Daily Fantasy NBA 3/5/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
March 5, 2014
With a pretty hefty 10-game schedule in the NBA tonight, it’s a good idea to take stock of your fantasy roster and see if there are any changes to be made. We’re in the home stretch and nearing the end of the season, so this is the perfect time to make a last-minute charge. With that said, let’s take our daily look at some of the trending players out there who could make a big difference in your lineup tonight and beyond.
Jerryd Bayless, PG/SG, Boston Celtics: It’s been a few days since we’ve seen Bayless in action, so let’s take a refresher course on his potential fantasy value. Back on Saturday, he put up 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal against a great Pacers team, which was his fourth straight double-digit scoring outing.
As long as the Celtics are banged up and relying on him for minutes, Bayless is a definite fantasy consideration. He should get plenty of action in what’s bound to be a high-scoring game against the Warriors tonight.
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Elton Brand, PF/C, Atlanta Hawks: Brand hasn’t played in a few days, either, but that hasn’t affected his fantasy stock. He put up 13 points, six rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in his last game against Phoenix, which gives him two consecutive double-digit scoring outings. (And the game before that, he delivered 13 rebounds.)
The matchup in Portland tonight isn’t that great, but Brand is a player to watch this week, as he’ll be seeing some vulnerable opponents in the near future.
Vince Carter, SG/SF, Dallas Mavericks: We talked about Carter a little bit earlier this week, now it’s time to reiterate the fact that we’re pretty high on him right now. He’s scored in double-digits for the past five straight games, dropping in 18 three-pointers in that timeframe. His 21-point, four-rebound, five-assist line against San Antonio in his last appearance sealed his desirability.
As long as Carter is hitting those outside shots, he’s a must-own fantasy player. He’ll run through a string of so-so matchups--starting tonight in Denver--but things get better from there.
Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks: Monday night, Ilyasova burst back onto the fantasy radar with a career game against Utah. He put up 31 points, five rebounds, two steals and a block, hitting 13 of 14 field goals along the way. That’s his fifth double-digit scoring outing in the last six games.
When it comes to waiver-wire level players, Ilyasova has one of the higher ceilings out there. He’ll baffle you with his inconsistencies at times, but can deliver when he’s on his game. The Bucks host the Kings tonight in a nice-looking matchup.
Trevor Booker, PF, Washington Wizards: Booker is a relative newcomer to the waiver radar, and we got a good look at him on Monday against Memphis (thanks to the Wizards’ injury situation). He put up 15 points, seven rebounds and a block in that one, which was his second straight double-digit scoring outing.
As long as Booker is getting minutes-loads in the high-20s, he’s worth a fantasy start. That should happen tonight against the Jazz, which is also a very enticing matchup for him.
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