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Daily Fantasy NBA 12/20/13: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups

December 20, 2013

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After a pretty quiet evening last night, the NBA daily fantasy action will be kicking back into gear tonight, with nine upcoming games on the schedule. Let’s take a glance at the stats and surging players from the past few days and try to uncover some hidden low-end gems who can help guide fantasy owners to victory with sleeper performances in tonight’s matchups--and beyond. Here’s a closer look.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF/SG, Milwaukee Bucks: Once you figure out how to spell the rookie Antetokounmpo’s name, you’ll notice that he’s been putting up some pretty decent stats in his extended minutes recently. He’s coming off a nice game against the Knicks, during which he posted 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 42 minutes of action.
Word out of Milwaukee is that Antetokounmpo will remain in a starting role as long as he’s producing. That’s great news for prospective fantasy owners heading into tonight’s game in Cleveland.

Daily Fantasy NBA 12/20/13: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

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Nick Young, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers: Now that Kobe has been ruled out for the next six weeks or so, we’ll be seeing some extra minutes from Young (and Xavier Henry). Young is coming off a pretty good night against Memphis, when he logged 18 points and three rebounds in 34 minutes of action. He’s posted double-digit scoring for the last 11 games straight, and has been a decent source of across-the-board production overall.
Young has been shooting quite well, and if his run continues you can expect a solid line this evening against Minnesota.

Danny Granger, SF, Indiana Pacers: Here’s a pretty potent play that may be off the radar for a lot of owners. Granger is expected to make his season debut this evening at home against the Rockets. He’s missed out on all action this year due to a calf injury, but appears to finally be healthy.
So what can we expect from Granger? The main issue here is conditioning; he’ll probably see just 15-20 minutes this evening in a sub role for Paul George. Still, Granger may be able to make a noticeable impact in that short span, so keep him in mind if you come across him.

Channing Frye, PF/C, Phoenix Suns: Thanks to a red-hot game against the Spurs on Wednesday, Frye is firmly entrenched in fantasy conversations this week. He filled up the stat sheet with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting, five rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block. That’s his second straight game with at least 20 points and his third in a row with five rebounds.
It’s safe to say Frye has emerged from the slump that plagued him earlier in the season. He’s a good bet to get around 30 minutes this evening in Denver and should continue his run.

Miles Plumlee, PF/C, Phoenix Suns: Let’s stick with the Suns-Nuggets matchup for a moment and take a look at Plumlee. He’s been a nice source of low-end stats recently, so let’s take a look at his numbers. In the last three games, he has 31 points, 32 rebounds, four assists, six steals and eight blocks.
It’s been an impressive run for Plumlee, who’s been pretty much an afterthought after his big start to the season. If he can get 30-35 minutes tonight, we’ll probably see his streak continue.

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