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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 21

Sunday, March 12, 2017


Games Played Week 21

 

4 Games: BRK, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIL, MIN, NOP, POR, SAC, SAN, TOR, UTA, WAS  

3 Games: ATL, BOS, CHA, DEN, GSW, HOU, IND, MIA, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHX

2 Games: NYK

 

Big Sauce Alan Williams (center, Suns) looks like the pickup of the week to me, while there are several other guys you should be looking at as we roll through the fantasy playoffs. Make sure you avoid Knicks this week in head-to-head with only two games, and think about stashing Justin Anderson, as he could blow up for the Sixers in the final couple weeks of the season. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here.

 

I forgot to included Jamal Murray this week, but he's playing well and seeing an uptick in minutes. He was especially nice on Monday night and deserves a close look in all leagues. 

 

Point Guards

 

Tyler Ulis Suns 20% - Ulis has been really quiet over his last three games, scoring eight or fewer points, but the Suns are out of the playoff hunt and Ulis is only looking up from here on out. Even with his recent struggles, he’s averaging 10.8 points, 2,2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals on 49 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s averaging 24 minutes over his last five, but with Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker possibly looking for rest, Ulis has all the upside in the world. 

 

Jeremy Lin Nets 68% - I was really down on Lin in his return from a hamstring injury that ruined most of his season. The Nets have nothing to play for, they already know what Lin can do, and he’s clearly at risk to aggravate the injury. Having said all that, he’s been fantastic, averaging 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 3-pointers over his last four games. Maybe he keeps it going the rest of the way, but the fact Isaiah Whitehead came off the bench and scored a career-high 24 on Saturday doesn’t make me feel any better about the artist formerly known as Linsanity.

 

Cory Joseph Raptors 33% - This is not the ideal time to be pimping Co-Jo, as he played just 22 minutes and finished with six points and zero assists on Saturday. But he’d scored in double figures in five straight games and is still averaging 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 3-pointers in March. We still don’t know when Kyle Lowry will be back and Co-Jo is worth holding until it happens. And he’ll bounce back from Saturday’s disaster.

 

Yogi Ferrell Mavericks 35% - Ferrell’s not a must-own player and his early explosion in Dallas appears to have been a bit of a fluke. However, he’s still playing well, has scored in double figures in three straight games, and is averaging 14 points, 3.6 assists and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games on 48 percent shooting. Maybe the return of J.J. Barea hurts Yogi, and maybe it doesn’t.

 

Isaiah Whitehead Nets 2% - Whitehead got hot on Friday against Dallas and knocked down 8-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for a career-high 24 points and one assist in 25 minutes. I really don’t trust him, but with Jeremy Lin (at least in my mind) still on shaky ground, Whitehead could finish the season in a flurry over the next few weeks.

 

Shooting Guards

 

Tim Hardaway Jr. Hawks 55% - Hardaway scored just eight points on Saturday, but that was his first game since Jan. 23 in single digits and it felt like a bit of a fluke. He played 21 minutes, which were his fewest since Jan. 20, and the fact the Hawks blew out the fading Grizzlies probably had something to do with it. Even with Saturday’s dud he’s averaging 17.4 points. 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s going to be better in the next one.

 

Sean Kilpatrick Nets 40% - Kilpatrick cooled off on Friday, hitting 3-of-11 shots for nine points. Over his three games before that he was on fire, racking up 23.3 points and 3.3 3-pointers a night. He’ll certainly have some random off nights between now and the end of the season, but Kilpatrick has actually looked like one of the best players on his team over the last few weeks. If you pick him up you’ll have to live to learn with the bad stuff that comes along with the good.

 

Rodney Hood Jazz 67% - Hood was a disaster on Saturday, hitting 1-of-5 shots for four points in 21 minutes. He’s been all over the place lately, scoring 4, 19, 9 and 28 points in his last four games after missing a couple with a knee injury. If he’s healthy, he’s worth owning in any league, and he appears to be somewhat over his knee injury right now.

 

C.J. Miles Pacers 24% - Miles is another guy coming off a bad game, as he hit 3-of-7 shots and 1-of-5 3-pointers for seven points in 26 minutes on Friday. But prior to that one he’d scored at least 19 points in four straight games and is averaging 14 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.2 3-pointers in March. If you need 3-pointers, he can help and is currently starting for the Pacers.

 

Allen Crabbe Blazers 27% - Crabbe is sort of on fire, racking up 14, 18 and 23 points in each of his last three games. Over his last five, he’s at 14.8 points, 3.6 boards and 2.6 3-pointers on a ridiculous 61 percent field goal percentage. He’s playing 26 minutes a night and got 35 of them on Saturday, when he had 14 points, six boards and three 3-pointers. He’s looked great in his last three games and while he comes with some trust issues, it looks like his confidence, along with the confidence Terry Stotts has in him, is growing. 

 


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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 2016-17 NBA season marks (at least) his 15th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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