Top Pickups for Fantasy Basketball Week 5

Point Guard:

Monte Morris, Denver Nuggets

With Michael Porter Jr. out with a back injury, there will be shots and scoring opportunities open up for the Denver Nuggets, and Monte Morris will be a beneficiary! He’s a great source for points and assists, and he’s averaging 30 minutes per game.

Patty Mills, Brooklyn Nets

A wily veteran with an absolute clip from beyond the arc, Mills is having a great season. Shooting 48% from three-point range, with 2.5 assists per game and only 0.9 turnovers per game, Mills is an efficient scorer who will boost shooting percentages!

Shooting Guard:

Pat Connaughton, Milwaukee Bucks

Despite a top 65 overall ranking in Yahoo 9-cat roto hoops leagues, Connaughton is available in 70% of Yahoo leagues somehow. Connaughton makes his bones by providing an across-the-board contribution with tidy percentages, 11 points per game, five rebounds per game and plenty of three-point shooting upside. 

Luke Kennard, Los Angeles Clippers

With Kawhi Leonard being out this season recovering from an ACL injury, Kennard has been tasked with a larger role and he has proven capable as a three-point shooter, hitting 45% of his looks from deep. A solid pickup for three-pointers and some ratio help, Kennard also has the upside to top 15+ points in any given contest.

Small Forward:

Cam Reddish, Atlanta Hawks

Reddish is a very tantalizing talent, who has tremendous size, skill, lottery pick pedigree and upside! Playing time is wide open with teammate De’Andre Hunter going down with a wrist injury, so Reddish will have a chance for 25+ minutes a game and plenty of scoring opportunities. 

Nassir Little, Portland Trailblazers

A long, rangy forward for the Trailblazers, Little’s getting enough playing time in year two to make an impact in fantasy hoops. He’s more of an across-the-board type of player, who’s providing value in the ratio cats, as well as rebounding at an efficient clip for a guard/forward, at 5.6 boards per game, as well as 1.9 steals + blocks per game. A must-add in most league formats, as he’s playing 22 minutes per game. 

Power Forward:

Nicolas Batum, Los Angeles Clippers

A previous entrant in this column, it’s important to ensure that Batum is rostered in your league, as he has been a top 75 overall player (!) this year. Must pick-up! 

Cody Martin, Charlotte Hornets––A deeper league consideration, Martin has been playing 24 minutes per game, shooting well from the three-point line (over 42% from deep), and chipping in 1.9 steals + blocks per game for good measure. While he maintains a solid rotation spot, Martin can be deployed in deep leagues for modest but useful production.

Center:

Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers

Frontcourt teammate Evan Mobley will be sidelined for two-four weeks with an elbow injury, and both Lauri Markkanen + Jarrett Allen are also missing some time with COVID protocols and illnesses respectively, so there will be plenty of time for Ed Davis to nose out rebounds in the interim. Davis is a great deep league center streamer.

Isaiah Hartenstein, Los Angeles Clippers

With Serge Ibaka on the shelf due to injury, Hartenstein is getting his shot as the backup center for the Clippers, and he’s making the most of it! Shooting 63% from the field, and averaging seven points and five rebounds per game, Hartenstein is a solid center streamer to tack on some production to the end of your bench.