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Week 7's Top NBA Pickups

Friday, February 03, 2012


 

Small Forwards

 

Kyle Korver Bulls

 

Korver is starting for Luol Deng, who remains out indefinitely with a wrist injury, and is averaging 12 points and nearly three 3-pointers per game in his last five, four of which were starts.  Deng could return this weekend, but his wrist is going to bother him all season.  If you need threes, Korver’s your guy.  

 

Josh Howard Jazz

 

Howard is finally healthy again and while there’s no telling how long he’ll stay that way, he had 19 points, four assists and a 3-pointer in 40 minutes in Thursday’s start at small forward.  C.J. Miles disappeared and had just three points in that one, and can be dropped to pick up Howard.  I’m not going to mess with Howard personally, as he’s just burned me one too many times.  He’s starting because Raja Bell has been out with a groin injury, but could very easily keep the job once Bell is healthy again.

 

Rashard Lewis Wizards

 

Lewis had a season-high 20 points on Wednesday, along with eight boards, two steals and three 3-pointers, and could be available in your league.  He’s averaging nine points and five boards over his last five, but has hit six treys in his last three games.  

 

Shawne Williams Nets

 

Injuries to MarShon Brooks and Damion James have cleared the way for Williams to start at small forward for the Nets, while Anthony Morrow (starting shooting guard) is due back from a sprained ankle on Friday.  Williams has yet to break out, but the signs are there.  He’s scored 11 & 8 in his last two games, playing 38 & 32 minutes in them.  And as long as Brooks is out with his fractured toe, Williams is probably worth a flier, but keep in mind that he could be forced back to the bench if Avery Johnson decides to start Jordan Farmar at shooting guard, sliding Morrow to small forward.  And if that happens, Farmar will become a hot pickup.  

 

Reggie Williams Bobcats

 

Gerald Henderson could miss a month with a hamstring injury and D.J. Augustin could miss several more games with his toe issue.  Williams hasn’t done much yet, and has played 16 minutes or less in his two games this season (coming off knee surgery).  But with Charlotte’s season in the tank and the injuries building, this is a guy you’ll want to keep a close eye on over the next few games.

 

Power Forwards

 

Thaddeus Young Sixers

 

Young is one of the more underrated fantasy players around, mainly because he comes off the bench in Philly.  He’s averaging 25 minutes, 11 points, four boards, 1.4 steals, and is shooting 50 percent over his last five games.  He had 19 points and eight rebounds on Wednesday against the Bulls and is worth a look if you need a warm body in your lineup.   

 

Channing Frye Suns

 

Frye is back in the starting five for the Suns and had 16 points, seven boards, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer on Wednesday.  He scored seven or less in his previous four games, so I’m not getting into those numbers, but the hope is he broke out of the funk on Wednesday and is ready to get hot.

 

Ed Davis Raptors

 

Davis has replaced Amir Johnson in the starting lineup for Dwane Casey, but it’s tough to tell how long it will last.  He’s double-doubled in two straight with three blocks, and as long as he’s starting, he’s worth a look in most leagues.

 

Jason Thompson Kings

 

Thompson has kept J.J. Hickson at bay in Sacramento and while Chuck Hayes is back, Thompson has been playing pretty well.  He’s averaging 11 points, eight rebounds and nearly a block per game over his last five, and while he could take a hit once Hayes is back in the flow, I’m fine with rolling with Thompson right now.

 

Brandon Bass Celtics

 

Bass has quietly scored in double figures in five straight games, averaging 12 points, six boards, and nearly a steal and block over that stretch.  He’s also averaging 33 minutes, and while he’s not a must-own player, he’s worth a look in most leagues.  He also shoots it decently from the line for a big man.

 

Centers

 

Nikola Pekovic Timberwolves

 

Pekovic could be on the verge of stealing Darko Milicic’s job as the starting center in Minnesota.  Darko’s been in and out of the lineup lately with an illness and sore knee, and Pekovic has averaged 12 points and nine boards over that stretch, but has blocked just two shots.  He’s at 0.5 blocks per game on his career, and should be able to get two blocks for every three games if starting.

 

Chuck Hayes Kings

 

Hayes is still dealing with some shoulder issues, but is playing through them.  He played 29 minutes on Thursday, with three points, five boards, two steals and a block, and while scoring will always be an issue for Hayes, the rest of his numbers should climb.  He also averaged nearly three assists per game last season, and can pass for a big man.

 

Tiago Splitter Spurs

 

Splitter had 16 points, seven boards and a block on Thursday and is averaging 11 points and six boards over his last 10 games.  He’s only blocking a shot every other game, and will be somewhat unreliable since he plays for Gregg Popovich, but is worth a look if you need a big man.

 

Ian Mahinmi Mavericks

 

Mahinmi is averaging five points and nearly seven boards over his last five, but has blocked just one shot over that stretch.  He is pushing Brendan Haywood for minutes, and possibly a starting job, and while he’s not a must-own player, he should be watched closely going forward. 

 

Lavoy Allen Sixers

 

Allen has been forced into action for the Sixers due to injuries to both Spencer Hawes and Nikola Vucevic, but might only qualify as a forward in your league.  In any case, the rookie is averaging seven points and five boards in 22 minutes over his last five games, and has received a lot of praise from coach Doug Collins.  Hawes will miss his 10th straight game on Friday, but Vucevic is due back for that one.  But as long as Hawes is out, Allen is probably worth a deep-league flier if you’re desperate at center.



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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