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Wednesday's PUD

by Steve Alexander
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

I’m assuming Enes Kanter not available or he’d be pretty darn high on this list after his 12 points and 15 rebounds on Tuesday. Yeah, he’s not blocking enough shots, and I don’t care.

 

Omer Asik C Pelicans – He’s been quiet since getting healthy but broke out on Tuesday with 16 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks on 7-of-10 shooting. Yeah, it came against the Knicks, but he should never have been dropped in your league, in my opinion.

 

Amare Stoudemire F/C Knicks – Stoudemire blew up for his best game of the season Tuesday, with 26 points, five rebounds and five blocks on 11-of-18 shooting before fouling out. I have no idea how long he’ll stay healthy, but he’s averaging 16.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over his last five. I picked him up in a few leagues when he was moved into the starting lineup, and have been quite happy with his play.

 

Dion Waiters G Cavaliers – Waiters is suddenly hot and had 18 points and three 3-pointers on 7-of-10 shooting off the bench on Tuesday.  He had 26 on Monday and might finally be ready to accept his role off the bench.

 

Kris Humphries PF Wizards – The Wizards were off on Tuesday but I thought Humps was still worth mentioning. Nene is out of shape and bothered by foot and knee problems right now. Humphries has been starting and is averaging 11.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks over his last five games, while playing 31 minutes a night. He might stick in the starting five going forward, even when Nene is healthy.

 

Josh McRoberts PF Heat – McBobby started again and played 33 minutes for 10 points, four rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers. He also hit 4-of-5 shots and might finally be ready to start doing something. It’s time to move on him before someone else does.

 

Tristan Thompson PF Cavaliers – Thompson cooled off with eight points, eight boards and a block last night, but played 34 minutes. And we’re just one Anderson Varejao injury, which is surely coming, away from Thompson becoming a must-own player.

 

Reggie Evans F/C Kings – We don’t know when DeMarcus Cousins is going to play again and Evans has seen a revival in his absence. He is averaging 7.0 points and 13.5 rebounds over his last two games, and 5.4 points and 9.0 rebounds over his last five. His lack of scoring is obviously a problem, but he’s been good to me in daily games over his last two.

 

Gerald Green G/F Suns – Green had 19 points, a steal and five 3-pointers on Tuesday, and has actually been playing consistently well of late. He’s averaging 16.0 points, 1.4 steals and 3.2 3-pointers over his last five games, and while he’ll take a hit once Isaiah Thomas is back from his ankle injury, Green is worth starting in almost any league right now.

 

Nick Young G/F Lakers – Swaggy P had 12 points, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in just 22 minutes on Tuesday, and is averaging 16.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five. If you need threes and a scorer, he might be your man. Just don’t expect him to do much else.

 

J.R. Smith G/F Knicks – Smith played 28 minutes and hit 6-of-18 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, four rebounds and five assists on Tuesday. Someone has to score for the losers of nine straight games, and Smith has scored 17, 20 and 14 points with seven 3-pointers in his last three games.

 

Lou Williams G Raptors – Had just six points on 2-of-8 shooting in 20 minutes on Tuesday, but his next big game should be right around the corner with DeMar DeRozan out indefinitely. If you picked up Greivis Vasquez, he’s been awful for three straight games and I’d recommend dropping him for Lou-Will.

 

Ben McLemore SG Kings – McLemore had 15 points and three 3-pointers on Tuesday and is averaging 11.2 points and a 3-pointer over his last five. He’s going to be hit-or-miss going forward, but is starting and getting 30 minutes a night right now, making him worth a look in most leagues.

 

O.J. Mayo SG Bucks – Mayo started again on Tuesday and hit 6-of-13 shots for 18 points, which led the Bucks. He had 12 points on Sunday, and while I still don’t trust him, he’s worth a look as long as he’s starting for Milwaukee.

 

Ed Davis PF Lakers – Davis has played between 26-30 minutes in his last three games and has pulled down at least six boards in his last five. His numbers are at 7.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over his last five games, and should be headed north as he continues to start over Carlos Boozer.

 

Carlos Boozer PF Lakers – Boozer is coming off the bench, can’t play defense and doesn’t block shots. But he had 15 points and nine boards on Tuesday, 12 points and six boards on Sunday and is averaging 10.6 points and 7.4 rebounds over his last five games. If you’re simply looking for points and boards in a deep leagues, Boozer can probably help.

 

Norris Cole PG Heat – Cole started at point guard and played 31 minutes on Tuesday, finishing with 10 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal. If he’s going to keep starting and getting 30 minutes, he’ll put up some numbers if you need a point guard.

 

Cory Joseph PG Spurs – Joseph started over injured Tony Parker on Tuesday, but had just seven points and zero assists, despite playing 30 minutes. As a starter this season, he’s averaging 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists this season, and could get a few more of them soon if Parker’s hamstring injury keeps him out. But to be clear, Joseph should only be in your lineup if Parker isn’t playing.

 

James Johnson F Raptors – Johnson had 12 points, four boards, a steal and a block in 22 minutes on Tuesday, but it might have been more if he wasn’t in foul trouble. JJ’s not a must-own player by any means, but he’ll continue to rack up stats in almost every category.

 

J.J. Barea G Mavericks – Barea had 17 points, three assists and three 3-pointers on Tuesday and might be the most reliable point guard in Dallas. He had nine points and nine assists on Sunday, and while he’s not the most trustworthy guy around, he’s always worth a close look by fantasy owners.

 

Marcus Morris F Suns – I’m not racing out to pick Morris up after his career-high 25 points, two steals and five 3-pointers on 10-of-13 shooting Tuesday, but he has gotten my attention. He played 37 minutes and is now averaging 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games. But the bottom line is that he simply got hot last night.

 

Dante Cunningham F Pelicans – Cunningham had just seven points and five boards last night, but played 31 minutes, which was more than Asik and Ryan Anderson (which I don’t really understand). He’s played 31, 25 and 21 minutes in each of his last three games, and some production could be coming. Just keep an eye on him if you need a warm body in a deep league.

 

Caron Butler F Pistons – Butler had 13 points, seven rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes Tuesday. He’s not likely to ever be consistent this season, and had scored a total of just six points in his previous two games. But he could get into a groove soon and Stan Van Gundy could even turn to him to start instead of Kyle Singler at some point. Just keep an eye on him.

 

Chris Kaman C Blazers – Kaman has cooled off of late, but had 14 points, three rebounds and two blocks on 7-of-10 shooting in 21 minutes, meaning he’s still worth a look in deeper leagues.

 

D.J. Augustin G Pistons – Brandon Jennings was terrible on Tuesday, missing all five of his shots and finishing with one point and six assists. DJA wasn’t much better, but did have five points and six dimes in 27 minutes. If Jennings ever fully lands in SVG’s doghouse, Augustin will be worth grabbing, but we haven’t landed there yet.

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.