Games Played Week 20
5 Games: POR
4 Games: ATL, BOS, BRK, CHA, CHI, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHX, SAC, SAN, WAS
3 Games: DAL, LAL, MEM, NOP, OKC, TOR, UTA
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Malcolm Brogdon Bucks 46 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues – Brogdon finally managed to wrestle away the starting gig from Matthew Dellavedova last week and it’s paying dividends. Brogdon had 17 points, five boards and three assists in 42 minutes on Saturday and is now averaging 16.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games, while shooting 51 percent. He’s getting 31 minutes a night right now and he is my favorite point guard pickup these days.
Cory Joseph 30% - Joseph will start at point guard for the next month due to Kyle Lowry’s wrist surgery and had 14 points, eight dimes and two 3-pointers in Saturday’s loss to the Bucks. He’s averaging 12.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. If you need a point guard, Joseph should be near the top of your waiver-wire wish list.
Yogi Ferrell Mavericks 36% - Ferrell looks like the starting point guard in Dallas for the rest of the season and after a slump, he’s scored 17 and 11 points in his last two games. He’s averaging 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 0.8 3-pointers, but is shooting just 37 percent from the floor over his last five games. However, he’s hit 50 percent of his shots over his last two games, so things are looking up for the IU product.
Ish Smith Pistons 23% - Smith still hasn’t stolen the starting gig from Reggie Jackson, but he’s getting close. He racked up 11 points and 13 dimes on Saturday and had five points and 16 assists on Feb. 23. Over his last five he’s averaging 7.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.8 blocks, but is shooting just 37 percent and doesn’t shoot 3-pointers. Those numbers aren’t bad for a reserve and if he gets the starting job, he’s going to score more points. And even if he doesn’t get Jackson’s job, he’s still worth a look in all leagues.
Tyler Ulis Suns 8% - I’ll be the first to admit I’ve been sleeping on Ulis and he scored a career-high 14 points with seven assists and three steals in just 21 minutes on Friday night. He’s racked up at least seven dimes in three straight games and is now averaging 10.3 points, 7.7 assists and 2.0 steals over his last three games. He’s fun to watch and is getting the minutes that Brandon Knight owners thought their player would be getting behind Eric Bledsoe in Phoenix.
Others to consider: Rajon Rondo
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Khris Middleton is back, playing very well and should be owned in all leagues.
Tim Hardaway Jr. Hawks 44% – Just like teammates Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha, it’s hard to get a good read on what THJ will do from night to night. But he went off for a career-high 36 points with five 3-pointers on Friday night vs. the Cavs and is averaging 16.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 3-pointeers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games, getting 28 minutes a night. He’ll have some bad games and it’s very likely that his best game of the season is in the rearview mirror, but he’s getting minutes whether starting or coming off the bench, and is a decent option for a pickup right now.
Jamal Crawford Clippers 41% - Crawford went off for 25 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 10-of-17 shooting in 26 minutes of Saturday’s loss win over the Bulls. Maybe it was a revenge game, but he looked very good and broke out of a funk that had dogged him for four straight contests. He’s going to be inconsistent with Chris Paul back and J.J. Redick starting, but he’s streaky, and his big game on Saturday should lead to more where that came from.
Terrence Ross Magic 48% - Ross is as hit-or-miss as they come but is getting starts for the Magic and playing 35 minutes a game. He’s averaging 13.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last four games. I like him better in DFS than season-long leagues, but on nights when his shot is falling he can post some big numbers. Like when he had 24 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and four 3-pointers on 10-of-15 shooting on Feb. 25 against the Hawks.
Josh Richardson Heat 24% – Dion Waiters is fading fast and Richardson is getting healthy. He’s getting 24-plus minutes a night right now and is averaging 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 3-pointers over his last two games. He’s been a disappointment all season long due to inconsistency and injuries, but he’s getting healthy and could be getting ready to get hot.
Nik Stauskas Sixers 6% - Stauskas has been starting for Gerald Henderson (hip) and finally caught fire on Saturday, knocking down 10-of-15 shots and four 3-pointers for 24 points, five boards, two assists and two steals in a whopping 37 minutes. After a couple of low double-digit games, Stauskas had scored a total of just 14 points over his previous two games. But with the Sixers in tank mode and Henderson injured and old, it makes sense for Philly to turn Stauskas loose and give him the green light the rest of the way. He’ll have some really bad nights where he doesn’t do much, but it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see him start playing better the rest of the way.
Others to consider: Sean Kilpatrick, Caris LeVert, Allen Crabbe with a five-game week