Cheap guards could bolster return on your daily basketball lineup

Cheap guards could bolster return on your daily basketball lineup

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Cheap guards could bolster return on your daily basketball lineup

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(Thomas Shea, USA TODAY Sports)
(Thomas Shea, USA TODAY Sports)

Big names such as Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin are all in play Wednesday.

With some solid value picks available at the guard spot, you should have no problem freeing up enough cap space to roster several studs.

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Before finalizing your lineups, make sure to check on the status of Clippers point guard Chris Paul (hamstring). He missed Game 1 and is questionable for Game 2. If he sits again, Austin Rivers ($2,500, 5.0% of cap) can be added to the list of potential bargain picks.

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Start

G Derrick Rose, Bulls at Cavaliers
$5,800 salary | 11.6% of cap

Rose continued his dominance of the Cavaliers this season with 39.75 fantasy points in Game 1, and you won't find a guard in his price range with more upside.

C Dwight Howard, Rockets vs. Clippers
$7,000 salary | 14.0% of cap

His strong postseason continued in Game 1 as Howard finished with a double-double and 47.00 fantasy points.

F Jimmy Butler, Bulls at Cavaliers
$6,800 salary | 13.6% of cap

Butler hasn't scored fewer than 32.50 fantasy points since the playoffs began, and he finished with 40.75 in Game 1.

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G Jamal Crawford, Clippers at Rockets
$4,400 salary | 8.8% of cap

He is a must-start option if Paul sits and a worthwhile value play either way.

G Iman Shumpert, Cavaliers vs. Bulls
$2,500 salary | 5.0% of cap

With J.R. Smith serving the second game of his suspension, Shumpert should start and make a great source of cap relief.

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Bench

F Nikola Mirotic, Bulls at Cavaliers
$4,100 salary | 8.2% of cap

Mirotic has become an afterthought in Chicago's rotation since the playoffs began, and he saw just two minutes of action in Game 1.

F Terrence Jones, Rockets vs. Clippers
$5,400 salary | 10.8% of cap

His shot hasn't been falling in the playoffs, and Jones is shooting 39.0% after shooting 52.8% in the regular season.

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