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.”
Marreese Speights – In his first two games with the Cavs — both wins — Speights has played 18 and 28 minutes off the bench, respectively. Although there are rumors his stay in Cleveland won’t last long, I fully expect him to take advantage of his time there. He has been sharing minutes in the frontcourt with Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson, and will be at home facing Golden State, which will be playing the second of a back-to-back. Use Speights now while his price isn’t too high.
Shaun Livingston – Kyrie Irving missed this morning’s shootaround with an illness and if he sits, look for Livingston to pick up the slack. Since joining the Cavs on January 2, Livingston has been averaging around 18 mpg and has taken over as the backup PG behind Irving. Look for Livingston to have a solid game tonight at home against the Warriors if Irving is out.
Will Barton – With the Trailblazers having absolutely no spark off the bench they have been experimenting with the rookie Barton as part of the rotation. He has been averaging around 17 mpg over the last three games and is dirt cheap on most sites. A definite gamble but could be a nice play in a GPP format.
Andre Drummond – Before his last game at Orlando, Drummond had been a model of consistency over an extended period of time. It was Detroit’s final game of a three-game road trip and he simply didn’t show up. I’m looking for him to have a bounce back night at home against the Bucks, who aren’t great against centers, ranking 24th in defensive efficiency in the month of January. Jason Maxiell is technically the starter but it has been Drummond getting more minutes along side Greg Monroe. Depending on the site you play on, Drummond’s price can be pretty enticing.