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Gordon Hayward is approaching "must-start" status for fantasy basketball

It's a no-brainer at this point

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Have you been paying attention to what Utah Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward is doing this year ? Hayward, who doesn't take nights off (played 40 of 40 at this point) is averaging 19.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.3 spg, making 1.7 threes a game, and shooting .457 / .373 / .828 as the top dog for the Jazz. He's playing 35.3 MPG and has the ball in his hands during all the late game plays.

Last season he played more minutes, but didn't do as much. He's flat out better this year -- which is why it wasn't a fluke that he was one of the last cuts for the USA Men's basketball team that won the FIBA world cup this last summer.

Still, he surprised me because I expected that his shooting would barely get better in this new system, and that he wouldn't have that extra gear to be a real #1 option. I was so wrong, and it's a good thing I don't play fantasy basketball in any way, shape, or form. Because I probably would have passed up on G-Time.

You don't have to make the same mistake. Especially not with FanDuel -- because you can play any day, and not have to worry about not having the time to commit to a full season of checking your roster.


This is a thing that smart fans (not me) should be doing. I'm unlucky with fantasy (my reality is strange enough), but I really think that SLC Dunk readers could excel at this. Remember, there are lots of ways to play FanDuel. You can play for cash or for free. You can enter pools starting as low as $1. You can play winner take all, a 50/50 league that just requires you finishing in the top half, or specialized custom leagues. All you have to do is pick a team of 9 players with $60k fantasy cash and play against others.

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Gordon has really had to pick it up after Alec Burks went out for the rest of the season -- and he has. Last night he dropped 30 points, and it's not the last time he's going to go for that score. The best thing about Gordon is that the better he plays, the better his team mates get -- and the better his running mates get, the better he gets too. In science we call this a positive feedback loop. And Gordon will make you positively happy you started him in fantasy ball the rest of the season.