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January 15, 2017 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
Seth Curry is driving for the Dallas Mavericks.
Seth Curry has curried favour in Big D. (Youtube.com)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball action.

This week, John Wall and Jae Crowder worked out their differences during a post-game encounter and got fined (after Wall love-tapped Crowder’s face); Isaiah Thomas dismissed his teammates timeout call and went on to hit a buzzer-beater against the Hawks; and Zaza Pachulia has risen to second among Western Conference frontcourt players in All-Star voting, ahead of Kawhi Leonard (yes, we did say Zaza Pachulia).

Seems like the Irish of the NBA have been busy making headlines this week. Now it’s time to make some of your own in your respected leagues with some new roster juice…

GUARDS

Seth Curry, PG, Dallas Mavericks (ESPN: 8.6 per cent; CBS: 31 per cent): The injury to teammate Andrew Bogut (foot) shifted the Mavs’ rotation and landed Curry into a starting spot against the Suns Thursday. Curry put up 12 points, four rebounds, three steals, an assist and a block and seems comfortable playing a two-man game with Dirk Nowitzki (see video below). Even off the bench, Curry’s been scoring well in the last couple weeks. Grab him if you’re in need of a guard, or if you simply dream of having a guard whose last name is Curry.

Allen Crabbe, SG, Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN: 17.1 per cent; CBS: 31 per cent): Crabbe returned to the starting lineup Friday in the absence of teammate Maurice Harkless (tardiness). It wasn’t the best output for the usual scorer Crabbe, but you should keep tabs on him in the event that Harkless continues to show up late.

FORWARDS

Joe Harris, SF, Brooklyn Nets (ESPN: 0.6 per cent; CBS: 2 per cent): With teammate Jeremy Lin (hamstring) out, this might be your chance to make an early second-half of the season investment in Harris, especially with his minutes on the rise. Harris has played well since his returning from an injury of his own, scoring double digits in his last two contests. Keep an eye on the wingman.

Michael Beasley, SF, Milwaukee Bucks (ESPN: 3.1 per cent; CBS: 8 per cent): Beasley went off for a season-high of 28 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals in a win over the Spurs Tuesday. Do keep in mind teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo was sidelined with an illness, but this was also against the Spurs (you know, arguably the most-fundamentally crafted and defensive team in the league). There aren’t a lot of scorers left at the forward position this widely available, so, here’s another guy to keep tabs on.

CENTRES

Kyle O’Quinn, New York Knicks (ESPN: 5.5 per cent; CBS: per cent): 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.

Zaza Pachulia, Golden State Warriors (ESPN: 10.1 per cent; CBS: 28 per cent): The overnight celebrity vet Pachulia (in addition of earned Twitter followers), has been doing enough to also earn consideration for your Fantasy team. Having by far his best season in FG percentage, he’s been flirting (not only potentially with his new fans), but with double-doubles and steals. So perhaps, this is your redemption to claim and brag about having another soon-to-be All-Star on your roster.

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: 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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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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The Wire Troll: Gary Harris Fever Mounts in Denver

December 17, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
After a month-long absence because of a foot woe, Harris came back strong in a Thursday win over Portland with 18 points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block. You would think he never left with a game like this, and that he would have already been picked up half way through reading this.
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