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Saturday, November 27, 2010


Trevor Ariza Hornets

Ariza has played poorly enough that he's been dropped by some frustrated owners. He scored a season-high 18 on Friday and scored 16 a couple games before that. Of course, he had a couple 9-pointers sandwiched in between those, but he's hit double figures in all but five games this season, and it feels like he's starting to play better. He's still an excellent source of threes (1.3 per game) and steals (1.5) and is also averaging 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The biggest problem is the terrible shooting, which sits at 38.6 percent right now. But if he ever gets it going and starts hitting 45%, the rest of his numbers are going to follow. Despite the disappointment he's caused over the last two seasons, he should still be owned in almost all leagues.

Jonny Flynn Timberwolves

I'm not a big Flynn guy because he's still not healthy, has Kurt Rambis for a coach and will have to deal with Luke Ridnour and Sebastian Telfair when he returns. But it still sounds like the Wolves want to start him and there is potential for value there. But there's still no actual target date for his return and he could end up being one of those starting point guards who doesn't do enough to start for most fantasy teams. But until we know for sure how he's going to mesh with Michael Beasley, Kevin Love and Darko Milicic, Flynn is worth a flier.

Kyle Lowry Rockets

Lowry has been packing the stat sheet for the Rockets and will continue to do so for a couple more weeks until Aaron Brooks is back from a severely sprained ankle. Lowry should already be in most fantasy lineups given his play over the last 10 days, but make sure he's not available in your league.

Ben Gordon Pistons

There's a chance Gordon will replace Richard Hamilton in the starting five for Detroit, but I'm not rushing out to pick him up. The Pistons have generally been a fantasy wasteland this season, with only Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villanueva, and sometimes Hamilton being reliable enough to start in most leagues. But a move to the starting five could prove to be a huge deal for Gordon, as he is a prolific scorer and nice source of threes when firing on all cylinders. Hamilton played better last night and probably saved his job for now, but if you ever see a blurb on Rotoworld saying that Gordon is moving to the starting unit, grab him immediately.

Nick Young Wizards

Young has scored between 18 and 20 points in five of his last six games and is a good source of threes. He's coming off the bench and playing well for the Wiz right now, but I don't fully trust him to keep it going. Especially if Gilbert Arenas and John Wall ever land on the same page.

George Hill Spurs

Hill finally got hot Friday, hitting 6-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 21 points, three boards and three steals. He's hit double figures in three straight games and is finally over a neck injury. He's not a must-own player, but is one of those guys, along with Landry Fields, Marco Belinelli and Daniel Gibson, that deserves a look in deeper leagues.

Jodie Meeks Sixers

Meeks came out of nowhere Friday to hit five 3-pointers and score 21 points in just 25 minutes of action. Evan Turner, the team's starting shooting guard, has scored two points in his last two games, when he totaled 39 minutes and just two field goal attempts. Would Turner be better off coming off the bench for the three-win Sixers and could Meeks provide a spark to a struggling team's starting five? I sure think so. Now we just need Doug Collins to buy in, and Meeks could become a very hot pick up. Keep an eye on him, and don't be afraid to go for it if he lands in the starting five, or sees a bigger role at some point in the near future.

Others To Consider: Nate Robinson, Landry Fields, Jordan Farmar, Mike Dunleavy, Ramon Sessions, Marco Belinelli.

Potential Cut List: Delonte West, Evan Turner, Toney Douglas, T.J. Ford, Brandon Rush, Will Bynum, Mickael Pietrus, Jeff Teague, Kirk Hinrich, Marcus Thornton, Ishmael Smith, James Harden, Wesley Matthews, Steve Blake, Beno Udrih, Eric Bledsoe.


Chris Kaman Clippers

If he was dropped in your league and is still available, pick him up right now.

Darko Milicic Timberwolves

I've written enough about Darko over the past couple weeks that I'm not going to say much here. But he's been on a tear for about five straight games and is finally playing with confidence, while leading the league in blocks. If he's somehow still available in your league, this is your last call.

Channing Frye Suns

Frye has started seven straight games since Robin Lopez went down and has scored in double figures in every one of them. He's also hit a 3-pointer in 11 straight and is averaging 14 points, 5.9 boards, 0.7 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers per game over his seven starts. Lopez isn't coming back any time soon and may not have a starting gig when he returns. Frye should be owned in all leagues.

Kris Humphries Nets

I don't really trust Kris Humphries with Troy Murphy lurking in the background, but then again, I trust Avery Johnson less. We still haven't seen much of Murphy, who has been shut down by the Little General for the last six games, and really the entire season. Who knows when Murphy will ever play again, let alone make an impact for the Nets. Humps is averaging 7.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and a block per game, and while he's cooled off a little lately, is still the best power forward to own in New Jersey. Just be ready to jump off the train if and when Murphy ever shows his face for 25 minutes in a game.

Mehmet Okur Jazz

I was not high on Okur over the summer, in preseason or in the regular season, but he's finally nearing a return from a ruptured achilles tendon. His role will be different this season, as Al Jefferson is starting at center and Paul Millsap locked in at power forward. But Okur could come off the bench and become a 3-point specialist. He still hasn't given us a target date but is getting close, and while I don't think he's a must-own player, he is probably worth picking up until we find out exactly what his role will be.

Shaquille O'Neal Celtics

Shaq is averaging 12 points and seven boards in games that he's started for the C's and has nearly double-doubled in three straight games. He's averaging about 18 points, 10 boards and a steal over those three and has hit 20 of his last 23 shots. He's white-hot right now and while he's blocked just seven shots this season, he deserves a fantasy look as long as he's the only center left standing in Boston. Just beware that his free throw shooting is still deadly (57.4 percent), although he only shoots five per game. That's a lot less damaging then he was in the days when he was shooting 13 per game, but his poor shooting at the line will still hurt in most formats.

Chuck Hayes Rockets

I can't believe I'm putting Hayes in a Waiver Wired column. Nothing personal against him, but he's just never done much in the past with the opportunities he's had. But this year is different, and it might start at the free throw line. He hit 8-of-8 in one game this week, which I can almost guarantee is a career best without looking it up. He shot 37% and 55% over the last two seasons from the line, but is at 73% this season. If he keeps that up, he deserves some props for the offseason work. Then you look at the fact he's averaging 11.5 points, 8.3 boards, 4.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks in his four games as a starter and there's a lot to love. Yao Ming is still "weeks" away and Brad Miller is no longer the center of choice for Rick Adelman. If you need a center, Hayes looks like a good pickup right now. There, I said it.

Joel Przybilla Blazers

Przybilla's going to be back next week and should rack up some rebounds and blocks. He won't score much but if you need boards and blocks in a deeper league, he might be worth a flier.

Others To Consider: Ronny Turiaf, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Nazr Mohammed.

Potential Cut List: Brad Miller, Nenad Krstic, Serge Ibaka, Ronny Turiaf, Spencer Hawes, Josh McRoberts, Ben Wallace, Greg Monroe, Tiago Splitter, DeJuan Blair, Brendan Haywood, Samuel Dalembert, DeAndre Jordan.

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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