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Friday's Pickups of the Day

by Mike Gallagher
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Was 2:50 to 3:05 EST the busiest 15 minutes ever for NBA news? It might have been. We saw six point guards change teams with Goran Dragic and Brandon Knight as the big moves. Those two guys are going to be just fine and Dragic should put up top-50 numbers. Plus, we’ll see a slightly less usage rate from Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Knight gets a slight dip in production, but there’s no need to alter his value.
 
There are about 75 other guys who saw their value change, so I thought I’d write a little ranking of how each guy ranks against the others. If a guy lost value, I threw him on here so you can cut him for someone ranked higher.
 
Reggie Jackson - He has to be owned everywhere. R-Jax could be a top-30 guy.
 
Rudy Gobert - Ditto.
 
Isaiah Thomas - He should see minutes close to 30, which makes him a possible top-50 guy.
 
Jarrett Jack - He wasn’t moved, so there is a lot to like here.
 
Thaddeus Young - He’ll have similar fantasy value. If you owned him, you have to be happy with this outcome.
 
Alex Len - Floating around on a lot of wires.
 
Jordan Hill - A sneaky pickup after a lot of people dumped him. Not trade related, but definitely a good add.
 
Wilson Chandler - He’ll be a stud in points leagues.
 
Luol Deng - The addition of Dragic hurts him. Plus, Wade is back.
 
Michael Carter-Williams - He’s a cut candidate in standard leagues, which might sound crazy to those who don’t pay attention to percentages. Plus, his usage is going down.
 
Kelly Olynyk - He should beat Sullinger back and could put up huge numbers.
 
Tyler Zeller - No Sully means Zeller should get minutes in the upper 20s. He might play 30 while KO is out, too.
 
Isaiah Canaan - This one is all upside. He has a chance to be better than MCW and could be a 2.5 trey guy. Probably the best pickup in real fantasy leagues. Also, a Canaan on the tank is amazing for Philly.
 
Marcus Smart - He’s not a HUGE loser because he should still play close to 30 minutes. His ceiling takes a hit, though.
 
Brandon Bass - Sullinger got hurt and Bass wasn’t dealt. He’s a very strong player to own. 
 
Gerald Green - He still gets a few more minutes. Give him a look if you need treys.
 
Jodie Meeks - He is a slight winner because Augustin loves KCP.
 
Shabazz Muhammad - He should be a winner from the Thad Young move.
 
Randy Foye - There is a chance for him, but Shaw has to play him.
 
Mason Plumlee - A big loser from Bro-Lo staying put. If you’re in a points league, this is totally different. His FT% is a killer.
 
John Henson and Zaza Pachulia - Henson was never going to play more than 25 minutes, so the addition of Plum Dawg doesn’t hurt. Zaza also has a similar ceiling. Henson is the better points league guy.
 
Brandan Wright - He should get close to 20 minutes.
 
Arron Afflalo - He’ll lose about 30 percent of his value due to a lower usage rate and lower minutes. A big cut candidate. 
 
Tim Frazier - I think he’ll get minutes in the upper 20s. Maybe even more than that.
 
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - DJA passes to KCP a lot, so that hurts him here.
 
Jared Sullinger - Up to you if you want to stash him.
 
Gary Harris - The tank is on, so Harris should get a lot of playing time.
 
Jason Richardson - If he’s healthy, he might actually be a standard league guy. Wait and see, though.
 
P.J. Tucker - No more 3G lineups means more minutes here. Also for Marcus Morris, who has a similar rank here.
 
Danilo Gallinari - He’ll still have a minutes cap, but the ceiling is higher.
 
D.J. Augustin - Probably the biggest loser of the day.
 
Trevor Booker - He should play close to 20 minutes, which puts him on the radar in 16-team leagues.
 
Enes Kanter - His minutes won’t drop too much, but his usage rate is going in the toilet. That’s not good for a two-category player.
 
Ray McCallum - He might have a nice plug-and-play on Friday with Darren Collison up in the air.
 
Evan Turner - He’s just not made for standard fantasy leagues and now he’ll almost never play PG.
 
Mario Chalmers - He loses a lot of value here.
 
Caron Butler - He should see around 5-7 more minutes.
 
Jerami Grant, Hollis Thompson and JaKarr Sampson - They all have a similar chance for minutes, but Grant easily has the highest ceiling.
 
Dion Waiters - The Thunder getting a backup PG who can also play next to Westy hurts Dion.
 
Miles Plumlee - Not a per-minute guy and will likely just play 14-18 minutes.
 
Tayshaun Prince - He might start, but Prince has been one of the worst stat producers in the last decade.
 
Darrell Arthur - Should get five more minutes at the forward spots.
 
K.J. McDaniels - A major loser from today and his agent has to be mad. 
 
Kevin Garnett - He won’t play more than 20 minutes.
 
Nick Collison - He has one day’s worth of value.
 
Quincy Miller - Maybe he's climbing into the rotation?
 
Anthony Bennett - Nothing really helped him today.
 
Shabazz Napier - The return of Wade already killed his value.
 
Victor Claver - He has a chance for minutes at SF. I doubt it, though.
 
Alexey Shved - ALOLexey Shved.
 
Kyle Singler - From starter to third-stringer behind the best SF in the conference.
 
Marcus Thornton - Probably just getting minutes in the low double digits.
 
Grant Jerrett - He was good at summer league a couple years ago, but obviously won’t do much.
 
Will Barton - He was a fan favorite in POR, but he’s not a lock for minutes at all.
 
Ramon Sessions - He’s John Wall’s backup.
 
Tyler Ennis - He’s nowhere near ready to being a pro. What’s with the Bucks getting Syracuse PGs today?
 
Norris Cole - He just doesn’t play well enough to be owned in most leagues.
 
Nik Stauskas - He wasn’t traded, which is bad news. Although, Rudy Gay playing the four more helps him a tad.
 
Alonzo Gee - Nic Batum wrist insurance because the Blazers actually need Afflalo.
 
Jae Crowder - Probably only plays 10-16 minutes now.
 
JaVale McGee - A strong bet to be bought out.
 
Thomas Robinson - Likely waived.
 
Danny Granger - He’ll be bought out and clearly can’t play more than 18 minutes.
 
Pablo Prigioni - One of the worst players for stats.
 
Tyler Johnson - So much for that idea.
 
Archie Goodwin - He might play a bit.
 
Zoran Dragic - Brothers and teammates for life!
 
Justin Hamilton - The Pelicans picked him up, but he won’t play.
 
Kendrick Perkins - Nope.
 
The rest of the guys not listed are likely out of the rotation or will be bought out.

Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher has covered fantasy hoops for eight years and this season is his second with Rotoworld. You can find him on Twitter talking about a player's shots at the rim.