Dos’s Stat Sheet Stuffer’s – WEEK 15!

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Updated: January 22, 2018

With plenty of captains options to choose from this week & an injured Greek Freak to get to up to any player you desire; it’s time to take a look at the cream of the crop for Week 15 in NBA Fantasy!

This is a week where there are no exceptions for utilising a player with the 4 game schedule.

Some juicy big-time players in your team like a LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, or Victor Olidipo (Giannis too, but he’s injured – trade!), might be tempting to wack the ‘C’ on due to their reliability and scoring prowess.

However, with so many fantasy studs rocking the 4-game schedule this week (check out Archie’s schedule analysis here), you have to use the strength of the schedule to your advantage and lock in a four-game guru!


FOUR-GAME GURUS

This week sees a flurry of dynamic duos taking center stage as legitimate captain options, let’s take a look at each of them in detail:


DYNAMIC DUOS: PART 1: ROCKET MEN.

The Houston Rockets took it to the reigning champs on Sunday, defeating Golden State 108-116, establishing themselves as a legitimate threat to Durant, Curry & Co.

Leading the charge in the Rockets biggest win of the season was the Rocket’s big offseason acquisition: future Hall of Famer, assist guru, and secret-passageway-leading Chris Paul.

Paul was huge in the Warriors win, notching a near triple-double with 33 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists, while also swiping away 3 steals.

The 6-foot flat passing-wizard had a big week in multiple ways, from averaging 32.33 NBA Fantasy ppg, to leading the Rockets through a secret tunnel to seek a post-game confrontation with his former Clipper teammates following his return to LA, namely with serial pest Austin Rivers:

After an underwhelming return from a hamstring injury against the Timberwolves, MVP favourite James Harden, was impressive in his second game back from a hamstring injury, pouring in 22 points – including this dagger over Steph Curry:

The Beard’s 35 minutes played in the win should give coaches additional confidence in this fantasy stud for the week to come.

The Rockets are 17-0 when Harden, Paul and Clint Capela have all played together this season, a scary prospect for opposing teams coming up against Houston in their game-heavy week.


DYNAMIC DUOS: PART 2: ARE YOU A PELIEVER?

The New Orleans Pelicans have had some mixed results in the first half of the NBA season, and currently sit at a respectable, if not slightly underwhelming 24-21 mark – good enough for 7th place in the loaded Western Conference.

Something that that has been far from unremarkable however, has been the stellar play of the Pels dominant big-man duo of Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins.

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Davis has had a huge month of January overall, but has seen some performances on both ends of the spectrum.

The Brow hasn’t been without the occasional lapse in performance – notching a dismal 8 points on 2/8 shooting in a loss against the hapless Hawks, and putting up a below-average display against the T-Wolves; missing his standard monthly game due to injury in a loss against Memphis.

The common factor here? When Davis doesn’t perform, the Pels don’t perform.

In all of the Pelicans 6 January wins, Davis has been outstanding, averaging 34.83 points, 13.16 rebounds, and 1.83 blocks.

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Davis put up 3 consecutive monster games including 36-9 against the Trailblazers, 48-17 against the Knicks, and 45-16 against the Celtics.

Davis is simply unstoppable at his best – scary when you think he’s still only touching the surface of his powers at age 24.

DeMarcus Cousins is the other part of the Pelicans puzzle.

Rolling with 2 traditional big men is going in the opposite trend than most teams in the NBA, thanks to the not-so traditional center play of Boogie Cousins.

Cousins continues to split NBA critics and fans alike, who either love or hate his flaw-riddled dominance.

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Cousins is a polarising figure in the NBA, he absolutely stuffs the stat sheet, with huge averages across the season: 25.2 points, 12.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.6 steals – for an NBA Fantasy average of 32.62 – yet still is equal 3rd in the NBA for technical fouls, equal 2nd for ejections, and leads the league in both personal fouls (3.8 a night) and turnovers (5).

One thing DeMarcus has unquestionably been this season, is consistent.

The big man has stuffed the stat-sheet on a weekly basis without missing a game all season, something that can’t be said for his unibrowed teammate.


DYNAMIC DUOS: PART 3: THE “GO-TO” GUY

What a roller coaster ride it’s been this season for the Las Angeles Clippers.

From starting off the year with four straight wins, to then falling to 5-11, to then losing Blake Griffin, Danillo Gallinari, and Serbian sensation Milos Teodosic for significant time on the sidelines; the season was looking bleak for the Clippers.

Until something just started clicking in Clipperland.

Role players stepped up, Doc Rivers started to care and suddenly an assortment of mish mash line-ups, complete with G-League players some of us have never heard of, are winning games for the rampant Clips:

The biggest reason for the Clippers surge however, has been the exceptional play of Lou Williams, who is having an under-the-radar career year after jetting across this offseason from the Clipper’s crosstown rivals.

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Williams has increased his statistical output every month since October:

October: 13.2 pts – 1.8 reb – 3.8 ast – 0.5 stl

November: 21.1 pts – 3.0 reb – 4.1 ast – 1.3 stl

December: 25.2 pts – 2.6 reb – 5.8 ast – 0.6 stl

January: 30.1 pts – 2.2 reb – 5.9 ast – 1.8 stl

Williams’s rise from bench ignitor to star player has been on full display during his epic January play, topped off with a 50-point outburst in a win against the best team in basketball:

With Williams latest performance – a 30 point, 10 steal, 7 assist effort against the Jazz; Sweet Lou joined some elite company.

Now, with Blake Griffin back in the fold after missing a couple of games from concussion, and a lengthier stint on the sidelines with a sprained MCL, the Clippers have two All-Star calibre players (Sweet Lou’s makin a run!) to rely on for scoring.

Although Blake might be the juicer name on paper, Lou Williams – fresh off averaging 30.66 Fantasy points for the week – might be the option as the new “go-to guy” in Clipperland:


DYNAMIC DUOS: PART 4: ALL STAR(S?)

Beloved Australian Ben Simmons had a pretty ordinary week of fantasy, with only 51 points across the Sixers 3 games.

I’m seeing a lot of early trades in the fantasy community bringing the 21-year-old rookie back into sides, which is fine, but with matchups against the Spurs & Thunder – two top 5 defences – on the cards, there may be smarter options out there.

First-time All-Star Joel Embiid however, just had a huge week on the fantasy circuit, averaging 33.66 fantasy points across his 3 games in week 14.

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The four games for Philadelphia usually means Embiid misses at least one game, with the Sixers medical staff’s no back-to-backs policy for their injury-prone star.

However, this week the 76ers have a full four game schedule with no back-to-backs, meaning Embiid could have a his biggest week of NBA Fantasy yet…or you could get burnt by a rest; the risk could be well worth it.


DYNAMIC DUOS -HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

T-WOLVES TANDEM

Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns would’ve been highly featured in this week’s article had Butler not just missed a game with a sore knee.

With Butler’s injury cloud, it will be a talking point for many coaches who should wait until further news surfaces before making a call on whether to trade the in-form fantasy stud.

I’m not ready to call the offense-only Wiggins dynamic just yet, so assuming Butler misses more time, the Towns-led Wolves will be one short of a dynamic duo.

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OK-THREE?

The Thunder rarely get all 3 of their superstars to perform together on a given night, but I don’t want to throw Melo to the curb just yet – his last two games he had 27 and 29.

Even if I were to proclaim the duo of Westbrook and George is a real thing, what would Steven Adams have to say?

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