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NBA Wired: Top Pickups Week 16

Sunday, February 09, 2014


Shooting Guards

 

Danny Green SAS 60%

 

Green let his owners down on Saturday when he hit just 1-of-6 shots for three points. Prior to that he played well in two straight, averaging 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.0 blocks and 4.0 3-pointers. He’s back from his hand injury and while he’s still a bit of an inconsistent mess, given all the injuries to his teammates, it’s hard to see him failing for much longer. He’s a must-own player again, despite Saturday’s disaster.

 

Randy Foye DEN 63%

 

Foye’s quick rise to prominence doesn’t look like a fluke and he’s helped by Nate Robinson’s season-ending knee injury. Foye is averaging 16.4 points, 4.8 boards, 6.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.4 blocks and 3.2 3-pointers over his last five games, although the blocks are a bit of a fluke, as he had four of them last Wednesday.

 

Courtney Lee MEM 23%

 

Tony Allen is out through the All-Star break with his wrist injury, while Lee has played well enough as a fill-in to possibly steal his job. Lee is averaging 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games, along with 0.6 blocks. Lee is worth owning and holding in all leagues until we find out what Allen’s role will be upon his return. Personally, I’d vote for starting Allen at small forward and benching Tayshaun Prince, but I’m not in charge.

 

Nate Wolters MIL 1%

 

Wolters has been starting for the Bucks and while I don’t have the stones to own him, he caught fire for 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 9-of-15 shooting on Saturday. Prior to that he was averaging just 6.75 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.25 assists and 0.0 3-pointers over his previous four games. I don’t trust him, but as long as he’s starting for the Bucks, he could get loose for a nice line at any time.

 

Kyle Singler DET 5%

 

Singler has been starting for the Pistons, who fired Mo Cheeks on Sunday, so it remains to be seen what his status will be going forward. But he has been playing well, averaging 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games. If he continues to start for the Pistons he’ll be worth a deep-league look.

 

Small Forwards

 

Wes Johnson LAL 26%

 

With Jodie Meeks out with a sprained ankle and Nick Young out indefinitely with a knee injury, Johnson is suddenly the man in L.A. Over his last three (entering Sunday), Johnson is averaging 17.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 2.3 blocks and 2.3 3-pointers. Meeks is due back soon from his injury, but as long as Young and Kobe Bryant are in street clothes, Johnson should be a safe fantasy start. And while we’re on the subject of Kobe, my guess is we won’t see him again this season.

 

Khris Middleton MIL 33%

 

Middleton is rolling and has been helped by the ineffectiveness of Giannis Antetokounmpo, while injuries to Caron Butler, Ersan Ilyasova and others have also helped his cause. Middleton is averaging 17.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.0 3-pointers over his last five games. The air could be let out of his balloon at any time, but for now Middleton might be the most reliable Buck, along with Brandon Knight. And while I didn’t cover center Larry Sanders in this column, he’s getting healthy again (well, except for a recent eye injury) and should be owned in all leagues.

 

Corey Brewer MIN 26%

 

Kevin Martin is out indefinitely with a broken thumb and while guys like Chase Budinger, Shabazz Muhammad and J.J. Barea are going to see a boost, my guess is Brewer will be the guy to own. Over his last two games, Brewer checks in with 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.5 3-pointers. I still have some trust issues with Brewer, but as long as Martin’s out, he should be a decent fantasy play.

 

James Anderson PHI 9%

 

Anderson is averaging 11.75 points, 5.25 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.25 steals and 1.5 3-pointers over his last four games. Again, he’s not a must-own player, but one who is playing well enough to be given a close look in any league. Teammate Tony Wroten (guard) has also played well despite the health of Michael Carter-Williams, averaging 15.2 points, 3.2 boards, 3.0 assists and 0.8 steals over his last five games. He’s shooting just 42 percent over that stretch, but has been a little better in his last two, and hit a 3-pointer in each of them.

 

Matt Barnes LAC 5%

 

Barnes is getting a ton of minutes right now, in part to the absence of J.J. Redick (ankle), and has quietly scored in double figures in three straight games. He’s averaging 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over that stretch, while getting 36 minutes a night. As long as the minutes and starting gig stick, Barnes could be a sneaky addition right now. Just be aware of his one-game week.

 


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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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