NBA Week Sixteen 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 Stephen Curry, James Harden, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, and Joel Embiid, who averaged a combined: 26.4 Points, 8.3 Rebounds, 6.6 Assists, 1.4 Steals, and 1.1 Blocks.

I selected Damian Lillard, Devin Booker, Lebron James, Andre Drummond, and Demarcus Cousins, who averaged a combined: 22 Points, 8.8 Rebounds, 6.5 Assists, 1.3 Steals, and 1.1 Blocks.

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

Me-4, Maleopold-6

Point Guard

ST: Russell Westbrook

Westbrook is playing with a fire underneath him similar to that of last season. He leads point guards in rebounds and assists, and is only second in points to Steph Curry. While it’s very hard to play on a team with someone who commands the ball like Westbrook, it’s great for fantasy owners.

Me: Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is the greatest fantasy basketball player of all-time. Routine triple-doubles? Check. Routine 40 point games? Check. Almost averaging a triple-double for the second season in a row? Check. After watching Westbrook absolutely carry the Thunder in the past week, choosing anyone else at point guard would be idiotic.

Shooting Guard

ST: James Harden

I know Jaylen Brown, DeMar DeRozan, and a couple of are playing great right now, but I’m staying steadfast with the best 2 guard in the country. Harden and Chris Paul have great chemistry and I’m looking for the Rockets to keep churning out wins behind #13.
Me: James Harden
I was wrong about Harden. I thought Chris Paul was the real deal and would turn down Harden’s stats a little bit. Though Westbrook is the best fantasy player of all-time, Harden is a fairly close second. The Chris Paul, James Harden, and Clint Capela lineup in Houston has been unstoppable this season, much like Harden in fantasy.

Small Forward

ST: Kevin Durant

The first pick of the NBA All-Star draft, Durant has had a past few weeks and I’m excited to see what he brings to the table to start February. He is having an amazing defensive season with his block and steal averages, and with his offensive output, Durant is a must-have fantasy option.

Me: Lebron James

Get ready for a wild prediction. Lebron James is about to have a career game in Detroit on Tuesday. With the Pistons losing eight games in a row and the Cavaliers finally beginning to turn it around, Lebron James should be fired up and ready to lead his team to his third straight win. This may sound wild, but look out for a 50-point triple double from Lebron this week.

Power Forward

ST: Giannis Antetokounmpo

I usually like Davis with this pick, but with Boogie sidelined for the rest of the season, Davis’ numbers could drop due to the extra defensive attention. Luckily, power forward is a surprisingly deep position this year, and  I know the Antetokounmpo can contribute in all 5 stat categories.

Me: Lauri Markkanen
With an extremely overpowered lineup at every other position, I decided to mix it up with the Chicago Bulls’ standout rookie at power forward. With only two games this week against the Blazers and Clippers (neither of which have a player that can guard him), his stats shouldn’t affect my averages too much overall. It’s a low-risk pick, that could result in high reward if he breaks out.

Center

ST: Joel Embiid

I was going back and forth between Embiid and KAT, but I decided to go with the All-Star starter and a man who’s on top of the world right now. The young phenom is carrying the 76ers out of their long drought at the bottom of the league and has a favorable schedule ahead of him.

Me: Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis could react to the Demarcus Cousins injury in one of two ways: MVP numbers, or a complete disaster. With maleopold expecting the worst, I’ll believe in Davis returning to his form. You have to remember that he has played the majority of his career without a dominant center, so I don’t see Cousins’ injury as a statistical setback at all.

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