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Sunday, December 02, 2012


Games Played

 

Four Games – Bobcats, Bulls, Cavaliers, Nuggets, Pistons, Warriors, Pacers, Clippers, Lakers, Bucks, Hornets, Knicks, Magic, Suns, Raptors and Jazz.

 

Three Games – Hawks, Celtics, Nets, Mavericks, Rockets, Grizzlies, Heat, Timberwolves, Thunder, 76ers, Blazers, Spurs, Kings and Wizards.

 

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Point Guards

 

Jeremy Pargo Cavs – Pargo isn’t tearing up the league, but he’s putting up decent numbers and should continue to do so for a couple more weeks while we await the return of Kyrie Irving.  He had 13 points, eight assists and three 3-pointers in Saturday’s double-OT loss to the Blazers, when he hit just 3-of-12 shots.  But there aren’t many point guard options floating around on waivers, and he might be the best one available in your league.

 

Jarrett Jack Warriors – Jack had 18 points, five boards, five assists and two 3-pointers in Saturday’s win over the Pacers, and has now scored 17 or more in three of his last four games.  It took some time, but he’s finally starting to fill in the gap left by the loss of Brandon Rush for GSW.

 

Jose Calderon Raptors – Calderon’s value took a hit when Kyle Lowry returned, but he’s hit double figures in scoring in three straight games and has handed out seven or more assists in three of his last four.  His steals have dried up, but he has hit a 3-pointer in 15 straight games for the Raps.

 

Jason Kidd Knicks – Kidd was hot before going down with back spasms but is targeting a return on Wednesday.  He was averaging 10 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in the three games prior to being shut down.

 

A.J. Price Wizards – Price continues to hold onto some fantasy value for the Wizards, hitting four 3-pointers in his last three games and averaging seven points, four rebounds and four assists over that stretch.  But once John Wall is back, Price’s value will nose dive.

 

Shooting Guards

 

Jordan Crawford Wizards – Crawford has bounced in and out of the Wizards starting lineup this season but is heating up again, scoring between 17 and 19 points in each of his last three games. He’s surprisingly only hit two 3-pointers in those three games, but that should change.  He is shooting it well right now (23-of-47 in last three), but could lose his touch at any time.  And when his shot is off, he’s not fun to own.

 

Gary Neal Spurs – Neal has been starting at shooting guard for the Spurs and is playing well, hitting double figures in scoring in four straight games and averaging 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers over that stretch.  Of course, it’s impossible to tell how long Gregg Popovich will stick with him, but for now he’s playing well enough to be started in fantasy leagues.

 

Jeff Taylor Bobcats – Taylor is going to be a serious breakout candidate a year from now, but is playing well enough as a rookie to garner some attention right now.  He’s hit double digits in scoring in six of his last seven games and is averaging nearly 2.5 steals and two 3-pointers over his last six games. Just keep in mind that he’ll take a hit when Gerald Henderson returns this week.

 

Randy Foye Jazz – Foye has been starting at shooting guard for the Jazz and has scored in double figures in five of his last seven games, including a 20-point night on Saturday.  That was a big game for Foye, as he also had six assists, three steals, a block and four 3-pointers in that one, and he’s hit eight 3-pointers in his last two games.  He looks like a solid pick up as long as he sticks in the starting five.

 

J.J. Barea/Alexey Shved Timberwolves – Barea started at shooting guard on Friday and had 15 points, five assists and a 3-pointer on 6-of-10 shooting, while Shved came off the bench for 16 points, five assists, four 3-pointers and two steals in that one.  JJB’s first start of the season, so it remains to be seen if he’ll stick in the lineup, while Shved has scored 16 and 17 points in his last two games, hitting seven 3-pointers off the bench. 


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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