In fantasy basketball drafts each year, shooting guards are normally some of the more popular picks in the first two rounds. The position tends to score more often and the ideal fantasy two-guards drop around 20 points a game.
Once in awhile, though, a bright star emerges to become a true five-tool shooting guard in fantasy. This season Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz has really stepped up and matured into an everyday starter.
Hayward may not score like some of the bigger names in fantasy, but the former Butler standout does everything else well. The 23-year-old is averaging an impressive 17.2 points this season and he has become a pretty decent scorer. His true value, though, comes from the fact that he is adding 5.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and one three-pointer per contest. This is a big step up from the 14.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.4 rebounds from last season.
Hayward was drafted to be a low-end two-guard this season, but he has produced like an elite fantasy option. While stars like Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade continue to frustrate fantasy owners with injuries and low shooting percentages, Hayward just keeps filling the box score night after night.
Hayward will continue to be an All-Star quality fantasy guard for the rest of the year. He won’t have many 20-point efforts, but he won’t put up many zeros across the box score either.