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Wired: Week 14 Top NBA Pickups

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Shooting Guards

 

Rodney Stuckey Pistons 53%

 

Stuckey is back from his injury and scored 20-plus points in four straight games before cooling off on Friday, when he scored just nine. He’s still averaging 20.4 points over his last five games, but the rest of his numbers are weak. He’s not stealing or hitting many threes, but he does get to the line a lot, is a good free throw shooter and is hitting 53 percent of his shots from the floor in his last five.

 

Randy Foye Nuggets 55%

 

Foye missed a game with an illness last week, but has scored in double figures in 13 straight games now. And in January, he’s averaging 16.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.7 steals and a whopping 3.2 3-pointers per game. The problem is that the Nuggets only have two games this week, but if that doesn’t matter in your league, pick him up.

 

Courtney Lee Grizzlies 14%

 

Lee is rolling as the starting shooting guard in Memphis, scoring between 15 and 19 points in each of his last four games, and averaging 15.8 points and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five. He’s shooting 57 percent from the field during that stretch, and has also made 26 straight free throws. Maybe Lee will go back to the bench once Tony Allen is back from his broken hand, but with four games this week, Lee looks like a nice add in all formats. And while it may be true that the Memphis D has taken a hit without Allen, they’ve won seven of their last eight, giving Lee a chance at keeping the job. And what would be ideal, in my opinion, would be to put Allen at small forward in place of ancient Tayshaun Prince and let Lee keep the SG job. But I’m not the coach, or John Hollinger.

 

Marcus Thornton Kings 43%

 

Thornton came out of nowhere for 42 points, five rebounds and seven 3-pointers on Friday night. I hinted that an explosion might be coming in a recent blurb, simply because Thornton is too good of an offensive player to keep being invisible when he’s getting 28 minutes a game, which is what he’s averaging over his last five. However, he has been absolutely dreadful in those minutes, except for Friday. I have no idea when he might get loose like this again, but after the recent explosion, I’m willing to take a flier on him in case the Kings are going to start running plays for him.

 

Shaun Livingston Nets 6%

 

Livingston has cooled off recently, averaging 6.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a steal over his last five games. He’s still getting 24 minutes a night and often starts at shooting guard. And with Deron Williams’ ankle a constant concern, Livingston could heat up again at any time. He’s not a must-own player, but could be useful in deeper leagues.

 

Small Forwards

 

Terrence Ross Raptors 21%

 

Like Thornton, Ross absolutely exploded on Saturday night after DeMar DeRozan went down with a sprained ankle that required X-rays, hitting 16-of-29 shots and 10 (yeah, 10!) 3-pointers for 51 points to go along with nine rebounds and a steal. He had scored a grand total of 14 points over his previous three games, so he was on a lot of benches on Saturday, and in many cases, had just been cut by his owners. DeRozan has already been ruled out for Monday, making Ross a very intriguing four-game pick up. I doubt we’ll see anything close to what we saw on Saturday, but he’s worth grabbing if you have someone to drop.

 

DeMarre Carroll Hawks 18%

 

Carroll has missed two of his last five games, but has played very well in the three he was able to go in, averaging 16.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 3.0 3-pointers. His hamstring injury is hopefully behind him and the short-handed Hawks go four times this week. Go get him.

 

James Anderson Sixers 8%

 

Anderson has been starting at shooting guard, but should qualify at forward in your league, as well. He had 19 points, five boards, three steals, a block and a 3-pointer on Saturday and is averaging 12.8 points, 5.0 boards, 1.8 dimes, 0.8 steals and 0.6 3-pointers over his last five. His inconsistency can be a bit maddening and the return of Tony Wroten on Saturday isn’t going to help, but Anderson is playing well enough to be owned in a lot of leagues right now.

 

James Johnson Grizzlies 20%

 

I really wish Johnson was starting over Prince in Memphis, but he’s not. And he’s getting just 23 minutes off the bench over his last five games. Despite both of those things, he’s still playing well and is averaging 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.4 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers per game over his last five. His scoring can be painful for owners, as he had just two points last Monday, but he’s doing enough of everything to be owned in most leagues.

 

Mirza Teletovic Nets 12%

 

Teletovic disappeared for a bit, but has exploded back onto the scene in his last two games. He had 14 points, two steals and four 3-pointers on Tuesday and then went nuts with 34 points, six rebounds, a block and seven 3-pointers on Friday. I have no idea if he’ll keep it going, but he’s averaging 14.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 3-pointers over his last five games. If you’re desperate for threes, pick him up and ride him for three games this week.

 

Omri Casspi Rockets 2%

 

Casspi played very well when Terrence Jones was out with his thigh injury, going for 20 points and 12 rebounds in one game, and 15 points and eight boards in another, while hitting five 3-pointers. Jones has been back for two games and Casspi is averaging 7.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 3-pointers in those two games. But if Jones continues to struggle, or suffers another injury, Casspi will be the guy to own.

 


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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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