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This week sees the schedule altered by the All Star break, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t find some winning combinations. I’ve got a full breakdown below, but before we get to the official business, I thought it would be a great time to pick my fantasy all stars for 2015-2016.

Guards: This is the easy part. No two guards have been more dominant than Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook. Curry is a three point marksman who has knocked down 233 three pointers with thirty games left in the season. Westbrook is an athletic machine capable of a triple double on any given night. A few games ago, he hung 24, 19 (boards), and 14 (assists) on the Magic. As good as Westbrook is, I’d still say Curry is the fantasy MVP (thus far).

Forwards: The picture isn’t so clear cut here. Lots of guys have had good years, including Anthony Davis and Lebron James. But both of those guys haven’t been quite as good as Draymond Green and Kevin Durant. Like Westbrook, Green is a do it all guy who can give you a triple double on any given night. Durant is the six eleven version of Curry. Knockdown shooter who has the ability to finish at the rim.

Center: This was the hardest pick of all. For much of the year, I would have gone with Andre Drummond, and the truth is, he still makes a strong case for the selection. However, thanks to a strong January and February, I’ve got to take Demarcus Cousins. Cousins has added the three point shot to his already scary repository of strengths. He’s shooting 35 percent this season, having made nearly 50. That’s flat out scary for a 270 pound seven footer.

Bench: I’d round out the bench with the following: Andre Drummond (rebounding beast), Anthony Davis (reigning fantasy MVP), James Harden (the best SG by a mile), Deandre Jordan (pretty much an older version of Drummond), Lebron James (he’s fallen a bit, hasn’t he?), and Hassan Whiteside (need blocks?).

Week 16 Fantasy Basketball Preview

TeamNumber of GamesSchedule FavorabilityMust StartConsider Sitting
Atlanta1 home
1 away
FavorablePaul Millsap, Al HorfordDennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Jeff Teague
Boston1 home
1 away
NeutralIsaiah ThomasEvan Turner, Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley
Brooklyn2 home
0 away
FavorableBrook Lopez, Thaddeus YoungJarrett Jack
Charlotte1 home
1 away
FavorableKemba Walker, Nicolas BatumAl Jefferson
Chicago1 home
1 away
Highly FavorablePau Gasol, Jimmy ButlerDerrick Rose, Nikola Mirotic
Cleveland2 home
0 away
Highly FavorableLebron James, Kevin LoveMo Williams, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, Kyrie Irving
Dallas1 home
0 away
NeutralDirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons Deron Williams
Denver0 home
2 away
NeutralDanilo Gallinari, Will Barton, Nikola JokicKenneth Faried, Emmanuel Mudiay
Detroit2 home
0 away
Highly FavorableAndre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Stanley JohnsonMarcus Morris, Ersan Ilyasova, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Golden State1 home
1 away
FavorableStephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay ThompsonAndre Iguodala
Houston0 home
2 away
UnfavorableJames Harden, Dwight HowardTy Lawson, Trevor Ariza
Indiana2 home
0 away
FavorablePaul George, Myles TurnerMonta Ellis, George Hill, Ian Mahinmi
Los Angeles Clippers0 home
2 away
FavorableDeandre Jordan, Chris PaulBlake Griffin
Los Angeles Lakers0 home
2 away
PoorJulius RandleKobe Bryant, Roy Hibbert
Memphis1 home
1 away
NeutralMarc Gasol, Mike ConleyZach Randolph
Miami1 home
0 away
UnfavorableHassan Whitehead, Chris BoshDwyane Wade, Goran Dragic
Milwaukee2 home
0 away
UnfavorableGreg Monroe, Khris Middleton, Giannis AntekokounmpoMichael Carter Williams, Jabri Parker
Minnesota2 home
0 away
FavorableKarl-Anthony TownsAndrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio
New Orleans1 home
2 away
FavorableAnthony Davis, Ryan AndersonEric Gordon, Tyreke Evans
New York1 home
0 away
PoorCarmelo Anthony, Kristaps PorzingisRobin Lopez
Oklahoma City1 home
1 away
NeutralRussel Westbrook, Kevin DurantSerge Ibaka
Orlando1 home
1 away
FavorableVictor Oladipo, Nikola VucevicElfrid Payton, Tobias Harris
Philadelphia2 home
0 away
FavorableJahlil Okafor, Nerlens NoelRobert Covington
Phoenix2 home
0 away
FavorableDevin Booker, Archie GoodwinTyson Chandler, TJ Warren, Brandon Knight
Portland1 home
1 away
FavorableDamian Lillard, CJ McCollumMason Plumlee
Sacramento0 home
2 away
NeutralDemarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Rudy GayOmri Casspi
San Antonio0 home
2 away
Highly FavorableKawhi Leonard, LaMarcus AldridgeTony Parker, Tim Duncan
Toronto0 home
2 away
FavorableKyle Lowery, DeMar DeRozanJonas Valanciunas, Bismack Biyombo
Utah0 home
2 away
FavorableRudy Gobert, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Rodney HoodNone
Washington0 home
2 away
UnfavorableJohn Wall, Otto PorterMarcin Gortat, Bradley Beal

Starts

Julius Randle, PF, Los Angeles Lakers

I’m not sure I’d start him unless you’re hurting at power forward, but I thought it was time to throw the Lakers a bone.

For weeks, I’ve recommended not using any of their players. Lately though, Randle has shown over the last few weeks, so if you don’t have somebody better, give him a shot.

Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets

A lot of rookies have been making their presence known lately (see SJ below), but perhaps none as strongly as Jokic.

Over the last eight games, he’s outperformed Andre Drummond in my fantasy league.

While it’s true, Drummond has been a in a little bit of a slump as of late, Jokic has also been better than Dwight Howard, Nerlens Noel, Marc Gasol, and Greg Monroe during the same time period.

Stanley Johnson, SG, SF, Detroit Pistons

I really like Johnson’s game. He’s got an NBA ready body, he plays hard, and he’s in a great situation in Detroit with Van Gundy.

I’d been expecting him to eventually move into the Pistons’ starting lineup. Now with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope out for a few weeks (and maybe more), Johnson has been thrust into the SG role, and has responded extremely well.

I think the next few weeks will see him emerge as a must start fantasy option across all formats.

 

Sits

Bradley Beal, SG, Washington Wizards

Just before my league’s trade deadline, I almost nabbed Beal. These days I’m kind of relieved I didn’t. He’s performed poorly after his return from leg injury, and now the Wizards are managing his minutes, so he’s just not a safe play at the moment.

Kyrie Irving, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

Kyrie may be the best example of a guy who is extremely talented and often coveted in the real NBA game, yet doesn’t translate well to fantasy. Sure, he’ll have some big games for you, but he’s also as likely to disappear or underwhelm. Besides scoring, he doesn’t really do very much, making him a high risk guy to count on.

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