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Waiver Wired

NBA Wired: Top Pickups Week 12

by Steve Alexander
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

The Hawks and Nets play just one game this week, while the Pistons only go twice. Try to find alternatives if you play in a weekly lineup league.


Games Played for Week 12




2 Games - DET

1 Game – ATL, BRK


Point Guards


Brian Roberts NOP 16% owned in Yahoo! leagues


Despite seeing a big boost in minutes after Jrue Holiday went down, Roberts hasn’t produced much more than he was when coming off the bench two games ago. His shot hasn’t been falling, but when it does the production should follow. He was just 2-of-10 for seven points on Saturday, but also had eight assists and two steals in 31 minutes. Ignore what he’s done thus far and look forward to good things, at least as long as Holiday is out with his right leg injury.


D.J. Augustin CHI 16%


Augustin continues to come off the bench behind Kirk Hinrich, but is also outplaying him on most nights. He blew up on Saturday for 20 points, 12 assists, a block, a steal and a 3-pointer in 35 minutes, and has handed out seven or more assists in three of his last four games. And with a boost in confidence after Saturday’s explosion, he should only get better.


Shaun Livingston BRK 11%


Livingston has been starting at shooting guard and had scored in double figures in three straight games before scoring eight on Saturday. He’s played more than 30 minutes in six straight games and is even more valuable when Deron Williams is out, like he is right now with an ankle injury. He’s been doing everything except hitting 3-pointers, and is averaging 10.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.2 blocks in his six January games. Williams won’t travel with the Nets to London, meaning Livingston could be in store for another solid week. Unfortunately, the Nets only play one in this one.


Norris Cole MIA 4%


Cole makes the list due to Mario Chalmers dealing with an Achilles injury that kept him out of action over the past week. Cole had 18 points, seven assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in 52 minutes of Friday’s overtime loss against the Nets. He’s not a must-own player by any means, but he could come in handy in very deep leagues, while he also makes for good Chalmers insurance.


Jerryd Bayless BOS 3%


Bayless had 12 points, six assists and a steal on Saturday and has been playing about 20 minutes a night for Boston. He’s strictly deep league material, but should be a good source of assists, steals and 3-pointers, with the occasional 15-point night.


Shooting Guards


Gerald Green PHX 50%


Green’s value got a big boost when it was announced that Eric Bledsoe would have knee surgery, and Green is worthy of owning in almost any league. He’s scored in double figures in five straight games and is averaging 16.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting over that stretch. And it’s possible that he’s even better than that in the upcoming weeks.


Randy Foye DEN 47%


I don’t know how or why Foye’s switch got flipped, but he went from being a pretty bad starter, then an invisible figure on the Denver bench, and now one of the hottest starting shooting guards in the league. He’s scored in double figures in eight straight games and is averaging 18.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.8 steals and a whopping 4.0 3-pointers per game while hitting 55 percent of his shots in his last five games. It’s anyone’s guess as to when he’ll cool off, but for now, Foye looks like a must-own player to me.


Terrence Ross TOR 26%


Ross still hasn’t really blown up like I expected him to, but he is a 3-point specialist and is getting 32 minutes a game. His season high in scoring is 24 and he’s averaging 11.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 3.0 3-pointers over his last five, but is hitting just 36 percent of his shots over that stretch. The good news is I doubt he can play much worse than he has been and as long as he keeps the starting job, he should continue to light it up from downtown.


Wes Johnson LAL 10%


Johnson has been playing better lately, hitting double digits in four of his last five games, and is averaging 10.8 points, 1.2 steals and 1.4 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting. He’s not doing much rebounding or assisting, but is capable of blocking the occasional shot, and is a better rebounder than he has been recently. Given how banged up and thin the Lakers are, Johnson should continue to play well as long as he’s starting.


Marcus Thornton SAC 41%


Thornton’s play certainly hasn’t done anything to make us want to pick him up, as he’s scored three or fewer points in three of his last four games. But he’s been starting at shooting guard and could get hot at any time. Maybe the Kings are showcasing him for a trade, or maybe they’re just trying to get him going. Either way, he’s simply a better player than he has been this season and it could just be a matter of time before he gets it going. If you want to stash him in hopes of it happening, it’s probably not a bad idea, as long as you don’t have to put him in your lineup right now.


Small Forwards


C.J. Miles CLE 26%


Miles is officially hot, scoring in double figures in six of his last seven games, and is averaging 21.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 3.6 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s shooting a blistering 54 percent from both the field and downtown, and hit 10 3-pointers last Tuesday night. Like Foye, Miles flipped the switch and looks like a must-own player right now.


James Johnson MEM 13%


Johnson has some scoring issues, and has been in single figures in four of his last five games, but is doing a little bit of everything. He’s averaging 6.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.4 blocks and 0.4 3-pointers over that stretch. He’s in a timeshare with Tayshaun Prince and his lack of scoring makes him a little tough to own, but he’s getting solid minutes and produces in nearly all categories, making him at least worth a look in all leagues.


Corey Brewer MIN 29%


Brewer appeared to be heating up after scoring 15 points in three straight games, but hit just 2-of-3 shots for four points on Friday. He’s playing over 30 minutes per game and should continue to see heavy minutes, despite the return of Chase Budinger, and I’m guessing Friday night was a fluke. He can help you with steals and 3-pointers, and is shooting 54 percent from the field over his last five games. However, he’s also hitting just 55 percent of his free throws over that stretch, so think twice before picking him up if you want to preserve your team’s shooting from the line.


DeMarre Carroll ATL 18%


Carroll is still starting for the Hawks and is helped by the fact Al Horford’s done for the season. Carroll hit just 1-of-9 shots for five points on Friday, but had scored in double figures in four straight games prior to that one. He’s averaging 35.4 minutes, 9.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games, meaning he’s worth a look in most leagues.


Quincy Miller 0%


Miller started for Wilson Chandler on Saturday and blew up for 16 points, 11 rebounds, a steal and two blocks, and missed all six of his 3-point attempts. He wasn’t doing much prior to that random start, but could continue to get some run since the Nuggets are going to play it safe and conservatively with Chandler’s hip injury. It could be a short run, but Miller is worth a look any time Chandler’s out.


Power Forwards


Terrence Jones HOU 47%


Jones has been starting at power forward for most of the season (after the Omer Asik experiment died) and has played very well. He’s averaging 12.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over his last 10 games, and I simply don’t understand why he’s not owned in more leagues.


Kris Humphries BOS 39%


Humps has displaced Jared Sullinger in the starting lineup, which may or may not last, and has been playing at a pretty high level. He missed a game with an ankle injury, but is healthy again and is averaging 11.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.3 blocks over his last four games. And as long as he’s getting 30 minutes a night, that kind of production should continue for the ex-Kardashian.


Taj Gibson CHI 42%


Despite Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer both being somewhat healthy and playing, Gibson continues to make noise for the Bulls. He’s scored in double digits in 11 of his last 12 games and is averaging 13.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks over his last 10 games. And if Boozer or Noah goes down, he’s only going to get better.


Mike Scott ATL 2%


Despite averaging just 18 minutes over his last five games, Scott is clocking in at 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over that stretch. He’ll get more minutes on Sunday with Pero Antic out and despite the lack of playing time, Scott’s playing well enough to be given a look in many leagues.


Ed Davis MEM 6%


Davis is sharing time with Jon Leuer off the Grizzlies bench and will take a hit once Marc Gasol is back from his knee injury. Davis is averaging 10.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 1.2 blocks over his last five games and has been getting 23 minutes per game. Gasol could be back in the next couple weeks, but Davis should get plenty of run until it happens.




Jared Sullinger BOS 41%


I gave up on Sullinger after he was benched and was surprised to see him go nuts on Friday and Saturday, when he posted a pair of double-doubles. He saw 19 or fewer minutes in his previous three games, but is averaging 30 minutes of action over his last two. In those two games he’s averaging 17.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 15-of-31 shooting. He could struggle with consistency while coming off the bench, but played well enough over the weekend to be picked up in all leagues if he was dropped in yours.


Andrea Bargnani NYK 63%


Bargnani has been hit or miss all year, but I still think he’s worth hanging onto. He’s scored in double digits in four straight games and is averaging 12.4 points and 6.8 rebounds over his last five games, and has the ability to hit 3-pointers, block shots and steal the ball. He’s not a traditional center and hasn’t exactly been killing it, but can still help you win at fantasy, especially when he gets hot.


Samuel Dalembert DAL 40%


I have no idea how Dalembert is owned in 40 percent of leagues, but he’s suddenly relevant again after being benched a week ago. He started and played 23 minutes on Saturday, finishing with four points and nine rebounds, and had nine points, eight boards and three blocks on Friday. The Mavs play musical centers with Dalembert, DeJuan Blair and Brandan Wright, so it’s impossible to guess how long Sammy D will be relevant, but for now, he looks like the safest of the three to own.


Jason Smith NOP 8%


Smith started on Saturday and lasted just 19 minutes before fouling out, finishing with 10 points and seven rebounds. He’s averaging 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in his four games since returning from an injury, but with Ryan Anderson out indefinitely with a back injury, Smith should hold some value as long as he sticks in the starting five.


Pero Antic ATL 9%


Antic missed Sunday’s game due to back spasms, but has been getting enough run to be given some fantasy love in many leagues. He plays more like Andrea Bargnani than Dwight Howard, and is averaging 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.4 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games. If you need threes or a center, he’s at least worth a look once his back is healthy again.




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Steve Alexander

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2020-20 NBA season marks (at least) his 20th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.