NBA Week Ten 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.

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 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.

Me-2, Maleopold-2

Point Guard

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.

Me: Russell Westbrook
After what he did to me last week, I can’t pass up Westbrook again. While he may not be my favorite point guard to watch (his selfishness comes off as cringey to me with two players who are arguably better scorers than him on the court), but nonetheless he is a perfect fantasy point guard; Points, rebounds, assists, steals, and even blocks embodies his game perfectly.

Shooting Guard

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.

Me: James Harden
Whether either one of us wants to admit it, the only reason we would ever have for not picking James Harden would be to try and surprise some people with some unpredictable picks. Don’t get me wrong. There are other great shooting guards in the NBA, but James Harden stands alone on another level of fantasy basketball. With a fairly easy schedule this week, look for Harden and his Rockets continue to win at will.

Small Forward

ST: Lebron James

When in doubt, go with the best player in the NBA. James is as hot as ever, and it makes you wonder if he’s still in his prime. With Irving out of the picture, James’ takeover of the Cavs’ has turned back the clock as he proves why he is so valuable to any franchise.

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.

Power Forward

ST: Giannis Antetokounmpo

I always struggle to pick a PF because it is kind of a thin position. I went with the “Greek Freak” over Anthony Davis and Kristaps Porzingis simply because of his schedule this week. I apologize for the predictability, but I can’t foresee ever going against any of these three big men.
Me: Lebron James
While it may seem a little unfair to play Lebron as my power forward, I’ve decided that I really want to take advantage of some of these players who can play at multiple positions. Like I said last week, Lebron James is unstoppable no matter who he’s playing, so there’s not much to look into here.

Center

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.

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