Daily Fantasy NBA 2/14/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Update: Waiver Wire Pickups for the All-Star Break
February 14, 2014
With the NBA officially on their All-Star break, we’re checking out some of the waiver wire adds who fantasy owners should be examining this weekend. There are several notable players out there coming into the break on fire, and thus should be able to keep it going when play resumes. Let’s take a closer look at some of the trending names.
Kendall Marshall, PG, Los Angeles Lakers: Marshall has been on a pretty good run recently, and if you’re shallow at the point guard position you owe it to yourself to check him out. He posted 14 points, seven rebounds and 17 assists in his most recent outing last night against the Thunder, which was his second double-double in the last three games.
While Marshall is playing well, he needs to be owned just about everywhere. He should provide plenty of assists and around double-digit points for the foreseeable future.
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Chris Kaman, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers: Let’s stick with the Lakers for a moment and check out Kaman, who has been putting up some respectable stats of his own. He posted another double-double last night against the Thunder, with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the loss. That’s his third straight double-double.
Over the past handful of games, Kaman has been a very consistent source of just about everything but steals. He has nine blocks over his last four games, and double-digit points in his last five. Like Marshall, Kaman needs to be owned everywhere--at least until Pau Gasol gets back (if he’s not traded).
Eric Bledsoe, PG/SG, Phoenix Suns: This one’s more of an investment play than anything else, and we’ll have to see where it goes. There have been some pretty positive reports regarding Bledsoe coming out of Phoenix lately, and they’ve led to a waiver wire rush to pick him up. Though the Suns have been vague about his return to the court, he’s been stepping up his rehab from his knee surgery five weeks ago and seems to be getting reasonably close.
Those owners who have an extra roster spot (or injury designation) to use on Bledsoe should do so. He’s a nice grab-and-stash for the next few weeks while he works his way back to the court.
Tristan Thompson, PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers: Thompson has been a popular waiver wire add recently, and he makes sense to kick the tires on if he’s still out there in your league. He’s working with two straight double-doubles, his most recent coming on 25 points and 15 rebounds against Detroit.
The downside here is the potential return of Anderson Varejao, who will likely cut into Thompson’s minutes when he’s healthy. That makes Thompson a shrewd sell-high property if you’re an owner, so sneak him into a trade if you can.
Taj Gibson, PF/C, Chicago Bulls: Now let’s move on to Chicago and check out Gibson. He played the Nets last night and came away with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks. That’s a little bit of a downer from his two double-doubles in three games pace that he was on coming into the game, but is still relevant in a lot of leagues out there.
If Gibson is still available in your league, he needs to be owned. Check for the occasions in which he starts, because those deliver at a noticeably higher return than his bench efforts (which are still quite good).
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