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Sunday, February 24, 2013




Jeff Green Celtics – Green is on fire, scoring 31 points with three 3-pointers, five blocks and two steals on Friday, and is averaging 18.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 2.2 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five.  If you were able to pick him up off waivers in your league, he is a guy who can help you win a championship for the undermanned Celtics.  Remarkably, he’s owned in just 41 percent of Yahoo! Leagues, which is a joke.  Make sure he’s not available in your league, as he's as 'must-own' as they come. The only buzzkill is the two games this week. 


Carlos Delfino/Thomas Robinson Rockets – I was higher on T-Rob the night he was traded than I am now, as Delfino has played well in his three starts at power forward.  I had no idea the 6-6 Delfino could play there, but he’s played between 35 and 42 minutes over his last three games, scoring 12, 22 and 9 points in each, with 13 3-pointers over that stretch.  At this point, Delfino looks like a must-own player to me, as long as he can stay healthy.  T-Rob will see some run once he gets a practice under his belt, but he’ll have to learn a new system and gain the trust of Kevin McHale, which is why I prefer Delfino at this point.  And keep in mind that the Rockets’ weekly schedule stinks, as they finish up 3-3-3-3-3-4-3-2.


Moe Harkless/Andrew Nicholson Magic – Harkless is finally shooting it well, hitting 29-of-59 shots over his last four games (49%) and averaging 16.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers over that stretch.  He’s also getting 35 minutes per game over his last four, and suddenly looks like a must-own player.  Nicholson is starting and also makes for an interesting add, averaging 11.0 points and 5.6 rebounds over his last five games.


Thaddeus Young Sixers – Young is hoping to play on Sunday against the Knicks after missing a few weeks with a hamstring injury and is averaging 14.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals on the season.  It's time to pick him up.


Al-Farouq Aminu Hornets – Aminu’s not a dynamic scorer, but has been productive, averaging 8.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.6 blocks on 53 percent shooting over his last five games.  The Hornets have a better weekly schedule than Brooklyn, and Aminu makes for a better player to own than Gerald Wallace, who is putting up similar numbers.  Aminu’s schedule and consistency make him the better option in my book.


Caron Butler Clippers – Butler has been hot and appears to be healthy, averaging 16.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.3 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last four games.  I don’t fully trust him, but he’s getting 28 minutes per game right now and is hot, making him worth a shot in most leagues.  Just look out for that 2-game week coming up on March 11.


Others to consider: Vince Carter (still hot), Martell Webster (quietly effective), Gerald Wallace, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (coming on), Taj Gibson, Danny Granger, Dorell Wright,




Jason Thompson Kings – Thompson was already playing very well and the fact Thomas Robinson was traded only helps his cause.  He’s averaging 12.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks on 51 percent shooting over his last five games.  He’s averaging 32 minutes over that stretch, and looks like a very solid add right now, and is only owned in 41 percent of Yahoo! Leagues.


Jason Smith Hornets – Robin Lopez has been terribly inconsistent lately and Smith is coming on a bit, scoring 22, 12, 8 and 13 points in each of his last four games.  He’s also racked up 18 rebounds and five blocks over that stretch, and is shooting 55 percent during the hot streak.  I don’t trust Smith, but he had 22 points, five boards and two blocks in Friday’s loss, and might be a better center to own than Lopez right now.


Carl Landry Warriors – Andrew Bogut now has a back issue that could keep him out indefinitely, clearing the way for Landry to get more run going forward.  Landry has gone for 11 points & 8 rebounds, and 10 & 6 in each of his last two games, and those numbers could go up for as long as Bogut is in street clothes.  Andris Biedrins is starting, but I have no interest in dealing with that headache.


Elton Brand Mavericks – Brand is suddenly coming on and has gone for 13 & 7 and 17 & 5 over his last two games, blocking two shots in each of them.  He’s having a good game as I write this on Sunday and it looks like he might finally be ready to go on a consistent spree for the Mavs. 


Jermaine O’Neal Suns – I really don’t trust O’Neal and he played just 15 minutes on Friday, but the fact remains he’s averaging 10.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks on 51 percent shooting over his last five games, essentially outplaying starter Marcin Gortat.  His daughter is scheduled for heart surgery on March 5, which could cause him to miss some games.  But if you’re desperate at center and the waiver wire is bare, JO is at least worth a look as long as he’s in uniform for the Suns.


Others to consider: Tiago Splitter, JaVale McGee, Jonas Valanciunas

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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