Daily Fantasy NBA 3/23/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
March 23, 2014
We’ve got a fairly active day of NBA basketball ahead of us, which in turn will bring about the usual round of fantasy trials and tribulations. We’re here to help with our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players out there who might be worth starting in their upcoming matchups. Here’s a closer examination of each trending name out there on the wire.
Nick Young, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers: It seems like every day this season, we’re highlighting another Laker who might be worth your time in fantasy. Today’s installment centers around Young, who posted a promising line in his return from a 11-game absence on Friday. He put up 21 points, two rebounds and one assist in the loss against the Wizards.
Young nailed four threes in 29 minutes of action in that one, and thus is the top add this weekend in fantasy. He looks like a good option moving forward, starting tonight in a nice matchup against the Magic.
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Gorgui Dieng, C, Minnesota Timberwolves: Speaking of hot trends, Dieng has been smoking up the waiver wire radar over the last couple of days. That newfound attention stems from a 22-point, 21-rebound, four-assist, one-steal line in his last outing, which gives him three straight double-doubles.
Given the Timberwolves’ injury situation, Dieng is one of the most prudent fantasy adds out there right now. We fully expect him to continue contributing, so if you need a big man don’t pass him up against Phoenix today.
Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets: It’s been a while (if ever) since we’ve highlighted Plumlee in this space, but he definitely deserves some recognition thanks to his recent play. He put up 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in his last outing against Boston, which was his third double-digit points total in a row.
With Kevin Garnett out, Plumlee is mopping up the extra minutes and has excelled as a starter. He should continue to get solid court time over the next few games at least, so give him a look in Dallas today.
Drew Gooden, PF/C, Washington Wizards: Let’s visit with the Wizards for a moment and check in on Gooden. He’d been flirting with double-double status for a few games, and he finally crossed that threshold in his most recent appearance on Friday. He put up 11 points and 11 rebounds against the Lakers, which was his fourth-straight double-digit points total.
Considering the fact that he got his double-double in just 19 minutes (he was ejected for a flagrant), that’s pretty darn promising. Gooden will take his bad-boy reputation into Denver today, and he’s worth kicking the tires on.
Reggie Jackson, PG/SG, Oklahoma City Thunder: Jackson and the Thunder don’t play until tomorrow, so we’ll keep him in mind for then. He was instrumental in OKC’s crazy win over the Raptors on Friday, logging 25 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and a block. That gives him four straight double-digit points games.
Jackson’s minutes load stood at a bloated 42, which won’t be the norm, obviously. Still, he’s a solid consideration, at least in the short term. He plays Denver tomorrow at home.
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