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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Rest of Season Rankings

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There has been no shortage of news in the NBA this past week. Some of it is was intriguing, some of it downright depressing. A wave of injuries to star players struck the league in the past few days. First, Demarcus Cousins was lost for the season amidst a career year. Just days later, it was announced John Wall will be out for up to two months. And just as this is being written, Kevin Love was diagnosed with a broken hand that will sideline him for six to eight weeks.

Perhaps the most shocking news was the trade of Blake Griffin. The Clippers sent Griffin to Detroit in exchange for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and two draft picks. The move should not have a huge impact on Griffin’s numbers, but they may scale back if they change at all. Detriot plays a little slower pace than LA, so that will be something to watch.

Going forward, keep your eye on our rankings for a strong finish to the season when we come back from the all-star break.


2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Rest of Season Rankings

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Biggest Risers

Dejounte Murray, PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs

On January 21st, the baton was passed in San Antonio. At least for now. Longtime point guard Tony Parker ceded his starting spot to Dejounte Murray. The second-year guard had been gaining more and more playing time since the beginning of the month, and coach Popovich has apparently seen something that forced him to make a move.

Murray is averaging about thirty minutes per game since the move. He’s averaged 10.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 5.3 APG, and 1.8 SPG in the same time frame. Murray is not going to pour in the buckets for you, but he will contribute in every category. The assists are something you’d like to see go up for a starting point guard, but his rebound numbers from the guard position are very encouraging.

Kemba Walker, PG, Charlotte Hornets

Kemba Walker is on a tear right now, which the Hornets organization probably doesn’t mind as it is only driving his trade value up. In the past week, Kemba has averaged 25.6 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 5.8 APG, and 1.2 SP, which are all at or above his season average. He also has knocked in 4 three-pointers per game in that span, putting him about 1.5 over his season average.

Kemba’s recent hot streak is great for the Hornets and great for his ranking, but this level of play is only going to make him more desirable to possible trade partners. If Walker is traded, his fantasy value will be up in the air. Him staying put is probably what will be best for his fantasy owners, but it will all depend on the destination.

Biggest Faller

John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards

John Wall has been having a career year. Unfortunately, it came to an abrupt halt when it was announced on Monday that he may be out for up to 2 months. Wall had been dealing with knee pain on a regular basis since an injury very early in the season and is now going to have a procedure to hopefully fix the problem. The Wizards have been out of whack over the past couple of weeks and will now have to keep it together until Wall can come back. The Wizards currently sit in 6th in the East and will have to fight to stay in the hunt against the Pacers, Sixers, and a Detroit team that just acquired Blake Griffin.

The fantasy fallout from this is obviously not good for Wall owners, but Tim Frazier may be a serviceable replacement. In Wall’s first game out Frazier dished out 14 assists, but not much else. He proved earlier in the season that he can be a well-rounded player in limited minutes. It remains to be seen what he can do with the starting point guard job. However, this situation still requires monitoring because, with former Wizard Ramon Sessions available, a slump from Frazier could trigger the signing of him or another 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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