With just three games on the slate, there wasn’t a lot of big news as far as pickups go on Tuesday night. Here’s what we’ve got.
Tyler Ulis Suns – Ulis has been hit-or-miss lately, but is starting and playing better, at least before Tuesday’s dud. Devin Booker suffered a potentially serious groin injury last night which would give Ulis’ value a boost. If you own Ulis, hang onto him until we see how this plays out.
Mike James Suns – James’ contract is set to expire on Wednesday, but the Suns might be forced to sign him for the rest of the season if Booker is going to miss time with his groin injury suffered at the end of last night’s game. Keep an eye on news on James on Wednesday and be ready to pounce if, A. they’re going to sign him, and B. Booker’s injury is serious.
Josh Jackson Suns – Booker left last night’s game with what appeared to be a serious groin injury and could be set to miss several games, or weeks, although we still don’t have verification on his injury. If he’s out Jackson could get extended minutes and be worth stashing in case he blows up. He had 13 points, one rebound and two assists in 27 minutes on Tuesday, but has the potential for so much more.
Troy Daniels Suns – Daniels had 13 points, three boards, one assist and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes off the bench on Tuesday. Booker’s groin injury could cost him some serious time, and Daniels could benefit from it. He’s not a must-own player, but is worth a look if Booker’s going to be out.
Joe Ingles Jazz – Ingles had a nice 16 points, two rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes on Tuesday. He’s back and playing well, averaging 11.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.8 3-pointers over his last five games. Pick him up if he was dropped in your league.
Alec Burks Jazz – Burks cooled off on Tuesday, hitting 2-of-9 shots and no 3-pointers for 11 points, two rebounds, five assists and a steal in 22 minutes. Rodney Hood was out again with an ankle injury, but should be back soon. However, Burks had scored at least 24 points with eight 3-pointers in his previous three games, and will try to get going again against the Rockets on Thursday. If you picked him up for this week, I’d recommend sticking with him and then making a move on Sunday if he’s still struggling.
Meyers Leonard, Ed Davis and Noah Vonleh Blazers - None of them did anything on Tuesday, but Jusuf Nurkic left with a sprained right ankle that didn't look great. If he's going to miss time, these guys will see a boost. Vonleh's been great on the glass this season when Al-Farouq Aminu was out, but hasn't played much center, while Leonard could end up starting. Davis is also worth a look, but it's tough to say which one of them will step up, especially since we don't even know if Nurkic is going to actually miss time. I'd rank them Davis, Leonard, Vonleh, at first glance.
Jakob Poeltl Raptors – Poeltl had 13 points, five rebounds and a block on Tuesday and had 18 points, six boards and two blocks in his previous game. Jonas Valanciunas’ minutes are way down (18 last night) and he’s struggling a bit, so Poeltl could be someone to give a close look to if you need a center. The timeshare appears to be on in Toronto.
OG Anunoby Raptors – Anunoby had 16 points, four 3-pointers, two rebounds and a steal in another start on Tuesday. He’s not playing consistently well enough to be a must-own player, but as long as he’s starting, he has potential to be worth rostering. Just keep an eye on him, but he doesn’t tend to do much besides hit threes, but he also has at least one steal in four straight games.
Fred VanVleet Raptors – VanVleet had 13 points, six assists and a 3-pointer on Tuesday in 21 minutes. He’s played well in two straight games and will continue to get run in Delon Wright’s (shoulder) absence. He’s another guy to keep an eye on.
Thabo Sefolosha Jazz – Sefolosha played through a hand injury and hit 5-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, eight boards, four steals and two blocks in 21 minutes. He’s never going to be a big scorer, but steals and blocks are his forte, even though he didn’t have one in his previous three games. I’m not picking him up, but he deserves to be watched after tonight’s game. Rodney Hood’s (ankle) return should hurt him a little.