Daily Fantasy NBA 3/31/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
March 31, 2014
Today’s a busy one in the NBA (10 games), so there will be plenty of fantasy basketball activity out there. With that said, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the up-and-coming players who could have big lines in their upcoming games. If you’re looking for a sleeper or a matchup play, here’s where to start.
Omer Asik, PF/C, Houston Rockets: Well, now. There’s an interesting situation developing in Houston, and Asik is at the “center” of it. He served as the starting big man against the Clippers, notching 12 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. He got the nod due to the absence of No. 1 Dwight Howard (ankle).
Howard will supposedly be out for a week or so, which gives Asik some legitimate fantasy value. He won’t blow the doors down, but he should give you enough production for a band-aid add. The Rockets don’t play until tomorrow in Brooklyn, though.
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Josh McRoberts, PF/C, Charlotte Bobcats: McRoberts had his outside game working in his last outing against Orlando. He nailed six three-pointers (a career-high) en route to a 24-point, seven-rebound, six-assist game. That’s three straight double-digit scoring outings for him.
McRoberts is an underrated fantasy player in deeper leagues. He may not light it up every night, but he’ll give you an honest night’s work in the three major categories. Look his way against the Wizards tonight.
Brian Roberts, PG/SG, New Orleans Pelicans: Roberts missed two games last week, but was able to return to the floor on Saturday against the Spurs. He put up 18 points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal in that one, which is his seventh double-digit outing in his last eight appearances.
Roberts usually gets around 30 minutes a game lately, and that’s enough for him to contribute a pretty good scoring line on a nightly basis. The upside here is tonight’s matchup, which is at home against the Kings.
Matt Barnes, SF, Los Angeles Clippers: Barnes has been putting in quite a bit of work recently. He logged his second straight 38-minute game against the Rockets, putting up 15 points and 10 rebounds in the process. That’s three straight double-digit outings for him.
With Blake Griffin plagued by back issues, Barnes is a smart investment in fantasy right now. He’ll deliver in threes and scoring, and you’ll also get a handful of other production from him. He’s in Minnesota tonight.
Marco Belinelli, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs: Belinelli is back on the radar this morning, thanks to an impressive outing against New Orleans in his last appearance. He logged 18 points, two rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in a stat-sheet-filling effort. Even better, he posted four threes, which gives him 10 in his last two games.
Danny Green’s return will be quite a detriment to Belinelli’s fantasy value going forward, but he’s on such a tear right now that he’s probably worth picking up anyway. He does get a stingy defense in Indiana tonight, though, so keep that in mind.
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