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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pick Three: Fantasy NBA free agents

After months of non-stop football, we'll take a quick break for some hoops (please hold your applause until the end).

As always, these are players who are available in more than half of the leagues on and can be started in deeper formats. Today's trio all are owned in fewer than 24 percent of the ESPN leagues.

-- Carlos Delfino, SG/SF, Bucks (owned in 23.3 percent of the ESPN leagues): You might remember him as a bench player for the Pistons. Fantasy players should recall Delfino's last seven games, during which he has averaged 17.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals. In that span, he's made 22 3-pointers, shot 48.9 percent from three and is 45-for-86 from the field (52.3 percent). During his career, Delfino has struggled mightily from the field (40.3 percent), and he's not much better for the season (41.4). This month, however, he's playing major minutes and, with Michael Redd out for the season, might be the Bucks' No. 3 scoring option behind rookie Brandon Jennings and Andrew "You Might Want To Trade Me Before I Get Hurt Again" Bogut. In deeper category leagues, Delfino is an asset in scoring, 3-pointers and steals, and he's a 78-percent free-throw shooter.

-- Corey Brewer, SG, Timberwolves (21.6 percent): Has the 2008 lottery pick finally turned the corner? Or are the T-Wolves just that bad? Brewer has averaged 20 points, four rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.8 blocks in his last five games. In that span, he's made 12 treys and is shooting 54.3 percent from the field, 85.7 percent from the free-throw line and 52.2 percent from 3-point range. Brewer is averaging 13.3 points per game for the season, but he's not much of a help in rebounds (3.9) or assists (2.0). He is an asset, however, in scoring, 3-pointers and steals.

-- Brandon Rush, SG, Pacers (2.4 percent): I decided to dig deep for the third player on this list, and Rush has been productive of late. The second-year guard has averaged 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and one block in his last four games. He has made 12 3s and is shooting 47.9 percent from the field in that stretch. Prior to this recent run of four solid games, Rush had scored in double digits only nine times since Nov. 27. But he's playing big minutes now and can help you in points and 3-pointers.

Others to watch: Martell Webster, SF, Trail Blazers; Luke Ridnour, PG, Bucks

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