Best Fantasy Performers In The NBA So Far
The NBA season is already about a month old, which means that several trends are starting to form in fantasy basketball. While many first round picks such as Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and James Harden are all performing as expected, a few guys have crashed the party early on. Here is a look at three big surprise players, and if they can keep things up.
Every place Martin has played, he has been able to score. People forgot that a little bit last season when he was in Oklahoma City, but now he is getting more shots and making them. The situation in Minnesota is perfect for him, as he gets to play for his old coach Rick Adelman, not to mention an unselfish superstar (Love) and a super unselfish point guard (Ricky Rubio). Some think he can sustain 23-24 points per game for the entire fantasy basketball season, but if he stays healthy, he can hover around the top 15 in the NBA.
Ellis has always had the reputation of being an inefficient scorer, but that thought seems to be changing early on in Dallas. A change in scenery no longer makes him the #1 scoring option, which means he can be smarter with the basketball. Playing off one of the most consistent fantasy basketball stars of all time in Dirk Nowitzki certainly helps quite a bit. This could be Ellis 2.0, and a guy who is going to fill it up all season long.
Out of the three listed, Turner is the least likely to keep things up. For starters, the Philadelphia 76ers collectively are playing over their heads right now. There is also a very good chance that Turner is traded, and the team that trades for him probably will not ask him to do as much on offense. Right now he is in the top 10 in fantasy basketball rankings, but he should fall a bit as the season progresses.