Daily Fantasy NBA 2/3/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
February 3, 2014
With a full 11 games on the NBA set this evening, it’s going to be a pretty hectic evening when it comes to fantasy considerations. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the rising fantasy names out there and see who’s in line for a nice performance this evening. If you’re looking for a sleeper or a matchup play, here’s where to start.
Tim Hardaway, Jr., SG, New York Knicks: We’ve been keeping an eye on Hardaway over the past handful of games, and he’s remained useful in fantasy. Saturday in the Knicks’ loss against the Heat, he got some major minutes (37) and turned them into 17 points, a rebound, an assist, a steal and three made three-pointers.
New York coach Mike Woodson has begun to turn Hardaway into a major contributor on offense, and the result has been nice for fantasy owners. He’s got double-digit points in his last five games, and that’s likely to continue tonight against a bad Milwaukee team.
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Nick Calathes, PG/SG, Memphis Grizzlies: Calathes is a relative newcomer to the fantasy radar, and he’s worth kicking the tires on if you’re a deeper-league owner. He’s coming off a nice game against the aforementioned Bucks, with 22 points on four threes, five rebounds, three assists and a steal.
With the Grizzlies rolling, they’re not likely to change things up too much, so Calathes might get another start tonight. Even if he doesn’t, he’s still got some lower-end appeal in a relatively rough matchup against OKC.
Taj Gibson, PF/C, Chicago Bulls: Gibson is coming off a nice outing against the Pelicans on Saturday. He tore it up off the bench, accounting for 17 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and three blocks. Granted, he got some extra minutes due to fouls, but still extended his double-digit scoring run to seven games.
Gibson has settled into a nice role for the Bulls, and should continue to shine as long as he doesn’t get traded. Better yet, his matchup against the Kings tonight looks pretty darn good. Get him if you can.
Shaun Livingston, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets: In an unexpectedly close (and relatively high-scoring) game on Saturday, Livingston put up a season-high in points against the Pacers. He managed to score 24 with three rebounds, two assists and a steal. That makes two straight games of double-digit scoring for him.
The major drawback to Livingston is the fact that he doesn’t take three-point shots like most guards out there. Still, if you’re on the lower end and need a handful of points and production in other areas, there are worse places to look. He’ll see Philly tonight.
Enes Kanter, C, Utah Jazz: Starting for Derrick Favors on Saturday, Kanter posted a great outing against the Clippers. He put up 23 points, 14 rebounds, an assist and a steal in the loss, which gives him four straight games of double-digit scoring.
Granted, Favors will be back out on the court as soon as this evening at home against the Raptors, so he’ll get his starting job back. That said, Kanter has the hot hand and will get enough minutes to make a decent fantasy impact.
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