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Wired: Top NBA Pickups

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Bulls, Grizzlies and Heat play just two games in the upcoming week, meaning LeBron James’ owners are going to get their first real test of the season.  The Hawks, Nets, Bobcats, Nuggets, Warriors, Clippers, Lakers, Hornets, Knicks, Magic, Sixers, Spurs and Raptors all play four games, while the rest of the league goes three times in Week 4.  Here are the guys to think about picking up.


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Editor's Note: Isaiah Thomas has been benched for the Kings and Aaron Brooks will start on Sunday (along with John Salmons). Brooks might be a nice add in many leagues if he can get enough run from Keith Smart, Salmons might be in real deep leagues, and owners of Thomas have to consider dropping him, or at least getting him benched until further notice. 


Point Guards


Jameer Nelson Magic – Nelson double-doubled in his first game back from his groin injury and will likely help to render E’Twaun Moore useless as long as Nelson can stay healthy.  If Nelson was dropped in your league he’s probably the best point guard available on your waiver wire and should be owned in all leagues.  The Magic play four times in Week 4.


Ramon Sessions Bobcats – Sessions continue to roll along off the Bobcats bench, averaging nearly 16 points, 3.5 boards, 4.3 assists, along with half a steal and half a 3-pointer per game. Kemba Walker is off to a great start, but Sessions is also holding his own and deserves to be owned in most leagues.  Gerald Henderson is close to a return, but I doubt it slows Sessions down too much.  The Bobcats play four games this week.


Jason Kidd Knicks – Kidd is now moonlighting as a starting shooting guard in New York, averaging 8.6 points (his highest in three years), 2.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.9 3-pointers on the season.  The scoring is a pain, but the steals and 3-pointers are very helpful.  I cut Dorell Wright to pick up Kidd on Sunday and the Knicks have a four-game week coming up.


Andre Miller Nuggets – Miller had a big game on Thursday while Ty Lawson was struggling and is putting up numbers very similar to last season, averaging close to 10 points and six assists per game.  He’s not a must-own player, but if you’re desperate for assists he might be the top option on your wire in that category.  The Nuggets play four games in Week 4.


D.J. Augustin Pacers – This is a speculative add, as many in Indy are calling for Augustin to start with George Hill sliding over to shooting guard.  If it happens, DJA will be worth quick pickup in all leagues.  Thus far, DJA is averaging less than 14 minutes per game, so that would need to change for him to be worth an add.  The Pacers have three games this week.

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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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