Daily Fantasy NBA 3/17/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
March 17, 2014
The NBA will be fairly active tonight (seven games), which means it’s time for us fantasy owners to give our lineups a check-up before the tip-offs. Let’s start by taking our daily look at some of the trending players out there who are garnering themselves quite a bit of attention from owners everywhere. If you’re looking for a sleeper or a matchup play, here’s where to start.
Mike Dunleavy, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls: One game after impressing everyone with a 21-point, seven-rebound, 10-stitch outing, Dunleavy was back on the radar again in his last appearance against the Kings on Saturday. He put up 16 points, six rebounds and two assists. He’s also nailed seven three-pointers in his last two games.
Dunleavy was simply not producing well there for a while, but now he seems to have found his rhythm. He’ll have a couple of good matchups in the near future (Philly) as well as some not-so-good (Indy, and tonight against OKC).
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Andrew Bynum, C, Indiana Pacers: Frankly, we (and pretty much everyone else) didn’t expect to be talking about Bynum as a potential fantasy play this season, but here we are. He was pretty darn awesome in his last appearance on Saturday, putting up 15 points, nine rebounds, an assist and a block against Detroit.
Here’s the thing about Bynum. The Pacers are going to be very cautious of his health, and there will be several occasions when he won’t even play. Keep an eye on the lineups, but tonight against Philly looks pretty enticing.
Tim Hardaway Jr, SG, New York Knicks: Hardaway doesn’t play again until Wednesday, but we’ll go ahead and visit him anyway since he’s a hot trend out there. He’s been a force in the last three games of the Knicks’ six-game win streak, providing energy and spark off the bench. He put up 20 points, a rebound and a block against Milwaukee in his last outing.
That makes three straight games of at least 20 points for Hardaway, who has become an increasingly reliable source of scoring in fantasy. Wednesday’s matchup against the Pacers isn’t so great, but there are better days ahead.
Shaun Livingston, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets: Even though the Nets lost on Saturday, Livingston continued his run of solid fantasy play. He put up six points, a rebound, four assists and four steals in that one, which ended his double-digit scoring run but was still a nice across-the board effort on the lower end.
Livingston should continue to see consistent minutes for the foreseeable future, as his defense is quite a boon to the team. He’ll start out a three-game home-stand against the Suns tonight.
Drew Gooden, PF/C, Washington Wizards: In today’s risk/reward category we have Gooden, who turned a lot of heads with his performance in his last outing on Saturday. He had 21 points and nine rebounds against the aforementioned Nets, adding an assist and a block to round things out.
That’s Gooden’s fourth double-digit scoring performance in his last six games. The thing is, he’s also at risk to disappear completely, as he did in his seven-minute outing last week. He doesn’t play until tomorrow, but has a nice matchup against the Kings for those of you who like taking chances.
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