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NBA Wired: Top Pickups Week 18

Saturday, February 21, 2015


With the trade deadline finally in our rearview mirror, this week’s Waiver Wired is heavily based on what went down on Thursday afternoon. And after eyeballing the list, it could set a record for the number of players included in this column. Here we go. If I missed anyone you had a question about, hit me on Twitter and I’ll try to respond in the near future.

 

Games Played Week 18

 

4 Games: BOS, BRK, CHI, CLE, DEN, GSW, HOU, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, OKC, PHI, PHX, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS

3 Games: ATL, CHA, DAL, DET, IND, LAK, NYK, ORL, POR, SAC

 

Point Guards

 

Reggie Jackson Pistons 82% owned in Yahoo! leagues - If Jackson wasn’t owned in your league before the trade deadline, he’s probably been picked up by now. If not, make it happen, as he’s the new starting point guard for the Pistons.

 

Elfrid Payton Magic 57% - Payton had 10 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists on Friday and is locked in as the starter. This will probably be the last time you see him in this column.

 

Isaiah Canaan Sixers 25% - Canaan has been one of the hottest pickups in the last few days and looks like the starting point guard for the Sixers, unless they decide that Tim Frazier gives them a better chance of tanking. I expect Canaan’s ownership to be closer to 70 percent a week from now, if not higher.

 

Jordan Clarkson Lakers 24% - Clarkson started again on Friday and had 12 points, four rebounds, five assists and a 3-pointer in 24 minutes. He’s also averaging 14.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals and nearly a 3-pointer per game over his last five.

 

Langston Galloway Knicks 24% - Gallo2 had 19 points, three boards, four dimes, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Friday’s loss to the Heat, which was his best game in recent memory. But he’s been playing pretty well all along and is averaging 12.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games. He hit 50 percent of his shots on Friday, which is a great sign, as he is shooting just 34 percent over his last five. And with Carmelo Anthony down and out, Galloway could end up being the Knicks’ leading scorer down the stretch.

 

Jerryd Bayless Bucks 5% - Bayless started for the Bucks Friday and had 11 points, seven boards, eight assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer. The problem is that Michael Carter-Williams is the new starter for the Bucks, but he’s currently injured. And as long as he’s out, Bayless is worth a short-term look.

 

Tim Frazier Sixers 4% - As I mentioned above, Canaan should be the new starter for the Sixers, but if that somehow doesn’t work out, Frazier’s the next man up. And he played well in his start on Friday and had 13 points, seven assists, a steal and two 3-pointers. He’s actually played very well since being traded to the Sixers and is now averaging 7.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists and a steal over his last four games.

 

Spencer Dinwiddie Pistons 0% - Dinwiddie started on Friday and had 12 points, nine dimes, three steals and a 3-pointer in 31 minutes, which worked out nicely if you took a flier on him in a daily league. The problem is that Reggie Jackson is on his way to Detroit and Dinwiddie is slated to back him up. I only mentioned him here because he played well on Friday and is worth keeping an eye on.

 

Shooting Guards

 

Avery Bradley Celtics 58% - Chances are, Bradley is already owned in your league, especially after he went off for 28 points, six assists, four steals, a block and a 3-pointer on Friday night. Sure, Isaiah Thomas could hurt him, but my guess is Marcus Smart will be the one taking the main IT2 hit.

 

Lou Williams Raptors 59% - It’s a hit-or-miss game with Williams from game to game, but he’s hot again, scoring 26 points on Friday against the Hawks after scoring 27 in his last game before the break. Prior to those two games, he scored 0, 18, 4 and 12 points, with the four-point game breaking his streak of double-digit scoring games at 10.

 

Jared Dudley Bucks 11% - Dudley played 41 minutes on Friday and is averaging 31 minutes over his last five games, along with 10.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and two 3-pointers. As long as he continues to start for the Bucks, he’s worth a look in fantasy, but teammate Khris Middleton has been the better pickup recently.

 

Rodney Stuckey Pacers 29% - Stuckey torched the Sixers for 30 points, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers on Friday and has now scored at least 15 points in four straight games. Unfortunately, he was also carried off the court during the game and is day-to-day with an ankle injury. If it’s not serious, he’s playing well enough to be scooped up in most leagues.

 

Tim Hardaway Jr. Knicks 22% - Hardaway had 17 points, three boards, four assists, two steals and three more 3-pointers on Friday, despite coming off the bench for the Knicks. He’s hit a 3-pointer in 11 straight games, and with Melo out for the season, it’s now or never for THJ. His ability to knock down open shots remains an issue, but he at least hit 6-of-9 on Friday.

 

Evan Fournier Magic 13% - Fournier made another start on Friday and had 16 points, six rebounds and two 3-pointers. He’s scored 14 or more points in three of his last four games and has hit a 3-pointer in six straight. The problem is that he’s only starting (we think) because Tobias Harris has been out with a knee injury. Once Harris is back, Fournier is going to take a hit, but until it happens, he’s worth a look. Having said all that, Channing Frye has been useless as a starter, and it would be nice if the Magic just bring him off the bench and start Fournier and Harris together.

 


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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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