By John Aubin This is our weekly column on players that have weekly favorable matchups and number of games. These are also players who are under 50% ownership in standard fantasy leagues. We base these pickups on a nine-category league with the following categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, three-pointers made, turnovers, free-throw percentage and field-goal percentage. In Week 10 we have a total of 16 teams playing four games which means playing of good potential adds coming from those teams. There 12 teams with three games and Cleveland and Detroit only have two games scheduled for the week.
Four Games: ATL, BOS, CHA, CHI, DAL, DEN, GSW, LAC, LAL, MIA, OKC, PHI, PHX, POR, SAS, UTA
Three Games: BKN, HOU, IND, MEM, MIL, MIN, NOP, NYK, ORL, SAC, TOR, WAS
Two Games: CLE, DET
Nikola Mirotic F Chicago Bulls: Mirotic is back off the injured list after suffering facial injuries in a fight with Bobby Portis. And he is back in a big way. In the five games since returning, the 26-year-old forward is averaging 20.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.0 three-pointers. He is only owned in 60% of fantasy leagues at the moment. If he is on your waiver wire go out and grab him now. And with the Bulls playing four games this week he will be a good boost to fantasy owners.
Trey Lyles F Denver Nuggets: Lyles may finally be reaching the potential that many fantasy owners have been looking for from the third year forward since being drafted out of Kentucky. Lyles is seeing consistent minutes for the Nuggets and over his last five games is averaging 15.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.6 three-pointers. Lyles is only owned in 20% of leagues and that needs to change. He should be owned in all leagues right now and if he continues to see plenty of playing time he could be a consistent force for the rest of the season.
Maxi Kleber F Dallas Mavericks: Kleber has come out of nowhere to earn a spot in the Mavericks rotation. The first year player out of Germany is averaging 30 minutes a game over his last five contests and doesn’t look like he will lose the playing time. Unfortunately, he isn’t bringing stats that make him worth owning in standard leagues with averages of 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds over the last two weeks. But those numbers are good enough for deeper leagues and with the Mavs playing four games this week Kleber is a guy to grab.
Milos Teodosic G Los Angeles Clippers: Teodosic is returning to the lineup after being out with a foot injury. The first year point guard is being worked back slowly by the Clippers. But on Saturday, Teodosic had his minutes upped to 28 and he scored 13 points with six rebounds and five assists. Expect the reigns to be loosed on Teodosic this week and with the Clippers playing four games, he could have a big impact on the assist category. Fantasy owners needing point guard help should consider Teodosic.
Josh Richardson G Miami Heat: Richardson has been one of the most inconsistent players and a frustration for fantasy owners. But right now the 24-year-old guard is feeling it and should be owned. Over the last ten games, Richardson is averaging 15.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.9 blocks and 2.6 three-pointers on 55% shooting from the field. Richardson is only owned in 46% of fantasy leagues so he is widely available. And with the Heat playing four games in Week 10, Richardson can make an impact.