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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 22

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

Games Played Week 22

 

4 Games: ATL, CHA, CHI, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAL, MIL, MIN, ORL, PHI, PHX, SAC, SAS, WAS

3 Games: BOS, BRK, DAL, LAC, MEM, MIA, NOP, NYK, OKC, POR, TOR, UTA

 

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Guards

 

Shelvin Mack Jazz 35% - Mack is cooking and should be owned in all leagues. He’s averaging 17.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.6 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting over his last five games. He's Utah's starting point guard and those numbers are no fluke.

 

Lance Stephenson Grizzlies 54 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues – Stephenson is healthy and hot, averaging 18.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 0.8 steals over his last four games. He’s not going to hit many 3-pointers, but the rest of his numbers are fun. He’ll take a hit once Mike Conley (Achilles) is back, but that could take a while.

 

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Josh Richardson Heat 24% - Richardson posted a dud a week ago Saturday, but is rolling, averaging 16.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks and a whopping 3.2 3-pointers on 66 percent shooting over his last five games. Go get him.

 

Lou Williams Lakers 58% - Williams has been hot, averaging 20.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 2.3 3-pointers over his last three games. He’s been solid since a return from a hamstring injury and might have been dropped in your league.

 

Gary Harris Nuggets 49% - Harris has scored in double figures in 13 straight games and is averaging 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five games, shooting 51 percent. Simply put, he’s been better than Will Barton for a month or so now.

 

Patrick Beverley Rockets 53% - Beverley had 18 points and 10 dimes on Friday but cooled down on Saturday with four points and five assists on 2-of-9 shooting. He’s still averaging 7.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers on 41 percent shooting over his last five games. That includes his 0-for-5 clunker on Saturday, March 12.

 

Isaiah Canaan Sixers 20% - Canaan has scored in double digits in four straight games, averaging 14.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games. And if you forget about his four-point dud on 2-of-7 shooting last Friday, those numbers look even better.

 

D.J. Augustin Nuggets 22% - DJA is rolling and had 24 points, three assists and three 3-pointers on Saturday, when he hit 8-of-11 shots. He’s averaging 16.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last five. He’s the backup point guard for Emmanuel Mudiay and is getting about 28 minutes a night right now. If you need a point guard in a deep league, he can really help.

 

Tony Allen Grizzlies 49% - Allen had a dud last Monday but has been playing very well, alongside Lance Stephenson. He’s averaging 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals over his last five games. He’s not hitting threes or blocking many shots, but he’s scoring, rebounding and stealing the rock.

 

Toney Douglas Pelicans 10% - With Norris Cole hurting and very iffy for Sunday with a back injury, Douglas has scored in double digits in four of his last five games. He’s averaging 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.2 3-pointers during that stretch. As long as Cole is out, Douglas looks good.

 

Tim Frazier Pelicans 6% - Frazier is averaging 13.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 3-pointers over his last two games, hitting 10-of-20 shots for his new team. He’s coming off the bench behind Jrue Holiday, but as long as Norris Cole is out, should get enough minutes to make a deep-league difference.

 

Forwards

 

Bojan Bogdanovic Nets 57% - Bogdanovic is really hot right now, scoring 44 points with four 3-pointers last Tuesday and hitting double digits in four straight games. He’s averaging 25.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting over his last four. He’s not blocking or stealing, but as long as he’s scoring and hitting 3-pointers, it’s all good.

 

Matt Barnes Grizzlies 47% - Barnes is also hot, averaging 16 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s shooting just 34 percent over that stretch, but is contributing in seven categories on a consistent basis.

 

Michael Beasley Rockets 20% - Not only has Beasley scored in double figures in five straight games, but he scored 30 points with nine rebounds on 12-of-18 shooting on Saturday. He’s averaging 17.8 points and 6.8 rebounds, and appears to be the power forward of favor for the Rockets these days. His low salary also makes him an intriguing DFS play right now.

 

Jerami Grant Sixers 23% - Grant has been back from his concussion for two games and is averaging 14.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in those games. With Jahlil Okafor out for the season, Grant should get at least 30 minutes a game the rest of the way.

 

Doug McDermott Bulls 26% - McDermott was rolling before Saturday’s seven-point dud, soring between 20 and 29 points in his previous three games. He’s averaging 18.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 3.0 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting over his last five games. I’d rather roll with him than Mike Dunleavy.

 

Darrell Arthur Nuggets 8% - Kenneth Faried is banged up and it sounds like he’s going to be rested down the stretch quite a bit. Arthur had 13 points, eight boards, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on Saturday and is averaging 11.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five. Any time Faried is out, rolling with DA makes sense.

 

Bobby Portis Bulls 16% -Portis is coming on a bit and is one of the few big men healthy in Chicago. He had a 12-14 double-double on Thursday and is averaging 8.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over his last five games. Pau Gasol’s return from a knee injury will hurt Portis, but as long as he’s out, Portis, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic should all be given consideration in fantasy.

 

Hollis Thompson Sixers 11% - Thompson has played well in four of his last five games. He’s averaging 11.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 3-pointers over that stretch, but he’ll take a hit when Robert Covington returns from his neck injury. He’s hoping to come back on Wednesday, so Thompson’s shelf life may be limited.

 

Nik Stauskas Sixers 8% - Stauskas racked up 23 points and five 3-pointers on Friday and is averaging 14.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games, shooting 50 percent. He’s getting some extra run with Robert Covington out with a neck injury, and Covington could return as soon as Wednesday. But as long as he’s out, Stauskas is worth a look.

 

Centers

 

Tyson Chandler Suns 65% - Alex Len is struggling with his shot lately and Chandler continues to start at center for the Suns. Chandler has double-doubled in four of his last five games, averaging 10.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks on 64 percent shooting over that stretch. I’m not sure why the Suns are even messing around with the elder statesman, but he’s playing very well.

 

David Lee Mavericks 61% - Lee is rolling, hitting double digits in scoring in four straight games and going off for 16 points, 16 rebounds and a block against the Warriors on Friday. Sure, it was a revenge game, but he’s playing 21 minutes a night right now and shooting it lights out, as in 76 percent from the floor over his last five games.

 

JaMychal Green Grizzlies 33% - Green slumped a bit early in the week but scored in double figures in three straight games, including Saturday. He’s averaging 10.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals over his last four games, but also has blocked a shot in each of his last two games. He’s still getting about 29 minutes a night and Marc Gasol is done for the year. Green may help a lot of owners win their league in the next couple weeks.

 

Kelly Olynyk Celtics 14% - Olynyk started the second half over Amir Johnson on Friday and has played 30 and 22 minutes in his two games since returning from a shoulder injury. The numbers haven’t really been there yet (6.5 points, 4.0 rebounds) in his two games, but if he does replace Johnson as a starter, Olynyk could be a sneaky add.

 

Bismack Biyombo Raptors 32% - Biyombo had a big week with Jonas Valanciunas out with a hand injury, posting 12 points and 13 boards on Tuesday and 16 points and 25 boards on Thursday. He had four points and 11 rebounds on Friday and has racked up 14 blocks in his past five games. The return of Valanciunas isn’t going to do him any favors, but hopefully Biyombo has earned a bigger role with his strong play while Valanciunas was hurting.

 

Myles Turner Pacers 51% - Turner played 31 minutes on Saturday and had 10 points, eight boards, a steal and two blocks. He’s averaging 11.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 1.0 blocks over his last five games. Hopefully he’s ready to start playing closer to 30 minutes instead of 20 a game for the Pacers.

 

Mason Plumlee Blazers 54% - Meyers Leonard is out with a separated shoulder, which should mean more minutes for Plumlee. He’s played between 27 and 30 minutes in three of his last four games and is averaging 10 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists over his last five games and makes for a nice add if still available.

 

Miles Plumlee Bucks 3% - This Plumlee has quietly been playing better, averaging 10.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks on 58 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s playing just 20 minutes a night, so he’s only worth a deep-league look.

 

Marreese Speights Warriors 4% - Speights had scored in double figures in four straight games before cooling off against the Spurs on Saturday. He’s still averaging 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting over his last five games. And with the Warriors all but required to limit Andrew Bogut’s minutes down the stretch, Speights should continue to see more and more minutes as the season winds down. Unfortunately, he hasn’t played more than 18 minutes in any of his last five games, but has still managed to produce on most nights.

 

Channing Frye Cavaliers 9% - Frye had just three points and four boards in 16 minutes on Saturday, but had scored 14 points in each of his previous two games. He’s more of a guy to watch out for when the starters are resting for the Cavs, but is also averaging 10.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 3-pointers over his last five games.

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.