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Sunday, December 02, 2012


Small Forwards


Gordon Hayward/Marvin Williams Jazz – Marvin was playing well before suffering a concussion that’s kept him out of two straight games.  And once he went down, Hayward got hot, going for averages of 16 points and two 3-pointers over his last three games.  Hayward will take a hit once Marvin is back in action, but he’s probably too good a player to sit on waivers for long if he was dropped in your league.


Antawn Jamison Lakers – Jamison exploded for 33 points, 12 boards, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers on Friday night, and has scored 16 or more in three of his last four games.  He should be owned in all leagues after a slow start, as Mike D’Antoni is prepared to ride him until he breaks.


Alonzo Gee Cavaliers – Gee had a season-high 22 points to go along with four boards, three assists, a steal and three 3-pointers in his last game, a double-overtime loss to Portland.  He’s scored in double figures in three straight and 10 of his last 12 games, is shooting it well, and typically a good source of threes, boards and steals.


Gerald Henderson Bobcats – Henderson is set to return this week from his foot sprain and will hurt both Jeff Taylor and Michael Kidd- Gilchrist when he’s back.  Henderson was starting when he got hurt and scored 18 and 7 points in his two games.  He historically hasn’t done much besides score points, and his lack of 3-point shooting has been a problem thus far in his career.


Jeff Green Celtics – Green has scored 17, 18 and 19 points in three of his last five games, but had a total of just three points in the other two games.  He’s hit a pair of 3-pointers in each of his last two games but has played just 23 minutes in each of them.  He’s going to be inconsistent, but is worth a deep-league look while he’s hot.


Power Forwards


Patrick Patterson Rockets – After a slow start, Patterson is on fire, scoring 20 or more in four of his last five games and is averaging six rebounds in those.  He’s not shot blocker, but did have three of them on Saturday, while also collecting a steal in three straight games.  Obviously, he should be owned in all leagues right now.


Luis Scola Suns – Scola is still coming off the bench and had nine points and eight boards on Sunday.  He scored in double digits in four straight games before scoring eight and nine in his last two, but hasn’t hit double digits in rebounding in nine straight games.  You have to think he’ll eventually return to the starting five for the Suns and his numbers should improve if and when it happens.


Ersan Ilyasova Bucks – Ilyasova bottomed out with a DNP-CD on Friday, but then had 15 points, five boards, four assists and a 3-pointer in 34 minutes on Saturday.  I have no idea what Scott Skiles is doing, or if Ilyasova is ever going to become a reliable fantasy player.  But the talent is there and I’m still hanging onto him where I can. 


Elton Brand Mavericks – Brand had 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks on Saturday off the bench, and has scored 17 in two of his last three games.  He had just four points and six boards in the other one, but he’s heating up and is worth a look if you need a big man.


Carl Landry Warriors – Landry had 16 points and four boards on Saturday and has hit double figures in scoring in eight of his last 10 games.  He won’t rack up a lot of double-doubles, but has grabbed seven or more boards in four of his last eight games.  As long as Andrew Bogut remains limited, Landry should continue to see heavy minutes and play well.




Andray Blatche Nets – Blatche is on fire, starting in two straight games for Brook Lopez, whose foot injury could keep him out longer than the two games he’s already missed.  Obviously, Blatche’s value will take a hit once Bro-Lo is back, but if Lopez is out all week, Blatche should continue to produce.  He’s averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds and a steal in his last three games and should be owned and started for as long as Lopez is out.


Robin Lopez Hornets – Lopez has been up and down all season, but has scored in double figures in five of his last seven games.  He has collected six or more boards in four of his last six, and has blocked 14 shots over that stretch.  If you need a starting center, Lopez looks like a nice add.


Kevin Seraphin Wizards – Seraphin has been starting for the Wizards and has double-doubled in three of his last five games, all starts.  He also has six blocks over that stretch and is worth adding in almost any league.


Larry Sanders Bucks – Sanders is on fire, racking up a triple-double with blocks on Friday, and then going off for 18 points, 16 boards and five more blocks on Saturday.  It’s impossible to tell if Scott Skiles will stick with him going forward, but after his last two games, he’s basically become a must-own player.


Bismack Biyombo Bobcats – Biyombo has played well in two straight, averaging 10 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks for the Bobcats.  He’s coming off the bench so he’ll likely struggle with consistency, but if he ever gets in the starting lineup over Brendan Haywood, he’ll probably become a must-own player. 

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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