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Saturday's Pickups of the Day

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

Alec Burks- He another outstanding effort with 24 points, but he’s been useful for the past five games and has stepped up in the absence of Rodney Hood

Darius Miller- He might be the biggest beneficiary if Anthony Davis misses time with a groin injury. He’s hit at least two triples in 13 out of his last 14 games. 
Cheick Diallo- He didn’t play on Friday, but might enter the rotation on Saturday. Only worth monitoring in very deep leagues. 
E’Twaun Moore- He’s still starting and playing big minutes, and he’ll have more shots coming his way with Anthony Davis expected to miss time. 
Tomas Satoransky- Tim Frazier was supposed to step up without John Wall, but it’s been all Satoransky lately. 
Jordan Bell- He’s officially in the rotation and delivered like he usually does, scoring 16 points with four rebounds, three blocks and a steal in 16 minutes. The upside here is insane and coach Steve Kerr kept his promise about finding minutes for him. 
Jonathon Simmons- He may end up starting the rest of the season following Terrence Ross’ serious knee injury. 
Jakob Poeltl- He’s a big winner with Lucas Nogueira (calf) potentially looking at a long time on the shelf. 
Pascal Siakam- He’s one of the most improved players in the NBA and could benefit sans Nogueira, but it hasn’t translated to fantasy just yet. 
Fred VanVleet- He’s an elite handcuff for Kyle Lowry and also has some standalone value in deeper leagues as well. 
Bam Adebayo- It wasn’t a good game for Bam, but he racked up six defensive stats and should be a great source of those and rebounds with Hassan Whiteside (knee) expected to miss a good bit of time. 
Kelly Olynyk- I actually like him a lot more than Bam, especially with his 3-point range. He also had a season-high six dimes and played 30 minutes. 
Michael Carter-Williams- He’s on the radar in deeper formats, but Kemba Walker (shoulder) could be back Monday. 
Josh Richardson- If available somehow, he’s easily the pickup of the night. It was nice to see him reward his patient fantasy owners with his third solid game in a row. 
Frank Mason- Not a good game, but the Kings are trying to get him more involved. 
De’Aaron Fox- After a tough stretch, the rookie is showing signs of a bounce back. 
Bogdan Bogdanovic- He could be a lot of fun to own down the stretch when the Kings unleash both him and Buddy Hield
Garrett Temple- He’s been sneaky good lately, but he’s an obvious trade candidate for the Kings. 
David Nwaba- He was back in the rotation after a lengthy absence (injury related) and was awesome with a 9-9-5 line. Coach Hoiberg also loves him. 
Rudy Gay- Strong game, but he hasn’t played much and Kawhi Leonard (quad) is due back soon. 
Ben McLemore- With the Grizzlies struggling, he could be a name to watch going forward.