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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, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetkounmpo, and Joel Embiid, who averaged a combined: 22.7 Points, 8.2 Rebounds, 7.1 Assists, 1.2 Steals, and 0.8 Blocks.
I selected Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Lebron James, Lauri Markkanen, and Anthony Davis, who averaged a combined: 23.3 Points, 7.1 Rebounds, 7.5 Assists, 1.6 Steals, and 0.9 Blocks.
I won four out of the five statistical categories, so I won week fifteen.
ST: Russell Westbrook
As long as he stays hot, I’m going to stick with him. Westbrook is still nearly averaging a triple-double, as well as an incredible 12 apg over his past 10 games. I like the hot streak to continue as the Thunder look ahead to what promises to be a few shootouts over the next week.
ST: James Harden
ST: Kevin Durant
Me: Kevin Durant
Everything stated above is 100% correct; I’ve been saying that Durant is a better two-way player than Kawhi Leonard since before he even joined the Warriors. With yet another contest against the Thunder, Durant will always look to put up big numbers on Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and his former team.
ST: Anthony Davis
Giannis Antetokoumnpo might be the smarter pick here, but I just can’t believe how easy the Pelicans’ upcoming schedule is. The Jazz, Pacers, 76ers, and Nets hardly pose much of a threat under the net, so look for Davis to have an unbelievable week if he has the stamina for it.
ST: Andre Drummond
My lineup is officially relying on rebounds, blocks, and steals, but I’m okay with that. I’ve snubbed Drummond all season but I can’t ignore his work ethic in the paint on both sides of the ball. Crossing my fingers that he can keep it up through the All-Star break.
Me: Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis didn’t back down from the challenge of playing without Cousins last week, and he surely believes in the Pelicans’ playoff chances. I’m not going to lie; If it weren’t for Davis, I wouldn’t have won last week. He carries me week after week, and I see no reason to go away from him this week.