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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 14

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

Games Played Week 14




2 Games: DAL, PHX


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Point Guards


De’Aaron Fox 52% & George Hill Kings 53% owned in Yahoo! leagues – Fox double-doubled on Saturday with 17 points, 10 assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 6-of-17 shooting in 35 minutes. He’s averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 3-pointers on 41 percent shooting over his last five, and the arrow is pointing straight up on him for a big second half after a slow start to the season, despite his poor shooting. 


Hill is back from his personal absence and backed up his big 21-point game that included three boards, three assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer on Thursday, with just two points and four assists in 19 minutes on Saturday. The Kings have to be thinking tank and development, and they already know what they have in Hill. I truly believe that Fox is going to put on a second-half show and he should not only be owned in a lot more leagues, but he should also be owned a lot more than Hill. Expect those ownership percentages to take a big swing in the next two weeks.


Jarrett Jack Knicks 25% – Jack had a big week, scoring in double figures in his last three games and nearly averaging a double-double with 26 dimes in those games, as well. Over his last five, Jack checks in with averages of 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.4 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting. I really didn’t think we’d still be talking about him this late in the season, but he looks good and Frank Ntilikina is still clearly in the backseat of Jack’s car. Eventually, you have to think the Knicks just move onto Frankie Smokes, but until it happens, Jack looks like he’s worth owning, especially with four games this week.


Tyrone Wallace Clippers 10% - Wallace continues to start for the short-handed Clippers, despite the fact Milos Teodosic is back in action. We’re still waiting on Austin Rivers (Achilles) and C.J. Williams (ankle), but Wallace has done a nice job of holding things down in their absence, helping the Clippers to four straight wins, including one against the Warriors. Wallace had 12 points in 32 minutes on Saturday and is averaging 13.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five. I don’t know how long he can keep it going, but until Rivers is back, Wallace might be a deep-league option with three games this week, albeit a risky one.


Fred VanVleet Raptors 2% – VanVleet’s had two nice games in a row with Kyle Lowry out with a tailbone injury, going off for 22 points and six triples in Thursday’s garbage-time special against the Cavaliers, and then 13 points, five boards, four assists, a steal and five more 3-pointers on Saturday against the Warriors. Lowry is due back soon, possibly even on Monday against the Sixers, but if he continues to sit, VanVleet looks like a solid option in any format. The Raps have four games this week so if you roll the dice on FVV, you have to hope Lowry’s out for at least two of those, making VanVleet one of the more interesting gambles in Week 14.


Shooting Guards


Bogdan Bogdanovic Kings 33% – Bogdanovic has become a big part of the Kings’ offense recently and has scored in double figures in all six of his January games, averaging 15.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.3 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting for the month. More steals, threes and blocks (zero) would be nice, but he’s scoring, playing 30 minutes a night and looks great. He should be owned in a lot more than 33 percent of the leagues out there.


Allen Crabbe Nets 52% – Crabbe has quietly scored in double digits in four straight games and is averaging 14.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 3.2 3-pointers over his last five, but is shooting just 40 percent over that stretch. He’s a bit of a 3-point specialist and things should get interesting once D’Angelo Russell is back, as the Nets will have to find minutes for Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, Crabbe, Caris LeVert and Joe Harris, but Crabbe’s playing well enough to be owned in most formats, and the Nets play four times this week.


Delon Wright Raptors 23% - Wright has really fallen off with Lowry out, scoring a total of 10 points in his last two games and averaging just 21 minutes in them. Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell have stolen some of his thunder, but I expect him to bounce back once Lowry returns, which will allow Wright to revert to backing up both guard spots, as well as small forward. Even with his last two duds, he’s averaging 8.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and is shooting 47 percent over his last five. Expect him to break out of the funk and get more minutes going forward, but if you want to drop him for Bogdanovic, or another hot free agent, I wouldn’t be mad.


Yogi Ferrell Mavs 13% – Ferrell had some big games in the second half last season and has played between 33 and 43 minutes over his last three games, averaging 16 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.3 3-pointers in them. Despite a 5-of-14 shooting performance on Saturday, he’s shooting it well, hitting 13-of-19 shots in his previous two games. He’s been starting at shooting guard for the Mavericks and getting big minutes, and if he sticks in the starting five, he should continue to produce. The only problem is the Mavs have just two games this week, making Ferrell a somewhat shaky option for Week 14, even if his new starting gig continues. And yes, if we ever see Seth Curry this season, he would likely crush Ferrell's potential for having fantasy value.


Joe Harris Nets 5% – Harris is back to his bench role after a brief starting stint when DeMarre Carroll went down, but is still averaging 10.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games. Again, we’ll have to see what becomes of him once D’Angelo Russell is back, but with four games this week, Harris might be worth a roll of the dice, especially in deeper leagues.


Small Forwards


Taurean Prince Hawks 61% – We got a lot of questions about cutting Prince prior to his scoring explosion on Monday and Wednesday, but he fell apart on Friday with one point on 0–of-4 shooting. That could get the “should I cut Prince?” wheels turning again, but the bottom line is he’s good, the Hawks are tanking, and he can play as many minutes as he can handle the rest of the way. Despite the inconsistency and frustration that has come with owning him lately, he’s still averaging 10.8 points, 5.4 boards, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers on 39 percent shooting in his last five. I’m sticking with Prince through thick and thin and am expecting him to bounce back quickly from Friday’s disaster.


Caris LeVert Nets 44% – LeVert has been back from his groin injury for four games, but they’ve been a little rough. He’s been struggling with his shot and his scoring has suffered, as he’s scored 12, 7, 12 and 5 points in those four games. But he’s also still at 4.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in those games and has played between 21 and 35 minutes in them. His shot is due to start falling again and he’s ultra-talented. He might take a small hit once D’Angelo Russell is back, but LeVert looks like a hold to me, despite his recent woes.


Al-Farouq Aminu Blazers 44% – Aminu has been highly frustrating this season and may have finally been left for dead by his owners after Wednesday’s six-point, three-rebound dud against the Rockets. But he blew up for 19 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and three 3-pointers against the Pelicans on Friday for one of his best games of the season. He also got destroyed defensively by Anthony Davis that night, but it doesn’t matter in fantasy. Aminu is averaging just 11.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five, and hopefully Friday’s game will get him going. You’ll have one more chance to see him play before making a final decision on him, as the Blazers play the Timberwolves on Sunday night before they go three times next week.


Markieff Morris Wizards 55% - Morris had a weird week, showing big signs of life with double-doubles last Friday and Saturday, then disappeared on Wednesday and Friday, and scored 12 points with three boards, a steal and two 3-pointers on Saturday. That translates to averages of 10.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and a 3-pointer over his last five, and he might finally be ready to kick start his season. He’d make for a better gamble with four games this week, but the Wizards only play three times in Week 14.


Michael Beasley Knicks 46% - While I was hoping that the return of Tim Hardaway Jr. wasn’t going to crush Beasley, the fact is that he played just 16 minutes on Friday with Hardaway back in action. He still managed to hit 6-of-8 shots for 13 points, but if he’s not going to get 20 minutes a night, it’s going to be a tough road ahead for Beasley. His coach prefers the defense of Lance Thomas over Beasley, or he would be fine. He had scored at least 20 points in three straight games and four of his last six before Friday’s fallout, and the arrow is now pointing down on Beasley. However, the Knicks go four times this week and Beas is a Kristaps Porzingis ankle tweak away from having a bunch of value again. I’m probably going to hold onto him for another week and see how this goes, especially considering that THJ had been out since Dec. 3 with a stress reaction in his leg.  


Power Forwards


Trey Lyles Nuggets 51% - Lyles finally cooled off on Saturday when he got a full dose of Kawhi Leonard and hit 1-of-9 shots for three points, Prior to that dud, he had scored in double figures in 14 straight games, racking up points, rebounds, 3-pointers, steals and some blocks for his new owners. I’m going to call Saturday a bump in the road and look for Lyles to get back on track Tuesday against the Mavericks. Until Paul Millsap is back from his wrist injury, Lyles is still very close to being a must-own player, despite Saturday’s meltdown. Especially with four games this week.


DeMarre Carroll Nets 38% - Carroll is one of the more interesting guys on the list this week, as he missed a couple games, which probably got him cut in a ton of leagues, and then came back for two fantasy-enticing lines. He’s averaging 13 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last two games, and had 10 points, seven boards and two 3-pointers in the game prior to getting hurt. The return of D’Angelo Russell isn’t as likely to hurt Carroll since he can play both forward positions, and the Nets should let him play big minutes now that he’s hot and proven he’s over his knee problem. The Nets go four times this week and I’m really into running him out there this week. Go get him.


Marquese Chriss Suns 48% & Dragan Bender Suns 13% - Chriss will probably miss his second straight game on Sunday, although he went out after just 10 minutes a week ago, making it more like three straight. The Suns only had two games in Week 13 and will play just two times again in Week 14, making all of them rough to own. The Suns are calling Chriss day-to-day, so hopefully he won’t be out much longer. He was rolling before the injury, racking up solid points, rebounds, steals, blocks and 3-pointers, and chances are you wouldn’t have started him in weekly leagues with just two games in each of these two-week periods anyway. If you can hang in there with him, try to do it. The Suns play four games in Week 14 and 15, so there is hope for the near future.


Bender went crazy a week ago when Chriss suffered his injury, knocking down six 3-pointers for 20 points, six boards, four assists, a steal and three blocks, and then played well again on Friday with 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three more 3-pointers. Just like his teammate, Chriss, Bender only has the potential for two games next week due to the Suns’ schedule. But as long as Chriss is out, Bender looks like a must-play. And even when Chriss is back, it’s possible Bender has earned more minutes for the lowly Suns. If you can stash him this week and get ready for the back-to-back four-game weeks that are coming, it could pay off.


JaMychal Green Grizzlies 15% - Green shocked the world, or just me, when he had 20 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and a block on Wednesday, but then piped back down with five points, seven boards and a block on Friday when he hit just 2-of-9 shots. He has been playing a bit better of late though, averaging 11 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals and an incredible (at least for him) 0.8 blocks over his last five games. And had his shot been falling on Friday, he’d be a much hotter pickup right now, as he would have probably had something like 14 points, seven boards and a block, giving him four straight solid stat lines in a row. He’s been a dud all season, but he could be heating up and the Grizzlies go four times this week.


Montrezl Harrell Clippers 7% – Harrell is sort of killing it right now, but it’s due to injuries to Blake Griffin, who is now healthy and rolling, and DeAndre Jordan, who has missed his last two games with a sprained ankle. Willie Reed also started and double-doubled on Sunday, but the bad news is that DeAndre Jordan isn’t expected to miss much more, if any, time. Harrell is averaging 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals over his last three games, knocking down 25-of-37 shots. But the hot run is likely coming to an end as soon as DAJ is back on the court.




Bismack Biyombo Magic 43% – Biyombo went crazy on Saturday with a career-high 21 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks, hitting 8-of-9 shots and 5-of-6 free throws in 33 minutes. He is starting until further notice for Nikola Vucevic and is averaging 10.1 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in his nine starts this season, shooting 57 percent from the floor. He was awesome on Saturday and there’s literally no one else to play center in Orlando. He should be owned everywhere.


Dewayne Dedmon Hawks 37% - Dedmon’s been back for three games and has gotten progressively better in each of them, peaking on Friday with 11 points, nine boards and a block in 23 minutes. Dedmon was playing well before suffering the leg injury and looks to be picking up where he left off. If you’re desperate for a center, he’s worth a shot with three games this week. He averaged 31 points7.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 13 games in November before getting hurt.


John Henson Bucks 40% – While there’s very little excitement that comes along with owning Henson, he has been an effective fantasy center for the most part. He’s averaging 9.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over his last five games, shooting 58 percent from the floor. And while he’s only shooting 54 percent from the line this season, he’s only missed one of his last six.


Bam Adebayo Heat 12% - Bam should have faded away by now with Hassan Whiteside and James Johnson both healthy, but Erik Spoelstra loves the way he’s playing and is finding ways to get him minutes, including playing him alongside Whiteside. He had 15 points, two rebounds, five assists and a steal on Wednesday against the Pacers, and went off for 16 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks on Tuesday against the Raptors. The key may be to see how Adebayo plays on Sunday, as we haven’t seen him in action in four days, but if he goes off or plays well against the Bucks, he’s going to be a really popular pickup over the next two days. Then again, if he disappears, it could be a sign that the hot streak is over.


Kosta Koufos Kings 3% - Koufos is on a weird run right now, racking up six points, 15 rebounds and three steals on Tuesday against the Lakers, then torched the Clippers for 14 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and a block on Thursday. But then on Saturday, in another meeting with the Clippers, he played just 18 minutes for six points, two rebounds and a steal. The best thing about Koufos right now is that he’s stealing the ball, racking up at least one in five straight. He’s really hard to trust as long as Willie Cauley-Stein is healthy and playing well, but Koufos is averaging 9.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals on 72 percent shooting over his six January games, and might be able to help deep-leaguers unless Saturday’s disappearance carries over into the new week.

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.