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Daily Fantasy Basketball: Three Underutilized Guards

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Photo Credit: Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

It is official: Roddy Beaubois will never get a legitimate shot to demonstrate his worth in Dallas. After displaying steady progress over his first three seasons, the arrival of Darren Collison via trade last summer has predictably disrupted any opportunity for the Frenchman to establish himself as a regular. Indeed, the underwhelming, limited ceiling of Collison was worth stunting the growth of a dynamic, albeit raw, young talent–right? Especially on an aging roster whose window has passed.  He’s not the purest of point guards in terms of decision making and not always a willing outside shooter, but he is an “action player”.  When he receives double figure minutes the stat sheet will feel his presence. With the February 21st trade deadline only days away, the free-agent-to-be Beaubois’ would welcome a change of scenery with open arms. Sharp fantasy managers are rooting along with you, Roddy. If he’s not moved by Thursday, the Mavericks would be well advised to find out what they have in the 25-year before another team reaps the benefits.

Second-year combo guard Reggie Jackson has ascended from Developmental League obscurity to grasp control of backup point duties in just over eight weeks. Development is the operative word here, as Jackson has seemingly shed his scoring guard skin and embraced point guard responsibilities (at 6’3 there was no other choice). He has run the offense proficiently in recent weeks, sporting a 12:2 assist: turnover ratio in back-to-back wins over Dallas (Feb. 4th) and Golden State (Feb. 6th). He’s thrived overall in the month of February, thanks in part to backcourt injuries, averaging eight points (52% FG), three rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes. Whether it’s utilizing him in tandem with Russell Westbrook or giving him spot minutes at two-guard, the Thunder would be wise to milk their promising asset. Kevin Martin and Thabo Sefolosha both bring specialized skills to the table, but penetration and creation of offense are not among them. Martin is a free-agent at season’s end.

The unconventional style of Will Bynum is conducive to fans and fantasy owners, but not necessarily his coaches. Prior to exploding in the latter stages of December (over the last 21 games he’s scoring 11 points and dishing out five assists), Bynum could hardly get off the pine for Lawrence Frank. In two dozen games since, however, his fearless attacking of the paint and relentless playmaking initiative have superseded the lack of offensive structure and heavy dribbling that come packaged with his strengths.  Despite having his minutes partially blocked by former first-round (less productive) guards Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey, he is averaging 22 points and nearly ten assists per 48 minutes. When Bynum enters the game his job is to make things happen; meaning his minutes can’t be viewed as standard bench minutes. He’s worth owning in most, if not at all, formats. Caveat emptor: he does not shoot three-pointers (zero makes in February).

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