NBA Week Twelve 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 Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Lebron James, and Demarcus Cousins who averaged a combined: 28.2 Points, 8.8 Rebounds, 8.2 Assists, 1.6 Steals, and 1.1 Blocks.

I selected Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Kevin Durant, Kristaps Porzingis, and Myles Turner who averaged a combined: 22.4 Points, 6 Rebounds, 4.3 Assists, 1 Steals, and 1.7 Blocks.

Maleopold won four out of the five statistical categories, so he wins week eleven.

Me-3, Maleopold-3

Point Guard

ST: Russell Westbrook

The reigning MVP continues to lead the Thunder to some much-needed wins after a lackluster start to the season. Until this guy cools off, I’m very reluctant to go against him despite the depth at the position. I’m hoping for some more double-doubles and 4th quarter takeovers this week.

Me: Tyreke Evans
After watching Tyreke Evans return to the Kings last year, I was sure his NBA career was coming to a close. I’ll be honest. I haven’t watched too many Grizzlies’ games this season so I don’t know exactly how he’s doing it, but he has somehow turned into a darkhorse most improved player candidate. With only two games this week against the Clippers and Wizards, Tyreke Evans should continue his dominant run with Mike Conley out of the lineup.

Shooting Guard

ST: James Harden

I’m truly sorry for being so predictable each week at this position, but there is simply no matching Harden’s talents with the Rockets. He is definitely in the hunt to get MVP this year, and there isn’t another 2 guard even in his shadow right now. Barring injury, it’s going to take a lot for Harden to fall out of my lineup.

Me: James Harden
Like maleopold said, you can’t match the production of the Rockets’ star. He is by far and away statistically the best player in the NBA and there’s no reason why the Magic, Warriors, or Pistons should slow him down. He really is unbelievable.

Small Forward

ST: Kevin Durant

Alright here’s my last predictable pick. With Steph Curry back, I think Durant’s numbers will fall a bit, but he’s still a 20+ ppg shooter, and he nearly tops the league in blocks per game… which is a crucial stat in this fantasy battle. I’m counting on Durant to keep getting it done on both ends of the court

Me: Giannis Antetkounmpo

Since his ridiculously hot start to the season, Giannis Antetkounmpo has been relatively underappreciated. I was shocked to see that he was still averaging just under 30 points per game to go along with ten rebounds. With four very important games for the Bucks this week, look for their leader to take charge.

Power Forward

ST: Nikola Jokic

Definitely one of my favorite, and most underrated players in the league, Jokic quietly plays an important role for the Nuggets. He doesn’t take over the stat sheet by any means, but he consistently hits double digit points and at least 6 or 7 tallies in the rebounds and assists category. I’m not picking him for his high ceiling, but for his high floor.
Me: Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis has been red hot as of late. Taking on one of the worst defensive teams in the league in the Timberwolves along with the Rudy Gobert-less Utah Jazz should elevate his stats to the next level.

Center

ST: Joel Embiid

The guy is on fire. There’s not much more to say about it. While there is no question his stamina and overall health needs work, he plays with a fire and passion that the whole city of Philadelphia can get behind. He nearly hit 30 in each of his last two games to go along with 9+ boards and a few assists too. I want this guy playing for my team.

Me: Demarcus Cousins

I usually don’t like to pick more than one guy from the same team, but I can make an exception for the New Orleans Pelicans, especially when they only have two games in the week. As stated for Anthony Davis, the ridiculous big man duo will be taking on the Timberwolves who have struggled on defense all year along with the Rudy Gobert-less Utah Jazz, who now have no defensive inside presence.

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