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 — All Steph has done so far through three games is average 39.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists. Those numbers are highlighted by a 53-point Halloween night performance that included nine dimes, four steals and eight 3-pointers. Need I say more?
Russell Westbrook — Westbrook has looked like the second-best fantasy player thus far. Early on, Steph has been just a tad bit more insane than Russ, who posted a nasty 48/11/8 line of his own on Friday night. With averages of 32.0 points, 7.3 boards and 8.7 helpers, Westbrook is a triple-double threat in every game. It’s hard to see anyone knocking these two off the top two spots this season, but they should be battling each other for the No. 1 PG position all year.
John Wall — This fast paced system that Washington is running is absolutely perfect for Wall. He’s thriving as a result, and will only continue to get better. If he can improve on his current numbers as he gets more familiar — 22.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.7 APG, 2.0 SPG, 2.7 BPG — watch out.
Victor Oladipo — It’s been a really tough start for SGs, but Oladipo has been head and shoulders above the competition. The Magic are 0-3, and Oladipo is averaging a pedestrian 17 points, but he’s been stuffing the stat sheet. Despite coming in double-OT, his triple-double on Friday night is an example of how much Victor is capable of doing.
Jimmy Butler — Butler is going to be a top SG all season because of his consistency and balance. He seems to do everything well every night (which makes him even more valuable to the Bulls than he is to your fantasy lineup). Butler is averaging 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists while hardly turning the ball over. Butler’s defense has been fantastic (2.8 steals), and will keep him on the floor for big minutes every night.
James Harden — There have been a lot of players that’ve gotten off to better starts than Harden. The Beard is shooting just 22.2 percent (including 3-for-22 for downtown) for the 0-3 Rockets. If you’ve been using Harden in your lineups so far, he’s been burning you. His 6.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocks have been productive, though. Once he starts putting the ball in the basket, and he will, he should return to the top SG option. I’d bet on that to happen sooner rather than later.
Kevin Durant — I went LeBron over KD in my preseason rankings, and so far I’ve been wrong. After a pedestrian return against San Antonio, KD has found his groove. Durant is averaging 30.0 points, 6.7 boards, 2.3 assists, a block and knocking down 2.7 3-pointers a game. His jump shot is on, so beware.
Carmelo Anthony — Melo started off the season with a couple of poor shooting nights, but was able to remain productive in other areas. It appears he’s found his shot now, going 11-for-18 in his last game for 37 points. If Anthony is indeed healthy, his production should remain high. We know he can score, but 6.7 rebounds, 4.0 dimes, 1.3 steals and just 1.7 turnovers are the type of numbers that can make him a top fantasy option.
LeBron James — Much like Harden, James hasn’t been very good, but it’s still way too early to drop him out of the rankings. LeBron was pretty good in the first game of the season, but has since played a minimal role in a blowout victory, then was unable to stuff the box score as he usually is against his former team. ‘Bron will have his huge nights, but at his price tag, there are better options across the board at SF.
Anthony Davis — AD has had a bad start, but don’t shy away from him. Unlike Harden and LeBron, The Brow isn’t taking a hit just yet. Davis is still averaging 23.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.3 blocks, while connecting on 1.3 3-pointers. Just imagine when he actually starts “playing well.”
Kevin Love — Another reason to stay away from LeBron? Love has been carrying the Cavs. He’s not shooting particularly well, but at 41.3 percent, it hasn’t been horrible. Love is averaging 19.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and a block. He’s also been connecting from downtown —2.7 per game. The Cavs will be ever-changing all season because of their injuries, but Love is a great play right now.
Blake Griffin — Blake has essentially been equally as effective as Love so far. What he lacks in 3-point shooting, he makes up for in pure scoring — 32.0 PPG. If he can start averaging double-digit rebounds (9.0 RPG currently), and block some more shots, he’ll become a staple in these rankings.
Andre Drummond — DeMarcus Cousins was off to a great start (and should be the top center this season with ease), but he only gave us limited action on Saturday before getting injured. It sounds like he’ll miss some time this week, so until we see more, Drummond has vaulted into the top spot. With FG/FT percentages not a factor on DK, Drummond has no flaws — 18.7 points, 16.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.0 blocks. This guy has been a walking double-double for the 3-0 Pistons.
DeAndre Jordan — DJ is in the same boat as Drummond. He hasn’t been scoring the ball well, but that’s not his game. He survives on monster rebound/block numbers and then everything else is just a bonus. Games like Saturday — 15 points, 18 rebounds, SEVEN rejections — are always a possibility, making DJ a very high upside play.
Rudy Gobert — It’s a good time to be a rebounding, shot blocking center for DFS purposes. Rudy is averaging just 7.7 points so far this season, but 13.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 3.7 blocks will make up for that. Sorry, but I’m not ready to put Karl-Anthony Towns here. Need to see more.
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