Dos’s Stat Sheet Stuffers All Star Weekend!

Updated: February 12, 2018

NBA Fantasy gets a little bit tricky for the first and really only time this season (until finals time!), with the arrival of the NBA All Star game on February 19.

The major factor going into this week is understanding that TWO weeks of player scores will be counted for your roundly score due to a break for players between the 17-23 February, meaning that schedules across two weeks must be considered for captain selection.

With schedule analysis being a bit above my pay grade, check out Archie’s schedule analysis here to get all the info you need regarding the 2 calendar-week schedule.


With the weird dual-week schedule, something magical has happened in NBA Fantasyland: a five game schedule for Philadelphia!

The 76ers, with All-Star Joel Embiid and almost All-Star Ben Simmons, are set for some big scores as the solitary team to rack up the illusive 5 game stretch across the two weeks.

Embiid, fresh off a huge week where he averaged 36 NBA Fantasy points across his 3-game schedule, played the second back-to-back game of his career against the Clippers on Sunday.

In that game, ‘The Process’ finished with an impressive 29 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal and 3 blocks, while giving even the healthy-hearted of the 76ers fan base severe chest pain for a moment in the fourth quarter:

Embiid was quick to return to action and played out the game following the injury-scare.

The 23-year-old big man does come with significant risk however, as the five-game schedule includes 2 back-to-back games – along with his debut All-Star appearance in between – minute restrictions or a rest somewhere is a definite possibility.

Ben Simmons, who was snubbed four times in the last 3 weeks out of an injury replacement All-Star spot, is another solid captain option with the upcoming 5-game schedule.

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Hopefully he gets enchanted by the Snub Fairy, or is diagnosed with the disease previously known as Damien Lillarditis, to explode for some big fantasy scores following his non-selection.


While I try my best to predict the weekly happenings of life in the NBA to help with your captain selections, I must say that a leaking roof was way off my radar.

Both the Pelicans and Pacers missed a game this past week due to their match-up being rescheduled, with the Pelicans Smoothie King Center forcing a postponement with water leaking from the roof onto the court.

Pelicans star Anthony Davis tried his best to salvage an acceptable captain score, going absolutely bonkers in a double overtime game against the Nets:

With four games this week (the Indiana matchup will likely happen later), Davis remains a firm captain option, with a home game against the Lakers being particularly juicy.

Davis is averaging 28.85 points, 12.14 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.1 blocks and 2.3 steals in the 7 games since an achilles injury downed superstar teammate DeMarcus Cousins.

Nikola Mirotic, who’s had some ups and downs in his new colours, had a similarly outstanding game against the Nets and could hold some value going forward as a unique option at power forward or center.


The Cleveland Cavaliers knew something needed to give, with team tension at an all-time high and with – player/coach/general manager – Lebron James clearly frustrated, the Cavs made some huge moves at the trade deadline.

Ins: George Hill, Larry Nance Jnr., Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood.
Outs: Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Dwayne Wade, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye.

Cavs Twitter was quick to send well wishes to Isaiah Thomas, who arrived as a major part of the Kyrie Irving trade, and offered little else but a cheer leading role during his short stint in ‘The Land’:

LeBron however, must have got the memo prior to the Cavs game against Minnesota last week, as this is when the switch was apparently flicked, dropping a monstrous 37-10-15 triple-double while hitting the game winner in OT:

‘The King’ had a forgettable month of January, averaging 23.75 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.4 assists, while committing 4.7 turnovers a night, well below his early MVP-calibre numbers .

However, February seems to have brought back the best in Bron, who turned it on again in a solo show against the Hawks while his new buddies made their way to Cleveland, diming out a career-high 19 assists to go with 22 points and 12 rebounds in another huge performance.

With a game against Kyrie and the Celts to close out the round, LeBron once again showed he’s back at full force, this time with his new sidekicks -who he seemed pretty pleased with- taking over in a dominant display away from home:

LeBron will enjoy the time off allowed by the All-Star break, and will once again provide some big numbers for your squad.


Giannis Antetokounmpo
Next 4 : ATL, DEN, @TOR, NOP.

The ‘Greek Freak’ continues to be out of this world both in our fantasy teams and on the hardwood.

Putting up 27.67 fantasy ppg across his 3 games, Antetokounmpo was far below his absolute best, but still managed to put up the weekly highlight that makes us question whether he is actually from this planet:

Giannis will thrive during this split round and should be in your team for the Bucks four-game stretch.

James Harden
Next 4 : @MIN, SAC, MIN, @DEN.

Harden is well on his way to winning the MVP award this season for another outstanding year at Houston.

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The Beard will put up huge numbers once again and reward fantasy coaches with the regular 40 point outburst.

Paul George
Next 4 : CLE, @MEM, @SAC, @GSW.

With Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony on the sidelines the past 2 games and questionable for their next game against the Cavs, Paul George will see an increase in usage rate which will see a rise in his already impressive numbers of late.

George has been red hot in February, already putting up a 43 point game against Denver and a near 40-point point game against the Warriors, both with the reigning MVP by his side.

Regardless of whether Westbrook suits up, expect some solid numbers from the other OKC All-Star.

Andre Drummond
Next 4 : NOP, ATL, BOS, @CHA.

The addition of new teammate Blake Griffin could have worried some fantasy coaches wondering how another big man would fit next to the 6 foot 11 rebound merchant, Drummond.

Those questions have been answered and then some, with Drummond averaging 16.6 points, 19.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.6 blocks, and 2.4 steals since Griffin’s arrival.

Lock and load this fantasy beast.

Jimmy Butler
Next 4 : HOU, LAL, @HOU, CHI.

The T-Wolves schedule looks to be a fantasy feast this round.

With the high-paced Rockets outfit on the schedule twice, together with playing the lowly Lakers and Butler’s former Bulls – who he dropped 38-7-5 on just days ago – the Wolves will have plenty of opportunities to go big.

Unfortunately for Timberwolves fans, Derrick Rose, who won the 2010-11 MVP while under current Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau, could be in prime position to land a spot at the organisation after being released from the Utah Jazz:

Thibs was in fine form elsewhere this week, when he got a technical foul for swearing at his own player following a lapse on defence:

Steph Curry & Kevin Durant
Next 4 : PHX, @POR, LAC, OKC.

These stars have been slightly underwhelming of late, but should lift their games as the light at the end of the tunnel becomes clearer; the post All-Star game stretch marking a significant point in the season where teams start getting serious.

While Curry and Durant are fantasy stars, the potential for rest both from missed games or blowout induced minute restrictions makes them frustrating on occasion.

Nikola Jokic
Next 4 : SAS, @MIL, SAS, HOU.

Jokic seems to perform even better when he’s in the spotlight.

With some tough matchups this week, expect the Serbian stud to continue to put up big numbers.

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Dos’s Stat Sheet Stuffers All-Star round:

1. Anthony Davis
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
3. LeBron James
4. James Harden
5. Andre Drummond
6. Joel Embiid
7. Ben Simmons
8. Jimmy Butler

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