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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 14

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

Game Played Week 14





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Devin Booker Suns 48 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues – Booker has stepped up admirably in the absence of Eric Bledsoe and is averaging 18.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.2 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games. I wish he did more besides score and hit treys, but the offense and minutes are nice.


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Donald Sloan Nets 28% - Sloan was pretty bad on Friday, scoring just two points after missing all four of his shots, but he’s starting at point guard for the Nets. He’s averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 8.4 assists over his last five games. He doesn’t steal or three, but his scoring, rebounds and assists make him look like a must-own player to me.


Jeremy Lin Hornets 44% - Nicolas Batum is in a walking boot for a toe injury, but even when he’s healthy, Lin has been playing well. He had 26 points, five boards, five assists and two 3-pointers on Saturday, and should continue to play well with Batum likely shelved for a few more games. Lin is averaging 14.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games, but I am guessing he plays better than that over the next week or so.


Marcus Smart Celtics 60% - Smart has shown some nice promise recently and scored in double figures in three straight games from Jan. 15 to Jan. 18. He’s scored a total of just 14 points over his last two games, but is still averaging 11.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.4 steals over his last five games. He looks like a must-own player, even while playing behind Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley in Boston.


Norris Cole Pelicans 17% - Cole is starting to get more run and could become a real fantasy option if Tyreke Evans’ knee injury eventually shuts him down. Cole is averaging 25 minutes over his last five games, along with 8.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting. I think he’s a smart pick up right now, given that he might be forced into a bigger role as soon as the Pelicans’ playoff hopes start really slipping away.


Isaiah Canaan Sixers 11% - Canaan is suddenly rolling again, scoring 14, 16 and 15 points in each of his last three games. He’s averaging 15.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.7 3-pointers over his last three games. He’s getting between 25-30 minutes a night and looks like a fine pick up for the Sixers right now.


Archie Goodwin Suns 7% - Brandon Knight is dealing with a groin injury that will require a second opinion, and given that Suns have nothing to play for, could be shut down at some point, just like teammate Eric Bledsoe. Goodwin has played very well in his last two games, averaging 22 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.5 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers in 40 minutes. If Knight is going to miss more time, or be shut down, Goodwin will quickly become a must-own player – if he’s not already.


Dennis Schroder Hawks 28% - Schroder is still stuck behind Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver, but Teague has been struggling. Schroder is averaging 12.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games, and he should be able to keep producing as long as Korver and Teague aren’t playing at a high level.




Robert Covington Sixers 75% - Covington is back from the dead and averaging 13.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 3.2 3-pointers over his last five games. He might have been dropped in your league, so make sure he’s not available.


Aaron Gordon Magic 46% - Gordon finally got the start over Channing Frye on Friday, but immediately got into serious foul trouble. He still managed to finish with 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a 3-pointer in 24 minutes before fouling out, and hit all four of his shots. The time is now and he is a must-own player in all leagues as long as he keeps the starting gig.


Taj Gibson Bulls 53% - Joakim Noah is out for the year and Bobby Portis is still struggling for minutes, while Nikola Mirotic is just struggling in general, but played better on Saturday. Gibson came through with 15 points, eight boards and two blocks in that game, and is averaging 9.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his last five. I think he’s going to be better than that going forward, so now is the time to think about grabbing him.


Frank Kaminsky Hornets 37% - Kaminsky was playing very well entering last week, but has scored just 14 points in his last two games. He’s averaging 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five and I’m hoping that Saturday’s dud against the Knicks was a fluke. Cody Zeller and Nicolas Batum are both hurting right now, so Kaminsky should get closer to 25 minutes a night than the 18 he saw on Saturday. He’s a low-end forward pick up right now.


Josh Smith Rockets 21% - Smoove made his Rockets’ debut on Friday and hit just 1-of-10 shots for two points, and also missed all four of his 3-point attempts as well as both of his free throws. However, he finished with five rebounds, six assists, two steals and three blocks, and his new coach seems genuinely thrilled to have him on board. I think Smith will be a shooting percentages killer across the board, but should get close to 25 minutes a night and will be able to put up decent numbers with boards, blocks and steals. Just don’t take the bait if you care about your shooting percentages.


Trey Lyles Jazz 10% - Derrick Favors has now missed a month with his mysterious back injury and Lyles is averaging 12.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting over his last five games. The air will deflate out of his ball if we ever see Favors again, but as long as Favors is out, Lyles is worth using.


T.J. Warren Suns 27% - Warren has a sore knee and was benched recently for a “lack of hustle,” but still has serious potential going forward. He had 18 points and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday, but has been extremely inconsistent for most of the season. He is a luxury stash right now in hopes that he can become consistent, but I wouldn’t put him in a weekly lineup right now.




Myles Turner Pacers 42% - Ian Mahinmi has a pretty serious ankle sprain right now that’s kept him out for four straight games, while Turner fully broke out this week. He’s averaging 18.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks over his last five games, and is as must-own as they come. He’ll take a small hit once Mahinmi is back, but may have stolen his starting job along the way.


Tyson Chandler Suns 64% - Chandler is suddenly hot, mainly because every other big man in Phoenix is seemingly injured. He’s averaging 7.6 points, 15.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over his last five games, and those numbers jump to 10.5 points, 23.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks over his last two. Make sure he’s not sitting on waivers in your league.


Jared Sullinger Celtics 66% - Sully’s back in the starting lineup and has played very well in four of his last five games, averaging 11.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals over his last five. He’s probably not available in your league, but check to make sure that’s not the case.


Kelly Olynyk Celtics 41% - Sully’s teammate has been relegated to the bench, but that suits him well. He’s rolling over his last five games, averaging 15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.8 3-pointers in 26 minutes a game. Flip a coin on which Celtics’ center will be better from night to night. Both Oly and Sully look like better players to own than Amir Johnson, who has quickly faded away as both big men have emerged.


Enes Kanter Thunder 75% - Kanter’s probably not available in your league, but in case he is, here’s the deal. Steven Adams (elbow) is hurt and could miss more time, and while Kanter’s not starting, he is heating up. He’s averaging 17.7 points and 7.7 rebounds over his last three games, and should be owned as long as Adams is out.


Willie Cauley-Stein Kings 26% - WCS has hit double digits in rebounds in three straight games and is averaging 10.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks over his last three. He’s getting more than 30 minutes a night right now and Rudy Gay is dealing with a heel injury. This is the perfect time to grab WCS, as it looks like he might be ready to finish off his rookie season with a bang.


Boban Marjanovic Spurs 4% - I don’t trust Boban at all. But he had 17 points, 13 rebounds and a steal on Thursday, then backed it up with two points and one rebound in nine minutes on Friday. On nights when the Spurs are resting starters, Boban will make for an interesting gamble, but he should only be grabbed in very deep leagues, and only used when Tim Duncan is getting a night off. 

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.