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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Nov. 18

by Steve Alexander
Updated On: November 18, 2018, 9:06 pm ET

The Cavaliers play four times in each of the next five weeks, so guys like Collin Sexton, Jordan Clarkson, Cedi Osman, Larry Nance and Tristan Thompson are all worth grabbing right now. Sexton looks like a must-own player right now, assuming George Hill doesn't come back and ruin him, which I don't think will happen. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here. 

 

Games Played Week 6

 

4 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CLE, DEN, DET, LAC, MEM, MIL, NOP, NYK, OKC, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA

3 Games: CHI, DAL, GSW, HOU, IND, LAL, MIA, MIN, ORL, WAS

 

Point Guards

 

Collin Sexton Cavaliers 44% - Sexton is starting, and will hopefully keep the job once George Hill is back. He’s scored between 15 and 24 points in his last four games and has become a must-own, must-start point guard. And the Cavaliers play four times a week for each of the next five weeks. Go get him.

 

 

Shelvin Mack Grizzlies 21% - Mack had a great game on Wednesday and has been solid for most of the season. He’s averaging 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games, and he’s just a Mike Conley injury away from being a must-own player in all leagues. But for now, he’s worth owning in a lot of them, even with Conley being healthy and playing well.

 

Monte Morris Nuggets 16% - Morris has been one of the more pleasant surprises this season and is starting to turn it on, averaging 12 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s not doing much stealing or blocking of the ball, but his role is increasing in Denver and he’s worth a look in all leagues right now.

 

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Jeremy Lin Hawks 11% – Lin has been the recipient of a lot of garbage-time gifts this season and has scored in double digits in four of his last five games. He’ s carved out a role behind Trae Young, even on nights when the Hawks aren’t getting their doors blown off. Lin is averaging 13.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s not for everyone, but with the Hawks likely to be blown out every time they take the floor, Lin’s going to keep putting up digits.

 

Bryn Forbes Spurs 15% - A lot of us wrote Forbes off when Derrick White returned, but that may have been a mistake. Forbes has hit double digits in six straight games and is averaging 13 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.0 3-pointers over his last five. The points and threes are nice, but Forbes isn’t doing much in the other categories. But he’s also been better and more relevant than I thought he’d be once White was ready to roll. As for White, he’s been a hit-or-miss target thus far, and I don’t think he’s a must-own player anymore.

 

Cory Joseph Pacers 3% - Joseph is not a must-own player, by any stretch, but he’s playing well right now, averaging 8.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five. It could be argued that those numbers make him more valuable than some of the other point guards on this list, and he’s also getting some time next to Darren Collison. Keep your eye on CoJo, who plays three times this week.

 

Shooting Guards

 

Bogdan Bogdanovic Kings 58% – Bogey’s hit double digits in scoring in three straight games and is averaging 16 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 3-pointers in them. I wish his minutes were a bit higher (he hasn’t played more than 25 in any of his games this season), but Bogdanovic is trending up for a Kings team that’s exceeding expectations thus far.

 

E’Twaun Moore Pelicans 58% – Moore has scored in double figures in five straight games, and in 13 of his 16 games played this season. He hasn’t been fantastic in his last two games, scoring 13 points in each of them, but was on a 17, 30 and 31-point tear in his three games prior. Moore is averaging 20.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 3-pointers on 61 percent shooting over his last five games. If you need instant offense for your fantasy team, Moore might be your guy.

 

Tyler Johnson Heat 36% - Dwyane Wade’s at home chillin’ with a new baby and Johnson is rolling, scoring in double digits in five straight games, averaging 14.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting. He’s getting 31 minutes a night and Wade’s not going to get heavy minutes, or play every night, once he returns. Johnson looks like a sneaky add to me.

 

Tyreke Evans Pacers 58% – Evans made the list for one reason – his line of 23 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and five 3-pointers on Friday night. He’s averaging 11 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.3 3-pointers on just 35 percent shooting over his last five games. But Friday’s huge line is a reminder of just how good Evans can be. His coach wants him to be more aggressive and Victor Oladipo is dealing with a knee injury. If the Pacers played four times this week, I’d call Evans a must-start, but they only go three times.

 

Garrett Temple Grizzlies 17% – Temple’s quietly played well all season and is averaging 10.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s getting nearly 34 minutes a night and while he’ll post his share of empty lines, he’ll also get you some points, threes and steals along the way, without hurting your team anywhere.

 

Small Forwards

 

Kevin Knox Knicks 34% – Knox is finally healthy and back in the starting five for the Knicks. He’s played pretty well in four straight games, averaging 13.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.3 3-pointers during that stretch. The Knicks are going nowhere, but they’re going to rely on Knox to lead them down that aimless path.

 

Jeremy Lamb Hornets 56% - Lamb is kind of on fire, averaging 16.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting over his last five games. Those are ‘must-own’ numbers, so stop reading his and make sure he’s not available in your league right now.

 

Kyle Anderson Grizzlies 61% - I’m only including him on this list because I feel like I have to. He’s scored in single digits in four straight games and has generally been struggling all season. He has been rebounding a bit, and is averaging 7.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks, but hasn’t been shooting 3-pointers and is shooting just 43 percent over that stretch.

 

Terrence Ross Magic 52% - I don’t know how long he can keep it up, especially with Jonathan Isaac back in action, but Ross has been rolling for a few weeks now. He’s averaging 16.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 3-pointers over his last five games, but played just 16 minutes on Saturday, a result of foul trouble and Isaac being back. He scored 13 points with two 3-pointers in the limited run, and while I’m good with running him out there until the wheels fall off, his arrow is trending down.

 

Mikal Bridges Suns 5% - Bridges is a ‘stash special,’ but is also making some noise while Trevor Ariza’s been out with his mysterious personal situation. He’s scored 13, 8 and 14 points in each of his last three games and he was incredibly fun on Saturday, posting 14 points, two rebounds, two assists, four steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes. I’ve got him on the end of my bench in a league or two, but don’t trust him enough to start him just yet.

 

Power Forwards

 

Jonathan Isaac Magic 56% – Isaac’s been back from his sprained ankle for two games and had seven points, five boards, five blocks and a 3-pointer in 17 minutes on Saturday. He’s not someone I’d throw right into a starting lineup, especially with three games, but he’s a guy who should be owned everywhere. 

 

Juancho Hernangomez Nuggets 7% – Juancho’s played at least 30 minutes in four straight games, appears to have locked down a starting job, and has posted at least 20 points in two straight games. He’s averaging 12.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.0 3-pointers on 60 percent shooting over his last five games, has four games this week, and is becoming a must-own, must-start guy in my mind.

 

Taj Gibson Wolves 62% - He’s trending down with Dario Saric in Minny, but the fact remains that Tom Thibodeau still loves him. Taj has scored in double digits in four of his last five games and is averaging 12.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a steal over that stretch.

 

Mike Muscala Sixers 8% - Muscala has been getting crazy minutes, playing at least 32 in his last two, and averaging just under 31 minutes in his last four games. He’s averaging 8.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 3-pointers in them, shooting just a dreadful 31 percent from the floor. Wilson Chandler will likely remain the starter at power forward for Philly, but if Muscala’s shot starts falling, he could me a lot more fun to own.

 

DeMarre Carroll Nets 14% - Carroll’s going to get run at both forward spots and gets a boost with the Caris LeVert injury. H’s averaging 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five games, and has been getting over 20 minutes a night in his last four. He’s not a must-own player, but he’s trending up with the Nets having some injury woes right now.

 

Centers

 

Larry Nance Jr. Cavaliers 64% – Nance is starting at PF for the Cavs and has played pretty well in his last four games. He’s averaging 6.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks over his last four games, and simply put, should be owned everywhere. The offense should happen sooner than later.

 

Tristan Thompson Cavaliers 61% - Thompson’s averaging 14.2 points, 14.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.8 steals over his last five games. If you need your big men to block shots, TT may not be for you. But he’s doing a nice job of manning the middle in Cleveland, and plays four times a week for the next five weeks, which is awesome. Along the same lines with the games played, Cavaliers like Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton are also must-own players right now. 

 

Cody Zeller Hornets 19% - Zeller’s not flashy or exciting, but he’s holding down the middle in Charlotte, and is averaging 10.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and a steal on 53 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s not a must-own player, but if you need a center, you could do worse.

 

Mitchell Robinson Knicks 26% – Robinson’s a stashy guy but still isn’t doing enough to start in most leagues. He’s averaging just 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds, but he’s also at 3.6 blocks over his last five games. That included a nine-block festival last Sunday, and blocks aren’t easy to come by on the waiver wire. 

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.