Preseason Fantasy Takes Revisited

Preseason Fantasy Takes Revisited

We're more than three weeks into the season, so what better time than now to revisit my preseason takes? Some of these were published on Yahoo and RotoWire, while others I kept to myself. Either way, the results have been definitively… all over the board. 

Let's jump in.

The take: LeBron James, James Harden, and Kawhi Leonard are cross-offs for MVP

My thinking here was that James and Leonard would take themselves out of the race via a combination of missed games and in-game coasting. For Harden, it was all about perception. He hasn't exactly been a media darling for most of his career, and at the time I wrote this take, he was in the early stages of forcing his way out of Houston. Even if Harden remained with the Rockets and put up his usual, historically elite numbers, it felt like the public had turned on him to the point that he couldn't win the award. 

Suffice it to say I feel pretty good about that part of the prediction. No only did Harden eventually force his way out of Houston, but he did it about as abrasively as possible. Whatever lingering cache Harden may have held with fans or the media has been completely erased.

As far as Leonard and James go, they're very much in the MVP race, so on the whole this prediction is not looking great. With the Lakers jumping out to the league's best record and James playing in every game

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