Daily Fantasy NBA 12/28/13: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
December 28, 2013
After a relatively quiet week, the NBA will be kicking back into high gear today with a dozen matchups on the schedule. All that on-court action will hold plenty of fantasy implications, so with that in mind let’s take a look at some of the shrewd lower-end plays and sleeper possibilities out there that can help fantasy owners to a victory in the upcoming games.
Terrence Jones, SF/PF, Houston Rockets: Jones now has two really good games in a row under his belt, and it’s caused fantasy owners out there to sit up and take notice. Thursday he played 31 minutes against Memphis, logging 20 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks. That comes on the heels of his outing against San Antonio which produced 21 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.
Jones has been subbing in at different positions recently due to the Rockets’ injury issues, and he’s been doing very well. He makes a great pickup and start tonight against the Pelicans.
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James Johnson, SF/PF, Memphis Grizzlies: Those owners in leagues that are on the deeper side might want to take a look at Johnson. He’s coming off a nice game in Houston, posting 12 points, five rebounds, three steals and a block in 28 minutes off the bench. He’s trending in the right direction and has a good chance to provide across-the-board numbers on the lower end.
Johnson and the Grizzlies are at home against Denver tonight.
Taj Gibson, PF/C, Chicago Bulls: Gibson has gotten progressively better over the last handful of games. He’s coming off a 28-minute outing that produced 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Over the last four games, he’s averaging 15.4 points and 5.4 rebounds, with six blocks in that span.
Gibson sees most of his minutes in the fourth quarter, so he’ll be on the floor as the Bulls close things out against the Mavericks tonight.
Dion Waiters, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers: Waiters is coming off a wrist injury, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at his line from Thursday’s game against the Hawks. He put up 20 points, four rebounds and two assists in his return to action after a three-game absence.
Waiters is reportedly still dealing with some pain and discomfort, but not enough to keep him off the floor. You may be able to snag him at a discount and get some use out of him starting this evening in Boston.
Vince Carter, SG/SF, Dallas Mavericks: Let’s head back to tonight’s Bulls-Mavericks game and take a look at Carter. He’s got some major low-end fantasy upside: in 26 minutes during his last outing, he posted 20 points, two rebounds and three assists. That comes on the heels of a 16-point, four-rebound, four-assist night on Monday.
If Carter can maintain form and stay hot, he’s a realistic option as a fill-in or low-end fantasy option. Just don’t expect him to post big-time numbers all season long.
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