Matchups for Wednesday, March 25
All times are ET.
Key: Opp. PPG = Points per game allowed to opponents. Opp. FGP = Field goal percentage allowed to opponents. RPG Diff. = The difference between team's rebounds per game and its opponents' rebounds per game.
Andrea Bargnani, PF/C, Raptors (Achilles)
Tyson Chandler, C, Hornets (ankle)
Marquis Daniels, SG/SF, Pacers (wrist)
Tim Duncan, PF/C, Spurs (knees)
Larry Hughes, SG, Knicks (toe)
David Lee, PF/C, Knicks (knee)
Jermaine O'Neal, PF/C, Heat (hip)
Peja Stojakovic, SF, Hornets (back)
Start 'em, sit 'em
In his past five games, Thaddeus Young is averaging 21.4 points and 6.2 rebounds, and shooting 56 percent from the floor. He has had better than 20 points in four straight games, the first such stretch of his career. He's becoming an extremely productive NBA scorer, and I wouldn't expect it to stop. He should be in your lineup every night for the rest of the season, especially against the Timberwolves on Wednesday. The showdown between the Clippers and the Knicks promises to be an ugly one, but the complete and utter lack of defense should bode well for both teams' fantasy numbers. You already know to start Zach Randolph -- he managed to put up 17 points and 14 rebounds against the Celtics on Monday in a game in which his team managed just 77 points -- but I think it's worth starting Chris Kaman as well. He's going to kill you in turnovers (four against the Celtics), but he also had eight points and seven rebounds in just 18 minutes, and he should see more action against the Knicks' terrible interior defense. The Bobcats face off against the Wizards on Wednesday, and should go back to being the team that scored more than 100 points in four straight games before putting up 83 against the Pacers. That means Boris Diaw, in particular, should be the solid play that he usually is.
While Josh Howard continues to miss time for the Mavericks, you may want to take a look at James Singleton. With a PER of more than 16.0, Singleton has been relatively productive when given minutes this season, and in terms of fantasy, he's a decent source of points, rebounds and field goal percentage. He also hits the occasional 3-pointer and is always available. Pick him up for Wednesday's game against Golden State and then drop him if you don't need him anymore. I feel like I'm writing about him in every piece I write these days, but Mario Chalmers remains a fantastic (and available) pickup for just about every game the Heat play. He's struggling a little lately, but is still managing 9.2 points, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 3-pointers in his past five games. He should be able to best those numbers against the Pacers, who are one of the worst teams in the league at defending the 3. I'm never entirely clear on why Julian Wright doesn't get more minutes for the Hornets, but with Peja Stojakovic banged up, he seems to have seized at least a small amount of opportunity. He's a prolific collector of steals and blocks (in his past five games, in limited action, he has accumulated seven steals and five blocks), and has the potential to be a decent source of points, rebounds and assists as well. He's likely going to get at least 20 minutes of action against the Nuggets, and if he does, I'd expect him to make some significant contribution, probably either in blocks or steals. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has not been giving the Bucks much of late, but he has been regularly playing in the neighborhood of 30 minutes per game, and has the potential to put up a double-double on any given night -- especially against the Raptors. Take a look at him if you need a warm body Wednesday.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.