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The Wire Troll: Evan Turner Could Turn Your Fortunes

March 18, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Evan Turner will return to action for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Evan Turner could provide a great boost for your team. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball. We are now less than a month away from the end of the NBA regular season, so keep your foot on the peddle, peeps.

This week, Kevin Love (knee surgery) returned to the Cleveland lineup; Dwyane Wade will miss the rest of the season with a busted elbow; and Jordan Crawford, who we recommended last week, has impressed New Orleans enough to earn a two-year contract. If you saw this major career renaissance coming from Crawford, we’re guessing you were using U.S. sports betting apps, and if so, can you help us with our team, too?

And now let’s get to this week’s Fantasy basketball waiver wire picks…

GUARDS

Evan Turner, SG, Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN: 13.2 per cent; CBS: 39 per cent): It’s not often you have a chance to add a player with such a diverse skill set as Turner off the wire, but given that he’s been out with a broken hand for almost six weeks, he’s readily available in most leagues. Expected back in action Saturday, he may need a few games to shake off the rust, but here’s a dude that can help in several categories (especially with his passing skills; see video below), so go ahead and scoop him up if you need a guard.

Patty Mills, PG, San Antonio Spurs (ESPN: 16.2 per cent; CBS: 30 per cent): No, we’re not just recommending Mills because it was St. Patty’s Day this week, although that’s probably good enough reason. The fact is, he’s been starting for the Spurs lately with the team dealing with tons of backcourt injuries. This is likely just a short-term add, but while Mills is seeing the PT, he needs to be plugged in.

FORWARDS

Solomon Hill, SF/SG, New Orleans Pelicans (ESPN: 1.1 per cent; CBS: 7 per cent): Hill absolutely exploded on Friday, scoring 30 points (helped by six treys), while adding seven assists, six rebounds and two steals. Woah. The 23rd overall pick from 2013 is getting more touches so far in March, so give him a look in deeper formats.

Nikola Mirotic, SF/PF, Chicago Bulls (ESPN: 20.6 per cent; CBS: 50 per cent): Just last week we reported that Mirotic had been yanked from the rotation, but he was slotted right back in on Monday and he responded with 24 points, following that up with 14-, and then 15-point efforts. His shooting touch still leaves something to be desired (9-for-26 over the last two games), but now that Wade is done for the season, there’s a golden opportunity for Mirotic to pick up some of that slack.

CENTRES

Skal Labissiere, C/PF, Sacramento Kings (ESPN: 9.8 per cent; CBS: 28 per cent): Who? Talk about a dude off the Fantasy radar, but Labissiere announced his presence with authority, going off for a career-high 32 points on Wednesday. This rookie has benefited from the trade of DeMarcus Cousins, but Labissiere seems to be really taking advantage of his extra chances now, so it’s time to add him.

Alex Len, Phoenix Suns (ESPN: 21.1 per cent; CBS: 43 per cent): Len (hip) returned to action Wednesday, taking a baby step with just 17 minutes of action (yet still flirting with a double-double), but ramped up to 28 minutes on Friday, putting up nine points, 10 boards, three steals, two blocks and two assists. If you need a big, grab Len and hope he stays healthy down the stretch as he’s capable of contributing some solid numbers.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite Fantasy basketball waiver wire pick of the week is.

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The Wire Troll: Kosta Koufas is the King of March

March 13, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Recently signed to a 10-day deal, Crawford has paid immediate dividends for the Pelicans, canning 10 treys in three games en route to an average of 16 points. He’s even dropping dimes (six on Saturday) while shooting very well from the field. Crawford is fast and a great ball handler, so has a chance to really excel as New Orleans’ new sixth man. Grab him immediately.
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The Wire Troll: Alan Williams Ascends in the Desert

March 5, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Abrines enjoyed a fourth double-digit scoring effort in five games, shooting very well over the last three contests specifically. He’s been filling it up from downtown, which is good, because he doesn’t really offer much in the way of peripheral stats, so he’s all about scoring and treys. If you need temporary help in that regard, give Abrines a look.
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The Wire Troll: Cory Joseph Dropping Dimes for Raps

February 25, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Lee was apparently sick on Friday morning, yet he not only played that night, but went off for a game-high 25 points, adding six boards, five assists, three treys and a steal. Damn, this dude should get ill more often. Lee’s been really delivering lately, shooting a whopping 56 per cent from the floor in February, so you absolutely need to add this massively undervalued performer while he’s rolling.
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The Wire Troll: Alex Len is Rising in Phoenix

February 17, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Of course, the other dude that stands to benefit from Jackson being shipped out is Smith. Given that he’s got a long-term contract, Smith might be handed the keys to the offense in Detroit, but again — either way — he’s in line for a boost in PT. Even as the backup, he’s developed some nice chemistry and at times has done a better job than Jackson of running the Piston attack. Smith has put up double-digit scoring efforts in four of the last five games despite getting over 21 minutes of action just once. That’s efficiency, people. So imagine what he’d do with a consistent 25 to 30 minutes.
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