Channing Frye Suns – Frye blew up on Thursday for 21 points, 10 boards, two steals, two blocks, a monster dunk and four 3-pointers, and is averaging 13 points, six boards, 1.6 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five. He’s owned in just 64 percent of ESPN leagues and with five games in the upcoming week, should be the hottest pickup in fantasy leagues right now. Go get him, as the slump appears to be over.
Jonas Jerebko Pistons – I really have a feeling that Jerebko could be about ready to replace Jason Maxiell as the Pistons’ starting power forward, but even if it doesn’t happen, he’s hot, averaging 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.6 threes over his last five games. He’s hit double figures in four of his last five games and is finally over his Achilles injury. The Pistons have four games next week and Jerebko should be a solid add if you need a PF.
Trevor Booker Wizards – Booker is starting over Jan Vesely while Andray Blatche is out with a calf injury, and is playing well. He’s averaging 12 points, six boards and nearly two blocks over his last five games and the Wizards go four times next week. If you’re scared of Jerebko, picking up Booker looks like a safe bet.
Jason Thompson Kings – Thompson came into the week hot with three straight double-doubles, then completely disappeared for a couple games before bouncing back Thursday night with 11 points and 10 boards in 30 minutes. I like him better than Chuck Hayes and if he double-doubles again on Saturday, I think he looks like a decent four-game option next week.
Kenneth Faried Nuggets – Faried is a deep-league special after starting for the Nuggets on Thursday, when he had eight points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes. However, he didn’t even play in his previous game, and whether he remains a starter is questionable. But if your waiver wire is bare and you need a burly rebounder, Faried is worth a look.
Patrick Patterson Rockets – Patterson is getting a lot of minutes and averaging 11 points, six boards and a block over his last five games. McHale likes him better than Samuel Dalembert right now.
Zach Randolph Grizzlies – Randolph is getting closer, but we still don’t know when he’s due to play. If you have room to stash him, now is probably the right time to grab him.
Ersan Ilyasova Bucks – Missed his last game with back spasms, but is averaging 10 points, 11 boards and nearly a block over his last four. He had 17 points, 12 boards, two blocks and a 3-pointer in his last game, and could be a sneaky add if he’s healthy. And it sounds like there’s a decent chance he’ll play against the Cavs on Friday night.
Gustavo Ayon Hornets – Ayon is starting for the banged up Hornets, averaging five points, five boards, a steal and a block over his last five games, making him a possible deep-league special.
Nikola Pekovic Wolves – Pekovic was last week’s pickup of the week and responded by simply going off for the Wolves. He’s averaging 17 points, 10 boards, a steal and 0.6 blocks over his last five and appears to have locked down the starting job over Darko. He should be owned in all leagues, but is still available in more than 20 percent of fantasy leagues.
Chris Kaman Hornets – Kaman has been pulled off the trading block and is playing pretty well, averaging 13.5 points, 10.5 boards and 2.5 blocks in his two games since returning from exile. If you need a big man, you could certainly do worse, and he’s still available in more than 30 percent of fantasy leagues.
Brook Lopez Nets – Lopez took part in part of the Nets shootaround on Friday but there’s still no target date on his return. He’s owned in just over 50 percent of fantasy leagues and now feels like the right time to move on him, if you’ve got an open roster or bench spot.
Ekpe Udoh Warriors – Udoh isn’t scoring, but is getting minutes for the Warriors and has 14 blocks in his last five games. If you’re hurting for blocks, he might be the best option out there.
Bismack Biyombo Bobcats – Biyombo is a bit of an inconsistent mess for the Bobcats. But he’s been starting and had 11 points, 12 boards, a steal and two blocks on Saturday, but hasn’t done much of anything in his other four games of his last five. If you need blocks, or are looking for a player who can break out a bit in the second half, he’s worth a look. I wouldn’t recommend adding him in points leagues though, as he won’t score enough to have value.