21/22 Punt Points & Punt Points/FT% Guides
The Punt Points Strategy
Punt points is a potential league-ender if properly implemented. It’s not the easiest strategy to pull off, but it is the punting strategy with the highest ceiling. Its ceiling is so high because it changes player value more than any other build. If you take a look at last year’s final nine-category punt points rankings, you’ll notice that Nerlens Noel and his 5.1 PPG finished inside of the top 25. You will also see Delon Wright and Zach LaVine separated by one spot, and you’ll have to scroll past fantasy juggernauts Tony Snell, Stanley Johnson, and Yuta Watanabe before finding Ja Morant’s name. It will be very possible to finish your draft with a handful of top-35 punt points options on your team and not a single player projected to finish outside of the top 100 in your build. That’s not something that can be achieved in any other single-punt strategy. Punting points also makes it easier to play the wire. Not having to worry about points greatly increases the pool of useful players and also ensures that there will be top-100 options on the wire at all times. In most builds, Ricky Rubio was useless last year due to his decreased role. He was likely sitting on your wire for most of the year. In punt points, he was a top-100 player. The strategy’s ability to take a large chunk of out of the value of early-round players adds to its appeal. Punting assists comes with a similar advantage, but the advantage is not as large as it is here. When points don’t matter, top-end assets like Luka Doncic and Bradley Beal become a lot less scary to go up against. When you punt points, you will be turning some of your opponents’ top options into mid-round players.
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