20/21 Punt Points & Punt Points/FT% Guides

 In Draft Strategy, Punting

The Punt Points Strategy

If you are a fantasy player who likes to live dangerously, take a long look at this build. The punt points strategy epitomizes high-risk/high-reward. If done correctly, it can absolutely wipe out your league. If it is incorrectly implemented, it can send you to the bottom of the standings in a hurry. Because of the high level of difficulty, this is not a strategy that I recommend for beginners. If you are a punting veteran, then feel free to roll with fantasy’s least flashy build.

No punting build changes your draft board more than punt points does, and it is not particularly close. Last season, Richaun Holmes was the 13th-most valuable player on a per-game basis in the punt points build. Nerlens Noel was a top-40 option and finished ahead of players like Luka Doncic and Devin Booker. Heck, even Willie Cauley-Stein, who played a whopping 20.3 MPG last season, managed to sneak into the top-85 when fantasy’s most overvalued category was ignored. Punt points’ ability to turn the draft board upside down gives it, arguably, the highest ceiling of any build. It is very possible to finish your draft with a handful of top-30 players while not owning a single player who finished outside of the top-100 in this build during the 2019-2020 campaign. You can’t do that in punt assists. You can’t do that in punt FT%. And you definitely can’t do that in punt FG%.

This next point isn’t super relevant to your draft day strategy, but if you like talking some ish, this is your build of choice. Your team is going to look UGLY. You’re likely going to have a handful of players on your roster that will look like waiver-wire fodder. And because of this, you’re going to get ripped by your leaguemates. That’s good. Because when you win your league with a team that looks like the fantasy equivalent of the Knicks, it’s going to feel extra nice. I will never forget that I beat a 119-win team in the finals with a punt points squad led by Trevor Ariza. And I will never stop reminding the guy who I beat that I beat him with a team led by Trevor Ariza. In fact, I’m only including this last bit because I know he’s going to read this. Punting points can be a very effective strategy, and it can be a lot of fun to use.

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