Fantasy Basketball: Joe Johnson Can Still Be Weekly Starter

By Adam McGill
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When fantasy basketball drafts were going on this fall, not many fans had veteran Brooklyn Nets SG Joe Johnson among their top-15 two-guards. People were hesitant to draft the 32-year-old guard and it caused him to severely plummet in fantasy drafts.

To the chagrin to many so-called pundits, Johnson is having another respectable fantasy campaign. He is currently posting 15.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. He is also knocking down two triples per game and the journeyman has always been a consistent shooter from behind the arc.

Johnson can also boast some pretty respectable shooting percentages. He currently has free-throw percentage that is over 80% (81.0%), a 44.6% field goal percentage, and a 38.9 three-point percentage. The veteran simply doesn’t take poor shots and his experience always allows him to find open space in the floor.

Probably the most underrated aspect of Johnson’s numbers this season has been his lack of turnovers. Double-J is only averaging 1.3 turnovers per contest, despite playing an impressive 34 minutes per game, and the Arkansas native continues to be smart with the basketball.

Johnson may not necessarily be a top-five fantasy shooting guard, but he is more than capable of putting up starter-quality numbers at this point in his career. He will be good for 10-plus points night after night to go along with a handful of dimes, boards, and triples.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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