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The Wire Troll: Michael Carter-Williams Stepping up in Chicago

December 31, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
Michael Carter-Williams is getting his shot for the Chicago Bulls.
Michael Carter-Williams could steal the starting gig in Chicago. (Chicago Bulls)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball action.

This week, Austin Rivers and Coach Doc Rivers both got tossed from a game for contesting a controversial ref call (like Father, like son?); LeBron James turned 32 and was sung ‘Happy Birthday’ over the PA intercom by rookie Kay Felder (great way to earn some extra PT); and Isaiah Thomas set a new career-high with 52 points, in the process piling up the most points in a quarter in Celtic history.

This marks the last Wire Troll for 2016 as we hope it has helped you and your teams to winning positions as we prepare for the second half of the season.

Now onto 2016’s final waiver recommendations…

GUARDS

Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Chicago Bulls (ESPN: 10.5 per cent; CBS: 30 per cent): Don’t look now, but Rajon Rondo seems to be wearing out his welcome in Chicago, taking a seat on the pine for the second half on Friday. Enter MCW, who took the extra PT and flirted with a double-double. He had missed a couple of months with knee and wrist woes, just returning Monday. But now that the Bulls have options at PG, could Carter-Williams ascend to the starting gig? It’s definitely worth picking him up to find out how this will play out, especially if MCW can match Rondo’s range (see video below).

Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors (ESPN: 4.9 per cent; CBS: 12 per cent): 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.

FORWARDS

Montrezl Harrell, PF, Houston Rockets (ESPN: 12 per cent; CBS: 50 per cent): Harrell “rocketed” off the bench for 29 points, three rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in a 20-point win over the Clippers Friday. This made a strong case for an upcoming starting role in place of teammate Clint Capela, currently out with a leg injury. Look at Harrell if you need a temporary offensive outburst at forward.

Dragan Bender, PF, Phoenix Suns (ESPN: 1.3 per cent; CBS: 16 per cent): Bender went off for 11 points, 13 rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks across 27 minutes in a loss Monday. The rookie had a tough performance to follow but this glimpse of potential is the true win here. Pick up Dragan if you’re in a deeper format and looking to “bend” the scoreboard a bit.

CENTRES

Nene Hilario, Houston Rockets (ESPN: 2.8 per cent; CBS: 8 per cent): Nene hasn’t had a performance for the books yet since stepping in for teammate Capela, but he has clinched the starting role so has the potential to make a difference on your deep league rosters. With Capela still out, the Nene only has two things in his way — teammate Harrell (see above) and himself.

Andrew Bogut, Dallas Mavericks (ESPN: 19.1 per cent; CBS: 44 per cent): Bogut may be on a restricted minute count and occasionally resting, but it could just mean “veteran preservation” for a bigger role to come. At worst he’s still a block specialist, and may be worth keeping stashed on the bench.

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: 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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The Wire Troll: Joe Ingles Gets a Chance

December 10, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
This veteran has never really shown a great offensive game, but is always an asset because of his steals. Lately, however, Allen is doing it all, recording double-doubles in two of the last three games, while flirting with a couple of more since the beginning of December. His shooting touch has been off the charts in recent games, and while he’s simply not a three-point threat, the points, boards and ever-present steals make Memphis’ starting two-guard a nice target right now.
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The Wire Troll: Andrew Harrison Running the Show in Memphis

December 3, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
Lamb is bouncing back from a hamstring injury, but isn’t letting up when given the minutes. He’s an all-around the board producer, working for a steady role in the rotation, and is only 24 years old. Give Lamb a look if you’re seeking some sporadic contributions in your deep league.
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