Fantasy Basketball

Mid-Season Fantasy Basketball All-Stars

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Every year NBA fans look forward to the showcase of NBA talent gathered together for one weekend. It’s the skills challenge, the dunk contest, culminating with the best players in the world gathering on one court to put on an offensive clinic for the crowd!

During this time, Fantasy Basketball players take a second to evaluate their lineups as they are about six weeks away from the start of playoffs. By this point, everyone has their own perception of who is reliable, the go-to players, the hot fantasy free agents, and the big busts for the season.

There are various different leagues from roto, H2H, and custom point-based. Picking the stars I chose is based on standard scoring to date in a H2H league as it is the most common league played. The scoring is based on:

  • Points (PTS)
  • Rebounds (REB)
  • Assists (AST)
  • Blocks (BLK)
  • Steals (STL)
  • Field Goal Percentage (FG%)
  • Free Throw Percentage (FT%)
  • Three Pointers Made (3PM) 

Fantasy Basketball All-Stars

Let’s run through the best FANTASY all-stars (disclaimer: does not correlate with the NBA ALL-STAR VOTING)

East

PG: Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics

Averaging over 29 PPG with over six APG, Isaiah Thomas is having the best season of his career. He averages over 10 points in the 4th quarter which leads the league.

Becoming the leader of the team and having the ball run through him, Thomas is a strong contributor in the Celtics organization as he he has shown up top defensive teams vs PG with strong plays again Utah and Washington who are No. 5 and No. 6 respectively.

Thomas has come into his own as an All-Star reserve and I expect him to continue his hot trend of 29 consecutive games of 20+ points and leading the Celtics in points and assists.

SG: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

No man in this league has had more of a breakout year in Fantasy than the Greek Freak! Giannis currently leads the team in all five major stat categories, and he’s only 22!

Greek Freak has taken the league by storm in defining himself as a Point Forward similar to the likes of LeBron James. He is versatile in positions for fantasy which allows owners to move him around lineups where holes need to be filled each game. Giannis doesn’t look to be slowing down as he has 20 double-doubles and two triple-doubles this year.

SF: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Yet again, LeBron does LeBron things and is averaging 25/8/8 at the halfway mark. Clearly LeBron, at age 32, shows no signs of slowing down.

Despite the Cavaliers recent losing streak, LeBron has been nothing short of excellent with back to back triple doubles and posting a 46.1 FPPG score in DFS.

We look toward the second half of the season to see if LeBron will take any rest heading toward the playoffs.

PF: Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks

This was the toughest decision in the East. Jabari Parker has shown great progress, but Paul Millsap is playing for his max contract. Millsap has had great promise since the start of 2017 as he has yet to dip under 29 FP and having a 38.2 average FPPG.

The leader of the Atlanta Hawks has shown his dependability with great outings against LAC, Dallas, and San Antonio. He also has proven his defensive ability leading the Hawks to a top 5 defense versus PF.

Looking towards the playoffs, Millsap looks to lead his Hawks to a deep playoff run in a tough Eastern Conference.

C: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Trust the process they say, it will all work in the end they say. Going 10-3 to start 2017, the Sixers are knocking on the door of the playoffs. All signs of a reason for this success point to the positive attitude of “Rookie” Joel Embiid.

Embiid, in the games he plays, shows promise with averages nearly 20 PPG, eight RPG, and 2.5 BPG which is good for 41FPPG in the last month. Despite sitting on a minute restriction, Embiid makes the most of the minutes he’s given and flourishing like the #3 pick they wanted him to be.

West

PG: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Averaging a Triple-Double, Russell Westbrook has been nothing short of SPECTACULAR. The biggest all-star starter snub (no argument required), could be argued as the first half fantasy MVP with statistics of 38 double doubles, 24 triple doubles, and leading his team in just about every statistical category known to man this year. He is a mold of what a fan would think a one man show would look like.

He walks into the building and every team knows what they’re in for, and not one team seems to be able to stop him, in fantasy and reality.

SG: James Harden, Houston Rockets

Head to head with Russell Westbrook, Harden’s season would be talked about like no other if it weren’t for his ex-teammate. These two are competing in every aspect of the game.

Averaging 28.4/11.5/8.2, Harden is Westbrook’s best competitor for MVP but Harden’s team is backing it up with their third place bid in the West.

In fantasy, James averages over 50 FPPG and dropped over 80 twice! If the beard has the ball, be afraid of what’s going to happen if you’re against him. If you’re with him, enjoy the ride to the playoffs!

SF: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

Durant made a big splash this summer  signing with the Warriors. Although he has made an even bigger splash the first half of the season. Leading the starting five of what’s been called the best “super team” to date, Durant has not let it deter from his fantasy output. Averaging nearly 47 FPPG, Durant hasn’t seen below 30 FP since January 2nd.

He is the most consist when it comes to fantasy output has he has only been below 30 twice, vs Denver and Utah. He looks to keep his role in check as the Warriors close their season and focus on making it back to the finals for a third straight year.

And to think, these first three West stars were all in the NBA finals together in 2012…ON THE SAME TEAM.

PF: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

Being that Davis is listed as a PF/C in some leagues, I have elected to use him at PF in my fantasy All-Star mix. Davis is the star that seems the most deserving of a title after year four and has no pieces around him to do it.

He’s a player that will produce nightly, averaging 51 FPPG, on a team that’s questioning a coaching overhaul just 1.5 years into Gentry’s tenure. Davis performs fantastically, when healthy, and is always a top 10 pick in drafts. Davis is the best in the West, even if BG32 is in, and will be for years to come.

C: Demarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

Boogie seems to be the center of controversy every time something arises in Sacramento, but that doesn’t mean that he lets it get to him. Cousins is a force to be reckoned with, having three 60+ FPPG in the last 10. He has increased his FT% by over 4% and also is hitting almost two three-pointers a game.

Boogie is showing all of his arsenal now for the trade block. Question is, if he gets traded, will he be able to handle not being the only star in a city? He hasn’t felt that since his UK days with Wall and Bledsoe!

About Devon Frey

Devon is a graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management. Devon is an avid fan of all sports. He has been playing fantasy sports for almost a decade, starting with Fantasy Football in 2008. Recently, his addiction has turned to his love of the NBA. He is a daily fantasy NBA player on several platforms. Devon currently resides in the Allentown, Pennsylvania area working in Sales. His favorite teams are the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Lakers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Colorado Avalanche, and Florida Gators. Feel free to follow him on Twitter: @devonafrey

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