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NBA Wired: Top Pickups Week 16

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Power Forwards


John Henson MIL 52%


Henson’s been out with a wrist injury and struggled in his first game back, but then got a start for Ersan Ilyasova, who is now dealing with a back injury. Larry Sanders also left that game with blurred vision, and Henson took advantage with 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four blocks. As long as Sanders and Ilyasova are hurting, Henson looks like a must-own player, although I’d be hesitant to lock him into starting lineups in weekly leagues until his role is either defined as a starter or reserve.


DeMarre Carroll ATL 44%


Carroll continues to get it done and continues to be owned in too few leagues. He’s averaging 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Pick him up.


Ryan Kelly LAL 11%


Kelly is the starting power forward for the no-name Lakers these days and has played well in two straight, entering Sunday’s game. He had 26 points, six rebounds, a steal and three 3-pointers on Wednesday, and backed it up with 15 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a 3-pointer on Friday. He’s had some shooting woes this season, but is heating up. If he plays well on Sunday he’ll come close to must-own territory.


Brandon Bass BOS 41%


The Kris Humphries experiment has taken a hiatus and Bass has been rolling, except for when he hit 1-of-8 shots for two points on Friday. Prior to that he played very well in three straight games, averaging 16.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while hitting 20-of-33 shots. Humps could steal the job back at any time, but if you currently own him, dropping him to get Bass makes sense.


Jason Thompson SAC 9%


Thompson continues to start for the Kings, but runs hot and cold, and lacks big-game potential. He’s averaging 6.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over his last five games, but is also getting 27 minutes a night.


Marvin Williams UTA 19%


I didn’t expect to be writing about Marvin Williams this season, but he’s been on a three-game tear that demands some attention. He’s scored 23, 21 and 23 points in each of his last three games, and is averaging 6.5 rebounds over his last five, and 5.0 3-pointers over his last two. You read that right. He’s also hit 26-of-46 shots over his last three, and while I have no idea how long it will last, Marvin’s at least worth a quick pick up right now in case he stays hot.




Jared Sullinger BOS 60%


Sullinger has been an interesting study this season, starting out slowly, catching fire, disappearing and then catching fire again. He’s been on a four-game binge with four straight monster double-doubles and is averaging 23.75 points, 13.75 rebounds, 0.75 steals, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers on 39-of-75 shooting. He could disappear again at any time, but he’s as must-own as they come right now. And speaking of Celtics centers, Kelly Olynyk got loose for 11 points, nine rebounds, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on Friday. He got some extra playing time when an ineffective Brandon Bass was benched, and wasn’t doing much before that one. Just keep an eye on him.


Ronny Turiaf MIN 4%


Turiaf has been starting for the Wolves while Nikola Pekovic has been nursing an Achilles injury and we still don’t know when Pekovic will be back. And as long as Pek is out, Turiaf is at least worth a look by owners in need of boards and blocks, although he doesn’t do much scoring. Over his last five, Turiaf is averaging 5.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.4 blocks.


Zaza Pachulia MIL 4%


Pachulia is a tough one to figure out right now, as he’s benefitted from injuries to guys like John Henson, Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova, but has been putting up good numbers since returning from an injury of his own. Over his last three games, Pachulia is averaging 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals, although he somehow hasn’t blocked a shot. I don’t trust him and don’t think he’s anywhere near a must-own player, but if Sanders’ blurred vision becomes a prolonged problem, or Ilyasova’s back keeps him sidelined, Pachulia will be worth a look.


Chris Kaman LAL 29%


Robert Sacre is the starter, but it’s Kaman who is suddenly hot for the Lakers. He had 13 points and three rebounds before fouling out on Wednesday and backed it up with 17 points, eight boards, a steal and three blocks on Friday. And heading into halftime of Sunday’s game, Kaman had 14 points and four rebounds on 7-of-10 shooting. If you need a center, Kaman looks like a decent add for the banged up Lakers. At least for as long as Pau Gasol is out with his groin injury.


Elton Brand ATL 8%


Mike Scott was playing very well before disappearing on Saturday night when he missed all five of his shots and played just 16 minutes. I still like Scott and think he’s a nice player to have on your fantasy bench, or in the lineup in deeper leagues, but Brand is also coming on. Over his last five he’s averaging 10.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, which could mean trouble for Scott going forward. 

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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