DOS’S STAT STUFFERS WEEK 7

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Updated: November 27, 2017

NBA FANTASY TOP 5 CAPTAINS

It’s Monday afternoon and lockout has lifted.

Whether you’re basking in the glory of another W, or stringing together more L’s than the Orlando Magic; there’s only one other thing on your mind…which NBA Fantasy captain to choose this week!

Well, thankfully for you, I’ve got you covered! It’s the Week 7 edition of Dos’s Stat Sheet Stuffers!

THE FOUR-GAME GURUS:

THE KING

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak thanks to their main man LeBron James.

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A month away from his 33rd Birthday, James has been on a tear in November, putting up 30.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 8.6 assists, with ridiculous efficiency- .577% from the field and .429% from down town.

LeBron has maybe even found things a little too easy at times…

The King will enjoy a huge hall of 8 games in the next two weeks (check out Archie’s schedule analysis here), so if you don’t have him it’s probably time you made room, and wack the ‘C’ on him while you’re at it.

James is the current NBA Fantasy leader for total points scored this season, lock and load.

 

DRUM ROLL

The League’s leading glass-cleaner – grabbing more than a rebound per game more than second placed, DeAndre Jordan – is the 60% free-throw shooting, Andre Drummond.

The 6’11” rebounding machine has put up some ugly free-throws during his short NBA career, and I mean UGLY.

But a slight change in technique, and a greater confidence has seen a marked improvement on his disgraceful 38% clip at the charity stripe last year.

Drummond is averaging 13.7 points, a career-high 15.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists, also a career-high, while notching more than a steal and a block per night.

The only caveat is that the Pistons play 3 of their 4 games away this week, with tough matchups against the Celtics, Wizards and 76ers.

A home stand against the Suns should provide some stat-padding, and Drummond should still put up some great numbers.

 

CHEF IS COOKING

Two-time MVP, Stephen Curry has shouldered the offensive load for Golden State in the absence of fellow MVP, Kevin Durant with an ankle injury.

Chef Curry has had some ups and downs in the month of November.

For instance, Curry started Sunday’s game against the Pelicans shooting a dismal 0-8 from the field, in a strange off-night for the elite sharpshooter (he still finished with 24 points on 9-of-25 shooting).

But on the other hand, his ups have been phenomenal.

Curry exploded just a few days earlier for a 26-point quarter against the Chicago Bulls, showing the poise, class and wizardry that make him one of the most exciting players to watch in modern basketball.

Averaging 30.44 NBA Fantasy points for the season, Chef Curry should continue to cook through the Warriors next four opponents this week in Sacramento at home, followed by away games against the Lakers, Magic, and Heat.

Captaining Curry does come with risk.

It’s hard to know what plans coach Steve Kerr and the Warriors training staff -who have promised rest for all the star Warriors during the regular season- have for Curry.

Kevin Durant may end up having a productive week, but is likely out for Tuesday’s game against the Kings and should be avoided coming off injury.

 

A ROOKIE CAPTAIN?

Australia’s new basketball golden boy Ben Simmons has been everything that 76ers fans could have hoped for in his delayed rookie campaign.

The 1st pick in the 2016 draft has lived up to the hype, and exceeded it, firming as the easy early favourite to take out the Rookie of the Year award.

Simmons is averaging 18.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 7.7 assists, while shooting over 50% from the field.

He is yet to make a three pointer, and it hasn’t even mattered, with his ability to get to the rim, Simmons lack of an outside shot isn’t affecting his capacity to take over games.

Simmons is a fantasy stud, averaging 27.88 NBA Fantasy points and should only improve as he adjusts to the NBA game.

He’s been a must-have from the get-go, and with the four game schedule this week, it might be time we consider the 21-year-old as a legitimate captain option.

Simmons missed Friday’s matchup against the Magic with an elbow injury and is listed as day-to-day, but the move seemed to be more precautionary to allow him ample time to recover for an exciting Cavs matchup on Tuesday.

Joel Embiid is another option to consider, averaging 23.3 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2.2 blocks in November, lifting his NBA Fantasy average to 27.93.

The Sixers play their second back-to-back of the season this week however, which automatically limits the Twitter King to three games, due to his injury-based restrictions.

 

OTHER FOUR-GAMERS

Karl-Anthony Towns: NBA Fantasy AVG 28.35 ; Next 4 games: WAS, @NOP, @OKC, LAC.

KAT has been pretty reliable this season, with only a few hiccups along the way. A tough schedule this week means there are a couple of options I’d feel more comfortable with wearing the C, but Towns has been a double-double machine and while his shooting numbers are slightly down, he’s still at great percentages.

 

Blake Griffin: NBA Fantasy AVG 23.61 ; Next 4 games: LAL, UTA, @DAL, @MIN.

Griffin is coming off a solid week, where he averaged 25.33 NBA Fantasy points and nailed this huge game-winner.

 

He’s shooting a career-low 42.5% from the field with the extra offensive burden sans Chris Paul.

Should this number return closer to his career average of 51.4%, his fantasy numbers will be far tastier.

 

A FEW MORE:

James Harden: NBA Fantasy AVG 32.3 ; Next 3 games: BKN, IND, @LAL.

This is a scary schedule for James Harden, who should explode against the Nets at home in particular. Averaging 35 points and 10 assists per game in November, the MVP-favourite firms as a great option despite the 3 game schedule.

Anthony Davis: NBA Fantasy AVG 35.1 ; Next 3 games: MIN, @UTA, @POR.

Coming off a 36 point NBA Fantasy average across 4 games, the Brow is in fine form heading into week 7.

Giannis Antetokoumpo: NBA Fantasy AVG 36.6 ; Next 3 games:@SAC, @POR, SAC.

The Greek Freak returned from a knee injury to drop his standard 27-13-5 on the Jazz. 3 games doesn’t matter with this type of production.

DOS’S STAT STUFFERS WEEK 7!

  1. LeBron James
  2. James Harden
  3. Karl-Anthony Towns
  4. Giannis Antetokoumpo
  5. Anthony Davis

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Written by Haydn Kenny (@HKdos)

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