Daily Fantasy NBA 1/5/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Today's Matchups
January 5, 2014
We’ve got seven matchups to look forward to in the NBA today, which should bring about plenty of interesting fantasy basketball options. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the lower-end names out there who are making waves as potential breakouts in their games today. Here are the sleepers and value pickups you should be targeting.
Kendall Marshall, PG, Los Angeles Lakers: Thanks to his breakout performance Friday night against Utah, Marshall has been one of the hottest fantasy adds this weekend. In 41 minutes, he posted 20 points, 15 assists and six rebounds. Given the Lakers’ injury situation, he figures to be a big contributor moving forward.
Sure, Marshall benefits from a PG-heavy system in L.A., but there’s plenty of upside to his game. Snag him before tonight’s game against Denver if you can, then stick with him as long as he’s hot.
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Iman Shumpert, SG/SF, New York Knicks: We figured Shumpert’s big game against the Spurs last week was a fluke--he put up 27 points, six rebounds and three steals in that one--but then he followed it up with another nice game Friday against the Rockets, with 26 points, four rebounds and five assists.
Shumpert is riding a hot streak right now--most notably from behind the arc; he has 12 made threes in two games. He should at least get a chance to keep it going in Dallas tonight, so give him a shot if you see him.
Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors: Speaking of made threes, that’s something Ross does pretty well. He had seven on December 28 against the aforementioned Knicks, and has stayed pretty strong with six makes in his last two outings.
Ross has been able to translate his improved offensive game into more playing time, which is nice for lower-end owners looking for an across-the-board play. He should be good for a handful of stats in most categories this afternoon in Miami.
Trevor Booker, PF, Washington Wizards: It’s been an up-and-down season for Booker so far, but he’s enjoying the high side of his rollercoaster ways right now. In his last appearance Friday, he put up eight points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two steals. That gives him double-digit boards in his most recent two outings.
There’s no good way to tell when and if Booker will have another statistical crash, but for now he’s safe to rely on again. The Wizards will host Golden State this afternoon.
Kris Humphries, PF, Boston Celtics: While we’re on the subject of up-and-down campaigns, let’s look at Humphries. He’s been pretty good over his last four outings, and has played well enough to warrant a look in most leagues. He shot just 2-of-6 in his last appearance, but was able to come up with seven points and 12 rebounds for his third consecutive double-digit performance in boards.
As long as Humphries keeps getting minutes-loads in the mid-20s, he’ll have an opportunity to keep producing. He’s been good enough to consider as a start today in Oklahoma City.
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