NBA Fantasy Weekend Leaders
This was an exciting weekend in the Fantasy NBA world. A couple of NBA players hit fantasy numbers that we have not seen the likes of this season. When a heavy hitter like that generates such huge numbers, it is essential to have that pick or you are immediately out of contention in your NBA Daily Fantasy Tournament. Sometimes its just luck, but keep in mind, even though a player has not been hitting huge numbers recently, if he is the key man on a team, he always has potential to generate some big fantasy value.
Damian Lillard started things off on Friday with a huge game that led to a big win over the Warriors. He was hot from the outside shooting 9 for 12 from the three point line, racking up a total of 51 game points. He added on to that 7 assists and 6 steals for a total of 52 fantasy points, a rare occurrence of a player breaking that 50 point barrier.
However, he was not the only one to put up big numbers on Friday. Demarcus Cousins put up 49 fantasy points of his own as the Kings won against the Nuggets. While Lillard generated his value with threes, Cousins did so in the paint putting up 37 points with 20 rebounds for a huge double double.
Russell Westbrook provided similar value, but in a different way than each of the other two. He only scored 23 game points but he matched that with 18 assists on his way to a total of 42 fantasy points. If you just happened to put these three players in the same lineup, chances are you were in the money no matter who you picked at the rest of your positions.
For the rest of thew weekend only one player was able to exceed that 40 point barrier on each day. On Saturday that player was Hassan Whiteside for a big win for the Heat over the Wizards. Whiteside had a similar game to Cousins the day before. He had a big double double with points and rebounds putting up 25 game points and 23 rebounds. All in all he had 42.5 fantasy points.
But the real show happened on Sunday as Anthony Davis racked up the largest fantasy point total of any player so far this season and became the first player to break the 60 fantasy point barrier. He was 24 for 34 from inside the arch putting up a total of 59 game points out of his teams total 111 points for the day. Additionally, he had 4 assists and 20 rebounds for his groundbreaking total of 66.5 fantasy points. The next closest from this season was Draymond Green when he put up 56.5 fantasy points with a triple double on January 2nd.
| PlayerName | Points | Assists | Rebounds | Steals | FantasyPoints |
| Anthony Davis | 59 | 4 | 20 | 0 | 66.5 |
| Damian Lillard | 51 | 7 | 0 | 6 | 52 |
| DeMarcus Cousins | 37 | 2 | 20 | 1 | 49 |
| Hassan Whiteside | 25 | 0 | 23 | 0 | 42.5 |
| Russell Westbrook | 23 | 18 | 3 | 2 | 42 |