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Sunday, November 17, 2013


Games Played for Week 4


5 Games LAC

4 Games ATL, BOS, BRK, CHA, CHI, DAL, DET, GSW, MIN, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, UTA, WAS

3 Games CLE, DEN, HOU, IND, MEM, MIA, MIL, NYK, OKC, ORL, SAS

2 Games LAL, NOP, TOR

 

The ownership percentages shown are for Yahoo! Leagues.

 

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Point Guards

 

Steve Blake Lakers 45% owned

 

This is not the ideal week to use Blake, as the Lakers only play two games. But if you just look at his last five games, mostly without Steve Nash, he’s averaging 12.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 9.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting. And as long as Nash is out with his bad back and old body, Blake should continue to roll. Yes, I expect Kobe Bryant to make his debut this coming Friday and he could wreak havoc on Blake’s numbers, but someone has to run the point for the Lakers and that guy is Blake for now.

 

Jordan Crawford Celtics 39% owned

 

Crawford is surprisingly manning the point for the Celtics and even more surprisingly, doing a pretty good job of it. He’s scored in double figures in six straight games and is averaging 13.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five. And until Rajon Rondo comes back, Crawford looks like a smart play to me.

 

Nate Wolters Bucks 7% owned

 

Unlike Crawford, Wolters has NOT scored in double digits in any of his last five games and is averaging just 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.0 3-pointers over his last five on 37 percent shooting. But the kid is playing monster minutes and simply doesn’t turn the ball over. Brandon Knight is getting ready to come back and possibly rain on Wolters’ parade, but if your team is having turnover problems, Wolters is a guy that can help, and I suspect he’s getting ready to play better than he has over his last few games, even when Knight is back.

 

Tony Wroten Sixers 16% owned

 

Wroten has been killing it with Michael Carter-Williams (foot) sidelined and should continue to do so for at least another game or two. In his last three, Wroten has racked up averages of 20 points, six dimes, four boards and one steal. He hit a couple 3-pointers in his last game and is an excellent daily-league option as long as MCW is out. And if you want to pick him up in a daily league and ride him until MCW’s return, it makes a lot of sense.

 

Shaun Livingston Nets 6% owned

 

Livingston is another short-term prospect as Deron Williams is dealing with yet another sprained ankle. Even with Williams healthy for most of it, he’s racked up 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and a steal over his last five games, and he had 11 points, five rebounds, five dimes and two steals in Saturday’s start. If Williams is going to miss more time, and he very well may, Livingston is a nice pick-and-play option.

 

Shooting Guards

 

Rodney Stuckey Pistons 46% owned

 

Stuckey hasn’t really started cranking it up yet, but the minutes are there and I suspect the production will follow. He likes to drive to the hole and get to the line, and can help you in free throw percentage and makes, if you need it. Even though he hasn’t fully broken out yet, he has scored between 13 and 17 points in three of his last four games, and is averaging 12.4 points, 2.8 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and a 3-pointer on 40 percent shooting over his last five. And as I said, I think this is the week he starts putting up even better numbers.

 

Avery Bradley Celtics 56% owned

 

Bradley has been scoring, but isn’t doing much else for his owners. He’s scored 27, 6, 7, 24 and 17 points in each of his last five games, while hitting three 3-pointers, swiping six steals, and hitting 54 percent of his shots over that stretch. But he also has just one assist in those five games, as well as 10 rebounds. If you need a scorer, Bradley might fill a void, at least until Rajon Rondo is back in action.

 

James Anderson Sixers 16% owned

 

Blew up for a career-high 36 points with six 3-pointers on Wednesday and has been starting for the Sixers all season long. He’s completely hit or miss from game to game, making him a bit risky in 12-team leagues and smaller. But we’ve seen him go off and the minutes are there, so it could just be a matter of time before he explodes for another big day. Just know that there is just as good of a chance for him to get you six points and no 3-pointers as there is of him going off for 20 points and five threes on any given night.

 

Gerald Green Suns 20% owned

 

Green looks a lot better when Goran Dragic is out, but is still getting a lot of run off the bench for the Suns. He’s averaging 13.4 points, 2.4 boards and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games, but some of his best work came when Dragic was in street clothes. He’s more of a deep-league special for now, and is a little intriguing with the four-game schedule this week.

 

Lou Williams Hawks 27% owned

 

Williams made his season debut on Friday, scored seven points and hit a 3-pointer in 16 minutes, and then sat out on Saturday as he works his way back from knee surgery. I’m not as high on him as some other folks are, but he could be a nice player to own a month from now. But guys coming off of knee surgery tend to miss time, and I just don’t trust him yet. But if you’re in a deep league and are hurting for 3-pointers, grabbing Williams makes sense.

 

Small Forwards

 

Corey Brewer Timberwolves 41% owned

 

I just injured a finger while hitting refresh while trying to pick up Brewer when waivers opened at 1 p.m. today, but I got him. The Wolves play four games this week and Brewer is entrenched as their starting small forward. He had just four points in 28 minutes on Saturday, but has been playing much better than that on most nights. He’s averaging 13.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five, and with four games this week, it makes no sense to me why he’s not owned in more leagues.

 

Martell Webster Wizards 25% owned

 

Webster has been a real popular pick up recently after Trevor Ariza went down with a hamstring injury, but Ariza isn’t expected to miss a lot of time. However, there are no guarantees he plays this week and Webster could be in line for four good ones. Over his last two, he’s averaging 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.5 3-pointers, and there should be more where that came from as long as Ariza is out.

 

Khris Middleton Bucks 4% owned

 

Middleton has gotten some good run with Caron Butler out with a shoulder injury, but like Ariza’s hammy, it’s not thought to be serious. The Bucks are such a banged up mess right now that Middleton could continue to get solid run even when Butler is back, but he’ll be inconsistent when it happens. Over his last three games Middleton is averaging about 15 points, six boards, two assists, 2.3 steals and more than a 3-pointer per game.

 

DeMarre Carroll Hawks 7% owned

 

Carroll might be the most unknown starting small forward in the NBA, but he’s had some good games (along with some duds). Over his last five he’s averaging 10.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 3-pointers on 54 percent shooting, and chances are that can help most owners, especially in a four-game week.

 

Marvin Williams Jazz 1% owned

 

I don’t trust Marvin at all, but the fact is that he’s played pretty well in two of his four games since returning from an Achilles injury. In his two good games he’s averaging 13 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 3-pointers. In the two bad ones, he’s at four points, three rebounds and one 3-pointer per game. I’m not telling you to run out and pick him up, but he’s gotten about 25 minutes per game in his last three and is worth keeping a close eye on going forward.


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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 2013-14 NBA season marks his 12th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter at Docktora.
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