Which Guard Do You Draft First? James Harden or Russell Westbrook?

DRAFT ADVICE AND POSITION RANK

Based on our latest pre-season projection, you can expect James Harden will be an elite fantasy starter. His 4042 projected fantasy points puts him ahead of Russell Westbrook making him our #1 ranked guard. He has averaged 55.6 fantasy points in his past 78 games, which is more than our projected per game average. He is projected to average 49.3 fantasy points. He is owned in 100% of fantasy leagues so everyone expects him to be an elite guard. He is projected to live up to these high expectations. Last season he was also the #1 ranked guard.

REST OF SEASON RANK (G) PROJECTIONFANTASY STATS SINCE 2019
#1 James Harden (100% OWN)4042 FP, 49.3 per game4336 FP, 78 gp, 55.59 per game (#1)
#2 Russell Westbrook (100% OWN)3837 FP, 46.8 per game3902 FP, 73 gp, 53.45 per game (#2)
#3 Bradley Beal (100% OWN)3643 FP, 44.4 per game3361 FP, 82 gp, 40.99 per game (#7)
#4 Stephen Curry (100% OWN)3553 FP, 43.3 per game2899 FP, 69 gp, 42.01 per game (#5)
#5 Damian Lillard (100% OWN)3490 FP, 42.6 per game3450 FP, 80 gp, 43.12 per game (#3)

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WEEK 1 AND 2 FANTASY OUTLOOK

James Harden is projected for 101.1 fantasy points in 2 games the rest of week which is good enough to be the #11 ranked guard and a must start for most owners. This is projected to be a better than average week with more fantasy points per game than he is projected to average per game the rest of the season. He is ranked above De'Aaron Fox but behind Ja Morant the rest of the week. Week 2 will be better based on projected rank (#1). He is projected for 198 fantasy points.

WEEK 1 RANK (G)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#9 Jrue Holiday (100% OWN)104.1 FP, 3 GP35.7 FP
#10 Ja Morant (0% OWN)103.5 FP, 3 GP34.4 FP
#11 James Harden (100% OWN)101.1 FP, 2 GP49.3 FP
#12 De'Aaron Fox (100% OWN)98.5 FP, 3 GP33.2 FP
#13 Donovan Mitchell (100% OWN)98.2 FP, 3 GP31.9 FP
WEEK 2 RANK (G)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#1 James Harden (100% OWN)198 FP, 4 GP49.3 FP
#2 Russell Westbrook (100% OWN)188.9 FP, 4 GP46.8 FP
#3 Stephen Curry (100% OWN)176.7 FP, 4 GP43.3 FP
#4 Mike Conley (100% OWN)149.6 FP, 4 GP36.1 FP
#5 DeMar DeRozan (100% OWN)142 FP, 4 GP35.3 FP

FANTASY PROJECTIONS AND ACTUAL STATS

The tables below show projected stats (totals and averages) for the rest of the season and upcoming weeks. Below the projection are actual stats from last season.

JAMES HARDENFPPTSREBAST3PMSTL+BLK
'19-20 Projection40422644489550310208
-- Per Game (82 Proj)49.332.26.06.73.82.5
10/22 to 10/27 (2 Games)1016612.213.37.95.2
10/28 to 11/3 (4 Games)198130242715.310.1
'18-20 Season43362818516586378217
-- Per Game (78 GP)55.636.16.67.54.82.8