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Wired: Top Pickups Week 21

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Top Potential Free Agents


DeMarre Carroll F ATL – I’m not even going to get into his numbers. The Hawks have a great schedule and Carroll’s been getting it done all year. He should be owned in all leagues.


Kendall Marshall/Jordan Farmar G LAL - While it looked like Farmar might be the guy, we’ve seen Marshall re-emerge over the past couple weeks. He’s averaging just 5.8 points over his last five games, but also 3.4 rebounds, 9.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.2 3-pointers and 25.6 minutes over that stretch. Farmar has had some nice scoring games lately, but is checking in at 12.0 points, 1.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.4 3-pointers and 21.8 minutes over his last five. If you don’t mind the drop in scoring, Marshall looks like the better play as long as Mike D’Antoni doesn’t change his mind.


Danny Green G/F SAS – Green is in action as I write this, and going into Sunday, had scored between 12 and 15 points in three of his last four games. He also had a 10-minute, 0-point dud mixed in there, which is always a risk with Spurs. But given his youth and Pop’s tendency to randomly rest his older players, Green could really take off over the next month. He’s also usually good for threes, steals and blocks, also known as ‘fantasy gold.’


Amir Johnson F/C TOR – Patrick Patterson is still out with his elbow injury and Johnson has been rolling, averaging 16.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 blocks over his last five games. He’s not shooting 3-pointers like he was early in the season, but he’s shooting it very well from the floor and getting 34 minutes a night right now. And the Raptors have a great playoff schedule.


Terrence Ross G/F TOR – Ross has been inconsistent all season and had 22 points and four 3-pointers on Sunday. He scored just seven and nine points in his previous two games, but has also hit 11 3-pointers over his last five. With his starting job, sweet schedule and consistency in 3-point shooting, I like the idea of owning him the rest of the way.


Reggie Jackson G OKC – Russell Westbrook is out on Sunday and could miss as many as five more games, if the Thunder really hold him out of back-to-back situations. And if that happens, Jackson is going to be worth starting, for at least five more games. And in his last three games with Westbrook starting for the Thunder, Jackson is averaging 10.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer, but those numbers could be going up if Westbrook is not playing in the second game of their five remaining back-to-backs.


Tony Wroten G PHI – James Anderson left Saturday’s game with a thigh injury and if he’s going to miss time, Wroten is going to see a boost. Anderson isn’t expected to travel for Monday’s game at Indiana, making Wroten look like a strong play in that one. Even sharing time with Anderson, Wroten is still averaging 16.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 steals, but hasn’t made a 3-pointer since March 2.


Gerald Green G/F PHX – Despite the return of Eric Bledsoe, Green seems to still be holding his own, for the most part. While he had just eight and four points on Wednesday and Friday, he scored 28 points with five 3-pointers on Sunday. He’s no longer a reliable, must-start player, but if he was dropped in your league, he’s probably still worth holding.


Dorell Wright G/F POR – LaMarcus Aldridge got good news on his back injury and is expected to return sooner than later, but it’s possible he could still miss some upcoming games with the injury. Especially since we can’t write a blurb about him right now without talking about crutches and wheelchairs. And if he happens to sit out Week 22, when the Blazers play five times, Wright could end up being a difference maker. He had 15 points and four 3-pointers in Friday’s start for Aldridge and plays again on Sunday night. If he plays well in that one, we’ll know he’s the man, while Thomas Robinson is also worth a close eye on Sunday night.


Marcus Thornton SG BRK – We saw good Thornton again on Saturday night when he had 19 points and five 3-pointers on 7-of-11 shooting. His game log scoring line now reads: 19, 5, 5, 27, 4, 20, 3, 25 and 10 points in his last nine games. He’s as inconsistent as they come, but could put together his first hot streak of the season at any time.


John Henson F/C MIL – Ersan Ilyasova’s ankle is acting up again and he missed Sunday’s game. Henson had 12 points and seven boards in that one and is now averaging 10.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over his last five. He’s not going to be a fantasy dynamo, but could fill a void if you need a big man. Jeff Adrien has cooled off for the Bucks, but is also worth a look if you’re in a real deep league.


Kyle O’Quinn C ORL – O’Quinn has been playing well for some time now and is averaging 8.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over his last five. If you need a center, you could certainly do worse. I’d rather own him than any of the centers in Dallas.


Moe Harkless F ORL – Harkless is starting over Tobias Harris and refuses to go away, averaging 9.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five. He hit just 1-of-6 shots for two points on Wednesday, and 3-of-5 shots for six points on Friday, but is still getting 30 minutes a night. He’s going to be better as long as he sticks in the starting unit.


Kyle Singler G/F DET – Singler racked up 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists, five steals, a block and two 3-pointers on Tuesday and is averaging 36.4 minutes, 8.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five. The minutes are there and the occasional big games tend to buoy his limited value.


Chris Andersen F/C MIA - Andersen is worth a deep-league look if you need blocks and boards, and can live without a scorer. He’s averaging 7.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.8 blocks over his last five games, and on nights when the Big 3 are getting a rest, we should see plenty of Birdman.


Evan Turner G/F IND – Turner has somehow held some value in Indy and had 20 points, five rebounds, two assists and a 3-pointer on Saturday. But before that game, he had scored a total of 18 points in his previous four. He could see a boost in minutes if the Pacers choose to limit the starter’s minutes down the stretch, and can play several positions, including PG, SG and SF.


Drew Gooden F/C WAS – Gooden somehow broke free with his best game of the season on Saturday with 21 points, nine rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer in 26 minutes. He was getting around 17 minutes per game prior to that one, but was still managing to score. He’s averaging 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks over his last five, and will also hit the occasional 3-pointer. If you’re in a real deep league, give him a look.


Avery Bradley G BOS – Bradley had 12 points, two rebounds and two assists prior to overtime on Sunday and hit 4-of-12 shots for nine points on Friday. He was out with an injury prior to those two games, and while he’s not going to be a must-own player, he’s at least going to hurt the value of Jerryd Bayless going forward. Bayless scored just six points on Sunday (pre-overtime) and five points on Friday, mainly due to the return of Bradley.


Jordan Crawford G GSW – If the Warriors due decide to give Stephen Curry some rest for his thigh injury, or on back-to-backs, Crawford could become relevant. He had 19 points and three 3-pointers on Tuesday, but failed to score on Wednesday and only scored five points on Friday. Again, he’s only worth a look if something goes wrong with Curry.


Gorgui Dieng C MIN – Dieng has six points, three rebounds and three blocks on Sunday night, but Minnesota is still playing as I write this. He started in place of Nikola Pekovic, who is out with an ankle injury. Pekovic is worried about his ankle and is a legitimate shutdown candidate. And if it happens, Dieng could be a sneaky deep-league pick up down the stretch. 

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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