GAMES ON TUESDAY 28TH JANUARY
Each day after looking back on the games of the day, I will 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.
MATCHUPS TO EXPLOIT
Brian Roberts, PG, New Orleans Pelicans @ Cleveland Cavaliers
For a guy who’s sitting on most waiver wires, Roberts is sitting on a prime matchup against the Cavaliers.
Lance Stephenson, SG, Indiana Pacers @ Los Angeles Lakers
The NBA’s leader in triple doubles, Stephenson is having an All-Star like season and against the Lakers, it wouldn’t surprise to see him get another trip-dub.
Tobias Harris, SF/PF, Orlando Magic @ Detroit Pistons
Harris was one rebound shy of his third straight double double on Sunday, even putting up a 20/20 game in that run. The Pistons yield a lot of fantasy scores to opposition small forwards to boot.
David West, PF, Indiana Pacers @ Los Angeles Lakers
West has scored in double digits his last four games, but against the Lakers, he’ll have a chance to put up monster numbers.
Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers @ Los Angeles Lakers
Hibbert has not been the same guy as the Hibbert that opened up the season on a tear. But there’s no better remedy for an ailing fantasy basketball player than going against the Lakers.
PLAYERS TO PICK UP FOR SPOT START DUTY
This section highlight 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: Marco Belinelli, SG, San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets
Belinelli has hit double digits in nine of his last ten games and is set to play more minutes with Kawhi Leonard out injured.
If you need threes: Marco Belinelli, SG, San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets
Over the last month, Belinelli has averaged three triples a game, which would be a great boost to your squad.
If you need rebounds: Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, New Orleans Pelicans @ Cleveland Cavaliers
His rebound numbers have dipped a bit lately, but he is still getting decent minutes and is a chance for double digits most nights, particularly against a Cavalier team missing Anderson Varejao.
If you need assists: Brian Roberts, PG, New Orleans Pelicans @ Cleveland Cavaliers
A starting point guard going against the Cavs is a recipe for fantasy success and while Roberts isn’t the hottest name, his production should still be there.
If you need steals: Iman Shumpert, PG/SG/SF, New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics
Shumpert has been consistently starting and his steals are his best fantasy category. Against a bad Celtics team, he should be able to rack up a few.
If you need blocks: Kyle O’Quinn, PF, Orlando Magic @ Detroit Pistons
Playing 22 minutes a game in the last two weeks with Nikola Vucevic missing with injury, O’Quinn has averaged 1.7 blocks per game. That’s pretty handy.
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