Steve Alexander

Waiver Wired

print article archives RSS

Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 5

Monday, November 13, 2017


Games Played Week 5

 

4 Games: GSW, LAL, MIN, PHX, POR, SAC, TOR, UTA, WAS

3 Games: ATL, BOS, BRK, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, HOU, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHI, SAN

2 Games: OKC

 

Follow me on Twitter by clicking here!

 

Point Guards

 

Jamal Murray Nuggets 62% owned in Yahoo! leagues – Murray is one of the most controversial “Rotoworld guy” out there, but he finally blew up for a career-high 32 points and six 3-pointers on Saturday night. He hadn’t scored more than nine points in any of his previous four games. However, prior to his cold streak he scored between 20 and 26 points in three straight games, so the potential for success is certainly out there. I have no idea if he’ll keep it going, but I do know that he should be added if he’s on waivers, and if you own him and want to move him, you better hurry while the sell-high window is wide open.

 

Mike James 51% and Tyler Ulis 4% Suns – Things got interesting here on Saturday, as Ulis started over James and played seven more minutes than James did. James was the better player, hitting 4-of-4 shots for nine points, three boards and five dimes, while Ulis managed just two points, three boards, five assists and two steals in his 26 minutes. The two have been in a timeshare for most of the season with James easily outplaying Ulis, but that could change if Ulis is going to get the nod going forward. I still think James should be held in leagues where he’s owned, while Ulis is worth stashing until we see how things shake out. But either way, the two will likely be in a timeshare situation all season, regardless of who is starting.

 

Kris Dunn Bulls 42% - Dunn is turning it on, scoring in double digits in four of his last five games and averaging 11.2 points, 3.8 boards, 3.2 assists, 2.4 steals and a 3-pointer over that stretch. He’s still coming off the bench behind Jerian Grant, but could be moved into the starting lineup at any time.

 

Frank Ntilikina Knicks 21% - Frankie’s not exactly killing it and is in a timeshare with Jarrett Jack, but he’s getting 23 minutes a game and averaging 4.6 points, 6.4 assists and 1.2 steals over his last five games. His shot isn’t falling and he’s not a must-own player, but if you’re hurting at point guard, Ntilikina could end up being a second-half steal.

 

Isaiah Whitehead Nets 1% - D’Angelo Russell is going to miss time with a knee injury and Spencer Dinwiddie is out with a hamstring injury, which could clear the way for Whitehead to get hot. To be clear, Dinwiddie is the guy to own when he’s healthy, but if he continues to sit, Whitehead could be a cheap option this week.

 

Editor's Note: Looking for an edge in your fantasy leagues? The NBA Season Pass provides weekly projections, rankings, the popular Pickups of the Day column, exclusive columns and customizable stat options. It's the extra tool that can take your fantasy basketball teams to the next level.

 

Shooting Guards

 

Donovan Mitchell Jazz 54% - Mitchell moved into the starting lineup on Friday and had 12 points and two 3-pointers, and then started again on Saturday and finished with 26 points, three boards, three assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 10-of-18 shooting. He’s averaging 17.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 38 percent shooting over his last five games. And now that he’s starting over Rodney Hood, it looks like he’s about as must-own as they come.

 

Buddy Hield Kings 65% - Hield is coming on and playing well after finding his shot and is averaging 15.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.6 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting over his last five. He’s righted the ship after a rocky start and should be owned in all leagues.

 

Bojan Bogdanovic Pacers 51% - Bogdanovic has scored in double digits in four of his last five games and is averaging 15.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.6 3-pointers on 54 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s locked into the Pacers starting lineup and is getting 30 minutes a night.

 

Denzel Valentine Bulls 12% - David Nwaba will miss a few more weeks with an ankle injury, which should mean more minutes for Valentine. He played 30 minutes on Saturday, but had just nine points. Over his last five, Valentine is averaging 10.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 3-pointers in 27 minutes. If he starts knocking down shots, he’s going to be a player to own in all leagues for at least the next few weeks.

 

Lance Stephenson Pacers 5% - Born ready is getting run off the Pacers bench and averaging 7.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 21 minutes over his last five. It might take an injury to a teammate for him to bust loose, but he’s getting enough minutes to be watched closely right now.


continue story »
12
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.
Email :Steve Alexander



Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days



Video Center

  •  
    Waivers: Perine a must-add

    Waivers: Perine a must-add
  •  
    Dose: Wilson breaks loose

    Dose: Wilson breaks loose
  •  
    Dose: Allen explodes vs. Bills

    Dose: Allen explodes vs. Bills
  •  
    Dose: Brown lights up Titans

    Dose: Brown lights up Titans
  •  
    Silva: Week 11 Matchups

    Silva: Week 11 Matchups
  •  
    Dose: Bills to Start Peterman

    Dose: Bills to Start Peterman
  •  
    Matchups: Burkhead vs. Raiders

    Matchups: Burkhead vs. Raiders
  •  
    Waivers: Davis

    Waivers: Davis' Time to Shine