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Week 12 Hot NBA Pickups

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Small Forwards


Ersan Ilyasova Bucks 75% owned – New coach, new hype and unfortunately, same old Ersan.  At least the minutes have been consistent, as he has seen 26 or 27 of them in his last four games.  He’s averaging 10.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five, and while those numbers are certainly not ideal, he still appears to be on the verge of figuring things out.  


Matt Barnes Clippers 48% owned – I had to let Barnes go in a daily league last week, as the Clips played just two times, and it hurt me to do it.  Especially since I’m probably going to lose this week anyway, and because Barnes is still ballin’.  He’s averaging 13.4 points, 6.6 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.2 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five, and has been on a tear for over a month.  In short, Barnes should be owned in all leagues, and no, I’m not worried about Grant Hill’s return.


Al-Farouq Aminu Hornets 19% owned – Aminu is out of the doghouse and is averaging 31.6 minutes, 6.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.2 blocks over his last five games.  Yeah, the scoring is a buzzkill, as he’s hit double figures in just two of those games, but the boards, steals, blocks and minutes are all strong enough for him to be owned in most leagues.


Harrison Barnes Warriors 46% owned – Barnes has hit double digits in five of his last six games and is averaging 11 points, 5.3 boards, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five.  He’s not a must-own player, but is only going to get better, and could be setting up for a strong second half.  Now is a good time to grab him.


Mike Dunleavy Bucks 40% owned – Dunleavy’s scoring fluctuates drastically from game to game, but he had 15 points, five assists and three 3-pointers on Sunday.  He’s averaging 10.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games, and if you can handle some the inconsistency, which isn’t going to go away, the overall numbers are serviceable.


Power Forwards


Ed Davis Raptors 29% owned – Davis went off on Sunday for 20 points and 12 boards, and is now averaging 12.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game over his last five.  As long as Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas are out, Davis is worth starting in fantasy leagues.


Glen Davis Magic 59% owned – Davis is due back sometime this month and was rocking for 16 points, eight boards and 0.7 blocks before going down with a shoulder injury.  If you want to own Davis for the second half, this may be last call.


Derrick Williams Timberwolves 22% owned – Williams is still coming off the bench behind Dante Cunningham, but is playing well in his 22 minutes per game over his last five, averaging 13.2 points, 5.0 boards, 0.8 steals and 1.0 3-pointers per game over that stretch.  He’s not going to block many shots and has been inconsistent with his rebounding, but is a decent three-game option this week, and going forward with Kevin Love out indefinitely.


Jared Sullinger Celtics 14% owned – Sullinger is hot over his last three games, hitting double figures in scoring in all of them, and posting a pair of double-doubles in each of his last two.  He’s averaging 12.0 points and 10.6 rebounds in his last three, along with 26.8 minutes over his last five games.  He’s a rookie and has to deal with Brandon Bass, but the minutes are right and he should be a very hot pickup right now.  Let’s just hope that Doc Rivers keeps feeding him. 


Kevin Seraphin Wizards 18% owned – Seraphin is averaging 30 minutes per game over his last five, along with 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks, but is shooting just 40 percent from the floor in those games.  Part of that is due to a 1-of-9 shooting performance last Friday, but he hasn’t hit half his shots in four straight games.  His shot will come around and the minutes are where they need to be for Seraphin to be used in most fantasy leagues right now.


Keep an eye on…


Keep an eye on Milwaukee’s John Henson, who blew up for 19 points, six rebounds and two blocks on Sunday.  He was really struggling for production and minutes coming into this one, so it might have been a fluke, but he has certainly proven he can play if the minutes are there.  Chris Copeland started and had 22 points and four rebounds on 9-of-15 shots for the Knicks, and could suddenly become a hot commodity if he can find a way to stick in the starting lineup for New York.




Amir Johnson Raptors 30% owned – Johnson stayed hot on Sunday, finishing with 22 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and two blocks, despite tweaking his right ankle, and dealing with an already sore left ankle.  He looked fantastic and checks in with 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.6 blocks over his last five games.  He’s a must-own player, in my opinion.


Andre Drummond Pistons 31% owned – Drummond is averaging just 8.0 points over his last five, but he’s also gone for 8.4 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 2.6 blocks during that stretch.  He’s averaging 21.4 minutes during that streak, and the minutes should continue to increase over the second half.  I get a lot of questions about second-half sleepers, and Drummond is near the top of that list.


Emeka Okafor Wizards 53% owned – Okafor has some very bad scoring nights occasionally, but is also playing well in his 27 minutes a night, averaging nearly nine points, 9.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocks over his last five.  He’s averaging 1.3 blocks on the season, so I expect that number to be better going forward.  He has only blocked two shots in his last four games, and both of those came on the same night.  But as long as he’s getting minutes for the Wizards, he should flirt with a double-double nightly and block at least a shot per game.


Andray Blatche Nets 31% owned – Blatche is playing more minutes than Kris Humphries and has been strong off the bench, despite his legal problems.  He’s averaging 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks over his last five games, along with 22 minutes.  As long as the minutes stay above 20 per game, he should continue to roll, and I expect him to block more shots going forward.


Tiago Splitter Spurs 20% owned – Playing for Gregg Popovich makes it tough to trust Splitter, but he’s averaging 10.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.4 blocks in 29.4 minutes over his last five.  If you need a center, the minutes have been great and he’s been playing consistently well lately.  Hopefully he can keep it going. 



Guster played a pair of back-to-back acoustic shows in Atlanta this weekend and the shows were a blast.  Brian spent some time in my home town of Dahlonega, and you can read about his escapades here.  They also just released a live, acoustic record, which I highly recommend.

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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