Daily Fantasy NBA 1/11/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
January 11, 2014
We’ve got a pretty heavy set of NBA action coming our way today, so there will be plenty of fantasy considerations out there as we get closer to the tip-offs. That said, let’s take our daily look at some of the trending players who are making noise on the lower end. These are some of the names you should be looking at if you’re in need of a sleeper prospect, an investment or a fill-in candidate.
Randy Foye, PG/SG, Denver Nuggets: Over the past several games, Foye has been turning in increasingly impressive numbers. His current hot streak culminated in a nice performance in Thursday’s win against the Thunder. In that one, he shot 7-of-11 from the field, putting up 24 points on six made three-pointers. He also added four rebounds.
In just the last two games, Foye has put up 47 points with 13 three-pointers. His shot is working overtime right now, so if you’re in the market for a long-range contributor, he’s probably your guy. The Nuggets host the Magic tonight.
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Iman Shumpert, SG/SF, New York Knicks: The ill-advised antics of the once highly-regarded J.R. Smith (shoe-untying, immaturity issues, etc.) have had a positive effect on Shumpert’s fantasy stock. During the Knicks’ big win over the Heat on Thursday, he played a season-high 43 minutes, putting up 12 points and nine rebounds with four three-pointers.
With Smith on punishment (he notched a DNP: Coach’s Decision on Thursday), Shumpert should see a significant up-tick in minutes moving forward. He makes a nice option tonight in Philly.
Kris Humphries, PF, Boston Celtics: We’ve been looking at Humphries quite a bit over the last week or two, and he remains a hot fantasy add right now. He continued his overall solid play last night against Golden State, with 16 points, 14 assists, two steals and three blocks in 36 minutes of action. That’s his second double-double since Dec. 31, and he’s posted double-digits in either points or rebounds five times in that span.
Humphries will have his stinker games every now and then, but he’s worth some serious consideration while he’s on this run. The matchup in Portland tonight isn’t the greatest, but he’ll work as a nice add.
Shaun Livingston, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets: Let’s stick on the East Coast for a moment and check out Livingston. He’s been a key contributor during the Nets’ five-game winning streak, capped off by a nice 19-point, 11-rebound, five-assist, three-block outing against the Heat last night in a surprising victory. (He did that in a whopping 51 minutes.)
Livingston knows his part within the Brooklyn offense and he’s thriving in it. While he’s getting this extra play time with Deron Williams injured, he should continue to play well. He’ll see the Raptors in Toronto today.
Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, Washington Wizards: Here’s an interesting prospect. Ariza has given us fantasy owners quite a bit to think about this week--what with a crummy performance against Charlotte followed by two nice follow-up outings. He played pretty well in Indianapolis last night--especially considering the defensive competition--with seven points, six rebounds and five assists. That came after a 21-point, 10-rebound outing in New Orleans.
The Wizards will host the Rockets tonight, and Ariza’s numbers should be somewhere in the middle of those two.
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