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2017 Fantasy Basketball Shooting Guard Preview

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Lights Out, that’s what we will be saying about the shooting guards for the 2017-18 season!

With the start of the NBA season just several weeks away, people are wondering who’s drafting when? How early should I take Demar? Will Butler be a dominant force on the T-Wolves? Will this be the year that Booker really breaks out?

This off-season was filled with big moves! Quite a few same faces in new places are coming on Opening Night 2017, such as:

  • Jimmy Butler to Minnesota T-Wolves
  • Dwayne Wade to Cleveland after the Chicago buyout
  • Victor Oladipo to Indiana Pacers
  • Avery Bradley to Detroit Pistons

This season, there are also some notable young shooting guards returning from injury as well:

  • Khris Middleton – Milwaukee Bucks
  • Zach Lavine – Chicago Bulls

2017 Fantasy Basketball Shooting Guard Preview

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Will Devin Booker reach the next level in development and elevate the Suns? Will this affect his increase his fantasy stock

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Devin certainly showcased some next level ability during the second half of the season. He dropped 70 points in a game, one for the record books especially for not even being 21 years of age. There is a lot of promise

There is a lot of promise for the young guard. Expect him to break out and become the next level superstar and creep into a top 5 shooting guard fantasy star.

How will Bradley’s new opportunity in Detroit affect his fantasy abilities?

Now that he has gone to a new team, the noted two-way guard has new potential to shine!

Avery Bradley was most noted for his defensive abilities since his rookie season. However, over the last four seasons, he has averaged at least 14 PPG on a team where he was, at best, the second option.

Look for Avery to see the green light more often in Detroit and get to the 18-20 PPG average.

Which Cleveland Cavalier guard, if any, will hold fantasy value?

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With the recent signing of Dwayne Wade, he would be the obvious choice to take early in the draft. Although he has been a sure-fire scorer his entire career, injury and rest do play a factor when drafting him. At 35 years old Wade’s best years are behind him as he looks to secure another ring alongside LeBron, who hasn’t missed an NBA final since joining Wade in south beach seven years ago.

I foresee Wade playing 60-65 games with limited minutes in order to preserve his health for the playoffs. With the departure of Kyrie and the injury of Thomas, I see Wade as a second option scorer who, when healthy can be an 18/4/4 kind of night.

Draft Strategy

My first instinct is to snatch a shooting guard as soon as possible. I look to take Harden, McCollum, or Booker within the first two rounds of my league.

Harden, the MVP runner-up, should see a slight decline in number but still be a top 5 fantasy scorer. As you get into the deeper rounds, seek out a Dwayne Wade, Khris Middleton, or JJ Redick. These guys can be a cornerstone for your bench or if injuries arise. Some sleepers would be rookie Malik Monk, Jazz’s Rodney Hood, and Nuggets bench star Jamal Murray.

Some sleepers would be rookie Malik Monk, Jazz’s Rodney Hood, and Nuggets bench star Jamal Murray.

Reaches

Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves

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His current average draft position sits as the No. 2 SG, second only Harden. Although a new team and opportunity to present itself with his recent move to Minnesota, I feel that he will not adapt to the T-Wolves organization like many think.

Towns is the No. 1 option on the T-Wolves squad and with Wiggins heading into a contract year, I foresee Butler not standing up to the leadership role he should. He had the opportunity in Chicago last season as the No. 1 option and flourished which made him more valuable, but he will not get the usage he is used to with various other good options surrounding him on a potential playoff team.

Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors

Klay, on the dominant Warriors, is due for a down season.

Myself, as many of the NBA universe, want to see the heavily-favorited Warriors not make another NBA finals! As the No. 3 option behind Durant and Curry, Klay needs to break out to into his own star if he eventually wants to lead.

All good things must come to an end, will this be the end of the Warriors franchise run?

Steals

Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks

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Coming off a year where Giannis truly resembled the “Greek Freak”, Middleton will look to become yet another weapon in that young arsenal.

Middleton’s ADP is the 22nd shooting guard taken off the board. If you actually get him there, that is highway robbery.

In a season that was thought to be a lost one for him after tearing his hamstring in the preseason, he returned and played quite well. He averaged 14/4/3 with 1.5 steals and 1.5 3-pointers despite only playing a handful of minutes when he first returned.

This season look for Middleton to increase all of those averages as his playing time should increase as well.

J.J. Redick, Philadelphia 76ers

New place, same face. That is the status of Redick, who is now entering his 12th season. After finally finding his way in LA, the Sixers need to utilize Redick to the fullest.

His multiple years in the playoffs, despite never seeing a Conference Finals, should prove as a wealth of knowledge with young minds such as Embiid, Simmons, and Fultz.

Being consistently around 15-16 PPG and a hot hand from behind the arc, he can be a deep sleeper worth stashing on the bench and using in a utility spot for some games this season. Look for him to jump into the top 25 SG fantasy scoring list before the year is out!


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About Devon Frey

Devon is a graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management. Devon is an avid fan of all sports. He has been playing fantasy sports for almost a decade, starting with Fantasy Football in 2008. Recently, his addiction has turned to his love of the NBA. He is a daily fantasy NBA player on several platforms. Devon currently resides in the Allentown, Pennsylvania area working in Sales. His favorite teams are the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Lakers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Colorado Avalanche, and Florida Gators. Feel free to follow him on Twitter: @devonafrey

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