2018-2019 Fantasy Basketball Rankings: Shooting Guard

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Fantasy Basketball preseason rankings. Because this is the second post in a series to come, it’s worth  briefly overviewing what will be covered in each article. These rankings are mostly based on category scoring systems. To try to account for that, the “Better Format” column identifies if a player is better suited for the points or category leagues. To accommodate for optimal roster construction, the “Punt” column identifies categories that it will be difficult to win when drafting that player.

Finally, there are brief write ups  below the rankings identifying some players to reach for, avoid, and some sleepers to target in later rounds.

Rank Player Team Better Format Punt
1 James Harden HOU TO
2 Victor Oladipo IND
3 Jrue Holiday NOP
4 Bradley Beal WAS
5 Donovan Mitchell UTA
6 Jimmy Butler MIN
7 Gary Harris DEN Roto
8 Devin Booker PHO Points
TO, FG% (borderline)
9 DeMar DeRozan SAS
10 C.J. McCollum POR
11 Zach LaVine CHI Points
12 Lou Williams LAC TO
13 Gordon Hayward BOS
14 Klay Thompson GSW
15 Will Barton DEN
16 Buddy Hield SAC
17 Evan Fournier ORL Roto
18 Tim Hardaway NYK
19 Tyreke Evans IND
20 Jaylen Brown BOS Points FT%
21 Nicolas Batum CHA
22 Andrew Wiggins MIN
23 Rodney Hood CLE
24 Jeremy Lamb CHA
25 J.J. Reddick PHI
26 Eric Gordon HOU FG%
27 Allen Crabbe BKN Roto FG%
28 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope LAL Roto
29 Kent Bazemore ATL
30 Avery Bradley LAC
Honorable Mentions: Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LaVert, Josh Hart

Players Worth Reaching for

It’s time to get over the narrative that Jrue Holiday is injury prone and he provides strong stats across the board. Outside of James Harden, it’s a difficult case to find a safer option at the position.

Zach LaVine is a polarizing figure in the fantasy community, and while he could turn out to be a bust I’m willing to take a risk on him. He’ll provide a safe floor in points, provide good field-goal percentages as well as chipping in decent assists and boards. Steals is the one area he may lag, but the upside is there for big return.

There are a number of high-scoring options in Denver, but they are one of the most efficient offensive teams across the last few seasons. That isn’t likely to change in 2018-2019, which makes Gary Harris another player I want on my team. He’s an elite source of steals, threes and also strong in percentages. He’s illustrated he can contribute in all areas of the game, and is still only 24 so there’s some room for him tor grow.

Players to Avoid

Klay Thompson’s name value often causes him to push up draft boards, but the reality is, he’s not an elite fantasy option.

With LeBron James now on the Lakers, it’s difficult to gauge exactly what roles will be. Josh Hart showed he’s talented, but it’s hard to take a big leap of faith on him this season.

Sleepers

Avery Bradley wasn’t good last season, but he should start for the Clippers this season and get consistent minutes. At the very least, he’ll be a nice source of steals, and should see his field goal percentage climb once again.

The rotation in Brooklyn could be a mess again this season, but Caris LaVert has flashed in his first two campaigns and could finally break into the starting lineup.

2018-2019 Basketball Rankings
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Dan Marcus

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Dan recently moved to Columbus, Ohio but is a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan. Fantasy baseball was and always will be his favorite fantasy sport, but he also enjoys football and basketball as well.

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