GAMES ON SUNDAY 30TH 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
George Hill, PG, Indiana Pacers @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Now, if you’ve heard my podcast recently, you know that I’m not a fan of Hill in the slightest. But even I must admit, that going up against the Cavaliers is a matchup too juicy to ignore. I don’t expect Hill to blow everyone away, but what I do predict is that he’ll have a much better game than he has been serving up of late.
Goran Dragic, PG/SG, Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Lakers
That sound you can hear is the sound of Goran Dragic licking his lips in anticipation of the matchup with the insipid Lakers. Dragic has been awesome all season and has somehow taken his play up a notch with the return of Eric Bledsoe and is the seventh ranked player over the last week.
P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Lakers
It’s hard to believe that Tucker is the 43rd ranked player throughout the month of March, but his form has been incredibly consistent and he continues to produce. He would be looking to notch another double double on Sunday.
Markieff Morris, PF/C, Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Lakers
Morris is one of the leading contenders for Sixth Man Of The Year and considering he was a fantasy afterthought when the season commenced, must be considered one of the fantasy waiver-wire pickups of the season. He has the enviable ‘task’ of going up against the Lakers’ frontcourt and should pour in the points.
Marc Gasol, C, Memphis Grizzlies @ Portland Trail Blazers
Gasol is back to his pre-injury best and now gets to go up against the horrible paint defense of the free-falling Blazers. I hope you traded for Gasol when he was struggling earlier this year as he is paying dividends now.
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: Avery Bradley, PG/SG, Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls
Bradley has scored in double digits the last six games and looks to be back to his bet after missing time with an ankle injury. He’s a great source of points in any league.
If you need threes: Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors @ Orlando Magic
Ross has been on a huge hot streak over the last week and is worth a look in almost all leagues. He’s averaging three triples over that time frame to go along with 16.8 points and against a Magic team that has nothing to play for, he should be able to continue this run.
If you need rebounds: P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Lakers
I’ve already spoken about Tucker’s form and he should be owned in all leagues.
If you need assists: Raymond Felton, PG, New York Knicks @ Golden State Warriors
Felton struggles, that I can admit. But he is a source of assists and with tomorrow the end of a lot of fantasy matchups, if you need dimes, there’s no better waiver-wire option than Felton.
If you need steals: P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Lakers
Not only does Tucker grab boards, he’s an above average defender as well and that is reflected in his steals numbers. He’s averaged 1.9 steals over the past month.
If you need blocks: Kyle O’Quinn, PF/C, Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors
O’Quinn has now blocked a shot in the last 15 games and is really shining in his starting role. He only gives low end value, but the blocks are elite.
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