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Wired: Top NBA pickups Week 13

Sunday, January 7, 2018


Games Played Week 13

 

4 Games: BRK, DEN, GSW, IND, LAC, MIL, MIN, NOP, POR, SAC, TOR

3 Games: ATL, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, LAL, MIA, NYK, OKC, ORL, SAS, WAS

2 Games: MEM, PHX, UTA

1 Game: BOS, PHI

 

This first week with any real schedule disparity, as the Celtics and Sixers play just one game, and the Grizzlies, Suns and Jazz go twice. With so many teams playing three or four games this week, we might see some good players dropped simply because of their schedule. So keep a close eye on the waiver wire this week!

 

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Point Guards

 

Ish Smith Pistons 40% owned in Yahoo! leagues – Ish hasn’t blown anyone’s socks off and isn’t setting assist records, but he is averaging 14 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.4 steals over his last five games. Reggie Jackson’s going to be out for at least another month and Smith should be owned by anyone in need of guard help. Just don’t look for him to hit any 3-pointers.

 

Delon Wright Raptors 24% - Wright blew up for a whopper on Wednesday with 25 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, four steals, a block and four 3-pointers in the game of his life against the Bulls. He had 12 points, seven assists and one steal on 5-of-7 shooting on Friday, and is averaging a cool 12.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers on 59 percent shooting over his last five. The kid does it all and if the Raps would give him more than 23 minutes a night, he would probably fully break out.

 

J.J. Barea Mavericks 42% - JJB just keeps cruising along, quietly flying under the radar while averaging 10.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.4 3-pointers. He’s scored in double figures in four straight games, but he’s not a big scorer, hitting 20 points or more just three times this season.

 

Tyus Jones Wolves 18% - Jones hasn’t been as good as Smith, averaging just 7.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.4 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five. And unlike Smith, Jones’ starter, Jeff Teague, is set to return in the near future. Jones is probably OK to use for another week, but then the party’s over.

 

Terry Rozier Celtics 34% - It’s a bad time to have Rozier on this list, but he was playing so well. He got just 18 minutes on Saturday and hit 1-of-7 shots for two points, two assists and a steal. He was absolutely crushing before that and is averaging 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.5 3-pointers in his previous four games. He just didn’t have it going on Saturday and Brad Stevens rolled with the hot guys, but I see no reason why Rozier won’t be back to form on Thursday against the Lakers. Keep in mind that’s the only game Rozier’s Celtics have the entire week.

 

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Shooting Guards

 

Gerald Green Rockets 48% - Green has quickly become one of the biggest surprises of the season, blowing up over the last five games and seeing an open window due to James Harden’s hamstring injury that’s going to keep him out at least another week to 10 days, at best. Meanwhile, Green is lighting it up, averaging 19.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.0 steals and a ridiculous 5.0 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s only played in six games this season and had a donut in his first one. And the best part is his 53 percent shooting percentage over the last five. That also happens to be the same number he’s shooting from downtown, so while there’s no way he can stay this hot forever, there’s also no reason he shouldn’t be owned everywhere until Harden comes back and plays.

 

Caris LeVert Nets 47% - LeVert is hurt, sitting out the last two games with a groin injury. We don’t know if he’ll play on Monday or not, but we do know the Nets play four games this week, so he’s still worth rolling the dice on. He’s scored in double digits in nine straight games and tore it up in December, averaging 14.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting. And he was playing really well when he went down, so hopefully he bounces right back into form when he’s ready to go.

 

Justin Holiday Bulls 58% - Holiday was bad on Saturday and cost me some FanDuel money with his 2-of-14 shooting for six points. He was just 1-of-9 from downtown in that one, but came in smoking hot, with back-to-back 23- and 26-point performances. Even with Saturday’s dud, he’s at 16 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.8 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting over his last five, which should tell you how good he’s been. Yes, Zach LaVine is coming back sooner than later, but I think he’ll be taking baby steps and that Holiday will still get plenty of opportunities. The Bulls go three times this week.

 

Wesley Matthews Mavericks 61% - Matthews is hot, scoring 24 and 22 points in his last two games and averaging 17 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.6 3-pointers on 54 percent shooting over his last five. I only put him on this list because he’s hot, and because he’s available in 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

 

Reggie Bullock Pistons 10% - Bullock has quietly gotten nearly 33 minutes per game over his last five and has been starting for injured Stanley Johnson (hip). He’s averaging 14.2 points and 3.2 3-pointers on 64 percent shooting over his last five, but that’s where the fun ends. He’s at just 1.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.4 steals, so if you pick him up, just hope he stays hot and keeps scoring and hitting threes, because he’s not going to do much more than that, even on good days.

 


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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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