The Sandman’s Grab Bag: NBA Sleepers is a NBA daily fantasy strategy article finding value in guys you never would expect. An important element of NBA 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”
Chris Johnson – MIN C – No, I’m not talking about CJ0K the Titans running back that burned so many fantasy football owners, with a disappointing season after rushing for over 2,000 yards the previous year. This Johnson won’t cost you a pretty penny in your daily league, and he does get a soft matchup with the Wizards who are giving up the most rebounds in the league to opposing centers. With the injury to Nikola Pekovic, Johnson has seen solid minutes off the bench and has posted 20+ fantasy points in two out of the three games he’s played. As long as he can stay out of foul trouble, for his rock bottom price he should have no trouble getting value. On a related note, Derrick Williams who has been starting at PF for the Timberwolves is still coming in at a discount and has considerable upside as well in this matchup.
Ivan Johnson – ATL PF/C – If you listened to us on Wednesday, you reaped the rewards of Ivan’s monster double-double versus the Bobcats. That should solidify the reasons why you take opposing big men against the Bobcats. As of now, Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia are game-time decisions, however with this being an early game we should know their status before lineups lock. If one or the other is out, I expect Ivan to play a more prominent role, and if both are out he’s practically a lock to hit value on any site that has not jacked up his price. Atlanta faces the Celtics who are coming off a back-to-back and don’t guard the center position well.
Danny Green – SA SG/SF – Call me a glutton for punishment, but I’m recommending another Spurs player. Unlike Diaw though, Green has been starting all year. His fantasy production has been inconsistent, much like any Spurs player not named Parker, Duncan or Ginobli. Lately however, he’s seen his minutes increase, and he’s been more involved offensively. Last game he picked up two quick fouls, yet still saw 29 minutes of action, scoring 12 points with 7 rebounds and 2 steals. The upside for Green is that Duncan is out, Kawhi Leonard is questionable, and Ginobli is on a minute’s restriction on his 2nd game back from a hamstring injury. Even if Kawhi returns, Green should still log 25+ minutes in a matchup with the Mavericks who have had trouble defending the SG and SF position. Coach Popovich is also out sick for this game, so there shouldn’t be any shenanigans with regards to the lineup and/or minutes. Green comes very cheap on a lot of sites with considerable upside in what Vegas projects to be a high-scoring affair.