Daily Fantasy NBA 1/2/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
January 2, 2014
We’ve got nine games happening in the NBA today, which will bring about plenty of fantasy action out there in daily and yearly leagues. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the notable players who are either surging or have solid matchups coming in the hours ahead. If you’re in the market for a lower-end name, these are the guys who should be on your radar today.
Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks: It’s been a while since Ilyasova has been relevant in fantasy, but he posted a very nice game against the Lakers on Tuesday. He managed 15 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and an assist in 33 minutes of action. That’s a sharp contrast to his ugly 21.5 percent shooting over his previous 10 games.
Though Ilyasova won’t be putting up double-doubles with any consistency this season, he’s not a bad start for tonight. He and the Bucks will be visiting the Jazz, and it won’t be too hard to duplicate his success.
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Jarrett Jack, PG/SG, Cleveland Cavaliers: Jack and the Cavaliers had a pretty rough night against the Pacers on Tuesday. They took a 76-91 loss, with Jack himself only scoring eight points. That said, he did offer a bit of low-end fantasy value, collecting three rebounds and six assists.
Prior to the Pacers game, Jack had notched a pair of double-digit scoring outings with a combined eight assists and four three-pointers. He’s looking at a pretty good matchup against the Magic tonight, so he’s become a viable fantasy option.
Gerald Green, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns: Green has been enjoying something of a hot streak recently, and he’s helped the Suns to victories in five of their last six games. In his most recent outing, he notched 21 points, two rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Green’s major area of value is his three-point capability. He’s hit at least five treys in three of the last six games, and will deliver handily if he remains hot. He’s worth a shot at home against the Grizzlies tonight.
Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: Lamb has been getting a pretty good amount of minutes recently, and he’s turning them into solid production. He’s got double-digit points in each of his last four games, including a 10-point, six-rebound outing against a tough Portland team on Tuesday.
Lamb and the Thunder will host the flailing Nets this evening, so he’s definitely worth a look in fantasy right now. If he can get a minutes-load in the mid-20s somewhere, he should pay off as an add.
Jimmy Butler, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls: After fighting off a toe injury this past weekend, Butler has been back in action and posting some pretty decent numbers this week. He notched 15 points, seven rebounds, an assist, a block and two steals against Toronto on Tuesday, which was his fourth consecutive double-digit scoring outing.
Butler will be at home against Boston tonight, and now that we’re assured he’s healthy he makes a lot of sense as a fantasy option. You can expect an across-the-board contribution.
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