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Week 7's Top NBA Pickups

Friday, February 03, 2012


Things have finally started to calm down in the NBA and it feels like there were fewer surprises last week as far as waiver-wire gems coming out of nowhere.  However, Greivis Vasquez looks like he’s gained a serious role in New Orleans and is a guy who should be being gobbled up in most leagues right now.  Guys who should already be owned include Anthony Morrow, Marcus Thornton, Landry Fields, Vince Carter and Michael Beasley, so they’re not included here.

 

Another guy not included here is Cleveland G/F Alonzo Gee.  I only mention Gee because he’s grabbed four steals in each of his last two games, and hit double figures in scoring in both of them.  Maybe he ends up taking over the starting shooting guard job, and if it happens, he could be worth picking up.  

 

For those of you who have played the waiting game with Baron Davis, I’m sorry.  I didn’t grab or hold him anywhere, and am thankful for that.  As far as the other guys we’re waiting on, Manu Ginobili should be picked up and held now, while Brook Lopez looks like the next best bet.  Zach Randolph’s return is a little murkier, and I’m not ready to sit on him yet.  Actually, I’m not sitting on any of these guys, but if you want to, now’s the time to start checking them out.

 

As for the guys in China, I’m not rushing out to grab any of them, either.  My guess is J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler will have some value at some point, but who knows when or where?  Kenyon Martin sounds like he could be the first one to show up on U.S. soil, but he’s just not a guy I need on any of my fantasy teams, and he wasn’t all that great in China, either.  Especially now that we know Martin will be playing behind Blake Griffin.  Have you thought about picking up Reggie Evans?  I didn't think so, which is the role Martin will take over for the Clippers.  I’m also not feeling Aaron Brooks.

 

As far as who to drop to make some of these moves, here is a list of some guys that have been dropped in my leagues recently;  Gerald Henderson, Derrick Favors, Tayshaun Prince, Lamar Odom, DeJuan Blair, George Hill and Chandler Parsons.  Prince is playing well again, and I rolled him out there for five games this week, but the Pistons play just three in Week 7, and he’s simply not a must-own player.

 

Chris Kaman and Spencer Hawes are a couple players generating a lot of frustration and questions in fantasy, as Kaman sits on the bench waiting to be traded, and Hawes is set to miss his 10th straight game on Friday with an Achilles injury.  I dumped Hawes in one league and am holding him in another, but there’s no telling when he’ll be back.  Kaman is intriguing, as he could land in Indy or Houston, but both of those teams already have solid options at both center and power forward, so I’m not holding Kaman anywhere.  If you can’t hold Hawes any longer and want to drop him, go for it.  But if you’ve held on this long and there’s not a hot player you feel like you have to pick up, you might as well continue to hold.

 

No team plays five or two games in Week 7 for the first time this season.  The Bobcats, Mavs, Pistons, Warriors, Hornets and Spurs have three games, while every other team in the league goes four times.  In other words, with the exception of a few studs like Greg Monroe, Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and Tony Parker, you should have a full lineup of four-gamers next week.

 

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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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