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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 18

Sunday, February 11, 2018


Week 18 Schedule Grid:

 

2 Games: ATL, BKN, CHI, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHX, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA

1 Game: BOS, CHA, CLE, DAL, IND, MEM, POR, WAS

 

Week 19 Schedule Grid: 

 

3 Games: CHA, CLE, PHI, WAS

2 Games: BOS, CHI, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, UTA

1 Game: ATL, BKN, IND, TOR

 

Point Guards

 

Andrew Harrison Grizzlies 22 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues – Harrison has really turned it around in the last couple weeks and went off for 23 points, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 9-of-15 shooting on Wednesday. He’s averaging 15.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last five games and should be owned in a lot more leagues with Mike Conley out for the year. And yes, Tyreke Evans is coming back, but I'm guessing Harrison has gained enough confidence in the past few weeks to remain relevant the rest of the way. 

 

D.J. Augustin Magic 31% – DJA’s played two games without Elfrid Payton and went nuts in the first one, racking up 18 points, three rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two 3-pointers, and had a solid 11 points, four boards and five assists on Saturday, despite hitting just 2-of-7 shots in 23 minutes. He gave way to Shelvin Mack on Saturday, as Mack got hot and blew up for 19 points and 10 assists off the bench, and while it’s possible that Mack ends up splitting time and stealing some of DJA’s minutes, Augustin’s the starter and the guy I’d rather own for now.

 

George Hill Cavs 65% – Hill will make his debut on Sunday after giving way to De’Aaron Fox in Sacramento, and it should be interesting to see how he does. All signs are that he’s going to get a boost in Cleveland and he’s already been picked up in a lot of leagues, as his 65% ownership indicates. He’s probably not going to be a game-changer in fantasy, but he should be a nice point guard to add to your collection. But even in his best season ever, Hill averaged just 16.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.0 steals.

 

Rajon Rondo Pelicans 62% - I’m not a big Rondo fan, but he went nuts on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists and a block against the Nets, and is averaging 12.8 points, 5.4 boards, 9.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 54 percent shooting over his last five. He’s a terrible free throw shooter and has hit just 4-of-13 in his last five games, but he’s starting again and playing well enough to be owned everywhere.

 

Tomas Satoransky 22% - Sato’s been hit-or-miss since taking over for John Wall, but exploded for 25 points and six assists before leaving for a possible concussion on Saturday night after taking a tough hit from Bobby Portis. Sato’s head hit the floor and he suffered a cut over his eye, but he was seen laughing and joking with teammates after the game. That’s not the typical behavior of someone with a concussion, so hopefully he’s not going to miss any time. He was really quiet early last week, but turned it on late and is averaging 13.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.0 3-pointers. But perhaps his greatest strength is his 64 percent shooting over that stretch. He looks like a must-own player until John Wall comes back in a month or so.

 

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Shooting Guards


Reggie Bullock Pistons 32% - I initially forgot to include Bullock in the column, but decided to fix the error after he went off yet again on Sunday. He torched the Hawks for 20 points, five boards, two assists and three 3-pointers and also had 19 points with five triples on Friday. He's averaging 13.8 points, 4.2 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 54 percent shooting over his last five games and has been playing well for a month. Go get him. 

 

Austin Rivers Clippers 52% – Rivers has been back for two games and is averaging 13 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 3-pointers in them.  He played 32 and 34 minutes in them and it’s time to get him back on rosters in all leagues. Especially with Milos Teodosic still missing time occasionally with a lingering foot injury.

 

Bojan Bogdanovic Pacers 51% – Bojan has been the Bogdanovic to own lately and he kept it going last week, averaging 20 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting over his last five. He’s getting nearly 33 minutes a night and is showing no signs of slowing down. I wish his peripheral stats were a little more exciting, but he’s scoring, three-ing and even racking up some steals right now.

 

Terry Rozier Celtics 43% – Rozier is getting ready to take a hit once Marcus Smart is back from his hand injury, but we still don’t know exactly when that will be. And the truth of the matter is, Smart is probably the player who will take a hit here, because of how well Rozier has performed in his absence. He’s scored in double digits in six straight games, had a monster triple-double to close out January, and is averaging 16.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.8 3-pointers in his five February games. Rozier should be good to go for as long as Smart is out, and might even hold some value once he returns.

 

Josh Hart Lakers 26% - Hart has double-doubled in three of his last five games, but had an off night on Saturday against Dallas. The eventual return of Lonzo Ball is going to possibly hurt Hart, but he should be locked into at least 26 minutes a night the rest of the way, as the tanking Lakers have no choice but to play him. His five-game averages are 12.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.6 3-pointers on 60 percent shooting, and while those might come down a hair, he should be a fun player to own going forward.

 

Fred VanVleet Raptors 17% – VanVleet’s hit double figures in scoring in six straight games and is averaging 12.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.0 3-pointers in February, prior to Sunday’s game (in progress). Those are rock-solid numbers and it’s becoming apparent that VanVleet is more than just a funny name (shout out to Kuillian). And while we’re talking about Toronto SGs, Delon Wright is hot again, hitting double digits in three straight and racking up eight steals, three 3-pointers and a solid number of rebounds and assists over that stretch. But I’d rather own VanVleet as of now.

 


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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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