Jan 24, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) dribbles past Minnesota Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer (13) in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Timberwolves defeated the Warriors 121-120. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: What to make of Klay Thompson's shooting slump?

Shooters can often be frustrating for Fantasy Basketball owners.

When they are hot we love them. When they are chucking up bricks they can be very frustrating.

Jan 5, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots the ball against the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Warriors won 112-96. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors’ guard Klay Thompson falls into this category as he is one of the best pure shooters in the game, but lately has been driving his fantasy owner’s nuts.

Thompson has been stuck in a bit of a rut recently, a trend that continued Thursday against the Clippers.

Sure he scored 16 points in the game, but Thompson made just six of his 14 field-goal attempts. He did go 3-of-4 and added one three-pointer, but did not do much else in the 111-92 win, adding just three assists, three steals and one rebound in 34 minutes.

Thompson is averaging 16.7 points per game over the last 10 games, but is shooting just 38.5 percent from the field.

To put that in perspective, the New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith is shooting seven percentage points higher from the floor and that tells you all you need to know about Thompson’s struggles.

He is still making 39.7 percent of his three-point attempts in that span and 41.1 percent for the season, but Thompson has been killing his owners as of late.

The points he scores is nice but if that is contradicted by a poor shooting percentage, Thompson becomes a risky play as if his shot isn’t falling he becomes a liability to fantasy owners as he doesn’t help out regularly in other categories.

Now Thompson will be a guy who will be tough for owners to sit, so you just have to hope he works his way out of it, hopefully in a hurry.

Shooters can often shoot their way out of slumps and that’s the best hop for fantasy owners right now.

Ultimately I believe Thompson will be fine, but monitor his field goal percentage. If this slump continues past another five games or so, you may want to start looking for other options.


 

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