Fantasy Basketball 2012: Kevin Durant and Other Studs from November 18
Fantasy Basketball November 18 Best Performers
From great scoring performances to solid showings on defense featuring plenty of steals and blocks, elite individual performances can help owners win categories in Week 3 matchups. On Saturday, November 17, New Orleans Hornets PF Anthony Davis, Miami Heat PF/C Chris Bosh and Los Angeles Clippers PF/C Blake Griffin made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Davis’ career-high 28 points against the Milwaukee Bucks to Bosh’s contributions given Dwyane Wade being out and LeBron James playing with the flu, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 3.
With eight games on Sunday, November 18, 2012, fantasy squads had many opportunities to improve their statistics in different categories. Who else provided fantasy owners with great numbers on this day of NBA action?
Sunday, November 18, 2012 Honorable Mentions:
10. Houston Rockets SF/PF Chandler Parsons – 24 points (four made 3-pointers), three assists
9. Golden State Warriors PF/C David Lee – 19 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals
8. Detroit Pistons C Greg Monroe – 20 points, 13 rebounds, two steals
7. Philadelphia 76ers SG/SF Evan Turner – 19 points, six rebounds, nine assists
6. Sacramento Kings PF/C DeMarcus Cousins – 29 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals
* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Sunday, November 18, 2012. Player ranks are determined according to ESPN’s Daily Leaders list. FGM-A = Field Goals Made-Attempted, FTM-A = Free Throws Made-Attempted, 3PM-A = 3-Pointers Made-Attempted, GP = Games Played, PTS = Points, REB = Rebounds, AST = Assists, STL = Steals, BLK = Blocks, TO = Turnovers.
1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
1. SF Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (vs. Warriors, 100% owned)
Statistics: 39 minutes, 8-16 FGM-A, 6-7 FTM-A, 3-5 3PM-A, 25 PTS, 13 REB, 10 AST, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TO
Season averages: 11 GP, .511 FG%, .885 FT%, 1.4 3PTM, 24.5 PTS, 10.5 REB, 4.6 AST, 1.6 ST, 1.4 BLK, 3.8 TO
When the Warriors started a comeback in the second half, Durant played more minutes than expected and registered the first triple-double of his career. With James Harden no longer in town, he has become an even bigger playmaker for others in Oklahoma City, meaning more assist opportunities for Durant.
2. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
2. PG Russell Westbrook, Thunder (vs. Warriors, 100% owned)
Statistics: 36 minutes, 12-22 FGM-A, 4-5 FTM-A, 2-2 3PM-A, 30 PTS, 2 REB, 7 AST, 5 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO
Season averages: 11 GP, .405 FG%, .756 FT%, 1.3 3PTM, 20.5 PTS, 4.6 REB, 8.4 AST, 1.6 ST, 0.1 BLK, 2.8 TO
Like Durant, Westbrook did not have a shabby performance against the Warriors. The leading scorer among all players today with 30 points, he also chipped in to his team’s victory with seven assists and five steals. Dynamic on many levels, his productivity in multiple categories has made him one of the best point guards in fantasy basketball.
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
3. SG Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (vs. Rockets, 100% owned)
Statistics: 35 minutes, 9-18 FGM-A, 3-5 FTM-A, 1-3 3PM-A, 22 PTS, 11 REB, 11 AST, 3 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TO
Season averages: 10 GP, .528 FG%, .894 FT%, 1.7 3PTM, 26.4 PTS, 5.7 REB, 5.4 AST, 1.5 ST, 0.0 BLK, 3.4 TO
Durant was not the only player to record a triple-double today. In his last game coached by interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff, Bryant recorded his 18th career triple-double. Still performing at a high level at his age, he has continued to serve as a top fantasy option despite a lower projected rank during fantasy drafts this season.
4. Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers
4. C Dwight Howard, Lakers (vs. Rockets, 100% owned)
Statistics: 39 minutes, 11-18 FGM-A, 6-12 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 28 PTS, 13 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 3 BLK, 1 TO
Season averages: 10 GP, .608 FG%, .505 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 20.0 PTS, 11.4 REB, 1.8 AST, 1.0 ST, 2.7 BLK, 3.4 TO
Howard continued his dominant play this season by recording his third-consecutive double-double against the Rockets. With new head coach Mike D’Antoni soon joining the fray, it will be interesting to see what kind of role Howard has on the Lakers and whether he has a positive or negative effect on his fantasy production.
5. Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Statistics: 41 minutes, 8-12 FGM-A, 0-0 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 16 PTS, 15 REB, 8 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO
Season averages: 10 GP, .495 FG%, .809 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 14.8 PTS, 10.0 REB, 4.0 AST, 1.3 ST, 2.0 BLK, 2.7 TO
Noah almost became the third player to record a triple-double on this day with a great all-around performance against the Trail Blazers. Just two assists shy at a triple-double, he shot particularly well from the field but could not provide enough of an individual contribution for a Bulls win.
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