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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Five for Friday: Fantasy NBA acquisitions

Let's head into NBA All-Star weekend Charles Barkley style -- making a Fave 5 list, and getting done in plenty of time to hit the town.

Five players who are available in many leagues, ranked from worst to first:

5. Vladimir Radmanovic, forward, Bobcats

Since being traded from the Lakers, he's relevant again. Unfortunately for eager fantasy owners, that means help in only two or three categories: scoring, 3-pointers and possibly field-goal percentage.

In his last two games, Radmanovic has scored 34 points on 13-for-22 shooting, made eight 3-pointers and has six rebounds and four assists. Those numbers won't continue, especially after Gerald Wallace and other Bobcats return to health after the break.

Radmanovic likely will come off the bench, which means you really must need 3-point help to think about playing him.

4. Jarrett Jack, guard, Pacers

He's available in 86.1 percent of the leagues on, which can mean two things: 1. Owners haven't paid attention to what he's done in the last five games (14.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steal, nine 3-pointers, 46.3 percent from the field, 13-for-14 from the line). 2. Owners have paid attention, and they know with whom they're dealing.

By now, we know what Jack can do for us: Score, get a few rebounds and assists, maybe a steal, hit the occasional 3 and shoot well from the line. Is that enough to put you over the top? No. Can he help you as your fourth or fifth guard and provide depth if injuries strike? Yes.

3. D.J. Augustin, point guard, Bobcats

Two Bobcats in the top five, and Michael Jordan isn't pulling the strings here.

Before we get to the answers, a question: How is Augustin available in more than 70 percent of the leagues on Either a lot of owners dropped him after he missed 10 games recently because of injury, or ESPN's numbers are based on a bunch of four- and six-team leagues.

Anyway, Augustin, a rookie selected ninth overall in the 2008 NBA draft, might be a rare good move by Jordan (well, at least for us fake general managers who acquired the former Longhorn). He's tallied 68 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds and three steals in his last three games, shooting 24-for-41 from the field (58.5 percent), 9-for-10 from the line and 11-for-20 from 3-point range (55 percent).

Augustin isn't going to help you much in field-goal percentage (41.4 for the season) and he doesn't get a lot of assists for his position (4.0), but he'll hit five or six triples a week, is excellent at the foul line (91.6 percent, while getting there 3.4 times per game) and should score pretty consistently.

He's worth starting in deeper leagues.

2. Ronnie Brewer, guard, Jazz

He's been excellent of late, and owners are finally starting to notice (he's up to 73.2 percent ownership in ESPN leagues as of this writing).

Brewer has averaged 16.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.1 steal and made 54.1 percent of his shots in his last 11 games. He's returned to Utah's starting lineup, and he should be in yours.

1. Kevin Love, power forward, Timberwolves

Sadly, many of us missed on him. He's up to 81.4 percent ownership in ESPN leagues, and with Al Jefferson out for the season, Love should get a double-double almost every night.

In his last five games, Love has averaged 12.4 points and 11 rebounds. For the season, he's averaging 8.7 rebounds in only 23.8 minutes per game.

The rookie from UCLA, who is making a Timberwolves fan forget O.J. Mayo as you read this, has played 30 minutes or more in three of his last four games. He played that much only once in the 17 contests prior to this stretch.

This one doesn't get much simpler: Play Love. And count down the days until Barkley returns to TNT.


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