Bargain Shooting Guards (02/03/16)

By Tom W. Brewer @Tom_W_Brewer
NBA DFS - Bargain shopping for shooting guards.

On this edition of NBA Daily Fantasy bargain shopping, we venture into the backcourt for the first time to find some shooting guards that will give you an edge without costing you much of your salary cap. Shooting guards are an interesting bunch because no two are alike. Some, like Houston's James Harden, are hard drivers, and others, like Klay Thompson and Kyle Korver, are perimeter specialists. Then there's Chicago's Jimmy Butler, who plays more like a forward, and Manu Ginobili, who is a dish-and-defend type. Each has his own approach to the position, and each is successful in his own way.

Now let's look at some low-cost SGs who will make you successful in daily fantasy basketball.

1. Wayne Ellington – Brooklyn Nets

Most Recent Salaries: $3,700 (DraftKings), $3,900 (FanDuel), $10 (Yahoo)

The Lowdown: Ellington, along with Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez, has been a rare bright spot in an otherwise ugly Nets season. He averaged 27 minutes per game in January, and he's been on something of a fantasy roll. He's scored over 20 fantasy points in three of his last five, including big games against a pair of good defensive teams in Dallas and Oklahoma City. Expect his minutes to take a hit when rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson returns from injury, but for now, Ellington can be a difference maker.

2. Avery Bradley – Boston Celtics

Most Recent Salaries: $5,700 (DraftKings), $5,800 (FanDuel), $24 (Yahoo)

The Lowdown: Avery Bradley is the perfect symbol of Brad Stevens' Celtics. When you watch him play, he doesn't do anything spectacular, but he does everything. He's an excellent passer, a pressure-cooker on the defensive end, and a good scorer. His game isn't highlight fodder (unless you count taking a charge as a highlight), but he's the kind of guy every successful team needs. He'll never lose his team the game, but with a line of 15 points, three boards and two assists, he might be the reason they win one. Bradley is hot right now, averaging over 28 fantasy points in his last ten games.

3. Gary Harris – Denver Nuggets

Most Recent Salaries:
$4,600 (DraftKings), $4,700 (FanDuel), $13 (Yahoo)

The Lowdown: Gary Harris is one of those guys who is just fun to watch. He's a good scorer, with a true shooting percentage better than All-Stars Chris Paul and Isaiah Thomas. In his second year, Harris' game is starting to come together. He's a dangerous catch-and-shoot player and a willing defender. Snatch up Harris before his salary explodes, as his star is on the rise after closing out January by scoring over 25 fantasy points in three of his last four games.

4. J.J. Redick – Los Angeles Clippers

Most Recent Salaries: $5,100 (DraftKings), $4,800 (FanDuel), $21 (Yahoo)

The Lowdown: Is it just me, or does the Clippers' resurgence coincide with J.J. Redick's good health and good play? The former Dukie has turned it on after suffering from a bad back early this season. He's shooting over 48% from deep, a career best, and allowing CP3 and DeAndre Jordan tons of space to demoralize teams in the pick-and-roll. In fantasy play, you can rely on him for 20-25 a game, with the potential to go off on any given night.

5. Lou Williams – Los Angeles Lakers

Most Recent Salaries: $5,800 (DraftKings), $5,700 (FanDuel), $26 (Yahoo)

The Lowdown: J.J. Redick isn't the only two-guard lighting up the Staples Center. Lou Williams probably didn't expect to shoulder this much of the offensive load when he signed with L.A. in the offseason, but with Kobe Bryant in and out of the lineup, Williams is the Lakers' most consistent scoring threat. He's a consistent fantasy scorer also, who'll give you a reliable 20-25 points every time he takes the floor.

6. Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns

Most Recent Salaries:
$5,600 (DraftKings), $5,200 (FanDuel), $20 (Yahoo)

The Lowdown: You'd be justified in thinking that Booker is a one-note player, but that one-note is awesome. The rookie out of Kentucky can straight-up shoot, especially from behind the arc, where he's making over 41% of his shots. Injuries to Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight have forced him into the lineup over the last month or so, and he's making the most of it. After averaging just over seven points per game in December, he scored 17 per game in January. His defense and passing are only going to get better as his game develops, but even now, his scoring alone is enough to warrant fantasy consideration, as he's scoring over 25 fantasy points per outing in his last five games.

The NBA is loaded with SGs who produce big fantasy points. You don't have to spend a lot to get a lot. Even a player like Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins, who regularly scores 30 fantasy points, can be had for less than $7,000. That salary is a little rich to be called a bargain, but still, he's a tremendous value. Make sure you use our Player Projections and Winning Lineups to play smart and get money.