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Wired: Hot NBA Pickups Week 17

by Steve Alexander
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Week 17 Schedule: Games Played




2 Games: SAS


Disclaimer: Don’t burn your pickups early this week. The trade deadline is on Thursday and you’ll want to save them for the big winners of deals that go down. I’m in some leagues where we’re limited to two add/drops per week, and I know it’s going to take a lot of self-restraint to hold off on using them until the deals start happening. Follow me on Twitter right here!


Point Guards


Terry Rozier Celtics 48 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues – Rozier will take a hit once Marcus Smart is back, but he’s going to miss another week and the Celtics play four times this week. He’s got a recent triple-double under his belt and is averaging 15.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.8 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting over his last five games. He should be owned in every fantasy league until he quiets down again.


Dejounte Murray Spurs 53% - Murray has hit double digits in rebounds in three of his last four games and is averaging 8.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 0.6 blocks on 46 percent shooting. He’s not going to get you many steals or 3-pointers, but he might be the best rebounding point guard in the entire NBA. And he’s going to start the rest of the way. Just keep in mind that the Spurs only play twice this week.


Andrew Harrison Grizzlies 16% - Mike Conley’s done and Harrison suddenly can shoot the basketball, hitting 47 percent over his last five. He’s averaging 14.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers in 29 minutes a game over that stretch. He probably won’t save your fantasy season, but he’s at least become a serviceable point guard.


Tomas Satoransky Wizards 20% - Wall isn’t going to be back for a couple months and Sato has outshined Tim Frazier thus far. Sato had a career-high 19 points with six dimes, two steals and three 3-pointers on 7-of-9 shooting on Saturday and is the point guard you want to own in Washington.


Fred VanVleet 6% - FVV has surpassed Delon Wright as the guy to own in Toronto and is averaging 12.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting.


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Shooting Guards


Josh Jackson Suns 41% - Jackson flipped the switch and has scored at least 18 points in six of his last seven games, and he had a career-high 23 points with three 3-pointers, a steal and a block on Sunday. Don’t even look at his numbers – just go pick him up, as he looks like the top guy to get this week.


Josh Hart Lakers 3% - Tyler Ennis was finally benched and Hart has started two straight games with Lonzo Ball still out with a knee injury. Hart is averaging 14.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.5 3-pointers over his last two games. He’ll take a hit when Ball is finally back, but I think there’s enough upside to pick him up in most leagues.


Reggie Bullock Pistons 25% - Bullock is averaging 15 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 3.2 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five. It looks like he’s going to have value the rest of the way for the Pistons.


Kyle Anderson Spurs 36% - Anderson’s not the most fun player to own but he gets steals and blocks, and is going to play heavy minutes with Kawhi Leonard’s lost season. Just know that if you only like players who score a lot of points, he’s probably not for you.


Wayne Selden Grizzlies 12% - Selden’s cooled off but I still like him. He’s at 12 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games and the Grizzlies should make a lot of deals by Thursday. The upside is enough to hold him.


Small Forwards


Danilo Gallinari Clippers 70% - Gallo had 24 & 9 on Saturday and 15 points in his first game back on Tuesday. He’s not available in many leagues, but should be owned until he gets hurt again.


Joe Ingles Jazz 64% - Jingles takes a hit with Rodney Hood back, but the Jazz still have the chance to make several trades. And Jingles has returned seventh-round value on the season, so he should still be owned everywhere.


Taurean Prince Hawks 54% - Say hello to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. On Monday and Wednesday, Prince hit 1-of-12 shots for three points in two games, without much else going on. On Friday and Sunday he hit 14-of-27 shots and eight 3-pointers for 44 points, 11 rebounds and three steals in two games. That’s the story of Prince’s season, but with the trade deadline looming on Thursday, I’m holding Prince everywhere I can.


Dillon Brooks Grizzlies 14% - Brooks has scored in double figures in six straight and is averaging 12.8 points, 4.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five. Young guys on bad teams is the key at this time of year and Brooks is exactly just that.


Stanley Johnson Pistons 20% - Stan the Man suddenly came to life four games ago and had a 26 & 10 double-double on Tuesday. Over his last four, he’s averaging 16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 3-pointers. I don’t know that I actually trust Johnson just yet, but he’s playing well enough for a four-game pickup this week.


Power Forwards


Jabari Parker Bucks 71% - He’s been back for two games and scored in double figures in each of them. He’s on a strict minutes count and could be a total bust, but he’s worth owning everywhere until we see what happens.


Markieff Morris Wizards 63% - He’s been killing it for a while now and is averaging 18.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five. It took a while for him to get going, but he’s rolling now.


Bobby Portis Bulls 47% - Portis double-doubled on Saturday, despite hitting just 3-of-13 shots, and is averaging 12.6 points, 9.6 boards, 1.0 steals and 0.6 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s shooting just 36 percent from the floor over that stretch, but with Nikola Mirotic now toiling in New Orleans, Portis is nearly a must-own player.


Trey Lyles Nuggets 36% - Lyles runs hot and cold and will take a hit once Paul Millsap is back and rolling, but the Mason Plumlee injury should keep Lyles relevant. He had 15 points, 10 boards, three assists and a 3-pointer in 25 minutes on Saturday and has been worth owning for over a month now.


John Collins Hawks 56% - The Hawks are still toying with us by failing to give him more than 25 minutes thus far, but the whole team is for sale or trade and Collins (and Taurean Prince) aren’t going anywhere.




Jarrett Allen Nets 44% - While John Collins continues to be stifled by the Hawks, the Nets have finally set Allen free. Over his last five he’s averaging 14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks while shooting a ridiculous 79 percent from the floor. He’s also hit 86 percent of his free throws over that stretch and is only going to get better. Go get him.


Boban Marjanovic Clippers 26% - Boban got a DNP in his second straight game for the Clippers on Saturday, which isn’t much different than the treatment he was getting in Detroit. But with DeAndre Jordan on the trading block and the fact that Boban only needs 20 minutes a night to be awesome, he should be held until we see what happens on Thursday.


Ed Davis Blazers 19% - Davis isn’t exactly a game changer, but he’s a good rebounder and is blocking shots. He’s averaging 9.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.0 blocks over his last five games. And just like Jarrett Allen and Dwight Powell, he rarely misses shots.


Dwight Powell Mavericks 6% - Powell has been starting for the Mavs and had 17 points and nine boards with a steal in 31 minutes on Saturday. He’ll always have one of the best field goal percentages in the league, won’t hurt you anywhere (he doesn’t get to the line much) and has been stealing the ball. Powell’s at 8.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals over his last five, so he might be worth a look in your league if he sticks in the starting unit.


Kelly Olynyk & Bam Adebayo Heat 7% - Olynyk was big on Saturday with 19 points, eight boards, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in a start for Hassan Whiteside, but has been playing really well for the Heat, regardless of his role. He’s averaging 15.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games.


Bam is very intriguing, but fired up a highly disappointing four points and five boards in a start against the Pistons on Saturday. He went off for 15 points, 13 boards and six dimes on Friday, but James Johnson came back to life on Saturday, limiting Bam’s output. I love Adebayo, but Olynyk’s a stronger add right now.

Steve Alexander

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for NBC Sports Edge and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2020-21 NBA season marks (at least) his 20th year of covering fantasy hoops for NBC Sports. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.