20-Team Leagues

James Harden

Harden/Siakam (Punt FG% or Punt Blocks) – Rebounds low but dominant in points, threes, steals, and FT%.

Harden/VanVleet (Punt FG%) – Bad rebounds and blocks start but dominant in all the guard categories.

Harden/Lowry (Punt FG%) – Monster start in all five guard categories and not bad in boards as both guards are strong rebounders. A stretch in 20.

Harden/Nurkic (Punt FG%) – Nurkic doesn’t lose too much value in punt FG%, average or strong start everywhere but turnovers.

Harden/Russell (Punt FG% and Turnovers) – Locks you into the double-punt but an incredible start in the guard categories.

Harden/Ingram (Punt FG%) – Very strong in all of the guard categories and solid in rebounds and blocks for a small/small start. Very safe too.

 

Anthony Davis

Davis/Nurkic (Punt Assists, Punt Threes, or Punt Points) – A little risky from a health standpoint, but locks in all of the big-man categories and FT% is great for a big/big start. An elite steals start too.

Davis/Siakam (Punt Assists or Punt Threes) – Everything is above average except assists and threes.

Davis/Paul (Punt Threes or Punt Points) – Better in punt points than threes. Great start in the percentages, defensive categories, and turnovers.

Davis/VanVleet (Punt Points) – FG% low, but VanVleet fixes Davis’ issue with threes.

Davis/Ingram (Punt Assists or Punt Threes) – Points and FT% dry up quick, and this start is elite in both. Assists will be trickier to bring back than threes.

 

Stephen Curry

Curry/Nurkic (Punt Points or Punt Assists) – Provides you with lots of flexibility as this pairing has no real weaknesses coming out of two.

Curry/Siakam (Punt Assists, Punt Blocks, or Punt FG%) – Big-man categories need work but an awesome start in points, threes, and FT%.

Curry/Ingram (Punt Assists, Punt Blocks, or Punt FG%) – Big start in all the categories that dry up quickly. Steals are average.

Curry/Wood (Punt Points, Punt Assists, or Punt Blocks) – Bit of a reach for Wood, but a start with no holes if you are punting assists. Dimes will be low in any other build. Very strong percentages start.

 

Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns/Siakam (Punt Assists. Punt Steals, or Punt FG%) – Strong start in points, threes, and FT% despite going big/big. Very safe.

Towns/Nurkic (Punt Points or Punt Assists) – Smokes the big-man categories and FT% is strong for a big/big start. All other guard categories are low.

Towns/Paul (Punt Points or Punt Blocks) – Very strong start in punt points. No per-game weaknesses there. Points will be an issue in punt blocks.

Towns/Ingram (Punt Assists or Punt Steals) – Extremely rough assists and steals start, should whichever you don’t punt should be your focus going forward. Excellent in the scoring categories, blocks, and rebounds.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Antetokounmpo/Drummond (Punt FT%) – Tough threes and assists start, but you will be strong enough in the big-man categories to go small for the next few rounds to make up the deficit.

Antetokounmpo/Paul (Punt FT%) – Points and Threes are low but salvageable. Blocks are low as Giannis is so-so there. Very strong everywhere else.

Antetokounmpo/Russell (Punt FT%) – Very strong in points and threes which are the build’s two problem areas. The only issue with this start is turnovers.

Antetokounmpo/VanVleet (Punt FT%) – Close to a perfect start. Nothing is in bad shape. Points, threes, assists, and steals are very strong.

 

Luka Doncic

Doncic/Nurkic (Punt FT%) – Not as strong in blocks or FG% as the Gobert pairing but doesn’t kill you in steals like that duo does.

Doncic/Drummond (Punt FT%) – Not safe, but major upside. Drummond offsets Luka’s low steals. Go guard in three.

Doncic/VanVleet (Punt FT% or Punt FG%) – VanVleet offsets Doncic’s low steals. FT% is about average. Great points, threes, and assists start.

Doncic/Williamson (Punt FT%) – Super fun. Locks in points, rebounds, and FG%. Defensive categories will be an issue if Zion’s college stocks don’t come back.

 

Damian Lillard

Lillard/Gilgeous-Alexander (Punt FG%) – A great way to win turnovers while punting FG%. Big-man categories are low. Threes, assists, and FT% are great.

Lillard/Vucevic (Punt FG% or Punt Steals) – Will need to watch your blocks in either build. Elite FT% start, so it should be easy to find enough blocks late.

Lillard/Siakam (Punt FG% or Punt Steals) – Steals or FG% will be your biggest issue depending on your build choice. Blocks are low. Points, threes, FT%, and turnovers are excellent.

Lillard/Irving (Punt Blocks or Punt FG%) – May be there as lots of owners are very gun-shy when it comes to Kyrie. Monster start in the guard categories. Excellent in turnovers for a two-small start.

Lillard/Nurkic (Punt FG% or Punt Steals) – Points are low and assists are average. Very strong in blocks, FT%, and turnovers.

 

Nikola Jokic

Jokic/Gilgeous-Alexander (Punt Points, Punt Blocks, or Punt Threes) – Strong rebounds, assists, steals, FT%, and turnovers start. Threes are the main issue here.

Jokic/Vucevic (Punt Points, Punt Blocks, or Punt Threes) – Strong assists and FT% start for a big/big pairing. Above average in swats but that will change once you take your first guard. Points and threes are low even in a deep league.

Jokic/Paul (Punt Points, Punt Blocks, or Punt Threes) – If you get one of the elite blocks options in the middle round, you will have an excellent punt points team on your hands. Great assists, steals, percentages, and turnovers start. Love this pairing on a per-game basis.

Jokic/VanVleet (Punt FG%, Punt Blocks, or Punt Points) – A nice punt points start as VanVleet brings you back in threes. Steals, assists, FT%, and turnovers are excellent. Blocks are in worse shape than FG%.

 

Trae Young

Young/Vucevic (Punt FG%) – A very strong start in deep leagues. Turnovers are close to average despite Young and only blocks is in a bad place.

Young/Mitchell (Punt FG%) – Huge start in all of the guard categories except steals where this is about average. Blocks are exceptionally low.

Young/Gilgeous-Alexander (Punt FG%) – Keeps turnovers alive and puts you in an above-average spot in all of the guard categories.

Young/Nurkic (Punt FG%) – Nurkic doesn’t lose that much value in punt FG%. He’s a nice partner for Young because the point guard is horrendous in the big-man categories and comes with low steals. Nurkic is solid in all three areas.

 

Jayson Tatum

Tatum/Collins (Punt Assists, or Punt Steals) – Very rough assists and steals start. Punting both works though. Points are a touch low. Everything else is average to outstanding.

Tatum/Vucevic (Punt Assists or Punt FG%) – FG% and dimes are rough. Steals and points are low too but in slightly better shape. Everything else is top-notch.

Tatum/Westbrook (Punt FG%) – A bad start in FT% and turnovers due to Westbrook but both categories are alive. A very nice start in points, threes, rebounds, assists, and steals.

Tatum/Nurkic (Punt Assists) – Rebounds, blocks, FT%, turnovers are all solid. Take a guard in three as points and threes need help.

Tatum/Siakam (Punt Assists or Punt FG%) – A strong and safe start. Steals are the only other issue beside assists and FG%. Great points, threes, blocks, turnovers, and FT% start.

 

LeBron James

James/Gobert (Punt FT%) – Don’t like it in shallow leagues, but it’s fine in a league this deep. Brutal start in threes which is a huge problem for the build. Dream big-man categories start. Assists are above average and turnovers are in good shape.

James/Simmons (Punt FT%) – Nice for those willing to punt multiple categories. A very weak start in threes and turnovers. Threes will be a huge issue after you take the first big, and points will be too. Dominant in points, assists, steals, and FG%.

James/Drummond (Punt FT%) – Prefer to start small/small, but Drummond should still be a first-round per-game player in punt FT%. Exceptional start in rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, and FG%.

James/Williamson (Punt FT%) – Great points, rebounds, assists, and FG% start. Very rough start in threes.

James/Vucevic (Punt FT%) – A very balanced start. Only steals are very low. Great start in rebounds and dimes.

 

Kawhi Leonard

Leonard/Vucevic (Punt Assists or Punt Threes) – A well-balanced duo, both from a per-game standpoint and a games-played standpoint. Assists and FG% are a little low. Rebounds, steals, FT%, and turnovers are excellent.

Leonard/Collins (Punt Assists or Punt Threes) – Dream percentages start. Strong in rebounds and blocks. Impossible to lose turnovers after this start, so ignore the category for the rest of the draft and don’t be afraid to grab high-turnover players.

Leonard/Siakam (Punt Assists) – No major holes. Points, steals, FT%, and turnovers are great.

Leonard/Mitchell (Punt Assists or Punt FG%) – Excellent in all of the guard categories except assists. A safe pairing for Kawi owners.

 

Kevin Durant

Durant/Adebayo (Punt Points or Punt Threes) – Very strong in the big-man categories. If Adebayo improves at all from the line, FT% will be solid.

Durant/Collins (Punt Points, Punt Assists, or Punt Steals) – A double-punt with assists and steals makes sense here as both categories are very weak. Points are low, but not in trouble yet. Monster blocks, percentages, and turnovers start.

Durant/Vucevic (Punt Points, Punt Assists, or Punt Steals) – Vucevic is very safe, which makes him an obvious partner for all of the injury-prone first-rounders. Steals are the biggest issue here. They will be harder to bring back than points or assists.

Durant/Siakam (Punt Assists or Punt Steals) – A very strong percentages start that is also above average in points and threes. Steals are a huge issue.

 

Joel Embiid

Embiid/Simmons (Punt FT%) – Good chance they’re not on the same team when the fantasy playoffs roll around, so I wouldn’t be worried about a double-sit. Threes are an issue, but points are OK given that you’ve taken a big. Turnovers are rough. Everything else is elite.

Embiid/Vucevic (Punt Assists, Punt Steals, or Punt FG%) – Vucevic is a safe partner for Embiid. Big-man categories are locked up and FT% is going to be great. Turnovers should end up in a good spot too.

Embiid/Gilgeous-Alexander (Punt FG%, Punt Threes, or Punt Assists) – Not the safest combination, but a very strong points, rebounds, blocks, and FT% start. Turnovers should be decent despite Embiid being turnover prone and SGA’s turnovers spiking.

Embiid/Mitchell (Punt FG% or Punt Assists) – A very strong punt FG% start, although you’ll need to find dimes asap. Great in the scoring categories, rebounds, blocks, and FT%.

 

Devin Booker

Booker/George (Punt Blocks) – FG% is an issue despite Booker. Nothing else is too worrisome in punt blocks. All the guard categories besides assists are very strong. Dimes are average.

Booker/Irving (Punt Blocks) – All of the guard categories besides steals are excellent. FG% is very good for a guard/guard start. Rebounds are very weak.

Booker/Vucevic (Punt Steals or Punt Blocks) – Upside isn’t huge here but a very safe start. Dominant in FT%, so you can take some hits later to shore up blocks. Steals are the biggest issue here.

Booker/Siakam (Punt Steals or Punt Blocks) – A nice start in the categories that dry up quickly. Blocks will be easier to bring back than steals. Watch your FG%.

 

Bradley Beal

Beal/Ayton (Punt Points, Punt Assists, Punt Steals, or Punt Threes) – Safe and gives you a lot of flexibility. Assists will be the easiest punt to pull off with this start.

Beal/George (Punt FG%) – Rough blocks start, but I’d lean punt FG% because FG% is going to harder to come back in. Blocks can be fixed by one player. Good start in the guard categories besides dimes.

Beal/Westbrook (Punt FG%) – Don’t mind pairing the teammates, as Washington will be fighting to get into the play-in all year and won’t be able to rest Beal. Beal should explode on Westbrook’s nights off. Strong counting stats, but not my first choice as it’s a rough FT%, blocks, and turnovers start.

Beal/Irving (Punt Blocks) – A big start in the categories that dry up early. Rebounds and blocks are very low, so make sure your first big in great in both.

 

Jimmy Butler

Butler/George (Punt FG%) – Allows you to ignore steals for the rest of your draft. Above average from deep despite Buckets. Elite in FT%, so you can take some hits in the category later to make up ground in rebounds and blocks. Blocks are a bigger issue. A good turnovers start for a punt FG% team.

Butler/Ayton (Punt Threes) – Points are low and you’ll need to get a point guard soon, but a very strong start besides those two categories. Highly recommended if it is there. Elite percentages, rebounds, blocks, and turnovers start and very strong in steals.

Butler/Vucevic (Punt Points or Punt Threes) – Points and threes are both very low. Threes will be easier to come back in. Strong rebounds, steals, FT%, and turnovers start. Mediocre elsewhere.

Butler/Adebayo (Punt Points or Punt Threes) – Adebayo is unlikely to rest, so this isn’t as dangerous as it looks. A very strong start for the punt points/threes build. Everything else is average or better.

 

Paul George

George/Ayton (Punt Assists) – A dream in deep leagues. Safe and extremely well balanced. No major weaknesses going into three in punt assists. Rebounds, steals, blocks, FT%, and turnovers are very strong.

George/Westbrook (Punt FG%) – Outstanding start in the popcorn categories. FT% isn’t average due to Westbrook, but it is a decent position.

George/Irving (Punt Assists, Punt Blocks, or Punt FG%) – Risky, but a great way to compete with the Harden, Davis, etc. teams. Huge upside. Build choice will be decided in rounds three and four. Threes, steals, FT%, and turnovers are very strong. Points look good too.

George/Collins (Punt Assists) – Points are low, but everything else is solid. Threes, FT%, and turnovers are especially strong.

 

Deandre Ayton

Ayton/Irving (Punt Threes or Punt Assists) – An awesome per-game pairing. This is viable in much shallower leagues. A dream start in rebounds, the percentages, and turnovers.

Ayton/George (Punt Assists) – A dream in deep leagues. Safe and extremely well balanced. No major weaknesses going into three in punt assists. Rebounds, steals, blocks, FT%, and turnovers are very strong.

Ayton/Butler (Punt Threes) – Points are low and you’ll need to get a point guard soon, but a very strong start besides those two categories. Highly recommended if it is there. Elite percentages, rebounds, blocks, and turnovers start and very strong in steals.

Ayton/Mitchell (Punt Assists) – Very safe, but lacking per-game upside. Steals will be low. Assists are terrible, so don’t think of punting anything else. A very strong rebounds, blocks, FT%, and turnovers start.

 

Kyrie Irving

Irving/Ayton (Punt Threes or Punt Assists) – An awesome per-game pairing. This is viable in much shallower leagues. A dream start in rebounds, the percentages, and turnovers.

Irving/George (Punt Assists, Punt Blocks, or Punt FG%) – Risky, but a great way to compete with the Harden, Davis, etc. teams. Huge upside. Build choice will be decided in rounds three and four. Threes, steals, FT%, and turnovers are very strong. Points look good too.

Irving/Vucevic (Punt Assists, Punt Blocks, or Punt Assists) – No real weaknesses. Assists, steals, and FG% are a little low but the hole isn’t significant. A nice start in threes and rebounds, and this pairing is going to make it hard to lose FT% and turnovers.

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