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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 15

by Steve Alexander
Updated On: January 20, 2019, 10:29 am ET

Week 15 Games Played Schedule

 

4 Games: CHI, CLE, DAL, HOU, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHX, POR, SAC, TOR, UTA, WAS

3 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, DEN, DET, GSW, LAL, MIL, PHI, SAS

2 Games: CHA, IND

 

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Point Guards

 

3 Derrick White Spurs 58 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues – He’s finally up to 58 percent ownership and point guards are hard to come by on the wire these days. White’s been hit-or-miss over his last five games, but is still averaging almost 34 minutes along with 14 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting over his last five, and those are pretty great numbers. The only downside is the three-game week when a lot of teams go four times.

 

4 Austin Rivers Rockets 22% – Chris Paul sounds like he’s still a week away from returning from his hamstring injury and Rivers goes four times this week. He’s played 46 minutes in each of his last two games and is averaging 38 minutes over his last five. The numbers over his last five are 13.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.4 3-pointers, but they’d be a heck of a lot better if he wasn’t playing alongside the hottest basketball player of all time right now. Rivers should have one more week of big minutes left in him before CP3 returns to ruin the party.

 

4 Shai-Gilgeous Alexander Clippers 34% - SGA went off for 24 points, three boards, five assists and three steals in 43 minutes on Friday night, Lou Williams is going to miss time with his hamstring injury, and Danilo Gallinari left on Friday with a back problem. Add all that together and this could end up being a big four-game week for SGA.

 

4 De’Anthony Melton Suns 11% - Melton has proven to be pretty worthless as long as Devin Booker is around, and Booker’s definitely around right now. Melton’s numbers have been horrible of late, and he’s nothing more than a stash right now. But I still think that Booker’s eventually going to be shut down at some point, and that’s when you’ll want to own Melton. But for now, I’d rather have a six-pack of Natty Light on my roster instead of Melton.

 

Shooting Guards

 

4 Danny Green Raptors 52% - I really tried not to put Green on this list, but he forced my hand with his 24 points, seven boards, three assists, two steals, a block and eight 3-pointers on Saturday against the lowly Grizzlies. He’s played really well in three of his last four games, and is averaging 14.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.2 blocks and 3.4 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five. I don’t trust him, but those numbers are sick, the Raptors play four games, and he’s provided solid value over his last two weeks. Yes, I’m taking the bait, yet again.

 

4 Terrence Ross Magic 52% – Ross is having a great season and outside of an eight-point dud on Jan. 6, has had a pretty stellar January, averaging 16.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.1 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting. I’m not sure why he’s not owned in more leagues.

 

4 E’Twaun Moore Pelicans 25% - Moore has scored 17 points in back-to-back games and could be ready to get hot again. He struggled coming off his quad injury earlier this month and his two-game run is a small sample size, but he plays four games and is a guy you want to own while he’s hot. He’s averaging 17 points, 2.5 boards and 2.5 3-pointers in his last two games, and has played gets 30 minutes a night. And with Anthony Davis out with his finger injury, possibly all week, the Pelicans are going to need Moore to score.

 

4 Gerald Green Rockets 9% - Green is on a three-game tear, averaging 15.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 4.3 3-pointers over that stretch, despite the fact that Eric Gordon is back and played well in two of those. Green’s well should run dry once Chris Paul is back, but then again, the Rockets will probably handle him with kid gloves to help ensure he’s still healthy for the playoffs. Green’s not a must-own player, but with the four games and him being on a heater, he’s worth a shot in some spots.

 

4 Kyle Korver Jazz 12% - Korver scored in double figures in three straight games before Friday’s seven-point effort, and is averaging 14 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last five. The Jazz are hurting for healthy guards right now and Korver’s getting 25 minutes a night. He probably won’t help you outside of 3-pointers and some decent scoring, but he’s a decent DFS option, as well as a deep-league option if you need threes.

 

Small Forwards

 

3 Kevin Huerter Hawks 31% – Despite the recent return of Taurean Prince, Huerter has scored in double figures in all eight of his January games and has a double-digit streak of nine straight. He’s averaging 15.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.5 3-pointers in January, but is shooting just 42 percent. Kent Bazemore (ankle) is MIA and Huerter continues to outplay Prince. The only downside is the three-game week.

 

4 Justin Holiday Grizzlies 33% – Holiday has finally been relevant over his last two games, moving into the starting lineup for Kyle Anderson (ankle), playing an average of 33 minutes in them, and averaging 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.5 3-pointers in those two games. Anderson is going to miss at least another week with his ankle injury, and this could be the week Holiday actually breaks out. It’s taken some time, but he finally looks like a relevant fantasy player again.

 

3 DeAndre Bembry Hawks 13% – Bembry laid an egg on Jan. 9, failing to score, but has been in double figures ever since, averaging 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 3-pointers over his last four games, and is getting 33.4 minutes over his last five games. The three-game week is a bummer, but it looks like Bembry is going to have fantasy value the rest of the way for the Hawks.

 

4 Royce O’Neal Jazz 4% - O’Neal posted a dud last Monday, but has been really good in the other four games he’s played in his last five. He’s averaging 10.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five. If you throw out the goose egg from Monday, those numbers shoot up, and he seems to play really well when Ricky Rubio (hamstring) is out. And I doubt we see Rubio this week, which bodes well for O’Neal and his four games.

 

3 Luke Kennard Pistons 5% – Kennard is hot, scoring in double figures in four straight games and averaging 14.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting over his last five games. The Pistons only play three times this week, making him a tough buy, but he should be a cheap DFS flier, and could stay hot in standard leagues, as well. Kennard looks to be poised for a solid second half.

 

Power Forwards

 

4 Kelly Oubre Suns 63% - While Melton and Josh Jackson have been disappointing for the Suns, Oubre is rolling, averaging 19.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s a must-own player, plain and simple.

 

4 JaMychal Green Grizzlies 41% – Green was playing well until Saturday’s three-point dud, when he played just 14 minutes after getting the start for Marc Gasol (back). You have to wonder how much longer Gasol will be in Memphis, or how much of a problem his back will be going forward, but even with Saturday’s dud, JAM is averaging 12.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five games. Now’s a great time to add the big man.

 

4 Bobby Portis Bulls 41% – Wendell Carter Jr. has been shut down with thumb surgery and is probably done for the year. Robin Lopez got the start on Saturday, but Portis went off for 21 points, six boards, a steal and two 3-pointers on 8-of-12 shooting in that one. He also had a 10 & 13 double-double on Thursday, and should be the big winner in WCJ’s injury debacle. With four games this week, Portis should be owned everywhere.

 

4 P.J. Tucker Rockets 44% - Tucker is averaging 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.4 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games, getting 36 minutes a night. And with Clint Capela (thumb surgery) out for the foreseeable future, Tucker is going to get all the minutes he can handle. If there was ever a time to take a flier on Tucker, it’s right now.

 

4 Harry Giles Kings 6% – Giles is far from a must-own player and is still getting fewer than 20 minutes a night, which isn’t good. But he’s in the rotation and has the potential to take off at any time. He’s averaging 7.8 points, 4.4 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.0 blocks on 57 percent shooting over his last five games. Just keep a close eye on him.

 

4 Ivan Rabb Grizzlies 0% - Rabb went off for 13 points, 11 rebounds and a block in 22 minutes on Saturday, after not doing anything for the rest of the season. Rabb will need both Joakim Noah (personal) and Marc Gasol (back) to continue to miss time to have a chance at success, but he should definitely be on your watch list until we learn of Gasol’s fate in Memphis. If the back injury lingers, or he gets traded, Rabb could have a surprising second half.

 

Centers

 

4 Bam Adebayo Heat 35% – Bam is a Hassan Whiteside trade away from being a must-own player, but he’s tough to start right now, averaging 7.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.2 blocks over his last five games. He’s a perfect definition of a stash and his numbers could potentially double if Whiteside is ever moved out of his way.

 

4 Ante Zizic Cavaliers 11% – Tristan Thompson is dealing with a foot injury and the Cavs have little incentive to play him as they continue to tank. Meanwhile, Zizic is on fire, scoring in double digits in four of his last five games and averaging 14.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocks on 66 percent shooting over that stretch. Those numbers jump up to 18 points and 8.0 rebounds if you throw out the scoreless game last Sunday, and he looks like a strong add for the upcoming four-game week. Thompson’s return could hurt, but Zizic is rolling.

 

3 Ivica Zubac Lakers 26% – Zubac is a sometimes starter and is getting a nice role off the bench, but also has to compete with Tyson Chandler and JaVale McGee for minutes in the middle in L.A. Even so, he’s coming off a big couple games from last week, and is averaging 21.5 points and 9.5 rebounds over his last two games, hitting 16-of-20 shots over that stretch. He’s tough to trust, but played 28 minutes on Thursday and 21 minutes on Saturday before fouling out. The Lakers only have three games this week, but Zubac is worth stashing in case he stays hot this week.

 

4 Luke Kornet Knicks 11% – Kornet has been solid in his last two games, averaging 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.0 steals, 0.5 blocks and 3.5 3-pointers over that stretch. Mitchell Robinson is back from his ankle injury and Enes Kanter is still around, but at some point, Kornet and Robinson could handle the majority of minutes in the middle for the awful Knicks. Kornet’s an interesting flier with four games this week, especially since he’s hot.

 

4 Mitchell Robinson Knicks 8% – Maybe he’ll get it going at some point and he finally returned from his ankle injury for Thursday’s game in London, when he played just 10 minutes. At some point, you have to think the Knicks will scrap Enes Kanter and see what Robinson can do. He’s a stash right now for his potential to score, rebound and block shots.

 

2 Bismack Biyombo Hornets 9% - After doing nothing on Thursday in just nine minutes, Biyombo went off on Saturday with 11 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and five blocks in 27 minutes. He’s been starting, rebounding and blocking shots, but he’s a tough option with just two games this week. I just thought his big line from Saturday was worth mentioning. 

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.