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Beyond the Utah Jazz' Gordon Hayward, who is worth a look in fantasy basketball?

Surprising fantasy advice!

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If you were building a fantasy basketball team, even the one off version that FanDuel offers, would it even be useful to use the Utah Jazz players this season? I'm a homer, but even the homer in me needs to think twice.

  1. Utah plays at the 28th "fastest" pace in the league, a slower game means fewer possessions, and fewer possessions means fewer opportunity for normative box-score statistics
  2. The team is 25th in Assists, so either players aren't creating good enough shots for their mates, or players are just missing open shots. Having watched every game I know the answer is somewhere in between the two; but really, leaning more on the idea of missing open shots.
  3. But a low assist, low pace team means that if you are going to be worth it on offense, you have to be really good or really efficient.
  4. Gordon Hayward is really good, and guys like Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert are really efficient.
  5. For the season The Precious is playing like a ring of power, averaging 19.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.3 spg, and shooting nearly 40% from downtown, while getting to the FT line 5.8 times a game.
  6. Derrick Favors isn't a double double guy, and isn't scoring as much as he should because he doesn't get the ball enough on offense, but he is shooting 54.6 FG%, still scoring 15.4 ppg, and adds blocks, steals, and assists.
  7. There's an even more skewed distribution to be had with Rudy Gobert -- who is shooting 62.0 fg%, and 69.2 FT%, and coming to work with a 6 / 6 / 2 / 1 / .5 line in 19 mpg. His positive impact upon the game is obvious.

Beyond G-Time, Favors, and Gobert it's almost pointless to look at the team. I did, and I wish I had that time back. Play fantasy basketball, and if you are picking some Jazz players there are only a handful to choose from this season. You are honestly better off taking guys from the high pace teams that score a lot, like the Golden State Warriors.

Also, play FanDuel. (The following taken by the amazing Jason Walker who explains this better than I do)

1. Head over to FanDuel today, register and check out the NBA games they have running.

For example: One of the NBA games they have for pay is a $5 entry, 100 first place tourney.

2. Once you enter, you set a lineup based on a salary cap of $60K and enter 2 PG, 2 SG, 2 SF, 2 PF and a Center.

3. Once your cap-friendly lineup is complete, click Enter and BOOM!, the fun begins!

Now, a bit of bad news. Here are specific rules. They include this: "In order to deposit money to play paid entry games you must be able to represent and warrant that you are not a resident of any of the following states: Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana or Washington."

Have fun. Do it. Use Gordon Hayward. Use Gobert if he becomes a full-time starter though!