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Wired: Hot NBA Pickups Week 24

by Jared Johnson
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Games Played Week 24






2 Games: TOR


Point Guards


Cameron Payne (Bulls, 16%) – Payne has played quite well since entering the starting lineup, and with Kris Dunn (toe) still in a walking boot and not traveling with the team for their four-game road trip, Payne looks locked in as Chicago’s starter for at least the next four games. Since entering the starting five, Payne has produced averages of 11.0 points, 6.2 assists, 1.8 treys and just 1.6 turnovers per game on 40.4% shooting from the field and 80.0% from the stripe, and with four games next week he should be owned pretty much everywhere.


Trey Burke (Knicks, 11%) – Burke has been riding a hot streak over the past six with averages of 14.3 points, 4.0 assists, 1.8 triples, 0.7 steals and 1.7 turnovers per game on 55.6% shooting in 22.9 minutes a night. His minutes aren’t always consistent, but he’s capable of providing some low-end value when he gets playing time in the mid-20s. The Knicks are one of just 10 teams playing on Monday, so Burke could be someone to consider streaming with a favorable matchup against Charlotte.


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Fred VanVleet (Raptors, 15%) – The only problem with FVV is that the Raptors only have two games next week, but he could be someone to consider streaming on Tuesday with a favorable matchup against the Nuggets. Over the past six games, VanVleet has come through with averages of 12.3 points, 3.5 dimes, 2.7 triples, 1.0 steal and just 0.5 turnovers per contest on 48.2% shooting. He’s a really hot-and-cold shooter, but when his shot is dropping, he’s worth owning in most leagues.


John Wall (knee) (Wizards, 96%) – Wall will remain on the sidelines for Sunday’s game against the Knicks, but he was able to practice in full on Saturday, and he should only need a few more of those before he can return to the court. I’m not confident he’ll be able to get back out there for Tuesday’s game against the Spurs, but if he gets in a few more full-contact practices between now and Wednesday, there’s a chance Wall could make it back to the court for Thursday’s game in Detroit. He’s probably not going to help you much if your Finals begin at Week-24, but he could be useful in leagues that go to the bitter end. If you feel confident in coming out on top of Week-24s matchup, stashing Wall is an option.


Dejounte Murray (Spurs, 41%) – Murray won’t do much for you in the way of points and triples, but his elite production in the steals department, partnered with solid contributions in boards and dimes makes him worth owning in most scenarios. As a starter this season, Murray owns averages of 9.9 points, 3.6 assists, 7.1 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.0 turnovers per game on 45.7% shooting.


Patty Mills (Spurs, 16%) – Mills has played really well over the past six games, churning out averages of 12.8 points, 1.8 triples, 3.0 assists and just 1.0 turnover per game on 40.3% shooting. He’ll be someone to consider streaming on Thursday (five games played) for those seeking to bridge the gap in the 3-point department.


Quinn Cook (Warriors, 28%) – Stephen Curry was diagnosed with a Grade 2 MCL sprain on Saturday, and with the playoffs just three weeks away and the timetable of this sort of injury in the six-week range, there’s really no way Curry will play again during the regular season. That means Cook is locked in as the starter moving forward, and he’ll continue to operate with a robust usage rate while Klay Thompson (thumb) and Kevin Durant (ribs) are also out. Since entering the starting lineup, Cook has come through with averages of 15.1 points, 2.1 triples, 3.3 boards, 2.6 dimes, 0.7 steals and 1.7 turnovers per contest on 51.9% shooting. So yeah, he’s must-own, particularly with four games on the slate next week.


Andrew Harrison (Grizzlies, 11%) – The Grizzlies are another one of the teams playing on Monday’s light night (5 games), and with Tyreke Evans’ (personal) status up in the air for Monday night, Harrison could be very busy on offense. Per nbawowy.com, when Evans (along with all the other usual injured Grizzlies) has been off the floor this season, Harrison’s usage spikes to 23.7. He won’t do much for you in the defensive categories, but he tends to be a reliable source of points and dimes, so he’ll be another guy to consider streaming on Monday.


Shooting Guards


Gary Harris (Nuggets, 67%) – Harris still doesn’t have an official timetable, but Mike Malone said on Wednesday that in a “best case scenario” he could be back by Monday or Tuesday. However, another update on Friday revealed that Harris still hasn’t done much running, so getting back out there for Monday’s game does feel like a bit of a long shot. Still, the Nuggets do have four games next week, and there’s a chance Harris could get back for 2-3 of those. It’s tough to stash injured players at this point in the season, but if you’re confident in your next matchup, you could make the case for tucking Harris away and hoping for the best. If you’ve got an open IR-spot, he needs to be owned, obviously.


Corey Brewer (Thunder, 31%) – Brewer has been crushing it in the steals department since entering the starting five in OKC, producing averages of 12.4 points, 3.5 boards, 1.5 triples, 1.5 dimes, 0.6 turnovers and an elite 2.5 steals per contest on 46.4% shooting. The only problem here is that the Thunder only have three games next week, with their first game not coming until Thursday. If he’s sitting on your wire and your Finals begin at Week-24, I’d try and hold off on adding him until Tuesday or Wednesday, but if your playoff period extends past Week-24 he absolutely needs to be owned.


Nick Young (Warriors, 19%) – Young is going to be very involved in the Dubs offense while Klay Thompson (thumb), Kevin Durant (ribs) and Stephen Curry (knee) are on the sidelines, and since entering the starting five he’s come through with averages of 15.8 points, 2.7 triples, 1.2 assists and 1.0 turnover per game on 39.5% shooting. He’s not always efficient, and he won’t do much for you aside from hit triples and score, but he’s proficient enough in those categories to warrant ownership in deep leagues.


Wayne Ellington (Heat, 27%) – Ellington is another guy who can serve as a 3-point specialist. Over the past few weeks he’s put in averages of 15.0 points, 4.0 trey-bombs, 1.3 dimes, 0.8 steals and 0.8 turnovers per game on 41.7% shooting.


Jeremy Lamb (Hornets, 49%) – Nicolas Batum (Achilles) is likely done for the year, so Lamb should close out the season as Charlotte’s starting two-man. With averages of 15.8 points, 1.6 triples, 5.7 boards, 3.3 assists and 1.9 turnovers per game as a starter this season, he’s worth owning in all leagues.


Caris LeVert (Nets, 40%) – LeVert isn’t the most consistent guy out there, but he’s been hot over the past 10 games, flirting with top-75 value behind averages of 15.2 points, 4.2 dimes, 1.8 triples, 1.3 steals and just 1.5 turnovers per contest on 47.9% shooting. The only problem is that the Nets only have three games next week, with the first one not coming until Wednesday, although they do have a game on a light Saturday night (five games).


Yogi Ferrell (Mavericks, 17%) – Ferrell seemingly couldn’t miss during Saturday’s narrow loss to the Hornets, going 7-of-10 from the field and 1-of-2 from the stripe on his way to 16 points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, tow assists, two steals, one block and one turnover in 24 minutes off the bench. Since Wesley Matthews (leg) went down for the year, Ferrell has seen his usage rate rise to 21.5 (up from 16.6) and he’s responded with averages of 12.4 points, 3.4 assists, 1.3 triples, 0.9 steals and just 0.7 turnovers per game on 43.0% shooting. He’s worth a look in deep leagues.


Small Forwards


Brandon Ingram (Lakers, 67%) – Ingram missed his 11th consecutive game on Saturday with the groin injury, but he was able to go through shootaround and said he’s hopeful that he’ll be able to get back out there for Monday’s game against the Pistons. If he is able to get back out there on Monday, there’s a chance he could play in all four games given there won’t be any back-to-back sets, so for those currently in a bye-week you might want to think about snatching Ingram up. If you’re capped on moves this week, pay close attention to our player news page on Monday morning, as we should get another update following shootaround.


Shabazz Muhammad (Bucks, 1%) – As I’m writing this, Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) is being listed as a game-time call for Sunday’s matchup with the Spurs. If The Greek Freak gets back out there, Muhammad will be irrelevant, but he put up 21 points, five boards, two triples, three dimes, two steals and one block in 20 minutes off the bench on Friday with Antetokounmpo unavailable; so he’ll be someone to consider streaming on Sunday if Giannis is out.


Denzel Valentine (Bulls, 38%) – Kris Dunn (toe) and Zach LaVine (knee) aren’t traveling with the team on their four-game road trip, so Valentine should continue to soak up heavy minutes while seeing plenty of opportunity on the offensive end. Valentine is maddeningly inconsistent, but the explosions are fun. Over the past five, Valentine has been pumping out averages of 18.0 points, 4.0 boards, 3.4 assists, 3.6 trey-bombs, 1.6 steals, 0.6 swats and 1.8 turnovers per game on 49.3% shooting. He could prove to be very useful in Chicago’s upcoming four-game week.


Nemanja Bjelica (Timberwolves, 37%) – Jimmy Butler (knee) still doesn’t have a clear return date, so Bjelica will continue to log heavy minutes in Minnesota. Since entering the starting five, Bjelica has produced averages of 12.3 points, 7.5 boards, 1.9 treys, 2.3 dimes, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.5 turnovers per game on 49.1% shooting.


Kyle Anderson (Spurs, 29%) – Slow Mo isn’t the most exciting guy to own, but his ability to rack up the defensive stats at an elite level is what drives his value, and I’m not expecting Kawhi Leonard (quad) back anytime soon to mess around with his minutes. He’s been a sneaky top-75 guy all year long with averages of 7.9 points, 5.6 boards, 2.8 dimes, 1.6 steals, 0.8 swats and just 1.4 turnovers per game on 52.1% shooting.


Kelly Oubre (Wizards, 37%) – Oubre can be hit-or-miss, but he’s been riding a major hot streak over the past three game, pumping out averages of 17.3 points, 2.7 treys, 1.7 dimes, 1.7 steals, 1.0 block and just 1.0 turnover per game on 51.3% shooting. He’s certainly worth owning in most leagues with four games in Week-24.


Mario Hezonja (Magic, 13%) – Jonathon Simmons (wrist) and Jonathan Isaac (foot) did not play on Saturday, which allowed Mario Hezonja to earn another start and he finished with 14 points (4-of-7 FGs, 5-of-8 FTs), eight boards, four assists, four steals, two swats, one 3-pointer and three turnovers through 39 minutes as a starter. This stat line does come with a slight asterisk as he did it against the Suns, and the problem is that the Magic are off until Wednesday, so Simmons and Isaac could potentially get back for that one. However, if those guys are out again, Hezonja will be someone to consider streaming in deep leagues with another favorable matchup against Brooklyn.


Justise Winslow (Heat, 35%) – Winslow has been providing steady low-end value since the All-Star break with averages of 11.1 points, 5.7 boards, 2.7 assists, 1.3 triples, 1.3 steals, 0.7 blocks and just 0.9 turnovers per game on 47.1% shooting from the field and 51.6% from the stripe. He only get to the line 2.1 times a game, so the poor free throw shooting doesn’t hurt you much, and he’s played well enough to warrant ownership in most leagues.


Dillon Brooks (Grizzlies, 24%) – Brooks is coming off a rough two games, but in the nine games prior to this mini cold streak, Brooks was pumping out averages of 18.8 points, 2.2 triples, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.1 turnovers per game on 47.0% shooting from the field and 89.3% from the stripe. The Grizzlies have four games this week, and a Monday game, so he could be someone to roll the dice on to begin Week-24.


Power Forwards


Ryan Anderson (Rockets, 34%) – Anderson saw meaningful minutes in the rotation on Saturday with Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) unavailable and finished with 16 points, four triples, four boards, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover in 34 minutes off the bench. He’ll be rested on Sunday with it being the second game of a back-to-back, but the Rockets don’t have any back-to-backs next week, so Ryno should be good for all three games. He’s more of a deep league streamer for those seeking a boost in triples.


Michael Beasley (Knicks, 46%) Beasley has been scoring at an incredibly efficient rate over the past nine games, rocking a 61.9 true shooting percentage to go with averages of 14.4 points, 6.9 boards, 2.7 dimes, 0.6 treys, 0.4 steals and 1.8 turnovers per game. He’s seen some increased opportunity with Lance Thomas (personal) away from the team, and he should be owned in most leagues while he’s this hot.


John Collins (Hawks, 38%) played well in his return from a two-game absence on Friday, and while he did tweak the same left ankle that kept him out the past two games, he played through it and finished with nine points, seven boards, one block and one turnover in 32 minutes. If he was cut when he went down, he’s a solid, low-end big to scoop up.




John Henson (Bucks, 34%) He’s probably been on this list all year long, and I don’t know why. Sure, he’s not the most exciting guy to own, but he’s got a steady floor and consistently provides stats in the shot blocking department. He should be owned in most than 34% of Yahoo! Leagues.


Jarrett Allen (Nets, 23%) – Allen has been a shot blocking dynamo over the past five games, pumping out averages of 7.6 points, 6.8 boards and 2.8 swats per contest on 48.0% shooting from the field and 87.5% from the stripe. He’s must-own in deep leagues and worth a long look in most formats.


Greg Monroe (Celtics, 47%) Since Kyrie Irving (knee) hit the sidelines, Monroe’s usage has jumped to 27.9 and he’s responded with averages of 14.4 points, 7.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.2 blocks and 3.4 turnovers per game on 58.8% shooting from the field and 80.0% from the stripe, which has been good enough for sixth-round value in 9-cat leagues. He needs to be owned right now.


Alex Len (Suns, 22%) – Tyson Chandler is getting shutdown, paving the way for a consistent mid-20 role for Len. Over the past five, Len has put in averages of 11.2 points, 8.6 boards and 1.2 blocks per game on 63.6% shooting. He’s inconsistent, but with Chandler done, he should be able to sustain some low-end value in deep leagues.


Nerlens Noel (Mavericks, 40%) – Noel had one of his best games of the season on Saturday, racking up 10 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, four steals, one block and one turnover in 27 minutes off the bench. The Mavs have a four-game week coming up, although with there being a Tuesday-Wednesday back-to-back set being mixed in there, Noel might only play in three games next week. Still, he’s been racking up elite steals numbers (2.8) over the past few weeks to go with averages of 6.8 points, 7.8 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks per game on 57.1% shooting, so he’s certainly worth owning in deep leagues.


*ownership percentages based off Yahoo! Leagues

Jared Johnson

A hoops fanatic, Jared Johnson has been a member of the NBC Sports Edge team since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @Jae_Tha_Truth, and feel free to send him your questions regarding trades, draft strategies and all things fantasy basketball.