Russell Westbrook – We are now in year two of Paul George and Russell Westbrook, and the numbers are about on par with the last few seasons for Westbrook. He is currently averaging a triple-double, and should finish the season around these numbers. Efficiently Westbrook wouldn’t rank first, given he is shooting 24% from three, and struggling from the line as well. The volume continues to be there, averaging 20 field goal attempts per game. Westbrook has over a 30% usage most nights, and is assisting on 47% of the Thunder’s buckets.
Stephen Curry – Stephen Curry is averaging nearly 29 points per game this season, and is around ten rebounds + assists most nights. Curry is shooting an efficient 49% from the field, and over 40% from three. Curry is also one of the best free throw shooters of all-time. Health seems to derail Curry for at least a small portion of the season, but if he stays healthy the rest, there are some big comparisons to his MVP winning years. Curry has already had several games over 40 points, and hit 51 back in early October against Washington.
Ben Simmons – You are not going to win any three-point categories with Ben Simmons, but he produces across the board. Philly added Jimmy Butler as the third star, which is an odd combo with Simmons, but the production is there. Summons is averaging 16-9-8 so far throughout the season. Simmons is an efficient scorer, getting a lot of his production inside. He is shooting over 50%, which will stay put. He also has yet to take a three-pointer, as of 1/29/19.
Damian Lillard – Damian Lillard continues to be one of the best fantasy point guards, and one of the more underrated point guards in basketball. Lillard is averaging over 25 points per game this season, and is averaging ten rebounds + assists per game. He has become a much better player on defense as well. Volume is on Lillard’s side as the backcourt of him and C.J. McCollum dominate the usage on the team. This does not hurt Lillard’s overall fantasy ceiling.
Kyrie Irving – The future in Boston seems a bit rockier now, but fantasy production for Kyrie Irving has been strong. He is averaging over 20 points per game, and his assists are up to nearly seven per game. Irving was never really one for accumulating steals, but he is averaging 1.7 over the course of the season. Shooting over 40% from three, and nearly 50% from the field has given Irving some of his best shooting numbers.
James Harden – James Harden got a stretch where Chris Paul was out, which meant Super Harden took over the offense. Harden is averaging well over 30 points per game, and his peripheral stats are on par with the last few seasons. He is once again getting to the line at ease, averaging double-digit free throw attempts per game. The minutes and volume continue to be there Harden, which won’t change. It will be interesting to see if he can keep the two steals per game for the rest of the year.
Bradley Beal – With John Wall out for the rest of the season, and Washington in dire need of someone stepping up, Bradley Beal was that guy. Beal is logging a hefty amount of minutes, averaging over 35 per game this season. He is playing more on the ball, which has shifted his assists up. Beal is shooting over 45% from the field, and logging 1.4 steals per game.
Luka Doncic – At age 19, and already in year on, Luka Doncic has turned into one of the best fantasy players. Doncic has bounced around position eligibility, but we are adding him to shooting guard right now. Doncic is shooting over 40% from the field, and averaging 15.6 attempts per game. His rebounds and assists are up. Doncic has over a 25% usage rate in his rookie season, and he is assisting on 28% of the Mavericks buckets.
Jrue Holiday – The Pelicans have turned themselves into one of the better fantasy teams overall, and Jrue Holiday is a big part of that. He isn’t a massive scorer like some of the other guards, but still averaged a quality 21 points per game. Holiday is averaging 8.1 assists per game, and 4.9 rebounds per game in 2018. Holiday is also going to go down for his defense, averaging 1.7 steals per game, and 0.8 blocks. He often will slow down his opponents, which doesn’t always pop up in fantasy production.
DeMar DeRozan – DeMar DeRozan’s first season in San Antonio has gone well. He is averaging over 20 fantasy points per game, and his peripheral stats are up as well. DeRozan is averaging six rebounds and six assists per game. He won’t bring a ton of defensive stats to the table, but he is a stable option. His minutes and usage is on par with Toronto, sitting at 29% and 35 minutes per game.
LeBron James – LeBron James is now a Laker, and we haven’t noticed much drop in production with him coming over. I mean how could he after playing with that Cavaliers team last season. James has missed some time in the first half, but injury aside is averaging over 25 points per game. His peripheral stats are there as well, although he is averaging under one block per game. James has a 31% usage rate in Los Angeles, and even with the shooters around him, he is assisting on over 30% of the Lakers points.
Kevin Durant – The Warriors offense continues to be the best in the league, and despite them playing limited minutes at times, they can support four valuable fantasy options. Durant is one of them, averaging 27.9 points per game last season. This was once again inside the top ten in NBA. Durant also is adding 1.2 blocks per game. He could easily post more dominant numbers on another team, but the fact he can generate top ten fantasy production says it all about Golden State. Durant is one of the top fantasy options, and will continue to be no matter where he is playing.
Kawhi Leonard – There were some question marks about Kawhi Leonard heading into a fully healthy season, and he has answered those with big production. Leonard has missed some games due to rest, but overall he looks as good as new. He is averaging a 27-7-3 line, and The Claw is averaging 1.9 steals per game. Shooting 50% from the field, and 37% from three, his offensive game is up there with some of the best in the business.
Paul George – We are in the second year of Paul George in Oklahoma City, and the gelling with Russell Westbrook has gone well. George had some consistency issues last season, but this year looks tremendous. He is averaging 27 points per game, and if you are looking for steals, George is bringing them at 2.3 per game. George is shooting 40% from three, and is grabbing eight boards per game.
Anthony Davis – Anthony Davis averaged the second most points per game last season, sitting at 28.1. This season he is averaging 29.3 He is the definition of a five category player, also averaging 1.7 steals per game and 2.6 blocks per game. Davis is averaging 13.3 boards, and is shooting over 50% from the field. He continues to grow, and while he gets labeled with an unfair injury prone tag, Davis played 36 minutes per game and played 75 games. Davis is certainly in the running for first overall pick each and every draft season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – Giannis Antetokounmpo took yet another step forward last season, dominating across all categories. He is a freak athlete who could probably play all five positions if he was asked. Antetokounmpo is shooting 57% and is one of the superstars that is not diving into the three point craze. That is the one area where Antetokounmpo does not produce in. He is averaging 12.7 rebounds per game, and 5.8 assists. His length also allows him to rack up defensive stats, with 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. A five category player is tough to find these days, and Antetokounmpo brings it all.
LaMarcus Aldridge – LaMarcus Aldridge has been in San Antonio for a few years now, and his production went down the first two years after leaving Portland. We also must remember Aldridge is moving into his mid 30s, but his play looks rejuvenated. Aldridge is putting up 20 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. He also added in 1.2 blocks per game. It was good to see vintage Portland Aldridge back in the top five of the power forwards for fantasy production. It will be interesting to see if he can keep it going.
Blake Griffin – Blake Griffin has gotten accustomed to Detroit, after averaging 21-7-5 between Los Angeles and the Motor City last season. In the 2018-2019 season, he is averaging 26-8-5. He is shooting 48% from the field, and 36% from three. Griffin is averaging six three point attempts per game. The area of concern is the defensive stats, but that has never been in Griffin’s fantasy arsenal.
Tobias Harris – You might be surprised with Tobias Harris in this mix, especially given Draymond Green isn’t cracking the top five at the moment. Harris is playing very well, and is a big reason for the Clippers success. Harris is averaging 21 and 7, shooting an efficient 50% from the field, and 43% from three. Because of the lack of depth in Los Angeles, Harris is logging 35 minutes per game.
Nikola Jokic – Nikola Jokic has developed an all-around game, and is one of the best passers at the position, and overall. Jokic averaged the same amount of assists per game as Stephen Curry last season (6.1). Jokic is averaging 20.1 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game. He isn’t quite a defensive presence in terms of blocks and steals, but they will come. Jokic would have some down games, and they stemmed from not being assertive enough. It was a rare occasion, but Jokic has been a part of some odd games at times. Jokic has been more consistent this season.
Karl-Anthony Towns – Karl-Anthony Towns has been a force in the league from day one. He is averaging 22 points per game with 12.2 boards. Towns is also chipping in with 1.9 blocks per game, and one steal per game. Towns is one of the better scoring centers right now, and his usage will remain high in Minnesota. He may not have the assists of a Jokic or the blocks of a Davis, but his consistent offensive production makes up for it. Towns should continue to churn out monster offensive numbers for a very long time.
Joel Embiid – Joel Embiid is following up a solid season with yet another one. Embiid averaged 22.9 points per game, and 11 rebounds last season. This season he is averaging 27 points per game and 13 boards. Embiid is also averaging two blocks per game. Embiid has the highest usage rate among centers, sitting over 30%. With that type of usage, even low efficiency games are going to be good ones for Embiid. His minutes are sitting around 33 per game, and his health makes us take a sigh of relief.
Andre Drummond – Andre Drummond led the league in total rebounds, bringing down 16 per game last season. This season he is averaging 14.9 to go with 16.5 points per game. The defensive stats are there, averaging 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. Drummond is still just 25 which is always a shocker when you look at his age. Even with Blake Griffin alongside him in the front court, his production has been very consistent.
Rudy Gobert – The reigning defensive players of the year is Rudy Gobert, and he has jumped into being one of the better fantasy options at the center position. Gobert’s specialty is his rebounding and blocks. He is averaging 2.2 blocks per game, and 12.9 rebounds per game. Gobert is also averaging 15 points per game, which is up from last year’s numbers.