NBA Fantasy – Top 5 surprising performers so far this season; Hassan Whiteside, Mike Conley lead the pack

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Forget about their teams’ win-loss records, the important thing is their fantasy value in this NBA season and how they help you in your NBA fantasy leagues.

Here are the Top 10 Fantasy Players so far in 2016-2017; If you got them in your line-up, it’s highly probable that you are dominating—or at least very competitive in your NBA fantasy league this year.

(All Rankings using Yahoo Sports’ fantasy grades, on full 20-team leagues)

5. Otto Porter (Washington Wizards)

Otto Porter had good value in the preseason as a late third rounder or early fourth rounder. But so far, he is ranked as a late first-rounder!

Porter’s averages: 14.5 points, 8.2 rebounds (2.7 on the offensive glass) and 1.7 steals per game. He shoots at an even 50% from the field overall and even makes 1.3 treys per outing.

4. Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies)

Conley signed one of the richest contracts in the NBA this 2016 offseason. He’s proving that he’s worth the max contract so far. The Grizzlies court general is averaging 19.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

What is surprising though is that he’s making 2.3 made three-pointers per game.

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3. C.J. McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)

McCollum averages 22.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Those assists numbers rival some of the starting point guards in the league so that’s a bonus stat for anyone who got McCollum (Likely dishing to backcourt mate Damian Lillard).

McCollum also shoots very well overall (48.3 per cent field goals) and from behind the arc (45.9 per cent from three), so that’s across the board numbers right there.

2. Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)

By most mock drafts, Walker had early second round value but is ranked just outside the Top 10 so far this year. Walker has averages of 24.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

But what makes his value so high so far is his nearly 3 made three-pointers per game. And doing it at a 41.3 per cent clip too!

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1. Hassan Whiteside (Miami Heat)

Whiteside had a first round fantasy value entering the season but not in the Top 10. His current ranking has him at No. 3 overall thanks to averages of 18.8 points, 15.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots per game.

He shoots 55.2 per cent from the field so you can ignore his 58.3 per cent clip from the free throw line.

Photo Courtesy: Sean Davis/Wikimedia Commons

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