As Monday’s slate consisted of only four games, this version of Pickups of the Day will begin with a player selected in 46% of Yahoo’s games, breaking the rule of not selecting anyone over 40 percent. After RJ Barrett was confirmed with a migraine, Knicks wing Josh Hart was selected to make his third start of the season on Monday night in Boston. Although he’s gotten off to a slow start this season, sitting outside the top 150 in 9-pointers per game, moving from the bench to the starting five has given Hart a welcome boost.
After playing 43 minutes in the Knicks’ 114-98 loss, Hart had 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, and three 3-pointers, shooting 6-of-12 from the field and 1-of-2 from the field. in danger. line. The 16 points are a season high for Hart, who has averaged 11.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.3 blocks, and 1.3 3-pointers in three starts this season. In seven games off the bench, he averaged 5.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.9 3-pointers. Hart has shot the ball a few percent better off the bench than he has since, but only an injury could change his place within the Knicks’ system.
Barrett’s absence also freed up some opportunities for Quentin Grimes, who is ranked in 10% of Yahoo’s games. Shooting 4-of-6 from the field, he scored 12 points, one assist, and a 3-pointer in 28 minutes. Although Grimes’ 3-point shooting was good, this was an offensive line. And for a player who struggles to make an impact while playing alongside three of the most football-friendly options in Barrett, Jalen Brunson, and Julius Randle, the “other” teams are everything when it comes to evaluating Grimes’ value. Monday was a difficult night for those who decided to take him down.
Let’s take a look at a few of the top shots taken on Monday:
Bilal Coulibaly (21%)
The situation in Toronto was uneventful, as the Wizards led by as many as 22 before allowing the Raptors to go on a 21-1 run to end the game. And Wes Unseld Jr. decided to be a little less, Coulibaly replaced Daniel Gafford in the line. The player finished with good numbers, tallying 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block, and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes. But Gafford only played 26 minutes on a team that lacks reliable center options (Mike Muscala played five minutes and two off the bench) at this point in the season is impressive, even though he briefly left Sunday’s loss to the Nets with a finger injury. Obviously, Coulibaly is not a place. But if the Wizards are going to go that far to get him more minutes, then fantasy managers should add him now.
Precious Achiuwa (6%)
Speaking of an interesting rotation, Raptors starting center Jakob Poeltl played just 24 minutes, while Achiuwa scored 19 and Chris Boucher 21. Achiuwa, who finished with 10, four rebounds, one assist, and one steal, is in the right league. now? No. But this is another circuit that you should keep an eye on in the coming weeks. Because if Poeltl can play 24 minutes without a foul, then fantasy managers will need to find other options. Although Boucher has been an impressive option in past seasons, Achiuwa should not be overlooked.
Pat Connaughton (4%), Marjon Beauchamp (2%)
It was announced Monday that Jae Crowder will be out for nearly two months after suffering tears in his adductor and abdominal muscles that required surgery. His absence leaves a glaring hole within the Bucks bench rotation, with Connaughton and Beauchamp being the best ways to soak up the available minutes. Connaughton played a lot in Monday’s win over the Bulls, logging 29 minutes and finishing with six points, eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer. Beauchamp may have only played 20 minutes, but he finished with a total streak of eight points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, and two 3-pointers. Connaughton has been the most speculative option so far, but both are in the top 200 at 9 per game. Milwaukee plays three more games this week, making this a good time to roll the dice on Connaughton or Beauchamp.
Sam Hauser (14%)
Hauser is a 3-point specialist, so he’s the starting point for a fantasy team. He dropped four points in Monday’s win over the Knicks, scoring 12 points with four rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes. Boston just went deep Monday with Hauser in the mix. Fantasy managers can simply keep him on their radar instead of rushing to add him unless there is a need to make three points.