Week 3 Schedule: Games Played
5 Games: POR, PHI
4 Games: ATL, BKN, CHI, DEN, IND, LAL, MIN, NOP, NYK, SAC, SAS, TOR
3 Games: BOS, CHA, CLE, DAL, DET, GSW, HOU, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, OKC, ORL, PHX, UTA, WAS
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I’ve got some kid baseball commitments bright, early and freezing on Sunday morning, so Wired is coming to you a little earlier this week. The numbers included below are through Friday’s games.
The Blazers and Sixers both play five times this week, so in addition to the guys listed below, some others you might want to look at if the number of games played each week matter include: Markelle Fultz, T.J. McConnell, Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless, Nik Stauskas and Evan Turner.
Cameron Payne Bulls 28 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues – Over his last four games, Payne is averaging 14.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.3 3-pointers while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor. Kris Dunn is going to be out for some time, so Payne looks like an automatic pickup this week. He has four games this week.
Ish Smith Pistons 25% – Through four games he’s averaging 14.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 3-pointers on 59 percent shooting. He’s yet to have a steal, but they should be coming, and he’s going to be on the floor a lot, both backing up Reggie Jackson, as well as playing alongside him. Smith only plays three times this week.
Bryn Forbes Spurs 20% – He’s averaging 14.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.0 3-pointers through four games, and Derrick White is still not ready to play. He should be good for at least one more four-game week starting on Monday.
Derrick Rose Timberwolves 53% – Rose is averaging 16.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting over his last five games, although his best came on a day of Jimmy Butler rest. Josh Okogie is also worth a look, but Rose is probably the better option as long as he’s healthy. The Wolves go four times this week.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Clippers 24% – Through five games he’s averaging 8.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.4 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting. He hasn’t overtaken Patrick Beverley yet, but it feels like it may happen at some point. He’s not going to set the world on fire with his scoring, but he’s got a high ceiling and is going to be owned in a lot more leagues by Christmas. He’s only got three games this week.
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Josh Hart Lakers 79% – He’s averaging 15.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting after five games. The Lakers suspensions are getting ready to end soon, but Hart is going to have a big role in this rotation, whether he’s starting or coming off the bench. He’s a must-own player, in my opinion. Hart and the Lakers play four times this week.
Rodney McGruder Heat 64% – He’s averaging 15.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers on 54 percent shooting over his last five, but he’s been brilliant over his last three, averaging 19.3 points and 3.3 3-pointers on 65 percent shooting. Like Hart, I think McGruder has become a must-own player, even when the rest of his teammates get healthy. Unfortunately, he’s only got three games this week.
Wesley Matthews Mavericks 54% – Through five games he’s averaging 19.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 3.6 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting. I slept on him pretty hard, mainly because he’s pretty old, but he’s been really great at scoring and hitting 3-pointers thus far. The Mavs have just three games this week.
Danny Green Raptors 62% – With five-game averages of 11.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting, it appears that Green is en route to returning to form. I own him in several leagues and we’re far enough in that I think he’s going to be able to sustain his value this season. Green and the Raps go four times in Week 3.
Monte Morris Nuggets 15% – Morris had 20 points, seven dimes, three steals and two 3-pointers on Thursday, and scored 11 with seven assists on Tuesday, and had nine points, six boards and four assists last Sunday. He’s not a must-own player and I’m not even sure how he’s playing this well, but with the loss of Will Barton (hip), it looks like Morris is the guy who’s going to step up on most nights. Morris plays four times this week.
Bonus: Because so many of the SGs are owned in so many leagues, I’ll throw Portland’s Nik Stauskas in here, especially with his five-game week coming. He’s only owned in 17% of leagues in Yahoo!, but is averaging 11.5 points, 3.3 boards, 2.3 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks and 2.3 3-pointers per game on 47 percent shooting. And he hasn’t missed a free throw this season. Others to consider include Joe Harris, Lance Stephenson, Evan Turner, Marco Belinelli, Frank Ntilikina, J.J. Barea, George Hill and Reggie Bullock.
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Jonathan Isaac Magic 76% – Isaac’s averaging 8.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s hit just 50 percent of his free throws, so be careful there, but he’s also played very well in his last two games. He’s probably going to get better and better with each passing week. Isaac’s only got three games this week.
Damyean Dotson Knicks 22% – After not playing in the opener, Dotson’s been on a tear, averaging 14 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last four games. He’s also hitting just 50 percent of his free throws, but he’s a low-volume shooter, so he shouldn’t hurt you too bad there. He looks like the big winner in the Kevin Knox injury sweepstakes. The Knicks play four games in Week 3.
Justin Holiday Bulls 26% – Holiday’s been quiet in his last two games, but scored in double digits in his first three games of the season, and should start to see some extra looks with Bobby Portis sidelined. He’s averaging 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 3-pointers in five games and is hitting 88 percent of his free throws. Holiday and the Bulls play four times in Week 3, and I bet he has a nice game on Saturday night.
Kelly Oubre Wizards 50% – Oubre’s averaging 15.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.4 3-pointers on the season, shooting 52 percent from the floor, but has been especially hot over his last three games. He’s averaging 20.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.7 3-pointers over that stretch. The Wizards only have three games in Week 3.
Iman Shumpert Kings 9% – He returned from his hip injury on Friday, but missed all four of his shots and failed to score. He did start and had six boards and a block in just 17 minutes. He had 12 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on Tuesday, and went off for 26 points, three boards, four assists, three steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers last Sunday. He could keep starting for the Kings, and if so, he’s going to stuff the stat sheet as long as he’s getting 25 minutes a night. The Kings have four games this week.
Nemanja Bjelica Kings 43% – Bjelica has now scored in double digits in four straight games and went off on Friday with 26 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and six 3-pointers. Over his last four games he’s averaging 14.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.5 3-pointers on 62 percent shooting. I keep thinking Marvin Bagley’s going to steal his job, but that’s not going to happen anytime soon if Bjelica keeps doing this. The Kings play four times in Week 3.
Jae Crowder Jazz 52% – Crowder’s averaging 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 39 percent shooting through four games. He’s closing games over Derrick Favors, who is also dealing with knee problems. I’d rather own Crowder over Favors at this point, but the Jazz only have three games this week.
Noah Vonleh Knicks 4% - Vonleh started on Friday and was already putting up great per-36 minutes averages. If the minutes continue to bump up, he’ll quickly build on his averages of 7.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.7 blocks. He’s shooting 56 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the line, and the Knicks play four times in Week 3.
Trey Lyles Nuggets 9% – Lyles has scored in double figures in his last two games with Will Barton (hip) out of the lineup and is averaging 8.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals in five games this season. The blocks and 3-pointers haven’t come yet, but they should be arriving soon. Monte Morris may end up having more value, but Lyles is a more proven asset. The Nuggets play four times in Week 3.
Zach Collins Blazers 26% – Collins had 17 points, six boards, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers on Thursday, in just 18 minutes, and is averaging 11.2 points, 6.4 boards, 0.8 steals, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers on 68 percent shooting through five games. He’s getting 22 minutes a night, but if he keeps playing like this, that number should go up. And with five games in Week 3, he looks like a no-brainer.
Montrezl Harrell Clippers 60% – Harrell went crazy on Friday with 30 points, six boards, two steals and two blocks, and his two best games of the season have come against the Rockets, his former team. He’s averaging 13.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.2 blocks on 61 percent shooting after five games, and is quickly making Marcin Gortat a thing of the past. I’m mad that I didn’t use him in DFS on Friday, but I’m thrilled that I grabbed him everywhere I could last week. The Clips and Harrell only play three times this week.
Taj Gibson Timberwolves 54% - Gibson is averaging 10.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.0 blocks. He’s not the most exciting player around, but he’s putting up effective numbers while Karl-Anthony Towns continues to frustrate his owners. Gibson won’t hurt you anywhere and the Wolves play four times in Week 3.
Cody Zeller Hornets 12% – Zeller has scored 14 in two straight games and is averaging 9.8 points, 6.6 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and is shooting 59 percent from the floor over his last five. I shied away from all Hornets centers, but Zeller is clearly the best of the bunch at this point. Unfortunately, he only goes three times in Week 3.
Ed Davis Nets 6% – Through five games, Davis is averaging 6.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 0.6 blocks on 57 percent shooting in 18 minutes a game. His scoring will be a buzzkill, but if he starts getting more minutes, the numbers will follow. The Nets have a four-game slate in Week 3.
Dwight Powell Mavericks 17% – Powell has gotten progressively worse since the season started, but is averaging 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks after five games, shooting a ridiculous 78 percent from the floor in just under 16 minutes a night. Dallas plays just three games in Week 3.