My prediction about who to pick and avoid for the studs went south as Kevin Durant gave way to a vintage Kyrie Irving performance. Steph Curry proved me wrong with 38 markers along with 11 boards and 8 dimes.
For the mid-tier salaries, Enes Kanter delivered with another double-double performance while Evan Fournier (my AVOID pick) was pretty decent. On my bargains picks, it was Xavier Tillman and DeAnthony Melton who provided the decent numbers. But then again, RoCo had 19 points and 9 rebounds Read More
Domantas Sabonis, PF/C, Pacers
Yahoo: $44; DraftKings: $9,200; FanDuel: $9,200
If not for the knee injury he suffered in the Raptors game, Sabonis would have had better averages. Well, he did come back with a vengeance-- a triple-double no less against Charlotte. We know the Hornets are not stopping dynamic interior players like Domas so feel free to tap his services.
Nikola Jokic, C, Nuggets
Yahoo: $54; DraftKings: $10,100; FanDuel: $11,200
The worst that Jokic could do is the low-40s Read More
Bradley Beal 47 FPTs 30P/3A/4R
Julius Randle 50.75 FPTs 35P/2A/5R/2S/1B
Tristan Thompson 24 FPTs 3P/2A/10R/2S/1B
Bradley Beal had another fantastic game, he put up 30 points against the Knicks, his 4th 30 point game in the last 5. Beal is the main reason the awful Washington Wizards are one of the top offensive teams in the league, they are 3rd in points scored with 117.5 per game. I will be taking Beal until his salary forces me to look for a cheaper Read More
Kemba Walker 45.25 32P/3A/5R/1B
Danilo Gallinari 29.75 FPTs 20P/3A/3R
Jarrett Culver DNP
Kemba had a hot first quarter with 16 points but was ice cold in the second quarter not scoring a single basket. Walker’s offensive struggles continued with a 3 point 3rd quarter but then he erupted for 13 points in the final 6 minutes. 45.25 is good for Kemba’s 3rd straight game above his fantasy average, but he could have Read More
I'll be the very first one to admit that there is no such thing as a perfect draft unless you're competing with six year olds. But relatively speaking, you can pretty much nail a fantasy basketball draft if you come prepared. and has a clear goal in mind.
The league scoring also matters and for this article, let's hypothetically consider how to complete the (near) perfect standard points league draft.
In a points league, the general rule is go for high-efficiency bigs (high FG% ) over high-volume, Read More
1.) D'Angelo Russell
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Russell just became the first option of a young Nets team to probably an off-the-ball scorer in Golden State with Steph Curry the focal point of the offense. The first-time All-Star excels when he has the ball making decisions on pick-and-rolls, something he may not be able to do with Curry around. (According to NBA.com/stats, the percentage of unassisted field goals by Russell last season is at 71.2%, which means he is more of a shot-creator Read More
For those who bleed stats, not just Damian Lillard's 50-point outburst in Game 5, check these 7 insane numbers to get you through the day:
1.) It's not the playoffs without Timmy or Stockton.
via Sports Illustrated
It's the first NBA playoffs without LeBron James since his rookie year but a fact that many overlooked is that Tim Duncan and John Stockton never missed the playoffs in 19 NBA seasons.
The longest streak of active players who have not missed the playoffs is James Harden (13 Read More
Who To Pick
Paul George, SF, OKC Thunder
If you have gone for two whole months accounting for at least 40 FP, you're a definite stud. PG13 is averaging 37.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 2.2 steals in his last 5 games with no signs of slowing down. As we go into the homestretch, expect more of the same, if not more, from Paul George.
Lou Williams, SG, Los Angeles Clippers
Without Tobias Harris, the Clippers will have to lean more on Lou Will for their playoff push. He responded Read More
Who To Own
Anthony Davis, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
Davis' salary can be crippling but with a nine-game slate, it's easier to find production at a discount. I mean, how can you go wrong on picking someone who dropped over 60 fantasy points after leaving the pre-game warmups to vomit? The Pelicans will be playing Sacramento, another ultra fast-paced team, making this a very fantasy-friendly matchup.
Lou Williams, PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers
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Players To Own:
Anthony Davis, C, New Orleans Pelicans
AD is in the conversation as the best fantasy player right now averaging 32 points, 13.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.7 steals, and 3 blocks over the past three games. This affair with Charlotte has all the makings of a fantasy-friendly matchup and Davis will surely be in the forefront of this one.
Mike Conley, PG, Memphis Grizzlies
Conley is blazing hot lately with double-digit assists in three of the last four outings. But his other Read More