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Wired: Hot Pickups for Week 22

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Centers

 

Most of these guys qualify at F/C, so forgive me in advance for putting so many forwards here.

 

Spencer Hawes Sixers – Hawes has been on a tear and has become a must-own center over the past two weeks. He’s averaging 17 points, 12 boards and four blocks over his last four games and the Sixers play four times this week. He should be starting in all formats until further notice.

 

Ed Davis & Darrell Arthur Grizzlies – Davis looked like the big winner when it was announced on Saturday that Marc Gasol would be out indefinitely with an abdominal tear and answered the call with 11 points, eight boards and five blocks. But the picture on this TV became fuzzy after Darrell Arthur’s performance off the bench, when he had 18 points and seven boards in 29 minutes. Arthur is just coming back from a back injury and hadn’t done anything this month until Saturday’s explosion, so I’m still thinking Davis is the guy to own. But if he’s already gone and your wire is thin, Arthur looks like a decent alternative right now.

 

Josh McRoberts & Byron Mullens Bobcats – McBob suffered a shoulder injury on Saturday but played through it, finishing with four points and nine rebounds in just 25 minutes. He had been cooking prior to that one though, flirting with nightly double-doubles and scoring in double digits in four of his previous five games. Mullens has been coming on, but disappeared on Saturday, failing to score on 0-of-5 shooting in 22 minutes. Prior to that, he dropped 25 points on the Raptors and 12 on the Wizards, and it looked like he might be ready to get it going again. But Saturday’s disaster against the Pistons is a big red flag, and the simple fact is that Mullens can’t be trusted. And while McRoberts is far from a sure bet at success every time he plays, as long as he’s starting for Charlotte, I’m comfortable using him in fantasy.

 

Brandan Wright Mavericks – Wright, Chris Kaman and Elton Brand are all sharing time at center, and while Kaman gets the start on most nights, Wright has been the most consistent of the three. He’s scored in double figures in eight of his last 11 games, racked up seven or more boards in six of those, and blew up for a season-high 23 points, eight boards, a steal and a block on Friday night.

 

Kyle O’Quinn Magic – Nikola Vucevic has a mild concussion and it’s unknown if he’ll play in his next game, or by next week. O’Quinn has started two straight games and missed double-doubling in both of them by one rebound, averaging 11.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in them. Once Vucevic is back O’Quinn will be useless, but if Vucevic will miss more time, O’Quinn’s worth a look, especially in deeper leagues.

 

Weekly Games Played Schedule (Weeks 22-25)

 

ATL 4-4-2-2

BOS 4-4-3-2

BRK 3-3-4-2

CHA 3-4-3-2

CHI 3-4-4-2

CLE 3-4-4-2

DAL 3-4-3-2

DEN 3-3-3-2

DET 3-4-2-2

GSW 3-3-3-2

HOU 3-4-3-2

IND 4-3-3-2

LAC 4-3-3-2

LAL 4-3-4-1

MEM 4-4-3-2

MIA 4-3-4-2

MIL 3-4-4-2

MIN 4-4-4-2

NOH 4-3-4-1

NYK 4-4-4-2

OKC 3-3-3-2

ORL 4-4-2-2

PHI 4-3-4-2

PHX 3-3-3-2

POR 3-4-3-2

SAC 3-3-3-2

SAS 3-4-3-2

TOR 3-4-3-2

UTA 4-4-2-2

WAS 4-4-3-2



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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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