Daily Fantasy NBA 3/18/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
March 18, 2014
We’ve got a relatively thin NBA schedule happening tonight (five games), but that doesn’t mean the fantasy action will be coming to a halt. There are plenty of notable players out there who are tearing up the ranks in fantasy right now, so you should be aware of these up-and-comers if you’re looking for a change. Let’s take a closer look at the current trends.
Jarrett Jack, PG/SG, Cleveland Cavaliers: Jack is one of the hottest waiver wire trends over the past day or so; Let’s check into his recent numbers to see if we can figure out why. He’s coming off a 12-point, two-rebound, five-assist game in a blowout loss to the Clippers, which was his fourth time reaching double-digit points in the last five games.
That said, the real reason behind Jack’s upsurge in fantasy popularity is the injury to Kyrie Irving’s left biceps. It looks pretty severe, so Jack will help pick up some of the slack while he’s gone. Miami is in town tonight.
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Ray Allen, SG, Miami Heat: Speaking of Miami, let’s stick with that matchup and check out Allen. He’s been a hot add recently thanks to his 25 points against Houston in his last appearance over the weekend. It was his second consecutive game scoring at least 22.
Allen’s long-range shot is working overtime right now. He’s nailed nine three-point bombs in his last two outings, so if you’re short there you might want to give him a look while he’s rolling. He honestly won’t give you too much else, though.
Kyle O’Quinn, PF/C, Orlando Magic: O’Quinn is a relative newcomer to the waiver wire radar, but he’s been putting up some nice stats in must-have categories recently. Against the Wizards, he managed six points, six rebounds and two assists, but the real story was his four blocks.
In just his last five games, O’Quinn has managed 12 blocked shots. He’s scored in double-digits just twice during that span, but has turned in a handful of rebounds during each game. He makes an interesting play against a high shot-count team like the Warriors.
Gorgui Dieng, C, Minnesota Timberwolves: Those in need of a big man might want to check out Dieng (who doesn’t play until tomorrow…so keep that in mind). He got the start on Sunday thanks to injuries and responded with a 12-point, 11-rebound, two-steal, five-block game against the Kings.
The major knocks on Dieng are that his offensive game is kind of crummy and he tends to foul a lot. Aside from that, he’s worth a look while Ronny Turiaf and Nikola Pekovic are banged up. He’s in Dallas tomorrow.
Ramon Sessions, PG/SG, Milwaukee Bucks: Sessions is making some significant fantasy noise up there in Milwaukee, and is one of the only players on the roster to get excited about in fantasy. He put up 18 points and six assists against Charlotte on Sunday, which gives him six double-digit scoring outings in his last seven games.
The good news on Sessions is that he should continue to get minutes, so if you’re in the market for a lower-end guard you could do worse. The matchup in Portland tonight isn’t great, but he should provide a serviceable line.
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