Mike Gallagher

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Wired: Top Pickups Week 24

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Shooting guard


Lou Williams ATL


He’s another guy with a favorable schedule. The Hawks have a great one with six games and start off with a bang, playing on Tuesday (six games), Wednesday and Friday.  I’m not the biggest Lou Will fan in the world, but he’s probably the best option for available pickups. He’s been solid over his last five though, averaging 14.4 points, 3.2 boards, 4.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 triples. If you’re in a daily league, I’d highly suggest adding him, then cutting him after Friday and his three games. Just keep in mind he was a scratch against the Pacers on Sunday night due to a sore hamstring, so we’re not sure if he’s good to go next week or not.


Marcus Thornton BRK


The Nets have a great schedule and they could be resting some players the rest of the way. As history has shown, MT has put up some huge numbers when he’s called upon to be the primary option. One would think if Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston or even Deron Williams sit, Thornton would be looking at shot totals in the teens. He’s attempted 11.0 per game in his last two and half of those have been from deep, so he’s certainly capable of hitting 15 3-pointers in his remaining six games. But due to his unbearable inconsistency all season, he’s more of a daily-league guy and for owners in weekly leagues looking to bolster their treys.


Jerryd Bayless BOS


Avery Bradley could miss some more time with his Achilles issue and the Celtics are already going to be without Rajon Rondo for Saturday’s game against the Cavs. Plus, you’d think they’d want to be careful about playing Bradley in the Friday-Saturday back-to-back. Bayless was on fire for Saturday’s game against the Pistons, scoring 25 points with two boards, 11 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers. He’s been all over the place throughout the season and only has five games the rest of the way, so he’s more of a lukewarm pickup due to a slightly sub-par schedule.


Jeremy Lamb OKC


As mentioned above, the Thunder have an awesome schedule and one would think they’d take their foot off the gas pedal because they wouldn’t want their stars to get tired with so many games. Of course, Russell Westbrook is going to sit out at least two of the remaining six, but they might dial back Kevin Durant and even guys like Thabo Sefolosha, which would be good news for Lamb.


Small forward


DeMarre Carroll ATL


He’s another player I’m sure 90 percent of you guys are saying “why the heck is he even in this column.” Carroll has really been great and it’s kind of dumb that he’s not owned in 100 percent of leagues, so let’s fix that – especially given the Hawks sweet remaining schedule.


Corey Brewer MIN


The Wolves have an awesome schedule. They kick off their week on a back-to-back set, then get two outstanding matchups for fantasy purposes with a game against the Rockets on Friday and the Kings on Sunday. Plus, they’ll also go to Golden State on Monday and host the Jazz on Wednesday. 


They could be extremely shorthanded and that would mean more Brewer. The Wolves gave Ricky Rubio 18 shots on Saturday and they really can’t get away with doing that too often. Brewer should probably have more plays drawn up for him with Rick Adelman likely to use 3-pointers to get his offense going. The problem is Kevin Martin (foot) and Chase Budinger (ankle) could miss additional time, making Brewer an interesting prospect due to his schedule.


Anthony Morrow NOP


As mentioned above, Eric Gordon (knee) is likely a shutdown candidate and Morrow has been playing at a high level ever since he went down. He’s averaging 18.4 points and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games, and could be one of those random pickups that ends up winning your league for you. But it would be nice if he were starting and not coming off the bench.


Evan Fournier DEN


With Wilson Chandler all but done for the season and Ty Lawson banged up (sat out Sunday), Fournier is going to play. He’s still not a guarantee for nightly success since Brian Shaw can’t seem to make up his mind on anything, but Fournier had 26 points and six 3-pointers on Sunday night. He also scored just six points on Friday, and is only really trustworthy if Lawson continues to miss games. He’s going to be hit-or-miss, but in deep leagues, he might be the best option on your waiver wire.


Caron Butler OKC


Butler is for deep leaguers only, but could see a boost if Scott Brooks finally starts giving the regulars some rest. Butler is averaging 9.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games. Just keep in mind that he’s no spring chicken himself, and when Brooks gives his guys some rest, Butler could easily be included in the fray.

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Mike Gallagher has covered fantasy hoops for eight years and this season is his second with Rotoworld. You can find him on Twitter talking about a player's shots at the rim.

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