It’s fantasy basketball draft week with the 2020-21 NBA regular season less than a week away. We’ve been rolling out content like Guy Fieri rolls out to diners, drive-ins and dives. If you had to our fantasy basketball draft kit we can hook you up with top 100 rankings, rookie rankings and sleepers/busts. Here we’re going to go over some deep sleepers, not players who you may be looking to draft, but guys that may be worth a snag as a last pick in deeper formats. We’ll be focusing specifically on shooting guards in this article. Let’s get to it.
Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets
Average ADP: 185
I spoke a little bit in my point guard writeup about looking for handcuff players. It isn’t in the traditional fantasy football sense, but more so in the event something may happen on said teams depth chart. If we look at the Houston Rockets, the main talk of the town is James Harden. He’s reporting late. He’s out of shape? He’s looking for a trade. If said trade goes down, who is the guard who benefits the most? Probably Eric Gordon (or John Wall).
We went over how odds can tell us a lot about fantasy stock. Gordon is +2500 to win 6th Man of the Year, which is among the top 10 odds on DKSB. He spent most of last season injured and it impacted his production. If Gordon can stay healthy, he’s going to score in bunches off the bench. Remember, this is a 6th Man who has 30-plus — hell even 40-50-plus score upside. It may not be Mike D’Antoni’s offense any more but I doubt Stephen Silas will tell a shooter like Gordon to shoot less.
Gary Trent Jr., Portland Trail Blazers
Average ADP: 191
Similar to the handcuff we discussed in Brooklyn in Spencer Dinwiddie, Trent is a decent safety net to Damian Lillard and/or CJ McCollum in Portland. The third-year guard out of Duke showed real progress in his sophomore season in 2019-20, averaging 8.9 points while shooting 41.8 percent from beyond the arc in 61 games last season.
Trent made 8 starts last season with players being injured and would likely be the next-man-up at guard if Dame or CJ misses any time. Even if Dame and CJ stay healthy, Trent is essentially the main backup guard with Anfernee Simons dealing with a hamstring injury. If we go to 6th Man odds again, Trent is a long-shot at +5000, but I don’t mind that bet really. Trent is a pure scorer and lights out shooter. He also has decent size that may force coach Terry Stotts to give us some 3-guard looks. Trent out there with CJ and Dame would be deadly.
Alec Burks, New York Knicks
Average ADP: N/A
Nobody is drafting Burks and there’s a reason for that. If you’re in a very deep league, however, there’s some reason to consider him later on. I’m talking like last pick in a 14-team league that has a deep bench type of deal. Burks is starting in the backcourt for the Knicks so far in preseason, which could be a precursor to his role when the regular season begins. We know how Tom Thibodeau likes his rotations: Tight. So if the Knicks are running an 8-9 man rotation and Burks is seeing 30-plus minutes, he could return some fantasy value as a streaky scorer.
On a weak Golden State Warriors roster last season with Steph and Klay out, Burks played in 48 games and averaged 16.1 points. Now, the Knicks aren’t going to run anything close to what Steve Kerr is doing on offense in the Bay Area. Still, Burks played around 29 minutes per game for the Dubs and if he gets around that number in New York, we could see similar numbers. If nothing else Burks is an above-average 3-point shooter who can chip in some steals here and there.