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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 7

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

Games Played Week 7

 

4 Games: CLE, DET, GSW, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIN, ORL, PHI, SAC, SAS

3 Games: BOS, BRK, CHI, DAL, DEN, HOU, IND, MEM, MIL, NOP, NYK, OKC, PHX, POR, UTA, WAS

2 Games: ATL, CHA, TOR

 

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Point Guards

 

Spencer Dinwiddie Nets 67% owned in Yahoo! leagues – We still don’t know when D’Angelo Russell will be back, the Nets have three games this week and Dinwiddie is averaging 17.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers over his last five. He’s as must-own as they come.

 

Mario Chalmers Grizzlies 29% – We don’t know when Mike Conley will play again, the Grizzlies play three times this week and Chalmers is averaging 10.6 pints, 4.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five. He’s shooting just 36 percent over that stretch, but can get hot at any time. He might be the best player who is actually available in your league.

 

Kris Dunn Bulls 60% – Dunn is starting for the Bulls and despite a bad night on Friday, is averaging 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s become a must-own player.

 

Tim Frazier Wizards 10% – John Wall is going to miss a couple weeks with a knee issue and Frazier is the new starter for the Wizards. He had 11 points, two assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on Saturday and is a nice option if you need a temporary point guard.

 

T.J. McConnell Sixers 21% – He started for Ben Simmons (elbow) on Saturday and blew up for 15 points, seven rebounds, 13 assists, three steals, a block and a 3-pointer. Even when Simmons is healthy, TJM has been playing pretty well, averaging 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.4 steals on 58 percent shooting over his last five. It also doesn’t hurt that the Sixers go four times this week.

 

Tyler Ulis Suns 9% - Ulis has quietly scored in double figures in three of his last four games and is starting over Mike James for the Suns. He’s averaging 11 points, 4.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.8 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five and it’s time to pick him up if you need point guard help.

 

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Shooting Guards

 

Austin Rivers Clippers 48% – Rivers’ slump is over and Patrick Beverley is out for the season with a knee injury. Rivers is averaging 16 points, 6.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last two games and is a must-own player again with Beverley’s season coming to an abrupt halt. The Clips play four times this week, which is nice.

 

Allen Crabbe Nets 63% - Baller. He’s averaging 17 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 3.8 3-pointers over his last five while hitting 46 percent of his shots. He’s scored in double digits in eight of his 10 November games and has become a must-own player.

 

Jordan Clarkson Lakers 65% – Clarkson is hot again, scoring at least 12 points in four of his last five and averaging 13.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting over his last five. If you catch him on the right night, he can be a game changer.

 

J.J. Barea Mavs 23% – JJB double-doubled on Wednesday and was playing well until Saturday’s four-point dud, but he still had six dimes in that game. Seth Curry will eventually come back and ruin him, but JJB is averaging 11.4 points, 6.4 assists and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games.

 

Joe Harris Nets 7% - I’m not sure how, but Harris is playing well, averaging 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.5 3-pointers over his last two games. Dump him once D’Angelo Russell is back from his knee injury.

 

Shabazz Napier Blazers 5% - Napier has cooled down over his last two games, scoring a total of seven points, but he was killing it prior to the fade, averaging 9.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five. He was getting 25-plus minutes a night until his last two, and I see no reason why he doesn’t get hot again this week. However, he’s far from a must-own player, but might be able to help with deep-leaguers with three games this week.

 

Small Forwards

 

Wilson Chandler Nuggets 48% – Chandler has been awful in his last two games, scoring just seven points. But with Paul Millsap out indefinitely, Chandler simply has to get hot. He will get you points, boards and 3-pointers, and should be pretty good across the board. And the fact he’s struggling through his back injury might mean he’s available in your league.

 

Bojan Bogdanovic Pacers 58% - Bojan is killing it, hitting double digits in six straight games and averaging 19.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 3.0 3-pointers on 54 percent shooting over his last five games. The Pacers have won five of their last six games and he’s a big part of the equation in Indy.

 

Wes Johnson Clippers 19% - Johnson is flying under the radar and has scored between 13 and 24 points in three of his last five, averaging 13.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 1.8 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers over that stretch. The steals, blocks and threes are fantasy gold and he should simply be owned in more leagues. Add in that the Clips go four times this week and he’s a must-own player.

 

Darius Miller Pelicans 3% – Miller is one of my favorite punt options in DFS and is averaging 9.0 points, 4.2 rebounds,, 2.2 assists and 2.8 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last five games. If you need 3-pointers, he’s the man.

 

Lance Stephenson Pacers 6% - Victor Oladipo is dealing with a knee injury and Stephenson has stepped up over his last two, averaging 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.0 3-pointers. He’s hit or miss if Dipo is playing, but is still worth a deep-league look. And if Dipo is out, he’s nearly a must-play in DFS.

 

Power Forwards

 

John Collins Hawks 60% – Collins put up a dud on Saturday with four points and two boards, but also had two steals. Prior to that he was on fire and is still averaging 14 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and is shooting 74 percent from the floor over his last five. The Hawks only have two games this week, but Collins is starting, making him a must-own player. But he might not be an automatic start in weekly leagues due to the bad schedule this week.

 

JaMychal Green Grizzlies 31% - Green has yet to blow up, but he’s flirting with it, scoring 21 points with three boards and two 3-pointers on 9-of-9 shooting on Friday. He’s at 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and a 3-pointer over his last five, and should be ready to break out this week.

 

Kyle Anderson Spurs 34% – Anderson has quietly scored in double digits in four straight games and had a double-double on Monday. He’s at 11.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks on 58 percent shooting over his last five. He plays for the Spurs, which is dicey, but he’s playing well right now, getting 29 minutes a night while Rudy Gay tries to figure things out.

 

Larry Nance Jr.  Lakers 32% – Nance should be back on Monday after missing several weeks with a thumb injury. He’ll likely do more to slow down Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle than he will blow up his own stats, but Nance was playing well before the injury and is worth grabbing for his four-game week.

 

Noah Vonleh Blazers 4% - Vonleh is a rebounding machine right now, hitting double digits in three of his last four and averaging 6.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over his last five games. He’s also hitting 68 percent of his shots right now, making his lack of offense easier to swallow. Just be ready to dump him once Al-Farouq Aminu is back from his ankle injury.

 

Centers

 

Zach Randolph Kings 62% – Randolph is feeling it, averaging 17 points, 6.3 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 3-pointers over his last four games. He’s old, boring and plays for the Kings, but he’s still getting it done.

 

Willie Cauley-Stein Kings 72% - Speaking of getting it done, WCS woke up out of his slumber and is averaging 15.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks on 49 percent shooting over his last five. Congratulations if you held onto him through the dark period.

 

Dewayne Dedmon Hawks 60% - I didn’t see it coming but Dedmon is having a great season for the Hawks and is averaging 11.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers on 58 percent shooting over his last five games. The Hawks are tanking and Dedmon is not a part of the future, but he’s holding it down in the middle for one of the league’s worst teams.

 

John Henson Bucks 35% – Henson won’t blow you away with his stats, but is usually good for 10 points, 10 boards and a block. He’s locked into the starting job in Milwaukee and makes for a decent fantasy option at center, despite his occasional disappearing act.

 

Kyle O’Quinn Knicks 8% - KOQ blew up for 20 points, 15 boards, a steals and two blocks in 26 minutes on Saturday. He’s averaging 6.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.8 blocks over his last five games in just 17.8 minutes per game. Kristaps Porzingis was out for the KOQ explosion on Saturday, but if you’re in a deep league and need a center, KOQ might be the best one on your waiver wire. 

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.