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This week I’ll be looking at some of the best up and coming shooting guards in Fantasy Basketball.

I hate to disagree with Klay Thompson, but in my opinion, the best shooting guard in the NBA is James Harden. He’s the number one ranked shooting guard in my keeper league and the ninth rated player overall. Harden scores in bunches, is a high volume shooter, and actually does a better than expected job on the boards and distributing the ball (5.9 and 6.7 respectively). He’s also in the Top 20 in steals and free throw percentage.

Things aren’t as clear cut after Harden. Several guys can stake a claim as top tier, but my favorite of the bunch is Jimmy Butler. With Derrick Rose’s star on the decline, Butler has become the man in Chicago. His numbers don’t jump off the page, but he does just enough to be your best bet after Harden.

Klay Thompson comes in third on my list, and that’s more based on potential than what he’s done so far. Number-wise, Nicolas Batum fares better so far this year, but I do think Thompson has underperformed for much of this season. Luckily for owners, he’s shown a marked improvement over the last three weeks, and if the trend continues, he will definitely earn this spot.

The fourth shooting guard on my list has been plagued by injuries this season, but thanks to some positional flexibility (currently PG, SG, and SF in my league) and across the board statistical production, he makes a strong case for being in the top four. Tyreke Evans may not be the best scoring shooting guard in the league, but he may well be the most well-rounded. Evans is still feeling his way this season after being out with a knee injury, and I think he’ll continue to improve as the year proceeds.

Week 11 Fantasy Basketball Preview

TeamNumber of GamesSchedule FavorabilityMust StartConsider Sitting
Atlanta2 home
1 away
NeutralPaul Millsap, Al HorfordDennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Jeff Teague
Boston1 home
3 away
NeutralIsaiah ThomasEvan Turner, Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley
Brooklyn3 home
1 away
NeutralBrook LopezJarrett Jack, Thaddeus Young
Charlotte0 home
4 away
NeutralKemba Walker, Nicolas BatumAl Jefferson
Chicago2 home
1 away
UnfavorablePau Gasol, Jimmy ButlerDerrick Rose, Nikola Mirotic
Cleveland1 home
3 away
Highly FavorableLebron James, Kevin LoveMo Williams, Tristan Thompson
Dallas1 home
3 away
FavorableDirk Nowitzki, Deron WilliamsChandler Parsons, Deron Williams
Denver1 home
2 away
UnfavorableDanilo Gallinari, Will BartonEmmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried
Detroit2 home
1 away
UnfavorableAndre Drummond, Reggie JacksonMarcus Morris, Ersan Ilyasova
Golden State1 home
3 away
Highly FavorableStephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay ThompsonAndre Iguodala
Houston2 home
1 away
PoorJames Harden, Dwight HowardTy Lawson, Trevor Ariza
Indiana0 home
4 away
FavorablePaul GeorgeMonta Ellis, George Hill, Ian Mahinmi
Los Angeles Clippers2 home
1 away
NeutralBlake Griffin, Deandre Jordan, Chris PaulNone
Los Angeles Lakers3 home
1 away
UnfavorableJulius RandleKobe Bryant, Roy Hibbert
Memphis2 home
2 away
FavorableMarc Gasol, Mike ConleyZach Randolph
Miami2 home
2 away
UnfavorableHassan Whitehead, Chris BoshDwayne Wade, Goran Dragic
Milwaukee2 home
2 away
FavorableGreg Monroe, Khris Middleton, Giannis AntekokounmpoMichael Carter Williams, Jabri Parker
Minnesota3 home
1 away
FavorableKarl-Anthony Towns, Ricky Rubio Andre Wiggins
New Orleans2 home
1 away
UnfavorableAnthony Davis, Tyreke EvansEric Gordon, Ryan Anderson
New York1 home
3 away
PoorCarmelo Anthony, Kristaps PorzingisRobin Lopez
Oklahoma City2 home
2 away
Highly FavorableRussel Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge IbakaNone
Orlando2 home
2 away
NeutralNikola VucevicElfrid Payton, Tobias Harris, Victor Oladipo
Philadelphia4 home
0 away
FavorableJahlil Okafor, Nerlens NoelRobert Covington
Phoenix2 home
0 away
PoorBrandon KnightTyson Chandler, TJ Warren, Devin Booker
Portland4 home
0 away
FavorableDamian Lillard, CJ McCollumMason Plumlee
Sacramento2 home
2 away
FavorableDemarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Omri CaspiRudy Gay
San Antonio2 home
1 away
NeutralKawhi Leonard, LaMarcus AldridgeTony Parker, Tim Duncan
Toronto0 home
4 away
FavorableKyle Lowery, DeMar DeRozanJonas Valanciunas, Bismack Biyombo
Utah2 home
3 away
Highly FavorableDerrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Rodney HoodRudy Gobert
Washington2 home
1 away
UnfavorableJohn Wall, Otto PorterMarcin Gortat, Bradley Beal

Starts

Khris Middleton, SG, Milwaukee Bucks

Middleton has emerged as one of the Bucks’ go to scorers over the last few weeks. Over the last seven games, Middleton is shooting 57 percent and has become one of the best options at the position. His hot streak probably won’t last forever, but I’d continue to ride him with the Bucks’ favorable schedule in the upcoming week.

CJ McCollum, PG/ SG, Portland Trail Blazers

The only shooting guard who’s been playing better than Khris Middleton over the last two weeks is CJ MCCollum. Part of this is surely due to the absence of Damian Lillard, but I’d like to think McCollum is finally coming into his own as player. He’s proved he can not only score, but also rebound (5.5) and pass the ball (6.3). 

Will Barton, SG, Denver Nuggets

The entire Nuggets team has sort of flown under the radar for me this season. When Emmanuel Mudiay went down, I lost interest in following them. They seemed predictable and, frankly, boring.

Enter Will Barton. Barton has been playing out of his mind as of late, and looks poised to really have a nice career in Denver (not to mention giving fantasy owners a reason to pay attention again).

Sits

Victor Oladipo, PG/ SG, Orlando Magic

This one disappoints me. Though Oladipo isn’t on my team this year, I’ve always liked rooting for him, and frankly, believed him to be pretty much a sure thing in Fantasy Basketball terms.

However, Scott Skiles has not been good for Oladipo’s Fantasy production especially after he moved Oladipo to the bench. There have been some rumblings recently about getting Oladipo back in the starting line-up, but until that happens, I’d advise keeping him on the sidelines.

Robert Covington, SF, Philadelphia 76ers

Covington is another player who has recently been benched and has seen his Fantasy production go down.

Just a few short weeks ago, he looked poised to become a breakout candidate, but he’s been abysmal in recent games as his minutes have dropped. The situation in Philadelphia remains rather fluid, so I’d definitely stash him away for the future.  

 

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