Steve Alexander

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Breakin' the Law(son)

Sunday, December 26, 2010


As an owner of both Adrian Peterson and Michael Vick, with Sunday's game between the Vikings and Eagles moved to Tuesday night, my football championship won't be decided until then. As for basketball, I'm hoping that the suspensions to JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche don't cost me too badly in a few leagues on Sunday. LeBron and Durantula are turning it on as the first third of the season has come to an end. I Hope you all are enjoying your time off. Let's get to the Wire.

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Guards

Kirk Hinrich, Nick Young Wizards

Both of these guys were on the list last week and both put up big numbers over the past seven days. And both of them should still be owned in almost all leagues. Especially with John Wall's injury status. Even when he's healthy, both Hinrich and Young are going to get plenty of run.

Ty Lawson PG Nuggets

The kid is still putting up solid numbers despite the return of Chauncey Billups, getting run at shooting guard as well as point. Could end up being the best point guard out of his class if he ever gets a full-time shot, and with Billups still dealing with a wrist injury, is worth grabbing in most leagues.

Jared Dudley G/F Suns

Dudley has been killing it while Vince Carter rests his sore knee, which should cost him to miss another week. Dudley is averaging a ridiculous 30 points, 8.5 rebounds and five 3-pointers over his last two games, and while it's hard to imagine him keeping this up for much longer, he's worth at least a short-term grab with Carter still not ready to play.

Keyon Dooling, Earl Boykins PG Bucks

Dooling has been somewhat unspectacular filling in for Brandon Jennings, but has been serviceable, averaging 10 points, 4.5 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in his four starts this season. Earl Boykins is also worth a look, but hasn't been doing much outside of scoring.

James Harden SG Thunder

Harden scored 21 on Saturday, has hit double figures in seven straight and is averaging 14 points and 1.4 steals in December. His double-digit scoring streak should come to an end soon, but he's playing well enough to be owned in all leagues right now.

J.R. Smith SG Nuggets

Smith is back in favor of George Karl, at least for now, and had played very well in his previous four games before struggling on Christmas Day with a six-point effort. He's a great source of threes and could keep his value if and when Carmelo Anthony is traded.

Marcus Thornton SG Hornets

Thornton is suddenly relevant again, scoring 18 or 19 points in three of his last five games. He's getting some extra run due to the Willie Green's tragic absence, but is finally out of the doghouse. How long he'll stay out of it is anyone's guess and keep in mind that he's not super reliable right now. But he is at least worth a look in most leagues.

Gary Neal G Spurs

The clock is ticking on Neal with George Hill due back from a foot injury any day now, but it's hard to ignore the fact he's scored 11, 22, 22 and 16 points in his last four games, to go along with 11 3-pointers.

Forwards

Tyrus Thomas PF Bobcats

Larry Brown is out, Paul Silas is in and ready to run, run and then run some more. If there was ever a situation that called for setting Tyrus Thomas free, this is it. The potential for points, rebounds, steals and blocks is high, and he hits free throws. Of course, he's still Ty Thomas, meaning he will likely be too inconsistent in addition to failing to meet expectations, but he is worth a flier in every league until we see how this will play out.

Glen Davis PF Celtics

Davis has been very consistent for a month now and while there's nothing exciting about him, he's putting up solid numbers in points and boards, and won't hurt you anywhere.

Kenyon Martin PF Nuggets

Martin is finally back from knee surgery and while he hasn't done much in his two games, he should only get better from here, as long as he can stay healthy. Of course, if he could stay healthy, he wouldn't be on waivers right now, but that's not the point. He's worth picking up in almost all leagues, but only if you're not worried about him having a setback to his old knees.

Linas Kleiza G/ F Raptors

Sonny Weems has been out for several games with a back injury, giving Kleiza a chance to return to the starting lineup. Given the fact that he's scored 18, 26 and 19 points in his last three should be enough reason to pick him up, but when you add in that he's averaging nine boards and 2.5 threes over that stretch, it's hard to believe Weems will still have a job when he returns. We'll soon find out.

Keep reading for more Forwards, as well as the Centers.

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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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