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Wired: Week 14 NBA Pickups

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Games Played for Week 14

 

4 Games – Chicago, Detroit, Golden State, Lakers, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando, Sacramento, Toronto, Utah, Washington.

3 Games – Brooklyn, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indiana, Clippers, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland.

2 Games – Atlanta, Oklahoma City, San Antonio.

 

Check out last week's Waiver Wired column and Saturday's Dose for more of my ramblings, and take a look at me on Twitter for the latest lineup changes on game nights that I'm working (and some that I'm not).  Click here to follow me on Twitter. 

 

Guards

 

Avery Bradley Celtics 32% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

 

Rajon Rondo is out for the season due to a torn ACL, which was announced just as I was posting this column on Sunday.  Bradley could become another version of Eric Bledsoe, only better, while it's also possible that Doc Rivers could end up leaning on Courtney Lee to play the point instead.  Leandro Barbosa and Jason Terry will also see big bumps in playing time, meaning all four of these guys are going to be worth a look in many leagues.  I'd rank them Bradley, Lee, Terry, Barbosa, but we'll have to see what Rivers has in mind going forward.  Tough break for the Celtics, and you have to wonder if they'll try to make a play for a guy like Jose Calderon if Bradley and Lee don't get it done.  And CBS' Ken Berger is suggesting that Paul Pierce could be traded because of Rondo's injury.

 

And on another Celtics note, PF Jared Sullinger started over Brandon Bass on Sunday, and while he’s not guaranteed to keep the job, or be able to stay out of foul trouble, he’s at least worth keeping a close eye on in case he keeps the job.

 

Raymond Felton Knicks 84% and J.J. Redick Magic 73% owned

 

Felton was terrible in his return on Saturday but immediately moved into the starting lineup and saw heavy minutes for the Knicks.  Redick has started at shooting guard for the Magic in two straight games and could stick there for the rest of the season, or until he gets traded.  These two aren’t available in many leagues, but if they’re available in yours, it’s either a very small one, or you should pick them up.  And the same goes for Atlanta's Kyle Korver, too. 

 

Alan Anderson Raptors 19% owned

 

Landry Fields is starting but Anderson is the one playing well for the Raps.  He’s scored between 13 and 27 points in each of his last six games and is averaging 16.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five.  Fields could turn it on at any time and hurt Anderson’s value, but the Raptors play four games this week and Anderson looks like a great way to use one of your pickups.

 

Luke Ridnour Timberwolves 49% owned

 

Ridnour put up a ridiculous line on Saturday with 22 points, seven boards, seven assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers, and is averaging 15.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals and a 3-pointer per game over his last five.  Ricky Rubio finally had a solid game last night, as did J.J. Barea, but for now, Ridnour hasn’t show any signs of slowing down.

 

Eric Bledsoe Clippers 26% owned

 

The Clippers keep saying Chris Paul’s knee isn’t a big deal, but try telling that to his owners, who locked him in for five games this week and got one exhibition that featured him just kind of hobbling around.  No, Bledsoe hasn’t played like an All-Star, but did have 11 points, nine boards, five assists and two steals on Saturday night, and will continue to start for as long as CP3 is out.  In other words, he’s worth owning until we see Paul come back and make it through an entire week.

 

Jarrett Jack Warriors 62% owned

 

Jack just keeps churning along for the Warriors and has double-doubled in four of his last six games, despite playing with Stephen Curry and coming off the bench.  We touted him as a hot pickup for most of the season and he’s responded, even with Curry healthy, and is averaging 15 points, four boards, nine assists, a steal and a 3-pointer over his last five games, and 13 points and seven assists for the entire month of January.  As usual, I still don’t understand why he’s not owned in more leagues, especially with the Warriors going four times this week.

 

Nate Robinson Bulls 20% owned

 

Robinson also keeps plugging along despite a bench role and has even been playing well on the same nights that Kirk Hinrich somehow gets hot.  Robinson scored 11 points in four straight games, then had 22 on Friday and 19 more on Saturday.  He’s averaging 15 points, 4.4 assists and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five, and just 2.4 TOs, which isn’t bad for Lil’ Him.  He’s also shooting it at a 47 percent clip over that stretch, but just know that he’ll cool off once Derrick Rose is back in action.  More on Rose, and other injured players, at the end of the column.

 

Gerald Henderson Bobcats 28% owned

 

Henderson looks to finally be over his back injury and had 15 points, four boards, two assists, a block and a 3-pointer on Saturday.  He’s scored in double figures in six of his last eight games and is starting at shooting guard for the Cats right now.  He’s not a lock for success, but I do get the feeling that he’s ready to get hot again.

 

Nick Young Sixers 17% owned

 

Young started at shooting guard on Saturday and 20 points, four boards, four assists, a steal and three 3-pointers on 5-of-12 shooting, and also had 20 points, three boards, three assists and two 3-pointers in his previous game on Tuesday off the bench.  With Jason Richardson’s knee a mess and Dorell Wright not even on Doug Collins’ radar, it looks like Young could continue to start going forward.  And if you’re in a deep league, he might be the best player available on your wire.

 

Forwards

 

Michael Beasley Suns 55% owned

 

I don’t trust Beasley much at all, but he’s at least seeing some new life under his new coach, scoring a season-high 25 points with six boards and a 3-pointer on 11-of-16 shooting in 23 minutes on Saturday.  He’s played 22 or 23 minutes in each of his last three games, and checks in at 14 points, six boards and nearly a 3-pointer over his last five games.  He’s still not a must-own as long as he’s not starting, but is at least worth a look now that he’s relevant again in Phoenix.  Jared Dudley and Shannon Brown are also playing pretty well for the Suns, and both players are worth owning in most leagues. 

 

Carlos Delfino Rockets 30% owned

 

Delfino has managed to stay healthy lately and has finally shown some consistency, scoring between 13 and 17 points in eight of his last nine games, and has drained 27 3-pointers, an average of three per game, over that stretch.  I see no reason that he shouldn’t be owned right now in all leagues, and the Rockets play three times this week. 

 

Kawhi Leonard Spurs 50% owned

 

As you know, I’m not a huge Leonard fan, but he’s healthy again and starting to rack up some serious steals and 3-pointers lately.  In his last four games he’s averaging nearly 12 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.8 3-pointers as the starting small forward for the Spurs, and he could just be getting ready for takeoff.

 

Carl Landry Warriors 45% owned

 

Landry had a double-double on Saturday with 13 points and 14 rebounds, and is averaging 11 points, 8.4 rebounds and nearly a steal per game over his last five, despite coming off the bench.  Starter Harrison Barnes might be hitting a wall, or is just falling out of favor, and Landry appears to be coming on.  With four games this week he looks like a good player to roll the dice on right now.

 

Thomas Robinson Kings 21% owned

 

T-Rob had 10 points and 10 rebounds in garbage time on Saturday and has double-doubled in two of his last three games.  Garbage time is a factor and came into play on Saturday, but Robinson is a guy deep-league owners should have their eye on right now.  He’s averaging just 5.6 points, 6.6 boards and 0.2 blocks over his last five games, but those numbers jump to nine points and nine boards over his last three.  Jason Thompson isn’t playing well and Robinson could see a boost in minutes the rest of the way for the lowly Kings.  And we still don’t know whether they’ll be playing in Sacramento or Seattle next season. 


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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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