It’s week 7 of fantasy basketball and we’re about a quarter into the NBA season now, a decent sample size. Meanwhile, Brook Lopez, Lauri Markkanen, Bol Bol, OG Anunoby and Kelly Olynyk are all in the top 25 of ESPN’s Player Ranker.
So which of these players will stay here and which will fall back to where many expected before the season started?
Here are Eric Moody, Eric Karabell, Jim McCormick and John Cregan with their favorite picks to continue their hot start to the season.
Lopez offers the unique skills to lead the sport in blocked shots and hit 2.4 3-pointers per game. No one else comes close to an average of 2 blocks and 3 pointers per game, and this is a real distinguishing feature of the Player Rater. Lopez isn’t exactly over-performing, which is why he could become a top-10 option in May. His scoring and rebounding numbers remain modest and enduring, with the Bucks giving him his most minutes per game since the 2015–16 season. Lopez can really keep going at this rate. — Karabel
It’s between Markkanen and Lopez for me. Lopez has a real case, as the elite block rate is real for a player who has been among the front runners in the swats several times, but his increase in scoring and shooting volume could change when Khris Middleton returns, while also reaching deep into the match was injured. his career. However, Markkanen seems able to maintain his current pace of production as his numbers for the past week are almost identical to his seasonal numbers and he is entering his best age curve. As one of the few key rotation players for the Jazz that is highly unlikely to be shared, Markkanen could find even more offensive use if the team actually trades with volume scorers Jordan Clarkson and/or Malik Beasley. — McCormick
In this “will this last?” postulations, I look for injury history, age (in terms of career evolution), rotational safety, and their team’s chances of tanking. Any of these factors can disrupt an overperforming season. And all of these players have red flags in at least two of those four areas. So I’m going to play it safe and use Lopez by default for one simple reason: he’s done it before. He has posted top-25 campaigns in the past. Look at his 2015-16 and 2016-17 lines for the Nets. Yes, his injury concerns are legion. But those two seasons are all the proof I need to call. — cregan
It’s Markkanen for me. He is the Jazz’s most valuable player. His success in EuroBasket play has been a catalyst for his success in the NBA so far. Markkanen averages a career-high 22.2 PPG, 8.4 RPG and 2.2 APG. His 24% utilization rate makes him an essential jazz player in the future. — Moody