Pickups of the Day

Down Goes Donovan: Can Caris LeVert step up after Mitchell's injury?

by Noah Rubin
Updated On: January 19, 2023, 5:27 pm ET

The NBA started early on this Monday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jayson Tatum kicked off the day with a 51-point performance with seven 3-pointers to beat the Hornets. Jrue Holiday carried the Giannis-less Bucks past the Pacers, while the Cavaliers beat the Pelicans despite an early exit from Donovan Mitchell. The Raptors held on to beat the Knicks in overtime in a battle of “which coach can play their starters more minutes”. Jordan Poole and Stephen Curry dominated the Wizards, while the Hawks withstood a strong second half from the Heat to hold onto the win. Walker Kessler dominated the team that drafted him with a 20/20 line, while the Grizzlies ran the Suns out of the building in the second half. All of that set up the closing act, which was the LeBron James-Alperen Şengün matchup that we've all been dying to see. Plenty of NBA action leads to plenty of pickups. Here's the names to consider that played on Monday.

T.J. McConnell- 48% rostered in Yahoo! leagues

He's probably already scooped up in your league, but if he isn't he needs to be. Tyrese Haliburton will still be out for more than a week, at least, which opened up a huge gap at point guard for the Pacers. On Monday, McConnell had a career game with 29 points, five rebounds, nine assists, three steals and four threes. He won't be posting numbers like that often, but he can certainly provide assists and steals consistently in an increased role.

Andrew Nembhard- 31%

There's a decent chance that Nembhard isn't available either, but he's a nice consolation prize if you missed out on McConnell. He's been a starter for most of the season, and he's had some big games with Haliburton out. He had nine assists on Monday and should be a solid contributor, even when Hali makes his return.

Caris LeVert- 43%

Donovan Mitchell exited early from Monday's game with a groin strain. His status for Wednesday's matchup with Memphis is still up in the air, but they'll need multiple guys to step up if they don't have Don for that game. LeVert is the obvious choice to slide into the starting lineup and provide offense, though Cedi Osman (3%) is another guy that should play a larger role if Mitchell can't suit up.

Delon Wright- 8%

He may be the backup point guard, but Wright has been a fantasy stud this season. He has posted top-100 per-game value this season, mostly because of his steals. However, he can also contribute assists while remaining efficient. He had seven assists and two steals off the bench on Monday.

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Ochai Agbaji- 1%

Walker Kessler is (rightfully) getting all of the attention out of Utah as a rookie, but Agbaji is a guy that is ready to contribute. He played 31 minutes on Monday and scored 17 points with three 3-pointers. They need to figure out what they have with him, so he should continue to play a large role for a team that is starting to figure out that they're not real contenders.

Wenyen Gabriel- 6%

In three straight games, Gabriel has scored exactly 14 points. In four straight games, he has exactly two blocks. The epitome of consistency, Gabriel is worth a roster spot in deeper leagues until Anthony Davis returns.

Mark Williams- 4%

He's not a priority add, but he was the primary backup center on Monday. Steve Clifford has switched things up between Williams and Nick Richards a few times this season, and it could be Williams' turn once again on Wednesday against Houston. He had nine points and six rebounds in 17 minutes on Monday, so he's only worth a look in very deep leagues.

Noah Rubin

Noah is a recent college grad who loves all things basketball. You can find him on Twitter @NoahRubin22 for NBA insights that hopefully aren’t too biased towards his Atlanta Hawks.