Steve Alexander

Waiver Wired

print article archives RSS

Wired: Hot NBA Pickups

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Power Forwards


Markieff Morris Suns – Morris is averaging 14 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and a 3-pointer over his last two games, while Michael Beasley has been benched by the Suns.  Morris has the unique ability to hit threes, block shots, score and rebound, making him a very intriguing player.  The minutes should be there with Beasley benched and I’m a fan of picking him up in all formats.  Beasley played well off the bench on Saturday with a team-high 21 points and a full stat line, but it feels more like a fluke than a sign that he’s suddenly about to turn it around.  The Suns only have two games this week, meaning you won’t want to start Morris in weekly leagues, and keep in mind he plays much better at home than on the road.


Kevin Seraphin Wizards - Seraphin, who is owned in just 40 percent of leagues, is a very safe add right now, averaging 14 points, eight boards and a block per game over his last five.  I don’t understand why he’s not owned in more leagues.


Andre Drummond Pistons – Drummond had 15 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and two blocks on Wednesday and is averaging eight points, seven boards and 1.4 blocks over his last five games.  He’s a terrible free throw shooter, hitting just 6 of his last 16 shots from the line, but doesn’t shoot enough of them to kill your team.  He’ll still need more minutes from coach Lawrence Frank to be a must-start player, but he’s a nice stash, as more minutes should be coming his way (lather, rinse, repeat).


Jason Maxiell Pistons – Maxiell is averaging 8.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over his last four games and continues to start over Drummond for the Pistons.  He’s got a nice four-game week coming up and is an underrated PF/C you can throw into your lineup without doing too much damage to your team.  But he can disappear at times, as he scored just six and four points in two of his last five games.


Jeff Green Celtics – Despite the presence of Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass, Green is finding a way to be relevant in Boston, averaging 16 points, 4.2 rebounds, a steal and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games.  He’s scored 16 or more in four of those, despite getting just 24 minutes per game.  He can disappear at any time, but is hot right now, but the Celtics play just three games this week.


Amir Johnson Raptors – Jonas Valanciunas started again on Friday, but it is possible that Johnson could be ready to replace him in the first unit any day now.  A.J. Has scored 10, 11 and 16 points in three of his last five games, but had a total of six points in the other two.  Over his last five he’s averaging 8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, a steal and 0.6 blocks, but all those numbers would quickly be on the rise if he does take over as the team’s starting center.  Consider him a speculative add at this point.




Larry Sanders Bucks – Sanders has been on a well-documented tear in the shot-blocking department and is averaging 9.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and an amazing 5.6 blocks per game over his last five.  I still don’t trust Scott Skiles with Sanders, but given what he’s done over the past five games, there is no reason he shouldn’t be owned in all leagues until further notice.


J.J. Hickson Blazers – We’ve seen cases where Hickson was dropped in some leagues and he’s still only owned in 83 percent of ESPN leagues, despite averaging 11.2 points and 10.1 rebounds on the season.  He had a 2-point game on Monday with zero rebounds, but despite that dud, is still averaging 10 points, seven rebounds and a steal over his last five.  He should be owned in all leagues.


Robin Lopez Hornets – Lopez is averaging 14 points, five rebounds, a steal and 1.8 blocks over his last five games, and had 20 points, eight boards and a block on Saturday against the Heat.  He’ll disappear occasionally, but is having a nice season and should be a solid fantasy center, at least until power forward Anthony Davis is back.


Bismack Biyombo Bobcats – Biyombo replaced a struggling Byron Mullens in the starting lineup on Saturday, and while I’m not flat-out dropping Mullens, it’s something owners have to think about right now.  Biyombo is averaging 5.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over his last five games, and those numbers should be on their way up if he continues to start for the Cats.  Just don’t take a flier on him if your team is already hurting in the scoring department.


Lavoy Allen Sixers/Tyler Zeller Cavaliers – These two are worth a deep-league look, as Allen is averaging 7.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocks over his last five games.  Spencer Hawes is coming on a bit for the Sixers, but Allen still looks like a better option for now.  Zeller has somehow scored in double figures in three of his last five games and is averaging 10 points, seven rebounds and 1.2 blocks over that stretch while splitting time with Tristan Thompson.   

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.
Email :Steve Alexander

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Video Center


    Wednesday's Fantasy Minute
    Levitan: Week 16 Waiver Wire

    Levitan: Week 16 Waiver Wire

    Tuesday's Fantasy Minute
    NBA 6-Pack: Monday

    NBA 6-Pack: Monday
    Bales on Beckham

    Bales on Beckham's Success

    Monday's Fantasy Minute

    db730's NFL 6 Pack: WR & TE

    Friday's Fantasy Minute