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Wired: Is Thornton ready?

Sunday, February 13, 2011


I'm going to try to hit a record number of guys today, so forgive me for the quick hits nature of this one. Follow us on Twitter, if you're not already. I'm at @Docktora, while the rest of the crew, as well as the Rotoworld Hoops feed, are linked below.

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Guards

Sasha Vujacic – Nets

The kid has been hot since I cut him a week ago, scoring 25, 10 and 15 points in his last three games while hitting eight threes, collecting four steals and two blocks. I don't know how long his run is going to last, but he clearly enjoys playing for Avery Johnson.

Sam Young – Grizzlies

Young has been on this list lately but hasn't gone away. He's hit double figures in eight of his last nine games, all starts at shooting guard, and is averaging 16.5 points along with nearly four boards, two assists, two steals and a block in his six February games. Even when O.J. Mayo returns, it looks like Young may have won the starting job for good the rest of the way. Tony Allen remains a sneaky source of steals and blocks, but Young is a much more reliable option at this point.

Shaun Livingston – Bobcats

I'm sure you've heard about his big line on Saturday night by now, when he had a season-high 22 points while D.J. Augustin sat on the bench, kept his slump warm and watched the guy with one knee go nuts. I have no idea if DJA's slump is permanent or not, nor do I know if Livingston is actually going to get enough run to be an important fantasy pickup. What we do know is that Augustin will start again on Monday against the Lakers, but could be on a short leash if these events don't motivate him. If you have someone you want to cut and Livingston is available, he's worth a flier. Just keep in mind that he doesn't hit threes or steal the ball, and could go down with a serious injury at any moment. Additionally, I am not recommending that DJA be cut. Period.

Jodie Meeks – Sixers

Meeks has had a bit of an up and down season, but he's up again right now. He's scored between 12 and 17 points in seven of his last nine games and has hit 22 threes over that stretch. That's about all he's good for, but he's been getting it done for the last two weeks.

Leandro Barbosa – Raptors

Barbosa hasn't done a whole lot since his return from a nasty hamstring injury, but he was ballin' before he went down and should start producing again soon. In his seven January games prior to his injury, he was averaging 15 points, two rebounds, three assists, nearly two steals and two threes per game, and I see no reason why he won't get back to that form before long.

Jose Juan Barea – Mavericks

JJB has been nice for a couple weeks and is averaging 15 points, four assists and 1.7 3-pointers in February. Will he keep it going when Roddy Beaubois finally returns? I have no idea, but he's playing well enough to be given a look in all leagues, and has hit double figures in scoring in six of his last seven games.

George Hill – Spurs

Hill made a random start for the Spurs on Saturday as Gregg Popovich mixed up his starting lineup for the first time all year. However, it looks like Manu Ginobili will return to the starting five for his next one. But as the Spurs start to rest their guys as they coast toward the playoffs, Hill is a player who could rack up some points and threes for you in future. But at this point, he's only a deep-league add.

Marcus Thornton – Hornets

After a DNP-CD and a bunch of nothing recently, Thornton blew up for a season-high 24 points on Saturday. He's done this before and I don't trust that Monty Williams is ready to roll with him, but if you've had your eye on him, now's the time to grab him until we see what happens. But only if you have someone you want to get rid of. Willie Green is starting and is also worth a look, but I get the sense that he's been playing over his head.

Will Bynum – Pistons

If Tracy McGrady goes down, or continues to slump badly, Bynum is the guy you'll want to grab. He had six points in his last one, but scored 17 and 21 in his previous two. Just keep an eye on him and pounce if T-Mac drops.

Dahntay Jones – Pacers

This is a deep-league special, as he's not consistent enough to own in most leagues. But he's had some nice games for new coach Frank Vogel, scoring 19, 11 and 18 points in three of his last five games, but he doesn't do much else.

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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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