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Wired: Week 13 Top NBA Pickups

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Randy Foye DEN 54%


Foye has been scooped up in a lot of leagues recently, but he’s still available in about half of them. He’s been on quite a tear, scoring in double figures in 11 straight games, and is averaging 17.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.7 steals and 3.2 3-pointers in his nine January games. And if you look at his last six games, his 3-pointers go up to 4.2. Go get him.


Shaun Livingston BRK 9%


Livingston might have been dropped in your league recently due to Brooklyn’s one-game week, but they play four times in Week 13. Deron Williams is due back soon, but Livingston has been playing a lot of shooting guard and is averaging 11.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks on 48 percent shooting over his last five. He doesn’t dig the long ball, but it doesn’t matter if he’s going to board, steal, block and hit shots for the Nets.


Jodie Meeks LAL 49%


Meeks is enjoying life without Kobe Bryant, scoring in double digits in all eight of his January games, averaging 19.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.3 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting this month. He looks like a very solid player to own going forward.


Courtney Lee MEM 9%


Tony Allen has been out with a hand injury, allowing Lee to make some noise. He had 17 points on Friday and is averaging 14.6 points, 3.4 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting over his last five games. Yes, Allen’s return will eventually hurt Lee, but he’s worth a look as long as he’s starting for Memphis.


Luke Ridnour MIL 8%


Yes, I’m trying to get out of the “recommending Bucks” business, but Ridnour is at least worth a mention. Larry Drew has been starting him at shooting guard and he’s responded with 12.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games. Who knows how long it will last, but Ridnour’s been more productive than most of his teammates who are owned in a lot more leagues than he is.


Small Forwards


Gerald Green PHX 52%


Eric Bledsoe is still out after knee surgery and Green is rolling, averaging 14.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games. That includes a 4-point dud in which he missed all seven 3-pointers last Monday, and he could be poised for a big Week 13. 


Wes Johnson 22% & Nick Young 57% LAL


Johnson is starting for the Lakers and will do so as long as Kobe is out, and is averaging 14.8 points, 5.2 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting over his last five games. He even had a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards, to go along with a steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in his last game on Friday.


Young’s suspension is over and he’s averaging 16.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.0 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in seven January games, although he’s shooting just 42 percent from the floor. He’s coming off the bench behind Meeks and Johnson, but should still be a good source of points and threes off the Lakers bench.


J.R. Smith NYK 71%


Smith is slowly but surely crawling out of the doghouse in New York and the Knicks need him with another slew of injuries. He had 24 points and three 3-pointers on 9-of-18 shooting on Friday, and has scored in double digits in four straight games. He’s averaging 15.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 3-pointers over his last four games. If he was dumped in your league, it’s time to pick him up.


Matt Barnes LAC 4%


Barnes runs hot and cold, but has big-game potential and is seeing a lot of minutes at both wing spots off the bench. He had 25 points, seven boards and five 3-pointers on Wednesday, but generally has trouble scoring. Over his last five games he’s averaging 9.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 3-pointers, but can help in most categories if he gets hot.


John Salmons SAC 2%


Salmons is really starting to cut into the productivity of Terrence Ross and is averaging 9.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.8 3-pointers off the bench in his last five games. He’s been getting about 22 minutes per game off the bench recently and should continue to have some good games as long as the minutes are there. He disappeared on Friday with two points in 10 minutes due to back spasms and is questionable for Sunday because of the injury. But if he plays on Sunday, he’s worth a look in many leagues.


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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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