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 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.
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.
ST: James Harden
ST: Lebron James
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.
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….
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.