Daily Fantasy NBA 1/7/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
January 7, 2014
The NBA slowed down to a crawl last night after a very busy stretch of days. We’ll be kicking back into gear this evening, however, and the increased activity will bring along lots of fantasy considerations. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the lower-end players and sleeper candidates out there for tonight’s matchups.
Kendall Marshall, PG, Los Angeles Lakers: Marshall cooled off a little bit after his awe-inspiring debut in the Lakers’ starting lineup, but he’s still a must-own player in fantasy. He shot just 3-of-10 against Denver, but still was able to put up a whopping 17 assists, and now has 32 in his last two games.
Don’t expect a ton of points out of Marshall on a nightly basis--he’ll hover around 10 or so--but he’s still very useful in providing helpers. He’s in Dallas tonight.
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Gerald Green, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns: Filling in for the injured Eric Bledsoe, Green has been pretty good. He’s coming off a 24-point, five-steal game against Milwaukee and has now scored at least 20 in two of his last three games.
Green is a streaky shooter, so he’ll come up empty here and there. That said, he should provide enough production to warrant a start while Bledsoe is hurting. The Suns are in Chicago tonight to kick off their road trip.
Kris Humphries, PF, Boston Celtics: We’re as shocked as you are that Humphries has displayed such value recently. He had another strong game in OKC over the weekend, with 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and three blocks. He’s been getting minutes-loads in the mid-20s recently and has provided a nice return on that time.
So, what should fantasy owners do about him? Well, he makes sense as an add while he’s playing well and getting minutes, so pick up Humphries as a short-term solution to an ailing lineup. His court time will likely drop as we move on, however, so keep that in mind. The Celtics are in Denver tonight.
Kenneth Faried, PF, Denver Nuggets: Speaking of Denver, we should probably spend a moment looking at Faried. He had a bad December (just 19.9 minutes per game) but has picked things up recently. He’s put up double-digit points in all three 2014 games so far, and just got his first double-double since Dec. 1 this past weekend.
Faried’s value is based on potential, and he’s got a lot of it. If he can keep his feet beneath him and continue this run, he makes a prudent add for those owners in need of a PF. Get him if he’s available in your league.
C.J. Miles, SG/SF, Cleveland Cavaliers: Here’s the good news on Miles: He’s coming off an awesome game against the Pacers, posting 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. That makes three straight double-digit performances for him.
Here’s the catch: He did that without Kyrie Irving and Jarrett Jack in the lineup, so he saw more action than usual. Irving and Jack will likely be back by tonight’s game against Philly (and new arrival Luol Deng is on the way as well). Still, Miles is worth a look as a speculative add in deeper leagues if he can produce with a full complement of Cavs out there.
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