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March 5, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Tyler Ulis is benefiting from the youth movement on the Phoenix Suns.
Tyler Ulis is one of several Suns seeing more action lately. (Matt York – AP)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball action. Well, it seems Michael Carter-Williams can’t catch a break. We recommended him at the end of the year; in fact, he headlined our final Troll of 2016. But for the past week, he’s been dealing with a knee injury, hurting his chances of gaining traction in the Bulls’ PG position battle. If you’ve been holding MCW in a deep league, it’s likely time to cut bait. Try investing in Cory Joseph (who we recommended last week) instead.

This week, Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss had to cut her own brothers off at the pass as they attempted to oust her of controlling interest in the team; Matt Barnes’ lawyer had his client’s assault trial moved to after the NBA Finals, further proof that there’s a different set of rules for athletes than regular peeps; and Atlanta is expected to sign Jose Calderon this weekend.

And now let’s get to this week’s Fantasy basketball waiver wire picks, with a decidedly Phoenix flair in this edition…

GUARDS

Tyler Ulis, PG, Phoenix Suns (ESPN: 0.7 per cent; CBS: 5 per cent): This little rookie guard out of Kentucky — after slipping in the draft because of concerns over his hip and size — is starting to show he can play in the NBA. Ulis is suddenly an honourable member of The Thievery Corporation, with six steals over his last three games, dropping at least seven dimes in each of those games. He added a career-high 14 points and four boards on Friday despite seeing only 21 minutes of court time. Looking for a deep league sleeper? Here’s your man, as it’s clear Ulis is going to see way more action down the stretch. And hey, apparently his defensive skills are mock worthy, as you can see in the video below.

Alex Abrines, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder (ESPN: 2.2 per cent; CBS: 2 per cent): With Victor Olapido (back) out, Abrines has been starting and — generally — producing. On Friday, Abrines enjoyed a fourth double-digit scoring effort in five games, shooting very well over the last three contests specifically. He’s been filling it up from downtown, which is good, because he doesn’t really offer much in the way of peripheral stats, so he’s all about scoring and treys. If you need temporary help in that regard, give Abrines a look.

FORWARDS

Alan Williams, PF/C, Phoenix Suns (ESPN: 12.5 per cent; CBS: 36 per cent): Youth is definitely being served in Phoenix, and Williams is just one of many players taking advantage of his newfound larger role, putting up big double-doubles in three of the last four games. Twice over that stretch he’s seen 30 or more minutes of action as the Suns look to develop their young players down the stretch. Williams is now anchoring the team’s second unit both offensively and defensively and has suddenly emerged as Phoenix’s sixth man, capable of doing shit like this.

Lance Thomas, SF, New York Knicks (ESPN: 1.4 per cent; CBS: 2 per cent): Getting a chance to start with Willy Hernangomez (ankle) out, Thomas went off for a season-high 21 points on Friday, adding seven boards, three treys and two steals. Thomas’ shooting touch has been off the charts over the last three games (15-for-25) and he’s been putting up solid rebounding numbers with some thefts. It will be interesting to see what kind of minutes he receives when the Knicks return to full strength, but he’s earned a look on your deep Fantasy squad.

CENTRES

Channing Frye, C/PF, Cleveland Cavaliers (ESPN: 7.8 per cent; CBS: 39 per cent): With Kevin Love out, Frye has been starting and while he’s not always getting enough minutes to produce, he’s been generally useful — even pitching in with some blocks occasionally. On Friday, Frye saw a decent amount of action (25 minutes) — enough time for a serviceable line (11 points, three treys, four boards, one block, one assist). Love is probably out until late-March, so Frye should get a chance to help space the floor for the Cavs for another three-plus weeks, so give him a look if you need a big that can give you treys.

Cody Zeller, C/PF, Charlotte Hornets (ESPN: 18.6 per cent; CBS: 50 per cent): Zeller returned this week from a quad injury, and has looked good as he starts to see more PT, flirting with low-end double-doubles in each game back. He shoots a high percentage from the field, and was really starting to see bigger minutes before he got hurt, so it’s definitely worth monitoring his situation as he shakes off the rust. And now with Frank Kaminsky (shoulder) going down, Zeller will shift right back into the starting lineup and have a chance to provide some serious value.

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: Cory Joseph Dropping Dimes for Raps

February 25, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Lee was apparently sick on Friday morning, yet he not only played that night, but went off for a game-high 25 points, adding six boards, five assists, three treys and a steal. Damn, this dude should get ill more often. Lee’s been really delivering lately, shooting a whopping 56 per cent from the floor in February, so you absolutely need to add this massively undervalued performer while he’s rolling.
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The Wire Troll: Alex Len is Rising in Phoenix

February 17, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Of course, the other dude that stands to benefit from Jackson being shipped out is Smith. Given that he’s got a long-term contract, Smith might be handed the keys to the offense in Detroit, but again — either way — he’s in line for a boost in PT. Even as the backup, he’s developed some nice chemistry and at times has done a better job than Jackson of running the Piston attack. Smith has put up double-digit scoring efforts in four of the last five games despite getting over 21 minutes of action just once. That’s efficiency, people. So imagine what he’d do with a consistent 25 to 30 minutes.
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The Wire Troll: Okaro White is Miami’s Lucky Charm

February 11, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
After showing signs of breaking out in 2014-15, it’s pretty much been all downhill for the seventh overall pick from 2013. However, before we completely write McLemore off as a bust, it’s worth pointing out that lately he’s been jacking them up from downtown as a ridiculous pace, canning 9-of-15 from beyond the arc over the last two games. On Friday, he narrowly missed a double-double while adding four steals, and last week he showed signs that he could get to the line more often. Slowly, but surely, McLemore’s game is forming. Perhaps it’s worth picking him up to see if he’s simply a late bloomer.
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The Wire Troll: Domantas Sabonis Driving His Career Forward

January 28, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
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.
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