Daily Fantasy NBA 12/23/13: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
December 23, 2013
After a slow day in the NBA yesterday, the fantasy basketball action will be kicking back into gear this evening with 11 matchups on the schedule. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the lower-end sleepers and surging players who should be putting up solid numbers and can help your fantasy team earn a victory in this evening’s games.
Aaron Brooks, PG, Houston Rockets: Brooks makes a whole lot of sense in fantasy right now, and he’s got the upside to back it up. He played 34 minutes against Detroit on Saturday, posting 10 points, two rebounds and seven assists. Brooks should be getting plenty of action in the foreseeable future thanks to Patrick Beverly and Jeremy Lin’s injury situations, which goes great in a busy five-game week coming up.
The Rockets will host the Mavericks tonight, and Brooks is a solid pickup.
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Caron Butler, SF, Milwaukee Bucks: After being out for 12 games, Butler jumped right back into the fray on Saturday against Philadelphia. He was active for 40 minutes, logging 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. The thinking was that Butler would be reintroduced into action slowly, but we guess that’s out the window now.
He was playing well before the injury, so this isn’t a complete shock. As long as he stays healthy, he makes a nice start tonight in Charlotte and beyond.
Andray Blatche, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets: With Brook Lopez gone, owners are scrambling to fill the void. Needy squads need not look too much further than Brooklyn, where Blatche figures to get a big boost in playing time now. He’s averaging 11.8 PPG with 5.9 RPG and 1.3 APG, but has seen quite a scoring and rebounding boost in games that Lopez has sat out so far this year.
Blatche is a great piece and he should play well as a low-end PF/C name. He’s got a tough matchup tonight against the Pacers, though.
Brandan Wright, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks: Let’s head back over to tonight’s Mavericks-Rockets matchup and check out Wright. He’s another great name for owners looking for a Brook Lopez replacement, and has the stats to back it up recently. In his last two games, he’s posted 32 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks. He’s also averaging 27.5 minutes in those two contests.
As long as Wright continues to produce at an efficient rate, he’ll be getting a heavy workload. Look for him as a nice low-end center play tonight.
Marco Belinelli, SG, San Antonio Spurs: With Danny Green not playing so hot lately, Belinelli has been able to step up. He was in the starting lineup on Saturday, and came up with 17 points, four rebounds and a steal. Belinelli’s forte is three-point shooting, and he has nine makes in his last two games.
He’s one of those hot-streak plays and will probably lose some value when he cools off, but there’s no reason not to trust Belinelli tonight at home against Toronto.
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