2017 Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner: Week 1 Cover Image
2017 Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner: Week 1
Steve Pimental
Kyle Kuzma Headshot

Kuzma recorded 20 points (10-16 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 101 FT), six rebounds, two assists and a steal across 30 minutes in Sunday's 119-112 loss to the Pelicans.

While most of the hoopla surrounding the young Lakers centers around rookie Lonzo Ball, the Los Angeles press has been giving Kuzma so much buzz it's almost overshadowing Ball's arrival. A sharp increase in views on several fantasy platforms and a rise in media attention has given Kuzma 'ultimate sleeper status, which is an odd reaction when you consider the small sample size, but there's no question - the guy is good, and he's going to earn more minutes. Brandon Ingram and Larry Nance stand to lose the most if this comes to pass, not to mention Julius Randle, who has been coming off the bench due to a rib injury. If you have room on your roster, stash him, but it's really too soon to tell if all the hype is worth an investment.
4:00 am (EST)
Jordan Clarkson Headshot

Clarkson posted 24 points (10-18 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and five assists across 25 minutes in Sunday's 119-112 loss to the Pelicans.

Clarkson continues to contribute from the bench and often found himself playing the wing on Sunday as opposed to his normal home in the 2 slot. This resulted in a standout evening for Clarkson, mirroring his last game of the season in 2016 where he put up 25 against the Rockets. Coach Luke Walton appears happy with Clarkson excelling in his reserve role as his new-look lineup evolves. HIs consistent production in a reserve role makes him a good bargain in DFS as a budget scoring option,
3:14 am (EST)
Jrue Holiday Headshot

Holiday posted 14 points (6-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, five rebounds and four steals across 38 minutes in Sunday's 119-112 win over the Lakers.

Holiday looked far better than he did in his first two outings, although he's definitely struggling from three-point range, converting on only 16.6 percent of his shots from the beyond the arc over three games. Success at point guard is crucial for the Pelicans, as they need an efficient distributor to get the ball inside to Anthony David and DeMarcus Cousins. The team has expressed complete faith in Holiday, but it appears he still needs to work on moving the ball around and generating points of his own to really get the team humming on all cylinders.
3:02 am (EST)
DeMarcus Cousins Headshot

Cousins tallied 22 points (8-17 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 5-8 FT), 11 rebounds, eight assists and two blocks in Sunday's 119-112 win over the Lakers.

Both Cousins and Anthony Davis fared well in this win despite committing nine turnovers between the two of them, with Cousins coughing up six balls on the night. With both big men putting up big numbers and also posting a W, the pairing that seemed to sputter last season may be showing signs of progress in realizing their explosive potential. So far, the bigger production has been falling to Davis, but both players are fantasy studs that must be played every time they take the floor, and even stacked in DFS if they have a favorable matchup.
2:52 am (EST)
Anthony Davis Headshot

Davis posted 37 points (8-18 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 8-10 FT), 17 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocked shots across 46 minutes in Sunday's 1180112 win over the Lakers.

Davis continues to reward fantasy owners who ignored his tendency for injury with gigantic stat lines. Slowly but surely Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are learning to work together, and this first win shows a glimmer of hope for the Pelicans. They showed mettle after going on an 11-0 run after the Lakers surged within striking distance. Their ability to hold their lead is a good portent of future success, which they'll try to continue against Portland on Tuesday. With a day of rest, Davis should be ready to go with no limitations.
2:43 am (EST)
Steven Adams Headshot

Adams posted 17 points (8-12 FG, 1-1 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocked shots across 34 minutes in Sunday's 115-113 loss to the Timberwolves.

Over the past three games, Adams has quietly placed himself fifth in the league in field goal percentage and ninth in the league in total blocked shots. His huge stat lines are quite remarkable when you consider the influx of talent surrounding him, but Adams could very well emerge as one of the league's best fantasy values at center. If you're looking for depth, Adams may still be around in shallower leagues and should be a bargain in DFS moving forward.
1:43 am (EST)
Russell Westbrook Headshot

Westbrook registered 31 points (12-24 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds and one blocked shot across 36 minutes in Sunday's 115-113 loss to the Timberwolves

After Westbrook's 2016-17 campaign, anything short of a triple-double might be viewed as a down night by last year's NBA MVP. When you consider the upgrade in personnel alongside him in the form of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, a slight downtick in production might make a little more sense, but not enough to make the All-Star shed the moniker of NBA Fantasy's best asset. On a light rebounding night, Westbrook looked sharp from long range, drilling 62 percent of his three-point attempts and sported an overall 50.percent from the floor. The Thunder will get two full days of rest before meeting the Pacers on Wednesday, so expect Westbrook to have his full complement of minutes as usual.
1:31 am (EST)
Gorgui Dieng Headshot

Dieng scored seven points with three rebounds in 12 minutes in Sunday's win at Oklahoma City.

Dieng is averaging just 14 minutes and 3.7 rebounds per game off the bench through Minnesota's first three games. It looks like he's going to have a much reduced role from last season unless there's an injury in the starting front court.
12:49 am (EST)
Jeff Teague Headshot

Teague scored 19 points with nine assists and six rebounds in 39 minutes in Sunday's win at Oklahoma City. "Jeff was terrific,'" Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "That's the Jeff we're all expecting. Great speed, super aggressive. He was attacking.''

Teague underwhelmed in his first two games with Minnesota (10.5 ppg and 5.0 apg) and was even benched late in the first game. However, the Minnesota offense looked much more in sync on Sunday and Teague had his best game as a Timberwolf.
12:45 am (EST)
Taj Gibson Headshot

Gibson posted 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt), 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal across 33 minutes in Sunday's 115-113 win over the Thunder.

Gibson has successfully slid into Minnesota's starting five after coming to the Timberwolves after a brief stint with the Thunder, although he had spent his entire career in Chicago prior to the Thunder trade. With no real companion for Karl-Anthony Towns in the frontcourt, Gibson will have ample opportunity to be fantasy-relevant. He's just on the cusp of that currently, as a slight increase in his current averages of 7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game could make a huge difference in his viability.
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