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January 16, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
Donald Sloan has taken over as the starter for the Brooklyn Nets.
Donald Sloan is balling in Brooklyn. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA Today Sports )

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball action.

This week, Nerlens Noel left the opening tip for a bathroom break against the Bulls Thursday (how rude of Mother Nature to call at such a time); Pablo Prigioni notched eight steals in just 15 minutes of playing time against the Heat Wednesday (watch out Gary Payton); and LeBron James took a ball to the face during a warm-up and the King fell down not-so-royally. But don’t worry — the basketball recovered just fine.

Now, let’s get to this week’s waiver recommendations…

GUARDS

Donald Sloan, PG, Brooklyn Nets (ESPN: 9.2 per cent; CBS: 38 per cent) Sloan has broken into the starting lineup, taking over the job for the sidelined Jarrett Jack (knee) and the struggling Shane Larkin. Fourth-year pro Sloan has two more years of experience over Larkin, and put it to great use nearing a triple double Friday with 15 points, nine rebounds and nine assists against the Blazers. With Sloan’s starting role seemingly won, he’s definitely worth owning and probably the best waiver opportunity at the point guard spot that’s still widely available – for now. And if nothing else, the dude has flashed some mad, ankle-busting moves (see video below).

Tony Allen, SG, Memphis Grizzlies (ESPN: 17.1 per cent; CBS: 18 per cent): Allen has been providing some serious “juice” in Memphis recently (take in what we did there), with his most notable performance being a double-double (10 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and a block) against the Celtics Sunday. It’s not clear how long he’ll posing in front of the Grizzlies’ injured backcourt, but based on his recent production; he’s worth taking advantage of – especially for those steals (14 over the five game stretch). Go drink some Allen’s juice now.

FORWARDS

Derrick Williams, SF/PF, New York Knicks (ESPN: 6.5 per cent; CBS: 13 per cent): Williams’ hairdo isn’t the only thing making a bold statement — so are his stats. Not only did he notch his first double-double of the season Tuesday (15 points, 10 rebounds), but followed that up on Wednesday when he snapped for 31 points, seven rebounds and two steals against Brooklyn. Williams has accomplished all of this while coming off the bench, and is currently looking to fill the scoring void with Carmelo Anthony (ankle) sitting. Apparently, the 2012 Slam Dunk competitor is looking for redemption in this year’s Slam Dunk contest as well. Need proof? Just check out the onslaught of dunks in this highlight reel against Brooklyn

Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves (ESPN: 9.9 per cent; CBS: 20 per cent): Muhammad is earning himself a key role in the Timberwolves’ rotation and has contributed solid numbers to their offense lately. He’s now scored double digits in four of his last five contests, twice going for 20 or more. If you’re in need of a firm addition to your points stat, grab Muhammad.

CENTRES

Spencer Hawes, C/PF, Charlotte Hornets (ESPN: 0.5 per cent; CBS: 6 per cent): Even though Hawes hasn’t done anything eyebrow-raising since returning from injury, his availability shouldn’t be overlooked. The gritty big man is capable of canning it from the three-point line and chipping in with some boards. He’s a far stretch down the wire, but if your bench is deep and you could use some quick small production, give Hawes a look. You never know when he might get a PT boost once he gets back up to speed.

Omer Asik, New Orleans Pelicans (ESPN: 2.4 per cent; CBS: 6 per cent): This one is simple. If you’re in need of some boards, Asik has been a machine, grabbing double-digit rebounds in three of his last four. Be patient and you’ll be rewarded. As he works his way back into the starting lineup, he should be able to contribute more than just boards in due time.

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: Amir Johnson Powers Forward in Boston

January 10, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
Belinelli has scored at least 11 points, canned tons of treys and pitched in with some steals in his last six games — and played 43 minutes in a Tuesday’s double-OT loss to the Mavericks. Obviously, the extra 10 minutes of game time led to the season-high in minutes, but the fact is Belinelli is seeing extra time given a number of Sacramento injuries. He’s worth owning in deeper leagues, and if he could just up his three-point production and keep gloving steals, his minutes and Fantasy value will go up.
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The Wire Troll: J.J. Barea Torches It up in Dallas

January 2, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
Barea is 31 now, people, but you wouldn’t know that looking at his recent stats (no offense to the vets still going strong at the 30 year mark). He made his way into the starting lineup and has been torching since — especially beyond the arc (five treys on Wednesday). It’s hard to find a solid point guard who’s also a three-point shooting gem that’s available on the wire this deep into the season, so Barea needs to be picked up now without a doubt.
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The Wire Troll: Bobby Portis Breaks into Bulls Rotation

December 26, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
The former Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, Portis is starting to make noise as a rookie trying to earn PT on a deep Bulls’ squad. His minutes remain inconsistent, so he’s likely just a deep league/dynasty option right now, but we saw his potential last Saturday when he put up 20 points, 11 boards and two steals in just 23 minutes.
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The Wire Troll: Jeremy Lin Goes Super Saiyan in Charlotte

December 19, 2015 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments (2)
Though this did come from a 47-minute game because of OT, Lin is not your typical high scorer so we must not overlook that scoring total. Additionally, he moved into the starting lineup. This may be a sign of more minutes and production to come for Lin if he could resurrect the Linsanity he created in New York back in 2012 — or at least be consistent. The Saiyan will dish you out some assists and should average double-digit scoring.
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