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, 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.
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.
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.
ST: Kevin Durant
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.
ST: Lebron James
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.