Daily Fantasy NBA 3/7/14: Matchup Plays and Value PicksAndrew's Daily Fantasy League Breakdown
Andrew examines the underused fantasy players who have favorable matchups on the schedule
There’s a very heavy schedule of NBA games happening tonight (11, to be exact), so it’s a big night for fantasy basketball. Before we reach tip-off time, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players out there who have made compelling cases in their favor. If you’re looking for a sleeper or a matchup play for tonight, here’s where to start.
Amar’e Stoudemire, PF, New York Knicks: The Knicks finally won a game on Wednesday, and Stoudemire had a heavy hand in the victory. He put up 18 points, eight rebounds, an assist, a steal and two blocks as New York beat Minnesota. It was his third straight double-digit scoring outing.
Stoudemire is playing well, and it’s gotten him up near the top of the waiver wire pickups list. The drawback here is that he’ll be flirting with a minutes restriction if he’s going to produce, but that shouldn’t affect much in a nice matchup against the Jazz tonight.
D.J. Augustin, PG, Chicago Bulls: Augustin had a huge game against the Pistons on Wednesday, sending his name surging back onto the waiver wire radar. He put up 26 points, six assists and a rebound in the win, which means he’s now scored at least 23 in two of his last three outings.
Augustin comes of the bench, so his value is limited by how efficient he can be. That said, he’s a good enough three-point shooter to warrant consideration in most leagues, and should do fine against Memphis tonight.
Terrence Jones, SF/PF, Houston Rockets: Jones has been a waiver wire fixture for much of the year, and he maintains a strong presence today. He put up a double-double against the Magic in his last outing Wednesday, with 17 points, 11 rebounds, an assist, a steal and two blocks. That’s three straight double-doubles for him as he stays red-hot.
Jones--even though he’s surging right now--holds some risk. The bottom could fall out at any given time and his stellar production could cease. Still, you should ride the fantasy wave while you can, even during an ugly matchup against the Pacers.
Kelly Olynyk, C, Boston Celtics: After missing out on two games thanks to a toe injury, Olynyk was back out on the court on Wednesday against Golden State. He was none the worse for wear, logging 27 minutes with 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and a block. That’s two straight double-digit scoring outings for him.
Here’s the downside: On any given night, Jared Sullinger and Kris Humphries could steal Olynyk’s thunder, so he’s more of a matchup play. The game against Brooklyn tonight could go either way.
Pero Antic, C, Atlanta Hawks: As the Hawks flounder toward the finish line, they can take some solace in the fact that Antic is healthy and back out on the floor. He put up 10 points and four rebounds in his return from a stress fracture in his ankle on Wednesday, which was the first action he’s seen since Jan. 22.
It’ll take some time for Antic to get acclimated to the NBA grind again, so his minutes won’t be terribly significant for the time being. Still, he’s worth a deeper-league look in Golden State tonight.
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