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Tuesday's PUD

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

Greivis Vasquez G Raptors – Vasquez replaced Terrence Ross in the starting lineup on Monday and could stay there. He had 10 points, three assists and a 3-pointer, while Ross actually played well with 16 points and two 3-pointers off the bench. But if you’re in a deep league where starters are tough to come by, go ahead and take a flier on Vasquez. He’ll be better than this on most nights as long as he keeps starting.

 

Eric Gordon SG Pelicans - Gordon had 20 points, five assists and two 3-pointers and is averaging 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games. Pick him up and plan on riding him until his body breaks down, which could be any day now. 

 

Timofey Mozgov C Nuggets – Mozzy blew up for 15 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks. I don’t love him in Cleveland, but as long as he’s starting and active on the offensive end of things, he could start playing well again on a consistent basis.

 

Langston Galloway PG Knicks – Galloway started for the Knicks alongside Carmelo Anthony and Jose Calderon, while Quincy Acy and Cleanthony Early didn’t even play. Galloway went off for 21 points, five rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers. If Calderon gets traded, Galloway’s going to go from being an intriguing flier to a must-own player.

 

Lakers - Nick Young scored 24, Jeremy Lin double-doubled and Wayne Ellington started in place of Kobe Bryant. Young could finally be getting some confindence back, so keep a close eye on him, Lin is starting with Ronnie Price out with a broken nose, making him worth an add, and Ellington could become relevant once Kobe shuts it down for the season. 

 

C.J. Miles G/F Pacers – Miles racked up 23 points and four 3-pointers off the Pacers bench on Monday and as long as he’s healthy, is capable of playing like this on a nightly basis. 

 

Marcus Smart PG Celtics – Smart had a nice game Monday with 14 points, seven assists, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers, and if he could just start scoring like this, he’d be a must-own player.

 

Ersan Ilyasova F Bucks – Ilyasova had 14 points, seven boards, a block and a 3-pointer in 23 minutes on Monday. I don’t trust him any farther than I can throw him, but if he gets hot, he could be fun to own for a few weeks.

 

Donald Sloan PG Pacers – Sloan has been coming off the bench and helping to fill in for George Hill (groin), and has actually scored in double figures in three straight games. It would have to be a pretty deep league to reach for Sloan, but he had 17 points, six assists and a 3-pointer on Monday.

 

Alexis Ajinca F/C Pelicans – Ajinca hadn’t done anything this season until Anthony Davis went down three games ago. He’s now played well in three straight and had eight points and 11 rebounds. Forget about him once Davis is back, but if he’s going to miss more time with his toe injury, Ajinca might be worth a short-term grab.

 

Mike Scott F Hawks – Scott’s unreliable off the Hawks bench but went off for 20 points, five rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers on Monday. Just put him on your radar. 

 

Jameer Nelson PG Nuggets - I have no idea what's gotten into Nelson and he's scored either 14 or 16 points in three straight games off the Nuggets bench. I'm not ready to grab him unless Ty Lawson goes down, but he's palying well enough to be given a look now that he's got a new home. I just don't see it lasting. 

Steve Alexander

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