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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

TeamNumber of GamesSchedule FavorabilityMust StartConsider Sitting
Atlanta3 home
1 away
FavorablePaul Millsap, Al Horford, Jeff TeagueDennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore
Boston2 home
0 away
UnfavorableIsaiah Thomas, Jae CrowderEvan Turner, Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley
Brooklyn1 home
2 away
UnfavorableBrook Lopez, Thaddeus YoungJarrett Jack
Charlotte4 home
0 away
FavorableKemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Marvin WilliamsAl Jefferson
Chicago2 home
1 away
NeutralPau Gasol, Jimmy ButlerDerrick Rose, Nikola Mirotic
Cleveland1 home
3 away
FavorableLebron James, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Kyrie IrvingMo Williams, J.R. Smith,
Dallas3 home
0 away
NeutralChandler Parsons, Dirk Nowitzki Deron Williams
Denver3 home
0 away
FavorableDanilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic, Emmanuel MudiayKenneth Faried, Will Barton
Detroit0 home
3 away
PoorAndre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Tobias HarrisKentavious Caldwell-Pope, Stanley Johnson
Golden State4 home
0 away
Highly FavorableStephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay ThompsonAndre Iguodala
Houston0 home
3 away
NeutralJames Harden, Dwight HowardTy Lawson, Trevor Ariza
Indiana1 home
2 away
UnfavorablePaul GeorgeMonta Ellis, George Hill, Ian Mahinmi, Myles Turner
Los Angeles Clippers2 home
2 away
FavorableDeandre Jordan, Chris PaulBlake Griffin
Los Angeles Lakers3 home
0 away
NeutralJulius Randle, D'Angelo RussellRoy Hibbert, Kobe Bryant
Memphis1 home
3 away
NeutralMarc Gasol, Mike ConleyZach Randolph
Miami1 home
2 away
UnfavorableHassan Whitehead, Dwyane WadeGoran Dragic, Chris Bosh
Milwaukee4 home
0 away
Highly FavorableGreg Monroe, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antekokounmpo, Jabari ParkerMichael Carter Williams
Minnesota1 home
2 away
PoorKarl-Anthony TownsAndrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio, Gorgui Dieng
New Orleans1 home
3 away
Favorable Anthony DavisEric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson
New York0 home
4 away
NeutralCarmelo Anthony, Kristaps PorzingisRobin Lopez
Oklahoma City2 home
1 away
FavorableRussel Westbrook, Kevin DurantSerge Ibaka
Orlando0 home
4 away
FavorableVictor Oladipo, Nikola VucevicElfrid Payton
Philadelphia3 home
0 away
NeutralJahlil Okafor, Nerlens NoelRobert Covington
Phoenix1 home
2 away
UnfavorableDevin Booker, Alex LenTyson Chandler, TJ Warren, Brandon Knight
Portland2 home
1 away
NeutralDamian Lillard, CJ McCollumMason Plumlee
Sacramento3 home
1 away
FavorableDemarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Rudy GayOmri Casspi
San Antonio2 home
2 away
Highly FavorableKawhi Leonard, LaMarcus AldridgeTony Parker, Tim Duncan
Toronto3 home
0 away
FavorableKyle Lowery, DeMar DeRozanJonas Valanciunas, Bismack Biyombo
Utah2 home
2 away
FavorableRudy Gobert, Derrick FavorsRodney Hood, Gordon Hayward
Washington0 home
3 away
FavorableJohn Wall, Otto PorterMarcin Gortat, Bradley Beal, Markieff Morris

Starts

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


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.

 

Sits

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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