• Week 3 is in the books! In tonight’s addition of Pickups of the Night, we take a look at a must-add player as well as a few interesting names out of Oklahoma City. We also explore the roster worthiness of some younger players seeing increased playing time in the absence of some of their star teammates. So without further ado…

    Worth a Look on Your Team

    Chris Boucher (18%)

    MIN FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TO
    24 .636 (7 / 11) .000 (0 / 2) 1 15 2 1 2 3 0

    Boucher looked as good as advertised in Sunday’s game against the Lakers, collecting five defensive stats to go with a 3-pointer on 60% shooting from the floor. He essentially absorbed all of Ibaka’s minutes, was the first man off the bench and lead the entire bench unit in minutes played. With Ibaka still listed as out indefintely and a shaky looking Marc Gasol playing in front of him, Boucher should be added in all formats

    Dennis Schroder (55%)

    MIN FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TO
    30 .750 (9 / 12) .667 (4 / 6) 3 25 6 5 3 0 4

    A member of this season’s Hoop-Ball 6, Dennis Schroder appears to be turning a corner, averaging 15 points, five rebound and five assists in 30 minutes a game through the month of November. The big thing with Schroder is that he is able to get to that 30 minute mark despite Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander seeing the same amount of run. He’s already rostered in the majority of leagues, so this could be your last shot to get him on your team after tonight’s fantastic output.

    Nerlens Noel (26%)

    MIN FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TO
    30 .667 (6 / 9) 1.000 (2 / 2) 0 14 6 0 0 2 2

    Noel has not seen consistent enough minutes as a backup to be considered in most settings this season, but when he starts in place of Steven Adams, he immediately becomes a must-own player. He makes the list tonight in large part due to the nebulous nature of Adams’ knee injury, which unexpectedly came back up to keep him out of the lineup against the Bucks. It’s unclear if this is a one-off situation or a sign of more rest to come, but given the upside Noel is capable of with starters minutes, you should find a way to roster him until we fully understand what is going on with Adams’ knee.

    Hamidou Diallo (8%)

    MIN FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TO
    22 .833 (5 / 6) — (0 / 0) 0 10 0 0 3 0 1

    Glancing at Diallo’s line tonight, it appears a bit empty despite the nice steals and FG shooting numbers, but make no mistake, the energetic second-year guard has provided some sneaky value so far through November. In his five games this month, Diallo is crushing in defensive stats and efficiency, averaging a whopping two steals, 0.6 blocks, and less than one turnover (0.8) per game all while shooting over .500 from the floor and .800 from the line. All of that is good for top-90 value in 9-cat leagues, putting him on the radar in 12-team formats with a stronger lean towards roto over head-to-head.

    Norman Powell (17%)

    MIN FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TO
    26 .556 (5 / 9) 1.000 (3 / 3) 1 14 5 2 0 2 1

    Powell has never flashed the most interesting fantasy game, but with runway to minutes in the mid-to-high 20’s over the next couple of weeks, he’s probably worth a spot over the guy at the end of your bench. Add him if you want a guy who won’t really hurt you anywhere, and don’t prioritize him over the guys ahead of him on this list.

    De’Andre Hunter (20%)

    MIN FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TO
    39 .357 (5 / 14) — (0 / 0) 4 14 5 2 0 0 1

    Hunter barely slides in at the end of this list with a nod to the very large role he has taken on in the absence of John Collins. The rookie has struggled to find his shot over the last few games, but he is getting crazy run at both forward spots (he spent close to half of his playing time at PF tonight) and has shown early flashes of being a reliable catch-and-shoot 3-point shooter. There is also some room for him to improve as he has curiously not collected a defensive stat in any of his last four games, a trend that is likely to correct itself sooner than later. Give him a look in deep-leagues, but keep in mind there will be games where he could give you very little.

    Furkan Korkmaz (5%)

    MIN FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TO
    28 .500 (7 / 14) — (0 / 0) 3 17 3 1 0 1 0

    Korkmaz has seen a considerable uptick in playing time over the last six games, and a lot of that can be credited to seperate absences from stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Korkmaz has been relied on for his offense, and he has delivered with sterling shooting percentages of 50% from both the floor and from 3-point range. He’s turned in top-120 value in 9-cat over that span and is legitimately useful as a 3’s and low turnover specialist. Give him an add in deep-leagues if you’re in need of those two catagories, but keep in mind that he could see less time once Simmons returns, and the shooting is due for a regression soon as well.

    Raul Neto (4%)

    MIN FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TO
    29 .500 (4 / 8) — (0 / 0) 1 9 1 4 1 0 2

    Neto has looked serviceble filling in for Ben Simmons, playing at a top-80 rate in 8-cat and top-90 in 9-cat over the last three games. It doesn’t seem like Simmons will be out all that much longer, so Neto is more of a streamer than anything else. He should also be included on watch lists should significant time ever open up at PG for this team.

    Put Them on your Watch List

    Josh Okogie (6%)

    MIN FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TO
    36 .333 (4 / 12) .636 (7 / 11) 2 17 8 4 1 1 0

    Just to preface here, this performance was largely influenced by the absences of Jeff Teague (illness) and Shabazz Napier (hamstring), so Okogie profiles as a streaming add after tonight’s performance. He hasn’t been able to break into the starting lineup as many hoped he would at the start of the season, and it appears he’ll continue be a bench guy for the time being. He is definitely worth keeping an eye on, however, for his upside in defensive stats and the hope that his FT% comes up closer to the 72% mark he hit last season (currently at 65%).

    Terence Davis (0%)

    MIN FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TO
    17 .625 (5 / 8) — (0 / 0) 3 13 5 3 0 0 1

    The undrafted rookie turned some heads in limited minutes during Sunday’s contest. The Raptors were high on him after his performance during summer league and it looks like he could see a decent role as the backup PG for the Raptors while Lowry is out. He’s on the watch list for now, but you wouldn’t be blamed for taking a flier on him in deep settings.

    T.J McConnell (2%)

    MIN FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TO
    20 .667 (6 / 9) — (0 / 0) 0 12 3 8 0 1 0

    We’ve been here before. McConnell has looked great over the last two games, and has put together runs like this when given minutes in the past. There is nothing to suggest he’ll maintain a 20 minute role once this team gets Jeremy Lamb (ankle) back and with Aaron Holiday ahead of him on the depth chart. Throw him on your watch list should future opprotunities open up for him.

    Malik Monk (4%)

    MIN FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TO
    27 .500 (4 / 8) .833 (5 / 6) 2 15 8 3 1 0 3

    Don’t be fooled by this line, Monk is still far away from being a guy that belongs on any rosters in most settings. The shooting is almost never there for him, and when it is, it’s too often accompanied by empty stats around it. Tonight’s game was an exception for the mercurial guard, and should be, at most, thrown on your watch list.

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