Fantasy Basketball: Week 5 Cheat Sheet
We are officially 1 month in the 2016-2017 NBA season. So, what we learned? The Cavaliers look even better than last season. The Warriors despite the early narrative of them getting blown out by the Spurs, are still pretty damn good, as expected. The Bucks, Celtics, and Wizards are underperforming. The Clippers look for real this season and CP3 is a serious contender for MVP if the Clippers keep up this pace. James Harden and Russell Westbrook are triple-double machines and both are having historic seasons statistically. And the Lakers have a possibility to being a playoff team?!
Breakouts from Week 4:
Anthony Davis PF/C NOR – I disagree with people who say sell high on Anthony Davis. He’s the ultimate risk vs reward player in fantasy and any owner who drafted him knew that. He has the best upside to be the #1 player in all formats and he’s proving owners who picked him this season why they should gamble on him being healthy the rest of the way. He’s currently ranked #1 overall this season. Yes, he’s been even better than Russell Westbrook and James Harden. It’s not really even close.
Top 12 players in 9 cat formats (as of 11/20/16) via BasketballMonster.com
Hassan Whiteside C MIA – Hassan Whiteside has been the only bright spot for the Heat this season because he’s proven to be worth every penny the Heat gave him this summer. He’s arguably the best big man in basketball and that’s saying a lot considering the fact no teams even gave him a workout a few years back. He has come a long way since then and there’s no signs of him slowing down. Whiteside is ranked #10 over the past week, averaging 17.7 PPG with a league-best 16.2 RPG. Yes, he’s also swatting shots at 3.4 a game. He’s ranked #17 overall on the season and he’s a no brainer first-rounder when you take free throws out of the equation.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF CHA – You probably knew what you were getting when you drafted Batum. He’s a stat sheet stuffer. Through 3 games, Batum averaged 17.7 PPG 7.3 RPG 5 APG with 3.3 3PTm along with 1.7 steals and 1 block. He’s not going to average those crazy numbers throughout the season, but he’s fully capable of giving you a huge edge to win your matchup in H2H leagues.
D'angelo Russell PG LAL – It’s always a bumpy ride when it comes to streaky young guards like Dloading, but you got a glimpse of his monster upside when he dropped a 32/8/4 game this week. He connected 7 three-pointers with 3 steals as well. He was out Friday due to a sore knee, but it’s not considered serious and we believe it’s more of a day-to-day thing. I still think big things are coming for Dloading this season, especially after the New Year.
Wilson Chandler SG/SF DEN – Chandler came in hot this week, averaging 26.5 PPG 10.5 RPG 4 APG with 2.5 triples. These numbers are unsustainable and it’s mainly due to the fact that Denver has a banged-up backcourt. Still, he’s playing too well to be ignored.
Clint Capela PF/C HOU – Capella has quickly emerged as a fine player, putting up 14 PPG 10.5 RPG with 2.8 blocks. He’s doing his damage in only 28 minutes. He’s a player who fits perfectly in a punt free-throw build and I’m glad to say I have him in one of my teams.
JJ Reddick SG LAC – You’re not going to see many shooters who have a long career in the NBA. JJ Reddick, along with the likes of Kyle Korver is that exception. It’s truly amazing to watch these players work their craft at releasing the basketball. Give Reddick credit. He’s been ultra-efficient for the Clippers, averaging 20.8 PPG with 4 3PTm on 51% shooting this week. Impressive.
Kenneth Faried PF/C DEN – The Manimal has been a machine this week, averaging 13.5 PPG 13 RPG with 3 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. He’s clearly taking advantage of being a starter and it doesn’t seem like he wants to lose his starting job again. He’s capable of these numbers, especially with given the minutes. People forget how good he was when he was on Team USA a couple summers ago. It was just his attitude and the desire to play hard. I don’t trust Coach Malone to unleash him all season, as the Nuggets are pretty loaded in the frontline. IMO, I would sell high.
Jae Crowder SF/PF BOS – Celtics welcomed back both Jae Crowder and Al Horford on Saturday and while Horford’s buy low window is completely shut (Horford dropped a full line), there’s a chance you might be able to get Crowder for cheap right now. He’s a key part of what the Celtics are doing this season and has top 30 upside.
Damian Lillard PG POR – Dame Dolla has really struggled with his shot lately, only shooting 35% over the past week. That’s certainly going to change as he has all the keys to the Portland Trailblazers. This is a perfect opportunity to see how much patience his owner is.
Pau Gasol PF/C SAS – He’s really picked up his play from earlier on in the season. I still expect him to sit random games down the stretch. Sell!
Dwyane Wade PG/SG CHI – You know the deal.
DeMar DeRozan SG/SF TOR – No one can argue DeMar gets buckets. However, buckets don’t always mean everything in basketball. Through 3 games this week, DeRozan averaged 30 PPG 5.7 RPG 4.0 APG but still only returned 7th round-value. Why? He’s shooting 42% and only averaged 1 three-pointer. He also turned the ball over 3.7 times per game. That’s why you should sell high ladies and gentlemen.
Lou Williams PG/SG LAL – Sweet Lou really has been ballin’ for my Lakers. I just don’t think he’s a part of their future and is a key candidate to be traded to a team where he will lose a lot of value. He’s flirting with mid-round value and you can probably get another mid-round target with his current price tag.
Danilo Gallinari SF DEN – I don’t want to jinx The Italian Stallion, but he always seems to be healthy earlier in the season only to get injured down the stretch. History don’t lie, sell high while you can.
Patrick Beverley PG HOU – 3-pointers and steals specialist. Won’t really hurt you anywhere but just don’t expect huge production.
Alan Williams PF PHX – He’s become a reliable double-double due to Tyson Chandler missing time. I don’t know if he’s to be trusted in 12-team leagues yet but he’s definitely an add for all 14+ teams leagues.
Terrence Jones SF/PF NOR – The upside shows, and as long as he’s getting minutes he’s a must own in even shallow leagues.
Seth Curry PG/SG DAL – Dallas is really banged up right now. Curry is expected to get 30+ minutes a night and he’s capable of playing both guard spots.
Matt Barnes SG/SF SAC – Kings want to run smaller lineups. That means great news for Barnes.
James Johnson SF/PF MIA – Versatile forward from Miami can really fill up the box score. He’s been a sneaky under-the-radar add for all 12+ teams for a while now. Add him if you have dead weight, but don’t drop anyone with long-term value.
Nick Young SG/SF LAL – Ride Uncle P until he cools off. He might start for the Lakers all year.
Dion Waiters SG MIA – Always known as a percentage killer, Waiters is probably a better ball player in real life than in fantasy. Curious to see how he performs when Heat is fully healthy. He’s more of a deep league add.
CJ Miles SG/SF IND – If you’re patient, you will see how serious his injury is before dropping. History points to Miles taking his time to heal. Pacers also have Rodney Stuckey healthy again.
Gary Harris SG DEN – Harris is going to miss the next 4 weeks due to a leg injury. I would drop unless your league has a IR spot.
Tyson Chandler C PHX – Chandler’s mother passed away this past week and Chandler might spend some time away from basketball. He wasn’t exactly a must-own player before this news and he’s a drop candidate. RIP Vernie Threadgill.
Week 5 Schedule Analysis
4 Games – ATL, CHA, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOR, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, SAS
3 Games – BKN, BOS, CLE, MIL, NYK, SAC, TOR, WAS
2 Games – CHI, UTA
Best of luck to you all this upcoming week! Follow me on Twitter @fungo24 and feel free to ask me for anything fantasy or basketball related!