The Peek Ahead — Ray-Gun

Ray McCallum

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GAMES ON SUNDAY 13TH 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

Ray McCallum, PG, Sacramento Kings vs Minnesota Timberwolves

McCallum has now played over 40 minutes in all 10 of his career starts and that streak doesn’t seem likely to end. I highly doubt Isaiah Thomas returns this season, so even though McCallum’s shooting struggles at times, his ability to get dimes and steals mean he must be owned on your team as you strive for victory.

Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors @ Detroit Pistons

Ross continues to hit threes at a crazy rate, hitting 3.3 triples over his past four games. He doesn’t do a huge amount else, but his scoring and three-pointers, particularly against the Pistons, should be enough to propel him to a big game.

Corey Brewer, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves @ Sacramento Kings

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Brewer doesn’t replicate his 51 points, six steal game from Friday, but he still is an elite option for the banged up Wolves. Brewer is now averaging 4.8 steals over his past four games and is also scoring now as well. He is as good an add as anyone at the moment.

Zach Randolph, PF, Memphis Grizzlies @ Los Angeles Lakers

Randolph has now double-doubled in three of his past four games and has also starting blocking shots. He has swatted six shots over those contests, up from his paltry 0.3 per game for the season. Now he gets the Lakers and a double-double should be the bare minimum.

Andrew Bogut, C, Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers

Bogut won’t offer much from an offensive standpoint, but has now blocked two shots in his last two games as well as pulling down 17 rebounds. The Blazers are putrid in the paint and Bogut will be looking to take full advantage of that fact.

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: Ray McCallum, PG, Sacramento Kings vs Minnesota Timberwolves

McCallum plays enough minutes and takes enough shots to be a decent scorer. The problem has been that the shots aren’t falling. When he gets it going, even at a mediocre rate, he has the ability to get close to 20 points. The Timberwolves are as good as invisible on defense, so maybe he will get some easier looks.

If you need threes: Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors @ Detroit Pistons

Like I said earlier, Ross is an elite long-range bomber and there is barely a better option in the NBA, let alone the waiver-wire, to boost your three-point category.

If you need rebounds: Reggie Evans, PF, Sacramento Kings vs Minnesota Timberwolves

After a quiet stretch, Evans is now back in business as chairman of the boards, pulling down 23 in the past two games. You’ll get nothing else really, despite Saturday’s double-double, but you are most likely chasing single categories at this stage of the season.

If you need assists: Ray McCallum, PG, Sacramento Kings vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Have you worked out the theme yet? McCallum should be owned. He’s averaging 7.9 dimes in his past seven games including two double digit performances.

If you need steals: Corey Brewer, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves @ Sacramento Kings

As much as I said you want to own Ray McCallum, Corey Brewer is just as much a must own. He’s had at least four steals in the past four games, which is bordering on insane.

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

Will Nikola Vucevic play? It doesn’t really matter for O;Quinn’s block numbers. He’s been a consistent source of blocks with or without Vucevic in the lineup and he’s averaged 2.8 blocks in the past two weeks.

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