DOS’S STAT SHEET STUFFERS WEEK 5!

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Updated: November 13, 2017

NBA FANTASY TOP 5 CAPTAINS

With another week of NBA Fantasy almost over, it’s time to look ahead towards the next batch of Stat Sheet Stuffers!

This week, with 9 teams enjoying a 4-game schedule (you can check out Archie’s great schedule analysis here), it would seem blasphemy to entrust anyone with less than 4 games with the all-mighty ‘C’.

However, as we’ve seen over the first month of NBA Fantasy, locking in an Anthony Davis-like stud with only 3 games is often the wiser, safer option.

 

FOUR-GAME GURUS:

WARRIORS, COME OUT TO PLAY

Whether you love em’ or hate em’, the most dominant team of the last three years are back to their blistering best.

Charging into the week off the back of a six-game winning streak, the Golden State Warriors will enjoy a relatively easy run through their Week 5 schedule.

Orlando at home kicks off their week, followed by three games played away against the Celtics, 76ers, and Nets.

Kevin Durant has been nothing short of brilliant this year.

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The 10-year veteran is putting up 25.2 PPG, 7.5 RPG, and 4.9 APG, while averaging a career-high 2.4 blocks a night.

Doozy missed a game with a thigh contusion during Week 4, but showed on his return – where he amassed 35 NBA Fantasy points – that he’s doing just fine.

The mouth-guard chewing, sharpshooting specialist Stephen Curry is averaging a stellar 28.69 Fantasy points this season and should be a safe option also.

KAT OUT THE BAG

The young T-Wolves will look to bounce back from a two-game losing streak with their favourable four-game schedule this week.

Away games at Utah and Dallas mixed in with home stands against the Spurs and the almighty 10-3 Pistons, will challenge Tom Thibodeau’s inconsistent playing group.

Karl-Anthony Towns remains a consistent Fantasy option, averaging 28.42 Fantasy points this season.

‘KAT’ leads the Timberwolves in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots, stealing the limelight from new all-star teammate Jimmy Butler, who’s had a somewhat underwhelming start to his Minnesota career.

Former-bull Butler, is averaging just 17.8 Fantasy ppg, while shooting just 41% from the field – his lowest mark since the 2013-14 season.

 

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DAME DOLLA

The 6-6 Trailblazers will look to move to over .500 when they enjoy an easy four-game schedule this week.

The Blazers take on Denver and Orlando at home, followed by two games against the hapless Sacramento Kings. This should see some good numbers from the Blazers main man, Damian Lillard.

Lillard is averaging 26 Fantasy ppg, a number that should rise if he improves on his abysmal 41% field goal percentage, a career-low mark.

The Blazers only had two games last week, so should be fresh to pump out some big numbers in their game-heavy schedule this week.

 

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TO THE WINDOW, TO THE WALL

After a relatively slow start to the year (for his lofty standards), John Wall returned to his best this past week.

The Wizards had an easy run of games last week, and Wall didn’t disappoint, putting up 34 Fantasy points against Dallas, and a 30-point haul against the Lakers in the Wall-Ball showdown.

The 6’4” guard is averaging a career-high 1.4 blocks a game, while lifting his NBA Fantasy ppg average up to a solid 24.2, with his numbers likely to improve if his field goal percentage returns to his 45 % mark he hit last year (currently at just 42%).

Wall has been outshone by teammates Bradley Beal and the 100 million-dollar-man Otto Porter Jnr., who have both shot the ball terrifically this year.

All three should have solid weeks on the hardcourt, but I’m backing Wall in to return to his Fantasy best.

 

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THREE-GAME GUNS:

Anthony Davis: NBA Fantasy AVG: 37.2 ; Next 3 games: ATL, TOR, @DEN.

The Brow has been a flat-out monster this year. He’s averaging 27.3ppg, 12.1rpg, 2.1bpg and 1.3spg, while shooting a career-high 56% field goal. Safe as they come.

Giannis Antetokoumpo: NBA Fantasy AVG 39.2; Next 3 games: MEM, DET, @DAL.

The Greek Freak continues to dominate and now has a veteran point guard to help carry the load. It’s hard to say what’s more impressive; the fact Antetokoumpo is leading the league in scoring at age 22, or that he’s doing it while shooting 59.4% from the field. Don’t expect these numbers to dip too much with the addition of Bledsoe either, this is Giannis’ team, and the sky is the limit.

DeMarcus Cousins: NBA Fantasy AVG 36.8 ; Next 3 games: ATL, TOR, @DEN.

Boogie has been a revelation this year. Starring alongside Anthony Davis, the 7-year veteran is averaging career-high numbers in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and minutes (and turnovers…).

Andre Drummond: NBA Fantasy AVG 29.2; Next 3 games: @MIL, @IND, @MIN.

Right now, Drummond is shooting 63% from the free throw line, up significantly from last year, and well above his career mark of 39%. Drummond has been in full beast mode, leading the Pistons to a 10-3 record in a good-news story for the league.

James Harden: NBA Fantasy AVG 31.8; Next 3 games: TOR, @PHO, @MEM.

Harden has been ballin’ in November. This month, Harden is averaging 37.8 points, 5 rebounds, 10.8 assists and 1.6 steals, while shooting 50% from the field and 48% from deep. Aside from the 56-point outburst, Harden has been brilliantly consistent, and firms as a solid captain option going forward.

LeBron James: NBA Fantasy AVG 35.8; Next 3 games:@NYK, @CHA, LAC.

LeBron is leading the league in minutes played right now…at age 32…in year FIFTEEN of his career! He’s playing another MVP-calibre season, and with the Cavs early struggles, we should see LeBron continue to put up huge numbers in a bid to join Michael Jordan and Bill Russell for a fifth MVP trophy. These favourable matchups make LeBron an extra juicy option for week 5.  

 

DOS’S STAT STUFFERS WEEK 5!

  1. Kevin Durant
  2. Giannis Antetokoumpo
  3. Anthony Davis
  4. Stephen Curry
  5. DeMarcus Cousins

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Written by Haydn Kenny (@HKdos)

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