NBA Week Eighteen 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, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, and Andre Drummond who averaged a combined: 21.1 Points, 9.6 Rebounds, 3.6 Assists, 1.2 Steals, and 1.4 Blocks.

I selected James Harden, Donovan Mitchell, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, and Anthony Davis who averaged a combined: 23.5 Points, 6.7 Rebounds, 4.3 Assists, 1.1 Steals, and 0.9 Blocks.

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

Me-5, Maleopold-7

Point Guard

ST: Russell Westbrook

I know I’ve picked him a lot, but Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, and of course Stephen Curry aren’t putting up triple-double numbers like #0. While he may not score quite as much as the other guard options, I have to pick him for his all-around production.

Me: Damian Lillard
After witnessing (in person) Damian Lillard torch the Sacramento Kings for 50 points in three-quarters of basketball, I can appreciate how good he really is. With the three-point shot and aggressiveness of Stephen Curry and the athleticism of John Wall, Lillard is capable of going off any night, which he has done in his past two games combining for 89 points. With a big matchup against the Warriors heading into the break, Lillard should give all he has. Once rested up, Lillard will start his schedule with two easy road games with the Jazz and Suns.

Shooting Guard

ST: James Harden

Same as above, there is no better 2-guard in the NBA. Harden leads all shooting guards in points, rebounds, and assists over the past two weeks, and I don’t see him slowing down anytime soon. You can lock Harden into my lineup just about every week.
Me: James Harden
Once again, I switch it up and select someone other than James Harden at shooting guard and once again, I switch it right back the week after. Harden is no doubt in the lead for MVP currently, and he should have no problems heading into the break.

Small Forward

ST: Kevin Durant

My pick for Defensive Player of the Year is also an offensive stud. That sounds great to me. While KD will keep my averages up in the first few categories, he can also give me a big boost on the defensive end.

Me: Lebron James

Lebron James is a new man. Following one of the most eventful trade deadlines for one team in NBA history, Lebron seems to have revitalized his career as a Cavalier. While his numbers from the Celtics game weren’t too out of the ordinary, his demeanor on court was. Look for some big assist games for James in the upcoming weeks.

Power Forward

ST: Anthony Davis

Without DeMarcus Cousins, Davis has not only stayed on track, he has excelled with the extra responsibility down low. I love his tenacity to take control of the rim both in shots, and rebounds, as well as blocks.

Me: Kevin Durant
While it may seem like an unfair to move to play possibly the three best players in the world at shooting guard, small forward, and power forward, there’s no rule that says I can’t do it, so here I am. While it may seem I’m at a rebounding disadvantage, I’m not worried because…

Center

ST: Andre Drummond

No more sleeping on the Pistons. When Blake Griffin joined Detroit, Drummond was the main beneficiary. His rebound numbers are as good as ever, but his assist and point totals have gone up with his new partner in crime. Keep it going for me, Andre

Me: Andre Drummond

Possibly the hottest player in the league currently is Andre Drummond. While almost averaging 20 rebounds a game last week, Blake Griffin seems to be the perfect fit next to the rebounding center. After making it into the all-star game, the rest and pride should hopefully help out Drummond’s numbers.

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