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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Games Played Week 10


4 Games: Atlanta, Brooklyn, Denver, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, Miami, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Washington.

3 Games: Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, L.A. Lakers, Minnesota, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Toronto, Utah.

2 Games: Golden State


Point Guards


Jordan Crawford Wizards 68 percent owned in Yahoo! Leagues (Garrett Temple, Shelvin Mack)


Crawford missed Saturday’s game with a sprained ankle and has come off the bench in his last two games, but is still averaging 22 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 3pointers over the two games off the pine. He’s built to provide instant offense off the bench and should be owned in all leagues until further notice. Garrett Temple and Shelvin Mack are both getting a lot of guard minutes for the Wizards, but I’m only recommending them in very deep leagues.  Temple started his last game and is averaging 10.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals over his last two, but has played in just three games this season.  And once Crawford is back, I find it hard to believe that Temple will sustain this kind of production.  But either way, he's worth keeping a close eye on over his next few games. 


Jason Kidd Knicks 74% owned (Pablo Prigioni)


With Raymond Felton out indefinitely with a broken finger, you don’t need to know what Kidd’s stats are. He’s going to play a ton of minutes and rack up solid production, and should be owned in all leagues.  In deeper leagues, Pablo Prigioni is worth a look due to his upcoming increase in playing time, but despite getting 17.5 minutes per over his last two games, he’s scored a total of five points to go along with 12 assists.


Isaiah Thomas Kings 49% owned


Thomas finally regained his starting job from Aaron Brooks on Friday and had 11 points, four assists and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes, but the important thing is that he started.  It’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not Keith Smart will continue to keep running him out there with the first unit, but Thomas is worth stashing in all leagues (again) now that he might have his job back.  This is a player who averaged 15 points and more than five dimes as a starter last season.


Will Bynum Pistons 9% owned


Sometime over the last week Pistons coach Lawrence Frank woke up and realized he actually has some talent sitting on his bench.  Bynum, Charlie Villanueva, Andre Drummond, and even Austin Daye have all been productive over the last couple games and all are worth a look in deeper leagues.  As for Bynum, he’s averaging 28 points, 7.0 assists, a steal and 3.5 3-pointers over his last two games.  Rodney Stuckey missed one of those and while I don’t fully trust Bynum, he’s worth a shot in deeper leagues as long as he’s this hot.


Nate Robinson Bulls 20% owned


Robinson has scored 7, 27, 9, 11 and 18 points over his last five games, meaning you never know what you’re going to get.  His minutes have fluctuated between a low of 14 and a high of 28 over those five games, while Kirk Hinrich continues to sputter along as the starter.  Robinson is on this list almost weekly and if you can figure out the right nights to start him, he’s worth owning in many formats.  But even if you’re not going to use him right now, the second the banged up Hinrich finally goes down with an injury, Robinson is going to be the hottest pickup off your league’s waiver wire.


Shooting Guards


Gerald Henderson Bobcats 37% owned


Henderson is back from a foot injury and has recovered from a shin injury that kept him out last Saturday, and is averaging 15.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.5 3-pointers over his last four games.  The lack of threes may be misleading and he hit two of them in his most recent game, and has already hit more of them this season (12) than he did all of last year (11).  As long as he’s healthy and starting for the Bobcats, he should be owned in your league.


Jarrett Jack Warriors 60% owned


Jack was featured here last week and is still available in 40% of fantasy leagues out there.  He’s scored 14 or more points in four straight games and is averaging nearly 17 points, three boards, six assists, a steal and two 3-pointers over his last five games, along with 31 minutes.  Pick him up if he’s available in your league.


Alexey Shved Timberwolves 25% owned


Shved is starting at SG for the Wolves and has scored between 12 and 18 points in each of his last four games, and despite a two-point dud in the mix, is averaging 12 points, 3.8 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers in 33 minutes over his last five.  I think he’s going to stick in the starting five all season and he should simply be owned in more leagues than he is.  Ricky Rubio is taking him time rounding back into form and Brandon Roy might retire, making Shved a relatively safe bet for heavy minutes until further notice.


Shannon Brown Suns 30% owned


Brown broke out of a mini-slump on Saturday with 21 points, six boards and a 3-pointer, and is averaging 13 points, 4.0 boards, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals over his last five games.  He’s hit just two 3-pointers over that stretch, but hit eight of them in the three games prior to that timeframe.  He’s having a fine season and is starting at shooting guard for the Suns, making him worth a look in all leagues, especially with his upcoming four-game week.


John Salmons Kings 8% owned


Salmons is averaging 13 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games, and is getting a boost by Tyreke Evans’ knee injury.  Evans appears to be nearing a return, but Salmons still looks like a sneaky pickup if you need a G/F in a deep league.

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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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