Fantasy Basketball 2014-15: Sleeper Picks 1/16/15
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
January 16, 2015
We’re coming off a pretty soft day of NBA action and heading into a monster schedule tonight (13 games), which makes this morning a prime opportunity to talk fantasy basketball. Let’s take a moment to check out some of the sleeper candidates going into the weekend and see who you should be targeting on the waiver wire over the next day or so.
Nikola Mirotic, SF/PF, Chicago Bulls: Mirotic is the hot guy to pick up off the waiver wire right now in fantasy, as he’s primed for some more usage from the Bulls. He posted an efficient 17 minutes against Washington on Wednesday, with 12 points, four rebounds, three steals, a block and an assist.
With Joakim Noah banged up, Mirotic should see more court time and should continue to produce. He plays very well alongside Pau Gasol, so we could have ourselves a breakout on our hands.
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Bismack Miyombo, C, Charlotte Hornets: The center position is pretty deep at the moment, but we’ll go ahead and throw Miyombo out there as a sleeper option. People are beginning to take notice of him over the past couple of games, as he’s got back-to-back double-doubles on his résumé.
Miyombo put up 12 points and 15 rebounds in his last outing against the Spurs, and looks to be a nice alternative while Al Jefferson is out. Give him a look if you need a big man on your roster.
Hassan Whiteside, C, Miami Heat: While we’re on the subject of fantasy centers you should be looking at, let’s take our talents to South Beach and check out Whiteside. He put up 10 points and 12 rebounds in a nice shooting performance against Golden State, and seems to have some nice upside in fantasy.
As long as Whiteside keeps producing, he’ll get the minutes. He’s got three double-doubles in his last five games and isn’t a bad option if you’re in need of a C candidate.
Elfrid Payton, PG, Orlando Magic: Another guy who needs to be owned in most leagues is Payton. He posted 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals in his outing against Houston on Wednesday. That gives him two straight double-digit scoring performances.
Payton has his numbers up recently, which gives us some hope that he’s on the upswing nowadays. As far as lower-end point guards go, he’s the guy to have right now.
Mo Williams, PG/SG, Minnesota Timberwolves: We feel we should address the Mo Williams situation before we sign off, as he threw shockwaves through the fantasy community with his absurd 52-point effort against the Pacers this week.
Williams has been scoring, that’s for sure. He’s averaging 24.4 PPG over his last five and seems to be a nice short-term fantasy band-aid. That said, watch out for the return of Ricky Rubio, who will throw a wrench in the works.
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