Fantasy Basketball pickups for Week 19
Yahoo Fantasy analyst Dan Titus offers several pickups for managers as the NBA season enters the second half.
DAN TITUS: We're in the back half of week 18, and I have several players that are under 50% rostered that you need to get in fantasy right now. Shallow leagues look at Donte DiVincenzo. He's currently 44% rostered. Steph Curry is going to be re-evaluated in another week. Plus, Andrew Wiggins is going to be out on Friday. So that should increase Donte DiVincenzo's playing time.
He's averaged 32 minutes any time Steph Curry's been off the court this season. And when he's been off the court, he's averaged 11 points, 5, rebounds, and 4 assists. I think he's going to be a great source of threes, as well as points. And he'll sprinkle in a little bit of production across different categories. Just make sure you pick him up because the Warriors play three games in four nights at the back half of week 18.
Also, I would pick up Talen Horton-Tucker. That's right, THT of the Utah Jazz. He's currently 32% rostered. But I think that's too low. Collin Sexton's already been ruled out for the next couple of games. He's going to be re-evaluated on Monday with a hamstring injury. He was down with a hamstring injury earlier in the season. Although he did look right at the slam dunk contest, something must be going on there. So THT's definitely someone you don't want on roster, a guy that's been racking up assists in that second unit. I think there's going to be a really good opportunity for him to do even more with Mike Conley out the way and Collin Sexton on the bench.
The next player I'd pick up, Shaedon Sharpe of the Portland Trail Blazers. He's only 29% rostered. And that's kind of surprising considering that Anfernee Simons is going to be missing four to six weeks with that ankle injury. And offensively Shaedon Sharpe was like, yo, I'm ditching this dunk contest to focus on the back half of the season. That's a good thing because he's averaging 14 points with 4 rebounds and 2 assists in the last four games.
I think he's going to continue to be an offensive spark for this Portland Trail Blazers team that desperately needs him. We'll see if Jerami Grant comes back after concussion protocol. But I think Shaedon Sharpe's going to be really good offensively.
But if you're not interested in Shaedon Sharpe, take a look at Matisse Thybulle. He's got at least four stocks in his last two games since joining the Portland Trail Blazers. He won't give you much for scoring. But if Dame Lillard's giving you a shout out in his freestyle, like, that's probably a good look. So if you're looking for defensive stats, definitely pick up Matisse Thybulle at only 24% rostered.
And for my deep league add, I would definitely look at Jaylin Williams of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a.k.a. J-Will, not J-Dub, the other Jalen Williams. But J-Will has been doing a lot of things recently that I think Mark Daniels' definitely going to start relying on him in the front court because Jeremiah Robinson-Earl seems to be nearing out of the rotation. Aleksej Pokusevski hasn't been around for a minute. And I like what I see out of J-Will, 16 rebounds in the game before the All-Star break. He's taken a lot of charges. He can stretch the floor and hit the three.
There's a lot of things to like from a fantasy perspective. And the Thunder have yet to commit to anyone in that frontcourt. So this could be his job to lose now. And the Thunder always like playing their young bucks towards the back half of the season. So with three games in four nights also for the Thunder, take a look at Jaylin Williams at only 4% rostered right now in Yahoo leagues. Make sure you check out my article on Monday, where I'll have even more pickups for week 19, as we head into the fantasy playoffs. Until then, peace.