20/21 Week 19 Pickups
This will be the final pickup article of the season. Next week, I’ll be doing something a little different. Because the final week of the season is always a wild one, I will instead be putting out a guide that looks at all 30 teams and points out which end-of-the-bench options could blow up and swing your H2H matchup or get you that final point or two that puts you over the top in your Roto league. For the more traditional pickup suggestions, you’ll want to check out my upcoming Box Score Analysis articles.
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Standard League Pickups
Previous weeks’ pickups that should be owned in standard leagues: Mo Bamba, Nerlens Noel, Kyle Anderson, Joe Ingles, Jae’Sean Tate, P.J. Washington, Robert Williams, Danny Green, Kevin Porter Jr., Kelly Olynyk, Jakob Poeltl, Isaiah Stewart, T.J. McConnell, Dillon Brooks, Wendell Carter Jr., Miles Bridges, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Coby White, Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock, Kendrick Nunn, Oshae Brissett, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson
Facundo Campazzo – With the Nuggets having four games on the docket next week, Campazzo needs to be on standard league rosters and 10-team league rosters. Since he was promoted to the starting lineup seven games ago, the Nugget has been a top-85 nine-category asset and has averaged 9.3 PPG on 38.8 FG%, 1.4 3PG, 6.1 APG, and 1.6 SPG. In addition to the solid threes, dimes, and swipes, the point guard will provide his owners with quality FT% impact. Over that seven-game stretch, Campazzo has hit 94.4 percent of his 2.6 FTA.
Kent Bazemore – Bazemore is a no-brainer pickup in standard leagues if you need threes and steals for a couple of reasons. The first is his recent play. The veteran has averaged a very helpful 2.0 3PG and 1.9 SPG since joining the Warriors’ starting lineup eight games ago. The second is the Warriors’ schedule. Golden State has the easiest schedule in the association next week with two of their games coming against the Pelicans and two of their games coming against the Thunder. As a bonus, the Warriors start the week with a stretch of three games in four nights.
Saddiq Bey – Bey has only missed one game this season, so we should get five games out of the rookie in Week 19. He’s likely only going to be a low-end per-game option, but the five-game schedule should turn him into a mid-round player. He is not for every matchup, however. If you don’t need threes (2.4 3PG over the last month), then he won’t have much value, and if FG% is expected to be a swing category (39.4 FG% over the last month), you will want to consider other options.
Danilo Gallinari – Gallinari has been disappointing this year, but the Hawks’ schedule makes him a little more interesting than usual. The Hawks end their three-game week on Thursday. That means if you grab Gallo, you get three games out of him early in the week, and then you will only need to use two moves to get six games out of his roster spot. Before you send the veteran to the wire, Gallo should bless your team with decent contributions in points and threes and elite production in the FT% category. Over his last nine games, the Hawk has averaged 15.4 PPG and 2.1 3PG while connecting on 93.9 percent of his 5.4 FTA.
Malachi Flynn – Despite the Raptors only having three games next week, Flynn is someone you want on your squad. Toronto is now three games back of the second play-in spot and is starting to rest their starters again. The rookie has shown us that he can be useful anytime his minutes sneak into the 20s, so if he gets a couple of games where he’s playing close to 30, mid-round numbers are possible. Over the last month, in only 27.8 MPG, Flynn has been a top-80 player and has averaged 12.1 PPG, 1.8 3PG, 4.6 APG, and 1.6 SPG. If your league plays until the final day of the season, Flynn is a must-grab.
Deep League Pickups/Strong Streamers/Watch List
Previous weeks’ pickups that should be owned in deeper leagues: Royce O’Neale, Matisse Thybulle, Rudy Gay, Isaiah Roby, Ty Jerome, Jalen Brunson, Derrick Rose, Killian Hayes, Gary Trent Jr., Reggie Jackson, Khem Birch, Cole Anthony, Daniel Theis, Daniel Gafford, Raul Neto
Gary Harris – You can almost certainly do better than Harris in 12-team leagues, and you may be able to do better in 14-team leagues as well, but in anything deeper than that, he should be worth rostering in Week 19 with the Magic having four games. After a very rough start to his time in Orlando, the former fantasy stud has looked solid over his last three. Over that stretch, he’s averaged a respectable 14.3 PPG on 38.5 FG%, 1.3 3PG, 4.0 APG, and 1.3 SPG.
Tim Hardaway Jr. – With Kristaps Porzingis down (again), and the Mavericks sneaking in some rest days for their starters, I like the idea of rolling the dice on Hardaway in Week 19 in 14-team leagues. Regardless of who is healthy next week, Hardaway can do good work in both points and three in what will be a four-game week for the gunner. He exploded for 42 points and six threes against the Pistons on Thursday and averaged 16.0 PPG and 2.5 3PG in the two games leading up to his big night. If either threes or points are not competitive, then I would just view him as a streamer, even in deeper settings.
Josh Jackson/Frank Jackson – Isaiah Stewart and Saddiq Bey are the priority adds on the Pistons and really the only two Pistons worth considering in standard leagues due to Detriot rotating rest days for most of their rotation during back-to-back sets. In deeper leagues, the two Jacksons are viable. Josh is worth a look if you need points and low-end dimes and don’t mind taking on a serious turnovers drag. Over his last six, Jackson has averaged 16.5 PPG, 1.2 3PG, 3.5 APG, and 3.2 TOPG. Frank is worth considering if you need points and threes, but he’ll give you absolutely nothing else. He’s averaged 14.7 PPG on 53.4 FG% and 2.1 3PG over his last seven, but only 2.9 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 SPG, and 0.1 BPG.
Blake Griffin – Griffin should continue to be useful until Nicolas Claxton is back. The veteran has posted a helpful line in four of his last five outings and is playing in back-to-back sets. Over that five-game stretch, Griffin has been a top-95 player and has averaged 12.4 PPG on 47.9 FG%, 1.4 3PG, 5.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, and 1.0 SPG in 21.9 MPG. What stops me from considering him for the standard league list is the Nets’ Week 19 schedule. Unfortunately, Brooklyn only plays three teams in what will be the finals in most leagues.
Marvin Bagley – Bagley should be viewed as a streamer in standard leagues, but in deeper settings, he’s viable as a full-week hold with the Kings having four games in Week 19. Once his minutes get back into the mid-20s – which they should during the next game or two – he could give his owners points in the mid-teens, low-end FG% impact, and about seven boards a night. On the year, Bagley is averaging 13.8 PPG on 50.2 FG% and 7.3 RPG. He’s someone to stay away from if you need blocks or if FT% is competitive. Bagley is averaging only 0.5 BPG and comes with one of the largest FT% hits in the association (56.8 FT% on 2.9 FTA).
De’Anthony Melton/Grayson Allen – Both players have played like junk lately. They make this list because of the Grizzlies’ early-week Week 19 schedule. The Grizzlies will have played three games by the end of Thursday night. Grabbing either shooting guard will make it easy to get five or six games out of a roster spot. Look to Melton if you need threes and steals and consider Allen (assuming he is healthy) if you need threes and a player with a high-ish ceiling in points.
Willy Hernangomez – If the Pelicans lose to the Warriors on Monday, we may not see Steven Adams much over the final two weeks of the season. The Pelicans are already three games behind Golden State and will be pretty much drawing dead if they lose in two days. If Hernangomez is unleashed over the next two weeks, he’ll be a force in the rebounding and FG% categories and will likely record a handful of double-doubles. Hernangomez is producing an elite 14.0 RP36 and is shooting 56.3 percent from the field this season. He has also recorded a double-double in three of his last five games.