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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fantasy NBA: Pick Three for Week 17

The All-Star break is over, the trade rumors are endless and the Clippers are the Clippers (Marcus Camby, consider yourself fortunate).

Let's take a quick look at three players who are available in the majority of the leagues on (all stats are prior to Tuesday's games):

-- Peja Stojakovic, SF, Hornets (owned in 36.7 percent of the ESPN leagues): Fantasy owners are finally starting to take notice after Stojakovic has scored in double figures in nine straight games and has hit three or more 3-pointers in five consecutive contests. After compiling miserable shooting percentages in the first three months of the season (37.3 in November, 42.1 in December and 39.5 in January), Stojakovic has been back to his old self in February. In six games this month, he is averaging 19.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals. He is shooting 49.4 percent from the field, 47.5 percent from 3-point range and 88.2 from the free-throw line in that span. Until he cools down, he's a must-start in any format.

-- Ryan Gomes, SF, Timberwolves (4.4 percent): Another small forward on a roll, Gomes is shooting 54.5 percent from the floor in four games this month. In that stretch, he's averaging 15.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, one steal and 2.5 3-pointers. He has scored in double digits in eight straight games, a span in which he is 18-for-33 from 3-point land (54.5 percent). In deeper leagues, Gomes is a valuable reserve and/or part-time starter. In daily leagues, he's worth a start or two per week.

-- Anthony Morrow, SG, SF, Warriors (33 percent): The second-year standout has been great in the two games Corey Maggette has missed because of a dislocated finger, totaling 59 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists in 93 minutes. In those contests, he was 21-for-36 from the field (58.3 percent), 8-for-15 from 3-point range (53.3) and perfect in nine attempts from the line. Once Maggette returns, your guess is as good as Don Nelson's when it comes to Golden State's backcourt/small forward rotation. Should Maggette get traded, however, Morrow would be a huge asset. Even if his minutes are limited somewhat by Maggette, Morrow will help your percentages. In his two-year career, he's shooting 48.3 percent from the field, 88.7 from the line and 46 percent on 3s.

Good luck, and happy trading.

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