Adding Fuel to the Fire!
Posted by Erik on September 11, 2008
Battle of Last Season’s Break-out Studs
Who will finish THIS season as the better fantasy pick Danny Granger or Rudy Gay?
Here’s the final installment in the mini-series I ended up doing of “Who’s your pick?” player spotlights.
BD and Gil were the PGs, Boozer and Big Al were the PF/Cs. I decided to round out the G/Fs with a couple of guys who are steadily climbing up the rankings and cheat sheets this Pre-Season: Danny Granger & Rudy Gay. Their stat lines are arguably comparable and the question of who’s got the better outlook for this season is debatable.
Both of these ultra-athletic phenoms are emerging superstars on bad teams. Ok fine, “bad” is a little bit too mean to call the Pacers and Grizzlies. Let’s be a little bit more PC (politically correct) and call them rebuilding franchises instead. Better?
Anyway, I’m digressing here. Both of these multiple category contributors are the cornerstones of each of their team’s “BIG 3” Ok fine, that was a stretch. Neither team has a “Big 3” per se, but a similar set of young players that they will be counting on to produce this season. Let’s call them the Pacers and Grizzlies’ “Mini-3”, shall we?
Pacers: T.J. Ford, Mike Dunleavy, Danny Granger
Grizzlies: Mike Conley, OJ Mayo, Rudy Gay
Even though GMTR feels Danny will end up getting drafted too early this year, a lot of people still have him penciled in as a second round target; myself included. Somehow I doubt last season was Granger’s version of an 05-06 Boris Diaw flash in the pan type of year, but neither is he 1st round reach material just yet. I do agree with Nels in the sense that managers simply should check their drool at the door come draft day and not get too overzealous for a Granger pick.
Draft Advice: When you’re hitting that “Danny Granger Range” during your live draft… PAUSE. Take a deep breath. Take some time to look at the other players on your Pre-Rank list and see exactly who you may be passing up to get your Granger pick.
The rebuilding Grizzlies will be offering a huge serving of GAY this year with a side order of CONLEY. Sign me up for an order of that meal! … just go easy on the MAYO (rookie) please. – yeah, yeah… call it cheesy, but I couldn’t resist. 😛
In back to back seasons, Memphis has decided to ship off Pau Gasol and Mike Miller. These moves simply open the floodgates for Rudy to outdo his solid fantasy contributions last year. Even IF, Zach Randolph gets traded to Memphis, I am still expecting an improvement from Gay.
Rudy doesn’t trail Danny too far in some of the rankings out there, but far enough for us to see some potential Granger-to-Gay bounces in some drafts this year. This strategy can possibly turn out to be a decent move.
Draft Advice: Seriously explore the possibility of the Granger-bounce-Gay move! Yes, both of them fill up many CATS nicely and combined, they make a sick combo.
They’re both already searing hot on every fantasy manager’s radar this season and you’ve, odds are, already done your homework on both them. So I’ve decided to do this post a little differently from the previous two and simply add fuel to the fire and pimp BOTH these guys even more!
And since they say “a picture is worth a thousand words“…. so without further ado…. Let’s bring on the PIMPAGE! 🙂
Danny Granger 07-08: 80 Games, 19.6 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.1 BPG, 1.2 SPG, 2.1 Trey/G, 44.6 FG%, 85.2 FT% (4.7 attempts), 2.1 TOs
Rudy Gay 07-08: 81 Games, 20.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.0 BPG, 1.4 SPG, 1.7 Trey/G, 46.2 FG%, 78.5 FT% (3.9 attempts), 2.4 TOs
So have you made your choice yet? I’m personally on the fence on this one. Both guys are arguably due to be worth 2nd-early 3rd pick material and are clear favorites to end up in the Top 15 by season’s end. Eeny… meeny… miney… mo… Aaargh! Ugh! I just got a headache… Danny Granger by a hair it is. Who’s your pick?