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NBA Wired: Top Fantasy Pickups

Monday, October 23, 2017


Waiver Wired is back, people!! Each week, usually on Sunday afternoons, I take a look at 25 or so hot pickups in fantasy hoops. It’s running late this week, thanks to my life at 10-year-old baseball games, but I also added in a few extra guys this week to help make up for it. And given the injury landscape in the NBA right now, as well as teams still trying to figure out their rotations, I likely omitted a couple guys, but the big ones should all be listed here.

 

As for who to cut, that’s kind of tricky this early. But obvious calls like Willy Hernangomez, Boban Marjanovic, Jeremy Lin and Milos Teodosic are automatic. Guys like Jamal Murray, Marquese Chriss and Julius Randle (who looked better tonight), are tougher calls, but just keep in mind that we’re only a week into this thing. Happy hunting!!

 

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Point Guards

 

Terry Rozier BOS 34% owned in Yahoo! leagues -  Rozier is getting a lot of run thus far and should continue to do so with Gordon Hayward likely done for the season. He’s averaging 12.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers in three games and while his field goal shooting is going to be a concern, he’s hitting 48 percent of his shots so far. Rozier’s not an offensive juggernaut, but the rebounds, assists, steals and threes should be enough to see him owned in most fantasy leagues.

 

Dejounte Murray SAN 24% - Murray has started both games for the Spurs and is averaging 12 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.5 blocks on 61 percent shooting in 26 minutes a night. It’s hard to tough most of Gregg Popovich’s players and Murray’s offense won’t be as necessary when Kawhi Leonard is ready to go, but for now, Murray looks like he should be playing for most fantasy teams.

 

Jerryd Bayless PHI 3% - Bayless might be the biggest surprise we’ve seen thus far, starting at point guard for the Sixers and averaging 15.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.0 3-pointers on 59 percent shooting in 28 minutes a game. You have to think that Markelle Fultz will eventually render Bayless useless, but it could literally be months before we see that happen. Bayless’ ownership number will look much different a week from now.

 

D.J. Augustin ORL 4% – Elfrid Payton is out with a hamstring injury and could miss several more games. DJA started in his place on Saturday and went off for 12 points, 0 assists, a steal and three 3-pointers and is now averaging 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 3-pointers, and those numbers are going to climb steadily as long as Payton is out. He’s not a long-term guy at this point, but if you’re banged up and need a fill-in for Week 2, DJA looks like a good call.

 

Jerian Grant CHI 21% - Cam Payne is out after foot surgery, so the point guard duties for the Bulls will come down to Grant and Kris Dunn. Dunn is currently out with a finger injury, but could return some time in the next week. Grant is averaging 10 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks and is shooting 39 percent from the floor. He’s yet to hit a 3-pointer and may not be worth holding once Dunn is back and up to speed, but for now he can help fantasy teams needing a point guard.

  

Shooting Guards

 

Allen Crabbe BRK 64% - Crabbe came off the bench behind Caris LeVert on Sunday, but flourished with the second unit, hitting 7-of-12 shots and four 3-pointers for 20 points, five boards, a steal and a block. He’s averaging 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.3 3-pointers in 25 minutes per game and even with a move to the bench, still looks like a guy that should be owned in more than 64% of the leagues out there.

 

Marco Belinelli ATL 16% - Belinelli looked great in the opener, racking up 20 points, three boards, three assists, three steals and four 3-pointers, then disappeared in Game 2 when he hit just 1-of-10 shots in 22 minutes. But he was big again on Sunday with 19 points, two boards, three assists and three more 3-pointers on 5-of-13 shooting. The Hawks are desperate for offense and Belinelli looks like he may flourish off the bench for some time. And with all the injuries out there, he looks like a guy that can fill a hole until your injured studs get healthy.

 

Danny Green SAN 27% - Green has played in two games and is averaging 13 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers in 31 minutes per game. He’s still not as trustworthy as I’d like, but with so many injuries early in the season, he’s another guy who can fill a hole in your lineup and potentially be worth holding long term. The Spurs need offense and Green can shoot it.

 

Norman Powell TOR 27% - Powell was great in Game 1 with 15 points, four boards, an assist, a steal and three 3-pointers, but then disappeared in Game 2 with just two points in 17 minutes. He was a victim of DeMar DeRozan being on fire as well as garbage time in that game, while Deion Wright is also playing well for the Raps. Mike Gallagher and I both drafted Powell in several leagues and we’re not giving up on him after one bad game. He’s starting for the Raptors and should bounce back in his next one.

 

E’Twaun Moore NOP 5% - Moore had 11 points, four dimes, and a steal in the opener, missed all five of his shots in Game 2, and then hit 8-of-9 shots for 19 points and three 3-pointers against the Lakers on Sunday. He’s far from a must-own player, but he’s starting for the Pelicans and could be a sneaky add for as long as Rajon Rondo (hernia) is out.

 

Delon Wright TOR 8% - Wright, the backup point guard, is averaging 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 0.5 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting in 27.5 minutes a night. If Kyle Lowry goes down at some point, Wright becomes a must-own player. But as it stands, he looks like he could help owners in 14-team leagues, and even some 12-team leagues if you’ve been crushed by the injury bug (like I have been). 

 

Evan Turner POR 18% - Turner started Game 1 while C.J. McCollum was suspended and then came off the bench in his next two. He’s averaging 13.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers per game in 30 minutes. The minutes will fall with CJM back in action, but he looks like the team’s sixth man and is at least worth a look in deeper leagues.

 


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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