By Sean Phaler
January 8, 2013
Many successful teams have a sixth man who could be starting but are placed in that particular role to help their team be more productive against the other team’s second string. Keeping an eye on which player fills the sixth man role for their respective teams can be key to helping your fantasy squad improve this season. Bobcats guard Ben Gordon and Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward are perfect examples of individuals flourishing in their sixth man roles.
The 2004-05 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Ben Gordon is thriving in his sixth man stint with the Bobcats this season. In the last five games, he has been a huge factor for the Cats with averages of 16.8 points, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals. It will be interesting to see if Gordon’s numbers can continue to rise as the Cats look to extend their hot streak after winning two of the last three games. Another positive Gordon can bring every night is great shooting percentages on the year – .452 field goal percentage, .414 3-point percentage, .860 free-throw percentage – that make it advantageous to have him in your fantasy lineup. Being owned in only 51.4 percent of standard fantasy leagues, he might be a great pickup to help you ensure you have a quality scoring option on a nightly basis. Being a veteran leader on a young Cats team will only play well for Gordon as the season goes on, so make sure to pick him up soon so he can give you the fantasy boost your team needs.
Gordon Hayward can bring very similar stats to his team as Ben Gordon offers the Cats, but they are very different players. Hayward is a young up-and-coming player who brings energy off the bench to a Jazz team that relies on him for production every night. In his last five games, Hayward is averaging 17.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 3-pointers. Similar to Ben Gordon, he is productive while he is on the floor, shooting .430 from the field, .400 from long range and .839 from the charity stripe this season. If you are in any type of keeper league, Hayward could be a key asset to your future success, and you should track the progress of his career as he looks to grow into a successful NBA player.