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, Jimmy Butler, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, and Karl-Anthony Towns, who averaged a combined: 24 Points, 8.4 Rebounds, 4.3 Assists, 1.3 Steals, and 1 Block.
I selected Chris Paul, Victor Oladipo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ben Simmons, and Clint Capela who averaged a combined: 20.8 Points, 7.4 Rebounds, 3.7 Assists, 1.5 Steals, and 1 Block.
Maleopold won three out of the five statistical categories (we tied in blocks), so he won week thirteen.
ST: Russell Westbrook
I was tempted to go with Chris Paul or Stephen Curry here, but I like Westbrook’s matchups the best this week. With the Thunder starting to pull things together, the reigning MVP has noticeably taken control of OKC. While still not quite at the routine triple-double mark, I like his production moving forward.
ST: Demar DeRozan
ST: Lebron James
Me: Lebron James
With the Cavaliers on a three-game losing streak, Lebron James is angry. Even with Isaiah Thomas back in the lineup, look for Lebron to look off his teammates this week to get his team back on track. He hears the criticism and is looking to prove everyone wrong this week.
ST: Anthony Davis
DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are in perfect sync right now. The Pelicans’ success depends on the best front court in the NBA, and Davis is right at the center of that. He has scored 30+ points in his last 3 games, so I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do next.
ST: Karl Anthony-Towns
I was a little shy to go with KAT last week, but he did exactly as I expected. A double double machine, KAT is a guaranteed 20 points and 10 rebounds every night. Even with assists being hit or miss, I’m a man who admires consistency.
Me: Andre Drummond
I decided to select Clint Capela last week as a surprise thinking that he may show off some of his offensive potential with Harden out, but this week, I’ll just go with the fully developed Clint Capela: Andre Drummond. Averaging over 15 rebounds a game is very uncommon in the modern NBA, but Drummond is managing to do so while playing only 32 minutes per game. With four very important games this week for playoff positioning, hopefully Stan Van Gundy lets Drummond run some extra time to give me the fantasy win this week!