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NBA Fantasy Pickups of Week: Gortat, Duncan, Foye, McGrady

It’s another week so that means it once again time for what players you should add to your Fantasy NBA Lineups. Let’s start the week off with a favorite of mine that has already received some pub from me.

Buy Low: Marcin Gortat (PHO) - 15.2 PTS, 9.3 REB, 1.2 BLK, .593 FG% in last 15 days

The best analogy I can think of for Marcin Gortat is that he is like that girl next door. You know the one you have known for a long time, the one that always had a potential to be hot, but just had something holding her back that made you have second thoughts. Well at this point with the numbers Gortat has put up these last 15 days, if he were that girl next door he would be Eva Longoria on the YUMP scale. Gortat has been red hot ever since he has was traded! He has finally been given the minutes to show his true potential and he’s giving solid center production. The crazy thing about Gortat is the fact that he is still available in so many leagues. It is doing a disservice to you as a fantasy player, if you can not find a spot for him in your lineup. Give this guy a shot and bag him now before some other owner does.

Sell High: Tim Duncan (SA) - 13.5 PTS, 9.3 REB, 3.0 AST, 1.9 BLK, .483 FG%, .718 FT%

With the Spurs completely dominating the West and stretching their 1st place lead to over seven games with only 32 games left to play, Greg Popovich has already stated that he plans on cutting back some of the Spurs’ starters minutes. Specifically, he plans on extending DeJaun Blair’s minutes while cutting down Duncan’s. This should also extend to Matt Bonner and to Tiago Splitter as Antonio McDyess’ numbers should also take a dip. You should be able to get a little value from Duncan now from his namesake alone. His numbers this season haven’t been overwhelming, so you probably won’t be able to turn him into a big haul, but if you find the right owner who is looking to add some help in center, you could possibly get a better player to help you come playoff time.

Waiver Wire

PG Randy Foye (LAC) - 16.1 PTS, 2.03REB, 3.7 AST, 1.3 STL, .958 FT%, 35.6 MIN in last 15 Days

Randy Foye’s minutes have gone up dramatically with Eric Gordon once again dealing with injuries. He also has seen his role increased as Baron Davis does not have the endurance to play more then 28 minutes in a game. Foye has always had the athletic potential to be a success in the NBA, the question has always been whether or not he would be able to put it all together. It looks like that day may have finally come. He is starting to stroke the 3′s andis putting together a pretty solid stat line for guards. The former ‘Nova guard’s point total alone should make you take a look, while also adding giving you a solid boost in assists and free throw percentage. Until Eric Gordon’s wrist heals, Foye should be a mainstay on your team.

SG/PG Tracy McGrady (DET) - 15.4 PTS, 5.0 REB, 5.7 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.9 BLK in last 15 Days

In a somewhat surprising development, Tracy McGrady is finally playing like the player he once was. He is also giving the Pistons their first legit point guard since the Chauncey Billups era. McGrady has been the main catalyst in the Piston’s turnaround this season, giving them both the ability of a shot maker and facilitator. Add in the fact that he will get you five rebounds and is now eligible as a PG and he is a must-have player. With the number eight spot still within reach in the east, McGrady should get a high amount of minutes the rest of the season.

SF Richard Hamilton (DET) - 13.3 PTS, 2.2 REB, 2.6 AST, 0.7 AST

He looked like a player destined to be traded or sit the bench for the Pistons. Now Richard Hamilton has been given a second shot in Detroit. He has been reinserted in the starting lineup and with McGrady now in the starting lineup as well it should give Hamilton a couple more open shots as defenses will not just key in on him. His value also has taken a dive in recent weeks due to his bout with a groin injury. Once Hamilton is fully recovered from his injury he should be a instant boost for those needing help in the small forward position. Don’t be surprised if his numbers continue to rise with his minutes back to normal levels.

PF Ersan Ilyasova (MIL) –  15.4 PTS, 7.1 REB, 0.8 3pm, 1.5 STL, FT% .846 in last 15 Days

A player who has somehow been the under the radar all season long, Ilyasova has put up solid power forward numbers all season long. He also has managed to not allow you to take a hit in free throw percentage. The only real downside to Ilyasova is his lack of block production. His production should continue to be solid as Andrew Bogut deals with knee and elbow problems. Ilyasova is from the same cloth of European power forwards that can hit a jump shot and be a force in the paint. Grab him now before the word gets out about.

C Andris Biedrins (GS) - 6.1 PTS, 8.5 REB, 1.3 AST, 1.0 BLK

Biedrins is another solid center who you should take a long look at. His numbers so far this season have not been overwhelming, but there are a couple factors that could turn him back into a fantasy stud. Before his injury last year, he constantly was putting up 10 points and 9 rebounds a game while also adding a couple assists and blocks. With Biedrins once again finally healthy and playing in Golden State’s wide open offense he again should have the ability to match these totals. He also finally has some help in the interior with David Lee. Biedrins is a great player to add now as he goes through the growing pains of getting back in shape. Once he starts putting up his usual numbers, he should be a hot commodity.


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