The Peek Ahead — Harden, James Harden

James Harden


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.


In one of the more lop-sided matchups of the season, the injury hammered Los Angeles Lakers taken on the high-flying Houston Rockets. That sort of pairing means you’re are going to want to target all of the Rockets’ starting five — Jeremy Lin, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Terrence Jones and either Omer Asik or Dwight Howard become the players at their respective position that you want to target in the final matchup of your fantasy season or in daily fantasy leagues.


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: Patrick Mills, PG, San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Now that Tony Parker is officially ruled out of Tuesday’s game, Mills assumes the scoring load for the Spurs’ backcourt. He’s averaged 12.8 points over his two weeks and could easily top 20 here.

If you need threes: Patty Mills, PG, San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder

A good portion of Mills’ points come from deep and in those last two weeks, he’s dropped over two triples per contest, and hit five long-range bombs against the Thunder last Thursday.

If you need rebounds: Samuel Dalembert, C, Dallas Mavericks @ Utah Jazz

Dalembert has really picked up his production of late, notching double digit boards in the past two games. It’s always a little risky with Brandan Wright capable of having a decent night, but Sammy D has been quite reliable, averaging 8.3 boards in the past month.

If you need assists: J.J. Barea, PG/SG, Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs

The Timberwolves are really thin in the backcourt, with Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger both out for at least Tuesday’s game. That is going to give Barea a big bump and will probably see him in the starting lineup alongside Ricky Rubio.

If you need steals: Corey Brewer, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs

As with Barea, Brewer will be getting all the minutes he can handle on the wing in Minnesota. He’s been an elite source steals all season and should be on most fantasy rosters for this last week and a half.

If you need blocks: Ronny Turiaf, PF/C, Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs

In his first three games since returning from his knee issue, Turiaf has blocked a total of five shots and with Nikola Pekovic unlikely to play, Turiaf should be seeing upward of 20 minutes.

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