Daily Fantasy NBA 1/4/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
January 4, 2014
We’ll be seeing plenty of fantasy basketball happenings out there on the court today, as we’ve got nine matchups looming on the NBA schedule. While we’re waiting on this evening’s games to begin, let’s take our daily look at some of the notable lower-end players who should be able to help out your fantasy team with their performances in the coming hours.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks: We’ve been big fans of Antetokounmpo’s as he’s risen through the fantasy ranks this season, and he keeps popping up on our radar as he continues his evolved play. Thursday in Utah, he posted 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a block, which was his fourth double-digit scoring performance in the last six games.
If you’re not on the Antetokounmpo bandwagon already, it’s time to hop on. He remains a hot fantasy name heading into Phoenix this evening.
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Gerald Green, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns: Speaking of Phoenix, let’s stick with that matchup and check out Green. He had a rough night in his last outing, serving as a last-minute start and struggling to find his shot against the Grizzlies. He managed just nine points after a 21-point breakout earlier this week, but did come up with four steals.
Green is getting enough playing time to be relevant in most fantasy leagues, though you’re taking a minor risk each time you put him into the lineup. When he’s hot, he’s capable of some big things. When he’s off, it’s not pretty.
Marco Belinelli, SG, San Antonio Spurs: We were as surprised as anyone that the Knicks were able to pull out a victory against the Spurs on Thursday. We were also very surprised that Belinelli exploded for a career-high 32 points, five rebounds and two assists. That said, he was a liability on the defensive end, so that could remain on Pop’s mind moving forward.
Realistically, Belinelli is probably good for double-digit points and a handful of rebounds/assists tonight against the Clippers. If that’s good enough for you, he’s your guy.
Anderson Varejao, PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers: Varejao dominated the Magic inside during his last outing on Thursday, putting up 18 points (tied for a season-high), 25 rebounds (career high), three assists and a block. That continues his trend of crashing the boards, as he’s put up double-digit rebounds in four of his last five games.
Varejao and company will head to Brooklyn tonight to take on the ailing Nets. If he can keep his run going, he could be firmly entrenched in double-double territory.
Mario Chalmers, PG, Miami Heat: There’s one thing Chalmers owners will be getting on a nightly basis: consistency. He doesn’t put up mind-blowing numbers, but he’ll usually give lower-end owners some quality minutes. In his last outing against Golden State, he put up 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The good news is that Chalmers and company will face an overmatched Magic team tonight. If he doesn’t hit double figures in a couple of categories, he’ll certainly get close.
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