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Friday, January 20, 2012


The Magic play five games in Week 5, while the Nuggets, Warriors, Clippers, Lakers, Thunder, Kings and Jazz have three games.  All other teams go four times next week.

 

Week 5 is nearly here, although many of us are just trying to survive the end of Week 4.  Injuries to Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Spencer Hawes, to name a few, have been devastating to fantasy owners.  And if you’re like me and have Wade in your lineup this week, sorry about your luck.  C.J. Watson, Mo Williams and Nate Robinson should be owned, at least watched closely, by the owners of Rose, Paul and Curry, while Wade and Hawes don’t really have a backup worthy of being owned in most leagues.  And while Mike Miller was all the rage after his six treys on Wednesday, he didn’t do much of anything on Thursday.  He’s worth watching, but my guess is he’ll be hurt before he helps your fantasy team.  

The rookies are also playing very well this season and point guards Ricky Rubio, Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight, Iman Shumpert and Kemba Walker, along with shooting guard MarShon Brooks should all be owned in most leagues.  

 

 

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Point Guards

Luke Ridnour Timberwolves

Ridnour is starting at shooting guard, but might only qualify at point guard in some leagues.  In any case, he’s averaging 12.5 points, 3.4 assists, 1.4 3-pointers and 1.0 steal per game.  He cooled off on Wednesday night and while it’s possible his run could finally be slowing down, Rick Adelman likes him and Ridnour is worth owning in most leagues.

Andre Miller Nuggets

Miller is stuck on the bench behind Ty Lawson, but is making the most of it this season, averaging more than 10 points, six dimes and a steal per game.  He will also have the occasional explosion from behind the arc, as he’s hit seven 3-pointers this season with five of them coming in just two games.  And one of those games was a big one, when he blew up for 28 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and three 3-pointers on Wednesday.  And it looks like he’s spending enough time on the court with Lawson that it’s hurting Arron Afflalo’s progress this season.  

Rodney Stuckey Pistons

Stuckey is also coming off the bench and is recovering from a groin injury.  He’s been hit or miss since his return from injury, but is averaging 11 points and nearly 4.5 assists per game on the season.  He’ll be shaky off the bench, but should be able to match those numbers as the sixth man in Detroit.  Late breaking news tells us that Stuckey's groin will keep him out on Friday and this is an injury that could linger, so you might want to look elsewhere for help in Week 5.

Delonte West Mavericks

West is starting at shooting guard and playing point guard when Jason Kidd is injured or resting, and is averaging 8.5 points, 3.0 assists and more than a steal per game in January.  Vince Carter is currently injured, which helps West’s cause, but he looks like a useful add in deeper leagues as long as he’s starting.

Baron Davis Knicks

Davis is due back in the next two weeks from a sore back and is worth stashing now that he’s getting close.  Point guards generally fare well under Mike D’Antoni and while I think Davis will be hurt on and off for the whole season, he’ll be worth using when healthy.  Iman Shumpert should be owned in most leagues right now and my hope is he slides over to shooting guard once Davis is back.  But even if he ends up being Davis’ backup, Baron should be hurt enough that Shumpert will hold his value.

 

The Rest

 

Kirk Hinrich Hawks - He’s due back any day now and could have value off Hawks bench.

Devin Harris Jazz - He’s been terrible, but could still have value, especially if traded.

Isaiah Thomas Kings - He’s getting solid minutes and looks like a better hold than

Shooting Guards

Ben Gordon Pistons

 

Gordon is heating up, averaging 14.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.3 3-pointers per game.  He’s scored 18 in two straight games and is playing heavy minutes, and it looks like he might finally be ready to start producing consistently.  

Evan Turner Sixers

 

Turner is back from a quad injury and playing well, going for 20 points on Wednesday with a near triple-double, and has scored in double figures in four straight games, if you don’t count a two-point effort on the night he suffered the injury.  He’s coming off the bench, but should get starter’s minutes for the Sixers.

Nick Young Wizards

 

Young got off to a slow start and is challenged by Jordan Crawford, but is fighting him off, averaging 16 points and 1.5 threes per game. As long as he’s starting over Crawford, he should be safe to put into starting fantasy lineups.  He’s scored 24 and 27 points in two of his last four games, and could be heating up for the lowly Wizards.

Richard Hamilton Bulls

 

Hamilton is back from a groin injury and had 11 points, six assists and a 3-pointer in his return to action Wednesday.  Once healthy and grooving again for the Bulls, he should be able to average close to 14 points, four rebounds and four assists, with the occasional steal and 3-pointer.

J.J. Redick Magic

 

Redick has been filling in for Jason Richardson, who is due back soon from a knee injury.  Redick has scored in double figures in four of his last five games, knocking down eight 3-pointers during that stretch.  And even with Richardson’s return looming, is still worth a look if you need threes. Especially with the league’s only five-game week coming in Week 5.

The Rest

Arron Afflalo Nuggets – Off to a slow start, but has hit double digits in points in eight of his last nine games, hitting 16 3-pointers over that stretch.

Leandro Barbosa Raptors – Cooled off on Wednesday, but has scored 20 or more in three of his last five with six 3-pointers.   

Kawhi Leonard Spurs – He’s starting for the Spurs and hit double figures in six straight before Wednesday’s 2-point dud.

 

Shannon Brown Suns – Coming off bench, but could be starting before long, after Ronnie Price failed miserably in Wednesday’s start.


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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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