NBA Week Seven Fantasy Predictions

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 12 at Week 12 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.

Last Week

Last week, Maleopold selected Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Lebron James, Kristaps Porzingis, and Joel Embiid who averaged a combined: 23.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.3 blocks.

I selected Kyrie Irving, Demar DeRozan, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, and Joel Embiid who averaged a combined: 24.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks.

I won four statistical categories while Maleopold won one, so I win week 6.

Me-1 , Maleopold-0

Point Guard

ST: Stephen Curry

While he hasn’t been the prolific scorer we’re used to seeing with so many ball hogs on GSW, Curry has 4 games over the next 7 days, so he should be able to put up some numbers. Whether or not his averages are there, the Warriors and Curry should roll through the week with some high scores…and he’s right in the middle of that.
Me: Kyrie Irving
I picked Kyrie Irving last week and was extremely happy with my selection. He went off against the Mavericks for 47 points in a thriller of a game. Even with the Celtics’ win streak ending, look for Kyrie to try to begin a new streak this weak with some pretty easy opponents including the Pistons, 76ers, and Suns. In those games, Kyrie will be matched up with Reggie Jackson, Tyler Ulis, and either Ben Simmons or J.J. Redick depending on how the Sixers play him.


Shooting Guard

ST: James Harden

What needs to be said?  He’s the league’s leading scorer, and he was the (incorrect) pick of many to win the MVP in 2016. Nevertheless, he is the heart and soul of the Rockets who have 3 easy matchups this week with the Nets, the Pacers, and the Lakers. With Chris Paul dropping dimes, Harden should get 35+ on all of these nights.
Me: James Harden
I was looking for awhile for another guy to pick at shooting guard this week. Victor Oladipo, Devin Booker, Jimmy Butler; all options, but secondary to the best statistical player in the NBA: James Harden. Harden is an obvious selection every single week for fantasy, especially with his upcoming schedule of three awful teams in the Nets, Pacers, and Lakers.


Small Forward

ST: Lebron James

I feel bad for picking the best player in the NBA two weeks in a row, but as long as he’s going to carry the Cavs, why not? While he sometimes gets complacent in the first half, when it comes down to crunch time, James just takes over. I expect more of the same as the season goes on as he marches toward another potential MVP award.

Me: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Lebron James is another obvious selection every week. But after a pretty cold week last week, why not go with the early-season breakout star, Giannis Antetokounmpo. While he may not be averaging a 30-point triple-double like he nearly was earlier in the year, he’s still one of the most statistically versatile players in the league. Playing against the Kings twice along with the fast-paced Portland Trail Blazers should only bolster his stats that much more.


Power Forward

ST: Anthony Davis

Credit to Kings Court here. I was on the fence last week between Davis and Kristaps Porzingis before ultimately going with the latter. This time, I’m going with the Olympic Gold Medalist to get me a few double doubles with 20+ ppg. It’s never a bad bet to go with one of the most consistently daunting power forwards in the league.
Me: Blake Griffin
Once again, Anthony Davis is an obvious selection as he may be the hottest player in the NBA right now. I can’t fault Maleopold for making this selection, but I just have a feeling Blake Griffin could be a little bit better. The Lakers don’t have anyone that can defend him, Rudy Gobert is still injured in Utah so he shouldn’t have a hard time against the Jazz, the Mavericks’ season is a joke at this point, and the Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson isn’t athletic enough to keep up with the much larger Griffin. Davis may be a safer pick, but Griffin has the chance to have a historic week.


ST: Demarcus Cousins

I have to go with the other Pelicans big man. Cousins is top 3 in the NBA among centers in points, assists, and rebounds, and he should keep up the pace this week. It’s hard to argue that he isn’t the best center in the league, so I’d feel safe with this pick as well.

Me: Nikola Jokic

For me, Nikola Jokic is an obvious pick this week. Playing without the injured Paul Millsap, Jokic will be the primary and secondary options playmaking, scoring, and rebounding. Without Millsap, Jokic is everything in Denver. He could be a super darkhorse MVP candidate if he’s able to keep the Nuggets in the playoff race without Millsap in the lineup.


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