The Peek Ahead — You Can’t Handle The Truth

Paul Pierce

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GAMES ON SATURDAY 5TH APRIL

Let’s spend a little time having a ‘peek ahead’ of what to look for in the coming day’s games. I will name one player from each position who is likely to exceed their usual production given their upcoming matchup, as well as guys available on the waiver-wire to help you in specific categories.

MATCHUPS TO EXPLOIT

Kemba Walker, PG, Charlotte Bobcats @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Even though Walker had to leave the game on Friday to have his ankle re-taped, it doesn’t look like it will bother him moving him forward. He had a triple double against the Magic and now has the Cavs on deck, so I’d look for Kemba to kick things into top gear.

Joe Johnson, SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets @ Philadelphia 76ers

Johnson has had some monster games against the Sixers this year, and has really being turning this up lately. He’s the 23rd ranked player in fantasy during the last month and has been a key cog in the Nets’ huge run.

Paul Pierce, SF/PF, Brooklyn Nets @ Philadelphia 76ers

Much like Johnson, Paul Pierce has been resurgent this season and is thriving in his role as the power forward. As long as the Nets don’t destroy the Sixers by too much too early, Pierce should be able to contribute in most fantasy categories.

Jeff Green, SF/PF, Boston Celtics @ Detroit Pistons

Green couldn’t take advantage of the Sixers yesterday, but he gets another matchup on deck to redeem himself. The Pistons are playing ugly basketball and have been horrific at guarding small forwards all season, so this could be a game where we see the good Jeff Green explode..

Spencer Hawes, C, Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Bobcats

Hawes was incredible Friday against the Hawks and will be looking to continue his stellar play of late against a bad fantasy defense, in the Bobcats.

PLAYERS TO PICK UP FOR SPOT START DUTY

This section highlights players who are available in more than 50% of ESPN leagues and are a decent option if you are looking for a guy to stream in for a day to give you the edge in your matchup.

If you need points: Jerryd Bayless, PG/SG, Boston Celtics @ Detroit Pistons

Bayless took advantage of playing the Sixers on his way to 23 points and five triples and with Avery Bradley still bothered by injury and Rajon Rondo sitting, he should be in line for a big night.

If you need threes: Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors @ Milwaukee Bucks

Fresh off a five triple night against the Pacers, Ross is a threat every night to go big from deep.

If you need rebounds: Cody Zeller, PF/C, Charlotte Bobcats @ Cleveland Cavaliers

With Josh McRoberts doubtful to play with an ankle injury, Zeller is line to get his third consecutive start. He hasn’t set the world on fire in those starts, but he has been decent and could easily grab double digit boards.

If you need assists: Phil Pressey, PG, Boston Celtics @ Detroit Pistons

Pressey is in line to start with Rondo and Bradley both sitting out on Saturday and is a sneaky source of dimes and steals.

If you need steals: Shaun Livingston, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets @ Philadelphia 76ers

Livingston was a gem on Friday, repaying ay of his owners faith with a monster line. He went without a steal though, so I’d expect him to get back on the board on Saturday.

If you need blocks: Kyle O’Quinn, PF/C, Orlando Magic vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Now is a great time to get yourself in the Kyle O’Quinn business. Nikola Vucevic sat out Friday’s game with a sore Achilles and is questionable for Saturday, so that makes O’Quinn a decent addition in all leagues.

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