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The Wire Troll: Domantas Sabonis Driving His Career Forward

January 28, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Domantas Sabonis is starting to come into his own for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Domantas Sabonis (left) is being asked to guard some tough players. (AP/Scanpix nuotr.)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy hoops. Adrian is under the weather this week, so RotoRob is handling the writing, with some suggestions from Mr. Wallace. We’re just three weeks away from the All-Star break, so buckle up and make a run in the standings right now, peeps.

This week, the Carmelo Anthony trade talks are heating up with word that the Clippers are trying to add a third team to make a deal work; Jimmy Butler was forced to come off the bench on Friday as a disciplinary move, but it didn’t exactly spark him as he couldn’t drop a pea in the ocean; and C.J. McCollum and Chandler Parsons got into a Twitter war.

And now to this week’s picks…

GUARDS

Wayne Ellington, SG, Miami Heat (ESPN: 5.6 per cent; CBS: 10 per cent): Okay, so his shooting hasn’t exactly been bang on lately, but it’s hard to find much fault in Ellington’s game right now as he’s been piling up the treys and points and even pitching in with some boards and dimes. Of course, on the defensive end (as you can see in the Tweet below), things have been a different story…

Jameer Nelson, PG, Denver Nuggets (ESPN: 10.1 per cent; CBS: 19 per cent): Is it really 13 years since the Nuggets took Nelson 20th overall in the draft? This little guard sure has put together a pretty impressive NBA career, closing in on 800 games while averaging nearly 12 points and over five dimes. Nelson has been healthy this season, and he’s been getting another chance to start lately with rookie Emmanuel Mudiay (back) out of the lineup. Nelson’s shooting touch has been off the charts lately (12-for-19, including 4-for-8 from downtown, in the last two games) and he’s been racking up the assists lately, making him a must-add for those seeking short term help in those areas.

FORWARDS

Domantas Sabonis, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder (ESPN: 2.3 per cent; CBS: 22 per cent): The son of the great Arvydas is making a name for himsef as a rookie for the Thunder. Selected for the World Team at the Rising Stars Challenge, Sabonis is starting to show why he was taken 11th overall in last year’s draft. And now that Enes Kanter (broken hand) is out, Sabonis has a chance to keep seeing enough minutes to be Fantasy worthy. Sabonis has flirted with double-doubles in each of the last two games, and he’s starting to show the shooting touch that made him such a stud at Gonzaga.

C.J. Miles, SF, Indiana Pacers (ESPN: 8.1 per cent; CBS: 24 per cent): We talked about Miles’ coming out party early this season, but he cooled in December and hasn’t seen quite as much action so far this month. However, that’s changed in the last week as he’s seen at least 28 MPG over the last four, responding with tons of treys, a couple of nice scoring games and even a decent rebounding game (six on Thursday). Miles has been fairly healthy so far this season, and if that continues, he’ll be a solid bench option for all formats going forward.

CENTRES

Ivica Zubac, Los Angeles Lakers (ESPN: 4.4 per cent; CBS: 27 per cent): This 19-year-old rookie has thrust himself into the limelight suddenly, showing tremendous pick-and-roll skills and a much-better shooting touch in recent games. With back-to-back double-doubles (and three over the last five games), plus excellent FT shooting for a young big man, Zubac is proving worthy of Fantasy consideration.

Kosta Koufos, Sacramento Kings (ESPN: 1.6 per cent; CBS: 8 per cent): Koufos is seemingly always a centre just outside the Fantasy circle, one you can reach for every now and then to get you through a tough time. He’s seeing more PT this season, but still not enough to rely on consistently, yet every now and then — like Friday — he’ll tease us with a near double-double. So for now, consider him an option in very deep formats only.

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: Iman Shumpert is the Man in Cleveland

January 21, 2017 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments (1)
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.
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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 Comments Off
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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