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NBA Top Pickups: Week 3

Sunday, November 10, 2013


Games Played for Week 3

 

4 Games: ATL, BOS, CHA, CLE, DEN, DET, HOU, LAL, MEM, MIN, MIL, PHI, POR, TOR, UTA

 

3 Games: BRK, CHI, DAL, GSW, IND, LAC, MIA, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, SAS, SAC, WAS

 

2 Games: PHX

 

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Point Guards

 

Patrick Beverley Rockets – We’ve been pushing him pretty hard for some time now and he finally had his coming out party on Saturday, when he went off for 19 points, five boards, three dimes, four steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 6-of-13 shooting. Will he be this good every night? Probably not, but he has the potential to do it and I see no downside to owning him. Jeremy Lin will take a hit now that he’s back on the bench, but is also still worth owning in most leagues.

 

Jarrett Jack Cavaliers – I’ve been a Jack fan since he signed with the Cavs and he’s slowly but surely making his way back from knee surgery. Saturday was also his coming out party when he had 20 points, four boards, five dimes, three blocks, three steals and three 3-pointers in a season-high 37 minutes. It’s time to move on Jack.

 

Brandon Knight Bucks – Knight is finally back from his hamstring injury and while his performance on Saturday was anything but impressive, he’s only going to get better from here. If you’re holding Gary Neal or Nate Wolters, it makes sense to dump them for Knight.

 

Ramon Sessions Bobcats – Sessions quietly continues to do what he always seems to do. He’ll have the occasional big scoring game and consistently produce off the bench. He’s averaging 12.8 points and 3.8 assists in his last five games, but if you’re looking for steals or threes, you probably need to look somewhere else.

 

Jordan Farmar Lakers – I still contend that Steve Nash isn’t going to make it through the season in one piece and while Steve Blake is intriguing, Farmar is the guy I like. The Lakers play four times this week and Farmar is averaging 8.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five games, and those numbers would be better if is shot were falling more than 37 percent of the time.

 

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Shooting Guards

 

Danny Green Spurs – Green finally blew up on Wednesday with 19 points, five boards, two steals, four blocks and three 3-pointers, but outside of that game it’s just been an ugly ride for Green and his owners. So bad that even when you include that game, he’s averaging just 5.8 points over his last five games and shooting 36 percent. He can only go up from here and if our relentless bashing of him helped get him dropped in your league, you should pick him up. He started off Sunday’s game against the Knicks with a 3-pointer, so things might be looking up.

 

Dion Waiters & C.J. Miles Cavaliers – Waiters is hot, scoring between 17 and 24 points in four of his last five and averaging 17.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over that stretch. Those look like must-add numbers to me.

 

Miles is quietly averaging 12 points and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five, making him worthy of a close look as well.  

 

Alec Burks Jazz – Burks is playing OK basketball, averaging 12.6 points, 3.2 boards, 2.2 assists, 202 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five. And he’s doing that while shooting just 34 percent from the floor, and I don’t see him shooting it that poorly on most nights.

 

Ben McLemore Kings – Mike Malone was ticked off after Saturday’s game and says changes are coming for the Kings lineup. Marcus Thornton is really struggling and McLemore is coming on, scoring between 13 and 19 points in three of his four last games. And in those three games, he hit three 3-pointers in each of them. I have no idea if he’s going to be starting soon or not, but I think there’s a decent chance he does, and he’s worth a flier in case it happens.

 

Jordan Crawford Celtics – Crawford has been starting for Boston and has hit double digits in four of his last five games, averaging 12 points, 2.4 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in that stretch. Until Rajon Rondo is back, Crawford should continue to play well as long as Brad Stevens sticks with him.


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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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