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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Shooting Guards


Jimmy Butler Bulls 72% owned


In his two games since returning from turf toe, Butler is averaging 13.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting. His toe is still sore and he’s a minor injury risk right now, but with four games, I’m playing him this week.


Wilson Chandler Nuggets 68% owned


It took a while, but Chandler is finally getting it done in Denver, and should continue to do so with no target date for Danilo Gallinari. He’s scored in double figures in four of his last five, has scored 17 in two straight, and is averaging 12.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting over his last five games.


Ramon Sessions Bobcats 7% owned


Sessions hit just 1-of-7 shots for two points on Saturday, but had scored between nine and 13 points in his previous four games. He’s averaging 10.5 points and 2.8 assists on the season, and 10 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists over his last five games. He won’t get you many steals or 3-pointers, but if you need a scoring guard in a deep league, he can fill a void.


Dion Waiters Cavaliers 60% owned


Waiters has been hit-or-miss lately, but is hot again, scoring 16 and 21 points in each of his last two games. Prior to that he scored a total of nine points in his previous two, but had 30 in the one before that. And that’s pretty much what you’re going to get with Waiters. Some nice explosions littered with the occasional disappearing act.


Jodie Meeks Lakers 26% owned


I don’t really trust Meeks or Mike D’Antoni, but he is starting at shooting guard for the Lakers, as they have no healthy point guards. That means Kobe Bryant is starting at PG, leaving Meeks and Nick Young to start at the wings. It also means Xavier Henry and Wes Johnson will come off the bench, and while Meeks looks like the safest bet (outside of Young), it’s hard to say who will be the best producer of this bunch, especially given D’Antoni’s dicey rotations. Meeks is averaging 32 minutes over his last five games, along with 11.4 points and 2.0 3-pointers, but has cooled off over his last two games, when he’s scored a total of 11 points. If you need a 3-point specialist, Meeks could help you out.


Small Forwards


Terrence Ross Raptors 19% owned


Ross looks like the big winner in the trade that sent Rudy Gay to Sacramento, as Ross is now the starting small forward in Toronto, at least for now. He’s averaging 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals, .75 blocks and 2.5 3-pointers over his last four games and he’s one of my favorite pickups this week. John Salmons isn’t going to steal his job, meaning it should be safe for the foreseeable future.


Marvin Williams Jazz 13% owned


Williams was hot before aggravating his Achilles injury but is back in the starting lineup and playing well again. He’s averaging 9.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.3 steals, a block and 2.3 3-pointers over his three games since returning. The points aren’t all that exciting, but if you take another look at the rest of those numbers, they’re pretty darn impressive. And while I’m still kind of surprised that he has absolutely ruined the value of Enes Kanter, the Jazz obviously like what Marvin is bringing to the table right now.


Jeff Taylor Bobcats 3% owned


Taylor has yet to do much in his new starting role, filling in for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but the potential is there. MKG isn’t going to be back anytime soon (broken hand) and Taylor is getting 33 minutes per game over his last four. He scored 20 in one of those, but had just 7, 9 and 8 in the other three. He is struggling with his shot right now, hitting 10 of his last 33, but my guess is he’ll get back on track this week. If he doesn’t, look for Anthony Tolliver to get a chance to steal his job.


Richard Jefferson Jazz 3% owned


I am not a big Richard Jefferson fan, but he’s still starting for the Jazz and has hit double figures in four of his last five games, averaging 13.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 3-pointers on 59 percent shooting over that stretch. I don’t really trust him, but you could probably do worse than picking up a starting small forward averaging 27 minutes a game.


Giannis Antetokounmpo Bucks 3% owned


The only thing I dislike more in Milwaukee than Larry Drew is trying to spell this cat’s name. But he’s young, long and quick and if you watch him play, you’ll probably fall in love with his game. Of course, sitting through an entire Bucks game is easier said than done, but Giannis at least makes it possible. He’s coming off the bench, but is averaging over 11 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.75 assists, and has racked up two steals and two blocks over his last three games. He’s nothing but upside and there’s no reason for the Bucks not to turn him loose. But then again, that means nothing when Drew is involved.


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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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