Fantasy Basketball Pickups - Week 12

Yahoo Sports’ Dan Titus explains why fantasy managers should add the Knicks’ Quentin Grimes, Lakers’ Austin Reaves and Suns’ Landry Shamet.

Video Transcript

DAN TITUS: All right, we're in Week 11, but I have several pickups that you'll want to jump on ahead of Week 12 in fantasy basketball. First one is Quentin Grimes. He's currently 33% rostered in Yahoo leagues. He's coming off a career night of dropping 33 points with 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 7 triples. Now, he won't do that every night. RJ Barrett left early with an injury, and Jalen Brunson didn't play.

But he's been top 90 over the last month, and I think he does a mix of everything. He shoots threes, he gets you stocks, he should be rostered in more fantasy leagues, well over 50%. I would grab him in all leagues right now. The next player is Austin Reeves of the Los Angeles Lakers. He's currently 22% rostered in Yahoo leagues. The Lakers play four games in Week 12, and I think you should jump ahead of this, because he's been 69th in per game value over the last two weeks.

He's been playing a shade, under 30 minutes but he has really been crushing the efficiency. His shooting splits over the month of December have been 50/40/90, and he's registered at least one stock in eight straight games. So I think he's underrated in fantasy, and he needs to be rostered in 12-team leagues.

The last person I would pick up in fantasy right now is Landry Shamet of the Phoenix Suns. News just dropped that Devin Booker is going to miss upwards of four weeks with a groin injury, so someone has to step into that usage and I think it's going to be Landry Shamet. Now, a bit of caution. Landry Shamet is dealing with an Achilles injury that will force him to be out on Tuesday and Wednesday. But I think, being that this is a longer-term view, I think Landry Shamet is the one that's going to step into much of the opportunity with Booker being out.

He scored 30 on two of the last three games that he did play, and the Suns play four games heading into Week 12. So if he can get back on the court, I think he's going to be the biggest beneficiary here. But in the event that Landry Shamet isn't back, take a look at Duane Washington Jr. or Josh Okogie, because they also could luck up into more minutes with Booker being out. All right, I'll see you next week for more pickups.