by Derek of The Sportmeisters
With only a month and a half left in the NBA season, fantasy owners are gearing up for the playoffs. I’m here to help you with some last minute pickups that may help you reach the championship.
G — Larry Hughes — New York Knicks
Hughes has been on fire recently and is now in the Knicks starting five. He has averaged 22 points per game in his last three games and is playing for the Run and Gun type offense of Mike D’Antoni. The Knicks are still right in the thick of things in the East, only three games out of the eighth spot, so he should continue to get enough playing time to warrant a spot on your roster. If he continues to play this well, he won’t be available much longer.
F — Jamario Moon — Miami Heat
Moon has been installed into the Heat's starting five and has responded with excellent play. He has averaged 14 points per game and eight rebounds per game over his last three games. He is already owned in 62 percent of ESPN leagues so grab him while you still can.
F —Tyrus Thomas and F/C — Joakim Noah — Chicago Bulls
These two guys were thought to have lost their value when the Bulls acquired C Brad Miller in February, but it has been quite the opposite. Thomas averaged 15 points and eight rebounds per game in February and Noah has averaged nine points, 10 boards and two blocks over his last five games. Thomas is owned in 39 percent of ESPN leagues and Noah is owned in 58 percent. Both men may be available and should continue to contribute as Chicago is currently in the eighth spot in the East and wants to keep themselves in the playoff picture.
F – Matt Barnes – Phoenix Suns
Barnes has moved back into the starting lineup in Phoenix and has been very good lately. He has averaged 16 points per game over the last three games and has hit 10 three-pointers. With players like G Steve Nash, C Shaquille O’Neal, and G Jason Richardson playing with him, the fact that Phoenix is fighting for a playoff spot, and that F Amare Stoudemire will not be returning this season. Barnes will continue to amount playing time and should continue to post decent numbers in Alvin Gentry’s version of the Run and Gun offense that Mike D’Antoni used to run
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