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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 3

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Weekly Schedule

 

4 Games: BOS, CHA, DAL, DEN, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHX, POR, SAS, TOR, UTA

3 Games: ATL, CHI, CLE, DET, GSW, MIL, OKC, PHI, SAC, WAS

2 Games: BRK

 

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Point Guards

 

Tyler Ulis Suns 7% owned in Yahoo! leagues – Ulis is still coming off the bench behind Mike James, but is also outplaying him. He had eight points, two rebounds, five dimes and four steals in just 21 minutes on Saturday and scored in double figures in his two previous games. If the Suns don’t trade Eric Bledsoe for a point guard (they probably will), Ulis could end up being a steal if he continues to outplay James.

 

D.J. Augustin Magic 31% - Elfrid Payton is still out with a hamstring injury and as long as he’s out, DJA is worth playing in any format. He’s averaging 11 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 3-pointers so far and is shooting a ridiculous 61 percent from the floor. He’ll certainly take a hit once Payton is back, but until it happens, DJA could help you win on Sunday, and might get a couple more starts before Payton is ready.

 

Jarrett Jack Knicks 2% - Jack moved into the starting lineup for the Knicks on Friday and had eight points, seven rebounds, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 26 minutes. Frank Ntilikina could eventually begin starting at point guard for the Knicks, but until it happens, Jack is worth a look if he’s starting for the lowly Knicks.

 

Emmanuel Mudiay Nuggets 9% – I’m pretty proud of the way the Rotoworld poster boys have performed this season, but we did have at least one pretty big miss, and that was Jamal Murray. It’s early and Murray could end up being just fine, but he’s been a rough ride thus far. Meanwhile, Mudiay has quietly scored in double figures in three of his last four games and had a season-high 16 points with four boards and four assists on Friday. He’s averaging 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists over his last four games, but his shooting percentage isn’t great and he hasn’t been much of a steals and threes guy. But with Murray struggling so badly, Mudiay is going to continue to make some noise as long as the Nuggets don’t trade for a point guard.

 

Delon Wright Raptors 8% - Wright got off to a hot start this season, scoring 13 and 14 points in his first two games, but has since struggled, scoring a total of 13 points in three games and saw just 12 minutes on Friday, when he didn’t play shooting guard. But Norman Powell is still struggling, to say the least, and Wright could easily get back in the groove at any time. He’s not a must-own player by any means, but I included him here so that you can put him on your watch list in case he gets hot. He’s averaging just 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.8 blocks through five games, but has hit just 1-of-16 3-pointers on the season.

 

Shooting Guards

 

Danny Green Spurs 58% - Green was as disaster on Friday, hitting 1-of-5 shots, playing just 18 minutes and turning the ball over five times in a crazy 114-87 blowout loss to the Magic. Prior to that, Green was ballin’ and averaging 14.5 points, 5.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks, 2.5 3-pointers and nearly a steal a game. I still don’t know how the Spurs were that bad on Friday, but I’m still feeling Green and think he should be owned everywhere. And yes, I'm aware that he's constantly burned all of us over the last couple season, but this feels different to me. 

 

Marco Belinelli Hawks 36% – Belinelli has been great for the Hawks this season, hitting double figures just once on a night when he hit just 1-of-10 shots in the second game of the season. If you throw that one out, he’s averaging 17.6 points, 1.0 steals and 3.6 3-pointers. And the fact he played well on Friday was encouraging, as Dennis Schroder returned for that one. 

 

Austin Rivers Clippers 32% – Rivers is now starting at shooting guard for the Clippers since Milos Teodosic went down and has been fantastic in three straight games. He had a season-high 20 on Saturday and is averaging 17.3 points, 2.3 steals and 3.7 3-pointers over his last three games. It’s time to move.

 

Donovan Mitchell Jazz 9% - Mitchell’s been all over the place this season but in the ‘what have you done for me lately?’ department, he’s on fire after scoring a career-high 22 points with three boards, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers on 9-of-16 shooting on Saturday. Of course, that was preceded by his 13-minute, 1-of-7 shooting performance on Wednesday, when he scored just two points. He had 19 points in the game before that one, and scored two points in each of the two previous games he played in. There’s a lot of upside with Mitchell, but as we’ve seen, it’s likely to be a wild and volatile ride if you roll with him. I dropped him in a deep league prior to Saturday’s explosion, and while I’m not too worried about it, I was a little sad for a minute. Mitchell’s not for everyone, but if you’re in a league where the waiver wire situation is slim to none, Mitchell might be able to help.

 

E’Twaun Moore Pelicans 6% - Moore’s one of my deep sleeper picks this season and I really thought he’d be killing it early with Rajon Rondo sidelined with his hernia. Like Mitchell, it’s been a roller coaster with Moore, but he has now scored in double figures in three of his last four games and blew up for a season-high 24 points, two boards, two dimes and four 3-pointers on 10-of-13 shooting on Saturday. Over those four games he’s averaging 15.8 points, 2.3 boards, 0.8 steals with 11 3-pointers while shooting an incredible 67 percent from the floor. In one of our Roundtable columns I boldly predicted that he’d be the “waiver wire pickup of the year,” and while I doubt that comes to fruition, he’s playing pretty dang well right now.

 

Bonus: Keep an eye on Bogdan Bogdanovic (9%), in case he continues to play well and starts getting more minutes. He’s played in exactly two NBA games and is averaging 11 points, 2.5 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 25 minutes a game.

 


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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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