Wired: Top NBA pickups Week 10

Steve Alexander
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Week 10 Games Played Schedule

4 Games: BKN, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MEM, MIL, MIN, OKC, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, UTA, WAS

3 Games: ATL, BOS, CHA, LAL, MIA, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHI, TOR

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2 Games: DEN

The number in front of each player’s post is their games played for Week 10. Additionally, I didn’t write up Trevor Ariza, but he gets a slight boost after his trade to the Wizards, but is already owned in 67% of Yahoo! leagues. Follow me on Twitter!

Point Guards

3 Emmanuel Mudiay Knicks 37% owned in Yahoo! leagues – Trey Burke will play on Sunday, which will give the Knicks three healthy point guards again, which is a bit concerning for Mudiay. But he went off for 34 points and eight dimes on Friday, and is averaging 17.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five games. The Knicks only have three games this week and the return of Burke makes Mudiay’s future a bit murky, but he’s had a nice couple weeks and may be able to keep it going.



3 Tim Frazier Pelicans 24% - Frazier’s been starting for Elfrid Payton, and while he’s not scoring a ton, his assist numbers have been pretty fun. Frazier’s averaging 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s getting 31 minutes a night and Payton is still a few weeks away from returning. If you need assists, Frazier can help.

4 Bryn Forbes Spurs 17% – Forbes was playing really well until Saturday’s loss to the Bulls, when he missed all four of his shots and failed to score. Prior to that, he had scored in double figures in four straight games, and even with Saturday’s dud, he’s averaging 12 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five. The Spurs have four games in the upcoming week and Forbes should get back on track against the Sixers on Monday.

3 T.J. McConnell Sixers 5% – McConnell had a good week and has scored in double figures in three of his last four games. Over his last five, he’s averaging 10.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals, and is shooting 63 percent in 26 minutes a night. Markelle Fultz isn’t coming back anytime soon, so McConnell should have a clear path to solid minutes going forward. But he’s a guy I’m only really comfortable with in a four-game week, and the Sixers have only three this week.

3 Langston Galloway Pistons 3% - Galloway had a one-point dud on Monday, but has been playing well, averaging 13.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 41 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s more of a scoring guard than a point guard, and is getting 30 minutes a night for the Pistons. But unfortunately, they only have three games.

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Shooting Guards

4 Allen Crabbe Nets 47%

4 Joe Harris Nets 52%

4 Rodions Kurucs Nets 2% – The shooting guard picture in Brooklyn is kind of messy, with all three of these guys making some noise right now, and the Nets play four times this week. Crabbe is doubtful for Sunday due to a knee injury, so Kurucs should get another start. He’s averaging 14 points, 3.5 boards, 1.5 steals and 1.0 3-pointers over his last two games, but will disappear once Crabbe is back. Crabbe was feeling it before the injury, scoring in double figures in four straight games and knocking down 19 3-pointers in them, and logging some rebounds and steals along the way. He’s the guy you want to own here, as long as he’s healthy. Maybe he’ll be ready to go for Week 10. Harris is also worth owning, scoring in double figures in four of his last five games. He’s averaging 13.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 3-pointers over that stretch, and looks like a solid four-game play this week.

2 Monte Morris Nuggets 24% – Morris has scored in double digits in five straight and is averaging 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting during the run. Gary Harris (hip) is still a few weeks away, so Morris should continue to roll. But sadly, the Nuggets only have two games this week.

3 Derrick Jones Jr. Heat 5% - DJJ had 13 points, eight boards, two blocks and a 3-pointer on Friday and is averaging 9.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.8 blocks over his last four games, hitting 56 percent of his shots. He’s played at least 23 minutes in each of his last four games, and has been playing a lot in the fourth quarter. He’s on the rise.

3 Furkan Korkmaz Sixers 2% - Korkmaz has been getting heavy run with Jimmy Butler out with a groin injury, and we still don’t know when Jimmy will be back. Korkmaz scored 18 in two straight games before hitting 2-of-10 shots for six points on Friday. I only trust him while Butler is out, so make sure the groin injury will keep him sidelined before rolling the dice on Korkmaz.

Small Forwards

3 Kevin Knox Knicks 54% – Knox is starting to live up to the hype and is shooting it a little better than he was earlier in the season. Over his last five, he’s at 16.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting. I wish he played four games this week, but he’s a player who should be owned across the board now that he’s starting to figure things out.

3 Kevin Huerter Hawks 20% – Taurean Prince is still out with his ankle injury and Huerter has been the guy stepping up in his place. He’s scored 19 points in two straight and is averaging 12.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers on 54 percent shooting over his last five games. I don’t trust him once Prince is back, but until then he looks like a safe guy to plug into your lineup.

3 Rodney McGruder Heat 26% - McGruder has been a little better of late, scoring in four straight games before stumbling on Friday, when he had eight points on 2-of-7 shooting. He’s averaging 11.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games, but hasn’t been racking up many steals or blocks. I’d be reluctant to play him in a three-game week, but it’s possible he could have a nice week for the banged up Heat, regardless.

4 Rodney Hood 21%, Alec Burks 14% Cavs - Hood has kind of blown up this week, scoring 23 points on Wednesday (in just 23 minutes) and 19 points on Friday. He was bothered by a sprained toe, but is finally getting healthy and starting to produce for the Cavs. Alec Burks is also worth a look right now, and both players could be on the trading block, as well. Burks had a disappointing week, disappearing on Monday and Wednesday, but bounced back with 12 points, nine boards, a steal and a 3-pointer on Friday. With four games, I think both players are worth a look in Week 10.

Jonathan Isaac Magic 56% - Isaac stumbled on Saturday, failing to score despite playing 34 minutes, and has struggled to score all season. But he’s blocking and stealing, and is averaging 6.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.2 blocks over his last five, hitting just 30 percent of his shots. It’s a broken record, but Isaac appears to be getting closer to putting it all together and starting to put up some nice fantasy numbers. He’s not a must-own player, but if you have room to stash him, well you know the drill.

Power Forwards

4 Nemanja Bjelica Kings 46% – Here we go again. Bjelica came back to life this week with Marvin Bagley going down with a knee injury that will keep him out for at least a couple weeks. Bjelica had 18 points on Friday and 25 on Wednesday, and is averaging 13.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.4 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 58 percent shooting over his last five games. And with Bagley out and a four-game week on the horizon, Bjelica looks like a no-brainer add right now.

3 Noah Vonleh Knicks 45% – Vonleh’s scoring is a buzzkill, but he had a great night on Friday with 15 points, 11 boards, seven assists, a block and two 3-pointers. He’s averaging 8.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks and a 3-pointer on 45 percent shooting over his last five games, and is getting 30 minutes a night. I just wish he had four games instead of three.

2 Juancho Hernangomez Nuggets 53% – Juancho’s been a nice fantasy add lately, and should continue to roll for as long as Paul Millsap is out with his broken toe. Juancho is averaging 13.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s not a great option this week with just two games, but is still a player worth owning going forward.

4 JaMychal Green Grizzlies 32% - Green has four games this week and is averaging 10.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five, getting at least 23 minutes in each of his last four games. He’s starting to round into form and should be poised for a solid four-game week.

4 Dorian Finney-Smith Mavericks 5% - DFS is worth a look with four games, and had three blocks on Thursday night. He’s averaging 9.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five games, and should be a suitable starter due to the number of games the Mavs have in Week 10.

Centers

3 Kelly Olynyk Heat 38% – Olynyk seemingly makes this list every week and is averaging 15 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games. Simply put, I think he should be owned in a lot more leagues and he’s scored in double figures in all seven of his December games.

3 Dewayne Dedmon Hawks 55% – Dedmon had nine points, nine boards and four steals on Friday and is averaging 8.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers over his last five. He’s getting about 30 minutes a night, has clearly won the job over Alex Len, and would look even better if the Hawks played four times this week.

3 Cody Zeller Hornets 32% - Zeller’s been playing well and is intriguing with four games. He had a big 21 & 13 double-double on Friday and a fun three-block game in just 20 minutes in Saturday’s blowout loss to the Lakers. He’s averaging 12.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks over his last five games, and looks like a safe start in Week 10.

2 Mason Plumlee Nuggets 17% - Plumlee’s getting nice run right now with Millsap’s injury and had a double-double on Monday. He’s averaging 8.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 blocks over his last five games, and is usually a sneaky assist guy. But with just two games, it’s tough to think about plugging him in this week.

3 Daniel Theis Celtics 2% - I have a hard time trusting Theis, but he’s averaging 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers on 56 percent shooting over his last five games, and has played pretty well in December. Aron Baynes and Al Horford have been banged up and could miss more time, but I’m leery of Theis once they’re all healthy. But until it happens, he’s worth a look.

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