The Peek Ahead — The Chandler Parsons Project

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GAMES ON THURSDAY 27TH MARCH

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

Patrick Beverley, PG, Houston Rockets vs Philadelphia 76ers

Beverley is an interesting sort of point guard in fantasy basketball, in that he doesn’t get you many assists. What he does do, is hit threes, get steals and grab a few board and occasionally block some shots, all while averaging only one turnover a game. If you are looking for steals this late in the season, Beverley is a great source.

James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets vs Philadelphia 76ers

This is as about as obvious as it gets. Harden has hit 15 threes in his last three games and has a scored a total of 96 points. He’s on a huge roll and is the number ranked one player over the last week. Going against the Sixers is just the icing on the cake.

Chandler Parsons, SF, Houston Rockets vs Philadelphia 76ers

Chandler Parsons looks like he’s bounced back from an off couple of weeks and continues to be one of the bargains of the fantasy season.  He’s also an NBA bargain, still playing on his second-round rookie contract.

Terrence Jones, PF, Houston Rockets vs Philadelphia 76ers

Even with Dwight Howard back in the lineup on Tuesday, Jones still managed to score 18 points with seven rebounds. The previous three games, he’d blocked a total of nine shots, so there’s also that part of his game which can help fantasy owners. Make sure he is owned in your league.

Robin Lopez, C, Portland Trail Blazers @ Atlanta Hawks

The Blazers desperately need a win here and Lopez has been performing admirably, even in the losses. The Hawks struggle mightily against big men, giving another huge line to Gorgui Dieng last night.

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: Ramon Sessions, PG, Milwaukee Bucks vs Los Angeles Lakers

Sessions looks likely to start again and has averaged 17.3 points in the last two weeks. He’s the best scoring option on the wire.

If you need threes: Matt Barnes, SF, Los Angeles Clippers @ Dallas Mavericks

Barnes has now hit a three in 16 straight games and hit four last nights against the Pelicans. He’s been dropped in a ton of leagues, so check if he’s available in yours.

If you need rebounds: Jeff Adrien, PF, Milwaukee Bucks vs Los Angeles Lakers

Adrien has been a solid source of boards ever since arriving in Milwaukee and with Ersan Ilyasova pretty much always a game time decision, Adrien is a decent addition off the wire.

If you need assists: Ramon Sessions, PG, Milwaukee Bucks vs Los Angeles Lakers

Sessions has totalled 13 assists in the last two games and is a great pickup for dimes and points.

If you need steals: Patrick Beverley, PG, Houston Rockets vs Philadelphia 76ers

Beverley is a great add, no matter what you are trying to achieve as he can produce nice numbers across multiple categories against the insipid Sixers.

If you need blocks: Chris Kaman, C, Los Angeles Lakers @ Milwaukee Bucks

Kaman will start again for Pau Gasol who is still dealing with vertigo. Whenever Kaman has started, he’s been a solid source of fantasy value, including blocks.

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