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GAMES ON MONDAY 14TH 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

Jeff Teague, PG, Atlanta Hawks vs Charlotte Bobcats

Teague has been on his hottest streaks of the season, right at the pointy end of the season. Over his last four games, Teague is averaging 20.3 points, 5.8 assists and 1.8 steals while shooting over 50 percent from the field. Now he has the Bobcats, who are playoff bound, but, yield a ton of fantasy points to their opponents.

Avery Bradley, PG/SG, Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers

In the three games since returning from his ankle injury, Bradley has been insane. He is the fifth ranked player in all of fantasy basketball in that time frame, averaging 23.7 points, 4.3 threes and 2.0 steals on 53.2 percent shooting. Against the Sixers, Bradley has a prime opportunity to improve even on those loft numbers.

Gordon Hayward, SG/SF, Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers

Hayward has been poor in his shooting form this season, but has been a great source of counting stats all season. If he is ever going to lodge a triple double, it’s going to be against the beat up Lakers.

Jeff Green, SF/PF, Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers

Green has been one of the bigger disappointments this season and — spoiler alert — I’m sure he’ll feature in my season dishonours piece coming next week. But, he’s scored over 13 points in the last six contests, hitting 10 three-pointers in that time frame as well. The Celtics will be looking to avenge the embarrassment of losing to the Sixers last time out, so Green will need to have a big game.

Al Jefferson, C, Charlotte Bobcats @ Atlanta Hawks

Big Al has been a monster and he is the main reason the Bobcats find themselves in the playoffs for the first time in far too long. In his last three games he is averaging 27 points and 13.3 rebounds and is a no-brainer fantasy option.

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 @ Philadelphia 76ers

At this time of year, it’s not easy to find a guy who’s been scoring over 20 points a game just sitting on the waiver-wire, but here we are and there lies Avery Bradley. He’s a must-add for these last three days of the season.

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

Even though Ross only scored six points, he still managed to drain a triple in Sunday’s game and will look to bounce back in a big way against the moribund Bucks.

If you need rebounds: Jeff Adrien, PF, Milwaukee Bucks @ Toronto Raptors

Adrien is averaging 10.3 boards over his past seven games and is an elite source of boards available to most owners on the wire.

If you need assists: Jordan Farmar, PG, Los Angeles Lakers @ Utah Jazz

In his three games since returning from a groin injury, Farmar has averaged six assists per game and has severely cut into Kendall Marshall‘s production. Mike D’Antoni seems to like Farmar’s production off the bench and won’t hesitate in running him out for 24-28 minutes a game.

If you need steals: Corey Brewer, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves @ Golden State Warriors

Even though Brewer was unable to keep up his crazy rate of four steals a game, he still nabbed two against the Kings on Sunday and will continue to pester the Warriors and their high-turnover backcourt.

If you need blocks: Kyle O’Quinn, PF/C, Orlando Magic @ Chicago Bulls

Now that Nikola Vucevic has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, Kyle O’Quinn can be written in with pen as a guy to own for the last two games in your fantasy lineups.

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