Daily Fantasy NBA 1/21/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
January 21, 2014
There are just five games on the NBA schedule tonight, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some significant fantasy happenings out there on the court. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the underused players who could provide your team with some big stat lines in their matchups this evening.
Kris Humphries, PF, Boston Celtics: After ceding a ton of minutes to rookie center Kelly Olynyk in his previous outing, Humphries bounced back on Sunday with 18 points and 12 rebounds against the Magic. His minutes-load was back up to 29 minutes after dipping down to 11 against the Lakers.
There remains a strong possibility that Olynyk’s performance was just a fluke thing, so Humphries is still worth a look in fantasy. He’ll have a tougher matchup against the Heat tonight, but should still produce enough to be worthwhile.
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Alec Burks, PG/SG, Utah Jazz: Burks hasn’t played since all the way back on Saturday, so he’s fallen down the waiver ranks just a bit. That said, he overcame some foul trouble against Minnesota to put up 18 points, two rebounds and four assists in just 24 minutes of action. That’s his fourth double-digit scoring effort in the last five games.
Burks is streaking right now, and he’s worth using in fantasy while he’s hot. Take a look at him for the other half of the home-and-home against Minnesota tonight.
Carl Landry, SF/PF, Sacramento Kings: Landry is a relative newcomer to this space, as he’s played only one game since coming back from a hip injury. He put in nine minutes against OKC on Sunday, tallying six points and four rebounds in his season debut.
Don’t get too excited just yet. The Kings will be easing Landry into the rotation slowly, so you probably won’t see much over the 10-minute mark for the immediate future. Even then, he’s just a lower-level play. Still, if you’re up against the wall in a deeper league, he’s not a bad prospective pickup.
Ramon Sessions, PG/SG, Charlotte Bobcats: Sessions was awesome yesterday in his first start of the season. He put up 23 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal, which continues his trend of solid play. He’s now got four straight games of double-digit scoring under his belt.
Thanks to Kemba Walker’s absence, Sessions has been thriving. He’s a great fit for the system and should have no problems at all staying productive. He won’t play until tomorrow, but he’s definitely a stopgap or deeper-league option for those owners in need right now.
Andray Blatche, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets: Blatche notched a stellar outing yesterday against the flailing Knicks, accounting for 19 points, 12 rebounds and a pair of steals. He and pretty much all of his teammates thrived against New York’s listless defense and continued what’s become a very strong run for Brooklyn.
This was a similar line to Blatche’s game against Atlanta (20 points, 14 rebounds, six assists), so he’s definitely streaking right now. As long as he’s producing, Coach Kidd will give him minutes, so look his way tonight against the Magic.
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