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NBA Waiver Wire: Pickups of the Week

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Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for close to 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, and the NFL for, including serving as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' beat writer. He has previously written for and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports.


Beno Udrih, G, DET -
After long stretches of being out of the rotation this season, Udrih is relevant again with Reggie Jackson apparently in coach Stan Van Gundy's doghouse. The veteran guard has played between 12 and 21 minutes in the last five games, and although he was held scoreless in the 12-minute outing, he's averaged 8.5 points (on 56 percent shooting), 5.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals over the last four contests. Udrih has proven capable of solid scoring contributions over his long career such as when he posted four consecutive seasons of double-digit point totals between the 2007-08 and 2011-12 campaigns and could be a Hail Mary for those in need of points in deeper formats as the season winds down.

Aaron Brooks, G, IND - Brooks has four double-digit scoring efforts in his last five games and is averaging 9.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 made three-pointers over that span. His minutes have fluctuated throughout the season behind Jeff Teague, but given his role and his past offensive prowess (four double-digit scoring campaigns), he's worth a flyer for those desperate for some guard production in the waning days of the season.

Kris Dunn, G, MIN - Dunn is seeing plenty of run as the season winds down, as he's averaged 28.8 minutes over the last five games. He's posted a pair of double-digit scoring outings during that span and is averaging 8.8 points (on 54.3 percent shooting), 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.0 blocks in that stretch. While Ricky Rubio continues to log plenty of minutes, coach Tom Thibodeau is apparently willing to see what his 2016 first-round pick has to offer as the season winds down.

E'Twaun Moore, G, NOP - Moore is finding ways to generate solid production despite sharing the floor with the likes of Jrue Holiday, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, and he's averaging a career-high 9.7 points along with 2.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 made three-pointers on 45.6 percent shooting this season. He's enjoying an extended stretch of strong contributions off the bench, as he's averaging 9.9 points, 2.4 assists, 2.1 rebounds on 48.8 percent shooting over the last 10.


Spencer Dinwiddie, G, BRO -
We talked up Dinwiddie in early January, and his role has expanded since that point. He's averaged 8.0 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.1 rebounds across 24.5 minutes over the last 20 games and continues to enjoy a secure role behind Jeremy Lin at point guard.

Denzel Valentine, G, CHI - We first highlighted Valentine on Jan. 15 and his profile has continued to expand with Dwyane Wade's season-ending elbow injury. The rookie is averaging 9.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.4 made three-pointers per contest over the last 10 games. He's averaging 28.1 minutes per contest over that span along with six double-digit scoring efforts.

Nik Stauskas, G, PHI - We first brought Stauskas to light on Feb. 19 and he's been excellent since that point, with three outings of 20 more or points despite coming off the bench. He's averaged 10.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 made three-pointers during that 20-game stretch, along with a solid 17.5 percent usage rate. With his ability to fill out the stat sheet, he makes for an excellent multi-category producer.


Jared Dudley, F, PHO -
Dudley has turned it on the last 10 games, averaging 6.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists across 24 minutes per game. The veteran forward seems to have locked in a secure swath of playing time behind emerging rookie Marquese Chriss and can offer some serviceable production from three-point range as well.

Patrick Patterson, F, TOR - Patterson is always a good bet for some solid production off the bench, and he's averaged 7.0 points (on 46.2 percent shooting), 4.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.3 made three-pointers across 20.9 minutes over the last 10 games. The veteran is good for the occasional double-digit scoring effort and can contribute in the areas of rebounds, assists and three-pointers as well.


Kelly Oubre, Jr., F, WAS -
Oubre first caught our eye in late January, and although he's been through a few difficult stretches since then, he's bounced back nicely over the last five games. The 21-year-old has averaged 11.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals on an outstanding 61.5 percent shooting over that span while seeing an average of 24.8 minutes per contest. He's been outpacing fellow reserve Bojan Bogdanovic recently and can serve as a viable pick-up at this point in the season for those needing help across multiple categories.

Frank Kaminsky, F, CHA - Kaminsky was highlighted way back in December and has been outstanding since. The 7-footer has averaged 15.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists across 30.4 minutes since the All-Star break, which includes a stretch of games where he filled in for Cody Zeller at center due to the latter's quad injury. However, Kaminsky has remained very productive despite being back on the second unit since Feb. 28, as he's still sporting a 22.8 percent usage rate since that point.

Sam Dekker, F, HOU - Dekker got a mention in this space Dec. 31 and warrants a quick refresher now that Ryan Anderson has been ruled out for the next several games with his ankle injury. The 22-year-old has played between 15 and 24 minutes over the last four games and scored between five and eight points in three of them, while also hauling in between four and five rebounds in all four. Dekker's role isn't overly extensive, but he's currently seeing enough time to be of value for those in need of some scoring and rebounding.


Thomas Robinson, C/F, LAL -
After being out of the rotation for long stretches on multiple occasions this season, Robinson has emerged in the wake of Ivica Zubac's season-ending ankle injury. He's seen 14 and 22 minutes over the last two games and averaged 14.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 18 minutes over that span, and his role should be secure for what's left of the regular season. The 26-year-old can be deployed at either forward or center and has flashed solid upside over limited playing time in the past, making him a viable option.


Brandan Wright, C/F, MEM -
We extoled the virtues of Wright back on Feb. 19 and he's currently back in the spotlight due to Marc Gasol's multi-game absence due to a foot injury. Wright has averaged 9.0 points and 3.0 rebounds across 22.5 minutes over the last four and has been generally solid since we first highlighted him, as he boasts averages of 7.3 points and 2.9 rebounds over the last 20 games overall.

Richaun Holmes, C, PHI - Holmes was first in our crosshairs back on Feb. 25 and he's thrived since then, averaging 15.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks over the last 10 games. The 23-year-old had been seeing extended time due to Jahlil Okafor's (knee) frequent absences, and now that the latter is out for the season, Holmes' production should only go up.

Tarik Black, Larry Nance, Jr., C, LAL We initially talked up Black on Jan. 7 and Nance on Feb. 12, and with Ivica Zubac's season-ending ankle injury transpiring this past week, they both deserve another quick mention. Nance drew the start against the Clippers on Saturday and provided eight points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals over 23 minutes. However, Black has also been seeing additional minutes and he's proven capable of producing off the bench, so both players are solid options at this point.

Montrezl Harrell, C, HOU - Harrell was initially mentioned back on Dec. 31 and he's posted double-digit point totals in four of the last five games he's seen action in. That's led to averages of 9.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks on 76.9 percent shooting, rendering him an appealing nab off the wire in deep formats.

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