Week 7 of the fantasy basketball season is in the books and there were many great individual performances this week that helped propel head-to-head league owners to wins. From the best in the game to some surprise fantasy contributors, here's a review of the top 10 fantasy players from Feb. 6 to Feb. 12*.
10*. PG Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Week 7 statistics*: 4 GP, .516 FG%, .852 FT%, 3 3PTM, 120 PTS, 24 REB, 21 AST, 10 ST, 1 BLK, 25 TO
Westbrook has played absolutely great over the past 10 games, scoring 28 or more points in seven of those games and averaging a ridiculous 2.8 steals a game over this stretch. He was first in field goals made, eighth in free throws made, first in points, and third in steals this week.
9. PF/C Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Week 7 statistics: 4 GP, .645 FG%, .937 FT%, 0 3PTM, 55 PTS, 45 REB, 10 AST, 3 ST, 2 BLK, 4 TO
With Derrick Rose and Luol Deng missing due to injury, Noah has flourished after his struggles last month by averaging 11.6 points and 10 rebounds a game in February. He was tied for sixth in rebounds this week.
8. PF/C LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
Week 7 statistics: 4 GP, .500 FG%, .950 FT%, 0 3PTM, 99 PTS, 30 REB, 10 AST, 5 ST, 4 BLK, 8 TO
Fortifying the Trail Blazers offense, Aldridge has seen an increase in shot attempts (19 a game in February) and has had two of his best scoring games this season against two of the top teams in the league (39 points against the Thunder on Feb. 6 and 33 points against the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 11). He was tied for sixth in field goals made and eighth in points this week.
7. SF Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Week 7 statistics: 4 GP, .483 FG%, .864 FT%, 7 3PTM, 112 PTS, 30 REB, 17 AST, 5 ST, 3 BLK, 13 TO
Known for his scoring, Durant had one of his lowest scoring outputs against the Utah Jazz on Feb. 10 (19 points) but has also recorded four double-doubles this month. He was tied for second in field goals made and third in points this week.
6. C Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
Week 7 statistics: 4 GP, .471 FG%, .818 FT%, 0 3PTM, 66 PTS, 33 REB, 11 AST, 6 ST, 10 BLK, 4 TO
Aside from serving as a reliable scorer and rebounder, Gasol has currently recorded a steal in seven of the last eight games and has recorded a block in 10 straight games. He was third in blocks this week.
5. PF/C Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
Week 7 statistics: 4 GP, .552 FG%, .818 FT%, 0 3PTM, 41 PTS, 39 REB, 3 AST, 2 ST, 16 BLK, 4 TO
The third Thunder player on this list, Ibaka had an incredible 10-block performance, the second of the month, against the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 9. He was tied for eleventh in rebounds and first in blocks this week.
4. PF/C Channing Frye, Phoenix Suns
Week 7 statistics: 4 GP, .491 FG%, 1.000 FT%, 12 3PTM, 71 PTS, 24 REB, 5 AST, 3 ST, 7 BLK, 4 TO
After one of the most disappointing fantasy starts for a player this season, Frye has found his groove providing a great source of points, 3-pointers, rebounds, and blocks this month. He was tied for third in 3-pointers made and tied for seventh in blocks this week.
3. SF/PF Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks
Week 7 statistics: 4 GP, .476 FG%, .722 FT%, 4 3PTM, 77 PTS, 43 REB, 18 AST, 7 ST, 8 BLK, 10 TO
Putting up All-Star numbers throughout the season, Smith provided great all-around numbers this week and led the Hawks to some big wins this week over the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic with exceptional games. He was tied for sixteenth in field goals made, eight in rebounds, and sixth in blocks this week.
2. PG Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Week 7 statistics: 4 GP, .476 FG%, 1.000 FT%, 3 3PTM, 87 PTS, 19 REB, 38 AST, 8 ST, 0 BLK, 7 TO
An elite player playing to his top-notch abilities, Paul has thrived offensively despite the absence of Chauncey Billups, as he has averaged 23.1 points over his last seven games. He was tied for sixteenth in field goals made, tied for sixth in free throws made, tied for eleventh in points, tied for fifth in assists, and tied for seventh in steals this week.
1. PG/SG Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Week 7 statistics: 4 GP, .575 FG%, 1.000 FT%, 0 3PTM, 106 PTS, 14 REB, 16 AST, 7 ST, 5 BLK, 10 TO
The best fantasy player of Week 7, Wade has been a scoring machine since returning from injury, scoring at least 20 points in nine of his last 10 starts. He was fourth in field goals made, tied for ninth in free throws made, and tied for fifth in points this week.
Honorable mentions (ranked 11-15 in order): Milwaukee Bucks SG/SF Mike Dunleavy, Orlando Magic SG/SF Jason Richardson, Golden State Warriors PG Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors PG/SG Monta Ellis, New York Knicks SF/PF Steve Novak
*Rankings according to Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball rankings in default scoring leagues. Statistics gathered from games on Monday, Feb. 6 to Sunday, Feb. 12. GP: Games Played, FG%: Field Goal Percentage, FT%: Free Throw Percentage, 3PTM: 3-Pointers Made, PTS: Points, REB: Rebounds, AST: Assists, ST: Steals, BLK: Blocks, TO: Turnovers.
Russell Westbrook Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Joakim Noah Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
LaMarcus Aldridge Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Kevin Durant Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Marc Gasol Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Serge Ibaka Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Chris Paul News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Dwyane Wade Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Who's Hot, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball
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Austin Chang is a lifelong basketball fan, Golden State Warriors supporter, and fantasy basketball player since 2005 who has been a Top 3 finisher in 72% of the leagues he has played in. Follow this contributor on Twitter @_austinchang.