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It's still early, but if you're looking for an offensive MVP for the Nets, after just four games that honor absolutely belongs to Joe Johnson. Averaging a team-best 22 point per game, Johnson also happens to be second on the team in assists (4.3) and second in rebounds (5.8). He's also second on the team in minutes per game (33), and shooting just over 50 percent from the field. Those numbers, on paper, are pretty fantastic.
In the daily FanDuel fantasy basketball game, however, he's ranked 42nd overall in scoring -- number one among the Brooklyn Nets. The reason? His defensive numbers. He has one total steal and zero blocks on the season. And for those of you who aren't familiar with the FanDuel scoring system, that's not very helpful
Point = 1pt, Rebound = 1.2pts, Assist = 1.5pts, Block = 2pts, Steal = 2pts, Turnover = -1pt.
On defense, he's provided two total fantasy points. That's two fewer defensive points than Joey Dorsey (Who He Play For?), whose played just 13 minutes all season.
Johnson is having a fantastic year by any measure, however. He's doing exactly what the Nets need him to do, and that's provide balance on offense and not get beaten on defense. He's being Joe Johnson.
From a fantasy basketball perspective, however, he's not being "as helpful" because of his lack of defense, which is making his price tag a little too high in this format.