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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 13

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

Games Played Week 13

 

4 Games: ATL, BOS, BRK, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, LAC, NOP, NYK, OKC, TOR, UTA

3 Games: DEN, GSW, IND, LAK, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, ORL, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC. WAS

2 Games: SAS

 

Be sure to get your lineups set on Sunday night, as the best fantasy basketball day of the year is happening on Monday. That’s right, it’s Martin Luther King Day with a full slate of games starting at 1 p.m. Here’s the schedule for my 15th straight MLK Day with Rotoworld! You can follow me on Twitter by clicking here!

 

1 p.m. Sixers @ Knicks

2:00. Jazz @ Hornets

2:00 Blazers @ Wizards

2:30 Pelicans @ Grizzlies

3:30 Bulls @ Pistons

5:00 Magic @ Hawks

7:30 Nets @ Raptors

8:00 Warriors @ Cavaliers

8:30 Celtics @ Mavericks

10:30 Rockets @ Clippers

 

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Guards

 

Devin Booker PHX 38 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues – Booker struggled on Saturday with just nine points on 2-of-9 shooting in 24 minutes, but he’s still the starting shooting guard and is averaging 14.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five games. He should bounce back soon and with Ronnie Price undergoing toe surgery, both Booker and Archie Goodwin should see a bit of a boost in minutes.

 

Mario Chalmers MEM 37% - Mike Conley has now missed six straight games with his Achilles injury and while signs point to him being back soon, Chalmers is worth using when he’s out. Mario C is ballin’, averaging 15.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting in 37 minutes over his last five games. 

 

Donald Sloan BRK 15% - Sloan has been starting over a struggling Shane Larkin and is doing well with assists, logging 12 and nine of them in his last two games. Over his last five, some of which weren’t starts, he’s averaging 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 1.2 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting. He only has one steal and one block in his last five games, so don’t look for much from him there. But if you want to dump Larkin to pick up Sloan, have at it.

 

Dennis Schroder ATL 24% - Schroder is suddenly hot with Jeff Teague struggling and had 15 points, six boards, 10 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers on 6-of-9 shooting in 20 minutes on Saturday. Garbage time was involved with a lopsided score, but it can’t really be considered a fluke given how he’s playing right now. Schroder is averaging 12.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last five games. He’ll chill once Teague gets hot again, but is worth a flier in many leagues right now.

 

Tony Allen MEM 43% - Allen has been getting 34 minutes a game lately and is averaging 10.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.2 steals and 0.6 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five games. Jeff Green might be in the doghouse and Allen’s minutes have been encouraging, as has been his work off the boards. Now looks like a good time to give him a shot, but the Grizzlies play just three games this week.

 

Tyler Johnson MIA 6% - With Goran Dragic (calf) and Dwyane Wade (shoulder) possibly missing more games, Johnson could start getting nice run, making him a possible deep-league flier. He’s averaging 30 minutes, 12.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steals over his last three games, but he’s probably only a short-term add, as he should fade once Wade is able to go. Wade is iffy for Sunday, while Dragic could miss at least another week.

 

Beno Udrih MIA 1% - Goran Dragic could miss another week with his calf injury and Udrih had 11 points, 11 assists and a 3-pointer in 37 minutes on Friday. He hadn’t done much of anything prior to that game, but should continue to get some starts as long as Dragic is out. But, the previous player mentioned, Tyler Johnson, might be a better grab right now.

 

Emmanuel Mudiay DEN 57% - Mudiay’s been back for three games and has scored 16, four and 11 points in them. He’s averaging 10.3 points, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 3-pointers on just 33 percent shooting since he return. I don’t love him, but he might fill a void if you need a guard and aren’t worried about field goal percentage. Jameer Nelson has gotten 30 minutes in his last three games, but isn’t doing much with them. Either way, this looks like a pretty pure timeshare for now.

 

Forwards

 

Mirza Teletovic PHX 36% - Teletovic is rolling, hitting double figures in scoring in seven straight games and averaging 17.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.4 steals and 4.0 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting over his last five. He looks like a must-own player until further notice.

 

Taj Gibson CHI 45% - With Joakim Noah out for the season (shoulder), Gibson is going to see a lot of big-man minutes for the Bulls. He’s averaging 8.0 points and 7.8 rebounds over his last five games, but hasn’t blocked a shot, and has just one steal and two assists over that stretch. He may also be off the trading block now that Noah is gone, making Gibson (and Nikola Mirotic) an attractive add in fantasy. 

 

Gerald Green MIA 32% - Despite Dwyane Wade being out and Green getting a start on Friday, Green hit just 1-of-5 shots for two points in 24 minutes, while Tyler Johnson came off the bench for 15 points, four boards, four assists and a steal in 31 minutes. Green came in hot though, and had scored between 13 and 21 points in his previous four games and is now averaging 14.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting in 32 minutes over his last five games. And with Wade’s lingering shoulder injury, Green could see even more minutes in the near future.

 

Terrence Jones HOU 63% - Jones has played well in three of his last five games, but posted a dud against the Cavs on Friday with just three points, four boards and a block on 1-of-6 shooting. He’s averaging 11.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five games. He appears to be coming on and is finally healthy, and while he’s not available in many leagues, it’s worth checking to see if he’s sitting out there in yours.

 

Cody Zeller CHA 44% - Zeller’s minutes have been declining while Marvin Williams continues to log 25 minutes a night. Al Jefferson is also nearing a return, which isn’t going to help Zeller, but there’s no telling if Big Al will actually be able to stay healthy. Zeller is averaging 10.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks on 44 percent shooting over his last five, while Marvin is averaging 10.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five. This is a full timeshare and it’s pretty much a coin toss as to which player you want to own right now. Add in the fact that Frank Kaminsky has been playing well, and things really get confusing, but I still have some faith in Zeller.

 

Derrick Williams NYK 6% - Williams has played very well in three straight games with Carmelo Anthony down and out with a sprained ankle. Anthony is due back soon, but Williams was playing fairly well even when Melo was healthy. Williams is at 19.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.3 steals on 54 percent shooting in those three games without Melo, so if nothing else, I hope you used him while Melo was out.

 

Markieff Morris PHX 49% - Morris is finally out of the doghouse and played 27 minutes on Tuesday, and 22 minutes on Friday. He’s averaging 12.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals over his last two games. He hit just 2-of-10 shots on Friday, but should do better than that on most nights. As long as Alex Len is out with his hand injury, Morris looks like a decent bet for success. And if you want to stash him in case he is traded, now is probably a good time to do so.

 

Bobby Portis CHI 12% - Portis still hasn’t done much this season and isn’t playing particularly well right now, given his extremely limited minutes, but with news that Joakim Noah’s season is over, Portis could be set free soon. He’s only had four good games this season, but if he can replicate them if minutes ever open up, he could be fun to own. In his four good ones this season he averaged 16.0 points and 8.8 rebounds, but keep in mind those happened back in last December and Jan. 1. He’s still more of a stash, but with Noah gone, the arrow should be pointing up.

 

Trey Lyles UTA 8% - Lyles has been red hot over his last three games, averaging 17.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 3-pointers. He should take a big hit once Derrick Favors finally returns from his back injury. Favors has now missed 13 straight games, and while he’s reportedly close, he’s been that way for about 10 straight now.

 

Centers

 

Ian Mahinmi IND 42% - Mahinmi just keeps cruising along for the Pacers and is averaging 11.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks on 69 percent shooting over his last five games. In comparison, teammate Jordan Hill checks in with just 6.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.2 blocks in his last five.

 

Jared Sullinger BOS 65% - Sullinger’s owned in a lot of leagues, but might be available in yours. He’s finally regained the starting center job and has played well in two straight, averaging 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, zero blocks and 0.5 3-pointers in them. Now that he has the starting job back, the threes and blocks should be coming, while he’s a double-double threat every night.

 

Amir Johnson BOS 58% - Johnson only had seven points and three boards on Saturday, but racked up 14 points, 18 boards, six assists and two steals on Wednesday against the Pacers. He’s averaging 11.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks on 69 percent shooting in 26 minutes over his last five games.

 

Steven Adams OKC 15% - Adams is playing well and might be available in your league. He’s averaging 10.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks on 68 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s also shooting just 68 percent from the line over that stretch, but the rest of his numbers are looking pretty good.

 

Nikola Jokic DEN 14% - Jusuf Nurkic is hurt again and missed Friday and Sunday with knee and ankle woes. Once Nurkic is finally back and rolling, I don’t love Jokic. But until then, he’s likely to get the most minutes at center for the Nuggets. He’s averaging 6.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.4 blocks over his last five games, getting about 20 minutes a night. But if Nurkic continues to sit, Jokic might become serviceable.

 

JaVale McGee DAL 2% - McGee is quietly playing more lately for the Mavericks, but there’s a reason he’s available in 98 percent of Yahoo! leagues – he just isn’t doing much. He’s averaging 7.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in his last five games, but is getting just under 14 minutes a game. Zaza Pachulia is showing no signs of slowing down and McGee doesn’t look like the shot blocker he was before a serious leg injury that has kept him down for the last couple seasons. Just keep an eye on him and be ready to pounce if Pachulia is ever injured. 

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.