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Monday's Pickups of the Day

Updated On: November 5, 2018, 1:16 am ET

Four of the seven games on Sunday were complete blowouts, so many of the performances I'm dismissing as garbage-time flukes. Nevertheless, some guys stood out and even meaningless minutes can reveal real upside. There are some guys here you'd never get in a very competitive league, and some guys who might be available in a 20-teamer. Let's go.

 

Mo Bamba - His first NBA dub-dub came on Sunday with 12 points and 11 rebounds in just 16 minutes. Oh, and of course he also added a blocked shot. He needs only 20 minutes to make an impact and if the Magic eventually deal Nik Vucevic...you'll want to be on Team Bamba before it happens.

 

Pascal Siakam - He's owned, right? I have nothing much to add from to my blurb from Sunday's game: "Kawhi Leonard was resting tonight, but Siakam is the real deal and he's making a case for ownership in all leagues regardless of Kawhi's status. He's fearless at both ends of the court and the Raptors have empowered him to be aggressive offensively -- made 8-of-14 shots tonight, with the third-most shot attempts on the team. If he's still available, go get him."

 

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Danny Green - Another sneaky-good line from Green, who dropped 15 points all on 3-pointers, with three boards, three assists, two blocks and just one turnover in 26 minutes. Yeah, Kawhi's absence and the Lakers' defense inflated this a tad, but that's still solid...and is almost becoming the norm.

 

Shelvin Mack - He's surging right now with at least 14 points in three straight games, and he's hit 14 of his past 21 shot attempts. It won't last but he's worth a long look in competitive leagues if you need cheap points, 3-pointers, dimes and steals.

 

Mikal Bridges - You're going to see this kid's name here a lot as long as his ownership percentage is in the single-digits. He had 14 points and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes on Sunday and Phoenix is going to turn him loose sooner rather than later.

 

Patty Mills - Hey, the Spurs backcourt is super thin and he's looked very good over the past two games. Not much more than scoring and 3s here, but he's available on every waiver wire.

 

Mario Hezonja - Tim Hardaway Jr. went down with a lower back injury and sent it felt "nerve" related, so he could miss time. Enter Hezonja as a cheap play. Allonzo Trier is also in the mix here for the same THJ-related reason.

 

Landry Shamet - Wilson Chandler could eventually damage Shamet's minutes, but he's getting solid run and coach Brett Brown referred to him as "mini J.J. Redick" recently. He's at least worth watching closely in deeper leagues.

 

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson - He's probably owned in most leagues but go double-check. He had 21/6/3 on Sunday, hitting 9-of-14 FGs in 30 minutes, and looks ready to turn on the jets.

 

Justin Jackson - This was a 'blowout special' and there were a lot of them tonight, but we can't ignore Jackson's 22-point, four triple performance. There was zero else for fantasy value, though.

 

Ivica Zubac - Look, I said in his blurb tonight something like, "He belongs on the wire everywhere." And that's true. But the Lakers keep losing, coach Luke Walton's job is on the line, there's not much frontcourt depth at all behind JaVale McGee...so at some point, Zubac is going to get run. A severe illness ruined his preseason but he's slowly creeping into the picture. (Full disclosure: I just added him in a 30-team league that goes 360 players deep, dropping Cristiano Felicio, so I'm somewhat justifying my own ill-begotten fascination with him.)

 

Meyers Leonard - He double-doubled but it was in garbage time and his first since 2016. No thanks. Let's end on that bitter note!


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