The Sandman’s Grab Bag: NBA Sleepers is a daily fantasy strategy article finding value in guys you never would expect.
An important element of daily fantasy strategy is finding value, so we’ll be highlighting three sleepers every day to use in tournament play, so you can stack your lineup with studs. These are guys off the traditional radar. As Shakespeare once said, “To sleep, perchance to dominate thy fantasy basketball league”
Derrick Williams – MIN PF – The former first round pick and Pac-10 player of the year finally got a start last time out, logged 31 minutes, and logged a 10-7-1-2-1 line. With the Timberwolves dropping like flies (Pekovic and Shved are out, Cunningham is a GTD with an illness), Williams will have all the minutes he can handle. He also has the good fortune of playing the Rockets, one of the worst teams against the PF position.
J.J. Barea – MIN PG – Rarely do we recommend two sleepers from the same team, but today is special. Alexsey Shved being out means the Wolves are down to just 3 guards. Barea will have to play heavy minutes with Rubio still on a minute’s restriction as well. As if the Rockets allowing the most points per game in the league were not enough, they struggle to guard the PG position too. To make matters worse, the Rockets are playing a back to back and their 4th game in the last five days, with three of them on the road.
Lamar Odom – LAC SF/PF – Perhaps being the constant butt of Kardashian jokes (pun intended), “LO” has decided to create some more positive headlines in the media with some inspired play for the red-hot Clippers. He’s rounding into form and averaging around 25 minutes per game. He gets a friendly matchup with the Wizards at home. He’s been a rebounding machine of late, and the best thing about his game is that he can fill the stat-sheet with assists, steals, and blocks even when he isn’t scoring points.