Daily Fantasy NBA 12/21/13: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
December 21, 2013
We’re in for another consecutive day of heavy NBA action in the coming hours, and the impending games will be carrying some significant fantasy influence. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the sleeper players out there who have either been surging or have solid matchups ahead. You can pick these guys up at a discount and ride them to fantasy basketball glory today and beyond.
Jared Dudley, SG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers: We doubt anyone saw this coming, but Dudley is riding quite the hot streak. He’s coming off a 20-point performance on Wednesday that included four three-pointers, five rebounds and three assists. It’s all part of a three-game surge that’s resulted in a 16.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 3.3 made 3-pointer average.
Dudley and the Clippers have another home game tonight against Denver. If he can continue his hot streak, he’ll make a very valuable fantasy asset for the time being.
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Reggie Jackson, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder: Jackson’s immediate future looked a little sketchy Thursday night against the Bulls, as he sustained a minor hand injury. He was able to play through it, however, and finished the game with 18 points, five rebounds and two assists.
Even though he’s just a bench player, Jackson has proven himself as a legitimate fantasy considerations. Even with a relatively tough matchup tonight (in San Antonio), he’ll probably be good for a high-teens points total, five rebounds and a couple of assists.
Mike Dunleavy, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls: With their starting lineup decimated by injuries right now, Dunleavy has proved himself an important and reliable second-level player to the Bulls. He earned the start Thursday against the Thunder, posting three 3-pointers, 11 points, two rebounds and six assists.
Dunleavy is the team’s ace 3-point shooter, and with all the injury casualties on the team he’ll be an impact player moving forward. The Bulls will be back home at the UC this evening to host the Cavaliers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks: Let’s take a look at Antetokounmpo for a moment, and not just so we can get some practice spelling his name. He had a bit of an off-night against the Cavaliers, posting just six points and one assist after a string of strong performances. We can attribute much of that to foul trouble (he was able to play just 23 minutes), however, as is a danger with most rookies out there.
Antetokounmpo has lost a little bit of luster, but the potential is still there. He’ll be at home against the 76ers tonight.
Tyson Chandler, C, New York Knicks: Chandler has only played one game so far this year, so it’s tough to tell exactly where he’s at. He came back from a month-long absence due to a fractured leg on Wednesday and had to play much longer than anticipated. He put in 37 minutes, logging nine points, nine rebounds, an assist a steal and three blocks.
Chandler probably isn’t too high on a lot of owners’ radar, but he’ll probably end up as a prudent start if you’re down that low. He should come away with a healthy number of points/rebounds/blocks compared to his minutes load.
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