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Week 13 Top NBA Pickups

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Games Played for Week 13

 

5 Games – L.A. Clippers

4 Games – Atlanta, Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Washington.

3 Games – Charlotte, Cleveland, Indiana, Miami, Milwaukee, Orlando, Philadelphia, Toronto, Utah.

2 Games – Dallas, Denver.

 

Before we get to the position breakdowns, here are a few oddballs that deserve to be talked about. And if you're not following me on Twitter for pre-game updates on who is in and who is out, along with a lot of other stuff, you probably should be.  Click here to make it happen. 

 

Kawhi Leonard Spurs 49% owned in Yahoo! Leagues – Leonard gets a boost with Manu Ginobili out for another week or so, and has filled the stat sheet in two of his last three games.  He also had a major letdown on Friday night with zero points, five boards, one assist and zero steals, blocks or 3-pointers.  He’s averaging 8.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists. 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers, and is shooting 52 percent over his last five.  Maybe he’s ready to get it going, but because he plays for Gregg Popovich and the Spurs, he’s still going to be up and down, especially when Manu is back. 

 

Jarrett Jack Warriors 55% - Stephen Curry was surprisingly back in action on Saturday, but Jack went off with 25 points, 12 assists, two steals and a 3-pointer, and should continue to see plenty of run at both guard spots as Curry continues to try to play on his ankle, which I’m pretty sure is made of Cool Ranch Doritos.

 

Tiago Splitter Spurs 26% - Splitter has hit double digits in scoring in six straight games, averaging 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks over his last five.  He’s starting and getting 29 minutes per night, making him worth owning in almost all formats going forward.

 

Point Guards

 

Isaiah Thomas Kings 57% - After blowing up for 34 points and six 3-pointers last Saturday, Thomas struggled, scoring 9, 2 and 6 points in his next three games.  He righted the ship on Saturday night with 15 points, five boards, seven assists and two steals.  He’s averaging 13 points, 5.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting over his last five games, and while he’s far too inconsistent to be considered a must-start fantasy player, there is still too much potential for him not to be owned in all leagues.  Especially with teammate Aaron Brooks playing just 18, 7 and 8 minutes in each of his last three games.

 

Mario Chalmers Heat 43% - Chalmers has been all over the place over his last five games, scoring 4, 15, 12, 34 and 2 points in each of them.  The 34-point performance included a ridiculous 10 3-pointers, and he’s averaging 13.4 points, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.2 3-pointers over his last five.  He’s at least worth a look in all leagues right now.

 

Devin Harris and Kyle Korver Hawks 25% - Harris suffered a sprained ankle on Saturday, which was the same day it was announced that Lou Williams is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.  Harris still had 13 points and two 3-pointers off the bench on Saturday, and is averaging 16 points, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.3 3-pointers over his last three, and as long as he’s healthy, he should continue start at SG for the Hawks the rest of the way, as long as they don’t go with a big lineup on most nights, like they did Saturday against the Spurs.  As long as Harris is healthy, I think he should be owned in all leagues. And with four games this week, Atlanta's Kyle Korver also looks like an excellent pickup. He's averaging 11 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five, and also gets a boost with Williams done for the year. 

 

Eric Bledsoe Clippers 18% - Chris Paul was back on Saturday, which obviously hurts the value of Bledsoe greatly.  But with a five-game week and CP3’s knee still a bit of a concern, I’d recommend holding onto Bledsoe if you can.  But even with five games, he’s a risky fantasy start as long as Paul is playing.  He had 19 points, seven boards, five dimes and two steals in Tuesday’s start, but won’t be able to do much off the bench.  However, he still managed 11 points, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in just 18 minutes of action.  It will be tough for him to do that going forward in just 18 minutes, but it just goes to show how much talent the kid has.

 

Beno Udrih Bucks 2% - Udrih had six points, two rebounds and four assists in just 13 minutes on Saturday after failing to score in 20 minutes on Thursday.  Despite coming off the bench and playing behind both Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, Udrih is still somehow averaging 8.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 20 minutes over his last five games, and might be worth a look if you’re hurting for dimes.

 

Shooting Guards

 

Jared Dudley Suns 72% - Dudley won’t be available in many leagues, but he is still sitting out there in some.  He had 13 points, six boards, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in his return from a right wrist injury on Thursday, and is averaging 15 points, 7.0 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.3 3-pointers over his last three.  If he’s available in your league, he shouldn’t be after you read this.

 

Gerald Henderson Bobcats 31% - Henderson is back in the starting lineup for the Bobcats and despite dealing with a bulging disc in his back, has hit double digits in scoring in five straight games, averaging nearly 14 points, 2.4 boards, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals during that stretch.  After a hot start from downtown this season, he has just one 3-pointer in his last eight games, so don’t look for too much help there. 

 

Carlos Delfino Rockets 22% - Delfino is so up and down it’s crazy, but when he’s on, he’s a great source of points and 3-pointers, along with some other stats.  He’s been more consistent lately, scoring between 15 and 17 points in four of his last five games, averaging nearly 14 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.8 3-pointers while shooting 47% from the floor over that stretch.  And with four games this week, he should be good for at least two, if not three solid stat lines this week.

 

Shannon Brown Suns 19% - Brown is playing for a new coach in Phoenix and has been hot for over his last four games, averaging 17 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 0.6 3-pointers while shooting 47 percent off the bench over that stretch.  I’d like him more if he were starting, but it’s hard to argue with how well he’s been playing lately.

 

Alan Anderson Raptors 14% - Landry Fields, who was getting ridiculous minutes coming into the week, fell off a cliff, playing just 13 and 18 minutes in his last two games, and failing to reach double figures in scoring in any of his last five games.  Anderson, on the other hand, is coming off the bench and playing well, racking up 13.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games.  That streak includes a nine-minute, two-point letdown on Tuesday, but he scored a season-high 27 on Wednesday and 18 more points on Friday.  He’s hit six 3-pointers over his last two games, and while Fields will continue to start, Anderson looks like a much better player to own for now.


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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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