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
|Team||Number of Games||Schedule Favorability||Must Start||Consider Sitting|
|Neutral||Paul Millsap, Al Horford||Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Jeff Teague|
|Neutral||Isaiah Thomas||Evan Turner, Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley|
|Neutral||Brook Lopez||Jarrett Jack, Thaddeus Young|
|Neutral||Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum||Al Jefferson|
|Unfavorable||Pau Gasol, Jimmy Butler||Derrick Rose, Nikola Mirotic|
|Highly Favorable||Lebron James, Kevin Love||Mo Williams, Tristan Thompson|
|Favorable||Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams||Chandler Parsons, Deron Williams|
|Unfavorable||Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton||Emmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried|
|Unfavorable||Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson||Marcus Morris, Ersan Ilyasova|
|Golden State||1 home|
|Highly Favorable||Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson||Andre Iguodala|
|Poor||James Harden, Dwight Howard||Ty Lawson, Trevor Ariza|
|Favorable||Paul George||Monta Ellis, George Hill, Ian Mahinmi|
|Los Angeles Clippers||2 home|
|Neutral||Blake Griffin, Deandre Jordan, Chris Paul||None|
|Los Angeles Lakers||3 home|
|Unfavorable||Julius Randle||Kobe Bryant, Roy Hibbert|
|Favorable||Marc Gasol, Mike Conley||Zach Randolph|
|Unfavorable||Hassan Whitehead, Chris Bosh||Dwayne Wade, Goran Dragic|
|Favorable||Greg Monroe, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antekokounmpo||Michael Carter Williams, Jabri Parker|
|Favorable||Karl-Anthony Towns, Ricky Rubio||Andre Wiggins|
|New Orleans||2 home|
|Unfavorable||Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans||Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson|
|New York||1 home|
|Poor||Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis||Robin Lopez|
|Oklahoma City||2 home|
|Highly Favorable||Russel Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka||None|
|Neutral||Nikola Vucevic||Elfrid Payton, Tobias Harris, Victor Oladipo|
|Favorable||Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel||Robert Covington|
|Poor||Brandon Knight||Tyson Chandler, TJ Warren, Devin Booker|
|Favorable||Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum||Mason Plumlee|
|Favorable||Demarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Omri Caspi||Rudy Gay|
|San Antonio||2 home|
|Neutral||Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge||Tony Parker, Tim Duncan|
|Favorable||Kyle Lowery, DeMar DeRozan||Jonas Valanciunas, Bismack Biyombo|
|Highly Favorable||Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood||Rudy Gobert|
|Unfavorable||John Wall, Otto Porter||Marcin Gortat, Bradley Beal|
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
Will Barton’s Rise More Than Circumstance https://t.co/tHFKpTBdgv
— Will Barton Daily (@WillBartonDaily) December 26, 2015
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).
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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