Daily Fantasy NBA 2/9/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Today's Matchups
February 9, 2014
With eight games on tap for today in the NBA, fantasy basketball owners everywhere will be tinkering with lineups over the next several hours. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the trending waiver-wire-level players out there who have been making noise on the fantasy radar, and see if any of them are worth adding to your roster for their upcoming matchups.
Wesley Johnson, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers: If you haven’t picked up Johnson yet, it’s high time you did. He’s pretty much a must-have player thanks to his increased playing time due to the Lakers’ injury situations. Johnson’s been making the most of the extra activity, capped by 17 points, three rebounds, an assist and five steals in his last appearance against Philadelphia on Friday.
The Lakers are entering a lengthy home-stand today against the Bulls, and Johnson will see some heavy action in those games. He should be good for points, rebounds and blocks--among a handful of other stats.
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Steve Nash, PG, Los Angeles Lakers: Before we leave L.A., let’s take a look at Nash, who is fresh from a return to action after his back injury. He put up a pretty good line against the Sixers on Friday, with 19 points, four rebounds and five assists in 28 minutes of work.
Before you get too excited over Nash’s fantasy potential, let’s assess the risks here. There’s a good chance he could sit on a nightly basis, thanks to his minutes restrictions and injury history. Also he won’t put up great numbers against solid defenses, so keep that in mind as well. He’s a higher-risk pickup with a relatively moderate return potential.
George Hill, PG/SG, Indiana Pacers: Hill broke out against Portland on Friday, providing owners with 37 points (a career-high), nine rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a block. The performance was somewhat unexpected, as he’d provided just seven points in his previous two games combined.
Lance Stephenson was out on Friday (back), so Hill got some extra looks. In the short term at least, that could be a running trend. Regardless, the matchup here is great (Orlando), so we expect a respectable game even if Stephenson can return to action.
Taj Gibson, PF/C, Chicago Bulls: Let’s head back to that Lakers-Bulls matchup for a moment and check out Gibson. He’s coming off a lengthy 46-minute workload in his last appearance, resulting in 26 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks against Golden State.
Gibson shouldn’t be on any waiver wires at all, as he’s emerged as a strong play in just about every fantasy league. With this Lakers game marking the end of a long road trip, the Bulls might phone it in a bit, but Gibson should still come away with a nice line.
Brian Roberts, PG/SG, New Orleans Pelicans: In his last outing against the Timberwolves on Friday, Roberts burst onto the fantasy radar again with 16 points, four rebounds and six assists. That gives him two straight double-digit scoring performances and makes him a viable option in deeper leagues.
Roberts and the Pelicans will be in Brooklyn tonight. You probably won’t get too many steals, blocks or threes here, but he should provide reasonable value otherwise.
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