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Top NBA Pickups for Week 22

Sunday, March 23, 2014



Amir Johnson TOR


I have been hyping Johnson for a few weeks now and he came through with 25 points, 12 boards and five blocks against the Thunder on Friday. He had six points, eight boards, three steals and a block on Sunday against the Hawks, but also dinged his knee up in that one. He played through it, so he should be good to go for another four-game week. We still don’t know when Patrick Patterson is going to return from his elbow injury, so just keep running Amir out there.


Danny Green SAS


While it might feel like Green is good to go these days, his game log tells a different tale. He’s scored 18, 3, 16, 5, 15, 14, 0, 12, 6, 24 & 5 points in each of his March games. The minutes fluctuate as wildly as his points do and it’s not surprise that his good lines come when his minutes are over 20, and the bad ones come when he doesn’t get enough play. He’s still one of the youngest Spurs and is fully healthy, meaning if anyone should be safe from getting randomly ‘Popped,” it’s Green. Whether you use him or not, Green should be owned in all leagues.


Terrence Jones & Omer Asik HOU


Jones has been hot again for four straight games, two of which didn’t include Dwight Howard due to an ankle injury. Howard has been practicing and it sounds like he’s going to play this week, but we just don’t know. He averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebound and 2.5 blocks in the two games Howard missed last week, and 21.0 points, 4.5 boards and 2.0 blocks in the two games he shared the court with Dwight.


Asik is also worth a look, but is a much better option if Howard is out. Over his last five he’s averaging 8.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks, but over his last two without Howard, those numbers jump to 10.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks.


Jordan Hill LAL


Hill finally moved back into the rotation on Friday and had nine points, 14 rebounds and four blocks against the Wizards. He’s expected to start on Sunday night and if things go well, it’s time to think about grabbing Hill. Ryan Kelly moved to the bench on Friday and will be there again on Sunday, meaning D’Antoni is apparently moving on. Kelly could easily rise from the ashes at some point soon, but if you feel like cutting him, it makes sense.


Drew Gooden WAS


Gooden came out of nowhere on March 5, played well and then briefly disappeared, and then came back for a five-game tear that started on March 15 and still hasn’t ended. Over his last five games, Gooden is averaging 16.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 23 minutes a game. He’s also hit three 3-pointers, racked up four steals and blocked a shot during that stretch. This could end just as quickly as it started, but Gooden is officially worth grabbing, even though he’s averaging just 18.5 minutes over his last two games.


Jonas Jerebko DET


Jerebko came out of nowhere for 22 points, nine rebounds, two steals and five 3-pointers on 8-of-12 shooting Saturday. I have no idea if he’s going to do it again, but if you’re in a very deep league and are desperate for a warm body, his certainly qualifies. And in regards to Jerebko, I got this Tweet on Sunday.



12:55am via Web

@docktora Omg. I picked up Jerebko last night in one of my deep leagues and had him in my lineup today hahaha.


It doesn’t happen often, but when you make a call like that, there are not many better feelings in fantasyland.




Gorgui Dieng MIN


Nikola Pekovic was out again on Sunday and I’m not even sure we’ll see him next week. We just don’t know, but Pekovic hasn’t been close to playing since he went down with his latest ankle problem. I’m not saying Dieng is an automatic start in weekly leagues, but given the fact that we still don’t know when Pekovic is going to play, he’s a very smart add. And there’s not much risk involved, as Dieng is averaging 10.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.2 blocks over his last five games.


Henry Sims PHI


Not much is going right in Philly, as they’ve lost 24 games in a row, but Sims is hot, averaging 17.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks over his last two games. Both of those were legit, as one came against Tyson Chandler and the other against Joakim Noah. There’s a decent chance he’ll fall flat at some point soon, but there’s just as good a chance that he’ll keep it rolling. If you need a center, Sims is not a bad option right now.


Timofey Mozgov DEN


J.J. Hickson is done for the rest of the season due to knee surgery, clearing the way for Mozgov to get more minutes. Kenneth Faried might be the biggest beneficiary to the loss of Hickson, but Mozzy should get a boost as well. He had just five points, six rebounds and a block on 2-of-7 shooting Sunday, but played 24 minutes. And that was the most time he’s spent on the court since March 7, when he played 26 minutes. I suspect he’ll be better on most nights than he was on Sunday against the Marcin Gortat and the Wizards.


Zaza Pachulia MIL


Pachulia had just eight points and three rebounds on Sunday against the Kings, but also had five fouls, ruining his night. He also had a pretty bad game on Thursday against the Warriors, when he had six points, two rebounds and four assists. But he was playing well prior to those two and is still starting in the middle for the hapless Bucks. He doesn’t block shots, but he’s averaging 8.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 assist and 1.8 steals over his last five games, which might be useful to owners scrubbing the wire for a center. 

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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