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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Rest of Season Rankings

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They say the NBA season doesn’t start until after Christmas. Well, Christmas has come and gone, and the two teams we have grown accustomed to seeing play for the NBA title are moving in opposite directions. Since a Christmas day loss to the Warriors, the Cleveland Cavaliers are 2-7 including another loss to the Warriors on Monday night. Some predicted a rough patch while integrating Isaiah Thomas into the lineup for the first time, but not like this. The Cavs are a dumpster fire defensively, giving up less than one hundred points just once since Christmas in a game they lost.

The Warriors, on the other hand, are 9-2 and look like the overwhelming favorites once again. Despite missing games from Steph Curry and Kevin Durant in that span, Golden State keeps ticking right along. Some welcome the idea of a new challenger coming out of the east to take on the NBA Goliath. Some people are perfectly content seeing Cavaliers Warriors Part IV, which when compared to the other most notable part IV in history, has the Warriors looking a lot like Ivan Drago. If you do not get that reference stop reading this, go watch the Rocky movies, and come back.

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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Rest of Season Rankings

Biggest Risers

Jarrett Jack, PG/SG, New York Knicks

Jarrett Jack had long taken over the point guard duties in New York with the failure of Ramon Sessions and the process of bringing rookie guard Frank Ntilikina along taking longer than expected. Jack had been the best of the trio, which wasn’t saying much. However, as the season has progressed the veteran guard has turned back into a serviceable player and fantasy option.

Since about the middle of December Jack has been good for double-digit point production, and his season-long assist average of 6.2 per game is an asset to fantasy owners. January has been even kinder to Jack, averaging 13.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 6.9 apg, and 1.3 spg in the last seven games. Jack is owned in about 20 percent of leagues and should be on your team if you need assist numbers.

DeMar DeRozan, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors

Since DeMar DeRozan became a thirty minute per game player in his second season, he has been a great scorer and not much else. This season, however, he has started to round out his game a bit without losing his scoring ability. His shooting percentage his the highest of his career, aside from his rookie season, while taking and hitting more three pointers than he ever has.

Scoring aside, DeRozan’s assist numbers are also the highest of his career and have been trending upward since the season started. Combine the improved overall game with the fact that DeRozan has been dropping point totals in the thirties, forties, and even fifties with regularity makes him a valuable fantasy asset.

Biggest Faller

Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors

From a Raptor trending upward to a Raptor trending downward, we have Kyle Lowry. A lot of players averaging 16 ppg, 6 rpg, and 7 apg would be very happy. But when you consider Kyle Lowry is averaging six points per game less than last season, it is a cause for concern. Lowry averaged 22 ppg last season but only met that mark three times over the last month and a half.

Lowry’s recent struggles are concerning if you are an owner of him, and the best you can do is hope for the best. If you do not own Lowry, it might be time to buy low. It has not been this way all season, and a month and a half of down production might be enough to tip a Lowry owner over the ledge and get them to deal you the all-star point guard.

 


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About Chris Wright

Chris is a self-diagnosed, non-recovering Fantasy addict. Balances stats on paper with actual on field evidence when making projections. Check him out on Twitter @ChrisWright_F6P

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3 Comments

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  2. IC

    November 28, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    was Julius Randle’s ranking accidental?

    • Joe Bond

      November 28, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      This was a mistake, good catch. The author has since fixed it.

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