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Sunday, December 23, 2012


Games Played for Week 9

 

4 Games – Celtics, Nets, Nuggets, Rockets, Clippers, Heat.

3 Games – Hawks, Bobcats, Bulls, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Pistons, Warriors, Pacers, Lakers, Bucks, Hornets, Knicks, Thunder, Magic, Sixers, Suns, Blazers, Spurs, Kings, Raptors, Jazz, Wizards.

2 Games – Grizzlies, Timberwolves.

 

Guys I’d consider dropping this week for a hot free agent include C.J. Miles, Marco Belinelli, Vince Carter, Corey Brewer, Jason Maxiell, Patrick Patterson, Caron Butler, Eric Bledsoe, Ersan Ilyasova, Mike Dunleavy, Kris Humphries, Andray Blatche, Al-Farouq Aminu, Glen Davis, Danny Green, Gary Neal, Stephen Jackson, DeJuan Blair and Kevin SeraphinDeAndre Jordan has really been unproductive lately, but I’m reluctant to let go.  It’s also time to grab Amare Stoudemire if he’s still available in your league, and Nene is doing enough to be given consideration, if you can handle the injury headaches.

 

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Point Guards

 

Jarrett Jack Warriors 49 percent owned in Yahoo! Leagues.

 

Jack blew up on Saturday night for season highs of 29 points and 11 assists, and nearly led the Warriors to a win over the Lakers.  He was on the list in last week’s column and has racked up a whopping 19 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games.  And this is with a healthy Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson playing in front of him.  He’s not stealing the ball, but it really doesn’t matter.  Jack should be owned in all leagues until further notice, and is in the mix to win the Western Conference Player of the Week award.

 

Darren Collison Mavericks 73 percent owned.

 

Derek Fisher asked for his release from the Mavericks in order to spend time with his family, clearing the way for Collison to return to the starting unit.  He’s started in two straight games for the Mavs but left Friday’s game due to an illness.  He should bounce back from his struggles when on the bench and if he was dropped in your league, he should be a hot pickup, as point guard options are limited in fantasy.  He is averaging 12 points, six assists and a steal as a starter this season.

 

Isaiah Thomas Kings 46 percent owned.

 

Thomas is starting to come on again for the Kings, although the absence of Tyreke Evans (knee) has been partly responsible.  Thomas is still coming off the bench behind Aaron Brooks, but is averaging 15 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games.  At some point, he’s probably going to be starting again for the Kings, which is what the players reportedly want to see happen.  And when it does, he’ll be worth owning again in all leagues.  Pick him up in weeklies, but just keep him on the bench as long as he’s still coming off of it in real life.

 

Andre Miller Nuggets 41 percent owned.

 

Ty Lawson left Saturday’s game with an Achilles injury, and while it’s being called “precautionary,” those injuries can be a little scary.  Miller could see a boost in minutes if the Nuggets take it easy with Lawson, who played just 17 minutes in his last game.  If it happens, Miller will become a must-own player.  He is returning 13th-round fantasy value this season, but if Lawson is forced from the lineup, he'll be a nice short-term add. But obviously, his value will hinge directly on the health of Lawson.

 

Jamaal Tinsley Jazz 1 percent owned.

 

Mo Williams left Saturday’s game with a sprained right thumb and X-rays were negative.  This is the type of injury that could linger and affect his shot and ball handling, and Tinsley looks like the player who would benefit if Williams were to miss time.  He’s a prospective add in deep leagues, but would only be worth it if Williams were to miss some games. 

 

Shooting Guards

 

Jordan Crawford Wizards 65 percent owned.

 

Crawford is the leading points scorer on my points-based team this week, averaging nearly 22 points, 5.75 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.5 3-pointers over his last four games, which included a triple-double on Tuesday.  He’ll take a hit if and when John Wall returns, but should be owned and started in all leagues until further notice.  The downside is that he’s shooting just 42 percent over those four games, but the rest of his numbers are fantasy gold and he’s in the running to win the Eastern Conference Player of the Week award.

 

Shannon Brown Suns 31 percent owned.

 

Brown is feeling it as the starting shooting guard in Phoenix, averaging 17 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games, while shooting a very respectable 49 percent from the floor and 100 percent from the line over that stretch.  As long as he’s starting for the Suns, he’s worth picking up in all fantasy leagues.

 

Jodie Meeks Lakers 22 percent owned.

 

Meeks still isn’t starting at shooting guard for the Lakers, but it could be coming at some point in the near future.  Even coming off the bench, he’s averaging 15.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 3.0 3-pointers in his last five games.  Mike D’Antoni likes the way he spreads the floor and Meeks is a great add if you need threes.

 

Alexey Shved Wolves 20 percent owned.

 

Shved disappeared in a couple back-to-back games this week, but has also scored 12, 18 and 13 in three of his last five games.  He just missed a triple-double on Thursday with 12 points, seven boards, 12 assists, a steal and two 3-pointers, and appears to be locked in as the starting shooting guard in Minnesota.  He’ll have his share of off nights, but is worth owning in most leagues as long as he’s starting.  Just keep in mind the Wolves only play twice this week.

 

Nate Robinson Bulls 20 percent owned.

 

Robinson is still coming off the bench behind a banged up Kirk Hinrich, but has still managed to average close to 10 points, 3.6 assists, a steal and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five.  And if Hinrich ever goes down, you’ll be glad you’ve got Robinson on your team.  I just wouldn’t start him in weekly leagues as long as Captain Kirk is healthy.


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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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