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The Wire Troll: Iman Shumpert is the Man in Cleveland

January 21, 2017 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments (0)
Raymond Felton is getting his chance for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Raymond Felton (left) has perfected his reach-around maneuver (Russ Isabella-USA Today Sports)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball. We’re about a month of way from seeing your first round picks put on a show in the annual and highly anticipated NBA All-Star Weekend.

This week, Penny Hardaway has been inducted into Magic Hall of Fame (about time); rumour has it if Chris Bosh is healthy enough to play next season, the Bulls want first dibs (which is apparently “news” to Dwyane Wade); and Russell Westbrook — a guy who is averaging a triple-double, didn’t earn a starting spot in the Western Conference All-Star lineup, making him perhaps the most snubbed player in NBA history.

Try not to snub yourselves by ignoring these great waiver-wire options below…

GUARDS

Iman Shumpert, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers (ESPN: 4.2 per cent; CBS: 7 per cent): Shumpert has been inserted into the starting lineup and is playing nicely as of late. He’s now scored double-digits in his last three contests, averaging a pair of steals and burying a bunch of threes as well. With teammate J.R. Smith (thumb) out indefinitely, Shumpert is a perfect widely available shooting guard to take advantage of.

Raymond Felton, PG, Los Angeles Clippers (ESPN: 20.3 per cent; CBS: 49 per cent): With teammate Chris Paul out the lineup for a couple of weeks, veteran Felton has been given the chance to play alongside the youngings again. Right away, Felton has facilitated great passing, matching his season high on assists, even notching his third double-digit scoring effort. Don’t snub this guy, so consider giving him a spot on your roster especially if you need a scoreboard-filling point guard that can drop in a prayer every now and then (see video below).

FORWARDS

Mindaugas Kuzminskas, SF, New York Knicks (ESPN: 5.7 per cent; CBS: 10 per cent): Kuzminskas is trying to take advantage of extra PT in place of another hard-to-pronounce-and-spell-his-named player — Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles). With scoring numbers like 17 and 13 in his last four, it’s clear Kuzminskas can get the ball in the hoop when given the chance. Porzingis may return soon, so perhaps you should exploit Kuzminskas’ current and heavier role for the time being.

David Lee, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs (ESPN: 8.9 per cent; CBS: 29 per cent): Every now and then, Lee proves he’s still got game. Remember his return engagement to Boston in late November when we went off for 15 and 12 in just 18 minutes? Well, with Pau Gasol (broken finger) out, Lee started Thursday and put up another double-double while adding a couple of assists, a block and a steal. It’s unclear if he’ll continue to start while Gasol is out, but he should definitely be in line for enough PT to be worth grabbing.

CENTRES

Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics (ESPN: 7.8 per cent; CBS: 35 per cent): Olynyk took a step backward last season as he dealt with a shoulder woe that ultimately required surgery, and this season he’s slipped even further despite the fact he’s starting a bit more often and seeing slightly more PT. However, in recent games the Canadian big showed some serious signs of life, shooting the lights out last weekend for 26 points and then following that up with a 15-point, nine-rebound effort on Monday. In his most recent game, Olynyk was mostly stapled to the bench, which highlights the difficulties of using players that only start periodically, but productive centres are tough to find, so if you can ride out the duds, give him a look.

Willy Hernangomez, New York Knicks (ESPN: 1.3 per cent; CBS: 9 per cent): Hernangomez notched a double-double in points and rebounds in just 19 minutes during a win over Boston. It’s unclear what his role might be moving forward, but the Wire Troll just can’t overlook double-double performances. He’s so widely available that ESPN doesn’t even have a profile picture for him yet.

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: Michael Beasley Going Beastly

January 15, 2017 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
When he’s given the chance, how many sporadic double-doubles does O’Quinn have to get before we all take him seriously? He’s now notched back-to-back double-doubles in points and rebounds, with one of them coming in just 24 minutes of action (that’s half the standard duration of a game, folks). We don’t have to tell you what to do at this point.
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The Wire Troll: Willie Reed Taking Advantage of Extra PT

January 7, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Hardaway has been on fire in the last week, canning 12 treys in three games, while scoring at least 12 points in each contest. He’s getting more starts this season, and has responded with arguably the finest effort of his four-year career. But given Hardaway’s cap hit, the Hawks are looking to peddle him, so depending on where he lands, he could be in for a boost. At the very least, Atlanta is showcasing him now, beefing up his value for the time being and making him a nice waiver add for those seeking an injection of scoring and three pointers.
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The Wire Troll: Michael Carter-Williams Stepping up in Chicago

December 31, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments (0)
Ross tends to periodically tease Fantasy owners with his talent and he’s on one of those streaks now, having seen a big uptick in action over the last two games. And what’s up with 10 steals over his past three games? Holy Thievery Corporation, Batman! Ross has been used exclusively off the pine this season, which makes owning him a crap shoot from game to game, but he has never shot it better (46.5 per cent from the field; almost 41 per cent from downtown), and he’s doing his best work at the line as well. Still, the fact that his MPG has dropped three straight seasons does not bode well for a young player trying to earn his stripes in the NBA.
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The Wire Troll: James Johnson Jacking Up the Treys

December 24, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Some sharp owners are beginning to pluck Middleton off the wire after news emerged that he’s making good progress in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn left hamstring. He’s been doing some light jogging and shooting, but obviously has a long road ahead of him. Still, it’s looking more likely that Middleton will be able to help your Fantasy team before season’s end (possibly as early as mid-February), so if you’re in a format that allows you to stash a player, grab him now.
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