LeBron James and Deandre Ayton Should Be Starting in More Leagues in Week 17

LeBron James
 LAL 76% Start

If you are in a league that allows for substitutions during the week LeBron James is a good value the rest of the week. He has a market rank of #10 while his projection rank (rest of week 16) is #2. When compared to other forwards in week 17, Trevor Ariza (107.2 FP), LaMarcus Aldridge (127.1 FP), Kevin Durant (119.5 FP), Thaddeus Young (99.6 FP), and Blake Griffin (120.3 FP) are all projected for fewer points than James but are starting in more leagues. Starting in 76% of leagues he is expected to produce 93.1 fantasy points (WK 17). It should be a very good week 17 as he is projected to be the #2 forward. His per game projected FP average is 46.8 which is better than his actual per game average (32.7).

Deandre Ayton
 PHO 55% Start

His market rank based on start percentage among centers for the rest of week 16 is #10, which is less than his market rank of #9. When compared to other centers in week 17, Al Horford (82.7 FP), DeAndre Jordan (74.3 FP), Brook Lopez (76.4 FP), Andre Drummond (93.7 FP), and Steven Adams (81.3 FP) are all projected for fewer points than Ayton but are starting in more leagues. Starting in 55% of leagues he is expected to produce 70.4 fantasy points (WK 17). It should be a very good week 17 as he is projected to be the #3 center. His per game projected FP average is 33.2 which is better than his actual per game average (27.5). In addition to a solid projected FP average, he will benefit from playing 4 games.

Russell Westbrook
 OKC 90% Start

His market rank based on start percentage among guards for the rest of week 16 is #3, which is less than his market rank of #2. When compared to other guards in week 17, Stephen Curry (116.8 FP), James Harden (143.3 FP), Jrue Holiday (141.3 FP), Kemba Walker (109.8 FP), and D`Angelo Russell (106.9 FP) are all projected for fewer points than Westbrook but are starting in more leagues. Starting in 90% of leagues he is expected to produce 126.2 fantasy points (WK 17). It should be a very good week 17 as he is projected to be the #2 guard. His per game projected FP average is 52.8 which is better than his actual per game average (44.1).

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Anthony Davis
 NO 38% Start

When compared to other forwards in week 17, Trevor Ariza (107.2 FP), Paul Millsap (73.6 FP), Rudy Gay (92.2 FP), Thaddeus Young (99.6 FP), and Serge Ibaka (69.4 FP) are all projected for fewer points than Davis but are starting in more leagues. Starting in 38% of leagues he is expected to produce 66.7 fantasy points (WK 17). At his start percentage, he is expected to be the #46 forward of week 17. He is projected to be better than that (the #12 forward).

Devin Booker
 PHO 88% Start

If you are in a league that allows substitutions during the week Devin Booker is someone to keep in the lineup and he is a good value the rest of the week. He has a market rank of #17 while his projection rank for the rest of week 16 is #6. When compared to other guards in week 17, Stephen Curry (116.8 FP), James Harden (143.3 FP), Jrue Holiday (141.3 FP), Eric Bledsoe (119.6 FP), and Kemba Walker (109.8 FP) are all projected for fewer points than Booker but are starting in more leagues. Starting in 88% of leagues he is expected to produce 119.6 fantasy points (WK 17). It should be a very good week 17 as he is projected to be the #3 guard. His per game projected FP average is 37.5 which is better than his actual per game average (29.4). In addition to a solid projected FP average, he will benefit from playing 4 games.

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Bad Fantasy Values for Week 17

Kevin Durant
 GS 98% Start

If you are in a league that allows for substitutions during the week Kevin Durant is a bad value the rest of the week. He has a market rank of #2 while his projection (rest of week 16) rank is #9. instead of Durant consider these better options at lower start percentages: LaMarcus Aldridge (127.1 FP), Blake Griffin (120.3 FP), Paul George (121.7 FP), Julius Randle (120.4 FP), and Aaron Gordon (121.1 FP). Starting in 98% of leagues he is expected to produce 140.3 fantasy points (WK 17). Owners expect him to be the most productive forward of the week, but he is projected to be the #11 forward. In terms of total fantasy points he projected to come up 20.8 short of expectations. His per game projected FP average is 39.8 which is less than his actual per game average (45.3).

Donovan Mitchell
 UTA 91% Start

If you are in a league that allows substitutions during the week Donovan Mitchell is someone to keep in the lineup and he is a good value the rest of the week. He has a market rank of #15 while his projection rank for the rest of week 16 is #9. instead of Mitchell consider these better options at lower start percentages: Louis Williams (79 FP), Chris Paul (102.7 FP), Kyle Lowry (103.7 FP), Rajon Rondo (77.8 FP), and J.J. Redick (74.3 FP). Starting in 91% of leagues he is expected to produce 130.1 fantasy points (WK 17). At his start percentage, he is expected to be the #8 guard of the week, but he is projected to be the #44 guard. In terms of total fantasy points he projected to come up 60.1 short of expectations. In addition to being projected for fewer FP than normal, he is only playing in 2 games.

Nikola Jokic
 DEN 99% Start

His market rank based on start percentage among centers for the rest of week 16 is #5, which is less than his market rank of #1. When compared to other centers in week 17 these are 3 better options at lower start percentages: Nikola Vucevic (154.7 FP), Joel Embiid (137.5 FP), and Deandre Ayton (132.6 FP). Starting in all virtually all leagues he is expected to produce 154.7 fantasy points (WK 17). Owners expect him to be the most productive center of the week, but he is projected to be the #4 center. In terms of total fantasy points he projected to come up 30.1 short of expectations.

Kemba Walker
 CHA 97% Start

If you are in a league that allows for substitutions during the week Kemba Walker is a bad value the rest of the week. He has a market rank of #6 while his projection (rest of week 16) rank is #13. When compared to other guards in week 17 instead of Walker consider these better options at lower start percentages: Russell Westbrook (158.4 FP), Darren Collison (122 FP), Stephen Curry (116.8 FP), DeMar DeRozan (143.9 FP), and Eric Bledsoe (119.6 FP). Starting in 97% of leagues he is expected to produce 143.9 fantasy points (WK 17). At his start percentage, he is expected to be the #4 guard of the week, but he is projected to be the #16 guard. In terms of total fantasy points he projected to come up 34.1 short of expectations.

Blake Griffin
 DET 98% Start

His market rank based on start percentage among forwards for the rest of week 16 is #6, which is less than his market rank of #5. When compared to other forwards in week 17 these are 5 better options at lower start percentages: LaMarcus Aldridge (127.1 FP), Paul George (121.7 FP), Julius Randle (120.4 FP), Aaron Gordon (121.1 FP), and LeBron James (140.3 FP). Starting in 98% of leagues he is expected to produce 127.7 fantasy points (WK 17). At his start percentage, he is expected to be the #3 forward of the week, but he is projected to be the #10 forward.

Lower Start%B. Griffin WK 17Higher Start%
L. Aldridge (127 FP)120 FPK. Durant (120 FP)
P. George (122 FP)#3 Forward 
J. Randle (120 FP) 
 
A. Gordon (121 FP) 
 
L. James (140 FP)