NBA Week Two: Fantasy Pickups

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer INovember 1, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 28: Rafer Alston #1 of the New Jersey Nets drives to the basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center on October 28, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves defeated the Nets 95-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Genevieve Ross/Getty Images)
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Teams playing four games: Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Detroit, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Sacramento, Utah, Washington

Teams playing three games: Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, Miami, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Portland, Toronto

Teams playing two games: San Antonio



Rafer Alston (Nets) : Harris is expected to miss a week with a groin injury. Alston started at point guard and had 20 points, eight assists, three 3-pointers and one steal in 31 minutes on Saturday. Even though he will be a starter temporarily, he is a solid point guard pick up for the short-term.

Juan Jose Barea (Mavs) : Barea is averaging 11.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and shooting 93 percent from the foul line in three games. In his last two games he has played at least 23 minutes and will continue to get time with Josh Howard sidelined.

Larry Hughes (Knicks) : Hughes did not play in the first two games but received extended minutes in the home opener with an injury to Nate Robinson. Robinson could miss up to two weeks with an ankle injury which bodes well for Hughes who provided a solid stat line of: 18 PTS, 6 AST, 5 REB, 4 STL in 39 minutes. The numbers are a bit inflated because the game went into double OT, but any player in the Knicks rotation holds fantasy value.

Honorable mention: Delonte West (Cavs)



Matt Barnes (Magic) : Barnes posted a solid line starting at small forward Sunday: 12 PTS, 9 REB, 6 STL, and 4 AST. With Vince Carter (ankley injury), Mickael Pietrus (flu), and Rashard Lewis (supsension), all missing time, Barnes should receive extended minutes.

Rasual Butler (Clippers) : Butler has played at least 26 minutes in three of his four games so far this season. Last Friday he scored a season high 19 points in 32 minutes.

Udonis Haslem (Heat) : Haslem has at least 10 rebounds in two of his three games. While he does not block that many shots, he posts solid percentages in about 30 minutes per game.

Honorable mention: Yi Jianlian (Nets)



Solomon Jones (Pacers): Jones is averaging seven points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and is shooting 55 percent from the field in two games. He is a good source for blocks and will play solid minutes whenever starting center Roy Hibbert gets in foul trouble.

David Anderson (Rockets) : The seven-footer had his best game of the season yesterday with 11 points and five rebounds in 19 minutes. He also hit his first 3-pointer of his career and the rookie should be worked more in the rotation with more game experience.

Channing Frye (Suns) : A popular sleeper going into the season because of his strong preseason did not disappoint in his first game. He scored 22 points knocking down six 3-pointers and pulling down eight rebounds with three steals. Frye scored a season high 25 points (six 3-pointers) and pulled down five rebounds Sunday.

Honorable mention: Hasheem Thabeet (Grizzles)