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Friday's Pickups of the Day

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

Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet – Wright started and played just 18 minutes, but still had six points, four assists and two blocks. He didn’t play much with VanVleet so hot, while the score was also ugly with the Raptors destroying the Cavs. Wright was disappointing with Kyle Lowry out, but it happens. I’d still rather own Wright over VanVleet. FVV had 22 points, four boards, four assists, a steal and six 3-pointers, but Lowry’s not supposed to be out long with a tailbone injury. Wright has shown that he can produce when Lowry is playing. 


Bogdan Bogdanovic – He had a career-high 22 points with four boards, two assists and four 3-pointers and is really coming on. He’s averaging 15.8 points, 3.0 boards, 4.2 assists and 1.4 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting over his last five. The Kings need him to score and it’s time to grab him.


Larry Nance – He double-doubled and has played well in his last three, while Brook Lopez and Julius Randle both disappeared tonight. Kyle Kuzma also struggled with his shot, but I’d still rank these guys as Randle-Kuzma-Nance-Lopez.


Brandon Ingram – He’s scored at least 20 in three of his last four and is shooting 60 percent over that stretch. Free throws and a lack of peripherals are holding him back, but I love him.


Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – The travel restriction is over and he had five steals last night. He should be owned.


George Hill – Returned from a two-game absence and went off for 21 points, three boards, three assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer, hitting 5-of-13 shots. I don’t trust him much, but he was good tonight and is going to play next to De’Aaron Fox. I’d still rather own Fox.  


Montrezl Harrell – Hit 11-of-12 shots for season-high 25 points and six boards. DeAndre Jordan went down with an ankle injury tonight and could miss time, and Harrell would likely be the winner.


Milos Teodosic – He returned from a foot injury and had 10 points and nine assists with two 3-pointers. He’s been tough to own, but the upside makes him worth a stash.


Tyrone Wallace - The kid made another start, despite the return of Milos, and had eight points, three boards, two assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer. He's played well all week, but once Austin Rivers is back, Wallace should crawl away. But he's probably a nice short-term add if you need a guard in a deep league. 


Kosta Koufos – Double-doubled after getting 15 boards in his previous game. It will be hard for him to keep it going as long as Willie Cauley-Stein is healthy, but he’s playing well.


Pascal Siakam – Hit 7-of-10 shots for 16 points, eight boards, four assists and a steal, but got a boost from Serge Ibaka’s suspension.


Marcus Morris – Had 19 points, eight boards and three 3-pointers for the Celtics, but I still don’t trust him.


Norman Powell – Had 14 points, six boards, three assists, a block and two 3-pointers last night. He’s struggled all season so just keep an eye on him.


Jakob Poeltl – He played 26 minutes off the bench and double-doubled with 12 points, 12 boards and three blocks. Jonas Valanciunas played just 19 minutes in the start, but still had 15 points and 18 boards. JV is completely hit or miss, making it tough to roster Poeltl as long as JV’s healthy.


Bryn Forbes – He’s scored in double figures in five straight games, but is a shaky fantasy add with Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard lurking. 

Steve Alexander

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for NBC Sports Edge and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2020-21 NBA season marks (at least) his 20th year of covering fantasy hoops for NBC Sports. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.