TUESDAY 4TH MARCH 2014
THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT
Kawhi Leonard, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs:
18 points (7-10 FG, 2-2 FT), 2 threes, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 3 blocks, 3 turnovers
How good has Leonard been since returning from his hand injury? Since coming back, Leonard is the sixth ranked player in fantasy and is repaying the faith owners had in him when they drafted him in the top 50 of drafts last October.
Rest of the top 10:
- Eric Gordon
- Matt Barnes
- Kevin Durant
- David West
- Danny Green
- Boris Diaw
- Paul George
- Anthony Davis
- Michael Beasley
WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT
Matt Barnes, SF, Los Angeles Clippers (6.0% owned):
28 points (12-17 FG, 0-0 FT), 4 threes, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover
Matt Barnes is playing like a man possessed at the moment, ranked ninth of the past two weeks in fantasy. He’s absolutely a must-own player at this stage and seems unlikely to be challenged for minutes by new arrival, Danny Granger. Make the move and grab Barnes.
YOUNG GUN OF THE NIGHT
Anthony Davis, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans:
28 points (10-16 FG, 8-11 FT), 0 threes, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover
There’s nothing like playing the Lakers’ to cure what ails ya! Davis had struggled in his previous two games, but Los Angeles’ front line is horrible, so Davis took full advantage.
THE STINKER – First Annual Joe Johnson Award For Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Mediocrity
Thaddeus Young, SF/PF, Philadelphia 76ers:
6 points (3-12 FG, 0-0 FT), 0 threes, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 3 turnovers
This was bad. In no way is it indicative of what Young will do for the rest of the season, but it hurts nonetheless. He only played 22 minutes and couldn’t get a shot to fall, but will bounce back as soon as the next game.
Most Points – Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder – 42
Durant had nine rebounds, two steals and a block and was only required for 32 minutes against the hapless Sixers. He didn’t quite match LeBron from Tuesday, but it was impressive in it’s own right.
Most Threes – James Anderson, SG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers – 6
Anderson finished with 20 points and two steals and is a must-own 12 team player at the moment. He’s going to continue to get 30 minutes a night and nights like this are always a possibility.
Most Rebounds – DeAndre Jordan, C, Los Angeles Clippers – 17
Jordan added 10 points with two blocks and also hit both of his free throws. He’s having a fantastic season and remains my pick for Most Improved Player.
Most Assists – Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder – 14
Westbrook had a triple double in only 20 minutes of action, the second fastest trip dub in NBA history. He started out on fire, notching eight assists in the first quarter alone. He finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds and swiped three steals.
Most Steals – Austin Rivers, PG/SG, New Orleans Pelicans – 4
Kawhi Leonard, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs – 4
Rivers has improved this season, but is still not an impact player in the NBA. Saying that, he had a nice game here with 12 points and four steals and if you listed to my DFS advice, you may have played him and reaped the benefits.
Most Blocks – Chris Andersen, C, Miami Heat – 5
Anderson also grabbed seven rebounds and has been a nice spot start for blocks this season, but has not much value as a long-term add.
GAMES ON WEDNESDAY 4TH MARCH
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
George Hill, PG, Indiana Pacers @ Charlotte Bobcats
The Bobcats are a rare combination of good NBA defense, horrible fantasy defense and have allowed a lot of fantasy stats over the course of the season. Hill is back and now has a chance to put up a very full line.
Kevin Martin, SG, Minnesota Timberwolves vs New York Knicks
Evans has been on a hot streak lately, averaging 16.8 points in the last four games, while also grabbing 7.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists. Against the Lakers, we are truly on triple double watch.
Mike Dunleavy, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons
Dunleavy has been a top 100 player in the last month and the Pistons are horrible at guarding opposition wing players. Look for Dunleavy to take advantage of the Pistons poor lineups and rotations.
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF/C, Portland Trail Blazers vs Atlanta Hawks
Paul Millsap may be back for Atlanta, but even if he is, Aldridge is on the top fantasy plays on Wednesday. He hasn’t completely hit his straps since returning from injury. Look for him to tear the Hawks a new one here.
DeMarcus Cousins, PF/C, Sacramento Kings @ Milwaukee Bucks
This could get ugly. Cousins has been awesome when he’s not getting T’d up and we all know how bad the Bucks have been at guarding centres. Look for a 20/20 game possibly.
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: Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, New York Knicks @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Fresh off a big ol’ donut on Monday, Hardaway should bounce back against a porous Timberwolves defense.
If you need threes: Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, New York Knicks @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Most of his value comes from beyond the arc and has been averaging 1.9 thress in the last two weeks.
If you need rebounds: Trevor Booker, PF, Washington Wizards vs Utah Jazz
Kevin Seraphin is not likely to play again, so that means Booker will get another start. The Wizards get all of their fantasy value from their starters, so Booker should be able to have a relatively big night, grabbing close to seven boards.
If you need assists: Mo Williams, PG/SG, Portland Trail Blazers vs Atlanta Hawks
Williams has tallied 15 dimes in the past three games and is the only Blazer off the bench to have any value. Look for Williams to provide a decent amount of assists here.
If you need steals: Corey Brewer, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves vs New York Knicks
This is Brewer’s wheelhouse and has now grabbed two steals in each of the last four games. Against the careless Knicks, there’s no reason this can’t happen again.
If you need blocks: Kyle O’Quinn, PF, Orlando Magic vs Houston Rockets
O’Quinn is quickly becoming one of my boys and has blocked a shot in the past four games.
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