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Week 7's Top NBA Pickups

Friday, February 03, 2012


Point Guards


Greivis Vasquez Hornets


Vasquez started for Jarrett Jack on Thursday, as Jack sat out with minor knee soreness.  But he also came off the bench in the previous game and blew up for 20 points and 12 assists.  He’s hit double figures in four straight games and is averaging nearly 13 points and seven assists, shooting over 50 percent from the floor, with three 3-pointers and three steals over his last five.  Yes, he’ll take a hit when Jack and (eventually?) Eric Gordon are back, but if you have a player you don’t mind cutting, Vasquez looks like an automatic pickup right now.  Especially since he could start at shooting guard until Gordon is finally ready.


Jerryd Bayless Raptors


Dwane Casey has struggled to make up his mind on what to do with the Raptors lineup since Andrea Bargnani went down again, but whether starting or coming off the bench, Bayless has carved out a niche for himself in the rotation.  Over his last four games, two starts and two off the bench, he’s scored between 14 & 18 points and hit eight 3-pointers.  He’s still worth keeping around despite coming off the bench, and will be an automatic start if Jose Calderon ever suffers an injury.  


Mo Williams Clippers


Despite coming off the bench and having guys like Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups in the way, Williams has found a way to stay relevant.  He’s averaging 14 points, 3.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games, and should continue to do so going forward.


Roddy Beaubois Mavericks


Roddy Buckets has been filling in for Jason Kidd and while Rick Carlisle has said he’s going to stick with Kidd as his starter, Buckets is going to get run.  He’s also the best shot-blocking guard in the league, and sits at 13 points, six dimes, 0.8 steals, 2.2 blocks and a 3-pointer per game over his last five.


Iman Shumpert Knicks


I would rather hold Shumpert over Baron Davis, and despite Mike D’Antoni saying recently that Shumpert isn’t his point guard, he’s started there in two straight after coming off the bench on Tuesday.  Shumpert’s averaging nearly eight points, three boards, four assists, a steal, and is shooting 40 percent over his last five games.  He’s also averaging more than 30 minutes over his last three, and while Baron might eventually show up for work, Shumpert simply has to get minutes.


Shooting Guards


Jared Dudley Suns


Dudley is starting again and should already be owned in your league after averaging 13 points, 3.6 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five.


Gordon Hayward Jazz


Hayward is suddenly hot for the Jazz and had 21 points on Thursday night, has hit double digits in four straight, and is averaging 15 points, three boards, three assists, 1.4 steals, nearly a block, and one 3-pointer per game over his last five.  Like Dudley, he’s probably not available in your league, but could be.  


Arron Afflalo Nuggets


Afflalo’s struggles have been a pain in the neck this season for fantasy owners, many of which might have dropped him.  He had 15 points on Thursday and could finally be ready to get it going for Denver.  His five-game averages are not eye-popping though, and I’m not even going to mention them.  The thing is, he’s either about to get it turned around or he’ll end up being a pretty big bust this season.  He’s played 36 minutes in two straight, and we can only hope he starts taking shots.


Luke Ridnour Timberwolves


Ridnour is over his knee problem and has scored 16 and 11 points in his last two games as the starting SG for the Wolves.  He’s averaging three boards, 4.5 dimes and shooting 50 percent in those two and it’s time to grab him if he was dropped during his injury rest.


Mike Dunleavy Bucks


Dunleavy has flourished as Stephen Jackson sits in the doghouse and Carlos Delfino struggles with inconsistency for the Bucks.  He’s averaging 13 points and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games, and had 20 points and two threes on Monday.  Eventually, Dunleavy, Delfino and Jackson are all going to be stepping on each other’s toes, but the Bucks play better with Dunleavy on the floor instead of Jackson, making him worth a look.


Tony Allen Grizzlies 


Allen is hot, averaging nearly 14 points, four boards, two steals and a block over his last five games, and has scored 17 & 18 points in his last two games.  Give him a look if you need some fantasy gold (steals & blocks), but don't expect him to keep scoring at this pace.  

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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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