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NBA Wired: Top Week 5 Pickups

Sunday, November 24, 2013


Glen Davis Magic 21% owned

 

Davis had 20 points, five boards and two steals in his debut, hitting 7-of-13 shots, and then had six points, four boards, four assists, two steals and a block on Sunday in 22 minutes. He’s going to be hit or miss as he works his way back to full strength, and it’s crowded in the Magic frontcourt with Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, Moe Harkless and Andrew Nicholson. But as long as Baby is healthy and getting minutes, he’ll be worth owning in most leagues.

 

John Henson Bucks 24% owned

 

Henson’s coming off the bench and isn’t scoring a lot, but the averages of 8.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks over his last five are serviceable. Now that Ersan Ilyasova is relatively healthy, Henson may not be a must-own player, but if you need boards and blocks, he’s a guy that might be available in your league to help in those categories.

 

Josh McRoberts Bobcats 20% owned

 

McBob refuses to go away or yield to Cody Zeller, averaging 9.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games, despite shooting just 38 percent. Once his shot starts falling again, he’ll be fun to own, and the fact he’s putting up numbers across the board means he should be owned in most leagues.

 

Marvin Williams Jazz 5% owned

 

Williams was surprisingly named the starter at power forward on Sunday, putting Enes Kanter on the bench and Derrick Favors at center. We’ll have to see how he does on Sunday, but he was playing pretty well coming off the bench, averaging 16 points, 6.3 boards, 1.3 steals and 2.7 3-pointers in his last three games. If he somehow continues to start, he’ll probably be worth owning in most leagues, assuming he can stay healthy. As for Kanter, don’t drop him, unless you’re very deep at center and simply don’t need him.

 

Centers

 

Jordan Hill Lakers 61% owned

 

Like Terrence Jones, Hill got the starting gig in L.A. around the same time and is averaging 17 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in his last five games and owners will enjoy his four-game week after the Lakers played just twice last week. He’s somehow still available in 39 percent of Yahoo! Leagues, which makes no sense to me.

 

Jared Sullinger Celtics 32% owned

 

Sullinger has been playing well for four straight games now and has been starting for injured Kelly Olynyk. And the way things are going, he may not give the job back, either. He’s averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds over his last four games, and can also get you threes, steals and blocks on any given night. Brad Stevens and the Celtics like him and he’s finally getting his conditioning where it needs to be. Now is the time to pounce on Sully if he’s still available in your league. 

 

Kosta Koufos 17%/Ed Davis 3% Grizzlies

 

There’s really no reason Koufos shouldn’t play well for as long as Marc Gasol is out, and that could be a long time. He’s quietly averaging 6.6 points, 7.0 boards and 1.4 blocks over his last five games, and those numbers should be heading north as long as he’s starting at center. Davis is worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues, but if Koufos gets the starting gig, and we think he will, he’s the guy you want to go out and pick up before the cat’s out of the bag.

 

Andray Blatche Nets 18% owned

 

Brook Lopez missed his fifth straight game on Sunday with a sprained ankle and Blatche has been filling in nicely, averaging 16 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals on 57 percent over that stretch. Once Lopez is back Blatche will take a hit, but any time he’s out, Blatche is a safe fantasy play in all formats.

 

DeJuan Blair Mavericks 17% owned

 

Blair’s been pretty inconsistent lately, scoring 18, 0, 2, 11 and 8 points in each of his last five games. He’s averaging 7.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals over those five and while the inconsistency is annoying, he’s a good option in deeper leagues. At least on most nights, when the Mavs are using a big lineup. 



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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