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 — No change here … Steph has led the Warriors to an absurdly dominant 8-0 start with averages of 32.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.4 steals, while draining over five 3-pointers per. It’s not even a debate, Curry is playing better than he was during his MVP season. The only issue is that GSW has been so dominant that Curry’s services aren’t needed in many fourth quarters. However, he’s still obviously been wreaking enough havoc.
Russell Westbrook — Steph and Russ are going to be in sharpie at the top of these rankings all year. The storyline will be whether or not Westbrook can overtake Curry while both put up NBA2k numbers. So far Russ is posting averages of 26.3 points, 7.0 boards, 10.9 dimes and 2.1 steals, and isn’t even close to jumping Curry for the top spot.
Damian Lillard — Lillard has been on a tear of late. Although he’s No. 3, he had to pass a lot of guys to get here. But knocking back 3.8 3-pointers per game is pretty nuts unless your name is Steph Curry, and that’s exactly what Lillard is doing — along with 27.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists. He’s being asked to do it all on this Portland team.
James Harden — Harden opened the season as the obvious top SG, and after a rough start, he’s finally back to where he’s supposed to be. In his last two games, he’s scored 43 and 46 points respectively. No doubt, The Beard has found his groove. On top of his scoring streak, he’s averaging 5.9 boards, 5.7 assists, 1.7 steals and nearly a block a game. Other than turnovers, Harden is elite in all fantasy categories.
Victor Oladipo — After Harden, there’s a drop off in terms of the classic scoring guards we’re used to seeing in the NBA. Oladipo is proving he’s still the next best thing, though. He’s cooled down of late, but he’s been well-rounded enough that he can average only 16.1 points and still find ways to put up elite fantasy numbers. His defensive abilities help him a lot as well.
Jimmy Butler — Butler is another elite defender that’s cooled off after a hot start. Butler is the best player on the Bulls, though. Like Oladipo, Jimmy is a good scorer, but does everything else well too, while playing big minute thanks to his defense. I love Butler and Oladipo as players, but for DFS value, breakout players like Bazemore and Thornton could be better options for the time being.
Kevin Durant — KD is back to being KD. He’s shooting over 50 percent from the field, and knocking down his 3-pointers seemingly with ease. His 30.1 PPG have him behind only Curry in scoring, and he’s also pulling down 6.9 boards, dishing 2.9 helpers and swatting back 1.4 shots. It feels like he’s all the way back to his MVP form, which means you can trust Durant every night as the best SF in the game.
Paul George — Another redemption story. After that ugly leg injury in the summer of 2014, PG13 has returned to form. It took him a few games to shake the rust off, but over his last four games he’s averaging 30.25 points, 9.25 boards, 4.75 assists and 1.5 steals, while draining over three triples per. George is back to playing at an elite level.
LeBron James — He’s still LeBron, but he’s been very trick-or-treat so far this season. Frankly, 24.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.4 assists isn’t very good for LBJ, but it’s definitely good enough to make you the third best fantasy SF. However, if he keeps missing so many 3-pointers and free throws, a guy like Kawhi Leonard could pry this spot away from James.
Anthony Davis — Davis isn’t playing as well as he was expected to so far this season, but impressively enough, he’s still the top PF without even playing his best. Realistically, it’d be nice to see AD shooting a little bit better and corralling a couple more rebounds per game. But his averages have been nothing to complain about: 25.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.8 blocks.
Blake Griffin — Griffin has continued to take his game to another level. At 28.6 PPG and 10.0 RPG, he’s a double-double threat every night. Blake’s been a very good passer and his defense is improving as well. He’s been an MVP candidate thus far, and it’s his jump shot that’s set him apart.
Paul Millsap — Millsap can’t be ignored any longer, he’s just too consistent. He’s scored 20+ points in his last three games, but even when he doesn’t, he finds other ways to stuff the stat sheet and make sure you’re getting value. On the season, he’s averaging 17.0 points, 8.7 boards, 4.1 assists, 2.3 steals and a little over a block. He may not have everything going for him each night, but he’ll find a way to make his impact on the game.
Andre Drummond — This is what I wrote last week: “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.” Everything remains the same, except he’s now averaging 19.4 points and 19.6 rebounds after a couple of insane 20/20 games.
DeAndre Jordan — DJ is up to the usual. He and Griffin are simply the perfect compliments to each other in the front court. Every night he’s going to give you about 12-15 rebounds and four blocks. It’s his scoring that’s inconsistent, but if he can get you in the low teens, that’s all you can ask for.
Hassan Whiteside — Whiteside has remained dominant for the most part. When you judge the numbers alone, he’s a lot like Jordan, but a better scorer and worse rebounder. In the end, you’ll get about the same results. So far he’s averaging 14.7 points, 10.9 boards and rejecting four shots a game. At this point it’s Drummond and then everyone else, though.
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