Big shout out to maleopold15 over at Sports Thoughts for his help in the help of creating a new series. He reports on the NBA, MLB, and the NFL. We are each helping each other out on our new fantasy series, mine for the NBA, and his for the NFL. Go check out the full blog at Sports Thoughts or his first fantasy article discussing breakout players for Week 11 at Week 11 Fantasy Football Pick ‘Em.
This is a new weekly series that will be published every Sunday, previewing who will be the best fantasy players of the next week. Maleopold15 and I will select our ideal fantasy starting fives heading into the week.
ST: Damian Lillard
You might be surprised to not see Stephen Curry or Kyrie Irving here, but I’m going with the leader of the Trailblazers. Lillard is a dynamic threat that has a deadly pull-up to go with a very nice driving ability. The duo of Lillard and C.J. McCollum have a favorable schedule this week, so I’m looking for the Blazers to put up some serious numbers…and this floor general will be right in the middle of it.
Me: Kyrie Irving
Kyrie has been nothing short of the MVP this season. Don’t get me wrong, some guys may have better numbers, but leading a team of all new faces to 15-game winning streak is undeniable. With an extremely favorable schedule playing 3 Eastern Conference bottom feeders along with possibly the worst team in the league, the Dallas Mavericks, look for Kyrie to drop 30 quite easily. (It’s also masked Kyrie; Duh!)
ST: Bradley Beal
No, not James Harden. With John Wall’s upcoming minutes uncertain as he deals with a knee injury, it’s Beal’s time to shine. Quietly averaging 24 ppg, the sky is the limit for Beal this week regardless of how the Wizards perform without John Wall.
Me: Demar DeRozan
Steadily averaging 25 points per game is no joke, especially when the Raptors plan this season was to emphasize ball movement. Going up against the Knicks, Pacers, and Hawks this week should only help his cause. We haven’t seen a huge breakout game yet from DeRozan, so maybe this is the week he puts up 40.
ST: Lebron James
This is a rather obvious pick as James has nearly single-handedly revived the Cavs’ season. He has averaged 28 points and 10 rebounds over the past week, and Cleveland can’t afford for him to slow down. As he marches toward a potential MVP season, James will continue to do it all for the Cavaliers.
Me: Lebron James
Like stated above, this is an obvious pick. Lebron James may actually be the greatest fantasy player of all time. Able to steadily average 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists over one’s whole career is blasphemous, especially considering he’s even better this year due to a couple of key injuries.
ST: Kristaps Porzingis
Speaking of MVP, Porzingis just gets better and better with every game he plays. While his stat line is slightly below James’, he means just as much to the Knicks. Projected to be one of the worst teams in the NBA this year after the departure of Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks are sitting at the 8 seed in the East thanks to this versatile power forward. Look for him to put up a couple of double-doubles as he works his way around the paint.
Me: Anthony Davis
Like Lebron, this should be obvious. I made a prediction at the beginning of the year that Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins would be the first duo in NBA history to each average 30 points over an entire season. The way the Pelicans play through two players, and two players only gives them loads of opportunities. Going up against Carmelo Anthony, Lamarcus Aldridge, and whoever the Suns’ power forward is will most likely help Davis a good deal as well. The only thing holding him back is a potential concussion suffered against the Nuggets. We are currently unaware of his status but we’ll hope for the best.
ST: Joel Embiid
Lastly, I have arguably the hottest player in the NBA right now. Embiid may not be the flashiest player, but he certainly gets the job done inside. Embiid takes full advantage of his offensive rebounds to average 23 ppg this year. I’m looking for him to continue this hot streak for at least another 7 days.
Me: Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid really has been one of the best players in the NBA as of late. Averaging 23 points this year will most likely continue this week as he will be matched up against Derrick Favors, Jusuf Nurkic, and Nikola Vucevic: three of the worst defensive big men in the NBA.