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Daily Fantasy NBA 12/18/13: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups

December 18, 2013

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We’ve got a heavy slate of games set for tonight in the NBA, so it’ll be a busy evening in daily fantasy leagues everywhere. Let’s take a closer look at some of the off-the-radar fantasy players who look like they’re poised for big games today. If you’re looking for a promising lower-ranked sleeper pick to start in your daily league--and beyond--these are some of the names you should be considering.

Mike Dunleavy, SF, Chicago Bulls: Dunleavy is really starting to come into his own in a bench role for the Bulls. He’s coming off a 14-point, seven-rebound performance in a loss against the Magic on Monday, a game which he spent 27 minutes on the floor.
Dunleavy has double-digit points in his last six games, and has registered at least five rebounds in five of those. He’s a hot lower-end trend heading into tonight’s matchup against the Rockets.

Daily Fantasy NBA 12/18/13: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

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Brandan Wright, PF, Dallas Mavericks: Here’s a high-upside pickup that’s off a lot of owners’ radar. Wright made his season debut on Saturday after missing the first 23 games of the season with a shoulder injury. His return went near-perfectly, as he posted a team-high 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting and six rebounds off the bench.
It’s reasonable to expect that Wright will get a similar workload this evening against Memphis as the Mavs ease him back into action. With his eligibility at the C position in a lot of leagues, he makes a sneaky sub or utility play for tonight and could ultimately win a starting job.

Martell Webster, SG, Washington Wizards: Webster burst onto the scene after a huge game against the Knicks on Monday, when he logged a season-high 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting. His line included 6-of-8 from downtown and 6-of-7 from the line.
There’s reason to expect another big outburst from Webster tonight against the Nets, as Brooklyn isn’t much higher on the defensive spectrum than the Knicks. He should see sufficient minutes to make a dent in the stat sheet.

Alec Burks, PG, Utah Jazz: After two games of single-digit scoring, Burks exploded Monday against the Heat. He poured in 31 points, three rebounds, seven assists and four steals in the loss, going 12-of-17 from the field.
As bad as the Jazz are, they’re facing a quartet of winnable games on their current road trip. Burks should continue posting some nice lines with the second unit, so he makes a solid value pick heading into this evening’s game against the Magic in Orlando.

J.R. Smith, SG, New York Knicks: Let’s head back to that Wizards-Knicks game for a moment and take a look at Smith. He came back to form in the loss, showing some flashes of his former self with five 3-pointers, 18 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Smith carries a little bit of risk in fantasy, as he won’t contribute much if he goes cold again (which is a distinct possibility). That said, with the Knicks so short-handed in their backcourt, Smith will definitely get his opportunities and could cash in tonight in Milwaukee.

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