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Monday, November 6, 2017


Games Played Week 4

 

4 Games: BOS, BRK, IND, MIA, OKC, PHX

3 Games: ATL, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, LAC, LAL, MIL, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHI, SAS, SAC, TOR, UTA, WAS

2 Games: CHA, MEM, MIN, POR

 

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Point Guards

 

Jamal Murray Nuggets 68% owned in Yahoo! leagues – Along with Josh Richardson and Marquese Chriss, Murray is one of the guys I hear most about people wanting to drop. He had a miserable game against the Warriors on Saturday and has stunk up the gym in two straight games after scoring at least 20 points in three straight. He’s underwhelmed for most of the young season but I still have faith he’s going to get it turned around soon. His ownership is very high, but he’s one more bad game away from a mass dumping.

 

Spencer Dinwiddie Nets 36% - Dinwiddie is coming off the bench behind D’Angelo Russell, but has played well, meaning he could be getting more minutes going forward. However, he played just 15 minutes against the Lakers on Friday due to foul trouble, but he’s not injured. He’s averaging 14 points, 2.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games and it’s time to pick him up.

 

Kris Dunn Bulls 44% - Dunn still hasn’t had his breakout game, although the 11-7-5 line from Nov. 1 wasn’t too shabby. He’s averaging 6.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals on just 36 percent shooting over his last five games, which is nothing to write home about. But, Jerian Grant is really struggling and it feels like it’s time for Dunn to take over and run with the starting job. Then we’ll just have to wait and see if Dunn can actually live up to the hype. I have some doubts, but he’s worthy of waiting and seeing.

 

Mike James 40%/Tyler Ulis 6% Suns – Just like the Suns and most of his teammates, James has been all over the place. He had two points and eight assists on Friday, while racking up 24 points and five assists with three 3-pointers on Tuesday. He’s averaging 10 points, 3.4 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games, but his shot is straight-up broken right now. His shooting lines in four of his last five games are brutal: 0-for-9, 1-for-10, 2-of-8 and 1-of-10 (11%). The fifth one was his 24-point game when he somehow made 9-of-16 shots. He’s going to have to shoot it better than that if he’s going to hold off Ulis.

 

Ulis is coming off the bench, averaging 9.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.4 steals on 38 percent shooting in 22 minutes over his last five games. He’s probably not worth owning as long as James is starting, but if James keeps missing shots, Ulis could take over. He’s more of a stash.

 

Shelvin Mack Magic 2% - I only list Mack here since both Elfrid Payton and D.J. Augustin are injured. However, it sounds like Payton might go on Sunday and if it happens, Mack can be discarded. He hit just 1-of-8 shots for two points, eight assists and five boards on Friday.

 

Shooting Guards

 

Donovan Mitchell Jazz 43% - Mitchell is cooking, scoring at least 22 points in three of his last four games and averaging 17 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games. He looks like a serious candidate for Rookie of the Year and has been very efficient over the last week. It’s time to move on him.

 

Bojan Bogdanovic Pacers 40% - Bojan’s been rolling for four straight games, hitting double digits in scoring and he also has a steal in five straight. He’s averaging 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting in 31 minutes per game over his last five. He’s streaky but it looks like the Pacers really like him and he’s been a key piece to what they’ve been doing (winning three of their last four, beating the Spurs and Cavs).

 

Josh Richardson Heat 54% - To put it bluntly, Richardson has been really, really bad lately, averaging just 7.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers on 30 percent shooting in 31 minutes over his last five games. Frustrated owners are abandoning ship and he’s going to start showing up on a lot of waiver wires sooner than later. But the minutes are there and he’s got the potential to go off every night, just like he did on Oct. 23 with 21 points, four boards, two assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers. I’m sticking with Josh, come hell or high water.

 

Allen Crabbe Nets 53% - Crabbe torched the Lakers for 25 points, six boards and four 3-pointers on Friday, but scored a total of 13 points in his previous three games. He’s a hit-or-miss player off the Nets bench, but he’s getting 26 minutes a night. Hopefully Friday’s game gets him going.

 

Austin Rivers Clippers 51% - Rivers is starting for Milos Teodosic and has scored at least 16 in three of his last five games. He’s had a couple poor-shooting duds as well, and is averaging 13.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.6 3-pointers on 41 percent shooting over his last five games. I suspect he’ll have a good showing vs. the Heat on Sunday.

 

Evan Turner Blazers 29% – Turner is averaging 6.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks and hitting 42 percent of his shots over his last five games. He’s getting 27 minutes a night and might see a little more work with Al-Farouq Aminu injured. He’s not a must-own player, but might be able to help fantasy teams.

 

Bogdan Bogdanovic Kings 16% - Bogdan had 14 points for the Kings on Saturday and is averaging 10.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers on 60 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s getting 24 minutes a night and should be available in a lot of leagues right now.

 


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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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