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NBA Wired: Top Pickups Week 6

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Games Played Week 6




2 Games: CHA, LAL, MIN, WAS


A few housecleaning items…


Kobe Bryant could play on Friday and I think that he will. Of course, I also thought he had a chance to play on opening night, so I’m not exactly an expert in predicting when he’ll be ready to debut after Achilles surgery. But all signs are pointing to Friday, and I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t play. Wes Johnson hit 9-of-11 shots and six 3-pointers for 27 points and three blocks on Friday, but had scored seven or fewer points in three of his previous four games. And with Kobe coming back soon, Johnson’s fluky Friday doesn’t appeal to me all that much. The Lakers, Bobcats, Timberwolves and Wizards all have just two games this week, so owners of them in weekly leagues are going to have some tough decisions – especially with superstars like Kevin Love and John Wall.


Pay close attention to the four-game weeks in this scoring period, as there are only 11 teams going four times. Loading up with decent four-game options can be a game changer in weekly lineup leagues, especially if you’re facing several players who only have two games.

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I’m cranking this one out early so that I can drive across the country on Sunday in peace. Hopefully there are some players here that can help your team.


Point Guards


Trey Burke Jazz 65% owned – Burke had a career-high 20 points and four 3-pointers on Saturday night and is getting better by the day. He shouldn’t be available in your league, but just do a double check to make sure he’s not sitting out there.


Brandon Knight Bucks 43% owned – Knight messed around and flirted with a triple-double on Saturday. Maybe he’s finally over his hamstring, although he appeared to be bothered by a shoulder problem Saturday. He returned to play through it, the Bucks finally won a game, Knight finally looked like an NBA point guard and the Bucks play four times this week. It’s a perfect storm for Knight to help steal you a win, or have an injury setback and cause mass destruction. He’s a true risk vs. reward player right now. He’s played at least 30 minutes in three straight and has scored 37 points over his last two.


Jordan Crawford Celtics 48% owned – Crawford had a triple-double on Friday and backed it up with 18 points and five dimes on Saturday. He’s going to take a hit once Rajon Rondo is back, but until then, he looks like a must-own player.


Jordan Farmar Lakers 11% owned – After cooling off and being dropped in many leagues, Farmar is suddenly hot again. He’s scored 22, 15 and 13 points in each of his last three games, hitting 10 3-pointers over that stretch. He’s also rebounding, assisting and stealing the ball, and I like using him in daily leagues right now. Yes, the return of Kobe Bryant should hurt Farmar, but I’m actually more worried about Nick Young and Wes Johnson taking the bigger hit.


Aaron Brooks Rockets 9% owned – Brooks disappeared on Saturday, playing just 18 minutes and hitting just 1-of-8 shots. But prior to that dud, he was rolling, scoring 26, 3, 21 and 14 points in four games, while also handing out assists, hitting 3-pointers and stealing the ball. I think Saturday was a bit of a fluke and Brooks still looks like a solid option for as long as Jeremy Lin is out with his knee injury. However, it’s important to remember that most of his good games this season have come with James Harden sidelined with a foot injury, and Harden is now back.


Tyshawn Taylor Nets 1% owned – Taylor started over Shaun Livingston on Saturday and had just six points and zero assists in 21 minutes. However, he had 16 points and 12 assists in his previous game, and with Deron Williams still extremely iffy with his ankle injury, Taylor could be a sneaky play at times over the next week.


Shooting Guards


Dion Waiters Cavaliers 61% owned – Waiters is feeling it for the Cavs, averaging 18 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games. He’ll cool off at some point and could eventually lose his job to Jarrett Jack or be traded, but for now, Waiters looks reliable.


Patrick Beverley Rockets 28% owned – I know, I know. How can I tell you to pick up a guy that I’ve basically been telling you to drop for a few weeks? Well, the drop advice, if you want to call it that, was usually given with a tagline of “keep him if you can,” as I still don’t doubt his talent. Beverley is not a must-start fantasy player, and the fact he’s only owned in 28 percent of leagues means he’s not really a must-own guy, either. But with Jeremy Lin out with a knee injury, Beverley is simply going to have to play heavy minutes. He had 11 points, six boards, five assists, three steals, a block and three 3-pointers on Saturday, and is averaging 9.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on .391 shooting over his last five games. I still own Beverley in several leagues and have not cut him in any. If he was dropped in your league and you need a guard, give him a look. I still think he’s going to be a disappointing scorer, but it’s hard to argue with the rest of his numbers. And there’s still enough time in the season for him to get hot and turn this thing around.


Nate Robinson Nuggets 23% owned – Robinson has now scored in double figures in six straight games and is averaging 13.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s coming off the bench and could cool off at any time, but looks like a very sneaky four-game pickup this week.


Tony Snell Bulls 3% owned – Snell is starting at shooting guard and we still don’t know when Jimmy Butler is going to return from his toe injury. And with Mike Dunleavy refusing to step up (he’s been terrible), Snell is quietly enjoying some success. He’s averaging 15.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.0 3-pointers over his last two games and should continue to start for as long as Butler is out. But with three games this week, you can probably find a more reliable four-gamer.


Marco Belinelli Spurs 4% owned – Belinelli is quietly cooking off the Spurs bench, averaging 13.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting. If you need 3-pointers in a weekly league, Belinelli could be the answer.


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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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