Boxscore Breakdown Day 140: A Change Is Here
First of all, I want to say thank you to all of the readers of the Boxscore Breakdown over the course of the season. The way the Breakdown looks will be different from here on out, however. The second part of the Breakdown this season has focused on looking ahead to the next day’s games. This is how the Breakdown will look from here on out.
“Why?” you may ask.
A couple of reasons. First and foremost, I’ve been hired to work for fantasy industry leaders, RotoWire.com. I’ll be writing a version of the Boxscore Breakdown for RotoWire. Another reason is that I now have a podcast, the Red Rock Fantasy Basketball Podcast. In the podcast, on a nightly basis, I actually go through a breakdown of all the play of the night before, but in audio format, it gives me more of an ability to expand on what happened and how it impacts your fantasy team in the future. Be sure to check it out and I’m sure you’ll find the information in it exceeds what I was providing in the Boxscore Breakdown.
As always, you can contact me on Twitter @redrock_bball or via email email@example.com with any questions or suggestions.
Now onto the preview for Monday’s games.
GAMES ON MONDAY 17TH 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 vs Philadelphia 76ers
George Hill has picked up his play of late (with the Pistons’ game an exception) and now has the enviable position of playing against the Sixers. He’s had seven steals in his last four games, so hopefully he can get in front of some errant Tony Wroten or Michael Carter-Williams passes.
Lance Stephenson, SG, Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers
As well as Stephenson has played this season, his fantasy value hasn’t really matched up to the hype of his on-court play. Nevertheless, he’s going against Philadelphia and he’ll be looking to add to his triple double count for the season.
Paul George, SG/SF, Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers
We know that George has been superb this season and now he has a chance to take it to another level. Fresh off his monster night against Detroit, George will toy with Philadelphia and that should be a boon for your squad.
David West, PF, Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers
Another Pacer? Another Pacer! No prizes for guessing who the centre position will be! West has been fantastic again this season and is the emotional leader of this team. Now, emotions aren’t a fantasy category yet, but rest easy, as West contributes nicely in the standard categories as well.
Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers
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: Tony Wroten, PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers @ Indiana Pacers
Wroten can only really help in points and if you can swallow the high turnover rate, he’s a nice add pretty much anytime he plays.
If you need threes: Caron Butler, SG/SF, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Chicago Bulls
Butler has shown this season that he can hit threes in bunches. He was brought into Oklahoma City to hit threes and with Chicago putting the clamps on, he may be required to help space the floor a bit more.
If you need rebounds: Miles Plumlee, PF/C, Phoenix Suns @ Brooklyn Nets
Plumlee has started playing better of late, averaging 6.8 rebounds in his past five games. His minutes still aren’t ideal, but for a nice boost to your rebounding numbers, Plumlee is a decent add.
If you need assists: Josh McRoberts, PF, Charlotte Bobcats vs Atlanta Hawks
Although Joakim Noah has stolen the limelight for passing big men, McRoberts is still an elite option for assists from the frontcourt. He’s had six dimes in each of the past two games and is averaging over four a game for the season.
If you need steals: Patrick Beverley, PG, Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz
Beverley is a defensive pest and that should hopefully translate into steals on most nights. He’s had four steals in two of the last four games and if he can do that again, our old friend will have served us well.
If you need blocks: Elton Brand, PF/C, Atlanta Hawks @ Charlotte Bobcats
Brand keeps on getting blocks even though his minutes have been slashed. He offers no oter value any more, but there aren’t many better options on waiver-wires.
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