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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 15

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

Week 15 Schedule: Games Played

 

4 Games: ATL, CHA, CHI, DAL, HOU, LAC, MIN, NOP, OKC, PHI, PHX, SAC, SAS

3 Games: BKN, BOS, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, IND, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, NYK, POR, TOR, UTA, WAS

2 Games: ORL

 

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Point Guards

 

De’Aaron Fox Kings 54 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues – The Kings are ready to turn the kids loose and Fox might be the kid with the most potential on the Kings. He’s averaging 11.8 points, 6.2 assists and 1.2 steals over his last five games and has scored at least 12 points in three of his last four games, and also had a 17 & 10 double-double last Saturday. The only direction he can go is straight up and the Kings play four games this week.

 

Milos Teodosic Clippers 31% - Milos is starting to come on and scored in double figures in four straight games before Saturday’s eight-point game. In his five games since returning from his foot injury (again), he’s averaging 11.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting. It’s time to get him in case he blows up in the second half. The signs are pointing in the right direction and the Clips go four times in Week 15.

 

T.J. McConnell Sixers 27% - McConnell has quietly scored in double digits in four straight games, averaging 14 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.8 steals and 0.8 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting over that stretch. He’s getting a boost right now with J.J. Redick and Jerryd Bayless out, but once they’re back, along with Markelle Fultz, TJM could take a big hit. However, Redick’s going to miss at least another week or so, and McConnell’s worth using until that happens. He’s a strong four-game option for Week 15.

 

Yogi Ferrell Mavericks 19% - Ferrell was cruising until a seven-point performance on Saturday, when he did almost nothing else in his 29 minutes. But prior to that, he was cruising. Even with Saturday’s dud, he’s averaging 13.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting over his last five games. The minutes were there on Saturday and Seth Curry’s not coming back anytime soon. Yogi should be a popular four-game add this week.

 

Shabazz Napier Blazers 14% - Napier played just 17 minutes on Saturday but still had eight points, four rebounds, an assist, a steal and two 3-pointers. He’s averaging 11.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.8 3-pointer on 48 percent shooting over his last five. He’s a must-own when Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum are out, but is also worth a deep-league look even when they’re healthy.

 

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Shooting Guards

 

Bogdan Bogdanovic Kings 45% - Bogdanovic has been hot for a couple weeks and should continue to shine as the Kings roll their kids out there every week. He plays four times in Week 15 and is averaging 17.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.0 3-pointers on 56 percent shooting over his last five games, and looks like the hottest pickup in fantasyland right now.

 

Wayne Ellington Heat 38% - Ellington scored 26 points with six more triples on Saturday and should be owned in a heck of a lot more leagues right now. He’s averaging 14.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 3.4 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting in 33 minutes over his last five games. The Heat only play three times this week, but Dion Waiters is done for the year and Goran Dragic is banged up. Go get him.

 

Denzel Valentine Bulls 18% - Valentine takes a small hit with Zach LaVine back in the mix, but is still averaging 26 minutes with 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games.

 

Joe Harris Nets 6% - Harris has mysteriously scored in double figures in five straight and in all but two of his January games. He’s averaging 11.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting and is also an excellent free throw shooter. He’s getting 27 minutes a game in January and should be able to keep up this pace until further notice.

 

Tyrone Wallace Clippers 10% - Wallace has somehow managed to stay relevant, even with Milos Teodosic rolling, but he’ll take a hit once Austin Rivers returns from his Achilles injury. It sounds like Rivers is out for at least another week and Wallace has four games this week. Wallace is averaging 10.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 blocks on 51 percent shooting over his last five.

 

Small Forwards

 

Kelly Oubre Wizards 43% - Oubre has hit double figures in seven straight games and blew up for a season-high 26 points, five boards and five 3-pointers on 9-of-14 shooting on Friday. Scott Brooks didn’t blow up the lineup like he hinted at, but Oubre could see a boost in minutes going forward. He’s averaging 17.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.2 3-pointers on 56 percent shooting over his last five games, and while he doesn’t do much in steals, blocks or assists, there’s no reason not to own him right now.

 

Michael Beasley Knicks 44% - Beasley appeared to be ready to fall off a cliff once Kristaps Porzingis got healthy again, but bounced back with a big 23-point, 10-rebound effort last Monday and is averaging 17 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 0.7 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting in his last three games. I don’t fully trust him, but it appears the Knicks are going to keep using him going forward, although he’ll struggle to get more than 25 minutes per game.

 

Dillon Brooks Grizzlies 18% - Brooks is hot, scoring in double figures in four straight games and putting up pretty big numbers in all of them. He’s averaging 15.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting over his last five games and has shot it lights out in his last four (24-of-40). I don’t know how long he can keep it going, but he’s getting 31 minutes a game right now and has three games in Week 15.

 

Wes Johnson Clippers 6% - Johnson has quietly scored in double digits in five straight games and is averaging 13.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 1.2 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting in them. He’s seen a boost with DeAndre Jordan out, but even when he’s back, Johnson should still get plenty of run at small forward. He should make for a decent four-game play this week.

 

Josh Jackson Suns 23% - Jackson has to deal with playing behind T.J. Warren, but the Suns should try to find more minutes for him with the season out of hand. He played just 14 minutes on Friday but still managed to score 16 points, and is averaging 15.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 3-pointers over his last four games. He started in two of those games, but as I mentioned before, there’s no reason for the Suns not to give him more playing time over the second half.

 

Kyle Anderson Spurs 25% - Anderson has been somewhat disappointing, but should also continue to get a ton of minutes filling in for Kawhi Leonard and his lost season. Anderson is averaging 6.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.4 3-pointers on 41 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s getting 28 minutes a night and if his shot starts falling, he could be a nice get. The Spurs have four games this week.

 

Power Forwards

 

DeMarre Carroll Nets 56% - Carroll is back, baby! He’s either scored 20-plus points or racked up a double-double in each of his last four games and is averaging 17 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting over his last five. He’s getting 31 minutes a game, loves playing for Kenny Atkinson and is hot. It’s just too bad the Nets play three times instead of four this week. Hopefully the return of D’Angelo Russell doesn’t eat into any of his minutes.

 

Al-Farouq Aminu Blazers 47% - Aminu’s looked better over the past week, missing a couple double-doubles by one rebound and averaging 12.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s getting 30 minutes a night and his combination of points, rebounds, steals, blocks and threes is enticing. The Blazers have three games this week.

 

Skal Labissiere Kings 13% - Labissiere missed Wednesday’s game with a shoulder injury and then played 29 minutes on Friday when he had four points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block. He hit just 2-of-8 shots and missed a couple 3-pointers, but the potential is clearly there. He should start seeing big minutes for the Kings (28.5 over his last two) and is a strong candidate for a second-half breakout. 

 

Montrezl Harrell Clippers 14% - Harrell finally cooled off on Saturday with seven points, three boards and two steals in just 18 minutes. Prior to that, he was rolling, averaging 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals in his previous four games. All his shots come close to the rim so his percentage is outstanding, but he’s a really bad free throw shooter. And he should also take a hit once DeAndre Jordan is finally back from his sprained ankle. 

 

Dragan Bender Suns 4% - Bender has been a disaster over his last three games, averaging just 3.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 3-pointers, despite playing a ridiculous 33 minutes a game. In his two prior games, he exploded for 17 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.5 blocks and 4.5 3-pointers. He should get hot again soon, but all bets are off if Marquese Chriss ever returns from his hip injury.

 

Centers

 

Bismack Biyombo Magic 54% - Biyombo scored in double figures in three straight games before Thursday’s four-point game, and has grabbed at least 10 rebounds in his last three, racking up back-to-back double-doubles on Friday and Tuesday. He’s averaging 3.0 blocks over his last three games and checks in with 11 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.0 blocks over his last five. He’s also knocking down his free throws, which is nice. The Magic only have two games this week, which hurts, but Biyombo is a must-own center until Nikola Vucevic is back from his broken hand.

 

Dewayne Dedmon Hawks 41% - Dedmon is hot for the Hawks, nearly double-doubling every night out. He had 9 & 9 on Jan. 10, 11 & 9 on Jan. 12, 12 & 10 last Monday, 4 & 10 on Wednesday and 11 & 11 on Saturday. He’s averaging 9.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.6 blocks over his last five games on 43 percent shooting. He’s also 6-of-6 from the line since returning from his injury and the Hawks go four times in Week 15.

 

JaMychal Green Grizzlies 26% - I don’t know what got into Green, but had had a good week, racking up double-digit rebounds in his last three games and averaging 10.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.0 3-pointers over his last four games. However, he suffered an ankle injury on Saturday and wasn’t able to return, leaving him iffy for Monday. If it doesn’t keep him out, he should continue to flourish, but if he misses time, Jarell Martin would likely be the guy to take his place. It’s really a shame he got hurt, as he had eight points and a season-high 16 rebounds in 24 minutes before going down with the injury on Saturday.

 

John Collins Hawks 52% - Collins showed signs of life last week, scoring 18 points on Wednesday and racking up rebounds and blocks on most nights. He’s averaging 9.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.8 blocks on 62 percent shooting over his last five games and has finally seen a boost in minutes, averaging 24 of them in his last three games. The Hawks still haven’t taken off the handcuffs, but we’re getting closer. Now is the time to grab Collins before he fully gets it going.

 

Jakob Poeltl Raptors 4% - Poeltl is averaging just 5.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 20 minutes a game over his last five. But the Raptors know that playing Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka next to each other simply isn’t working. Poeltl could find himself getting more minutes in the near future, even possibly starting for the Raps, or it could be Pascal Siakam who gets the call, assuming the Raptors make a change. Siakam’s numbers aren’t any better than Poeltl’s, but if the Raptors make a change, one or both of these guys should see a boost. 

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.