The sweet shooting stroke of Washington Wizards’ guard Bradley Beal has been compared to that of living legends Ray Allen and Reggie Miller. That’s a major compliment for a player in just his second season, but unfortunately for Beal — who still can’t buy a beer without a fake I.D. — he has endured quite a few injuries for someone so young. His right leg seems to be the main culprit, and that is something that is slowing him down, as well as frustrating fantasy basketball owners.
Beal suffered a stress fracture in his leg last season and yet another one this year, with the most recent injury clearly affecting his production. He sat out nine games to let his leg rest, but judging by how he’s playing one might think he should have taken some more time off. At the time of his injury he was averaging 20.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.8 three-pointers and playing a league-leading 40.2 minutes per game. Since his return though, he’s tailed off tremendously, scoring a pedestrian 14.5 points, to go along with 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and just 1.8 threes. Beal’s playing time has diminished a fair amount as well, with him seeing only 27.9 minutes of court time in those 18 games. Once ranked in my top five, that major drop in performance takes him out of the “elite” class of shooting guards, and that’s why you’ll find him sitting at No. 11 in this week’s rankings.
Without any more delay, here are my fantasy basketball shooting guard rankings for this week: