Daily Fantasy NBA 1/31/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
January 31, 2014
The NBA is getting back to business tonight, with 16 teams in action around the league. That extra activity means plenty of fantasy considerations out there on the court, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at some of the trends and potential breakouts who would look pretty good on your fantasy roster. If you’re looking for a sleeper or a matchup play tonight, here’s where to start.
Timofey Mozgov, C, Denver Nuggets: Mozgov is a relative newcomer to the fantasy radar, mostly because he hasn’t been able to sustain a productive run for very long this year. That could be changing right now, however, since he’s got three good games in a row under his belt. The most recent came against Charlotte on Wednesday, when he posted 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Mozgov isn’t a must-own player at the moment, but he’s definitely on the radar the deeper your league gets. We’ll see if he can sustain his production against the Raptors tonight.
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks: We’ve got a couple of Bucks for you to look at today, and we’ll start with Ilyasova. He’s coming off a 27-point, four-rebound outing against Phoenix, which was his third double-digit scoring performance in a row. That could be an indication that he’s overcome his recent shooting woes and is now at least worth some fantasy consideration.
Ilyasova doesn’t come without risk: He’s taken a dive statistically several times this season. Still, while he’s hot you might as well check him out before a nice matchup in Orlando tonight.
Khris Middleton, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks: We’ve talked about Middleton a couple of times this season already, and here he is again. He’s got double-digit points in five straight, including 17 points, four rebounds and two assists Wednesday against Phoenix.
Even with the positive trend, there are no guarantees Middleton will remain in the starting lineup much longer. He’s probably one of those players you can rely on while he’s getting the minutes, which certainly applies tonight against the Magic.
DeMarre Carroll, SF/PF, Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks’ game against Detroit on Wednesday got postponed, which gives fantasy owners a little more time to check out Carroll. He’s still riding high on the waiver wire radar with his performance against the Thunder: 42 minutes, 15 points, three rebounds and five steals.
Carroll and the gang are in Philly tonight, and there’s really no reason not to pick him up before then. He’ll get you double-digit scoring and a handful of other stats just about every time.
Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: Let’s head over to Oklahoma City and check out Lamb, who has been making some major noise over the last few games. In his most recent appearance Wednesday against the Heat, he put up 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and four made three-pointers in the victory. That gives him double-digit points in three of the last four.
If Lamb can keep nailing those threes and maintaining a decent shooting percentage, he’ll keep getting the minutes. In deeper leagues, he’s worth a spin tonight in Brooklyn.
For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.