The NBA season is lengthy and ever-changing. Our weekly position rankings will give you the top-3 players at each position over the course of the season. There’s sure to be some staples throughout the season, as well as some much welcomed surprises. Without further adieu …
Stephen Curry — Steph is just up to his usual MVP status tricks. He’s a matchup-proof scoring machine that can pull the trigger from anywhere on the floor. The Chef is well-rounded, though — tallying nine or more dimes in four of his last five games.
Russell Westbrook — Back-to-back All-Star MVPs speaks to Russ’ personality. He’s going HARD 100% of the time. The dude feels like he puts up a triple-double every game, and realistically, he has a chance to.
Damian Lillard — 51 points, seven assists and six steals to go with nine makes from downtown in a blowout win over the Warriors. Is that good? Dame is taking his All-Star snub and turning it into pure fantasy gold.
Value Play: No need to even beat around the bush here. There’s too many elite PGs right now. Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo have been playing at absurd levels lately and are better options than the top players at most other positions.
James Harden — Harden has been by far the best fantasy SG despite the mess going on in Houston. The Beard’s been a rebound away and then a few assists away from getting triple-doubles in his last two games. He’s doing it all for the Rockets and rarely has off-nights scoring. His only downside can be turnovers.
Victor Oladipo — It’s been a strange season for Oladipo. He’s gone from a stud to a bench role, but now looks like the arrow is trending upward once again. In two games since the break, Victor has been the versatile player we’ve been waiting to see reemerge — posting 17/14/3 and 17/7/8. It’s a tough time for SG, but this guy plays D and is well-rounded.
Klay Thompson — Klay is here because his ceiling is so high and the position is so weak. What he’s capable of is obvious — he can shoot the lights out from downtown at a scorching clip on any given night. He also can disappear for a full game even when he’s on the floor for well over 30 minutes.
Value Play: Evan Turner — Turner might just lock himself in as the value SG all season. He has a bad game here and there, but for the most part he’s good for 30 DK points because he can do it all off the bench for the C’s.
LeBron James — ‘Bron’s been legit lately, but really proved himself in Sunday’s big win at OKC. Kyrie got hurt and LBJ stepped into the PG role flawlessly. If the Cavs decide to go with James at the point as a full-time role, his value could really benefit since it doesn’t seem to take away from his scoring/rebounding.
Kevin Durant — KD’s numbers have taken a slight dip lately (which in part is why LeBron jumped him this week). But even when he’s not on top of his game, Durant is an elite SF and likely will bounce back with a 40+ point game any time now.
Carmelo Anthony — Anthony is healthy right now and playing at the top of his game. Health is the only thing that can really hurt his value. When ‘Melo plays he’s still an elite scorer and rebounder, and has really bought into his teammates and does a good job finding them.
Value Play: Justise Winslow — Unfortunately the Heat have some serious injury news surrounding Chris Bosh. If there’s any silver lining, it’s that Winslow’s in line for more minutes and playing really well.
Anthony Davis — You may have heard by now that Davis went for 59 points and 20 boards against the Pistons on Sunday. THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR ALL SEASON! Obviously, numbers like this aren’t to be expected. But this is a flash of the dominant force most NBA junkies feel AD can become. Let’s see some games closer to this one for Davis.
DeMarcus Cousins — Boogie’s unpredictable at times, but when he delivers he does it big. Cousins went for 37/20 against Denver on Friday, which could begin another hot streak for him. He tends to be a player that carries momentum.
Draymond Green — He had a few bad games leading up to the break, but Green has regained form. After being two helpers away from a triple-double on Friday, Draymond recorded his league-high 11th of the season against LAC on Saturday.
Value Play: Tristan Thompson — It’s been an inconsistent season for him, but Thompson has three consecutive double-doubles now. Lue decided to give his best rebounder more minutes and is being rewarded. So is Thompson’s fantasy value.
DeAndre Jordan — It’s a tight race at the top of the position rankings right now, but the way DJ is rebounding the ball gives him the edge this week. He’s averaging almost 19 boards per game over his last four while consistently blocking shots.
Pau Gasol — Pau just keeps doing it all while playing limited minutes. He was an assist away from a triple-double in a huge win over the Raptors on Friday, then went for 21/7/5 against the Lakers on Sunday, adding five blocks to his performance.
Karl-Anthony Towns — The No. 1 overall pick is living up to the hype. His Skills Competition crown proves just how versatile he is, and his numbers prove just how quickly he’s become a legit NBA star. Wait until this kid has a few season’s under his belt …
Value Play: Jared Sullinger — Sully’s been another big piece to Boston’s recent success. He went into the break on a high note going for 21/11/7 in a home victory over the Clippers, and that success seems to have stuck. He’s always going to be a rebounder, but he’s playing well within the offense right now as a scorer and underrated passer.
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