Daily Fantasy NBA 3/8/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
March 8, 2014
The NBA schedule tonight isn’t all that heavy (six games), but we’ll be getting lots of fantasy considerations out there on the court as we kick off the weekend. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players out there and try to determine whether or not they’ll make a good fit for your fantasy basketball team tonight.
Matt Barnes, SF, Los Angeles Clippers: We’ll start out today by taking a look at Barnes, who was one of the big contributors in the Clippers’ historic blowout of the Lakers on Thursday. He put up 17 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals in that one, which was his seventh consecutive double-digit scoring outing.
Barnes is absolutely one of the most desirable fantasy assets right now, so make sure you pick him up if you’re able. He’ll give you across-the-board production against the Hawks tonight.
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Boris Diaw, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs: It’s been a while since we’ve checked out Diaw, so let’s see what he’s up to now that he’s back on the waiver wire radar. He put up 16 points, eight rebounds, five assists and a steal in a big win over the Heat in his last outing, which was his third consecutive double-digit scoring outing and the second time in a row he’s posted 16 points.
Diaw is one of the most efficient fantasy players out there right now, and he’s gone 12-of-12 in his last two appearances. He’s got a handful of choice matchups coming in the near future, starting tonight against the Magic.
Marcus Morris, PF, Phoenix Suns: Morris doesn’t play until tomorrow, so keep that in mind before you run out and grab him. That said, he’s an intriguing fantasy play right now thanks to his recent hot streak. He’s posted double digits in four straight, including eight made three-pointers in that span.
If you can’t get his brother Markieff, Marcus Morris is a pretty good fantasy play right now. On good nights, he’ll flirt with a double-double. On bad nights, he’ll still get you a decent amount of points. He’s away at the Warriors tomorrow.
Maurice Harkless, SF, Orlando Magic: Let’s revisit that Spurs-Magic matchup for a moment and check out Harkless. Thanks to some banged-up Magic players, he’s found a niche in the lineup recently, posting five straight double-digit points outings. He’s also got nine steals over his last three games, which is a nice bonus.
As long as Harkless remains in the starting lineup, he’s a viable fantasy option in a lot of leagues. Soon, the Magic will get healthy, however, and his role will diminish. For now, you should be able to trust him tonight.
Jeff Adrien, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks: Here’s a relative newcomer to the waiver wire radar, but one that you should be aware of. Adrien posted a double-double last night against the Pelicans, notching 20 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. He now has double-digits in either points or rebounds in each of his last four games.
Adrien is getting more opportunities recently thanks to some injuries, so it remains to be seen how he’ll perform once the Bucks get healthier. Still, he’s worth a look in deeper leagues against Washington tonight.
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