GAMES ON WEDNESDAY 16TH APRIL
So here we are. The last night of the NBA season. This could be an absolute mess in terms of players sitting and resting and big lines coming from relatively unknowns. With what I know at the moment, I’ll do my best to give you the players who are going to have the best chance to exceed their usual production on this night when all 30 teams are in action. I’ll also give you, as usual, recommendations for specific categories off the waiver-wire.
This will be the last ‘Peek Ahead’ in this format. In the playoffs, the format will be tweaked for daily fantasy sites, like FanDuel.com.
MATCHUPS TO EXPLOIT
Deron Williams, PG, Brooklyn Nets @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Williams played through his knee issue on Tuesday, but caution must be exercise, in case the Nets sit him down for this game. If he doesn’t sit, he is in a great situation against the paper-thin Cavaliers’ backcourt.
Danny Green, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers
Green got his rest in on Monday, when he sat out the team’s loss to the Rockets. The last time he was on the court, Green knocked down seven treys for 33 points. He has now drained 12 triples in his last two games, so if he does play, which is still an if, he should feast on the rotting carcass of the Lakers’ season.
Kawhi Leonard, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers
Like Green, Kawhi Leonard sat out Monday’s game against the Rockets. Fantasy owners will be hopeful he suits up in the season finale, but it would also be no surprise if coach Gregg Popovich sat Leonard for another game. Leonard has been a top 20 player in nine category formats this season and I’ll be targeting him in the second round next season.
LeBron James, SF/PF, Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers
Will LeBron play? No-one knows at this stage. If he plays, he could easily post a triple double in under 30 minutes. Check this one closer to tip-off.
Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls @ Charlotte Bobcats
Out of all the players mentioned so far, Noah is the least likely to rest. Coach Tom Thibodeau doesn’t believe in player preservation, so you’d have to assume a full allotment of minutes for his best player.
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 Washington Wizards
Bradley dropped his fourth consecutive 20 point game on Monday and has the green light to let it fly. He’s a great option off the wire if you need to close the gap in points.
If you need threes: Danny Green, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers
Green has been on fire from deep and aside from the 12 he has dropped in the last two games, he has averaged 2.7 threes a game in the last month of action. Assuming he plays, he looks to be a great option.
If you need rebounds: Thomas Robinson, PF, Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Clippers
This could be a great opportunity for Robinson, with a lot of Blazers tipped to rest, including star power forward, LaMarcus Aldridge. He had some big nights when Aldridge was injured around the All-Star break and may surprise some people with a decent line on Wednesday.
If you need assists: Aaron Brooks, PG, Denver Nuggets vs Golden State Warriors
Brooks will start again at point guard as it’s extremely doubtful that Ty Lawson makes a comeback for one game. He is also a great option for points and triples.
If you need steals: Draymond Green, SF, Golden State Warriors @ Denver Nuggets
Green has been on fire lately and with Andre Iguodala doubtful to play, he could excel again. He’s swiped nine steals in the past three games and has averaged 1.9 per game in the last two weeks.
If you need blocks: Kyle O’Quinn, PF/C, Orlando Magic vs Indiana Pacers
O’Quinn could easily have a big night, with the Pacers resting players. He has been a great shot blocker all season and now with e extra minutes, he’s a must own player.
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