Dos’s Stat Sheet Stuffers Week 11! Christmas Edition

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Updated: December 24, 2017

A very Merry Christmas to all you NBA Fantasy nuts!

To help celebrate, Father Dosmas is bringing you the best present of all – your Top 5 Captain options for the week!

A short, sharp & shiny edition for this week, easy to digest alongside copious amounts of Christmas pudding.  

WESTBROOK

What a difference a week makes.

Russell Westbrook got hot from the get-go and gave owners an early Christmas present, with some monster numbers.

Russ forgot that he was supposed to stuff the stockings and instead absolutely stuffed the stat sheet, averaging 29.8 points, 9 rebounds, 9.5 assists, and 43.5 NBA Fantasy across his four-game schedule, doing a bit of just about everything – including this epic game winner.

Crucial for Westbrook’s outstanding week was his shooting percentage, which lifted from the woeful mark of 38.8% from the field, 30.9% from deep, and 70% from the stripe he was shooting prior last week.

Westbrook percentages for the week were phenomenal, lifting his numbers to 59.7-50-85 in those same categories.

When Westbrook is making his shots, he puts fear into the hearts of any opponent without the ‘C’ on him.

 

 

YOU THE REAL MVP?

Whether it’s discussing the MVP race, who to put as your NBA Fantasy captain, or who has the better Euro-Step (it’s Harden); so often do these two former teammates get mentioned together in NBA conversations.

James Harden was in rare form this past week.

‘The Beard’ had back-to-back 51-point games against the Clippers and the Lakers, becoming the first player since to score consecutive 50-point games since the recently jersey-retired Kobe Bryant.

The Rockets take on the Thunder, Celtics, and Wizards away this week, before another potentially big game against the Lakers on New Year’s Day.

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With Chris Paul still day-to-day with an adductor injury, Harden’s league-leading 36.2% usage rate will be even higher as he continues to put up enormous numbers.

 

12 PLAYERS OF CHRISTMAS

Initially I started doing an intricate rhyme using the same lyrical themes as the infamous “Twelve Days of Christmas” Christmas carol.

Realising my lack of lyrical ingenuity, and mainly understanding just how long this would take, I settled for bringing you my 12 favourite players OUTSIDE the Top 5, that could get you the job done.

  1. LeBron James

Only the 3 games, but The King just had some rest, so you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why…LeBron James is coming to town. Bron is interchangeable with Victor Olidipo in the 5 slot, and really should be in my Top 5 with his impeding stellar outing against rival Golden State.

  1. Giannis Antetokoumpo

The ‘Greak Freek’ is day-to-day with knee soreness, but should he play all 3 of his games, will be putting up huge numbers once again.

  1. Anthony Davis

Injuries have again marred an otherwise impressive season for Davis, who averages 25.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, and is up with the league leaders in Player Efficiency Rating at 28.35.

  1. Jimmy Butler

In great form, should be high on your trade-in targets with his four-game schedule. Has found his place in the T-Wolves system.

  1. DeMarcus Cousins

Boogie has been piling in big numbers across all statistical categories this season, including leading the league in personal fouls (117), technical fouls (9), and trailing only Kevin Durant for ejections, with 2 for the season to date.

  1. Ben Simmons

The 6’10” point guard is a natural stat stuffer, with the pressure of LeBron James, Magic Johnson, and whoever-else comparisons not phasing the 21-year-old rookie.

  1. Kristaps Porzingis

Coming back off an injury to put up a disgusting 1 point (0-11) effort against the Celtics, the Latvian Unicorn bounced back to drop 29 points, 9 rebounds in a loss against the Pistons.

  1. Marc Gasol

Is still shooting poorly from the field (just 41.6% in December), but Gasol’s other numbers still make him fantasy relevant.

  1. Draymond Green

Back from injury, Draymond Green puts up consistent, if not slightly boring numbers, that simply get the job done in NBA Fantasy without being too fancy.

  1. Paul George

Being second string to Russ is going to be hard to George to put up the numbers he’s capable of purring up, but he is still a nice option with his defensive stats and occasional breakout on offense.

  1. Kyrie Irving

Amazing scorer that can do it any way he likes. Doesn’t get the other stats to be an NBA Fantasy beast, but scores the rock with great efficiency, and has been better stealing the ball this year.

  1. Bradley Beal

Thought he would take over more in the absence of John Wall. Has been good, but not great – is shooting poorly, exemplified by his woeful 2-15 effort against the lowly Nets.

 

 

 


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Written by Haydn Kenny (@HKdos)

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