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This Week's Top Pickups

Friday, January 27, 2012


It’s been another wild week in the NBA with injuries to Andrew Bogut and Andrea Bargnani making the latest headlines.  Check out the fallout, as we break down 26 guys worth a look in your league.

 

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Point Guards

 

Devin Harris Jazz

 

Harris finally had the breakout game his owners have been waiting for on Wednesday night when he had 24 points and six dimes for the Jazz.  I’m wondering if the absence of Al Jefferson might have had something to do with it?  In any case, if he was dumped in your league he looks like an automatic pickup despite his struggles this season, and should be a safer option than Baron Davis going forward.   He came into Wednesday averaging just eight points and 4.5 assists per game.

 

Iman Shumpert Knicks

 

Shumpert has been dropped in many leagues with the pending return of Baron Davis.  However, I trust Shumpert and his shaky shooting ability more than I do Baron’s back, knees or any other part of his body.  Shumpert could easily come off the bench behind Davis and Landry Fields, but my guess is that he’ll get plenty of minutes as the sixth man, as well as plenty more starts while Baron deals with injury woes all season.

 

Baron Davis Knicks

 

Davis will be back sometime next week for the Knicks, but as you already know, I’m not expecting much.  Is he worth grabbing and holding in many leagues?  Absolutely.  I’m just not going to get my hopes up that he’ll do much or stay healthy long enough to help fantasy owners.  I’ve been wrong before, but I’m going to let other owners deal with what should be an ongoing headache with Davis.

 

Mo Williams Clippers

 

Williams was great when Chris Paul was out and scored 16 & 18 points with five 3-pointers in the two games since Paul has come back.  He’s technically more of a sell-high guy right now, but point guard options are probably limited in your league, and Mo-Will might be the best thing available.

 

Jordan Farmar Nets

 

Farmar has played very well in four straight games and it’s no coincidence that MarShon Brooks has been out for most of those with an Achilles injury.  Brooks is due back soon, but Farmar has probably earned a spot in the rotation with his strong play.  He’s scored between 12 and 22 points in his last four with seven 3-pointers, and while he should cool off upon Brooks’ return, he’s still worth a deep-league look.

 

Shooting Guards

 

Jared Dudley Suns

 

Dudley returned to the starting lineup on Saturday, sending Ronnie Price back to the bench (which is where he probably belonged all along) and went off for 20 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 42 minutes.  I think my favorite stat of that bunch is the minutes played, and now that Dudley's back in the starting five, he is worth grabbing again in most leagues.

 

Linas Kleiza Raptors

 

Kleiza is a very hot pickup with news that Andrea Bargnani is out indefinitely with a calf injury, although it doesn’t sound like Bargnani’s injury is as bad as feared.  He could miss a few weeks or a month, but at this point, Kleiza should be grabbed in all leagues.  He had 25 points and four 3-pointers on Thursday, and that was with Bargnani on the court.  It has taken him time to return to form after knee surgery, but it’s time to make the move.

 

Landry Fields Knicks

 

Fields has been feeling it for the Knicks and likely locked down the starting shooting guard with his strong play of late.  He’s hit double figures in five straight games and has been producing across the board in most categories.

 

Rodney Stuckey Pistons

 

Stuckey had 15 points and six assists in heavy minutes, telling us that his groin problem appears to be behind him.  Tayshaun Prince was out for personal reasons and Ben Gordon’s been out with a shoulder injury, which has meant more minutes for Stuckey.  As long as his groin is healthy, he’s going to be a solid fantasy play going forward, even coming off the bench in Detroit.

 

Mike Dunleavy Bucks

 

Dunleavy has scored 17 & 18 points in his last two games and knocked down three 3-pointers on Wednesday.  He’s coming off the bench for now, but is Carlos Delfino never gets it going, Dunleavy could easily be started by Scott Skiles.

 

Isaiah Thomas & Jimmer Fredette Kings

 

Both of these guys have played well in the absence of Marcus Thornton, who will miss a few more games with a calf injury.  Neither is a must-own player, but both deserve a look in all leagues.  I just have trust issues with them, as their minutes are sporadic.  Jimmer had 19 points and five treys on Wednesday, while Thomas had 16 points, six assists and two 3-pointers.  If they play well again on Saturday, grab one of them if you’ve got room.


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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 2013-14 NBA season marks his 12th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter at Docktora.
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