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by Mike Gallagher
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Columns about pickups are tough because everyone plays in different leagues and it's hard to write a one-size-fits-all piece. Every once in a while, we'll get a complaint about not going deep enough for owners in 16- and 20-team leagues, which is something that we always try to address.

 

So I thought it would be cool to take a look at some guys owned in less than five percent of Yahoo! leagues. Most of them just need a break to get run, but some guys are just lower-upside players.

 

Jerami Grant - He was probably the biggest surprise of Wednesday night with his eight blocks. Grant couldn't block or steal in Syracuse, but he's suddenly picked it up with the 76ers. Coach Brett Brown is a big fan of taking chances, so maybe that's why Grant is filling it up with defense.

 

Can he keep it going, though? It's really all about Luc Mbah a Moute. LMAM is out with a knee contusion and the 76ers have sat him out for a ton of reasons.  Grant actually didn't pick up many additional minutes with Nerlens Noel out, so that's another good sign. Plus, Furkan Aldemir can't score whatsoever. He could climb into the standard league conversation.

 

Anthony Bennett - This is going to take some time before he comes around. He'll need Thaddeus Young to be traded and he'll also need Nikola Pekovic to fall out of the rotation somehow. Pek could be dealt, but the more likely scenario would be that he gets hurt again.

 

Bennett's offensive shooting numbers are not great, making just 42.9 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from the line. On the bright side, he does have decent steal and block numbers with close to a half per game in 17.1 minutes per game.

 

He's playing minutes at both power forward and center, which helps his chances to get minutes in the mid-20s. He's more of a stash in very deep leagues.

 

Meyers Leonard - This one has a lot to do with LaMarcus Aldridge. He's getting his second MRI today and it certainly feels like he's going to miss time. He didn't have a great game on Wednesday, playing just 19 minutes with no points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal. The problem is that coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups every chance he gets. The Suns go small all the time, so Leonard wasn't in the cards.

 

It's worth mentioning that Leonard played 31 minutes against the Clippers, who obviously are known from their presence in the paint. The Blazers will play the Celtics on Thursday, the Wizards on Saturday, the Nets on Monday, the Cavs on Wednesday and... OK you get the picture.

 

Leonard should be much better in the next week or so.

 

Shabazz Napier - He benefitted a ton with Dwyane Wade out last week. In two games without Wade, Napier averaged 35.5 minutes, 11.0 points, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 treys. The Heat seem to like him over Norris Cole and there are also some trade rumors, which makes sense considering how many times Cole has gone into slumps.

 

He's still not a great guy for field goal percentage at just 39.6 on the season. Napier has also been trending down, so he'll likely have a very tough time being a top-100 guy in standard leagues. He'll be worth a look in DFS on days without Wade, though.

 

Dorell Wright - It was his turn to go off on Wednesday with 35 minutes, scoring 15 points with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers. His minutes are certainly going to be inconsistent and I don't trust him quite as much as Meyers Leonard.

 

Bojan Bogdanovic - After being in the doghouse, Bogdanovic has suddenly been logging consistent minutes. In his last six, he averaged 11.3 points, 4.2 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 treys in 29.2 minutes per game. He actually hasn't been able to hit his 3-pointers at just 14.3 percent in that span, so there is a lot of room for improvement.

 

Bojan should be able to keep his minutes close to 30 and he'll get better in efficiency. He was one of the best scorers around the basket overseas and it should start translating soon.

 

Chris Andersen - Hassan Whiteside could miss more time with his ankle sprain, so it'll be Birdman getting more run. He played 29 minutes on Tuesday and put up three blocks on Wednesday. He'll be a low-upside specialist for blocks.

 

Joe Ingles - Poor Rodney Hood. He is out for a month with another foot injury. This is his third time with a foot injury and his rookie season is basically over from a breakout standpoint. Plus, Alec Burks is out for the season. Ingles is a great passer and he's also racked up 1.4 steals per game in 2015. He should be able to flirt with top 100-150 value, but he has to make shots.

 

Shane Larkin - If Jose Calderon gets dealt, Larkin will get a lot of run. He'll be a nice steals and dimes guy.

 

Jason Smith - His minutes are there in his last two at 35.0 per game and they both game in wins, so that should help him. The bad news is that he's not a shot blocker, has a very low usage rate, and he's hurt a heck of a lot. If you want to give him a look while he's going strong, it's not a terrible idea.

 

Larry Drew II - It's starting to feel like Tony Wroten is out for the season. Drew has taken over the backup point guard spot and he's logged 19.5 minutes per game with averages of 4.3 points, 5.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.5 treys on 36.8 percent from the field. Obviously those numbers won't send you running to the waiver wire, but he's one Michael Carter-Williams shoulder aggravation away from being the starter at point guard in an up-temp offense. Just keep an eye on him.

 

Anthony Tolliver - He played down the stretch on Wednesday and has really picked it up over his last five, averaging 9.8 points, 5.2 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.8 blocks and 1.6 treys. That puts him in the standard league conversation, but he's probably not going to be that great.

 

Cleanthony Early - He has a mysterious ankle injury and it sounds like he's just being bumped from the rotation. He'll need Carmelo Anthony to miss time and perhaps even more because Langston Galloway is the new Lester Hudson and/or Wesley Matthews.

 

Tarik Black - He's going to need Jordan Hill to miss time, but we all know that Hill isn't the most durable guy in the NBA.

 

Andre Dawkins - The Celtics need some shooters and maybe they give Dawkins a look. He's on my 30-deep team!

 

Lance Thomas - The Knicks are giving him some run, but I'm not too sure they'll sign him for the season after his current 10-day deal expires.

Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher has covered fantasy hoops for eight years and this season is his second with Rotoworld. You can find him on Twitter talking about a player's shots at the rim.