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Sunday, November 11, 2012


Shooting Guards


Dion Waiters Cavaliers


Waiters should no longer be available in most leagues and is averaging nearly 17 points per game this season, along with 2.7 3-pointers.  Bradley Beal is also hot and the two rookie shooting guards should be scooped up in all leagues.


Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Leandro Barbosa Celtics


The Celtics play five games this week, making Terry a must-own player for the short term, while Lee and Barbosa are worth a look in deeper leagues for the extra games played.  Terry is starting to play a little better, scoring 16, 13 and 15 points over his last three games, and hitting six 3-pointers over that stretch.


Lance Stephenson, Gerald Green Pacers


Stephenson started at shooting guard in his last game and had 12 points, four rebounds and two 3-pointers, and has played more than 20 minutes in all but two games this season.  He’s not a must-own player, but the Pacers like him and he’s going to get run.  And if he continues to start for the Pacers, he should be a nice deep-league addition.  Gerald Green finally broke out in his last one, going for 15 points, eight boards and a 3-pointers in 28 minutes, and we still think he’s going to eventually get hot and stay that way for the Pacers.  Danny Granger is going to be out for a long time and both of these players are going to do their part to pick up the slack.


Alan Anderson Raptors UPDATE: Anderson was injured on Saturday and it doesn't look like he'll play this week. 


Anderson started at shooting guard for an injured Landry Fields on Saturday, and while he only scored seven points, he did play 27 minutes.  Anderson has already hit eight 3-pointers on the season, and while he should score and hit threes going forward, he’ll only be a reliable fantasy player if he sticks in the starting lineup.  Give him a look if you’re in a deep league.


Jared Dudley, Shannon Brown Suns


Dudley was dropped after struggling to start the season and finally had a nice game with 16 points, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on Saturday.  He’s averaging 27 minutes per game and while Shannon Brown is threatening to steal his job, it’s still Dudley’s to lose.  He’s not a must-start player just yet, but it does feel like he’s about to turn it around.  Brown scored 24 and 22 points in back to back games with eight 3-pointers, but had just four points on 1-of-9 shooting on Saturday.  If Dudley continues to struggle and Brown takes his job, he’ll be the guy to own.


Others to consider: J.J. Redick (should be held in all leagues), Ben Gordon, Ronnie Brewer, Danny Green, Richard Hamilton, Randy Foye, Nick Young, Stephen Jackson, Mike Dunleavy, Jordan Crawford.


Small Forwards


Michael Beasley Suns


Beasley has been hit or miss this season, posting two monster lines along with several mediocre ones.  He’s getting 29 minutes per game and has seven 3-pointers and seven blocks on the season, and I see no reason the Suns won’t keep going to him.  I don’t trust him enough to start him over a good player in weekly leagues right now, but I’m going to hang onto him where I own him.


Chandler Parsons, Carlos Delfino Rockets


Parsons and Delfino have both been hit or miss all season, and will continue to get in each other’s way going forward. Parsons has scored in double figures just once since opening night, but did have 19 points, five boards and three 3-pointers on Friday night.  He’s hit 10 3-pointers on the season, but has scored nine or fewer points in four of his last five.  Delfino’s numbers are very similar to Parsons’ and he has scored eight or fewer in four of his last five, but did have 19 points and four 3-pointers on Wednesday.  He’s hit 13 3-pointers on the season, but is only worth a look if you’re desperate for them.


Tayshaun Prince Pistons


Prince has quietly hit double figures in scoring in five of his seven games and is averaging 12 points, four boards and a 3-pointer on the season.  He’s playing 33 minutes a night, so he should continue to put up similar numbers going forward.


Jeff Green Celtics


Green hasn’t been great for the Celtics, but is worth a deep-league look this week with five games.  He’s hit double figures in three of his last five games and has blocked three shots in his last two.  Again, I don’t love Green in fantasy this season, but with five games, starting him over Caron Butler (2 games) or a marginal player with three games makes some sense.


Harrison Barnes Warriors


Barnes is the starting SF for the Warriors but has scored eight or less points in five of his seven games.  He doesn’t have more than five rebounds in any game and has blocked just one shot on the season.  He has hit five 3-pointers though, and should only get better from here on out.  He’s not a must-own player, but should be a nice guy to own a month from now.


Others to consider: Al-Farouq Aminu (should be held in all leagues), Corey Brewer, Marvin Williams, Trevor Ariza, Marvin Williams, Marquis Daniels, Tobias Harris, Matt Barnes, Jae Crowder.

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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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