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, 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
ST: Stephen Curry
ST: James Harden
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.
ST: Anthony Davis
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.