Daily Fantasy NBA 1/18/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
January 18, 2014
We’ve got a pretty busy set of eight games happening in the NBA today, so there will be plenty of fantasy action to go along with it. That said, let’s take our daily look at some of the relatively under-the-radar names who could provide some nice value for your fantasy roster during their games today. If you’re looking for a sleeper or a matchup play, here’s where to start.
Terrence Jones, SF/PF, Houston Rockets: Even though the Rockets fell to the Thunder on Thursday, Jones kept his string of solid production alive. He posted a stat-sheet-filling 16 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot. That’s his third double-double in the last four games.
Jones can provide nice points totals if he gets in close, but his real fantasy value lies in rebounds and blocks. If you can still get him, don’t hesitate. He should keep it going today against Milwaukee.
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Luke Ridnour, PG/SG, Milwaukee Bucks: Speaking of Milwaukee, let’s cruise on over there and check out Ridnour. He’s not so great a defender, but his ball movement and court vision make up for that deficiency. He got a start in his last appearance, putting up nine points, six rebounds and nine assists against Memphis.
Ridnour is a lower-end option, sure, but he’s got some upside to him. If he can get a minutes-load in the high-20s today, he should produce enough points and assists to make himself worth kicking the tires on in fantasy.
Markieff Morris, PF/C, Phoenix Suns: One of the hottest players on the wire this morning is Morris, who is coming off a pair of superb games. His most recent came last night against Dallas, when he posted 23 points, 12 rebounds and a pair of assists in the loss. That comes after a game against the Lakers during which he scored 24.
Morris shoots a little better at home than he does on the road, so this current home-stand is a good place to utilize him. The thing is, he doesn’t play until tomorrow against Denver, so just keep him in mind.
Shane Larkin, PG, Dallas Mavericks: Larkin came onto the floor in extended action last night and wowed everyone. He managed a career-high 18 points, five assists, two steals and a rebound in the win over the Suns, which really hints at his potential ability.
Larkin will get extended minutes as long as Jose Calderon is banged up (contusion) so he’s worth a grab at least in the short term. If he gets another solid minutes-load this evening against Portland (which is entirely possible), he’ll put up another nice one.
Jordan Crawford, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors: Let’s be realistic: Crawford’s fantasy value has plummeted since the trade from Boston. He’s working with a higher degree of talent, and won’t have to assume such a significant offensive load. That said, he’s still got some use on the lower end, as evidenced by his eight points, two assists and one rebound in his debut last night.
Crawford only got 15 minutes against OKC, so it may take him a while to learn his role and earn some more time. That said, hopeful owners in deeper leagues might want to look his way against New Orleans today.
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