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Stew: Hello Hayward

Thursday, April 07, 2011


There's little time to mince words: As of Thursday, there are seven nights of basketball remaining in the NBA regular season, and if you're here, you are probably looking for a late-season boost in an effort to win your league. With that in mind, I'm altering the Stew format slightly this week to focus entirely on players of value who might be available on your waiver wire. So without any further intro, let's dive directly into:

TEN ON THE RISE:

Toney Douglas: After a brief scoring lull during the latter part of March, Douglas has bounced back to average 18.7 ppg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 spg and 4.0 threes through three games in April, and will only see his value increase if Chauncey Billups (thigh) is unable to play on Friday. If you're in a daily format, make sure Douglas isn't still available in your league. And at this point, I would start him with confidence even if Billups does play.

Rodney Stuckey: Naturally, just as soon as Stuckey had become too risky to start due to his disciplinary benching from John Kuester, the Pistons guard unleashed a 22-5-10 line against the Nets on Wednesday night. It's time to add him if he got dropped by a frustrated owner after the benching.

Gordon Hayward: Emerging late in the season is better than emerging never, and Hayward has made a notable impact in his last two games, averaging 20.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.5 bpg and 2.0 threes heading into a matchup with Portland Thursday night.

Jordan Farmar: He should be gone from your waiver wire given the chance that Deron Williams (wrist) might be shut down, but it's worth double-checking just to be sure. Farmar had 18 points, 11 assists and four threes in a start on Wednesday and has averaged a standout 13.9 ppg, 9.0 apg, 1.1 spg and 1.8 threes in 14 starts this season.

Carlos Delfino: He has averaged just 8.0 ppg on a combined 6-for-20 shooting in his two games since returning from a rib injury, but Delfino's late-season M.O. has been busting out enormous games when they're least expected, as evidenced by him averaging 7.3 ppg during an eight-game stretch in March, then following it up with a three-game stretch during which he uncorked 28.7 ppg and 6.3 threes (yes, that was a long sentence). It's just a hunch, but I've got a feeling Delfino may have at least one more random three-point barrage left.

Ed Davis: With Andrea Bargnani (ankle) iffy going forward, Davis (20 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) warrants an add wherever available. The rookie big man has posted 12.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 0.7 spg and 1.0 bpg in his last seven games.

Gerald Henderson: Eighteen percent owned in Yahoo leagues at this late stage of the season, Henderson has hit for double figures in each of his last 10 games, including a career-high 32 points on Wednesday. Henderson's stats over those last 10 outings: 16.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.6 bpg.

Paul George: Many of us have been waiting for this breakout all season, and George's 23-6-4 line with five threes, two steals and a block legitimately qualifies as eye-catching. I'm not quite ready to fully get on board with a late-season George surge given that he had averaged just 4.4 ppg in his previous five games, but I can understand giving him a look if you're in need of a high-upside late-season gamble.

Aaron Brooks: With Steve Nash only good for limited minutes at the moment (and sitting out the 2nd and 4th quarters on Wednesday), Brooks made himself heard with 19 points and six assists in 26 minutes against Minnesota. He's not a wildly exciting play right now unless Nash actually sits out a game, but fantasy owners could do far worse if looking for a late-season boost in points, assists and threes.

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Gilbert Arenas: His 25-point outburst on Wednesday night definitely caught my attention, but I'm only intrigued by the notion of deploying him on Saturday if Jason Richardson (knee) or Jameer Nelson gets a night off from Stan Van Gundy. It'll be worth watching our news blurbs about the Magic as the weekend approaches.

By the way, I didn't mention Jerryd Bayless because I assumed he'd already be gone after averaging 24.0 ppg, 6.0 apg and 2.0 threes through four games this month, but if the Raptors guard is somehow still available in your league, I would immediately add him ahead off all the other players previously discussed.

Now stop reading this and go win your league.


Matt Stroup covers basketball, baseball and football for Rotoworld.com. You can find him on Twitter here .
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