Mike Gallagher

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Wired: Top Pickups Week 24

Sunday, April 06, 2014


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Terrence Jones HOU


Why is he only owned in 56 percent of Yahoo! leagues? He has a great schedule and has a good chance to turn in a third-round valuation the rest of the way. He had 14 points, five rebounds, two steals and three blocks on Sunday night (at least before the game went to overtime), which can be considered a down game for him at this point.


Kyle O’Quinn ORL


The Magic got a shocking disappointment on Friday with Nikola Vucevic (Achilles) as a late scratch on Friday. The starting big man also sat out on Saturday and it allowed O’Quinn to hold down the paint in both games. He was awesome in those two, averaging 12.0 points, 9.5 boards, 2.0 steals and 4.5 blocks. KOQ already was blocking 1.3 shots per game in his 16.6 minutes, so there is a lot of upside here. If you’re looking for some blocks and a guy with a decent floor, he’s your man.


Jeff Adrien and John Henson – MIL


These two still play in Milwaukee and can still disappear at any time, but they are two of the only big options, outside of Zaza Pachulia, that Larry Drew has. Adrien’s been especially hot, scoring between 14 and 21 points in each of his last four games and averaging 9.0 rebounds and 1.25 blocks over that stretch.


Henson hasn’t been quite as good, but did have 23 points, nine boards, six assists, a steals and three blocks on Saturday. And with Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders nowhere to be found, both guys (along with Zaza) are worth owning the rest of the way. Pachulia failed to score on Saturday, but should bounce back.


Draymond Green GSW


Green has been starting with David Lee and Andrew Bogut banged up, getting more than 30 minutes a night, and had 10 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on Friday. He’s starting again on Sunday, but we won’t know the outcome of that game before this column is posted. As long as he’s starting for the Warriors, he should probably be owned in all fantasy leagues down the stretch.


Cody Zeller and Anthony Tolliver – CHA


Josh McRoberts is done for the season clearing the way for Zeller and Tolliver to absorb his minutes. Tolliver is averaging 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 3-pointers over his last three games, while Zeller has been getting more minutes and better numbers. Zeller comes in at 10.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals over his last five games. Unless you’re desperate for threes, Zeller’s the better player of these two to own down the stretch.




Gorgui Dieng MIN


The schedule is great, Nikola Pekovic could be done, and Dieng has been fantastic for more than a month. He’s as must-own as they come.


Jordan Hill LAL


Hill is finally ballin’ again, posting the following stat lines in points, rebounds and blocks over his last three games: 22-9-0, 14-10-2, and 18-15-4. Pau Gasol is probably done for the year, and Hill is the guy you want to own, at least as of Sunday night. Ryan Kelly could also come on at any time, but hasn’t scored more than six points in any of his last three games.


Omer Asik HOU


Asik went ballistic on Sunday night against the (you guessed it) Nuggets, racking up 18 points and a career-high 23 rebounds to go along with three steals and three blocks. At this point the Rockets may be ready to rest Dwight Howard until the playoffs, and while Asik was already playing well, he took it to another level on Sunday night. He won’t be this good again, but is worth owning in every league on the planet for the final week and a half of the season. 


Kelly Olynyk BOS


Olynyk has been on a roll for three games, scoring between 11 and 14 points in each of them, while averaging 10.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and nearly a 3-pointer per game over his last five games. Jared Sullinger has also been on a three-game tear, but is probably already owned in your league. And if that’s the case, Olynyk looks like a decent grab right now.


Jeff Withey NOP


Anthony Davis is playing on Sunday but has had injury issues for some time now. If he misses time, Withey could be a sneaky deep-league pickup, but if Davis is playing, you can probably ignore him. 

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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