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, 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.
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.
ST: James Harden
ST: Kevin Durant
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.
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.
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.