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Fantasy Basketball Forecaster: January 11th - 17th

A perfect week for Karl-Anthony Towns to be making his way back.

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  • Welcome to my weekly Fantasy Basketball Forecaster! In here you’ll find:
  • Top 3 waiver wire adds (among all players under 50% rostered ESPN)
  • Leaders in each stat category over the last week
  • Each team’s schedule ranking, based on opponent’s points allowed, where the #1 ranked team plays teams allowing the most points so far this season

Top 3 Waiver Wire Adds

  1. Nicolas Batum (39% rostered) — As you would expect from a veteran like himself, Batum brings a little bit of everything to your fantasy team. This past week he averaged 13 PPG/5.5 RPG/3.0 APG/2.5 StPG on 30 minutes. He’s been very reliable in the Clippers’ starting lineup.
  2. Bobby Portis (33% rostered) — Portis almost averaged a double-double this last week, posting 11.3/9.3/2.0/1.5 over the last seven days. He did record double digit points and boards in two of his last three games. Great source of points and boards still on waivers.
  3. Cole Anthony (20% rostered) — With Markelle Fultz out for the season, Anthony is now starting for the Magic and in his first two starts he averaged 11.5 points, 3.0 assists, and a steal on 30 minutes. Not eye-popping numbers, but a young starting guard isn’t a bad player to stash.

Stat Leaders (Last 7 Days)

Player % Rostered PPG RPG APG SPG BPG
Player % Rostered PPG RPG APG SPG BPG
Bradley Beal 99% 50.5 - - - -
Kevin Durant 99% 36.0 - - - -
Giannis Antetokounmpo 100% 34.3 - - - -
Zach LaVine 99% 33.3 - - - -
Jayson Tatum 99% 33.0 - - - -
Andre Drummond 99% - 16.8 - - -
Domantas Sabonis 99% - 15.0 - - -
Tony Bradley 0% - 15.0 - - -
Clint Capela 88% - 14.7 - - -
Deandre Ayton 98% - 14.0 - - -
Luka Doncic 100% - - 11.3 - -
James Harden 100% - - 11.0 - -
Russell Westbrook 99% - - 10.0 - -
Trae Young 99% - - 9.0 - -
Chris Paul 98% - - 9.0 - -
Kyrie Irving 99% - - - 3.0 -
T.J. McConnell 1% - - - 3.0 -
Larry Nance Jr. 81% - - - 2.5 -
Jrue Holiday 99% - - - 2.3 -
Mitchell Robinson 89% - - - 2.3 -
Myles Turner 92% - - - - 5.0
Rudy Gobert 99% - - - - 3.8
Anthony Davis 100% - - - - 3.0
Karl-Anthony Towns 99% - - - - 3.0
Chris Boucher 51% - - - - 3.0

Strength of Schedule

Karl-Anthony Towns making his way back this week is great news for Timberwolves fans and fantasy managers as the T-wolves have the easiest schedule this week just playing the Grizzlies twice. Meanwhile, tough sailing ahead for Bradley Beal and his Wizards as they play the Suns, Jazz, Pistons, and Cavaliers.