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Wired: Week 14 Top NBA Pickups

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Power Forwards

 

Derrick Williams Kings 19%

 

Derrick Williams looked like a must-own player when Rudy Gay (Achilles) and DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) both went down on Wednesday. Williams had 22 points, 11 boards and three 3-pointers in that one, but fizzled on Friday with seven points, 11 rebounds and five fouls. Cousins is probably going to miss more time, while Gay appears to be close to a return. Williams is averaging 31 minutes per game over his last five, so he should continue to see plenty of run even with Gay back. He’ll be inconsistent, but I still think he’s a nice piece to own until the Kings are back at full strength.

 

Markieff Morris Suns 35%

 

Morris is finally putting up solid numbers consistently, scoring in double figures in five straight games, averaging 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 58 percent shooting. He hasn’t blocked a shot in any of those games, but his offense appears to be clicking right now, which has hurt Channing Frye’s production. And while I didn’t go with Gerald Green in this edition of Waiver Wired, he should be owned in all leagues with Eric Bledsoe likely done for the season.

 

Taj Gibson Bulls 42%

 

Gibson has forced his way into a timeshare with Carlos Boozer and is the future in Chicago. He’s averaging 15.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.8 blocks over his last five games, and may end up being an even better option than Boozer going forward. And any time the fragile Boozer or Joakim Noah go down, Gibson becomes a must-own, must-start player.

 

Mike Scott Hawks 4%

 

Pero Antic is out for the next 10 days or so with an ankle injury and Scott, while not starting, is still playing well. He’s scored in double digits in five straight and is averaging 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.8 3-pointers over that stretch. He’s not getting many steals or blocks, but should continue to get 23 minutes a game, and the Hawks will need him to play well over the next couple weeks.

 

Ryan Kelly Lakers 12%

 

Four of his last five games have resulted in double-figures scoring, which are his only double-digit totals of the season. Entering Sunday, he was averaging 14.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last five games, and started again against the Knicks on Sunday. As long as Mike D’Antoni is starting Kelly, he deserves a look in most fantasy leagues.

 

Centers

 

Andray Blatche Nets 34%

 

Blatche is hot again, despite coming off the bench, and scored 18, 19 and 20 points in three straight games before going for eight on Friday. He’s averaging 14.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over his last five games, and has hit a couple 3-pointers as well. He’s shooting 59 percent right now and with Brook Lopez out for the season and Kevin Garnett on one leg, should be added in almost all leagues.

 

Enes Kanter Jazz 70%

 

Kanter is somehow owned in 70 percent of leagues, despite scoring four points in two of his last five games. But he scored between 18 and 25 points in the other three, and is averaging 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds over his last five, but has blocked just one shot during that stretch. He’s still coming off the bench and Derrick Favors is back from his hip injury, but Kanter is still a guy I’m in favor of owning in all my leagues in case the Jazz ever decide to start him.

 

Jason Thompson Kings 11%

 

With Cousins possibly out this week with a severely sprained ankle, Thompson simply has to play heavy minutes. He was a disaster on Friday with just one point, 10 rebounds and a block on 0-of-8 shooting against the Pacers, but they are the best defensive team in the league. Prior to that one, he had scored in double digits in four straight games, averaging 9.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and a block over his last five. And with Cousins in doubt for the upcoming four-game week, I’m pretty comfortable rolling with Thompson this week.

 

Boris Diaw Spurs 11%

 

Tiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard aren’t due back any time soon and Diaw is getting heavy minutes off the bench in their absence. I was in attendance when he torched the Hawks for 21 points, five boards, two assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers on Friday night, and he backed it up with 15 points and three more 3-pointers on Sunday. Diaw is averaging 13.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, a steal and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games, and looks like a decent three-game play this week.

 

Elton Brand Hawks 8%

 

Brand is going to get solid minutes with Pero Antic out for the Hawks, and had 10 points, five rebounds, a steal and two blocks on Saturday. He’s a shell of his former self at this point, but could be a sneaky four-game play if you’re desperate for a big man. 



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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