Fantasy NBA: Top 5 Weekly Boom and Bust Players

In our regular season start/sit advice column we use our projections to tell you when you may want to sit a highly rated player and start a lowly rated player. This is a season review of players who, when healthy, delivered boom weeks at a high rate and / or have been big busts that should have been benched. We are defining a 'boom week' as one where a player's position rank is much better than his overall average weekly rank. Mathematically, we are using 50% of his average rank. So a player with an average rank of 30 would need to be ranked Top 15 to be considered a boom week. To qualify as a bust week, it has to be one where the weekly ranking is 50% higher than the normal average. So a Top 20 player finishing 30th or worse.

The guard with the highest boom rate is Stephen Curry whose per week average rank was #17. He had 13 weeks out of 23 where he delivered a big performance. Another player with a high boom rate is LeBron James who leads the forward position. Enes Kanter 'leads' his position in bust rate. In his 22 weeks, 6 were bad, busts. The table below shows the player with the five highest boom and bust rates. The rank is based on the player's average position rank per week and not their season total fantasy points.

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HIGHEST BOOM% GUARDSHIGHEST BUST% GUARDS
Stephen Curry (#17 G, 57% 13 of 23 Weeks)Delon Wright (#69 G, 42% 10 of 24 Weeks)
DeMar DeRozan (#21 G, 52% 13 of 25 Weeks)Cory Joseph (#64 G, 36% 9 of 25 Weeks)
Bradley Beal (#14 G, 44% 11 of 25 Weeks)Eric Gordon (#58 G, 35% 8 of 23 Weeks)
Trae Young (#21 G, 44% 11 of 25 Weeks)Spencer Dinwiddie (#40 G, 33% 7 of 21 Weeks)
Kyrie Irving (#21 G, 42% 10 of 24 Weeks)Patrick Beverley (#57 G, 33% 8 of 24 Weeks)
HIGHEST BOOM% FORWARDSHIGHEST BUST% FORWARDS
LeBron James (#12 F, 60% 12 of 20 Weeks)Josh Jackson (#58 F, 40% 10 of 25 Weeks)
Anthony Davis (#19 F, 52% 11 of 21 Weeks)Kyle Kuzma (#40 F, 33% 8 of 24 Weeks)
Blake Griffin (#13 F, 48% 12 of 25 Weeks)Marvin Bagley III (#47 F, 33% 7 of 21 Weeks)
Jimmy Butler (#28 F, 46% 11 of 24 Weeks)Nemanja Bjelica (#54 F, 33% 8 of 24 Weeks)
Lauri Markkanen (#33 F, 44% 8 of 18 Weeks)Bam Adebayo (#51 F, 32% 8 of 25 Weeks)
HIGHEST BOOM% CENTERSHIGHEST BUST% CENTERS
Joel Embiid (#8 C, 43% 10 of 23 Weeks)Enes Kanter (#20 C, 27% 6 of 22 Weeks)
Rudy Gobert (#9 C, 36% 9 of 25 Weeks)Jonas Valanciunas (#18 C, 25% 4 of 16 Weeks)
Andre Drummond (#9 C, 36% 9 of 25 Weeks)DeAndre Jordan (#17 C, 22% 5 of 23 Weeks)
Jusuf Nurkic (#10 C, 26% 6 of 23 Weeks)Thomas Bryant (#26 C, 21% 5 of 24 Weeks)
Deandre Ayton (#14 C, 26% 6 of 23 Weeks)Steven Adams (#16 C, 20% 5 of 25 Weeks)