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Wired NBA's Top Pickups

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

Games Played Week 20

 

5 Games - NYK

4 Games – ATL, BOS, CHI, DEN, DET, GSW, LAC, MEM, MIL, MIN, ORL, PHX, SAC

3 Games – BRK, CHA, CLE, HOU, IND, LAL, MIA, NOP, OKC, PHI, POR, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS

2 Games – DAL

 

With the Knicks having five games this week, guys like Tim Hardaway Jr. (injured?), Langston Galloway, Cole Aldrich and Jason Smith could all be factors.

 

Point Guards

 

Isaiah Canaan Sixers 29 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues – Canaan got off to a very rough start in Philly and then it looked like he might lose his job to Ish Smith. Out of nowhere, he finally heated up and has scored 12 or more points in four straight games, including a 31-point gem on Wednesday, that included eight 3-pointers, seven rebounds and six assists. It’s time.

 

Rodney Stuckey Pacers 52% - Stuckey is rolling, averaging 15.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, a steal and 1.2 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting over his last five games. As long as he’s healthy, he looks good to go, but the return of Paul George could negatively impact him at some point.

 

Jordan Clarkson Lakers 32% - Despite Jeremy Lin playing well and the Lakers being a mess in general, Clarkson is playing well, and had 25 points and six dimes on Friday night. He’s averaging 16.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five, but also has just one steal in those games. The best news is that he’s shooting 51 percent over that stretch.

 

Dennis Schroder Hawks 10% - The Hawks rested some starters on Saturday and it cost them in a loss to the lowly Sixers. Jeff Teague played in that one, yet Schroder still managed 16 points, six assists, a block and a 3-pointer, and has scored 15 or 16 points in each of his last four games. And with Mike Budenholzer using his own ‘Pop’ rules, Schroder probably has a few more starts in his future down the stretch. He’s averaging 13.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games.

 

Aaron Brooks Bulls 32% - Brooks scored 22 points on Sunday and also had 22 last Tuesday, but posted a couple of duds in between those two games. He’s averaging 13.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and a 3-pointer over his last five games, and will continue to man the point guard spot in Chicago until further notice. Just be prepared for some inconsistency if you roll with him.

 

Shooting Guards

 

Mike Dunleavy Bulls 41% - While everyone thought it would be Tony Snell who would take over for the loss of Jimmy Butler, it’s been Dunleavy who has played well over the last three games. He’s scored 12, 14 and 21 points in each of them and is also rebounding and hitting 3-pointers. He won’t get you steals or blocks, but it appears that his season-long slump might finally be over.

 

Randy Foye Nuggets 30% - Foye blew up for 20 points and three 3-pointers on Saturday and has hit 14 threes over his last five games. He’s averaging 12.2 points, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.8 3-pointers over that stretch on 50 percent shooting, and is now starting at shooting guard. If you picked up Will Barton, dumping him for Foye makes sense if you need threes.

Tyler Johnson Heat 4% - Johnson played just six minutes on Wednesday and didn’t play on Saturday, Feb. 28, but has scored 24, 11 and 26 points in his other three recent games. His four-game averages over the last week are 15.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 3-pointers. He’s tough to trust, but those 24- and 26-point lines are intriguing.

 

Henry Walker Heat 2% - Dwyane Wade is back for the Heat, but Walker may still be worth a deep-league look. He’s scored between eight and 11 points in four of his last five games and has gotten 34.5 minutes of run in his last two. He had a nice game on Saturday with 11 points, three boards, two assists, two steals, three blocks and a 3-pointer before fouling out, and is a guy who might be able to help you if you play in a big league with a barren waiver wire.

 

Tony Snell Bulls 20% - Snell has gotten progressively worse, scoring 13 points last Sunday, 11 points on Tuesday, four points on Thursday, eight points on Friday, and then laying an egg on Sunday, March 8. The numbers look terrible, except that he is averaging 31.2 minutes over his last five games. If he ever breaks out of his funk, he could get it going. But for now, he’s just not a guy you want in your lineup.

 

Small Forwards

 

P.J. Tucker Suns 50% - Tucker’s hit double figures in four straight games and is getting 35 minutes per game over his last five. During that time, he’s averaging 13.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.2 3-pointers. And on nights when his shot is falling, he can really help.

 

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Hornets 33% - MKG has been crashing the boards of late, averaging 10.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.4 steals over his last five games. He’s also shooting 50 percent from the floor, but he’s not going to help you in the golden categories of steals, blocks and threes.

 

Terrence Ross Raptors 40% - Ross started on Friday and had eight points, three boards, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 3-of-10 shooting. As long as he sticks in the starting lineup for the Raptors, he’s going to be worth a look in fantasy. I’m guessing he fully breaks out in an upcoming game, so now looks like a good time to take a flier on him.

 

Marcus Morris Suns 14% - Morris is always a candidate to disappear at any time, but has also had a pair of 19-point games in his last five. He’s averaging 12.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five, but is also shooting just 37 percent during that stretch. If he breaks out of his shooting slump, look out.

 

Luc Mbah a Moute Sixers 7% - He’s hit double figures in four straight games, averaging 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five. He’s shooting just 39 percent, but has hit 50 percent of his shots over his last two games. I don’t really trust most of Philly’s outlying players, but Mbah a Moute is playing well enough to be grabbed right now. He had 19 points and three 3-pointers on Saturday against the Hawks, and racked up 18 points and 14 rebounds on Wednesday against the Thunder.

 

Power Forwards

 

Nikola Mirotic Bulls 45% - Mirotic has been on fire ever since Taj Gibson went down and it’s a fantasy crime that he’s available in 55 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He’s averaging 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five. He’s shooting just 41 percent in those games, but he’s also making a late run at trying to get back into the Rookie of the Year race. Pick him up.

 

Jae Crowder Celtics 19% - Crowder has scored 11 and 18 points in his last two games and got 33-plus minutes in both of them. He’s averaging 11.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games, and if his new uptick in minutes sticks, those numbers are going to get a lot better.

 

Brandon Bass Celtics 20% - There’s not really much excitement in owning Bass, but he’s still starting at power forward for the Celtics and is averaging 12.4 points and 6.8 rebounds on 47 percent shooting over his last five games. He won’t help you elsewhere, but if you need consistency and some boards, he might be worth a deep-league look.

 

Cody Zeller Hornets 11% - Zeller’s scored in double figures in five straight and is averaging 12.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks on 56 percent shooting over his last five. Marvin Williams is starting to buzzkill him a bit, but Zeller has played well despite his return.

 

Tristan Thompson Cavs 41% - Thompson has a pair of nice double-doubles in his last five games, but also disappeared and didn’t score a point on Wednesday. He’s averaging 9.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and a steal on 67 percent shooting over his last five games, and could see a boost if Cleveland starts resting guys down the stretch.

 

Centers

 

Andrea Bargnani Knicks 30% - Bargs had a three-point dud on Tuesday, but has scored between 19 and 25 points in his other four games over his last five. He’s averaging 18.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting over that stretch, and is easily one of the best players on the league’s worst team. And with five games this week, he's an automatic start. 

 

Omer Asik Pelicans 58% - Asik is averaging just 6.0 points, but also 10.4 rebounds, a steal and 0.6 blocks over his last five games. Unlike a few weeks ago, the center position has really dried up on waiver wires, and Asik probably isn’t available in your league.

J.J. Hickson Nuggets 5% - Hickson has quietly been playing center with Jusuf Nurkic down and out (possibly for the season) and is averaging 7.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 17 minutes a game. He’s obviously not a great option, but could start to see more minutes due to the hole in the middle of the Nuggets’ lineup.

 

Kelly Olynyk Celtics 48% - Olynyk is back and played 22 minutes on Friday, but made just 1-of-9 shots for eight points, three boards and three assists. It may be a case of baby steps for him, but he should also get back to form in the next week and start playing well. If you’re thin at center, think about adding him.

 

Channing Frye Magic 46% - Nikola Vucevic is hurting and Frye got loose for 22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal, three blocks and six 3-pointers on Friday night. Frye had been pretty useless prior to that game, but he’s worth keeping a close eye on in case that game finally gets him going.

 

Also think about grabbing Dwight Howard if he was dropped in your league, as he’s back to basketball activities for the Rockets. Additionally, Brandan Wright could get some run if Alex Len misses time for the Suns with his ankle injury.

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.