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Fantasy Basketball: Week 15 Top Perfomers

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Fantasy Basketball Week 15 Stud Performers

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The NBA season continues to move by at a rapid pace, and fantasy basketball leagues are at a crucial point as the All Star Break approaches.

In Week 15, many fantasy teams are battling it out for playoff spots, with some teams already clinched and others already packing it in. For those in tight matchups, there were plenty of stud performances to help clinch wins. All of the typical names had big weeks such as James Harden, Lebron James and Kevin Durant. Along with the big stars, some lower tier players stepped up this week, including David West, Nikola Vucevic and Martell Webster.

Nobody has been hotter than Harden, however, who has scored at least 35 points in two straight games while providing big numbers in multiple categories. Kyrie Irving also recently notched his seventh game this season with 25 points, five assists and five rebounds. The only players to have accomplished that more times are James, Durant, Harden and Russell Westbrook.

There were also some fantasy relevant players returning this week. Chris Paul returned Friday after missing nine games but was only able to notch three points and two assists in 20 minutes. Arron Afflalo also returned after a week out, but he had a much bigger return than Paul with 23 points and four rebounds Friday. Afflalo and Paul both have one more game for owners to take advantage for this week on Sunday.

With Week 15 winding down, let’s take a look at the top performers during the week who hopefully helped lead fantasy owners to crucial wins.

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5. SG James Harden – Houston Rockets

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Harden has been unstoppable during his three games in Week 15. In those games, Harden has a total of 79 points, 21 rebounds and 25 assists. He has a double-double with at least 35 points the past two games, and will even have one more chance to help owners Sunday. On the year, Harden is averaging 26 points with just under six assists, five rebounds and two steals per game.

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4. SF Lebron James – Miami Heat

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The best player in basketball and the best fantasy option had yet another big week. In three games he has 63 points, 19 rebounds and 19 assists. He hasn’t notched a double-double but now has dropped 30 points in four straight games and is recording consistent rebounds and assists each game. He hasn’t recorded a steal in the past two, but has two blocks apiece in those games.

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3. SG Paul George – Indiana Pacers

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George has been a solid fantasy options all season, but he especially helped all his fantasy owners with a big four-game week. George has totaled 91 points in those four games and has also been a beast on the boards with 35 in these games. His 14 rebounds Friday night was his second highest total this season, and the All-Star is proving his worth heading into the break.

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2. SG Dwyane Wade - Miami Heat

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Don’t look now, but Wade and the Heat are red hot, winning nine of their last 11 while the Big Three puts up big numbers. In three games this week, Wade has been racking up the stats in all major categories. In the three games he has 71 points, 23 rebounds, 19 assists, 9 steals and four blocks. After a slow start to the season he is looking healthy while returning to star status.

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1. PF LaMarcus Aldridge - Portland Trail Blazers

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Aldridge is in the midst of his second straight huge week, notching a double-double in all three games with at least 25 points each. He is scoring above his season average of 21 points and has a double-double in seven straight games. He is mostly a two-category player, but also dishes out the occasional assist and is still averaging over a block per game.