Dos’s Stat Sheet Stuffers Week 8 NBA

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Updated: December 4, 2017

NBA FANTASY TOP 5 CAPTAINS

This week’s schedule sees some big NBA Fantasy names rocking the important four-game week, and it is my professional opinion that this week there is NO way you should be captaining a three-game player.

It has been beneficial some weeks to wack the ‘C’ on the proven player regardless of the 3-game slate, however with the choices of four gamers we are blessed with this week you gotta go large or go home.


BEST OF THE BUNCH:

THE KING

LeBron James did not disappoint with the #1 captain mantle last week, and it will be hard to top him again this week.

The King is averaging his most points per game since the 2009-10 season, an amazing feat for a player with 1084 games under his belt with an average of 38.9 minutes a night during that span.

The mileage on the LBJ refuses to slow the soon-to-be 33-year-old down, as he averages career-highs in field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, assists and blocks – earning him player of the month honours for October-November.

LeBron just capped off an impressive week of NBA Fantasy numbers, notching 155 points off his four games last week for an average of 38.75 NBA Fantasy points!

In a resounding performance against the Grizzlies on Sunday, James scored seven points in the final 1:22 of play, to finish with 34 points, 12 assists, and one juicy dagger.

The Bulls, Kings, Pacers and 76ers are who the Cavs face this week, continue to safely lock in LBJ and enjoy the numbers.


PICKING A BOOGIE

With NBA Fantasy favourite Anthony Davis likely to miss some time with a pelvis injury, it could be time to pick a Boogie.

DeMarcus Cousins made the most of his buddy’s absence in Sunday’s seven point win over Portland, pouring in 38 points and 8 rebounds.

In fact, in the games Davis has missed this year, Cousins is averaging a monstrous 39.3 points, 14.7 boards, and a whopping 41 NBA Fantasy points!

Perhaps the biggest factor in giving Boogie the captaincy this week, could be his matchup with former team the Sacramento Kings.

It’s safe to say Cousins holds a grudge against the dysfunctional franchise – who went through six head coaches during his seven-year stint with them – when he balled out in their last matchup in late October.

Cousins, again without Davis in that game, had 41 points, 23 rebounds, and 6 assists on his way to 57 NBA Fantasy points!

Revenge game version 2.0 could be reason enough to give Cousins your captaincy this week.


 ANDRE THE GIANT STAT STUFFER

I showed some love to Andre Drummond last week in the column, but it clearly wasn’t enough to do this man justice.

Across his four-game schedule this past week, the resurgent big man averaged 39 NBA Fantasy points with 16.8 points, 14.3 rebounds, and 6.5 assists on 63% field goals, and YES, once again, 79% from the free-throw line off 19 attempts!

The improved percentages and vastly improved assist numbers – his 4 assists per game average well exceeds his previous career high of 1.1 set last year – make Drummond a legitimate NBA Fantasy star.

Drummond is leading the 14-8 Pistons to respectability in the improved Eastern Conference, with the Celtics scalp proving Detroit means business.

The Pistons look to prove this point this week as they look to rebound from a disappointing 2 game losing streak following the triumph over Boston, and they’ll do so comeing up against some tough opponents.

The Spurs, Bucks, Warriors and Celtics will certainly test the Pistons, but Drummond at least, should be up for the task.


A CHEEKY POINT OF DIFFERENCE

SIMMONS

Ben Simmons is having an amazing rookie campaign, averaging 17.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists!

Fresh off a week averaging 29.66 NBA Fantasy points, Simmons should improve even further this week, with 2 matches against the hapless Lakers, who both Simmons and teammate Joel Embiid have pencilled into their calendars after a mini-preseason Twitter feud with LaVar Ball.

Embiid, however, will once again miss a game for 76ers as he isn’t yet cleared to play back-to-backs, with the 76ers final game of the week against the Pelicans being the one he should miss.  


OLIDIPO

Let’s show some love to Victor Oladipo.

The 2nd overall pick in the 2013 draft, Oladipo had a disappointing start to his NBA career prior to this year.

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With the high expectations of a top prospect (albeit in a weak draft), Oladipo failed to impress in his 3 seasons with the Orlando Magic, before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Serge Ibaka.

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In a lost season for Oladipo playing second string to Russell Westbrook in his MVP ball hog season, the 25-year-old was again traded, this time to the Indiana Pacers, as part of the Paul George deal.

Oladipo has been fantastic for the Pacers this season, averaging career-highs in almost every statistical category possible, perhaps most importantly though, are his shooting numbers.

The undersized shooting guard is shooting 48 percent from the field, and 43 from three – massive improvements on his career averages of 44 & 35.

Fresh off a weekly NBA Fantasy average of 38.67 points from 3 games, the Pacers have the four game schedule this week, and Victor Oladipo could pile on some nice numbers as a unique option.


GORDON

Orlando’s Aaron Gordon has been a revelation this season.

With career-high’s in every major statistical category, Gordon will also be high up in the early voting for the most-improved player award this year.

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Gordon has 111 NBA Fantasy points to his name thus far from his 3 games at an average of 37 per night, with a game against the Knicks this morning to determine if his average remains this impressive.

With two matches against the Hawks in the Magic’s schedule for this week, Gordon could be a great Point of Difference selection.

 

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Written by Haydn Kenny (@HKdos)

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