Dos’s Stat Sheet Stuffers Week 10!

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Updated: December 18, 2017

NBA Fantasy coaches have some tough calls to make in Week 10, as our two favourite fantasy studs – LeBron James & Giannis Antetokoumpo – have the two and three game schedules respectively.

Let’s dig into some stats & give you all the info you need to make the right call on who wears the mighty C!


DURANTULA

Kevin Durant is in some serious form.

So far in December the Durantula is averaging 29 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 2.4 blocks, on .527% shooting.

Without Stephen Curry (ankle) and Draymond Green (shoulder), Doozy has been reminding us of his MVP chops.

Golden State take on the Lakers in LA, then play 3 home games against the Grizzles, Lakers, and Nuggets.

The Warriors are always a risk of resting players with their focus on keeping fresh for the playoffs, and 2 games against the hapless Lakers could give them prime opportunities.

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However, with the injuries they have now, and Durant’s current form, wack that C on the reigning finals MVP.


WESTBROOK

Russell Westbrook is not having the season you would expect coming fresh off an MVP season.

‘The Brodie’ is shooting an atrocious 38.8% from the field, 30.9% from down town, and 70% from the line.

Aside from his shooting woes, Wesbtrook is doing what Westbrook does – stuffing the stat sheet – averaging his standard triple double across the month of December.

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Westbrook gave NBA Fantasy coaches something to cheer about, when he lit up the 76ers in a triple overtime epic for a monster stat line of 27-18-15, albeit on 10/33 shooting, and was fired up in a sizzling return to form.

Look for Westbrook to go big this week, with favourable matchups against the Hawks, and two outings against the Jazz – but here’s hoping Westbrook puts up some better numbers against the Nuggets this time out, who he previously had 13-7-5 with 6/22 shooting earlier in the year.


OZZY OZZY OZZY

Have you heard? Ben Simmons is Australian, that’s right Australian, from Australia, an Ozzy from Down-Under!

In case you’ve missed the article-a-day reminder that the front-runner for Rookie of the Year honours is our compatriot, well rest assured, he is… AND he’s playing four games this week!

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For NBA Fantasy owners who relied on Simmons meagre two game schedule last week, they would have been struck with a sinking feeling after he dished up the worst performance of his young career; a 7 point, 3 rebound, 8 assist, 7 turnover outing verse the T-Wolves.

However, the 1st pick in the 2016 draft responded strongly, with a 12-9-11 near triple double to go with 4 steals, in a Thibodeau-esque 52-minute effort in triple overtime verse the Thunder.

Sitting top-10 in the league for minutes played, the 21-year-old AUSTRALIAN manages to find ways to make plays when teams (rightfully so) disrespect his shooting ability.

With easy games against the Bulls and Kings, before playing two games against the Raptors, expect Simmons to fill up the box score once again this week.

Joel Embiid will play three games at the most this coming week – already confirmed to miss Monday’s game against Chicago – as he recovers from playing a career-high 49 minutes in that same triple overtime epic.


JUST QUICKLY

Nikola Jokic; Next 4: @OKC, MIN, @POR, @GSW.

The Joker returned from an ankle injury to drop an impressive 12-11-4 line in just 22 minutes action off the bench.

However, while the Nuggets play the four games this week, the 22-year-old Serbian may still need some time to recover and with the minute restrictions he’ll likely continue to face over the coming week, it’s safer to avoid at this stage.

DeAndre Jordan; Next 4: @SAS, PHX, @HOU, @MEM.

Jordan has been nothing short of a beast in December.

While the trade rumours continue to swirl surrounding the 29-year-old big man, his focus clearly has lay on the court, and is putting up some huge numbers.

Jordan is averaging 13.6 points, and a whopping 17.5 rebounds, on 64.5% shooting in the month of December.

With everyone’s favourite Serbian, Milos Teodosic (sorry Jokic!) back in the fold, Jordan will only benefit more having a pick and roll buddy on offense.

Kawhi Leonard; Next 4: LAC, @POR, @UTA, @SAC.

While it’s great to have the Klaw back in action, the Spurs are taking an extremely cautious approach with their superstar.

Leonard, who has played 16 and 17 minutes in his two games back from injury, will take plenty of time to get back to the 33.4 mark he averaged last year.

While he’s not a captain option in the near future, look forward to picking him up on the cheap sometime in the New Year.

Dwight Howard; Next 4: NYK, TOR, @MIL, MIL.

The renaissance of Dwight has been something to behold. At age 32, Howard is having his best season the ’13-’14 season, averaging 16.1 points, 12.7 rebounds, and a respectable 21.5 NBA Fantasy points.

While Howard presents little danger of cracking the top 5, it’s worth paying the 3-time Defensive Player of the Year some respect.

The former dunk champ has been a shining light in a struggling Charlotte team.

LaMarcus Aldridge; Next 4: LAC, @POR, @UTA, @SAC.

LA is unlucky not to crack the top 5 this week. The 4 games for San Antonio, and his 24.9 NBA Fantasy average put him square in the mix.

Aldridge has dropped off his shooting percentage significantly in December, shooting just 42% from the field, as well as slightly dropping his point average.

With the return of Kawhi Leonard (albeit on limited minutes), the transition of LaMarcus back to second fiddle will only take a matter of time.

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Written by Haydn Kenny (@HKdos)

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