Steve Alexander

Waiver Wired

print article archives RSS

Hot Wired: Neal & Shumpert

Friday, January 06, 2012


Week 3 is almost upon us and the Bobcats, Bulls, Pistons, Sixers and Raptors all play five times.  The Magic have the dud this week with just two games, while the Celtics, Cavaliers, Clippers, Grizzlies, Heat, Bucks and Thunder only play three times.  The rest of the league has four games in Week 3.

 

There are some pretty hot pickups this week, including Gary Neal, Iman Shumpert and J.J. Hickson.  You’ll have to move fast to get many of these players, as I know the three above are already gone in all of my leagues.  So let’s get to it.

 

Shallow leagues: 10 teams and fewer.

Standard leagues: 12 teams.

Deep leagues: 14 teams and larger.

 

The NBA Season Pass is up and running, so check it out!  Weekly projections and rankings, exclusive live chats, the schedule grid and breakdown, customizable scoring, and much more is all there.

 

Do you miss football already?  Didn’t get into enough hoops leagues?  Check out SnapDraft, where you can draft a new team every night and win some cash.

 

Point Guards

 

Gary Neal Spurs– James Anderson’s starting gig lasted just one game, as Neal started at shooting guard for the Spurs on Thursday night in place of injured Manu Ginobili.  He’s going to be out at least six weeks with a broken hand and those of you who jumped on Neal when news of the injury broke look to be sitting pretty.  Neal had a full stat line last night that included four 3-pointers, five boards and two steals, and there should be plenty more where that came from over the next six weeks or so.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

 

Jimmer Fredette Kings – With the coaching change in Sacramento, there’s a chance Jimmer gets more run than he did under Paul Westphal.  But Keith Smart turned Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton loose on Thursday and they both responded with big games.  If Evans is happy playing for Smart, and it looks like he is, Jimmer may have to continue to wait for his chance at big minutes.  But he is still averaging 25 minutes and has hit a 3-pointer in every game but the season-opener.  He’s still not must-own, and may not make it into the starting five any time soon, but he’s at least worth a stash in most leagues in case that changes.

Recommendation: Should be considered in all leagues.

 

Luke Ridnour Timberwolves – Ridnour was huge on Monday with 19 points and nine assists and has scored in double figures in three straight.  You have to think he’s eventually going to lose his job to Ricky Rubio (who should now be owned in all leagues), but it’s also possible that Rick Adelman is ready to roll with a two point-guard backcourt.  Wes Johnson was bench on Wednesday, so we’ll have to see what happens on Friday night, but my guess is Ridnour will continue to get close to 30 minutes per game at least for a few more weeks.

Recommendation: Should be considered in all leagues.

 

Brandon Knight Pistons – Rodney Stuckey is going to miss Friday’s game with a groin injury and Knight will start in his place.  If he plays well, it could secure him more minutes going forward, but Stuckey was playing well and will likely keep the starting job when healthy.  But you never know and if there was a time to take a flier on Knight, it’s right now.  He had one big game of 23 points and six assists, but has been pretty quiet over the rest of the season.  Maybe that’s about to change.

Recommendation: Worth a spot start while Stuckey is hurt, and could be worth hanging onto.

 

Ramon Sessions Cavaliers – The Cavs have just three games this week and Sessions is cooling off, scoring seven or less points in three of his last four games.  Kyrie Irving’s minutes are on the rise, but Sessions will still get 20 minutes a night and mix in some big lines with some bad ones.  If you’re desperate for a point guard, you could do worse.

Recommendation: Should be owned in deep leagues.

 

Norris Cole Heat – The Heat also have a three-game week, which isn’t ideal, and Mario Chalmers went nuts on Thursday against the Hawks.  But I’d still rather own Cole over Chalmers, despite the fluctuating minutes and numbers.  He’s scored in double figures in five of his eight games thus far and while he might never replace Chalmers as the starter, he could at some point.  He’s not a must-own player, but is “nice to hold” at this point.

Recommendation: Should be considered in all leagues.

 

Kirk Hinrich Hawks – He’s still recovering from shoulder surgery and is at least a couple weeks away from playing.  Jeff Teague and Joe Johnson have a stranglehold on the starting backcourt jobs, but Hinrich should see plenty of run off the bench.  If you’re in a deep league and need a guard, he’s probably worth stashing.

Recommendation: Worth a deep-league stash.

 

Shooting Guards

 

Gerald Henderson Bobcats – I don’t know how Henderson’s not owned in all leagues, averaging 16 points, five boards, two steals and .5 threes per night, but I got a lot of questions about him in Thursday’s chat.  If available, he should be owned in my opinion.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

 

Iman Shumpert Knicks – Shumpert has been the hot pickup for a couple days after exploding for 18 points, five boards, three assists, two steals, a block and four 3-pointers on Wednesday.  I’m guessing he’ll start over Landry Fields before long, but he will come off the bench on Friday.  Regardless, based on his potential and probable starting role, he should be scooped up in all leagues.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

 

Marshon Brooks Nets – Brooks tweaked his left ankle pretty badly on Wednesday but the injury isn’t believed to be serious.  He’s a game-time decision Friday night but should be owned in all leagues after scoring 17 or 21 points in five of his last six games.  He also started on Wednesday and could be the starting SG from here on out. 

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

 

Jared Dudley Suns – After a slow start Dudley has scored between 10 and 16 points in his last four games, tallying six 3-pointers along the way.  He’s also a good rebounder for a guard and will grab a steal every other game or so.  He’s heating up and worth a look if he was dropped.

Recommendation: Should be considered in all leagues.

 

Marco Belinelli/Trevor Ariza Hornets – Eric Gordon received another dose of terrible news on Friday and will rest his knee for several more weeks.  Marco Belinelli will start in his place, while Trevor Ariza is the starting small forward when healthy.  Ariza has a groin injury and remains day-to-day, while Bello is healthy and should start on Friday.  Despite starting in three of them, Belinelli has scored eight or less in his last four games, but should get hot at some point in the next few weeks.  And with Gordon out, Belinelli is worth a look from any owner in need of help at shooting guard or with 3-pointers.  Additionally, Jarrett Jack remains a must-own player and should continue to put up huge number with Gordon out.  Ariza is out Friday, but should be a startable player once he’s back in action.

Recommendation: Should be strongly considered in all leagues.

 

Richard Hamilton Bulls – The Bulls play five times in Week 3 and Hamilton is still trying to get over his groin injury.  He had 14 points, five assists and a 3-pointer on Wednesday, but is a game-time decision for Friday night.  Once he’s healthy, he should start and see solid minutes for the Bulls.  I like the thought of using him in leagues that count games played starting on Monday.

Recommendation: Should be considered in all leagues.

 

Austin Daye Pistons – Daye will get the start on Friday because Ben Gordon is out for personal reasons.  Daye is not worth owning right now, but maybe this will help his confidence and get him some minutes.

Recommendation: Worth watching over the weekend.

 

Follow me on Twitter!


continue story »
12
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.
Email :Steve Alexander



Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days



Video Center

  •  
    Braxton Miller NFL projection

    Braxton Miller NFL projection
  •  
    Levitan: Cameron vs. Witten

    Levitan: Cameron vs. Witten
  •  
    Levitan: Gerhart vs. Morris?

    Levitan: Gerhart vs. Morris?
  •  
    Levitan: Romo vs. Brady?

    Levitan: Romo vs. Brady?
  •  
    Levitan: Murray or Foster?

    Levitan: Murray or Foster?
  •  
    Levitan: Stacy or Ellington?

    Levitan: Stacy or Ellington?
  •  
    Levitan: A.J. Green or Dez?

    Levitan: A.J. Green or Dez?
  •  
    Levitan: Draft Ball or Bell?

    Levitan: Draft Ball or Bell?