We’ve already entered the fifth week of the NBA season, and that’s enough time for some players to endear themselves to fantasy managers with their over-the-top efforts and sheer entertainment on the court.
So who are our experts’ favorite players to score on their fantasy teams this season?
And here are Andre Snellings, Eric Moody, Eric Karapel, Jim McCormick, and John Kerrigan to explain their picks.
Hart may not be shooting as often as we’d like thanks to the team’s high-powered backcourt, but she’s valuable when the striker contributes plenty of rebounds and assists. Hart’s scoring under 9 PPG may be a source of grumbling for some, but he has almost as many rebounds as points. Emphasize positive! Also, I like the 4.4 APG in my leagues because, again, that’s not a point guard. It’s SG/SF! No player qualified in SG- or SF averages more rebounds. Expect Hart to start looking up his offensive game a bit more and have his goal score in the double-digits soon. – Karabelle
Doncic is great for both class and points leagues. He averaged 34.4 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 7.8 APG, 2.1 SPG and 0.6 BPG this season. This translates to 62.7 fantasy points per game. For a Mavericks team that is still trying to replace him Galen Bronson, Doncic has a utilization rate of 38.8%. His personality also makes him interesting to watch on and off the field. – Moody
My bold prediction before last season was that Anunobi would emerge as a 3D fantasy powerhouse. While he was great last season, he wasn’t among the best values this year in a fantasy context. This year has been more fun for his all-time steal rate. After all, Anunoby leads the league in swipes and currently averages 1.8 three-pointers, 2.7 steals and 1 block per game. Thefts are often a rare case, but Anunobi collects them in collections, which is totally fun. For context, no player has averaged 1.5 three-pointers, 2.5 steals and 1 block per game for a season in league history — except for Anunoby’s current speed. – McCormick
It was a fling between Tatum and Therese Halliburton, but I’ll give Tatum the tiebreaker because he’s healthy right now (Halliburton is questionable with an ankle injury) and the majors I’m on the roster are comfortably in first place. Those of you who read my stuff know I hate having players on rosters that I can’t trust to consistently produce. Tatum is the opposite. He’s in his sixth season in the NBA, and he’s always around. He never missed more than eight games in a season in his career. He has increased his scoring average each season of his career and, at the age of 24, is now limited to specific regions. Averaged nearly 32 points, more than seven boards and almost four assists. A career-best 1.4 blocks, a career-best 3.5 3-pg, and nearly a perfect steal per game as well. He shoots 49.1% from the field and 86.6% from the line, both of which he shoots large sizes.
So… big size, high efficiency, constantly improving Iron Man player with no noticeable weakness in his game? yes. He’s a very fun guy to be on a fantasy basketball team. – snoring
I always enjoy when a player comes full circle in Fantasyland. He has gone from one of the most highly regarded point blank players in fantasy, to one of the most measured and efficient success stories in 2022-23. – Kerrigan