GAMES ON SATURDAY 29TH MARCH
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 @ Philadelphia 76ers
After getting destroyed against the Heat, there’s no better team to bounce back against than the Sixers. I’ve been harsh on Jennings this season, but if he can’t excel in Philadelphia, there’s no hope left for him.
Bradley Beal, SG, Washington Wizards vs Atlanta Hawks
Beal played 35 minutes Friday after being doubtful with a hip injury, so there should be no worries here that plays. He’s had two duds in a row, and my money says that he doesn’t put up a third against the free-falling Hawks.
Kyle Singler, SG/SF, Detroit Pistons @ Philadelphia 76ers
It’s been a season of Kyle’s this season. A big year from Kyle Lowry in Toronto. A record breaking breaking streak by Kyle Korver. The emergence of Kyle O’Quinn. And the evolution of Kyle Singler. Singler has turned it on in the starting role in Detroit. Wednesday’s night big game against Cleveland is a sign of what’s in store against the hapless Sixers and he should be worth a look as a spot start in your fantasy team.
Josh Smith, SF/PF, Detroit Pistons @ Philadelphia 76ers
It’s extremely tough for me to recommend Josh Smith as a top option given how much I’ve bashed him this season. But, as always, it’s the Sixers and they will most likely set the record for futility against the Pistons on Saturday night, putting Smith is a prime position to accumulate big numbers.
Greg Monroe, PF/C, Detroit Pistons @ Philadelphia 76ers
I could just as easily have gone with Andre Drummond here, bt Philadelphia somehow doesn’t allow as much of a boost to centres as it does other positions. Monroe has definitely improved since coach John Loyer took over the squad after his dismal start and will be looking to dominate on Saturday night.
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: Vince Carter, SG/SF, Dallas Mavericks vs Sacramento Kings
Carter is turning back the clock on a regular basis this season and is averaging 15 points per game in the last two weeks. The Kings are struggling and Carter is on fire — a good matchup for Vinsanity.
If you need threes: Vince Carter, SG/SF, Dallas Mavericks vs Sacramento Kings
As well as averaging 15 points a game, Carter is hitting 2.9 triples in the last fortnight, including eight in the last two games. He should be owned universally.
If you need rebounds: Jeff Adrien, PF, Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat
Now that the Ersan Ilyasova nightmare season is finally over, Adrien will be the Bucks’ starting power forward from now on. He’s already proven to be a rebounding menace and should start to get an increase in minutes now and that makes him an intriguing add in most leagues.
If you need assists: Will Bynum, PG, Detroit Pistons @ Philadelphia 76ers
Bynum has struggled the last two games, but like all other Pistons, the Sixers are on hand. Look for Bynum to get close to his season average.
If you need steals: Henry Sims, C, Philadelphia 76ers vs Detroit Pistons
Sims is averaging a steal per game since arriving in Philadelphia and has done enough to warrant consideration in most leagues. He’ll also give you nice rebound and block numbers against Detroit, so look to add big Hank.
If you need blocks: Samuel Dalembert, C, Dallas Mavericks vs Sacramento Kings
Dalembert is on a roll of late, averaging 2.3 blocks in the last two weeks. He’s also grabbing boards and has separated himself from the Mavericks’ other centres.
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