NBA Week Nine 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 13 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 Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, and Nikola Jokic who averaged a combined: 18.3 Points, 4.1 Rebounds, 2.3 Assists, 0.6 Steals, and 0.6 Blocks.

I selected Damian Lillard, James Harden, Paul George, Ben Simmons, and Demarcus Cousins who averaged a combined: 23.7 Points, 7.5 Rebounds, 5.4 Assists, 1.7 Steals, and 0.7 Blocks.

I won all five statistical categories, so I win week eight.

Me-2, Maleopold-1

Point Guard

ST: Russell Westbrook

He’s not the scoring threat he was last year thanks to the additions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, but he’s still a candidate for triple-doubles all week. He leads the league in assists, and he’s among the best point guards in rebounds. I’m trusting Westbrook to do a little bit of everything for me this week.

Me: Ben Simmons
No. I didn’t mistype. The same guy that I started at power forward last week will be my starting point guard this week, as he’s eligible for both positions. The way that the NBA is changing is perfect for Simmons, as he continues to drop unbelievable stat lines in just his rookie season. Nobody knows how to defend him yet, and his stats reflect that perfectly, averaging over 9 rebounds and 7 assists-perfect for fantasy.

Shooting Guard

ST: Demar DeRozan

I couldn’t bring myself to picking James Harden because of how difficult his 4 matchups are this week. DeRozan is a premier guard that can put up a lot of points against some poor perimeter defense, and I expect Kyle Lowry and DeRozan to continue to play really well in December.

Me: Victor Oladipo
Like stated above, the usual obvious James Harden could be in for a tough week, playing four times all against solid defensive teams. While looking at other options around the league, one stood out. Victor Oladipo is (in my opinion) the most improved player so far, and he should be able to keep up his domination on both sides of the floor against the Thunder, Pistons, and Nets.

Small Forward

ST: Kevin Durant

With Stephen Curry out, this is Durant’s time to take over. Last week, he was a monster closing out the road trip, and he should play just as well at home. The Warriors only play two games, against the Blazers and the Mavericks, but since we’re looking for averages, Durant has to be at the top of the daily fantasy draft board.

Me: Lebron James

Kevin Durant may be picking up some major slack for the Warriors this week, but Lebron James is consistently leading his team to win after win after win basically single-handedly. With no team that looks to be competitive with the Cavs coming up this week, look for Lebron to continue to control every game at will.

Power Forward

ST: Kristaps Porzingis

Giannis Antetokoumpo has some difficult matchups too. He has the length to beat anyone, but I think Porzingis is going to be safer. Plus, he provides an excellent chance to raise my block and steals per game average with his tenacious defense and limitless energy.

Me: Draymond Green
Where I may be giving up in points, I’m sure making up for in every other statistical category this week. While Durant may pick up the scoring slack with Curry out, Draymond will most likely be primarily running the offense in the Warriors’ two games this week. Look for increased stats across the board for the former defensive player of the year.

Center

ST: Demarcus Cousins

I’m mainly going with the Pelicans’ big man because of his rebounds. I would have gone with Andre Drummond, but he just can’t put up the points like the rest of my lineup, and I can’t afford for my average in that category to go down. Cousins’ double-doubles will do the trick.

Me: Demarcus Cousins

As one of the biggest Demarcus Cousins fans in the world, it makes me so happy to watch him continue to dominate the game, no matter what uniform he’s wearing. At this point, it doesn’t matter who he’s playing. Pencil him in for 27 points and 12 rebounds every night, and you won’t be dissapointed often.

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