Daily Fantasy NBA 2/13/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Update: Waiver Wire Pickups for the All-Star Break
February 13, 2014
With the NBA regular-season action grinding to a halt after tonight’s pair of games, it’s a good time to take stock of your fantasy lineup and see if there are any areas you can improve upon. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the waiver wire names out there who might be worth a look. These guys are trending in the right direction, and can help your team make some traction in your league’s standings.
Manu Ginobili, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs: If Ginobili is floating around out there on your waiver wire, this All-Star break is a good time to pick him up. He’s been back with the team on their current road trip, and is expected to hit the floor again when play resumes on Feb. 18 in Los Angeles (Clippers). He hasn’t been out there since Jan. 28.
The downside to picking up Ginobili--at least in the short term--will be minutes restrictions, so don’t expect a whole lot out of him for the first week or two. Assuming he stays healthy, however, he’s a prudent pickup.
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Brian Roberts, PG/SG, New Orleans Pelicans: Roberts has been on quite a roll recently, which has made him a popular target in daily leagues. He’s got five straight double-digit scoring performances under his belt, including 17 points, four rebounds and five assists in a win last night over Milwaukee.
As long as Jrue Holiday is sidelined, Roberts is a solid fantasy grab. We may see some additional information leak out over the weekend that could change up values, but for now Roberts makes a lot of sense for Feb. 19 against New York.
Kevin Martin, SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves: You won’t be able to do much of anything with Martin for a while if you pick him up, but he qualifies as a grab-and-stash option right now. He’ll be getting a reevaluation of his fractured thumb on February 21, and we’ll know more on his status from there.
Most of the speculation out there has Martin returning from his injury after about a month, which would put him back on the floor around the beginning of next month. If you’ve got the roster space, pick him up and hide him until then.
Amar’e Stoudemire, PF, New York Knicks: A bad Knicks team was beaten by a bad Kings team last night, but there’s a silver lining here. Stoudemire has been trending upward on waiver wire rankings everywhere recently, and his latest performance (20 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, one assist in 37 minutes) is cause for optimism.
Stoudemire’s no spring chicken anymore, but you can’t ignore his recent production. He’s been excelling inside, and has shown sparks of his old self in recent games. If he stays healthy and keeps getting minutes, there’s no reason to ignore him in fantasy.
Kawhi Leonard, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs: It’s time to start paying attention to Leonard in fantasy again. Here’s the latest on him: He’ll be getting an X-ray this coming week to see how his broken hand is doing, and if things look good you can probably expect him to rejoin the Spurs lineup shortly thereafter.
Leonard is an obvious pickup if he’s still available in your league, injury or not. Seeing him back in the lineup on Feb. 18 against the Clippers isn’t completely out of the question, so grab him immediately if you see him.
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