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It’s a busy leadership position, and it’s getting more and more crowded James lebron play the leader for the Lakers this season. James rivals Stephen curry for first place, as both should finish 1-2 at position as long as they can stay healthy. James has a projected line of 27-9-9, but won’t have the advantage in FG% and three over Curry. Both are certainly in the top ten, and Curry is in the top five. Its use is expected to be inordinate without Thompson for half the year, and Kevin Durant out of town. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Curry put together an MVP as a season, but health will always be something that has to go its way. Damien lillard is also one of the most consistent fantastic options. He is durable and his consistency makes him once again one of the top ten picks. We’ve averaged 28 points per game and 7.4 assists per game this season.
Russell westbrook joined the Rockets this season, and it creates question marks for him and his former teammate. Westbrook has struggled in the FG% and turnover categories, but has also registered a triple-double in recent seasons. While he’s still in the top 20, there are a few names ahead of him in other positions. Westbrook will take a little beating, but will still fill out the stats sheet. Kemba walker is the new face of the Celtics. Walker has also been consistent with his durability and plans to score over 25 points per game. He will also be surrounded by better teammates and his number of assists is also expected to increase slightly.
No surprises to see James harden at the top of the list because he is in the top three overall. Even with the arrival of Westbrook, his use and scoring ability will once again make him lead Fantastic Fronts. Harden also participates with steals and expects an average of more than two per game. Turnovers are the only area he’s lacking a bit, again projecting an over-four-per-game average. If there is anyone who can compete with Harden type numbers, it is Bradley Beal. With John Wall on the verge of missing the season, Beal is going to see a rate of utilization in the stratosphere and get all the volume he can possibly handle. Beal plans to score nearly 28 points per game and hover around five assists and rebounds per game.
Between the 18-28 range, there are many shooting guard options. Most of them are also on the younger side. Donovan mitchell is going to have a terrific surrounding cast, and I don’t foresee a big loss of production because of that. Devin Booker is on a very bad Suns team and has been a beast in terms of scores. With Ricky Rubio in the mix, there’s a chance he’s missing a few assists compared to last season, but not enough to drop him any lower. Jrue Holidays is the veteran of this lineup, and has been an underrated fantasy player. He’s in the mix on a very young and fun pelicans team for this season.
This position is not as attractive as it has been in recent years, and job eligibility will help depending on who does it. Kawhi Leonard makes the headlines, but if he sits down and plays about 60-65 games this season, that drops him in the standings. This is something to be wary of, because the Lawn mowers should balance the workload of him and Paul George. Otherwise Leonard should have similar stats to last season and do so on both sides of the ball. Luka Doncic is the exciting fantasy stud here, who has now ranked in the top 15 fantasy players. He contributed in all categories last season, and I’m delighted to see what he has in store for the second year. Doncic and Leonard are both the cream of the crop, with Jimmy butler just outside of them for a higher level. Butler is a solid game, but his potential seems a bit capped right now. When it comes to his ADP, there are a few names around him that have higher potential.
Yes Khris Middleton and Tobias Harris fall a little after Butler, these are two names that can display similar numbers. Middleton has had its ups and downs, but when you look at the end of the season, the good numbers were still there. He plans to average 20-6-4 this season. Harris is in a similar boat, with a 19-8-3 line. Harris resigned with the 76ers, which bodes well for him and the team. After these names there is a fairly steep drop. Otto Porter would be next on the list, but health remains a concern and Chicago aren’t exactly a fantastic team at the moment. He’s still planning to be in the top 60, and with a 16-5-2 line.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a potential first choice in the overall standings, and certainly one of the top three again. His minutes were shortened a bit last season due to the dominance of the Roe deer, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. His projected line 29-13-6 with 3.1 blocks + interceptions per game is one of the best in the business. Feel right at home with the Greek Freak as we anticipate another potential MVP season. Anthony davis is going to be in Los Angeles this season, and actually entering the field. Now that the turmoil of last season is over, the former star player will be back to his normal workload, which means the top five of the fantastic numbers. By hitting across all categories, you can’t go wrong.
Paul Georges is very similar to Kawhi Leonard in terms of workload management. He’s just had a monster season at OKC, and interceptions were something he was really good at. He projects over two again, as well as a 24-8-4 line next to Leonard. Although he does not have the advantage of the names above, George is in the top 20, with a top 15 in reverse. The two Julius Randle and John collins are guys supposed to post great years. Collins has been one of the best young front court options in the game since joining the league, and now his minutes where they need to be, fantastic production is here. Randle was a threat in New Orleans last year and will be able to build muscle again with the Knicks. Its use should be there, and it’s a team without a dominant ballhandler. No reason for Randle not to release numbers similar to last season.
There are around 5-6 elite fantasy basketball centers, and they’ll all be in the top 15 picks. Karl-Anthony towns is the number one option for me, but Nikola Jokic is a very close second. Towns posted a monster second half and is a featured guy on this Wood wolves team. Projecting an average of 26 and 12 with 1.8 pocks per game, that exceeds Jokic in these categories. Jokic has that advantage in the assists column. If he could find more defensive stats, then Jokic has a chance to finish first. You might be wondering where is Joel Embiid? On the one hand, the risk of injury is always a concern, and you know he will miss about fifteen games during the season. Embiid is obviously a beast and is planning for 28 and 14 years old. He is well in the first three centers.
André Drummond has been in the league for a while now and is still only 26. He’s a monster on the boards, throwing 16 rebounds and 19 points per game. Drummond has also racked up defensive stats, and is expected again this year. Nikola Vucevic resigned with the Magic, and is in the top 15 for me this year. He’s an underrated defensive player and plans more than four assists per game. Rudy Gobert will lead the way in blocks, projected an average of 2.5 per game. He also projects an average of 17 and 13 years old. He won’t do much else, but Gobert has been a great, reliable man. Gobert just doesn’t have the advantage of scoring from the others.
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