h3>GAMES ON WEDNESDAY 2ND 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
Kemba Walker, PG, Charlotte Bobcats @ Philadelphia 76ers
Kemba Walker has now scored over 20 points in his last five games as well as dishing double digit assists in two of those contests. His shooting hasn’t been ideal, but going against the Sixers, he’s in a prime position to succeed.
Paul George, SG/SF, Indiana Pacers vs Detroit Pistons
It’s no secret that George and the Pacers have been struggling of late, but the Pistons are that bad, that I expect George to bust out of his slump and have a big night.
Rudy Gay, SF, Sacramento Kings vs Los Angeles Lakers
Gay’s scoring has been on song of late, scoring 52 points in the last two games, but he’s struggled with steals and blocks. The Lakers are almost a better matchup than the Sixers these days and without Isaiah Thomas (most likely), Gay should have ample opportunity for a big line.
Josh McRoberts, PF, Charlotte Bobcats @ Philadelphia 76ers
McRoberts will be keen to bounce back from a dud against the Wizards and has the perfect opportunity. He has great value in most formats and is criminally under owned.
DeMarcus Cousins, PF/C, Sacramento Kings vs Los Angeles Lakers
Cousins scored a career high 35 points last time out and should devour the Lakers big men. He’s been the number five ranked player over the past two weeks.
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: Darren Collison, PG, Los Angeles Clippers @ Phoenix Suns
Collison has been great in the starting lineup and as Jamal Crawford is considered questionable to play on Wednesday, Collison is a must-own guy.
If you need threes: Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors vs Houston Rockets
Ross has been struggling somewhat, but even in those struggles, he has been able to hit the long ball.
If you need rebounds: Reggie Evans, PF, Sacramento Kings vs Los Angeles Lakers
Over the last two weeks, Evans is averaging nine rebounds a game. He doesn’t offer a huge amount except the boards, but if you need them, he’s your man.
If you need assists: Kendall Marshall, PG, Los Angeles Lakers @ Sacramento Kings
Much like Evans and his rebounds, Marshall is pretty much a one-trick pony. And his pony is dimes. If you need ’em, look Kendall’s way.
If you need steals: P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Clippers
Tucker will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s stinker. He should be a decent source of boards as well.
If you need blocks: Chris Andersen, C, Miami Heat @ Denver Nuggets
Andersen is on a real roll lately and with the Heat likely to rest some players down the stretch, he is going to continue to play decent minutes. I’d consider him in 12 team leagues, and not just for blocks.
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