On the Rise: Amar’e, Bass, and Burks

pickupThis week’s feature comes a day early, mainly because I can’t contain my excitement over these pickups.

Amar’e Stoudemire:


I swooped him up last night after seeing him play his first back-to-back games this season in splendid fashion. Of course there’s concerns he might violently thrash himself against substantially impenetrable objects and bleed out profusely at any given moment, but aside from that he seems like a safe bet. He’s been solid lately, and if he keeps his scoring and rebounding numbers up, you could see him average 20 fantasy points per game. He looks like the real deal, people! He’s the shining beacon of hope on a sinking ship. Remember how he, Carmelo, and J.R. Smith were supposed to be New York’s BIG THREE? Probably not, because they have sucked so damn hard lately. But the dude can get you points and is only owned in 16.8% of leagues.

Next up is a guy I’ve had for a while, but whom people are just now coming around to.

Brandon Bass:


Dude’s been killin’ it ever since Kelly Olynyk got hurt, and he is averaging better in every category, so I see no reason why his role should change when Olynyk gets healthy once again. Here’s his fantasy point totals over the last two weeks: 21; 19; 22; 24; 12; 20; 27; 24; 19; and 30. He has at least 8 boards in eight of those outings and three double-doubles in that span. I’m not sure I could provide you with any other major incentives. Oh wait, I can. Last night, his best fantasy game yet, he scored 30 fantasy points on 17 points and 12 boards, his second double-double in a row. He’s only owned in 49% of leagues, and you’d be crazy not to add him.

Last but not least.

Alec Burks:


The Jazz are pretty terrible right now, but the third-year guard may have finally hit his stride, averaging 49% shooting form the field. A bit of a longshot here, but I have a butt ton of forwards and was in need of a good guard since I let Gerald Henderson go for Kosta Koufos. His last three games have seen him go 16; 18; and 18 in fantasy points, and he is finally demonstrating some stability in his scoring. He doesn’t do much else, but guards seem to be really scarce right now, and he’s only owned in 27.8% of ESPN standard leagues.


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