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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Rest of Season Rankings

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There is never a shortage of storylines around the NBA. Disgruntled players getting traded, LeBron’s Twitter feed, and whatever drama the Ball family is engaged in.

While his brother is stuck in China after being arrested for shoplifting, Lonzo Ball‘s game seems to be trending in the right direction. After listening to all of the talking heads call him a bust, unaggressive, and soft, Lonzo had two straight nights of double-digit scoring.

The latter of those games was one of the most impressive stat lines that a rookie has put up. Ball became the youngest player in league history to record a triple-double and had four blocks and three steals to go with it.

The Eric Bledsoe saga has now come to an end in Phoenix. After his displeasure with the Suns organization became public, he was basically removed from the team, with his future up in the air. It all turned out well for Bledsoe when the Milwaukee Bucks came calling.

Bledsoe was sent to Milwaukee for Greg Monroe and a first and a second-round pick. As far as Bledsoe’s value goes, it is slightly less than if he were still in Phoenix. With that being said, it is a lot higher than it was with him sitting at home.

The feel-good story in the NBA right now is without a doubt the Boston Celtics. Their season seemed to be over before it started with the loss of Gordon Hayward just six minutes into the season. Fast forward a month and Boston has rattled off twelve straight wins, the most recent coming without the services of Kyrie Irving. The young talent on this team is finding its way better than anyone could have imagined.

2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Rest of Season Rankings

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Biggest Risers

Andre Drummond, PF/C, Detroit Pistons

The point totals are not what they used to be, but boy can Andre Drummond rebound. He has at least twelve rebounds in every game this year and is averaging 14.2 ppg. The biggest improvement in Drummond’s game has been his foul shooting. He is by no means going to win you the category in a rotisserie league, but his 64% is not the liability his 50% used to be.

The only thing keeping this double-double machine rocketing higher in the rankings is his shooting percentage. 54% is excellent for most players, but with Drummond pulling down 5.4 offensive rebounds per game, that number could be much higher.

Donovan Mitchell, G, Utah Jazz

Another week, another rookie sensation. Donovan Mitchell has added his name to the long list of future stars in the NBA. He has continued to earn more minutes and has emerged as a threat to put up twenty-plus points on a given night. Other than his consistent steal numbers, he has yet to become a well-rounded contributor in all categories. This is par for the course with shooting guards, so upping those assist numbers could really set Mitchell apart.

 Biggest Faller

Nerlens Noel, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks

Coming into this season, Nerlens Noel was poised to take the next big step in Dallas. It was an obvious rebuilding situation, with Noel and the rest of the young talent looking to grow up together. Noel posted a double-double on the first night of the season and has done basically nothing since.

Noel has seen his playing time steadily decline. He has not seen more than twenty minutes in a game in two weeks and has even been called out publicly by Rick Carlise who was quoted as saying about Noel, “Playing time has to be earned.” The opportunity is there in front of Noel, and it is up to him to take advantage.

 


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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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