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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 6

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

Games Played Week 6




2 Games: DET, HOU, LAL


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Point Guards


Spencer Dinwiddie Nets 51% owned in Yahoo! leagues – Dinwiddie will start for as long as D’Angelo Russell is out with his knee injury and simply looks like a must-own player. He had 25 points, five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and six 3-pointers in Friday’s start and he might be able to hang onto some value even when DAR is back in action.


Mario Chalmers Grizzlies 11% - Mike Conley is out indefinitely with an Achilles injury, clearing the way for Chalmers to start. Chalmers didn’t turn many heads with his offense on Saturday, but he still had six points, four rebounds, eight assists, four steals and a 3-pointer on 1-of-7 shooting. Conley’s out at least two more weeks, so Chalmers is right behind Dinwiddie on the must-own list.


Kris Dunn Bulls 48% - Dunn finally broke out on Friday with a season-high 22 points, five boards, seven assists, three steals and two 3-pointers on 10-of-16 shooting. He was 1-for-11 in his previous game, but has been playing pretty well over the last couple weeks. If you miss out on Dinwiddie or Chalmers, Dunn can help you out if available.


Tim Frazier Wizards 1% - Frazier started in place of John Wall on Sunday due to Wall’s knee injury, which could cause him to miss more games. Frazier had six points, eight rebounds, eight assists and a 3-pointer in 36 minutes on Sunday. If Wall misses time, Frazier will be worth a flier.


Fred VanVleet Raptors 1% - Delon Wright is out indefinitely with a dislocated right shoulder, clearing the way for VanVleet to see some extra minutes. FVV played 24 minutes on Sunday and hit 3-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, three rebounds and five assists. He’s averaging 7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games, getting 19 minutes a night. He’s worth a deep-league look.


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Shooting Guards


Donovan Mitchell Jazz 69% - Mitchell has scored in double figures in six straight games and is averaging 19.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last five games. He even started at point guard on Friday and should be owned everywhere, but he might still be available in some smaller leagues.


Austin Rivers Clippers 51% - Rivers hit just 3-of-14 shots on Saturday, but had scored in double figures in his previous six games. He’s starting for the Clippers and averaging 14.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games, getting almost 35 minutes a night.


Denzel Valentine Bulls 27% – Valentine is getting extra minutes with David Nwaba out and had a season-high 18 points to go along with five rebounds, six assists, a block and four 3-pointers on Friday. He’s averaging 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.5 3-pointers over his last two games and should be available in most leagues.


Marco Belinelli Hawks 33% – Belinelli was bad on Saturday, hitting just 2-of-10 shots for four points and four boards, but had hit double digits in his previous five games. He’s averaging 11.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games. If you need threes, he can help.


C.J. Miles Raptors 22% - Miles has scored in double figures in five straight games, averaging 14.4 points, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 3.6 3-pointers over that stretch, playing just 20 minutes a night. I wish he got some more run, but as long as Norman Powell is out, Miles is worth a look.


Small Forwards


Taurean Prince Hawks 61%- Prince is averaging 11.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.2 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games and should be owned in most leagues. He’s starting for the lowly Hawks and contributing across the board.


Jonathon Simmons Magic 45% – Simmons is averaging 14.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s not a must-own player, but he might be by the end of the season.


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Hornets 40% – MKG is averaging 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.0 blocks on 58 percent shooting over his last four games. He’s not handing out assists or hitting 3-pointers, but is getting 29 minutes a game for the Hornets.


Wilson Chandler Nuggets 51% – Chandler is coming to life, scoring in double digits in three straight games, averaging 14.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 3-pointers over that stretch. He wasn’t playing well before that streak started, but might be good to go from here on in.


OG Anunoby Raptors 4% - Anunoby is starting for Norman Powell (hip) and is averaging 8.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games in 23 minutes a night. He’s not a must own player, but if you’re in a deep league, he might be worth a shot as long as he’s starting for the Raptors.


Power Forwards


Taj Gibson Timberwolves 67% – Gibson is averaging 13.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 0.6 steals over his last five games, shooting 50 percent from the floor. He’s rendered Gorgui Dieng useless and should be owned everywhere.


Marcus Morris Celtics 53% – I’m not a big Morris guy, but he’s playing well for the Celtics, averaging 13.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last five. He’s getting 24 minutes a night and is a decent value play in DFS leagues, as well as season-longs.


Bobby Portis Bulls 53% – Portis has slowed way down after a hot start last week but is still averaging 14.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s shooting 45 percent over that stretch and is worth a look in most leagues. Just don’t expect any miracles.


JaMychal Green Grizzlies 22% - Green has only been back from his ankle injury for two games and racked up 15 points, six boards and two 3-pointers on Saturday. It’s time to go get him. 


Jonas Jerebko Jazz 2% – Jerebko has been starting with Rudy Gobert out and had 15 points, six boards, a steal and a 3-pointer on Saturday. He’s averaging 11 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 3-pointers over his last four games, hitting 16-of-30 shots, good for 53 percent. He’s a cheap option in DFS and is also worth a deep-league look with Gobert out indefinitely.




Dewayne Dedmon Hawks 57% - Dedmon blew up for 20 points and 14 boards with five assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer on Wednesday, then had his streak of double-digit scoring nights snapped at six when he scored six points on Saturday. He’s averaging 12.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers on 69 percent shooting in November. He should be owned everywhere these days.


John Henson Bucks 41% - Henson had as 10-10-2 line on Wednesday and was then quiet on Saturday with five points, two rebounds and a block. He’s not a must-own player, but if you need a center, he’s worth a look in any league. He’s averaging 10 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 blocks over his last five.


Alex Len Suns 42% – Len went off for 17 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks on Friday, despite the emergence of Greg Monroe. Tyson Chandler has been sick, which helps, but Len is still the center in Phoenix I want to own. He’s averaging 10.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over his last five games.


Greg Monroe Suns 53% - Monroe blew up for 20 points, 11 boards, two steals and a block on Thursday, but had just six points and one rebound in 16 minutes on Friday. I’m not a Monroe guy, but he’s worth a look if you’re desperate for a center.


Ekpe Udoh Jazz 1% - Udoh is getting some run with Rudy Gobert out and is averaging just 1.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 16 minutes over his last five games. However, he’s also blocking the ball, averaging 1.8 of them over that stretch. He’s strictly a deep-league guy and you’ll have to weigh his lack of scoring versus his shot-blocking ability before adding him. He’s not for everyone.

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.