Daily Fantasy NBA 1/10/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
January 10, 2014
24 NBA teams will be out on the court tonight, so there will be plenty of action to go around in fantasy basketball terms. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the sleeper candidates and lower-end breakouts you should be targeting right now if you’re in the market for a roster upgrade ahead of tonight’s matchups.
J.J. Redick, SG, Los Angeles Clippers: Though we likely won’t get any tangible proof that Redick will be out on the court tonight against the Lakers until close to game-time, he’s been burning up the fantasy waiver wire recently with news of his impending return. He’s missed out on all but 17 games this year--and it’s tough telling what he’ll look like when he gets back out there--but he should be owned in just about every league.
Stay tuned for his status tonight against the Lakers. You won’t see optimal numbers from Redick until Chris Paul gets back, but he’s worth a pickup.
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C.J. Miles, SG/SF, Cleveland Cavaliers: There’s a lot to like about Miles right now. For one, he’s red-hot, hitting a franchise-record 10 three-pointers against Philly in his last outing. It was part of a 34-point effort, which was his fourth consecutive double-digit scoring line.
While Miles is hot--and is a nice pickup/start right now--his future alongside new arrival Luol Deng is a bit cloudy. It’ll take a little while before we see any consistency in a minutes-load capacity, so for that reason he’s got a minor risk attached in fantasy.
Taj Gibson, PF/C, Chicago Bulls: Moving on to the aforementioned Deng’s former team, we have Gibson. He’s been giving the Bulls a nice effort in an expanded minutes-load lately, culminating in a 42-minute, 19-point, 10-rebound effort in his last outing against the Suns on Tuesday. That gives him four straight double-digit scoring performances and two straight double-doubles.
With Carlos Boozer ailing, Gibson should continue to get a higher-than-normal workload. He’s been playing well and that should translate to extra fantasy stats. He’s a solid pickup ahead of tonight’s game in Milwaukee.
James Johnson, SF/PF, Memphis Grizzlies: Johnson has had quite the up-and-down week. He managed a big, fat goose-egg in the points column on Sunday against Detroit, which saw his minutes take a nose-dive. The good news is that he was back to form against San Antonio, posting 15 points, four rebounds and five assists.
The resurgence here looks encouraging, and Johnson should continue to see solid time with Tony Allen’s injury situation involved. All things considered, he’s not a bad lower-level play tonight against the Suns.
Corey Brewer, SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves: Aside from a five-point hiccup on New Year’s Day, Brewer seems to be pretty reliable lately. He’s scored at least 15 points in four of his last five outings, including Wednesday against the Suns. In that game he also added four rebounds, a steal and a block.
It seems like Brewer has burst out of his funk and can be relied on in fantasy as a nice low-ender. He should see double-digit points with a handful of rebounds and assists tonight against Charlotte.
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