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Sunday, November 17, 2013


Power Forwards (Viva Slam Dunkus)


This seems like an appropriate place to pimp the band ‘Slam Dunk,’ and their killer song Viva Slam Dunkus. They’ve been opening shows for Built To Spill, are great guys and a fun band to see live. Check ‘em out. The number of solid power forwards floating around on waivers is pretty amazing, and it’s clearly one of the deeper positions in fantasy hoops.


Jordan Hill Lakers 41% owned


Hill has been on fire since being moved into the starting lineup and I don’t see him going back to the bench anytime soon. In his last three games Hill is averaging 17 points, 10 boards, 2.3 blocks and 1.0 steals on 58 percent shooting. Again, I have no idea why Hill is available in so many leagues, although the two-game week doesn’t help much for this scoring period.


Josh McRoberts Bobcats 15% owned


My man McBob tied his career high with nine assists on Saturday, but the rest of his line left a lot to be desired. He was 0-for-6 from downtown and 3-of-10 for six points and seven boards. But he’s been playing very well for the Cats and is averaging 11 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.3 3-pointers over his last four games. And if those numbers can’t help your team, I don’t know what else to tell you.


Terrence Jones Rockets 14% owned


Jones might just be my favorite player to pick up right now. Omer Asik has been permanently planted on the bench as the Rockets try to deal him and Greg Smith is injured, leaving most of the power forward minutes to Jones. And he’s responded, averaging 9.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and nearly a 3-pointer per game in 34 minutes. Pick him up right now. 


DeJuan Blair Mavericks 19% owned


Blair has found new life in Dallas and while he’s not scoring a ton, he did have 18 points in his last game. Over his last five he’s checking in at 10.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals on 61 percent shooting. He’s getting about 24 minutes per game off the bench and could get better as the season progresses.


Nene 66% owned


Nene should be owned in most leagues and had 24 points, seven boards, two assists, two blocks and a steal on 9-of-16 shooting in his last game. Injuries are always a concern with Nene but if you own Anthony Davis in a weekly league and don’t want to play him with just two games, sticking Nene in there with four of them might work out. He’s averaging 15.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks over his last five, which includes a four-point dud.


John Henson Bucks 28% owned


I don’t even know what to think about Henson. Larry Drew refuses to start him, even when he hardly has any other choices, and he’ll take a hit if and when Larry Sanders (thumb) and Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) are back in action. But he’s averaging 10.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over his last five games, meaning he can help you as long as the Bucks big men stay injured.


Jared Sullinger 18% owned


Sullinger’s been hit-and-miss but all signs are pointing to him breaking out sooner than later. It may have already happened, as he had 26 points, eight boards and two 3-pointers on Friday, but then came back on Saturday with just three points and four rebounds. He’s a nice player to own in case the breakout is getting ready to happen, but he’s not a guy you’ll want to trust if you have to play him every day. At least for now.


Jason Thompson Kings 8% owned


Thompson is the new starting PF for the Kings and is averaging 6.5 points and 10 rebounds over his last two games. And those numbers will go up if his shot starts falling, as he’s hit just 6-of-20 in those two games.




Miles Plumlee Suns 64% owned


Plumlee’s not the most exciting player to own, but he has been highly effective, averaging 11.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game over his last five while shooting 50 percent from the floor. With four games this week he should be in a lot of starting lineups.


Andray Blatche 8% owned


Brook Lopez limped badly out of the arena on Saturday leaving his status for the week in some doubt. If he’s out, Blatche is the guy you’ll want to pick up. He had 19 points, eight rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer on Saturday, and there will be more where that came from if Bro-Lo is going to miss time.


Jason Smith Pelicans 25% owned


Smith is quietly averaging 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and a block on 58 percent shooting over his last five for the Pelicans. He scored between eight and 22 in each of those five games, so you can expect some inconsistency in the scoring department.


Zaza Pachulia Bucks 24% owned


Pachulia’s been in and out of the lineup with a foot injury and has really been struggling with his shot, hitting just 5-of-27 over his last two games. But he’s still averaging 4.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals over his last five, despite shooting just .189 from the floor. He won’t shoot it that poorly going forward and Larry Sanders still isn’t close to a return.


Timofey Mozgov Nuggets 6% owned       


J.J. Hickson is starting (and is a nice player to own right now), but that hasn’t stopped TinaFey from going for 13 points, seven boards and 1.5 blocks over his last four games off the bench. I don’t fully trust him, but if you’re looking for a cheap source of points, boards and blocks, Mozzy has a chance to do something in three games this week.


Vitor Faverani Celtics 10% owned


Faverani was left for dead on waiver wires all over the world recently and then continued to play well after being benched in favor of Kelly Olynyk. He actually got a start Saturday against the Timberwolves and went nuts with nine points, 14 rebounds, three steals, four blocks and two 3-pointers. Brad Stevens can’t seem to make up his mind on Faverani, and he’s played 15 or fewer minutes in three of his last five games. But if he can build on Saturday’s performance and get 20 minutes per game out of Stevens, he should at least be worth hanging onto going forward. 

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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