NBA Fantasy Basketball: Week One Observations

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer INovember 2, 2009

DENVER - OCTOBER 28:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets dribbles the ball upcourt against the Utah Jazz during NBA action at Pepsi Center on October 28, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Jazz 114-105.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Here are five things worth noting in week one.


1) Carmelo Anthony Is Playing Like the MVP

Melo leads the NBA in scoring with 37.7 points per game and has scored at least 40 points in two straight games. He also has attempted 41 free throws and is averaging seven rebounds per game. The Nuggets are 3-0 including wins over Utah and Portland. If he continues this all season, he moves into the first round next season.


2) Gilbert Arenas Is Back

Arenas had a season high 31 points vs. the Nets on Halloween. He also shot 69 percent from the field and attempted 12 free throws. In three games this season he is averaging 28 points, 6.7 asssists, 2.3 threes and one steal per game. He was drafted in the late second to early third in most drafts which looks like a steal now.


3) Trevor Ariza and Aaron Brooks Are Fantasy Gold

Ariza scored a season high 33 points last Saturday and has made 11 three-pointers in three games. He is averaging 23.3 points and 1.7 steals in 38 minutes per game. Brooks is averaging 21.7 points, 8.3 assists, 2.3 threes and 1.3 steals per game over 39 minutes.

Both these players should see big minutes all season which will only help their stats. More importantly both players are shooting well from the field so far.


4) Brandon Jennings Is Already Becoming an Elite Fantasy PG

Based on his first two games it seems hard to believe the Knicks drafted Jordan Hill over him. Jennings first game almost resulted in a triple double with 19 points, nine assists and nine rebounds. He followed that game with 24 points, three three-pointers and three steals.


5) Chris Paul Is Making the Case Again Why He Goes Before Lebron James 

James is having a strong start to the season but Paul has stepped up his game. CP3 is averaging 26 points and 1.7 threes per game which would be career highs. His assists and steals are down but he is shooting 65 percent from the field.


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Devin Harris already out at least a week; Pau Gasol has missed three games already; Chris Bosh is second in scoring and rebounding; Steve Nash is leading the NBA with 14 assists per game.

Channing Frye is averaging 19.7 points per game; Greg Oden leads the league with 2.75 blocks per game; Boston and Miami are a combined 7-0; Nets, Clippers, and Kings all did not have a win.