James Harden, Drew Gooden among Top NBA Fantasy Week Five Pickups

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James Harden, Drew Gooden among Top NBA Fantasy Week Five Pickups
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Week One (Oct. 26 to Nov. 1)

Teams Playing Four Games

Dallas, Denver, L.A. Clippers, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto

 

Teams Playing Three Games

Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, Miami, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Utah, Washington

 

Teams Playing Two Games

Chicago, New Orleans

 

Guards

James Harden, Thunder

Harden has scored 49 points over his last two games, including 10 three-pointers and five steals. The rookie has also played 26 and 30 minutes in each of these games, which has been the most he's played so far this season.

 

Charlie Bell, Bucks

Bell scored a season-high 19 points yesterday against the Grizzlies. He has started every game since Nov. 3, and is a good source for threes and steals with Michael Redd still sidelined due to injury.

 

Jarrett Jack, Raptors

Jack scored a season-high 17 points against the Heat last Friday. He played 32 minutes Sunday, and recorded eight points with 11 assists. With Marco Belinelli missing time with a groin injury, it means extended minutes for Jack.

 

Honorable Mention

Jason Williams, Magic

 

Forwards

Rodney Carney, 76ers

Carney has scored at least 10 points in two of his past three games. He also has 15 rebounds and five three-pointers in this span.

 

Kenny Thomas, Kings

Thomas does not play big minutes but has at least seven rebounds in three of his past four games. He is also averaging one blocked shot per game in this span.

 

Kurt Thomas, Bucks

Thomas had his best game of the season yesterday with eight points, 10 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks in 30 minutes. With Andrew Bogut out two to four weeks due to injury, look for Thomas to play strongly off the bench.

 

Honorable Mention

Jason Maxiell, Pistons

 

Centers

Drew Gooden, Mavs

Gooden has started the past four games and 14.8 points, 13 rebounds, and 1.3 blocked shots per game in 36 minutes. With starting C Erick Dampier sidelined, look for Gooden to continue his strong play.

 

Theo Ratliff, Spurs

Ratliff grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds yesterday against the Wizards. He has blocked six shots over his past two games, and with playing time, can help in these two areas.

 

Jason Smith, 76ers

Smith has received more playing time with Maurice Speights out six to eight weeks with a knee injury. Smith has blocked at least two shots in two straight games.

 

Honorable Mention

Narz Mohammed, Bobcats

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