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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 6

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

Games Played Week 6




2 Games: CHA, MIN


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Ish Smith Pelicans 59 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues – Despite the presence of Jrue Holiday, Smith has been quite relevant for the Pelicans, averaging 16.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 9.6 assists and 1.6 steals on 45 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s playing nearly 35 minutes a night and I just can’t figure out why he’s not owned in more leagues. Just don’t look for him to hit a ton of 3-pointers.


Jerryd Bayless Bucks 30% - Bayless has overtaken Michael Carter-Williams as the starting point guard in Milwaukee and has scored in double digits in four straight games. He’s averaging 11.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.8 3-pointers over his last five games and looks like a must-own player now that he’s starting.


Isaiah Canaan Sixers 18% - Canaan had 23 points and four 3-pointers on Friday and is expected to start again on Sunday. He’s averaging 15.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers over his last five games on 42 percent shooting. He’s played at least 30 minutes in three straight games and is another strong pick up now that he’s replaced T.J. McConnell as the starting PG in Philly.


Zach LaVine Wolves 56% - Ricky Rubio is out again on Sunday with an ankle injury and LaVine got another start. LaVine had a nice game with 18 points, seven assists and three 3-pointers, and is averaging 16.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s not stealing or blocking, but even if Rubio gets healthy soon, LaVine has been playing well enough to justify owning.


Jeremy Lamb Hornets 35% - Lamb has hit double figures in five straight games and is averaging 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting in his last five, despite coming off the bench. He’s quietly scored in double digits in 13 of his 16 games this season.


Marco Belinelli Kings 18% - Belinelli was hot coming into Saturday’s game, but hit just 2-of-10 shots for five points and two assists in that one. He was 0-for-7 from downtown, but scored 17 points in each of his previous three games. He’s averaging 13.8 points and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games, but won’t give you many stats in most other categories.




C.J. Miles Pacers 57% - Miles blew up for 32 points on Tuesday and is averaging 21.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 4.6 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s also shooting it lights out at 53 percent during that stretch, including 56 percent from downtown. His next injury might be just around the corner, but for now, CJM should be owned in all leagues.


Kent Bazemore Hawks 49% - Baze has been back for two games after missing time with an ankle injury and played well in both of them. He was rolling before he went down and it’s time to pick him up if he was dropped in your league. He’s averaging 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 3-pointers on the season.


Jeff Green Grizzlies 44% - Green has hit double digits in three straight and is averaging 12.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s getting 31 minutes a game, but has also been a little better with Zach Randolph shelved with a knee injury.


Gerald Green Heat 16% - Green has killed it in his last two games, both starts for injured Luol Deng, and he’ll also play nice minutes when Dwyane Wade isn’t healthy. Deng should be back soon, but Green is still worth a deep-league look after his 25 points and four 3-pointers on Friday.


Matt Barnes Grizzlies 9% - Barnes has scored in double figures in five straight games and has been starting for Zach Randolph, who has been out with a knee injury. He’s averaging 12.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games, and while he’ll take a hit when Z-Bo is back, he appears to have carved out a spot for himself off the Grizzlies’ bench.


Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Nets 22% - Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 8.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.8 steals over his last five games, logging 29 minutes a night. He’s been starting for the Nets and is a good rebounder, hitting double digits in three of his last four games. He should be available in a lot of leagues and is playing well enough to be owned in most of them.


Omri Casspi Kings 12% - Casspi has scored in double digits in four of his last five games, averaging 12.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 3-pointers during that stretch. He’s been aided by the absence of DeMarcus Cousins, but should continue to get enough minutes to make a difference when Boogie is back on the court.


Nemanja Bjelica Timberwolves 11% - Bjelica is back from his knee injury and played 22 minutes on Sunday, hitting all four of his shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, two rebounds and one assist. He was slumping prior to the injury, but looked pretty good on Sunday, making him a deep-league special.




Jordan Hill Pacers 20% - Hill missed Friday with a sore back and may not be able to go on Sunday, but had a nice 20 points and 11 rebounds last Saturday. He’s averaging 10.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks over his last four games and is a decent big-man option in Indy when healthy.


Ian Mahinmi Pacers 15% - Mahinmi had 15 points, nine boards, a steal and a block on Friday, and is averaging 6.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks over his last five games. He’s shooting just 40 percent during that stretch and isn’t a big scorer, but is a serviceable center if you need one.


Clint Capela Rockets 24% - Capela is now starting over Terrence Jones, although we don’t know how long that will last. He had 13 points, 10 boards and two blocks on Friday, and is expected to start again on Sunday. He’s averaging 8.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his last five games, but that’s just in 17.6 minutes per night. His minutes and production should rise if he continues to start for the Rockets.


Kosta Koufos Kings 38% - Koufos has been starting and producing with DeMarcus Cousins out for the last three games, and is averaging 13.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.4 blocks over his last five. The return of Cousins isn’t going to be good news for Koufos, but he’s clearly a better option than Willie Cauley-Stein right now. He’s worth grabbing, even when Cousins is back.


Gorgui Dieng Timberwolves 56% - Dieng is starting to come on a bit, averaging 10.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks over his last five games. He’s at 25 minutes per game during that stretch and is finally getting a break. Think about grabbing him if he was dropped.


Nikola Jokic Nuggets 22% - Jokic is starting, for now, and averaging 9.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks over his last five games, shooting 52 percent. The blocks aren’t there and he’ll take a hit once Jusuf Nurkic is finally back in action, but that could be several weeks from now.


Bismack Biyombo Raptors 17% - Jonas Valanciunas will miss about six weeks with his hand injury and Biyombo has been starting in his place. BB didn’t even score in 35 minutes on Friday, but did have 16 rebounds and four blocks. He’s averaging 11.5 rebounds and 1.25 blocks over his last four games, and is squaring off against Alex Len and the Suns as I write this. He’s not going to score many points, but is worth grabbing if you need boards and blocks.


Spencer Hawes Hornets 1% - Al Jefferson went down with a calf injury on Sunday and will have an MRI on Monday. If he’s going to miss time, Hawes, Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky are all going to get minutes at center. I like Hawes the best of the bunch, but it remains to be seen which one will step up. None of them did much on Sunday, and all played either 16 or 17 minutes after Jefferson left in the first quarter. 

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.