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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 22

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Week 22 Games Played

 

5 Games: LAC

4 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, DEN, GSW, IND, MIL, NYK, PHI, PHX, POR, WAS

3 Games: CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOR, OKC, ORL, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA

 

If J.J. Redick, Austin Rivers or Jamal Crawford aren't owned in your league, think about grabbing them for their upcoming five-game week. Especially if you play in a head-to-head league where those extra games matter. 

 

Point Guards

 

Tyler Ulis Suns 51% owned in Yahoo! leagues – Ty-Lis, You-Lis, We All-Lis. The Suns have shut the veterans down and the starting five (Ulis, Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, Marquese Chriss, Alan Williams, and maybe Alex Len) should be owned at this point. Ulis is averaging 11 points 7.2 assists and 0.8 steals over his last five games, but comes in at 16 points, 10.5 assists and 1.5 steals over his last two. The sky’s the limit and he should only get better over the last few weeks. He’s as must-own as they come for me.

 

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Malcolm Brogdon Bucks 43% - Brogdon is trending up again, scoring in double digits in three of his last four games and averaging 12.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting over his last four games. He’s in contention for Rookie of the Year and is hot again, playing 32 or more minutes in three of his last four games.

 

Jamal Murray Nuggets 36% - Murray has quietly scored in double figures in six straight games and 10 of his last 11. He’s averaging 14.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting over his last five games, despite playing just 23 minutes a night. Jameer Nelson is still the starter and Murray’s stats read more like a shooting guard’s, but I like what he’s doing and he’s become a consistent performer for the Nuggets.

 

T.J. McConnell Sixers 49% - McConnell’s not an offensive dynamo and probably never will be, and he was 0-for-8 without a point on March 9. But he’s averaging 5.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game over his last five. He’s shooting just 36 percent over that stretch, but if you’re looking for dimes and steals, he might be your guy.

 

J.J. Barea Mavericks 13% - Barea is healthy and while he’s not a must-own player, he might be the best available on your waiver wire. He had six points and 13 assists on Wednesday and is averaging 8.5 points, 8.5 assists and a 3-pointer over his last two games. He’s buzz killing Yogi Ferrell more than he’s doing anything else, but the healthier he gets, the better he should be.

 

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Shooting Guards

 

Tim Hardaway Jr. Hawks 60% - Hardaway posted a dud a week ago Saturday when he scored just eight points and saw his streak of double-digit scoring games broken at 20 straight games. He bounced back in his next three games, scoring between 17 and 22 points and is now averaging 17 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s become very reliable and almost automatic for 17 points a game, and should be owned by anyone still playing fantasy this season.

 

Buddy Hield Kings 50% - Hield has scored in double digits in all but one of his 10 March games and is averaging 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 2.6 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting during the month. The Kings are going nowhere and appear to be excited about running their new toy out there for a long test drive every night. He should be owned by anyone in the fantasy playoffs, or on the way there.

 

Caris LeVert Nets 18% - LeVert had scored 13 or 16 points in three straight games before Friday’s five-point game, when he hit just 1-of-6 shots. But with Sean Kilpatrick injured and the Nets sitting as the league’s worst team (easily), there is no reason they shouldn’t just turn him loose and let him play. LeVert is averaging 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting over his last four games. Just be careful about the occasional night off if you roll with him, as he’s still being treated carefully after his foot surgery a year ago.

 

Jordan Crawford Pelicans 27% - Crawford signed a two-year deal recently and had scored in double figures in five straight games before scoring just seven points on 3-of-10 shooting on Friday. He’s firing at will and playing well for the Pelicans, averaging 13 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting this season. I just wish he did a little more than score and hit 3-pointers.

 

Denzel Valentine Bulls 14% - Dwyane Wade is done and Valentine’s minutes are on the rise. He’s also Mr. Consistency right now, scoring 11 points in four straight games and averaging 11.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.8 3-pointers in 28 minutes a night over his last five games. He’s not must-own, but I can see more of his shots falling soon, and if it happens, you’ll want to be along for the ride.

 


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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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