NBA Week Fifteen 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, Demar DeRozan, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, and Karl-Anthony Towns, who averaged a combined: 21.6 Points, 8.3 Rebounds, 5.5 Assists, 1.2 Steals, and 1.3 Blocks.

I selected Chris Paul, Lou Williams, Lebron James, Kristaps Porzingis, and Andre Drummond who averaged a combined: 20.2 Points, 7.7 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 2.1 Steals, and 1.3 Block.

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

Me-4, Maleopold-5

Point Guard

ST: Stephen Curry

The best in the west, Curry just became the 2nd leading vote-getter in the league. I haven’t picked him all season, but after 5-straight away games, the Warriors are going to be home all week this week, and no one shoots better than Curry in the Oracle.

Me: Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard has flown under the radar extremely well this season. The 27-year-old Oakland native hasn’t had a game under 20 points and 5 assists since January 10th when he returned from a small injury. Playing against Denver, Minnesota, and Dallas only helps his case of an extremely underrated pick this week.

Shooting Guard

ST: James Harden

The best 2 guard in the NBA is back and hungry for action. With the All-star break looming, Harden can prove to the All-Star captains as well as the city of Houston why he is a force to be reckoned with. I can’t think of a circumstance where you don’t pick Harden.
Me: Devin Booker
James Harden is back, and fantasy owners rejoice. What they don’t know, is that Chris Paul is finally back in form, so Harden no longer needs to carry. Who does need to carry his team (and who currently actually is with 73 points in his last 2 games), is Devin Booker. The 21-year-old is averaging over 25 points per game; Do I need to say anymore?

Small Forward

ST: Lebron James

The Cavs are still skidding, but it can’t last much longer. The man behind a change of fortunes is #23 for the wine and gold. He hasn’t even been playing that poorly as of late, so watch out for what he dies to get the Ws back.

Me: Lebron James

With Stephen Curry returning this week, Kevin Durant would be a waste of a pick. While Carmelo Anthony may be catching fire, you’d still be dumb to not pick the best player in the NBA. That’s right. Lebron James was, is, and will continue to carry this sorry Cavaliers’ team to wins, despite the small skid that maleopold mentioned.

Power Forward

ST: Anthony Davis

It’s hard not to pick at least one Pelican big man when they are both so clearly above the rest of the league. Davis is a double-double machine with a chance at some serious assists and blocks too, so I’m perfectly happy with him at the 4 and leaving Cousins out in place of….

Me: Andre Drummond
After a very interesting week of basketball for Andre Drummond and the Pistons, his all-star likelihood continues to skyrocket. Not only is he continuing as the best rebounder in the NBA, but last week his assists and steals jumped up as well. As he is making a last-minute bid to make the all-star game, Drummond is under some pressure this week.

Center

ST: Joel Embiid

Fresh off his first All-star selection and perhaps the best week of his young career, Embiid is primed for some more sky high stats. I like how inspired he’s playing as he proves he’s among the elite big men in the NBA.

Me: Demarcus Cousins

Right after being selected as an all-star starter alongside teammate Anthony Davis, Cousins is sure to continue his domination over the league. With games against the Bulls, Hornets, and Clippers, all lacking a defensive identity, Cousins could fill up the stat sheet with a likely tired Anthony Davis playing alongside him.

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