NBA Week Eleven 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 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, James Harden, Lebron James, Giannis Antetkounmpo, and Joel Embiid who averaged a combined: 23.4 Points, 3.8 Rebounds, 4.6 Assists, 1.2 Steals, and 0.5 Blocks.

I selected Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Lebron James, and Marc Gasol who averaged a combined: 30 Points, 7.7 Rebounds, 6.8 Assists, 1.8 Steals, and 1.4 Blocks.

I won all five statistical categories, so I won week ten.

Me-3, Maleopold-2

Point Guard

ST: Russell Westbrook

While his numbers have taken a noticeable dip since last year, Westbrook is beginning to take over OKC. The do-it-all point guard loves the ball in his hands and I think he’ll continue to dominate the league for the time being.

Me: Russell Westbrook
With some of the overpowered picks that maleopold made this week, I have to go for the less sexy stats: rebounds, steals, and blocks. While Westbrook may not excel too much in the scoring department where players are generally judged, this is fantasy, so who cares?

Shooting Guard

ST: James Harden

Kings Court nailed it last week when he said the only reason you would go against Harden at SG is just for a surprise. So I’m sorry, but no surprise here. Harden is far and away the best 2 guard in the league and will continue to play like it this week.

Me: Paul George
Like I said with my Russell Westbrook pick, you can pick players for their scoring numbers in fantasy. Paul George is game in-game out the best player in the NBA when it comes to takeaways and opportune defense. Let´s just hope he can outrebound the undersized James Harden this week as well.

Small Forward

ST: Kevin Durant

The prolific forward has had a terrific season so far with Stephen Curry coming in and out of the lineup with injuries. Not only does Durant have the hot hand, but he loves to ramp it up over the holidays, and a game against the Cavs will only fire him up more.

Me: Kevin Durant

Maleopold hit the nail on the head with the Kevin Durant pick. Playing against Lebron James on Christmas Day without Stephen Curry in the lineup? This seems too good to be true. Statistically, however, Kevin Durant has been second in the league in blocks. That´s right. A small forward is almost leading the league in blocks. Anytime you can get that kind of production from a position in the backcourt, you cannot pass him up.

Power Forward

ST: Lebron James

It definitely feels like cheating to drop James to the 4, but if you can do it in Fantasy, you can do it here, right? James is another terrific player in big moments, and it doesn’t get much bigger in the regular season than Christmas Day.
Me: Kristaps Porzingis
Maleopold is correct in everything he said, but once again, Lebron James isn´t going to help him as much as the Unicorn helps me… hopefully. Heading up against four teams that emphasize inside scoring this week, Porzingis has an opportunity to use his 7-foot, 1-inch stature to load up on blocked shots. If everything goes right, Porzingis could have a historic week.

Center

ST: Demarcus Cousins

My go-to fantasy pick is a double-double machine. He doesn’t have those breakout games, but I’ll take a 20 point game with 10 rebounds every night no problem. Keep it up Boogie.

Me: Myles Turner

Looking at the lineup I am going up against this week, I was worried. I had to get a group of guys together that had such different playstyles to the point that I might have had a chance; Enter Myles Turner. Surprisingly, Myles Turner is leading the NBA in blocks this season and by a wide margin as well. Where he may struggle on the boards, he makes up for in steals. Hopefully, I get lucky this week and some guys have some breakout performances. If not, Goliath beats David.

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