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. We reviewed the season to identify players who have high boom rates and high bust rates. 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. Conversely, a bust week is one where a player's rank is numerically 50% higher than their normal weekly rank.

Joel Embiid had a weekly average center rank of #8 but he also had the highest rate of finishing significantly better than that. He had 10 weeks out of 23 where he delivered a big performance. Another player with a high boom rate is Stephen Curry who leads the guard position. Josh Jackson 'leads' his position in bust rate. In his 25 weeks, 10 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)