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The Wire Troll: Brandan Wright Making a Play for More PT

November 22, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments (2)
Aaron Brooks is the only PG left standing for the Chicago Bulls.
Aaron Brooks (right) is taking advantage of injuries in Chicago. (David Banks-USA Today Sports)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball coverage. This week’s WTF: John Wall has the Wizards rolling, while Cleveland — despite all its high profile additions — is under .500; The Bulls’ injury woes are growing with the loss of Taj Gibson (ankle); and Jeff Taylor has no plans to appeal his 24-game suspension for domestic abuse.

McCade Pearson is off this week, but will return next week. In the meantime, you’ll have to settle for your trusty editor this week.

Now let’s get to this week’s Fantasy basketball waiver wire recommendations.

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GUARDS

Aaron Brooks, PG, Chicago Bulls (ESPN: 12.6 per cent; CBS: 28 per cent): Brooks was a waiver wire recommendation in late March and it worked out well as he finished so strong last season for the Nuggets. Now, with both Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich hurting, Brooks is getting his shot with the Bulls. Brooks started Friday and put up his second straight 12-point effort thanks to a pair of treys. He’s recorded a steal in each of the last three games and given that he’s the only active PG in the Windy City right now, he’s worth playing until his teammates get healthy. Brooks hasn’t been jacking up quite as many treys this season, but he’s stuffing big men on occasion (see video below).

K.J. McDaniels, SG, Philadelphia 76ers (ESPN: 9.3 per cent; CBS: 44 per cent): Because McDaniels is coming off the bench, his PT has been all over the map, making him a tough play. But on Friday he saw 28 minutes and responded with 17 points. He came out of college with a reputation as a solid defender, but that’s actually an area — at least perimeter D — that he needs to address. McDaniels did manage two steals Friday and we’re willing to take a risk here that he starts seeing at least 20 MPG consistently.

FORWARDS

Nikola Mirotic, PF, Chicago Bulls (ESPN: 2.5 per cent; CBS: 16 per cent): With Pau Gasol out, Mirotic found himself as the first big off the bench for the Bulls on Friday, and then Taj Gibson went down. Mirotic suddenly has big-time potential and after going off for 24 points, 11 boards, four treys and two assists, he’s going to be a popular pickup, so grab him now. All these injuries in Chicago are allowing some of the youngsters like Mirotic a chance to learn the game on the fly.

Austin Daye, SF, San Antonio Spurs (ESPN: Unowned; CBS: Unowned): Man, it’s been a long time since Daye veered onto the Fantasy radar, but after his performance, Friday, he bears watching at the very least. With Matt Bonner (illness) unlikely to suit up Saturday, Daye has a chance to build on Friday’s showing of a double-double with three treys. Feeling lucky? Daye could be a nice plug-and-play option in larger formats.

CENTRES

Brandan Wright, C/PF, Dallas Mavericks (ESPN: 13.8 per cent; CBS: 22 per cent): Wright, who we slotted 33rd in our Centre Rankings this season, has actually been playing at around a top 15 level, making him a very viable starting option in 14- or 16-team leagues. He’s still not getting as much PT as he deserves, but six straight double-digit scoring games, with incredibly high FG shooting, respectable boards and good block numbers should have your attention. If Tyson Chandler or Dirk Nowitzki were to get hurt, Wright’s value would skyrocket.

Marreese Speights, C/PF, Golden State Warriors (ESPN: 4.9 per cent; CBS: 9 per cent): Speights is another dude that’s been off the radar for some time, last being recommended in early February 2013. But his PT is starting to creep up lately to the point where he’s putting up some numbers, including at least 13 points in three straight games and a few games in which he flirted with a double-double. The Warriors have some serious depth these days, but right now Speights is looking like the main big off the bench. Just beware that David Lee’s return is around the corner and that will likely spoil the party.

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: Lavoy Allen Standing Tall

November 15, 2014 | by McCade Pearson | Comments Comments Off
Caldwell-Pope has been a nice surprise for the Pistons this season as the former eighth overall pick has really stepped up his game. One of the nicest surprises from this young man has been his three-point shooting. He has made 16 of his last 36 attempts from beyond the arc over the last six games. You would like to see KCP’s other numbers go up, but if you are looking for a three-point specialist, he may be your guy, even if his shooting is inconsistent. He has had games of 1-for-6, 0-for-6 and 1-for-8 from downtown, but when he gets it going, he gets it going. The bottom line is any guy averaging 36 minutes needs to be owned — especially one with this kind of upside.
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2014-15 Point Guard Rankings

November 14, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Many believe the key to Fantasy basketball success lies in your ability to hoard point guards and power forwards. What you want out of your point guard is simple: lots of dimes, plenty of points and tons of treys. Ideally, they are also great free throw shooters. But bear in mind, while assists is a by-product of having the ball in their hands most of the time, so are turnovers, so pay attention to that all important assist-to-turnover ratio.
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Review: NBA Game Time App (PS4)

November 13, 2014 | by Herija Green | Comments (0)
A year ago, we checked out the NBA Game Time App with Broadband League Pass on the Xbox 360 and found it to be an uneven experience — due mostly to poor stability in the actual stream. This time we’re jumping to next-gen and checking out the other console by reviewing the app for the PlayStation 4. The cost remains unchanged from the premium pass ($199 for all 30 teams), while the choice package (where you select any five teams) has gone from $140 to $149.
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The Wire Troll: Iman Shumpert Loving the Triangle

November 8, 2014 | by McCade Pearson | Comments Comments Off
With the performance Fournier is delivering, he could be the sixth man even when Oladipo returns. It doesn’t look as if the Magic got worked in that trade as we initially thought.
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