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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




2 Games: MEM, PHX, UTA

1 Game: BOS, PHI


This first week with any real schedule disparity, as the Celtics and Sixers play just one game, and the Grizzlies, Suns and Jazz go twice. With so many teams playing three or four games this week, we might see some good players dropped simply because of their schedule. So keep a close eye on the waiver wire this week!


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Point Guards


Ish Smith Pistons 40% owned in Yahoo! leagues – Ish hasn’t blown anyone’s socks off and isn’t setting assist records, but he is averaging 14 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.4 steals over his last five games. Reggie Jackson’s going to be out for at least another month and Smith should be owned by anyone in need of guard help. Just don’t look for him to hit any 3-pointers.


Delon Wright Raptors 24% - Wright blew up for a whopper on Wednesday with 25 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, four steals, a block and four 3-pointers in the game of his life against the Bulls. He had 12 points, seven assists and one steal on 5-of-7 shooting on Friday, and is averaging a cool 12.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers on 59 percent shooting over his last five. The kid does it all and if the Raps would give him more than 23 minutes a night, he would probably fully break out.


J.J. Barea Mavericks 42% - JJB just keeps cruising along, quietly flying under the radar while averaging 10.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.4 3-pointers. He’s scored in double figures in four straight games, but he’s not a big scorer, hitting 20 points or more just three times this season.


Tyus Jones Wolves 18% - Jones hasn’t been as good as Smith, averaging just 7.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.4 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five. And unlike Smith, Jones’ starter, Jeff Teague, is set to return in the near future. Jones is probably OK to use for another week, but then the party’s over.


Terry Rozier Celtics 34% - It’s a bad time to have Rozier on this list, but he was playing so well. He got just 18 minutes on Saturday and hit 1-of-7 shots for two points, two assists and a steal. He was absolutely crushing before that and is averaging 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.5 3-pointers in his previous four games. He just didn’t have it going on Saturday and Brad Stevens rolled with the hot guys, but I see no reason why Rozier won’t be back to form on Thursday against the Lakers. Keep in mind that’s the only game Rozier’s Celtics have the entire week.


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Shooting Guards


Gerald Green Rockets 48% - Green has quickly become one of the biggest surprises of the season, blowing up over the last five games and seeing an open window due to James Harden’s hamstring injury that’s going to keep him out at least another week to 10 days, at best. Meanwhile, Green is lighting it up, averaging 19.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.0 steals and a ridiculous 5.0 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s only played in six games this season and had a donut in his first one. And the best part is his 53 percent shooting percentage over the last five. That also happens to be the same number he’s shooting from downtown, so while there’s no way he can stay this hot forever, there’s also no reason he shouldn’t be owned everywhere until Harden comes back and plays.


Caris LeVert Nets 47% - LeVert is hurt, sitting out the last two games with a groin injury. We don’t know if he’ll play on Monday or not, but we do know the Nets play four games this week, so he’s still worth rolling the dice on. He’s scored in double digits in nine straight games and tore it up in December, averaging 14.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting. And he was playing really well when he went down, so hopefully he bounces right back into form when he’s ready to go.


Justin Holiday Bulls 58% - Holiday was bad on Saturday and cost me some FanDuel money with his 2-of-14 shooting for six points. He was just 1-of-9 from downtown in that one, but came in smoking hot, with back-to-back 23- and 26-point performances. Even with Saturday’s dud, he’s at 16 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.8 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting over his last five, which should tell you how good he’s been. Yes, Zach LaVine is coming back sooner than later, but I think he’ll be taking baby steps and that Holiday will still get plenty of opportunities. The Bulls go three times this week.


Wesley Matthews Mavericks 61% - Matthews is hot, scoring 24 and 22 points in his last two games and averaging 17 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.6 3-pointers on 54 percent shooting over his last five. I only put him on this list because he’s hot, and because he’s available in 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


Reggie Bullock Pistons 10% - Bullock has quietly gotten nearly 33 minutes per game over his last five and has been starting for injured Stanley Johnson (hip). He’s averaging 14.2 points and 3.2 3-pointers on 64 percent shooting over his last five, but that’s where the fun ends. He’s at just 1.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.4 steals, so if you pick him up, just hope he stays hot and keeps scoring and hitting threes, because he’s not going to do much more than that, even on good days.


Small Forwards


Taurean Prince Hawks 62% - Prince has struggled in three straight after he blew up for 30 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and five 3-pointers on 12-of-16 shooting a week ago Friday. Since then he’s hit just 10-of-33 shots and hasn’t scored more than 12 points. I’ve heard of him being dropped in some leagues but he should get hot again soon. Over his last five, he’s at 14.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers, so I think he should still be owned everywhere. He won’t struggle with his shot for much longer.


Michael Beasley Knicks 43% - Kristaps Porzingis is tired, so, so tired, and can’t shoot it right now. Beasley doesn’t look tired at all and has scored 20 points in two straight games, and has been killing it for a couple weeks now. He’s averaging a nearly unbelievable 19.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.4 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers over his last five on 59 percent shooting. He should be owned in all leagues until further notice, but was only being held in 43 percent of Yahoo! leagues when I wrote him up.


Jabari Parker Bucks 51% - Parker’s targeting a return from a torn ACL in February and it might be time to stash him. He averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 51 games last season. He’ll probably come back with baby steps, so he’s not necessarily a must-own, but once he gets back up to speed, he’s going to be a hot pickup.


Jeremy Lamb Hornets 49% - Lamb has managed to stay relevant all season and is averaging 12.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five. He’s not going to hurt you anywhere and is worth owning for the steals and threes alone.


Kelly Oubre Wizards 39% - Oubre was going to make the list even before he started for Otto Porter on Saturday, when he had 14 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers. He’s averaging 11.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.4 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last five. Porter probably isn’t going to miss much time with his hip/back problem, but Markieff Morris still hasn’t taken off, so Oubre should remain relevant going forward.


Power Forwards


Marquese Chriss Suns 60% - Chriss’ ownership is back up to 60 percent and I’m kind of mad I didn’t have him in here last week. That was odd, because he’s been a constant presence in this column for much of the season. He’s finally got it rolling right now, averaging 14.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.2 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting. Those numbers and his limitless ceiling are why we were so high on him coming in, and he’s finally living up to the hype. It’s possible he could be a dominant player the rest of the way and he should once again be owned everywhere.


Trey Lyles Nuggets 45% - Lyles is as hot as anyone right now, averaging 20 points, 9.0 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers on 56 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s scored in double figures in 11 straight games and in 13 of his last 14, and Paul Millsap isn’t expected to play before the All-Star break. That means that Lyles should continue to keep it rolling until further notice and is playing well enough to be owned in all fantasy leagues. Make sure he’s not available in yours, especially with four games this week. 


Kelly Olynyk Heat 57% - Olynyk blew up for 25 points, 13 rebounds and three 3-pointers on Wednesday and is averaging 13.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s getting 31 minutes a night for the Heat and is still a big part of what they do, despite the fact both Hassan Whiteside and James Johnson are back in action for Miami.


Frank Kaminsky Hornets 42% - Kaminsky has scored in double figures in four straight games and is averaging 12.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers on 41 percent shooting over his last five. He has three games this week and is a player who can help fantasy owners in need of a big man.


Montrezl Harrell Clippers 2% - Harrell had nine points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks on Saturday, which happens to be the same day Blake Griffin went down with a concussion. You have to think Blake is going to miss some games and Harrell is the likely beneficiary of that. He’s not a must-own player, but if your waiver wire is bare, chances are he’s sitting out there to add. And the Clippers play four times, minimizing the risk associated with rolling the dice on an inconsistent player like Harrell. He could have a big week if Griffin is out for all four of them.




Willie Cauley-Stein 74% - WCS is playing well, averaging 14.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.2 steals and 0.4 blocks on 54 percent shooting over his last five. He’s not available in many leagues, but could be in yours, and the Kings go four times this week.


Bismack Biyombo Magic 45% - Biyombo has been nice while filling in for Nikola Vucevic, who has a broken hand. Vuc is going to be out at least another month and Biyombo’s really the only center option in Orlando right now. He’s averaging 9.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, shooting 56 percent over his last five games. And as a bonus, he’s hit 11-of-12 free throws in those five games.


John Henson Bucks 37% - As his last two games have shown, Henson is a bit of an inconsistent mess at times. He had just six points and two rebounds on Friday, but bounced back on Saturday with 11 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. He’s averaging 10.8 points, 6.4 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.4 blocks over his last five games, getting 26 minutes a night. He’s worth owning if you need a center.


Jarrett Allen Nets 7% - Allen had 16 points, six boards and two blocks on Monday, prompting folks to pick him up, then combined for a grand total of six points, six boards and two blocks over his next two. Over his last five, he’s averaging just 7.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks, but he still has some breakout potential for the second half of the season. He’s a stash, but could have a decent week with the Nets playing four times.


Boban Marjanovic Pistons 2% - Boban started for Andre Drummond on Wednesday and had 15 points, nine boards, three assists and a block in 22 minutes. He played just seven minutes on Friday, but also had 10 points, five boards and two blocks in just 12 minutes on Saturday. If you’re in a deep league and centers are scarce, it’s possible Boban has gotten himself back into the mix. And if Drummond ever goes down with a serious injury, he’ll become an automatic pickup. He only needs about 15 minutes to be productive in terms of fantasy, so we’re not really asking for too much. After sitting in the doghouse for most of the season, he’s played in four straight games, although two of those were seven minutes or less. Just keep an eye on him. 

Steve Alexander

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for NBC Sports Edge and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2020-21 NBA season marks (at least) his 20th year of covering fantasy hoops for NBC Sports. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.