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NBA Wired: Top Pickups Week 11

Sunday, January 05, 2014


I’m done. That’s right, it’s over. No mas. If you already guessed that I’m talking about the Milwaukee Bucks, give yourself a gold star with a RW on it. I’m not going to recommend any more Bucks in this column, at least not right now. Brandon Knight is killing it and I hope that you own him. But if you own Larry Sanders, O.J. Mayo (20 points Saturday), John Henson, Ersan Ilyasova, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Caron Butler (four treys Saturday), Luke Ridnour or anyone else who plays for Larry Drew, you’re probably miserable more often than you’re happy. The Bucks just have too many guys who do the same things and none of them can seem to figure out what their role is. I am holding Ilyasova in a league or two in hopes that he can suddenly pull his head out of you-know-where and start producing, but I’m not holding my breath. I’m ignoring all of them going forward, at least as of today. Writing blurbs after Bucks games is like trying to herd cats. It’s just a mess.

 

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Games Played for Week 11

 

4 Games: ATL, BOS, BRK, DAL, DET, MIN, NOP, ORL, PHI, PHX, WAS

3 Games: CHA, CHI, CLE, DEN, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, NYK, OKC, POR, SAC, SAN, TOR

2 Games: UTA

 

With just two games this week, I think you can safely bench all your Jazz in weekly leagues, unless you’ve got limited options and want to fly with Derrick Favors, Trey Burke or Gordon Hayward.

 

Point Guards

 

Darren Collison LAC 37% owned in Yahoo! leagues

 

Chris Paul could miss a couple months with his shoulder injury and the point guard job now belongs to Collison. He should be owned in 100 percent of leagues by the end of the week, so stop what you’re doing and go get him if he still happens to be available in your league.

 

Kendall Marshall LAL 30%

 

Marshall is the last point guard standing in L.A. and went off for 20 points, six rebounds, 15 assists and two 3-pointers in his first start on Friday. He’ll take a hit if we ever seen one of the Steves again (Blake or Nash), but until then, he looks like all systems go.

 

Jarrett Jack CLE 32%

 

Kyrie Irving is banged up with a knee injury, meaning Jack is your starter. He’s been shooting it pretty miserably, hitting just 6-of-24 shots in his last two games, but he’s playing heavy minutes and has triple-double potential if you catch him on the right night. Obviously his potential for value drops once Irving is back in action, but he should still see a lot of minutes even when that happens.

 

Beno Udrih NYK 5%

 

Raymond Felton is still nursing his groin injury and as long as he’s out, Beno is the starter in New York. He’s averaging 8.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.6 steals over his last five games, and has gone for 10 & 7 in each of his last two.

 

Shaun Livingston BRK 3%

 

Livingston is starting at shooting guard for the Nets, but is a point guard by trade. He’s averaging 10.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 28 minutes per game over his last five. If you need 3-pointers, look elsewhere, but as long as he’s starting for the Nets, he has the potential to be worth owning in many leagues.

 


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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 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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