Steve Alexander

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Wired: Top Pickups for Week 20

Sunday, March 09, 2014


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Khris Middleton MIL – Middleton is also in the five-game club and has been playing well for the Bucks. He’s clocking in at 15.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 3-pointers on 54 percent shooting over his last five. Like most Bucks, there is some danger in starting any of them, but Middleton has been reliable for a while now.

 

Jeff Adrien MIL – Adrien has been rebounding for a few weeks now and is actually playing better and more consistently than John Henson. Adrien’s scoring is always a roll of the dice, but he’s averaging 11.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.2 blocks on 53 percent shooting in his last five games. And with five games on the horizon, I’m more comfortable throwing Adrien out there over Henson. Speaking of Henson…

 

John Henson MIL – Even with five games I don’t know if you can really trust Henson. He’s shown some signs of life recently, going for exactly 12 points, six boards and two blocks in each of his last two games, but he played just 17 and 23 minutes in them. And prior to that, he had scored 6, 6, 6, 0, 12 and 6 points in his six previous games. Start him if you want, but just be prepared for him to let you down.

 

Ryan Kelly LAL – Kelly is starting over Kent Bazemore right now and racked up 12 points, five boards, eight assists, a steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes on Sunday. He also had 24 points, 11 boards, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers on Friday. The Lakers only play two games this week, but it looks like Kelly should be owned in all leagues at this point.

 

Moe Harkless ORL – Harkless has been starting for the Magic as Victor Oladipo and Jameer Nelson have missed time, and even got the nod over Tobias Harris on Saturday. He’s scored in double digits in six straight games and is averaging 12.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 1.4 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five. Arron Afflalo and Nelson are back, and Oladipo could be soon so there is some risk involved with using Harkless. But he’s also played well enough to be owned in all leagues right now.

 

Boris Diaw SAN – Diaw came off the bench in his last game and played just 22 minutes, finishing with eight points and eight rebounds. He’s averaging 11.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, a block and a 3-pointer over his last five games, and is shooting 64 percent from the floor. He can’t stay that hot with his shooting going forward, but whether coming off the bench or starting, Diaw is having a pretty good season for the Spurs. He’s one of those guys you’ll want to look at once the week is wrapping up, as he can be a little messy if you watch his numbers from night to night.

 

Caron Butler OKC – Butler is starting to come on for the Thunder and gets a boost with Thabo Sefolosha’s season possibly over due to a calf injury. He was great on Thursday with 14 points and four 3-pointers, but scored a total of six points his two other games with the Thunder. He’s averaging 26 minutes a game for his new team, and while he’s not tearing it up yet, the minutes are there and he could start producing any day now.

 

Drew Gooden WAS – Gooden has suddenly emerged as a factor in Washington, scoring 12 and 13 points on 12-of-16 shooting in his last two games. With Nene’s season possibly over and Kevin Seraphin still out with a knee injury that won’t go away. And as long as Seraphin is out, Gooden could continue to see an increase in minutes and be productive. He’s only played 17 and 19 minutes in his last two games, but if you’re in a deep league with a barren waiver wire, he’s worth a look.

 

Centers

 

Amir Johnson TOR – It was announced on Sunday that Patrick Patterson would miss at least the next week with an elbow injury, clearing the way for Johnson to get all the power forward minutes in Toronto. Add in the fact the Raps play four times a week for the next four, and he’s a must-own player. He’s averaging 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over his last five, but I suspect those numbers are going up significantly with Patterson out, as the two were basically in a timeshare.

 

Kelly Olynyk BOS – Olynyk is playing well for the Celtics and is averaging 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks over his last three games (including Sunday, which is still in progress). Blocks are mysteriously missing from his lines lately and he’s a fouling machine, but he’s playing well enough to be picked up in most leagues right now. Kris Humphries also played very well on Sunday, so he's worth a look as well. Just know he's been a model of inconsistency in both production and playing time, so I'm having trouble fully buying in. 

 

Zaza Pachulia MIL – Another five-gamer, but Pachulia’s far from a must-start player this week. He’s averaging just 6.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.4 blocks over his last five games, but has played 29.5 minutes in his last two games. If you’re in a weekly league, he’s worth a look, but you have to calculate what he’ll do over those five games, and you may very well get more from a better player with three games.

 

Kosta Koufos MEM – Koufos, despite playing just 19 minutes in four straight games, is averaging 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and a steal over his last three. He’s stuck behind Marc Gasol, but has been able to produce despite the limited run. I don’t trust him, but if you’re in a deep league and need a big man, he might be able to keep it going this week.

 

Chris Andersen MIA – Andersen is averaging a whopping 5.0 points over his last five games, but went off on Sunday with 13 rebounds and six blocked shots in a loss to the Bulls. He’s averaging 7.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks over his last five games and if you can live without the scoring punch, he might be worth a deep-league look. 



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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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