GAMES ON WEDNESDAY 9TH 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
Brandon Jennings, PG, Detroit Pistons @ Cleveland Cavaliers
This is a tough one. I hate Brandon Jennings. But he’s going up against the horrible Cavaliers’ backcourt defense and this could be one of the good Brandon Jennings’ nights. Play him and cross your fingers.
Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers
Ross is another player who tends to be feast or famine, but the banquet is laid out in front of him in the form of the Sixers. In the Raptors big win against the Pacers on Friday, Ross dropped five triples for 24 points and that sort of line isn’t out of the ordinary for the second-year man from Washington.
DeMar DeRozan, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers
What a breakout it has been for DeRozan this season. It’s been his best season in terms of on-court play as well as his fantasy production and is constantly looking like the All-Star that he was named in February. He’s averaging over 20 points a game and also adding boards and dimes this year as an added bonus.
Terrence Jones, PF, Houston Rockets @ Denver Nuggets
Coming off an almost career-high 33 points against the Lakers, Jones now gets to go up against an equally bad defense in the Nuggets. Jones has also blocked a shot in the past three games and has been one of the surprises of the season.
Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Four straight double doubles for Joakim Noah and it’s unlikely either Gorgui Dieng or Ronny Turiaf will be able to slow him down. Noah looks set to land himself on an All-NBA team this season and has been a fantasy revelation.
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: Aaron Brooks, PG, Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets
Not only does Brooks get to go up against his former team, but he should be the only remaining point guard on the Denver roster with Ty Lawson highly unlikely to suit up. He’s been incredible in his last three starts and Brooks could easily contend for the fantasy line of the night on Wednesday.
If you need threes: Aaron Brooks, PG, Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets
In his last six games (of which three were starts), Brooks has 2.7 triples a game. In other words, pick up Aaron Brooks!
If you need rebounds: Timofey Mozgov, C, Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets
The Nuggets are super banged up, so that creates fantastic opportunities in fantasy to snatch up guys who will produce. Mozgov has been starting for a while. He’s pulled down double digit boards twice in the last two weeks.
If you need assists: Aaron Brooks, PG, Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets
Stop what you’re doing and add Brooks now! Do it! Come on, I’ll wait. Ok, now that you’re back, Brooks has averaged 11.3 dimes in his past three starts. He could literally swing the championship in your favour this week.
If you need steals: DeMarre Carroll, SF, Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics
Carroll has been a great source of steals all season, nabbing at least one in the past three contests.
If you need blocks: Kyle O’Quinn, PF/C, Orlando Magic vs Brooklyn Nets
O’Quinn has averaged an incredible four blocks in his past three games. Nikola Vucevic is considered questionable to play, but even if he does suit up, O’Quinn will still start and swat shots to his heart’s content.
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