Priority Pickups: Gobert or go home

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Priority Pickups: Gobert or go home
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Someday, Zach Randolph, DeMar DeRozan and Ricky Rubio will return from injury, and there will no longer be any need for me to max out my weekly pick-ups. But that day has not yet arrived, so...

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PG/SG Jarrett Jack, Bkn (38 percent owned)

Deron Williams has been kinda/sorta injured and mired in a deep malaise, plus he's on the trade block. Meanwhile, Jack has been starting for the Nets, and he's been terrific over his last four games (three of which were Brooklyn wins). Details here...

Jarrett Jack game log
Jarrett Jack game log

The minutes obviously won't hold steady at 35-plus, but we shouldn't expect a total collapse, either. Again, a Williams deal would be a big win. For now, Jack offers the usual PG stats, and you'll note he has a four-game week ahead. Do what needs doing.

SG/SF Jared Dudley, Mil (12 percent owned)

Dudley's role is relatively secure following the Jabari Parker injury (knee), and he's reached double-digit points in four of his last five. He was ridiculous on Friday at Atlanta, going a perfect 10-for-10, including 4-for-4 on threes. Dudley doesn't offer unlimited fantasy goodies, but he's capable of a steal per game, plus he's draining shots from the arc — he's hit 11 threes over his last five games. I'm using him as a deep-league placeholder for DeRozan somewhere, which is ... well, it's sorta terrible. But the past week hasn't been so bad.

SF/PF Nikola Mirotic, Chc (23 percent owned)

OK, so it's been 10 days (and four games) since Nikola has given us 20-plus minutes. But even with minimal burn the dude is still scoring, rebounding, knocking down threes, and getting himself to the line. And when you consider his minutes in context, it's much easier to get excited. Mirotic has seen a few end-game fourth-quarter minutes lately, and that playing time is sacred to Thibs. All it would take for Niko to blow up is an injury to one of Chicago's injury-prone bigs (Jo, Taj, Pau). Mirotic is a terrific stash. He's also your frontrunner for Rookie of the Year.

C Alex Len, Phx (23 percent owned)

Len has started the last seven games for Phoenix, and his numbers have been stellar: 9.0 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.7 BPG, 56.5 FG%. For the blocks alone, Len is worth an add. He's a foul-machine, so you probably won't get many 35-minute efforts, but he's been plenty useful in the non-scoring big-man categories.

C Rudy Gobert, Uta (32 percent owned)

Just check out these per-36 numbers: 11.0 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 3.5 BPG(!), 1.5 SPG, 61.3 FG%. I'm in. Gobert is basically a double-double waiting to happen, with silly defensive upside. He's a recommended add on the possibility/probability that his minutes take a leap in the second-half.