Daily Fantasy NBA 1/1/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Today's Matchups
January 1, 2014
We’ve got five games coming up on the NBA schedule today, which should provide the groundwork for an action-packed day of fantasy fun. We can’t think of a better way to kick off the new year, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy matchup plays and sleeper options out there for daily fantasy owners.
Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, New Orleans Pelicans: Thanks to some injury issues in New Orleans, Aminu has seen quite an up-tick in minutes lately. He’s translated that extra time into fantasy value, including his nine points, 15 rebounds two steals and a block in 40 minutes against Portland on Monday. Prior to that, he’d scored double-digits with eight rebounds in two of three games.
Aminu will work as a plug-in guy or a low-end option for the time being (like tonight in Minnesota) but you won’t need him when the Pels get healthier.
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Bradley Beal, SG, Washington Wizards: Beal has fought through some injury issues recently, but it looks like he’s doing okay. In his last outing on Monday, he posted 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal. That gives him double-digit points in five of his last six appearances.
The Wizards are no longer a laughingstock; They’re playing pretty well lately. Beal should emerge as an offensive force during their game against the Mavericks today.
Shawn Marion, SF/PF, Dallas Mavericks: Speaking of the Mavericks, let’s take a look at Marion. The old-timer wowed fantasy owners and NBA fans alike during his last game Monday, putting up 32 points, six rebounds, three assists, four three-pointers, a steal and a block against Minnesota. He’d had a couple of pretty blah performances over the past week or so, but that was his second consecutive quality outing.
Marion has the hot hand right now, so fantasy owners should be riding this wave until it stalls out.
Josh McRoberts, PF/C, Charlotte Bobcats: We’ve looked at McRoberts a couple of times over the past week or so, and he continues to serve as a lower-end fantasy option. He didn’t wow anyone on Monday, posting just five points for the second consecutive game, but he did come up with eight rebounds and a pair of assists.
McRoberts won’t tear it up in the points column, but could prove useful to fantasy owners in need of contributions elsewhere. He and the Cats will be in L.A. to take on the Clippers this evening.
Corey Brewer, SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves: Let’s go back to that Pelicans-Timberwolves matchup tonight and visit with Brewer. After turning in some pretty sketchy performances during most of December, he’s rebounded a bit with three consecutive double-digit outings. Brewer managed 16 points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block against the Mavericks on Monday, and has seen an increase in points during each of the last three games.
We anticipate him putting up around 14 points tonight, with a couple rebounds, assists and steals thrown in. He’s on the low end, sure, but still can be viable in certain fantasy situations.
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