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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 12

by Steve Alexander
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Games Played Week 12




2 Games: LAC, PHI

1 Game: ORL, TOR


This is one of those strange weeks where a majority of the league plays four games, while the Clippers and Sixers go just twice, and the Magic and Raptors play just one game. If you planned ahead for this week and are loaded with four-gamers and void of Clippers, Sixers, Magic and Raptors, you should be in for a fun week.


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Devin Booker Suns 33 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues – Booker is rolling, scoring in double figures in five straight games and averaging 15.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting over that stretch. He’s getting nearly 35 minutes a game and is only going to get better with experience.


Jeremy Lin Hornets 47% - After sitting out with a sprained ankle on New Year’s Day, Lin has been cooking, scoring at least 13 points in four straight, and blowing up for 26 points, four boards, four dimes, a steal and three 3-pointers on 9-of-16 shooting on Saturday against the Clippers. Lin tweaked his ankle in that one, leaving him iffy for Sunday’s game, but he’s averaging 17.3 points, 3.3 boards, 3.3 assists and 1.5 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last four games. Of course, he’s been helped by the absence of Nicolas Batum (toe), but is probably worth owning even when Batum is healthy enough to go.


Allen Crabbe Blazers 17% - Crabbe has been playing well since early December and is averaging 13.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s getting about 32 minutes a night and is shooting 48 percent, so it doesn’t look like he’s going to be slowing down any time soon.


Marco Belinelli Kings 26% - Bello’s been helped by injuries to Omri Casspi and Rajon Rondo, but was playing well before they were hurt. He’s scored in double digits in six straight games and is averaging 15.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 3-pointers and 2.4 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting over his last five games.


Trey Burke Jazz 51% - Burke is hit or miss on most nights, but is still averaging 12.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s not stealing the ball much and is in a shooting funk, hitting just 39 percent of his shots over his last five games, but he’s also getting 26 minutes a game with Alec Burks down and out.


Evan Turner Celtics 32% - Turner has hit double digits in seven straight games and is averaging 14.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 0.8 steals in his last five games. He’s not hitting 3-pointers and is shooting 44 percent over that stretch, but keep in mind that Avery Bradley has been out with a hip injury. Bradley is expected back on Sunday, which will hurt Turner, but he’s been playing well enough that he should still get 25 minutes a game once Bradley is back.


Jose Calderon Knicks 42% - Calderon has been cold lately, scoring nine or fewer points in four straight. He’s averaging 9.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, a steal and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s getting 33 minutes a night and should start hitting double digits in scoring again soon.


Shane Larkin Nets 24% - Larkin is filling in for Jarrett Jack, who is out for the season, but hasn’t really lived up to the hype yet. He is getting 27 minutes a night though, so there is hope that he gets it turned around. He’s averaging just 7.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals on 41 percent shooting over his last five games, but the opportunity is there. He might not be worth starting right now, but I still like the idea of holding him in case he gets it going.




Cody Zeller Hornets 41% - Zeller’s hit double digits in rebounds in three straight games, but has scored in single digits in three of his last five. He’s averaging 9.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.4 blocks in those five, and he’s basically averaging a double-double right now as Marvin Williams fades.


Larry Nance Lakers 23% - Nance has cooled off over his last three games, scoring just eight or nine points in each of them, but he posted a pair of gems before the slide. He’s averaging 9.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals on 62 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s getting 23 minutes a night over that stretch and the arrow is pointing up on his career. He’s also starting over Julius Randle, which helps.


Amir Johnson Celtics 52% - Johnson has been quietly effective in his last four games and is averaging 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over that stretch. He’s been starting all season and has been playing over Jared Sullinger lately, which has helped his value.


Jon Leuer Suns 25% - Leuer was slowed by an ankle injury recently but played an average of 25 minutes in each of his last two games. His numbers are all over the place right now and he’s averaging 9.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.8 3-pointers over his last four while shooting 52 percent. As long as Markieff Morris is sulking on the bench, Leuer’s going to play.


Mirza Teletovic Suns 21% - I don’t trust Teletovic as far as I can throw him, but it’s hard to ignore what he’s done over his last five games. He’s scored between 13 and 19 points in each of them and has racked up 15 3-pointers while shooting 47 percent. His averages are 15.2 points and 4.6 rebounds over his last five, but played just 18 minutes on Saturday. Pick him up and ride him while he’s hot, but don’t expect him to play this well for long stretches at a time.


Stanley Johnson Pistons 33% - The man started on Saturday in place of Marcus Morris (knee), but hit just 4-of-13 shots for eight points, four rebounds, two steals and a block in a whopping 39 minutes. We’ve been saying for months that Johnson simply needs an injury to a teammate to take over, and while he didn’t exactly come through in that one, the signs are there. Morris is expected back on Tuesday, so Johnson’s still not anything more than a stash, but this is a reminder that he’s a Pistons’ injury away from getting 35-40 minutes a night.




Jusuf Nurkic Nuggets 54% - Nurkic is finally back and double-doubled on Wednesday with 15 points, 10 boards and five blocks. Coach Mike Malone called Nurkic a “force” and “a big part of our future,” and he should be about ready to blow up. Nikola Jokic will take a back seat and the Nuggets are excited to see what Nurkic can do after watching their starting centers struggle for most of the season. Nurkic should be picked up in all leagues.


Robin Lopez Knicks 67% - Lopez is averaging 12.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over his last five games. I was surprised to see his ownership percentage so high, but he’s been playing well for most of the season.


Ian Mahinmi Pacers – Mahinmi has run hot and cold this season, but is feeling it again, averaging 12.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over his last three games, hitting 13-of-21 shots along the way. He’s also decent free throw shooter, so he shouldn’t hurt you too bad there, either. Jordan Hill is also worth a look for the Pacers, and part of the reason Mahinmi’s been hot is that Hill has really cooled off over the last two games.


Kelly Olynyk Celtics 23% - Olynyk’s been starting over Jared Sullinger and has scored in double figures in two straight games. He’s averaging 9.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games. However, he’s also averaging just 0.4 blocks, 0.2 steals and is shooting 41 percent over that stretch, which is tough to take from a fantasy big man.


Steven Adams Thunder 8% - Adams isn’t a must-own player, but he has been better lately. He’s averaging 9.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 23 minutes a game over his last five. He’s shooting a ridiculous 71 percent from the floor during that stretch and 79 percent from the line. If he keeps playing like this, his ownership percentage should start climbing up quickly, but he’s only worth adding in deeper leagues.


Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis Bulls – Noah is close to finally returning from his shoulder injury, but the Bulls will likely treat him with kid gloves in hopes that he can simply be healthy for the postseason. Gibson has been the man with Noah out, averaging 9.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over his last five games. Portis is also going to continue to get run in the Bulls’ frontcourt, but is too inconsistent to be relied upon right now. I’d rank these guys Gibson-Noah-Portis for now, but Noah could end up ruining Gibson if he can stay healthy and play well.


Steve Alexander
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.