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Friday, March 23, 2012


Shooting Guards


Jordan Crawford Wizards – Crawford is averaging 18 points, two steals and nearly 1.5 threes per game over his last five, and those numbers could actually go up.  The Wiz finish 4-4-4-3-3 and he should not be available in any leagues.


Klay Thompson Warriors – Thompson is averaging 18 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five and is another must-own player.  The Warriors finish 4-4-4-5-2.


Arron Afflalo Nuggets – Afflalo is finally hot, averaging over 20 points, three boards, three assists and more than a three per game over his last five.  The Nuggets finish 4-3-4-4-2.


Gordon Hayward Jazz – Hayward is heating up again, averaging 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal over his last five, which includes a zero-point effort on Sunday.  The Jazz finish up 4-4-4-3-2 and Hayward looks like a must-add player again.


Carlos Delfino Bucks – Delfino’s slump is finally over and he’s at 16 points, seven boards, two steals and three 3-pointers over his last four games.  I have no idea if he’ll keep it going, but he’s worth a shot as the Bucks finish 4-4-4-3-3.


Mike Dunleavy Bucks – Ditto for Dunleavy, who is averaging 17 points, two boards, three assists and two 3-pointers per game over his last five.


Ben Gordon Pistons – Gordon exploded for 45 points and hit 9-of-9 3-pointers to go along with eight assists on Wednesday.  We’ll have to see what he does on Friday, as he has scored in double figures in just three of his last nine games, and keep in mind that Rodney Stuckey was out for Wednesday’s explosion.  The Pistons finish 4-4-4-4-2.


Courtney Lee Rockets – Kevin Martin is out indefinitely with a tear in his shoulder, while Lee continues to play well for Houston on most nights.  He’s been hit or miss lately, but is still averaging 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers over his last five, despite scoring just nine, seven and two points in three of those.  He had 23 and 25 points in the other two, and the Rockets finish 4-3-4-5-1.


Chase Budinger Rockets – Budinger comes in at 10 points, six boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer over his last five games.


Roger Mason Jr. Wizards – Mason failed to score in his last game, but had 19, 12 and 16 in three of his four previous games, making him worth a look in deeper leagues.  4-4-4-3-3.


Small Forwards


Wilson Chandler Nuggets – Chandler is starting for injured Danilo Gallinari and is averaging 12 points, 7.0 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 3-pointer in his two games.  And with Gallo not appearing to be close to a return, Chandler has become a must-own player.


Richard Jefferson Warriors – RJ is averaging 12.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over his last four games, getting over 30 minutes per game for the Warriors, who finish 4-4-4-5-2.


Brandon Rush Warriors – Rush is at 10 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2 assists, and about 1.5 blocks and 1.5 threes per game over his last five. 


Dorell Wright Warriors – Wright has cooled off with the arrival of Jefferson, but is still at 11 points, five boards, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers per game over his last five.


Chandler Parsons Rockets – Parsons is starting and sits at 11 points, seven boards, three assists, a steal and a 3-pointer over his last five games.  The Rockets finish 4-3-4-5-1.


Matt Barnes Lakers – Barnes is suddenly heating up for the Lakers (4-4-4-4-1), averaging 11.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five.  The schedule is nice and he’s feeling it.


James Johnson Raptors – Johnson runs hot and cold, but is averaging 11 points, four boards, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 blocks over his last five games.  The Raps finish 4-4-4-3-2.


Tayshaun Prince Pistons – Prince cooled off on Wednesday when Gordon went nuts, but is still at 15 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five.  The Pistons finish 4-4-4-4-2, making him look like a solid add.


Power Forwards


Derrick Williams Timberwolves – Williams is hit or miss, but could be in line for more starts if Nikola Pekovic continues to sit with his ankle issues, and is averaging eight points, eight rebounds and nearly a block per game over his last five.  Minnesota goes 4-3-4-4-1 to finish up.




Nene Wizards – Nene is playing well for the Wizards and appears to be healthy, so make sure he wasn’t dropped in your league.  4-4-4-3-3.


J.J. Hickson Trail Blazers – Hickson is ready to make his Blazers debut and given their lack of depth in the big-man department, he could make some noise in a deep league.  4-4-4-3-2.

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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