Loading scores...
Magazine Articles

Friday's Pickups of the Day

by Jonas Nader
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Terry Rozier- He’s been sneaky good over his last three games and has played 23+ minutes in each. He’s worth owning in deeper leagues and is also an insurance policy for Kyrie Irving

 
Spurs- They are expected to rest “5-6 players” on Saturday vs. the Suns, so there should be some value if you’re streaming a roster spot. 
 
Fred VanVleet- He’s rolling as Kyle Lowry’s backup and will continue to offer some deep-league value, at least until Delon Wright (shoulder) is back. 
 
Andrew Harrison- He can’t shoot, but Harrison could be a decent source of counting stats until Mike Conley (foot) gets back. 
 
Chandler Parsons- I’ll need to see him a string a few good games together and I’m not confident that he can make it through a whole season. 
 
Jakob Poeltl- I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that he could be starting over Jonas Valanciunas soon. 
 
Malcolm Brogdon- He’ll get a nice bump if Tony Snell (knee) misses more time, as Brogdon played 41 minutes Friday. 
 
Thon Maker- He outplayed John Henson, but that isn’t hard to do these days. Just keep an eye on him. 
 
J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell- Both players had off nights, but they will get another shot at big minutes with Dennis Smith Jr. expected to miss one more game with a hip injury. 
 
Dwight Powell- He set season-highs in points (15) and minutes (30) and the Mavericks should find ways to get him more involved down the stretch. 
 
Ian Clark- Rajon Rondo was rested, but Clark showcased his potential if Rondo misses any additional time this season. 
 
De’Aaron Fox- His efficiency is still a major issue in fantasy, but he played a team-high 36 minutes and led the Kings to a win. 
 
Frank Mason- There’s plenty of room for Fox and Mason to coexist, especially with George Hill unhappy and playing poorly. 
 
Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic- They will be hit-or-miss for a while, but the Kings will unleash them after the new year hopefully. 
 
Jordan Bell- Minutes are still low, but one of my favorite high-upside players to keep at the end of my fantasy rosters. 
 
Shaun Livingston- He’ll have some low-end value for a couple weeks, but he’s also a threat to pick up an occasional rest day. 
 
Boban Marjanovic- Played a season-high 14 minutes, but it’s unclear if he will stay in the rotation on a nightly basis. 
 
Malik Beasley- He made a strong impression on me and coach Malone called him “phenomenal” after the game. His role is growing, but I don’t see a large path to minutes while Gary Harris and Will Barton are healthy. 
 
Emmanuel Mudiay- He had his second strong game in a row and Jamal Murray tweaked his right ankle. The injury isn’t considered serious, so most fantasy owners can be patient here. 
 
Kenneth Faried- He had his best game of the season with 20 points and 10 boards, but Nikola Jokic’s (ankle) return is nearing. I still think he could be relevant with Paul Millsap out for months. 
 
Jonathon Simmons- He’s likely not available in competitive leagues, but doesn’t hurt to check. 
 
Marreese Speights- With Aaron Gordon picking up a concussion, Speights is the next man up and is usually a nice per-minute producer. 
 
Cory Joseph- Darren Collison may have tweaked his knee and wasn’t sure about his status for Sunday. 
 
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist- Despite playing big minutes lately, he’s still available in a lot of leagues. 
 
David Nwaba- He’s had some really strong games this season mixed in with some duds. He could be relevant with Zach LaVine not expected back until the new year.