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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 4

Sunday, November 13, 2016


Games Played Week 4

 

4 Games: ATL, BOS, BRK, CHI, DAL, DET, HOU, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, NOP, NYK, OKC, PHI, POR, TOR, UTA

3 Games: CHA, CLE, DEN, GSW, LAL, MIL, MIN, ORL, PHX, SAC, SAN, WAS

 

There are no two-game weeks, which is nice, and (knock on wood) maybe some of the rest guys are getting, as well as a more balanced weekly schedule, is helping to keep players on the court and off the injury report this season. We’re off to a great start!

 

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Point Guards

 

J.J. Barea DAL 58% owned in Yahoo! leagues – Barea got a very annoying day of rest on Wednesday that cost a lot of owners a win in various leagues, but came into the day off cooking. He’s scored at least 18 points in each of his last three games and is averaging 17.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 2.5 3-pointers in 34 minutes over his last four games. And no, I’m not that worried about an eventual return by Deron Williams, although that will hurt JJB’s numbers slightly. Of course, that’s assuming that Williams will be back at some point in the next couple months, which is not a given.

 

Lou Williams LAL 65% - Sweet Lou is rolling, hitting at least 20 points in three of his last five games and averaging 18.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over that stretch. He’s the old guy on a team full of Laker babies, but he’s getting the minutes and some of the best production of his entire career.

 

Marcus Smart BOS 66% - I love this kid and he was getting really hot until he hit 4-of-11 shots for nine points, two rebounds and two assists on Saturday. He’s averaging 13.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers in his last five games. If he’s not owned in the high 90s by Christmas, I’ll be shocked.

 

Tyler Johnson MIA 55% - TJ finally cooled off on Saturday when he hit just 2-of-7 shots for five points, three boards and four assists in 29 minutes. Goran Dragic is out right now with a sprained ankle and Josh Richardson (more on him later) started at point guard last night. The return of Richardson, who missed the start of the season, could end up hurting TJ some, but I still think we’re going to see a lot of the same guy who scored in double figures in every game this season until his last one. He’s averaging 13.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting in November.

 

Tomas Satoransky WAS 1% - The kid played pretty well on Saturday when John Wall (rest) and Bradley Beal (leg) both sat out, racking up 12 points, four rebounds, nine dimes, a steal and a 3-pointer on 4-of-12 shooting. He’s far from a must-own player, but his minutes have been creeping up and he could even make a little noise once Wall and Beal are back at full strength. Consider him a deep-league special, but if Wall actually goes down for real at some point, pick him up.

 

Shooting Guards

 

Nick Young LAL 53% - Baller. He’s averaging 17 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and 3.2 3-pointers on 54 percent shooting over his last five games. Sure, I wish he was doing more than scoring and hitting treys, but as far as Swaggy P goes, this is one of the better stretches of his career and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

 

Sean Kilpatrick BKN 50% - Kilpatrick has been starting at point guard for a couple games with injuries to Isaiah Whitehead (concussion) and Jeremy Lin (hamstring). But he was already playing very well off the bench and is averaging 16.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s getting 30 minutes a night whether he’s starting or coming off the bench and I think he’s going to hold fantasy value throughout the entire season.

  

Josh Richardson MIA 38% - Richardson’s only been back for four games and has seen his minutes increase in all four of them. In his last two, one of which included a start at point guard for Goran Dragic (ankle), he’s averaging 14 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers over those two games and after he got 33 minutes on Saturday night, he’s pretty much a must-own player in my book.

 

Allen Crabbe POR 34% - Crabbe came off the bench on Saturday and hit 6-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points, seven boards, four assists and a steal. You know who played more minutes than Crabbe did in that one? Only Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. That’s it. With Al-Farouq Aminu out for a couple weeks, several Blazers are getting more run, but it could be Crabbe who is ready to go on a hot run. And he’s especially good when Terry Stotts goes to with a small lineup for matchups.

 

Seth Curry DAL 22% - Curry started at PG on Wednesday when JJB got a surprise night off, and went off from the bench the night before when he racked up 23 points, four boards, four assists, three steals and four 3-pointers. In the start at point guard, he had 10 points, nine assists, five steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes. Yeah, he may not be the perfect Mav and he wasn’t doing much before his two-game breakout, but there’s so much potential here. And even though I’m pretty sure there were questions out there as to why I keep putting him on this list (he was in last week’s column), he’s quickly proven why he belongs. Heck, he might be in this column every week until he’s owned in 70 percent of the leagues out there. Just know that he won’t be as good as he was the last two games, but if the Mavs are dealing with injuries or resting guys, he should be thought of as an extreme value pick in any format. And even if he goes back to the bench (he will), he’s got newfound confidence and it’s probably time to pick him back up.

 


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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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