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.
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 Russell Westbrook, Demar DeRozan, Kevin Durant, Kristaps Porzingis, and Demarcus Cousins who averaged a combined: 24.4 Points, 7.9 Rebounds, 5.9 Assists, 0.8 Steals, and 0.9 Blocks.
I selected Ben Simmons, Victor Oladipo, Lebron James, Draymond Green, and Demarcus Cousins who averaged a combined: 19.1 Points, 7.5 Rebounds, 7.6 Assists, 1.1 Steals, and 0.4 Blocks.
Maleopold won three out of the five statistical categories, so he won week nine.
ST: Kyrie Irving
It’s nothing new, but Irving left the Cavaliers to have his own team. Thanks to a couple of injuries and his own tendency to do things by himself, there is no question that the young guard is molding into one of the best in the league. Keep it up.
ST: James Harden
Chris Paul has been nothing short of incredible this season, and Harden is the #2 beneficiary. No one distributes the rock like Paul, so even on days where Harden struggles, he has plenty of shots to put up some points.
ST: Lebron James
Me: Kevin Durant
After selecting Westbrook and Harden with my first two picks, I might as well round out the former Oklahoma City Thunder big three with a Kevin Durant pick at small forward. I’ll be the first to admit it; I should’ve picked Kevin Durant last week. Maleopold was right about Durant picking up the slack while Curry is out with an injury, and I won’t go another Curry-less week without selecting him.
ST: Giannis Antetokounmpo
ST: Joel Embiid
This man has got to be FIRED UP after his brutal game with the Thunder. While he is clearly ailing from some fatigue, I know he wants to get back on the court as soon as possible and take over his team. He has some talent to grab plenty of boards as well as to put in some tough and-ones. So long as he’s not too emotional, I think he’ll have a good week.
Me: Marc Gasol
After all of my somewhat overpowered pick, I decided to give a little bit of recognition to Marc Gasol. Since the firing of head coach, David Fizdale, Gasol has looked comfortable once again averaging over 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Those numbers won’t blow you out of the water, but heading up against three teams lacking an inside presence could elevate those numbers at least a little bit.