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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Nov. 25

by Raphielle Johnson
Updated On: November 27, 2018, 5:26 am ET

On the heels of a holiday week in which 20 NBA teams played four games, that number drops down to 11 this week. As a result team such as the Cavaliers (Collin Sexton, Tristan Thompson) and Hornets (Jeremy Lamb, Cody Zeller) deserve a deeper look when searching for players that can produce solid fantasy numbers for the week. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here.

 

Games Played Week 7

 

4 Games: CHA, CHI, CLE, HOU, IND, LAL, NOP, PHX, SAS, UTA, WAS

 

3 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, DAL, DET, GSW, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHI, POR, TOR

 

2 Games: DEN, OKC, SAC

 

Point Guards

 

Collin Sexton Cavaliers 52% - Sexton appears on this list for the second consecutive week, and he's owned in just over half of Yahoo's fantasy leagues. Over his last four games the rookie's averaging 20.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, and while the rebound and assist numbers aren't all that impressive he's had no shortage of opportunities to shine with George Hill out of the lineup. Sexton's attempting 16.5 shots per game (and shooting 53%) during this current stretch, and given Cleveland's lack of firepower that's unlikely to change anytime soon.

 

 

Fred VanVleet Raptors 45% - After scoring just four points in Toronto's November 20 win over Orlando, VanVleet followed that up with 11 and 13-point outings in wins over Atlanta and Washington. Just as notable for the third-year point guard is the fact that he averaged 6.0 assists per game last week, more than a full assist higher than his average for the season (4.6). VanVleet has seen his shooting percentages dip this season (39.4% FG, 31.8% 3PT), making his addition a bit of a risk, but maybe his shooting 9-of-18 over the last two games is a sign that things are turning around.

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Jeremy Lin Hawks 27% - After playing a shade under 13 minutes in Atlanta's November 19 loss to the Clippers, Lin saw an increase in minutes in each of the next two games. And he took advantage, scoring 26 points against the Raptors and following that up with a 19-point, ten-assist, five-rebound, three-steal performance against the Celtics. With Atlanta looking to snap its current ten-game skid, Lin shouldn't lack for playing time behind Trae Young. He also has shooting guard eligibility in most leagues.

 

Bryn Forbes Spurs 24% - While Forbes' streak of double-digit scoring games came to an end at eight last week, he did follow up the six-point outing in a loss to Memphis with 13 and 18-point efforts the next two games. While he hasn't provided a great amount of production in most non-points categories, Forbes' added value comes from his ability to knock down three-pointers in a starting unit whose top two scoring options (DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge) avoid those shots like the plague. Forbes is shooting 45.4% from three on 5.4 attempts per game this season.

 

Aaron Holiday Pacers 3% - This one is a major roll of the dice, but one worth looking into given the recent absence of Victor Oladipo. After going nine straight games without playing, the rookie out of UCLA has averaged just over 20 minutes per game over the last four. Holiday's scored in double figures in all four games, averaging 13.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists on 46.2% shooting (9.8 attempts per game). While Oladipo is listed as day-to-day as he recovers from a knee issue he was unable to practice Saturday, and the Pacers are set to begin a four-game road trip Monday against the Jazz. With the Pacers playing four games this week, that may be enough to keep Holiday in the rotation for the time being.

 

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Shooting Guards

 

Jeremy Lamb Hornets 68% - in the midst of his best stretch of the season, Lamb has scored 18 points or more in five consecutive games. The UConn product, who also has small forward eligibility, is averaging 19.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game during this current run, and he also playing nearly 33 minutes per contest. With opposing defenses geared towards attempting to slow down Kemba Walker, Lamb won't go wanting for opportunities on the offensive end of the floor. And if Lamb, who's averaging 5.1 boards per game on the season, can continue to rebound at this improved clip (at least six rebounds in five of his last six games) his fantasy value increases.

 

Justin Holiday Bulls 66% - Over his last five games Holiday, who has small forward eligibility, is averaging 16.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 34.7 minutes per game. And while he hasn't made many trips to the foul line during this stretch, with five total attempts, Holiday is shooting 45.3% from the field and 45.7% from three (on 9.2 attempts per game). Holiday's been a popular pickup of late, and that shouldn't change given his secure place within the Bulls rotation and recent production.

 

Joe Harris Nets 58% - Averaging 13.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game on the season, Harris has solid shooting splits of 49.5% FG, 44.9% 3PT and 80.0% FT. While the scoring hasn't been as consistent as it was during his late-October to early-November run of seven straight games in double figures, Harris has scored at least eight points in each of his last seven games (four games with 11 points or more). Last week Harris averaged 12.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, and the bet here is that he rebounds after shooting just 35.3% from the field in those three games.

 

Jordan Clarkson Cavaliers 39% - Clarkson has been a good contributor off the bench for the Cavaliers this season, averaging 16.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Last week he accounted for 18.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game on 46.7% shooting from the field, and as a bonus Clarkson was also 41.2% from beyond the arc (31.2% on the season). While the numbers lead one to believe that Clarkson may see his three-point percentage dip this coming week, the fact that the Cavaliers have another four-game week to navigate makes him a player worth picking up. He also has point guard eligibility.

 

Small Forwards

 

Bogdan Bogdanovic Kings 67% - The Kings only play twice this week, which will impact just how much value Bogdanovic provides in leagues where lineups are set at the beginning of the week as opposed to daily. But the shooting guard, who also has shooting guard eligibility, enters the week averaging 15.3 points, 3.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds over his last six games. And during this current stretch Bogdanovic is shooting 45.6% from the field (13.2 attempts per game) and 40.0% from three on 6.7 attempts per game.

 

Kyle Anderson Grizzlies 63% - Anderson's value doesn't come in scoring, although he did tally 11 points in the Grizzlies' November 23 loss to the Clippers, but rather his ability to fill the entire stat sheet. In four games last week Anderson averaged 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals per game, and he did so while averaging 8.0 points on 53.6% shooting. Fantasy players in need of contributions in non-scoring categories should consider Anderson, who also has shooting guard eligibility.

 

Allen Crabbe Nets 47% - Crabbe's numbers are down from a season ago, as he's averaging just 8.3 points on 31.3% shooting from the field and 33.3% shooting from three. But since being moved into the starting lineup in the aftermath of Caris LeVert's foot injury, Crabbe's shown some signs of getting going. In the last six games he's averaging 12.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 27.5 minutes per game, shooting 42.4% from the field and 43.9% from three (on 6.8 attempts per game). Included in that run is a 27-point night on 10-of-16 shooting (7-of-11 3PT) in a November 21 loss to Dallas.

 

Kelly Oubre Jr. Wizards 41% - Despite the tumult in Washington, Oubre is averaging 12.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. While he won't do much for teams with regards to three-point shooting, as he's making just 27.6% of those shots (4.6 attempts per game), Oubre is shooting nearly 53 percent inside of the arc. Averaging about 25 minutes per night Oubre is a player worth keeping an eye on, especially if Washington were to make a move with any of its higher-profile players.

 

Power Forwards

 

Marcus Morris Celtics 57% - Brad Stevens shook up his rotation a bit last week, with Morris receiving two starts as a result. While the move from the bench to the starting five did not have a major impact on Morris' numbers, as he averaged 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in those two games, the 6-foot-9 power forward (who has SF eligibility) has been a solid option for the Celtics all season long. Averaging 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, Morris also boasts solid shooting percentages (48.2% FG, 43.2% 3PT and 85.0% FT) within an offense that has struggled from an efficiency standpoint this season.

 

Jae Crowder Jazz 50% - While Crowder did put forth one of his poorest shooting performances of the season in Utah's November 23 loss to the Lakers, making just two of his 12 shot attempts, in the two games prior he averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. Despite being a reserve Crowder's averaging 29.4 minutes per game, slightly higher than his average with the Jazz last season (27.6 mpg). Crowder hasn't shot the ball well this season, but his ability to contribute in other areas (and he can also be used as a small forward) makes him a player worth considering.

 

Noah Vonleh Knicks 48% - It's been difficult to truly figure out the Knicks rotation as head coach David Fizdale has made many changes throughout the course of the season. But one player who appears to be firmly entrenched in the rotation currently is Vonleh, who in three games last week averaged 14.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.7 steals in 34.6 minutes per game. During that run he shot 55.6% from the field and a surprising 57.1% from three on 5.7 attempts per game. Vonleh entered the season shooting 31.8% from three.

 

Cedi Osman Cavaliers 41% - Another Cavalier makes the cut, with Osman doing so despite scoring just seven points on 1-of-6 shooting in Saturday's win over Houston. Why? In the three games prior he averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, and with Cleveland going young Osman's a player who won't lack for opportunities moving forward.

 

Centers

 

Tristan Thompson Cavaliers 66% - In four games last week Thompson averaged 14.5 points, 13.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game, which includes a 16-point, 20-rebound effort against Houston Saturday night. Thompson is a key contributor in Cleveland's front court rotation, and with this being another four-game week for the Cavs he's a player fantasy owners need to pick up if they haven't by now. He also has power forward eligibility, which helps from a roster versatility standpoint.

 

Dewayne Dedmon Hawks 58% - While Dedmon didn't produce much offense after scoring 13 points in Atlanta's November 19 loss to the Clippers, scoring a total of 11 points in the two games that followed, he managed to contribute in other areas. The 7-footer grabbed seven rebounds in both games, and in the November 21 loss to Toronto he also managed to rack up a season-high three steals, two assists and two blocked shots. With Alex Len dealing with a back injury, Dedmon won't lack for minutes during the Hawks' three-game week.

 

Markieff Morris Wizards 40% - In three games last week Morris, who can also be used at power forward, averaged 14.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.0 made three-pointers per game on 40.0% shooting from the field. With Dwight Howard dealing with gluteal soreness Morris becomes a player of even greater importance within the Wizards rotation due to his ability to play either the four or the five (in smaller lineups).

 

Cody Zeller Hornets 24% - Zeller hasn't been a high-level scoring option for the Hornets, averaging 9.5 points per game on the year, but the 7-footer was solid last week. In three games Zeller averaged 10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game on 57.7% shooting, which includes a 15-point, five-rebound effort in just over 23 minutes in Charlotte's November 21 win over the Pacers. Charlotte has four games on the slate for this week, making Zeller a PF/C option worth looking into.

Raphielle Johnson
Raphielle has been writing about college sports for more than a decade for multiple outlets, including NBC Sports. Focuses have included game recaps, columns, features and recruiting stories. A native of the Northeast, he now calls Pac-12 country home. Raphielle can be followed on Twitter @raphiellej.