2013 Fantasy Basketball Profile: Monta Ellis
This off-season, like most off-seasons, there were several big names that changed placed. Probably the biggest name to change uniforms, though, was G Monta Ellis. After a disappointing two-year stint with the Milwaukee Bucks, Ellis decided to join the Dallas Mavericks this summer.
Ellis has always been an amazing scorer and he certainly has the skill set to thrive in Dallas. He averaged 19.2 points, 6 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game last season in Milwaukee, but he could see an increase in scoring in Dallas. The team obviously still has Dirk Nowitzki on the roster, but the forward is getting older and the team desperately needs a complimentary scorer.
Ellis is only 27 years old and the guard has a lot of basketball left in his legs. He will easily be able to take around 15 shots per game and the fact that Dallas doesn’t have another superstar in the backcourt will only give Ellis more freedom to work. Ellis may see his rebounds and assists drop a little in Dallas, but he should see his average get back over 20 points a game.
Ellis is even more valuable in fantasy because of his position flexibility. He is obviously the starting shooting guard in Dallas, but his past experience at the point will also qualify him as a point guard in most fantasy formats. Most basketball leagues allow owners to set their lineup on a daily basis and that makes positional flexibility very critical to having a full lineup each day. Ellis may not be the best fantasy guard, but he is certainly one of the most valuable.
Ellis is a perfect guard to grab in the second round this season. He will easily score 18 points a game and be worth plugging in everyday.
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