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Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Jan 28, 2013 / 3:00 pm

Fantasy Basketball: The 3 Best Pickups Of The Week (1.28)

Avery Bradley

Avery Bradley

This week’s pickups list comes with some good and bad news. Let’s just get the negative stuff out of the way first. You could probably do better than this edition’s Fresh Pickings. After having such a thick waiver wire for the last couple weeks, things have slimmed down, and will probably stay that way until the trade deadline opens up opportunities for more players.

On the positive side, there are plenty of legitimate options under Last Call. All six of those players listed could easily wind up sticking on your team for the rest of the season, and if you include Al-Farouq Aminu, who was a member of Last Call last week, you should be able to find what you need. Also, this is the least amount of players we’ve had on the injured list all season. The stars that started the year banged up are paying dividends for patient owners who waited on their returns, helping them gear up for fantasy’s stretch run.

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FRESH PICKINGS
Avery Bradley
The loss of Rajon Rondo hurts his fantasy owners just as much as it does the Boston Celtics, but just because you lost your stud point guard doesn’t mean you have to throw in the towel on your championship aspirations. The easiest alternative is to pick up Avery Bradley, who should be taking on the bulk of newly available minutes. He’s shown flashes of fantasy relevance before and should earn Doc Rivers‘ trust with his defensive tenacity. Despite averaging only 8.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists with 1.1 treys, 1.2 steals and 0.4 blocks in 24 minutes so far, Bradley presents the most upside out of the players eligible to excel in Rondo’s absence, so if you’re going to add a Celtic, Bradley is your guy.

Alan Anderson
Toronto’s roster is filled with young scorers, and lately it’s been Alan Anderson with the hot hand. Over his last six games, Anderson is putting up 16.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists with 2.2 treys and 1.2 steals. His game his predicated solely on scoring, but if you are lacking in that department, Anderson could be poised for a big second half.

Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler has filled in admirably for the hurt Luol Deng, perhaps carving himself out a decent role when Deng returns in the process. While starting the last five games, Butler is averaging 14.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists with 0.4 treys, 1.2 steals and 0.4 blocks. Tom Thibodeau loves what he brings on the defensive end of the floor, evidenced by the fact that he hasn’t played under 43 minutes over that stretch. Fantasy-wise, Butler has immediate value as a rebounder, but unless Deng remains out for a long time, won’t hold his value for long.

LAST CALL
These guys were mentioned in last week’s edition. Go grab them if they’re still around.

Raymond Felton
There will surely be a readjustment period with a few new faces coming back from injury in New York, but Felton is as solid as they come. If someone cut him during injury, definitely scoop him up.

Devin Harris
With Lou Williams done for the season, it’s up to Harris to provide some punch in the ATL.

Wilson Chandler
Despite Denver’s depth, Chandler has been producing in a limited role. If he ever sees more time, he will be a must own.

Elton Brand
He’s certainly not in his prime anymore, but this is the most fantasy relevant Brand has been in years. Grab him while he’s hot.

Carlos Delfino
Wide open trey after wide open trey.

Eric Bledsoe
Bledsoe will barely be fantasy relevant when CP3 returns, but his upside warrants a speculative add.

INJURIES
These players will be out for an extended period of time, but if an impatient owner cuts them and you can afford to sit on an injury for a while, they are well worth the wait.

Derrick Rose (should be back in a few weeks)

Andrew Bynum (should be back around the All-Star break)

Danny Granger (should be back around the All-Star break)

Kevin Love (out for 6-8 more weeks)

Andrea Bargnani (should be back in a few weeks)

Which current players are you keeping tabs on right now?

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  • jaycizzle

    damn u slippin.. read this earlier today but no mention of andrew bogut. not even on the injuries list. found out he started like 10 mins ago.. already taken off the wires in all my leagues.

  • http://twitter.com/DaOtherKevSmith Kevin Smith

    golden state kept hush about his return so u werent the only one to miss out on him….while he’s a heck of a basketball player I dont wanna recommend him to my readers because he’s always an injury away from wasting your time

  • jaycizzle

    hmmm… good point. i got another question for u tho.. what do you think about having too many people from the same team.. currently have 3 spurs (parker, ginobili, leonard).. and nene has been frustrating the hell out of me. was thinkin bout adding a big man (which is why i commented on bogut).. looking to replace him with rebounds, good %s, and maybe blocks. currently doing pretty well in all categories except for TOs, ft%, blocks. which is why i ask, because i was thinking about splitter.

  • http://twitter.com/DaOtherKevSmith Kevin Smith

    Splitter is rock solid. I would pick him up, but also look to get rid of Ginobili or Duncan because we all know how Pop likes to sit his starters, especially at the end of the season when a playoff spot is locked up

  • Reek

    Lance Stephenson has been ballin’ lately, I think he deserves a look in deep leagues. Also, Big Baby Davis is done for the rest of the year, I would give Andrew Nicholson a look since he should be picking up the bulk of his minutes.