne (now with Chris Paul’s injury) and
Jaxson Hayes in New Orleans; they need to be grabbed.”
Who are some players to keep an eye on as this season
progresses that could become a decent add (just based on the
trajectory they’re on or the opportunity ahead of
Lloyd: “I’m always going to watch Alperen
Sengun. It will take Christian Wood missing time, but that is
always possible. I also want to track the Pacers’ big-man
situation, and especially Isaiah Jackson. There are a lot of
unknowns there, but Jackson has the highest fantasy
Which struggling player will get back on track and
reward patient fantasy owners?
Lloyd: “OG Anunoby is in a big slump at the
moment and I believe he will get back to his usual production soon.
I’d also look at Anthony Edwards, who has really struggled of late.
But resting his ankle should allow him to attack the last part of
the season with vigor.”
Who should fans be most concerned about
Lloyd: “Malcolm Brogdon and Zion Williamson
haven’t been ruled out for the season, but I doubt they play. I
would also be pretty concerned about Tyrese Maxey with James Harden
Which trade-deadline acquisitions are worth a look after
their change of scenery?
Lloyd: “To be honest, most of the value is
created for players who remained on their teams, like Devin Vassell
taking on a bigger role with Derrick White gone [in San Antonio]. I
would also look at Justise Winslow in Portland.”
You were a pharmacist and then you made the transition
to fantasy analyst. What went into that decision? And was it scary
leaving behind a great job with plenty of
Lloyd: “It was simply about doing something I
enjoyed. Pharmacy had become pretty stale and limiting and I spent
so much time analyzing the NBA anyway that when a chance came up to
make that a career, I took it. It was a little scary, but I didn’t
make the full-time transition for a couple of years, when I had
full-time employment in the fantasy industry already secured.”
There are a ton of people who would love to become a
fantasy analyst, but they probably don’t know where to start or
they think it’s unrealistic. What advice would you give to someone
who wants to pursue a career as a fantasy
Lloyd: “The number-one thing to do is be
active. Get involved in Twitter. Post in the fantasy-basketball
subreddit. Start your own YouTube channel or podcast, or even blog.
Just practice writing or speaking and analyzing the game. It’s not
easy and takes a lot of commitment. The number-one thing to build
yourself up, though, is to be consistent.”
Our Tommy Beer recently put together his 2022
Fantasy All-Star Team, highlighting which NBA players
were fantasy studs during the first half of the season. Did any of
your players make the list?
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