NBA Week Twenty-One 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, Paul George, Anthony Davis, and Karl-Anthony Towns who averaged a combined: 24.8 Points, 10.4 Rebounds, 4.6 Assists, 1.7 Steals, and 1.5 Blocks.

I selected Stephen Curry, James Harden, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, and Andre Drummond who averaged a combined: 25.6 Points, 10.8 Rebounds, 5.2 Assists, 2.2 Steals, and 0.9 Blocks.

I won four out of the five statistical categories, so I won week twenty.

Me-6, Maleopold-8

Point Guard

ST: Russell Westbrook

I picked Damian Lillard last week, and I am extremely happy with the results. I was this close to going with him again, but I can only pass up the triple-double machine for so long. Westbrook it is.

Me: James Harden
James Harden is still obviously the MVP favorite, and his point guard eligibility makes him an even more versatile and valuable player in fantasy basketball. It gives me the opportunity to showcase some other shooting guards that would normally be far behind Harden, which is perfect because…

Shooting Guard

ST: James Harden

You know the drill. With a shallow position and the leading MVP candidate on the board, my hands are tied. Harden is my pick every week because of his ball control, deadeye shooting, and a little bit here and there on the defensive end nowadays.
Me: Devin Booker
The Phoenix Suns may be contending for the number one overall pick, their one bright spot is Devin Booker. Believe me; he’s very bright. Over his past eight games, he has been consistently scoring over 20 points per game, averaging over 31 points. While the rest of his game may be lagging behind, we can pick up assists from other players like…

Small Forward

ST: Kevin Durant

He’s back. Probably my pick for Defensive Player of the Year at this point, I’m going with Durant to compliment Westbrook’s offensive production. Of course, Durant can score too, but his steals and blocks are the real reason he’s in my lineup again

Me: Lebron James

For the third week in the row, Lebron James will be my small forward. He fits perfectly in this lineup, helping out Booker and Harden who will both lack in assists. While Harden is the MVP favorite, Lebron is still the best player in the NBA, no questions asked.

Power Forward

ST: Anthony Davis

I’ll be the first to admit I thought Davis’s production was going to go down once Cousins tore his Achilles. I was afraid defenses would zone in on him and shut down the whole Pelicans game plan. Instead, Davis has stepped up big time and been a one-man wrecking crew in the low post. Keep it up, big fella.

Me: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Bet you didn’t expect that; I can’t remember the last time Anthony Davis wasn’t playing at my power forward spot. While the Greek Freak has been inconsistent as of late, let’s hope this extended homestand can help out his confidence.


ST: Andre Drummond

There’s a few good candidates for this position, but in the end I went with Drummond because of the favorable schedule this week. I like his matchups down low against the Raptors and Bulls, and I’m excited to see his insane rebound average continue to climb

Me: Anthony Davis

Psyche! You really thought I was leaving Anthony Davis out of my lineup? Two words: No Chance. The hottest player in the world at the moment should look to continue to dominate next week as he takes on two teams aiming to lose. Davis is ready to dethrone James Harden, and whether he not he actually achieves that, he’s still a great fantasy pick all the way til the end of the year.

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