Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Jan 2, 2013 / 11:30 am

Fantasy Basketball: The Week’s Best Pickups (1.2)

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas (55 percent owned in Yahoo!, 59 percent in ESPN)
After recent clamoring from the Sacramento locker room and a minor injury to Aaron Brooks, Isaiah Thomas has finally been given a chance to start. Since gaining his new gig, he’s putting up 16.7 points, 3.7 assists, 2.7 treys, and is a safe bet to be a factor for you in those categories if he continues to man the point in the starting five.

Matt Barnes (42 percent owned in Y!, 69 percent in ESPN)
There’s no team hotter in the NBA than the Clippers and despite their depth, they’re still producing tons of players that are fantasy roster worthy. The latest hot pickup is Matt Barnes. In the month of December, Barnes averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.8 treys, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks. He wont hurt any particular category for your team and while he may not have the most upside for the long run, he can definitely help you win some weeks for the short term.

John Salmons (15 percent owned in Y!, 20 percent in ESPN)
Salmons’ recent surge is probably attributed more to the absence of Tyreke Evans than anything else, but if your playing the hot hand with the bottom of your roster, very few available players are performing better. Over his last five games, he’s averaging 15.0 points, 4.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 treys and should continue to produce as long as Evans continues to be sidelined.

Lamar Odom (nine percent owned in Y!, three percent in ESPN)
Lamar Odom doesn’t have half the value he had in fantasy a few years ago, but the way Lamar and his team have been playing of late makes him an intriguing add. Over his last five games, he’s putting up just 3.4 points, but 8.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 blocks. If you can take the hit in scoring, Odom can help you in virtually any given category on any night, but has been more of a rebounding and shotblocking specialist of late, making him worth a speculative add for the near future.

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

Amar’e Stoudemire
Amar’e may not have the fantasy value he once did, but he’s definitely better than what is on your wire.

Kawhi Leonard
Leonard is a steals specialist who offers great percentages and blocks for a two guard.

Jarrett Jack
Jack’s stock is at an all-time high after a fantastic month of December.

Hedo Turkoglu
He may not pan out but he’s worth a look if you have nothing to lose.

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.

Anderson Varejao (should be back in a week)

Andrew Bynum (no set timetable for a return yet)

John Wall (should be back in the next few weeks)

Raymond Felton (should be back in a month or so)

Andrea Bargnani (should be back in a month or so)

Tyreke Evans (no set timetable for a return)

Danny Granger (should be back in a month or two)

Glen Davis (should be back in a month or so)

Derrick Rose (no set timetable for a return yet)

Who’s been your best pickup this year?

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  • http://twitter.com/juanpronin juan pablo corrales

    What do you think drop mo williams and pick Jordan Crawford?

  • diablofreak

    i dont know if i should drop DeAndre Jordan. he was a beast in the beginning of the season and has since dropped off

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

    I wouldn’t cut DeAndre just yet. Try shopping him for something you need. Even if you’re not getting a lot in return for him, it would probably be better than picking up someone off the waiver wire

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

    I do love Crawford but wouldn’t cut Mo Williams for him unless you’re in a pretty shallow league. The verdict is still out on Crawford with the return of John Wall soon and a high draft pick invested in Bradley Beal

  • deeds

    Really, you wouldn’t cut Williams? He is going to be out for weeks. I would cut him even in a deep league.

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

    Some breaking news…Mo Williams is going to have surgery Friday and will be out 6 weeks…Crawford is all yours

  • aaron

    this is amateur hour. any league where amare, kawhi or jack were still available in december must be playing for one of those third-grade all-star trophies.