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Wired: Top Pickups for Week 19

Sunday, March 3, 2013




Donatas Motiejunas HOU – Motiejunas has now started two straight games at power forward and is averaging 15.0 points, 5.0 boards, 3.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.5 3-pointers in them. He also played well just before entering the starting five, going for 11 points, six boards and two 3-pointers in last Saturday. The Rockets play just three games a week for the next four, but Motiejunas looks like a guy that should be picked up in a lot of leagues, especially with the 3-pointers.


Robin Lopez NOH – Ro-Lo has had some great games this season, but can also disappear without warning. He’s going to get minutes, but you just never know what you’re going to get. He’s averaging 9.4 points, 4.2 boards and 2.4 blocks over his last five games in 27 minutes per, but is shooting just 42 percent. But if you’re in a bind at center and he’s available, he probably won’t hurt you.


Spencer Hawes PHI – Hawes was a disaster on Saturday, missing all nine of his shots and failing to score in 20 minutes before Doug Collins planted him on the bench. He also had a two-point game last Saturday, but had a great line of 20 points, 15 boards and two blocks on Thursday against the Bulls. As you can see, you never know what you’re going to get from Hawes, but Andrew Bynum’s not walking through that door anytime soon, and I trust Hawes a heck of a lot more than I do Lavoy Allen. Philly plays four times per week in three of their next four, and Hawes is worth hanging onto in most leagues, despite the inconsistency.


Kosta Koufos DEN – Koufos has quietly been chugging along as a starting center in Denver all season, averaging 8.0 points, 6.6 boards and 1.4 blocks on 60 percent shooting on the season, and 7.8 points, 7.8 boards and 1.6 blocks over his last five. He’s not flashy and isn’t ever going to dominate, but does make for a decent center option if you’re desperate.


Derrick Favors & Enes Kanter UTA – With Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson (ankles) banged up for the Jazz, Favors and Kanter are both getting a lot of run right now. Favors is averaging 10.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his last five, while Kanter went crazy with 23 points, 22 rebounds and a block on Friday against the pathetic Bobcats. Jefferson and Millsap are both iffy for Monday’s game, but if they play, Kanter and Favors will be shaky plays, at best. But if everyone is healthy, Favors may still be worth a look in some leagues, while I wouldn’t mess with Kanter unless Jefferson is out. Utah’s playoff schedule is ideal though, so Kanter may still be worth a stash in case Jefferson goes down again.


Andrea Bargnani TOR – Bargnani hasn’t looked right since returning from an elbow injury, but did make a surprise start for Rudy Gay (back) on Friday and had 11 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 4-of-14 shooting. He’s shooting a laughable 29 percent over his last five and failed to even score in two of those, but he has gotten 33 minutes in each of his last two games. Bargnani’s a total wild card and Toronto’s schedule gets dicey after this four-game week, but he’s probably worth a flier in case he continues to get 30 minutes a night, as he simply can’t shoot it this poorly forever.


Elton Brand & Chris Kaman DAL – Brand has been playing well, averaging 11.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.8 blocks on 53 percent shooting over his last five games, while Kaman has surprisingly started two straight, averaging 7.0 points, 4.0 boards, 1.5 steals and a block in those two games. Brand looks like a solid player to own going forward, while I’d just keep an eye on Kaman in case he continues to start and can stay healthy. Keep in mind Dallas has three four-game weeks in their next six.


Jermaine O’Neal PHX – Props to the Suns’ training staff for keeping O’Neal healthy and looking like an NBA player again this season. He’s been on a tear for a few weeks now, and is averaging 14.6 points, 10 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over his last three games, and finished February with averages of 11.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 11 games. His daughter is scheduled for heart surgery on March 5, so we don’t know how much time he’ll take off for that, while the Suns play just three times in four of the next six weeks. But if he doesn’t miss much time due to his daughter’s health, he’ll likely continue to play well for one of the league’s most dysfunctional teams.


Remaining Weekly Games Played Scheduled (Mon-Sun)


ATL – 4-4-4-4-4-2-2

BOS – 4-3-4-4-4-3-2

BRK – 3-3-4-3-3-4-2

CHA – 4-3-43-4-3-2

CHI – 3-2-4-3-4-4-2

CLE – 4-3-3-3-4-4-2

DAL – 3-4-4-3-4-3-2

DEN – 4-3-4-3-3-3-2

DET – 3-3-3-3-4-2-2

GSW – 4-4-3-3-3-3-2

HOU – 3-3-3-3-4-3-2

IND – 3-3-4-4-3-3-2

LAC – 3-2-3-4-3-3-2

LAL – 4-4-2-4-3-4-1

MEM – 3-4-4-4-4-3-2

MIA – 4-4-4-4-3-4-2

MIL – 4-4-4-3-4-4-2

MIN – 4-4-4-4-4-4-2

NOH – 4-3-3-4-3-4-1

NYK – 4-4-4-4-4-4-2

OKC – 4-4-4-3-3-3-2

ORL – 4-3-3-4-4-2-2

PHI – 4-3-4-4-3-4-2

PHO – 3-4-4-3-3-3-2

POR – 4-3-5-3-4-3-2

SAC – 4-2-4-3-3-3-2

SAS – 2-4-3-3-4-3-2

TOR – 4-3-3-3-4-3-2

UTA – 4-3-4-4-4-2-2

WAS – 3-4-4-4-4-3-2

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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