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Wednesday's PUDs

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

Hawks Mike Muscala, Thabo Sefolosha, Shelvin Mack and Kent Bazemore all played 24 minutes on Tuesday, the same number the five starters played. The Hawks may very well be the toughest team to figure out the rest of the way, as they have nothing to play for but trying to get some momentum going heading into the playoffs. Muscala had 13 rebounds and six points, Sefolosha led the team in scoring with 19 points along with five rebounds, two assists, a steal and two 3-pointers, and Mack had 12 points and five assists. Bazemore was probably the biggest disappointment here, hitting just 2-of-6 shots for five points, three boards, three assists and a 3-pointer. The bottom line is that it’s tough to think about picking any of these players up in standard leagues, as it’s impossible to know when the starters are going to play or sit. And tonight, nine players got 24 minutes for the Hawks, which doesn’t do anyone any good in fantasy.


John Lucas III –Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle) got hurt for the Pistons and Reggie Jackson wasn’t feeling well. That left Lucas as the lone point-guard option off the bench, and he responded with 15 points, three assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 7-of-11 shooting in 22 minutes. The Pistons have a busy schedule in front of them, playing games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday the rest of this week. If Dinwiddie remains out and Jackson’s still not feeling well, Lucas could continue to make some noise over the next three games.


Anthony Tolliver – The power forward was filling in for Greg Monroe again on Tuesday and finally came through with a double-double. He had 13 points, 10 rebounds and three 3-pointers, but hadn’t done much of anything prior to Tuesday’s big game, outside of hitting 3-pointers. Maybe this is the game that will get him going, but he could be useless if Greg Monroe returns on April 8. If you need a warm body for the rest of the week, Tolliver’s worth a look.


C.J. Watson & Rodney Stuckey – The Pacers lost starter C.J. Miles to a sprained ankle on Tuesday and he only lasted six minutes. CJW played 28 minutes and had 13 points, six boards, six assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers on 4-of-8 shooting, while Stuckey played 25 minutes. Stuckey hit just 1-of-8 shots for four points, two rebounds, an assist and a 3-pointer, but the two of them should split minutes if Miles is going to miss time. If I had to pick one to roll the dice on for the next few games, I’d go with CJW over Stuckey, but it’s truly a crapshoot.


Luis ScolaRoy Hibbert was terrible on Tuesday and Scola came off the bench for 13 points and nine boards in 21 minutes. He’s averaging 9.4 points and 6.0 rebounds over his last five, which might make him worth a look in deep leagues.


Alan Anderson – The Nets have bailed on Bojan Bogdanovic once again and Alan Anderson had 20 points and three 3-pointers on Tuesday. He’s averaging 12.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five games. The problem with picking up Anderson is that the Nets could easily turn back to Bogdanovic at the drop of a hat, making neither of them all that appealing.


HeatChris Andersen, Henry Walker, James Ennis (all started Tuesday), Michael Beasley, Mario Chalmers and Tyler Johnson are solid rotation players for the Heat right now, at least as minutes are concerned. The problem is, not one of them can be trusted in fantasy. There is no rhyme or reason as to which one of them will get hot from night to night, and none of them did much of anything on Tuesday. I’m not messing with any of them.


David Lee – He got the start for Draymond Green and had 17 points and seven rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting for the Warriors on Tuesday, but Green was only out for a rest. My guess is this may be Lee’s best game until the very end of the regular season, but if news does break that Green is going to miss additional time, Lee looks like a decent guy to target. 

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.