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Wednesday's PUDs

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

Rodney Stuckey – I’ve been high on Stuckey lately in Waiver Wired’s and he came through last night on 13-of-19 shooting and six 3-pointers for 34 points, six boards, seven assists, a steal and a block. Yes, you may have missed his best game of the season, but he was already playing well enough for the Pacers to be used in almost any league.

 

Andrea Bargnani – Good ol’ Bargs had 20 points and three rebounds on 9-of-19 shooting in 33 minutes on Tuesday for the lowly Knicks. I know, he doesn’t do enough to make him a truly impactful fantasy asset, but as long as he’s playing so many minutes and scoring, my guess is he is doing enough to help 80 percent of the teams out there in 12-team leagues.

 

Alexey Shved – I wish I would have been higher on him for this week’s Wired, but then again, he is Alexey Shved and he does play for the Knicks. He went nuts with 21 points, 10 rebounds, seven dimes, a steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers on 6-of-12 shooting on Tuesday, and has scored 15 or more points in four of his last five games. Jose Calderon might be done for the year and the rise of Shved is going to hurt Langston Galloway. Shved should be picked up, in my opinion.

 

Norris ColeTyreke Evans could miss several games for the Pelicans with his ankle injury, although we just don’t know the severity of it right now. Cole went off for 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and four 3-pointers on 6-of-11 shooting, and as long as Reke is out, Cole should be the man.

 

Jordan Clarkson – Clarkson had a career-high in assists on Tuesday and finished a rare Lakers’ win with 10 points, four boards, eight assists and a steal on 4-of-12 shooting in 28 minutes. He didn’t play great, but did make some very nice passes, and continues to hold off Jeremy Lin as the starter.

 

Wayne Ellington – Ellington has been fairly quiet lately, but also played 40 minutes on Tuesday. He hit 5-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, five boards, three assists and two steals in the Lakers’ win. With the minutes and opportunity he’s getting, my guess is he’s going to get hot again soon.

 

Terrence Ross – Ross was a dud for the Raps on Tuesday with five points, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer on just 2-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes. But he scored 20 in his previous game and is starting, meaning he’s at least worth a look right now.

 

Cole Aldrich – Aldrich came off the bench for the Knicks and racked up 17 points, 13 rebounds and a block on Tuesday.  He didn’t even score on Monday, but is still averaging 7.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over his last five games, meaning he’s worth a look if you need a big man.

 

Dewayne Dedmon – Dedmon started alongside Nikola Vucevic for the Magic on Tuesday and had six points, eight boards and a block in 17 minutes. The minutes were disappointing, but if he continues to start, he’s worth keeping an eye on.

 

Rodney HoodJoe Ingles was benched for Elijah Millsap on Tuesday and Millsap played just 14 minutes. Hood got loose for 17 points, a steal and three 3-pointers on 6-of-16 shooting in 25 minutes, and could be getting ready to heat up for the Jazz.

 

Tarik Black – Black started for the Lakers and had 10 points and eight boards in 22 minutes last night. I don’t trust him, but deep leaguers should take notice of his new starting gig.

 

Luis ScolaRoy Hibbert is struggling for Indy and was limited by a sinus infection on Tuesday and Scola stepped up with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Maybe he’s getting ready to step up.

 

Quincy Pondexter – Pondexter had 17 points, four dimes and five 3-pointers on 6-of-9 shooting last night for the Pelicans. Maybe this was the last time he’ll play that well, but he’s an interesting option for as long as Ryan Anderson is out.

 

Iman Shumpert – Shump played a whopping 32 minutes off the Cavs’ bench on Tuesday and had six steals, to go along with seven points, four boards and six dimes. He can play multiple positions and the Cavs might finally be ready to turn him loose. 

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.