Daily Fantasy NBA 12/31/13: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Today's Matchups
December 31, 2013
We’ve got eight games headed our way in the NBA today, and they’ll extend from the early afternoon into the wee hours of the morning. We can’t think of a better way to say farewell to 2013, so we’re sure to see plenty of fantasy action tonight in leagues all over the place. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the potential sleepers and undervalued players heading into today’s action.
Khris Middleton, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks: Middleton is one of the hottest lower-end names in fantasy right now, and there’s reason to be optimistic that he’ll keep his nice run going. On Saturday against the Timberwolves, he played 41 minutes and posted 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks. That’s his fourth consecutive game with at least 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Middleton is one of those rare waiver-level players who can post across-the-board stats (including three-pointers) so snatch him up for tonight against the Lakers.
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Lou Williams, PG/SG, Atlanta Hawks: With the Hawks dealing with a handful of injury issues, Williams makes a lot of sense right now. He’s posted 46 points, eight rebounds and eight made three-pointers combined in just his last two outings, and he should continue to see significant minutes (even if it’s off the bench) moving forward.
Williams is capable of nice outbursts in scoring, and if he gets hot in Boston today, watch out.
Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors: Ross’ aerial assault on the Knicks this past Saturday put him on everyone’s fantasy radar. He put up a career-high seven three-pointers on his way to a 23-point, four rebound outing in the win.
Ross has certainly been feeling it from outside the arc recently, with 13 made threes in his last three games. If you’re looking for long-range shooting on your roster, he’s definitely worth a look heading into tonight’s game against the Bulls.
Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder didn’t have much trouble at all against the Rockets on Sunday, thanks in part to Lamb’s efforts off the bench. In his 26 minutes of action, he put up a career-high 22 points while tallying five rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block.
Lamb certainly benefited from the extra garbage time on Sunday, but there’s more to his appeal. He should continue to see a pretty good minutes-load in the future, at least until Russell Westbrook is ready to come back. Even with the less than ideal matchup here (Portland), we’d be buyers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks: Even though Antetokounmpo didn’t shine in the points column during his last outing on Saturday, he still contributed a strong game in other areas. He posted just six points, but pulled in five rebounds, four assists, four steals and a pair of blocks during the Bucks’ loss, which broke his chain of three straight double-digit scoring performances.
Antetokounmpo has shown some major promise in his rookie season so far, and should be owned in all fantasy leagues everywhere. He makes a nice start against the Lakers tonight.
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