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NBA Wired: Top Week 5 Pickups

Sunday, November 24, 2013


Small Forwards

 

Harrison Barnes Warriors 68% owned

 

With Andre Iguodala out indefinitely after hearing a pop in his hamstring, Barnes is an automatic pick up in all leagues. He’s still available in 32 percent of Yahoo! Leagues, and you should stop reading this and make sure he’s not there in your league. Even with Iguodala in there for most of it, Barnes is averaging 15.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting over his last five games, and it should only get better with Iguodala out.

 

Corey Brewer Timberwolves 47% owned

 

Brewer quietly took over the starting small forward job this season and is making the most of it, averaging 17.5 points, nearly three steals, and 1.2 3-pointers over his last four games. The minutes are there, he’s playing with confidence and looks like a must-own player until further notice, regardless of the size of your league.

 

Wilson Chandler Nuggets 70% owned

 

Chandler still hasn’t gotten it going since debuting from his hamstring injury. In fact, he appears to be getting worse instead of better, as he’s scored 19, 14, 8, 0 and 10 points in each of his last five games. He’s not shooting it well, but I’m chalking it up to rust. He’s owned in 70 percent of Yahoo! Leagues but if he doesn’t shake off the rust and start ballin,’ owners might get antsy and cut him. As long as Danilo Gallinari is out, Chandler should be a safe player to own, and I suspect his slump is about to end.

 

Trevor Ariza 52%/Martell Webster 43% Wizards

 

Ariza missed Friday’s game with his hamstring injury and Martell Webster has been fun to use in his place. Once Ariza’s back, I doubt Webster will offer his owners much more than a few threes and some points on most nights. The bottom line is that Ariza should be getting close to a return and it’s time to think about grabbing him if he was dropped in your league. He was off to a great start, averaging 15 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.1 steals and 2.5 3-pointers in his eight games this season. And as long as you know he’s not playing, Webster is worth using in all formats, as well.

 

Caron Butler Bucks 29% owned

 

Butler sandwiched a great 38-point game between two duds after returning from his shoulder injury, and I’m still on board with owning him, despite the fact the Bucks are a bloody mess. In his good game, Butler added eight boards, three assists, three steals and four 3-pointers, and as long as he sticks in the starting lineup for Larry Drew, I plan on using him.

 

Power Forwards

 

Terrence Jones Rockets 45% owned

 

Jones burst onto the scene seven games ago and is averaging a ridiculous 16 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.0 3-pointers and 1.4 blocks over his last five on 65 percent shooting. He’s hitting just 69 percent of his free throws over that stretch, but is only shooting a couple of them per game, meaning he won’t hurt you too badly. I think he’s the power forward the Rockets have been looking for, and I will be surprised if he doesn’t keep it going.

 


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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 - @Docktora.
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