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Six weeks down, and before we get into the Week 7 Fantasy Basketball Preview, I thought it was time for some early season Fantasy Awards.

MVP- can there even be a debate? Stephen Curry is not only the best player in the NBA, he’s also the clear cut Fantasy MVP so far. His stats are ridiculously good, and I won’t even attempt to break them down (Benjamin Morris already has), but suffice to say, if he’s on your team and you have anything else to put around him, you’re having a successful season.

Best Rookie- Karl-Anthony Towns. I love Porzingis, but Towns is so damned efficient. Watching him play reminds me of watching a young Tim Duncan. He’s smooth, athletic enough, and very smart. And did I mention efficient?

Most Improved- Andre Drummond. If it wasn’t for Stephen Curry’s dominance, a case might be made for Andre Drummond as MVP. He’s a rebounding God. And his offensive game is slowly coming along, and he’s blocking more shots. Just don’t expect him to make any free throws. It ain’t happening.

Biggest disappointment- Nerlens Noel. This was supposed to be his breakout year. He was going to be a defensive stud and score and rebound enough to be a fantasy difference maker. Unfortunately, Noel is averaging less than a block a game is just doesn’t do enough scoring and rebounding to merit a starting job on most teams.

Week 7 Fantasy Basketball Preview

TeamNumber of GamesSchedule FavorabilityMust StartConsider Sitting
Atlanta1 home
2 away
NeutralPaul Millsap, Al Horford Dennis Schroder, Jeff Teague
Boston2 home
2 away
NeutralJared Sullinger, Avery BradleyEvan Turner, Isaiah Thomas
Brooklyn3 home
0 away
UnfavorableBrook LopezThaddeus Young
Charlotte3 home
1 away
UnfavorableKemba WalkerAl Jefferson, Nicolas Batum
Chicago3 home
1 away
FavorablePau Gasol, Jimmy ButlerDerrick Rose, Nikola Mirotic
Cleveland2 home
1 away
UnfavorableLebron James, Kevin LoveMo Williams, Tristan Thompson
Dallas2 home
1 away
NeutralDirk Nowitzki, Deron WilliamsChandler Parsons
Denver2 home
0 away
PoorNoneDanilo Gallinari, Emmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried
Detroit2 home
2 away
FavorableAndre Drummond, Reggie JacksonMarcus Morris, Ersan Ilyasova
Golden State0 home
3 away
FavorableStephen Curry, Draymond GreenAndre Iguodala, Klay Thompson
Houston2 home
1 away
NeutralJames Harden, Dwight HowardTrevor Ariza, Ty Lawson
Indiana2 home
1 away
PoorPaul GeorgeMonta Ellis, George Hill
Los Angeles Clippers0 home
4 away
Highly FavorableBlake Griffin, Deandre Jordan, Chris PaulNone
Los Angeles Lakers0 home
4 away
NeutralNoneJulius Randle, Kobe Bryant
Memphis2 home
2 away
FavorableMarc Gasol, Mike ConleyZach Randolph
Miami2 home
2 away
UnfavorableHassan Whitehead, Chris BoshDwayne Wade, Goran Dragic
Milwaukee3 home
1 away
FavorableGreg Monroe, Giannis AntekokounmpoMichael Carter Williams, Jabri Parker
Minnesota2 home
2 away
FavorableKarl-Anthony Towns, Andrew WigginsRicky Rubio
New Orleans2 home
1 away
PoorAnthony Davis, Tyreke EvansEric Gordon, Ryan Anderson
New York1 home
3 away
NeutralCarmelo Anthony, Kristaps PorzingisRobin Lopez
Oklahoma City2 home
2 away
Highly FavorableRussel Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge IbakaNone
Orlando1 home
2 away
UnfavorableVictor Oladipo, Tobias HarrisNikola Vucevic, Elfrid Payton
Philadelphia2 home
2 away
NeutralJahlil Okafor, Robert CovingtonNerlens Noel
Phoenix2 home
2 away
FavorableEric Bledsoe, Brandon KnightTyson Chandler, TJ Warren
Portland2 home
2 away
FavorableDamian LillardCJ McCollum, Mason Plumlee
Sacramento2 home
0 away
PoorDemarcus Cousins, Rajon RondoRudy Gay
San Antonio1 home
3 away
Highly FavorableKawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim DuncanTony Parker
Toronto4 home
0 away
FavorableKyle Lowery, Jonas ValanciunasDeMar DeRozan
Utah2 home
2 away
FavorableDerrick FavorsGordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert
Washington1 home
3 away
FavorableJohn Wall, Bradley BealMarcin Gortat, Otto Porter

Starts

Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors

The past seven games have been good for Lowry. Other than Stephen Curry, he’s been arguably the best point guard in the NBA.

He’s a guy that can sometimes fly under the radar, as he’s not particularly flashy and he plays in Toronto, but lately, he’s been playing out of his mind. Start him in all formats.

Robert Covington, SF, Philadelphia 76ers

You knew it was going to happen sooner or later. The Sixers, being a veritable black hole as far as talent goes (with the notable exception of Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel), were bound to launch somebody into fantasy prominence.

It looks like that somebody is Robert Covington. It’s still early, but he doesn’t look like he is going away. Over the last ten games, Covington has been the seventh best small forward in my keeper league (ahead of such luminaries as Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay, and Gordon Hayward).

Kristaps Porzingis, PF, New York Knicks

The future is here now. Over the last few weeks, Porzingis has played like a fantasy stud and a potential rookie of the year candidate. At 7’3, Porzingis can do it all, ­block shots, rebound, and score. He shoots it well too (48% from three over the last three weeks) and is getting plenty of minutes. He’s the real deal.

Sits

Kenneth Faried, PF, Denver Nuggets

Faried is really struggling. Over the last three weeks, he’s only getting about 24 minutes a game, and honestly, I’m not sure he’s earning that.

For the year, he’s only averaging eight boards and 12 points, but over the last three weeks, those numbers drop to seven and 11 respectively.

Will he get his mojo back? Hard to say, but one thing is sure, he’s going to have to get some minutes first. Until that changes, I’d keep him stashed away on the bench.

Chris Paul, PG, Los Angeles Clippers

With his injury problems this season, it might be time to consider showing Paul the bench for at least the short term. Even when he’s played, he hasn’t been his usual dominant self. With so many good point guards in the league right now, you’re bound to find one putting up better numbers than CP.

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