Traditionally, the shooting guard position has been one of the weakest in Fantasy Basketball. This year is no exception, which makes the guys who do perform well at the position even more valuable. This is why a guy like James Harden is more valuable than his numbers show.
Not that the numbers aren’t pretty darn good. Harden is a high volume shooter with range and the ability to get to the basket (and the foul line). He’s averaging over 28 points, six boards, and six assists a game
Those numbers are good enough to get him into the top ten of most leagues, but I would argue he’s top five, or even better, simply because he’s a shooting guard. For comparison, the next best shooting guard in my keeper league is Jimmy Butler, who places 24th best overall (compared to Harden’s 7th).
After Butler, there’s Klay Thompson, but his overall rank is only 39th, which again speaks to Harden’s value. The other thing Harden has going for him is I just don’t see anyone else coming up that will be able to produce like him from the shooting guard spot. He should be the top two guard, and by extension one of the top five overall fantasy guys for many years to come.
Check out the must starts and sits below.
Week 19 Fantasy Basketball Preview
|Team||Number of Games||Schedule Favorability||Must Start||Consider Sitting|
|Favorable||Paul Millsap, Al Horford, Jeff Teague||Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore|
|Unfavorable||Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder||Evan Turner, Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley|
|Unfavorable||Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young||Jarrett Jack|
|Favorable||Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams||Al Jefferson|
|Neutral||Pau Gasol, Jimmy Butler||Derrick Rose, Nikola Mirotic|
|Favorable||Lebron James, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Kyrie Irving||Mo Williams, J.R. Smith,|
|Neutral||Chandler Parsons, Dirk Nowitzki||Deron Williams|
|Favorable||Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic, Emmanuel Mudiay||Kenneth Faried, Will Barton|
|Poor||Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Tobias Harris||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Stanley Johnson|
|Golden State||4 home|
|Highly Favorable||Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson||Andre Iguodala|
|Neutral||James Harden, Dwight Howard||Ty Lawson, Trevor Ariza|
|Unfavorable||Paul George||Monta Ellis, George Hill, Ian Mahinmi, Myles Turner|
|Los Angeles Clippers||2 home|
|Favorable||Deandre Jordan, Chris Paul||Blake Griffin|
|Los Angeles Lakers||3 home|
|Neutral||Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell||Roy Hibbert, Kobe Bryant|
|Neutral||Marc Gasol, Mike Conley||Zach Randolph|
|Unfavorable||Hassan Whitehead, Dwyane Wade||Goran Dragic, Chris Bosh|
|Highly Favorable||Greg Monroe, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antekokounmpo, Jabari Parker||Michael Carter Williams|
|Poor||Karl-Anthony Towns||Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio, Gorgui Dieng|
|New Orleans||1 home|
|Favorable||Anthony Davis||Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson|
|New York||0 home|
|Neutral||Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis||Robin Lopez|
|Oklahoma City||2 home|
|Favorable||Russel Westbrook, Kevin Durant||Serge Ibaka|
|Favorable||Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic||Elfrid Payton|
|Neutral||Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel||Robert Covington|
|Unfavorable||Devin Booker, Alex Len||Tyson Chandler, TJ Warren, Brandon Knight|
|Neutral||Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum||Mason Plumlee|
|Favorable||Demarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay||Omri Casspi|
|San Antonio||2 home|
|Highly Favorable||Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge||Tony Parker, Tim Duncan|
|Favorable||Kyle Lowery, DeMar DeRozan||Jonas Valanciunas, Bismack Biyombo|
|Favorable||Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors||Rodney Hood, Gordon Hayward|
|Favorable||John Wall, Otto Porter||Marcin Gortat, Bradley Beal, Markieff Morris|
Jabari Parker, PF, Milwaukee Bucks
I’ve been waiting on Parker to emerge for a while, but I think his time has finally come.
Milwaukee has moved Monroe to the bench in order to run more, and the results have been amazing for Parker. Over the last two weeks, he’s averaging 20 points a game on over 50 percent shooting. Add eight rebounds a game during that stretch, and you’ve got a must start player going forward (at last).
Aaron Gordon, PF, Orlando Magic
Speaking of young big men who’ve suddenly made the leap, it’s impossible to ignore what Aaron Gordon has been doing in Orlando as of late.
Since the Tobias Harris trade, Gordon has been been extremely productive, posting nearly a double double over the last fourteen days (12 points, 9 rebounds). He’s young and athletic, and I look for him to finish the year strong.
Jae Crowder, SF, Boston Celtics
— Paul Ian Espiritu (@EspiriTruth) February 28, 2016
Crowder is slowly making a name for himself in Boston. After being known as mostly a defensive specialist in Dallas, he’s emerged as a go to guy on the offensive end for the Celtics.
Over the past 21 games, Crowder is shooting 52 percent from the field and averaging nearly 17 a game. He’s also averaging over a steal and nearly six boards a game.
They’re not superstar stats, but they’re definitely good enough to give him a long look depending on what else you have going on at small forward.
Gordon Hayward, SF, Utah Jazz
I like Hayward, but he’s often a marginal start at best, and considering the Jazz’s poor schedule this week, it’s probably a good time to put him on the bench. With four games on the road, versus tough opponents, he’s a sit this week.
Myles Turner, PF, Indiana Pacers
Much as it pains me to say (because I’m a huge Turner fan), this is probably a good week to sit Myles. Road games are hard on all players, but particularly 19 year old rookies. The Pacers have four of them this week, and none of them are easy. Turner will shine again this season, just not this week.
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