Games Played for Week 10
4 Games: BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, GSW, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, NOP, OKC, POR, TOR, WAS
3 Games: ATL, BRK, LAL, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHX, SAN, SAC, UTA
2 Games: DET, HOU
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Here are 25 players you should be taking a look at as we head into Week 10 in fantasy hoops. Nick Young and Andrew Bogut aren't listed, but they should be owned in most leagues already. Let's dive right in.
Reggie Jackson OKC 52 percent owned
With news that Russell Westbrook is out until after the All-Star Break with more surgery, Jackson becomes a no-brainer in fantasy. I’m not going to bother with stats, predictions or anything else. How he’s available in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues is a mystery to me, so stop what you’re doing and go pick him up. And the fact the Thunder are about to go on a four-game per week tear is icing on the cake.
Jordan Farmar LAL 22%
Farmar is back from his hamstring injury and after struggling on Christmas Day, he bounced back with a big line on Friday with 16 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a 3-pointer. The three-game week is a minor buzzkill, but with Steve Nash (back) on the verge of retirement and Steve Blake (elbow) nowhere in sight, Farmar looks like a must-own player at this point.
Tony Wroten PHI 19%
Despite the return of Michael Carter-Williams, Wroten, who had 22 points, two 3-pointers and two steals on Saturday, is averaging 16 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five. The Sixers only play three games this week, but with Wroten’s strong play and MCW’s propensity to be injured, Wroten looks like a solid player to hold going forward.
D.J. Augustin CHI 22%
Augustin takes a hit now that Kirk Hinrich is healthy again, but still might be the better point guard to own in Chicago. He’s scored in double figures in four straight games and is averaging 13.0 points, 6.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games. And with four games this week and Hinrich moving at such a slow pace, DJA might be able to help your team right now.
Beno Udrih NYK 5%
I don’t really know what to make of Udrih, who has been very inconsistent despite starting in place of Raymond Felton in several recent games. Felton missed Saturday’s game with a groin injury and those can be tricky. One look at Udrih’s game log will tell you his story, as he’s scored 5, 15, 2, 10 and 4 points in each of his last five games. But he’s averaging 6.2 assists and 1.4 steals over that stretch and if Felton is going to miss more time, Udrih will simply have to play.
Lance Stephenson IND 80%
I don’t normally list guys who are only available in 20% of leagues, but I am really curious as to what’s going on in those leagues where he’s still available. Stephenson is playing at an All-Star level right now, averaging 18.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five games. Now we just have to hope he keeps it going with four games on the schedule for Week 10.
Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL 23%
It looks like The Alphabet may start at shooting guard the rest of the way, and while he’ll be inconsistent, he’ll also rack up stats in almost every fantasy category. Over his last five games he’s averaging 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals (had four on Saturday), 1.4 blocks (he’s long) and 0.8 3-pointers while shooting 46 percent from the floor and 88 percent from the line. If you’re only interested in guys who score, he may not be your cup of tea. But as far as complete fantasy players with a boatload of upside go, he’s the man.
Lou Williams ATL 28%
Sweet Lou has been highly inconsistent, but when he’s on, he’s on. He’s scored 28, 27 and 25 points in three of his last seven games, but scored 7, 9, 2 and 5 points in the other four. With Al Horford likely done for the year someone is going to have to pick up his scoring slack, and Williams is a prime candidate to do just that. However, I’m guessing you can find a more reliable option in weekly leagues this week, as the Hawks go just three times.
Marcus Thornton SAC 42%
Thornton appears to be out of the doghouse and has played 23, 30 and 29 minutes in each of his last three games, and he’s averaging 13.7 points, 3.25 rebounds, .7 steals, and 2.0 3-pointers over that stretch. He could be getting ready to heat up, but has just three games this week.
Xavier Henry LAL 12%
Henry is back on the bench with the return of Jordan Farmar, but it hasn’t slowed him down. He played 30 minutes on Friday and had 12 points and two 3-pointers, and is averaging 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.6 3-pointers over his last five games, and has scored in double figures in 10 of his 13 December games.
Khris Middleton MIL 41%
Middleton might be the No. 1 pick up this week. He stuck in the starting lineup despite the fact the Bucks are finally pretty healthy and has scored 23 and 27 points in two of his last four games. His averages over the last five are 19.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting. The Bucks play just three games this week, but the capper is that Middleton has hit 13 straight free throws in his last four games.
Jodie Meeks LAL 34%
Meeks should be starting until we see Kobe Bryant again and has scored in double figures in six straight games. His five-game averages are 15.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.4 steals and 2.2 3-pointers. He’s shooting just 41 percent over that stretch, mainly due to a 4-of-15 night on Friday.
Terrence Ross TOR 13%
Ross continues to start for the Raptors and is heating up, scoring 23 points in two of his last three games. He’s averaging 15.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and a whopping 3.6 3-pointers while shooting 49 percent over his last five games. And with four games this week, he looks like a relatively safe fantasy bet in weekly leagues.
Al-Farouq Aminu NOP 9%
Aminu is hanging in there despite the return of Anthony Davis and has scored in double figures in three straight games. He’s averaging 12.0 points, 2.0 steals and 1.0 3-pointers over that stretch and has grabbed eight rebounds in three of his last four games. Guys who steal, block and hit 3-pointers aren’t that easy to come by and Aminu is playing well enough to be given consideration in all leagues, especially with the four-game week.
James Johnson MEM 7%
I’m not sure how, but Johnson is still relevant even with Tayshaun Prince back from his knee injury, averaging 10.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s also shooting 59 percent from the field, 47 percent from downtown and 86 percent from the line over that stretch. I still don’t fully trust him, but it looks like the Grizzlies do. And yes, the Grizzlies play four games this week.
Mirza Teletovic BRK 15%
Teletovic is coming off a nice week and it doesn’t matter if he’s starting or coming off the bench. He’s hit double digits in scoring in six of his last eight games and should continue to get 30 minutes a night with Brook Lopez done for the year, Andray Blatche out until Saturday and Kevin Garnett’s ancient knees. Teletovic is averaging 15.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 blocks and 3.4 3-pointers over his last five games, hitting 50 percent of his shots along the way. The only downside is the three-game week.
Terrence Jones HOU 44%
Jones is feeling it again after a mini-slump, going off for 19.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocks on 60 percent shooting over his last three games. If he was dropped in your league, pick him up. Just don’t plan on using him this week, as the Rockets play just two games, which is why he’s the 27th ranked power forward in the Season Pass for this week.
Jordan Hill LAL 30%
Hill has bounced in and out of the starting lineup all season but is heating up again, averaging 11.5 points, 8.25 rebounds and .75 blocks over his last four games on 56 percent shooting. With Pau Gasol out on Sunday, I’m expecting another big line from Hill tonight. The Lakers only have three games this week.
Anthony Tolliver CHA 1%
Tolliver is starting at small forward for the Bobcats while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is out with a broken hand and is coming on a bit. He’s been hitting 3-pointers, which have accounted for ALL of his points in four of his last five games. He’s averaging 10 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 3-pointers over his last three games, and should be ready for a decent week with four games in the upcoming scoring period.
Mike Scott ATL 3%
Scott played 21 minutes on Saturday and blew up for a season-high 18 points with six boards and three 3-pointers on 6-of-11 shooting. As long as Al Horford is out, which is going to be a long time, Scott will be needed to provide a spark off the Hawks bench. He’s going to be inconsistent and the Hawks play three games this week, but Scott looks like a decent add right now, especially in deeper leagues.
Miles Plumlee PHX 48%
Plumlee is kind of on fire right now, going for a career-high 22 points, 13 boards, a steal and three blocks on Saturday, and had 17 points and 20 rebounds on Monday. He’s averaging 12.2 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks over his last five and it’s time to pick him up again, despite the upcoming three-game week.
Enes Kanter UTA 66%
Kanter got hot on Saturday with 17 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and a block in 31 minutes. The key is the playing time, as he got 18 or fewer in his previous three games, but had 13 points, 13 boards and two blocks a week ago Friday when he played 27 minutes against the Hawks. If the Jazz are finally ready to start giving him 25-30 minutes a night, Kanter should be ready to start producing again. However, it’s anyone’s guess as to what kind of minutes he’ll get in his next game.
Brandan Wright DAL 25%
Wright was sick on Saturday and had just six points, two rebounds, two steals and a block in 16 minutes after sitting out Thursday’s game. He should be healthy again and look more like the guy who scored 19, 13 and 19 points in three of four games a week ago, when he had six rebounds in each of those. He’s also a decent shot blocker and the Mavs play four times this week. Grab him if you’re desperate at center.
Tyler Zeller CLE 2%
Andrew Bynum’s time in Cleveland is nearly officially over, which is big news for Anderson Varejao. He’s owned in 72 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so Zeller is next in line. He had 13 points and four rebounds in 14 minutes on Monday, played just 11 minutes on Thursday, and then had five points, 10 rebounds and a block on Saturday when he played 22 minutes. If you’re in a deep league, Zeller is a guy who should start seeing 20 minutes off the bench consistently, and some decent production should follow.
Pero Antic ATL 1%
I’m not going to tell you that Antic will do much with Al Horford out, but he played 22 minutes on Saturday and hit a 3-pointer that sent the game to overtime. Those were his only three points of the game, but he also had four rebounds, seven assists, a steal and three blocks in that one. If you’re in a deep league and desperate for a big man, Antic is a guy to keep a close eye on.