Basketball demands we break down its players not just by stats, but by the time and place they occur. That’s not the case in NBA fantasy hoops, though, where cold calculations rule the day and the matchup. Who are the Fantasy Doctor’s choices for this week’s best pickups? Hit the jump to find out.
Here are this weeks 5 best pickups:
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JARED SULLINGER, Boston Celtics (32 percent owned in Yahoo!, 26 percent in ESPN)
I have already mentioned Sullinger as a pickup, but now that he has hit the starting lineup, his ownership should increase even further. He has picked up his rebounding since becoming a starter, averaging 10.3 per game, to go along with 15.9 points, 0.7 treys, 0.7 blocks, and 0.7 steals. With Kelly Olynyk missing time with a sprained ankle, Sullinger has even seen some minutes at the five. After all the dust has settled, he looks to be the Celtic big man to own.
KIRK HINRICH, Chicago Bulls (27 percent owned in Y!, 17 percent in ESPN)
Hinrich ownership should be on the rise as Derrick Rose goes under the knife once again. Last year, Nate Robinson took on a bulk of the minutes in the former MVP’s absence, but without his services this year, it will be Hinrich who sees extended run. In the game Rose went down, Hinrich put up 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists, but his stat lines will get better as he gets more comfortable in his new role. If you’re in need of a point guard, he’s definitely worth a look.
HARRISON BARNES (68 percent owned in Y!, 78 percent in ESPN)
While Andre Iguodala waits out an unpredictable hamstring injury, Barnes will take on a ton of production. On Saturday night, he played 45 minutes, putting up 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. He may not be the most polished fantasy basketball player, but until Iggy returns, he’s in line for plenty of run.
GLEN DAVIS (19 percent owned in Y!, five percent in ESPN)
Big Baby returned to the Magic rotation this past weekend, averaging 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.0 steals on 54 percent shooting from the field over two games. The return of Tobias Harris means he’ll have to share some minutes, but for the near term, he looks to be a solid play. A trade is even possible, as Orlando continues the youth movement, but for now, it’s worth taking a shot on Davis.