Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 14

Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 14
Caris LeVert, David Lee, Sam Dekker, Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert are some of the players you should be looking to pick up in fantasy hoops.
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Jared Cook caught 7-of-12 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons.

Playing on a one-year, $2.75 million contract, 29-year-old Cook had something resembling a breakout, catching 30 passes for 377 yards in 10 games. His numbers would have been much better had he not missed a whopping six games with a high-ankle sprain. Praised as an essential element of the Pack’s offense by Aaron Rodgers, Cook consistently made plays up the seam. Headed back to free agency, Cook, of course, has never been consistent, and turns 30 in April. The Pack will undoubtedly try to re-sign him, but Cook’s ever-rumored "upside" could entice a team to overpay on the open market.
Jan 22 - 6:37 PM

Julio Jones caught 9-of-12 targets for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers.

Playing through what FOX's Jay Glazer described as three separate foot injuries, Jones dismantled the Packers' woeful secondary. The highlight was a 73-yard touchdown in the third quarter where Jones took ownership of Ladarius Gunter's soul. Jones is at far less than 100 percent health, but it hasn't been a problem on the field. With two weeks to heal up for Super Bowl LI, Jones is going to be a nightmare for either the Patriots or Steelers.
Jan 22 - 6:33 PM

Davante Adams caught 3-of-3 targets for 16 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons.

Labeled one of the worst "every-day," so to speak, players in football as he played through an ankle injury last season, Adams had a breakout 2016. His 12 touchdown receptions were tied for second in football, and tripled his previous career total of four. Adams spiked his yards per catch to 13.3 after entering 2016 with an ugly 10.5 mark. Per Pro Football Focus, 407 of Adams’ 997 yards came after first contact. If there was an issue, it was Adams’ hands, as he muffed nine passes. Still somehow only 24, Adams has earned Aaron Rodgers’ trust and will be a legitimate top-15 option for 2017 after finishing as the WR7 (seriously) this year.
Jan 22 - 6:32 PM

Jordy Nelson caught 6-of-9 targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons.

Nelson probably shouldn’t have been playing after suffering a gruesome ribs injury in the Wild Card round, but looked no worse for the wear as he gutted out tough catches. Returning from a torn ACL, Nelson looked a step or two slower during his age-31 campaign — his 13.0 yards per catch was his lowest since 2010 — but he made up for it with his toughness and savvy. Nelson caught a league-high 14 touchdowns, and tallied the second-most receptions of his career (97). He remains one of the best players in football. Even at age 32, Nelson should be a WR1 in 2017.
Jan 22 - 6:31 PM

Aaron Rodgers completed 27-of-45 passes for 287 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the Packers' 44-21 loss to the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game.

After it initially looked like Rodgers’ 2015 funk was carrying over to another campaign, the best overall player in the league was transcendent the final two-thirds of the season. Rodgers posted a 30:3 TD:INT total over his final 11 starts, and tore up the Giants and Cowboys in the postseason before the Packers ran into the Falcons’ buzzsaw. Rodgers totaled 40 scores during the regular season, good for the second 40-TD season of his career, and 12th in league history. Now 33, Rodgers picked up a few soft-tissue injuries, but appeared in all 16 games for the third-consecutive year. If the Pack could ever get Rodgers a consistent running game or defense, they will win another Super Bowl.
Jan 22 - 6:31 PM

Matt Ryan completed 27-of-38 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers.

Ryan was scary good, surgically guiding the Falcons’ offense to score after score. He was doing so against a comically undermanned defense, but Ryan has been shredding all comers for all of 2016-17. He looked genuinely unstoppable this afternoon, spreading the ball around to every Falcons skill player and always locating the open man. He entered halftime with 271 yards. Ryan is the leader of a well-oiled machine, one that will have a great chance of bringing home the Falcons’ first Lombardi regardless of their Super Bowl LI opponent.
Jan 22 - 6:31 PM

Martellus Bennett (knee) is active for the AFC Championship Game.

Bennett has been banged up for nearly all of 2016-17, but his status was not in doubt. Bennett is a red zone threat who hasn't done much compiling since his health went south.
Jan 22 - 5:15 PM

Patriots WR Michael Floyd is a healthy scratch for the AFC Championship Game.

Floyd was dreadful in last week's win over the Texans, and is paying the price with everything on the line for the Patriots this evening. Malcolm Mitchell is active, and should return to his pre-Floyd snaps/usage level.
Jan 22 - 5:14 PM
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