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Sunday, November 18, 2012


Shooting Guards


J.J. Redick Magic – I almost left Redick off this list because he should be owned in all leagues.  He looks locked and loaded as the starting SG for the Magic, is averaging 16 points, 5.5 assists and 1.6 3-pointers per game, has four games this week and had 23 points, five assists and three 3-pointers in his previous game.  I’m starting him over O.J. Mayo (3 games) in a weekly league this week.  Redick is out on Sunday due to an illness, but should be ready for his four-game week.


Jordan Crawford Wizards – Crawford somehow bumped Bradley Beal out of the starting five on Saturday and had 20 points, eight assists and a 3-pointer on 7-of-18 shooting.  He will kill your team’s field goal shooting from time to time and I have no idea how long he’ll start over Beal, but Crawford is worth grabbing in all leagues until we find out.  As for Beal, I can’t imagine Randy Wittman keeping his job for much longer if he keeps Beal in the barn, and I’d be very reluctant to drop him at this point.  The Wizards have three games this week.


Alexey Shved Timberwolves – Shved has been seeing heavy minutes and has scored in double digits in four of his last five games, averaging 17 points and close to five assists over his last three.  Yes, they have Brandon Roy, signed Josh Howard and start Malcolm Lee at the shooting guard, but Shved is the guy to own out of that group.  I’m not sure he’s truly a must-start player just yet, but he’s awful close to it.  The Wolves play three games this week.


Jason Terry Celtics – Terry got off to a miserable start this season, but may have gotten some new life when Rajon Rondo was out with his ankle sprain.  Then Terry went off for 20 points and four 3-pointers in a start at shooting guard on Saturday and might finally be ready to start contributing.  I know I cut him in a couple leagues and chances are he’s floating around on a ton of waiver wires right now.  We just have to hope he keeps starting and keeps hitting 3-pointers, as he’s not likely to help you in many other categories.  The Celtics have three games this week.


Danny Green Spurs – Green is averaging 11.7 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 steals and 2.1 3-pointers in 29 minutes per game.  Kawhi Leonard will miss this week, meaning Green should be better than usual and the Spurs play four games in Week 4.


Shannon Brown Suns – Brown’s coming off the bench but it also sounds like changes could be coming to the Suns’ lineup, and he is a possibility to start over Jared Dudley, who has struggled all season.  Brown has hit double-digits in seven of his 11 games this season and is averaging a career-high 13.4 points and a 3-pointer per game, but isn’t doing much else.  But if you’re thin at SG he’s worth a look in all leagues, especially if he takes Dudley’s job.  The Suns play three times this week.


Terrence Ross Raptors – This is another speculative add, as Ross (and Linas Kleiza) should see a big bump in minutes with Kyle Lowry, Alan Anderson and Landry Fields all injured.  Anderson and Fields aren’t coming back anytime soon, and Ross is going to see a lot of minutes.  He played 24 minutes on Friday and had 10 points, two 3-pointers, a steal and a block in that one.  He’s worth a close look in deeper leagues.  Ross and the Raps go four times in Week 4.


Small Forwards


Al-Farouq Aminu Hornets – Not everyone at Rotoworld loves Aminu, but since I own him in most of my leagues, I’m a little biased.  The kid’s having a very nice season and hasn’t show any signs of slowing down, averaging 12 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.1 blocks and is shooting over 50 percent from the floor.  Seriously, what is there not to love about this guy?  Hopefully he’ll play as well in his next eight games as he has in his first eight.  Add in that he’s got a four-game week coming up and he looks like a must-start player.


Chandler Parsons Rockets – Parsons has distanced himself from Carlos Delfino, who’s no longer worth holding in most leagues.  Parsons should be owned in all formats and is averaging 19 points, eight boards and three 3-pointers over his last three games.  The Rockets only have three games this week.


Harrison Barnes Warriors – Barnes has hit double figures just four times this season, but has been a beast over his last two games, averaging 18.5 points and 11 boards.  He’s hit six 3-pointers on the season, but won’t help you in a couple other key cats, as he’s totaled just four steals and one block on the season.  The arrow on Barnes is pointing straight up and while he’s likely to be inconsistent going forward, he’s worth grabbing in a lot of leagues right now.  He has a four-game week coming up.


Tayshaun Prince Pistons – Prince has quietly put up solid numbers this season, and they’re almost identical to what he was doing last year – 12.7 points, 4.1 boards, 2.3 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 3-pointers per game.  Those aren’t the best numbers you’ll find anywhere, but they’re good enough that he can help your fantasy team.  The Pistons have three games this week.


Shawn Marion Mavericks – Marion’s back from his knee injury and had 10 points, 10 boards, four assists and a steal in his last game.  As long as his knee holds up, he should be a decent player to put at the end of fantasy benches in 12-team leagues.  Dallas only plays three games this week.


Metta World Peace Lakers – MWP has scored in double digits in six straight games and is averaging 13 points, five boards, 2.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.2 3-pointers while hitting 38.4 percent of his shots this season.  The shooting is a big concern, as is his production once Mike D’Antoni puts his stamp on this team, but for now, MWP is worth grabbing in most leagues.  The Lakers play four times this week.


Kyle Korver Hawks – Korver’s hit double digits in five of his last six games and is averaging 17 points and nearly six 3-pointers over his last three.  He’s starting for the Hawks and playing well, making him worth a grab in any leagues where you’re in need of 3-pointers.  The Hawks play four times this week, so he’s going to be a popular add.


Kyle Singler Pistons – Singler is in the starting lineup for the Pistons, replacing Rodney Stuckey (for now).  He’s averaging nine points, three boards and a 3-pointer, making him worth a deep-league look.  But I’d rather own any of the aforementioned forwards in front of him.


Linas Kleiza Raptors – Kleiza is going to see more minutes with Alan Anderson and Landry Fields out indefinitely, and has scored in double figures in three straight games.  He should be a decent source of points, boards and 3-pointers as long as he stays healthy, and has a four-game week on the horizon.

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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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