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Saturday, December 04, 2010


Welcome back to another edition of Waiver Wired as you get ready for Week 7 in the NBA. Want to be the first to know about breaking injury news and lineup changes? Follow me on Twitter.

Point Guards

Baron Davis Clippers

I'm not a big Baron fan and he played just 20 minutes in his second game back on Friday, but he looks pretty good. He's eventually going to get his starting job back (or at least he should) and will be worth owning and starting once he's healthy and playing at full speed again. Don't be surprised if he causes you more headaches than he's worth, but don't be surprised to see him play a meaningful role with the quietly talented Clippers, either. But he'll have to stay healthy and out of Vinny Del Negro's doghouse to make it happen.

Beno Udrih Kings

The Kings stink. I'm not sure Paul Westphal has any idea what he is doing and his starting lineup could be ready for another overhaul. Given the fact Luther Head, who shouldn't have been starting to begin with, played just 15 scoreless minutes Friday, it looks like Beno could be heading back into the starting mix. He puts up solid numbers as a starting point guard and the Kings are a better team with him at the position. If he was dumped in your league, it's time to grab him. He had just four points on Friday, but played 30 minutes off the bench after scoring 24 points on Tuesday.

Donte Greene could also be on his way out of the starting five, with Francisco Garcia possibly next in line for a shot at the small forward job.

Jonny Flynn Timberwolves

Flynn played in the D-League on Friday and posted a solid line. He should be back for the Wolves within a week and will likely challenge Luke Ridnour for the starting job right away. The problem is the two will split minutes, while Sebastian Telfair is also going to get some run at the position, creating a three-headed monster. I still think Flynn's the best of the three, but am not rushing out to pick him up unless I'm in a 14-team league, or desperate for assists.

Leandro Barbosa Raptors

Barbosa has quietly been playing very well for the Raptors and had a season-high 22 points along with two steals in Friday's win. Barbosa has scored in double digits in five of his last six games and now looks better than Linas Kleiza, and could start cutting into the production of Sonny Weems and DeMar DeRozan. Peja Stojakovic has missed three games with a knee injury and could hurt Barbosa when he returns, but at least for now, Barbosa is hot. The Raptors, as I've said a hundred times, have too many wings for their own good, so screwing with any of them can be tricky.

Jordan Farmar Nets

I'm about a day late and a dollar short on Farmar, who has gone ballistic in the last two games with Devin Harris out with a knee injury. Harris is probably going to play on Sunday, ruining the hopes and dreams of Farmar's owners. But it was a fun two-game run if you had Farmar in your lineup, and he could hold some value even when Harris is back and healthy. And given the fact that healthy & Harris don't mix, Farmar might be worth keeping around either way.

Shooting Guards

J.R. Smith Nuggets

Smith is hot again, going for between 20 and 25 points in his last three games while earning the praises of George Karl. Smith will surely stumble again at some point and end up back on the dark side, but for now he's getting minutes, filling it up and should be owned in all leagues. We go through this every year and the key to owning Smith is picking your spots. And when things turn south he can be dropped again. But he should be an excellent source of points and threes for now, and will also do some rebounding.

Brandon Rush Pacers

Rush started again for the Pacers on Friday and while Jim O'Brien is reluctant to admit it, he sure looks like the full-time starting SG for Indy now. That pushes Mike Dunleavy to the bench and makes Rush a solid guy to pick up right now. He's hit double figures in seven of his last nine games and has hit seven 3-pointers in his last three. I picked him up where I could a few days ago, and you should too.

Landry Fields Knicks

Fields quietly continues to get it done for the Knicks as their starting shooting guard and was even named the November Rookie of the Month in the East. He should get you about 10 points, seven rebounds, nearly a steal and a 3-pointer per game, and logs around 30 minutes a night. It's hard to believe a second-round pick has this big a role so soon, but it happened.

George Hill Spurs

Hill is suddenly hot for the Spurs, hitting double figures in seven straight games, including a 20-point game on Friday. He struggled after suffering a neck injury but is now healthy again and rolling. Guys coming off the bench are always a little dicey but Hill is getting 30 minutes a night as the team's sixth man and should be a safe pick up right now.

Jodie Meeks Sixers

This is a deep-league special as Meeks started at shooting guard for the Sixers on Friday night. He had just nine points in 19 minutes, but also hit two threes. Meeks has scored 17 and 21 points in two games this year and could be ready to start producing on a regular basis if he can stay in Doug Collins' lineup (over Evan Turner and Andres Nocioni). In his 21-point game he hit a flurry of 3-pointers in a very short time frame and if you're in a deep league and need threes, he could be the man.
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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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