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Wired: Week 13 Top NBA Pickups

Sunday, January 19, 2014

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Terrence Jones HOU 59%


Jones is having a great season and showing no signs of giving up his starting job. He’s absolutely on fire right now, going off for 36 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday, and is averaging a whopping 21.6 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 3.0 blocks on 58 percent shooting over his last five. He’s hitting just 64 percent from the line during that stretch, but the free throw woes can be overlooked as long as he’s playing like a mini Dwight Howard for the Rockets. He should be owned in 100 percent of fantasy leagues, in my opinion.


Channing Frye PHX 59%


Frye was on fire until Friday, when he hit just 2-of-6 shots for six points and seven rebounds, and is still averaging 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games. Markieff and Marcus Morris are also worth a look, but Frye appears to be the most consistent option of the three. Prior to Friday’s dud he was averaging 15.25 points and 2.5 3-pointers in his previous four games.


James Johnson MEM 20%


Johnson has been interesting ever since signing with Memphis and while he’s not going to score many points, he does do a little bit of everything. I feel like he’s on this list every week, but considering he’s only owned in 20 percent of leagues and is averaging 8.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.8 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers per game over his last five, he should be.


Al-Farouq Aminu NOP 14%


Jason Smith is the latest Pelican to fall, joining Ryan Anderson on the “out indefinitely” list due to a knee injury. AFA has yet to blow up, but is seeing enough minutes and doing enough in most categories to warrant a pickup in most leagues. Over his last five, AFA checks in with 9.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 0.8 blocks on 36 percent shooting. He’s better than what these numbers represent and if his shot starts falling, I suspect the rest of his game will follow.


DeMarre Carroll ATL 16%


The Hawks’ one-game week is now behind them and Carroll should be ready to roll again after the birth of his daughter. He’s not a must-own player, but is averaging 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 3-pointers, which is essentially what he’s been doing all season.




Robin Lopez POR 72%


He’s already owned in most leagues, but this is just a heads up that he’s a must-start in most weekly leagues with five games.


Enes Kanter UTA 71%


Kanter is also owned in most leagues and has been playing well again, but fell back to earth on Saturday with four points and one rebound in just 13 minutes. There was no injury, but Kanter is susceptible to this type of night as long as he’s coming off the bench. But the reason he should be owned in all leagues is for the chance that the Jazz finally come to their senses and put him back in the starting lineup over Marvin Williams or Richard Jefferson. Pick one and do it already, please.


Andrea Bargnani NYK 62%


Mike Gallagher is not a Bargnani fan and I’m not a Giannis Antetokounmpo fan, at least as far as him being a starting fantasy player right now. But even Gallagher can probably see that with both Kenyon Martin and Amare Stoudemire going down and set to miss “several” weeks, Bargs is going to continue to be forced into action, despite a lack of defense, as well as overall game. He’s averaging 9.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over his last five games, but with so few big men for Mike Woodson to choose from, those numbers simply have to go up.


Pero Antic ATL 4%


Anti is ready to roll after his one-game week and had 11 points, five rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer in his loss to the Nets in Europe. He’s averaging 9.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks over his last four games, but I suspect he’ll have a better four-game run in Week 13.


Samuel Dalembert DAL 40%


Dalembert appears to be back for the Mavericks after losing time to both Brandan Wright and DeJuan Blair, and looks like the best player of the three to own. That might not be saying much though, as he has scored four or fewer points in three of his last five games. However, he also blew up for 20 points in one of those, and is averaging 7.4 points and 7.0 rebounds over his last five. He’s blocked just one shot over that stretch, but more should be coming. As long as he continues to get the 19 minutes he’s been getting recently, he’s at least worth a deep-league look.


Alexis Ajinca NOP 1%


With Jason Smith and Ryan Anderson out indefinitely, someone is going to have to play more big-man minutes off the Pelicans bench, and it might be Ajinca. His numbers aren’t even worth mentioning, so I’ll spare you, but if you’re in a deep league and need a center, put him on your watch list, starting now. 

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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