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NBA Wired: Top Pickups Week 12

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Hawks and Nets play just one game this week, while the Pistons only go twice. Try to find alternatives if you play in a weekly lineup league.


Games Played for Week 12




2 Games - DET

1 Game – ATL, BRK


Point Guards


Brian Roberts NOP 16% owned in Yahoo! leagues


Despite seeing a big boost in minutes after Jrue Holiday went down, Roberts hasn’t produced much more than he was when coming off the bench two games ago. His shot hasn’t been falling, but when it does the production should follow. He was just 2-of-10 for seven points on Saturday, but also had eight assists and two steals in 31 minutes. Ignore what he’s done thus far and look forward to good things, at least as long as Holiday is out with his right leg injury.


D.J. Augustin CHI 16%


Augustin continues to come off the bench behind Kirk Hinrich, but is also outplaying him on most nights. He blew up on Saturday for 20 points, 12 assists, a block, a steal and a 3-pointer in 35 minutes, and has handed out seven or more assists in three of his last four games. And with a boost in confidence after Saturday’s explosion, he should only get better.


Shaun Livingston BRK 11%


Livingston has been starting at shooting guard and had scored in double figures in three straight games before scoring eight on Saturday. He’s played more than 30 minutes in six straight games and is even more valuable when Deron Williams is out, like he is right now with an ankle injury. He’s been doing everything except hitting 3-pointers, and is averaging 10.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.2 blocks in his six January games. Williams won’t travel with the Nets to London, meaning Livingston could be in store for another solid week. Unfortunately, the Nets only play one in this one.


Norris Cole MIA 4%


Cole makes the list due to Mario Chalmers dealing with an Achilles injury that kept him out of action over the past week. Cole had 18 points, seven assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in 52 minutes of Friday’s overtime loss against the Nets. He’s not a must-own player by any means, but he could come in handy in very deep leagues, while he also makes for good Chalmers insurance.


Jerryd Bayless BOS 3%


Bayless had 12 points, six assists and a steal on Saturday and has been playing about 20 minutes a night for Boston. He’s strictly deep league material, but should be a good source of assists, steals and 3-pointers, with the occasional 15-point night.


Shooting Guards


Gerald Green PHX 50%


Green’s value got a big boost when it was announced that Eric Bledsoe would have knee surgery, and Green is worthy of owning in almost any league. He’s scored in double figures in five straight games and is averaging 16.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting over that stretch. And it’s possible that he’s even better than that in the upcoming weeks.


Randy Foye DEN 47%


I don’t know how or why Foye’s switch got flipped, but he went from being a pretty bad starter, then an invisible figure on the Denver bench, and now one of the hottest starting shooting guards in the league. He’s scored in double figures in eight straight games and is averaging 18.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.8 steals and a whopping 4.0 3-pointers per game while hitting 55 percent of his shots in his last five games. It’s anyone’s guess as to when he’ll cool off, but for now, Foye looks like a must-own player to me.


Terrence Ross TOR 26%


Ross still hasn’t really blown up like I expected him to, but he is a 3-point specialist and is getting 32 minutes a game. His season high in scoring is 24 and he’s averaging 11.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 3.0 3-pointers over his last five, but is hitting just 36 percent of his shots over that stretch. The good news is I doubt he can play much worse than he has been and as long as he keeps the starting job, he should continue to light it up from downtown.


Wes Johnson LAL 10%


Johnson has been playing better lately, hitting double digits in four of his last five games, and is averaging 10.8 points, 1.2 steals and 1.4 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting. He’s not doing much rebounding or assisting, but is capable of blocking the occasional shot, and is a better rebounder than he has been recently. Given how banged up and thin the Lakers are, Johnson should continue to play well as long as he’s starting.


Marcus Thornton SAC 41%


Thornton’s play certainly hasn’t done anything to make us want to pick him up, as he’s scored three or fewer points in three of his last four games. But he’s been starting at shooting guard and could get hot at any time. Maybe the Kings are showcasing him for a trade, or maybe they’re just trying to get him going. Either way, he’s simply a better player than he has been this season and it could just be a matter of time before he gets it going. If you want to stash him in hopes of it happening, it’s probably not a bad idea, as long as you don’t have to put him in your lineup right now.


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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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