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The Wire Troll: Norman Powell Taking Toronto By Storm
Mike Alonso Left a Major League Legacy at Upland

Yogi Ferrell is Playing “For Real” in Dallas

February 5, 2017 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
Yogi Ferrell has impressed with the Dallas Mavericks.
Yogi Ferrell is making waves in Fantasy. (The Smoking Cuban)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball action.

This week, Yao Ming unveiled and retired his jersey in Houston; things got heated in an exchange between Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley on TNT; and Carmelo Anthony trade rumours still circle the locker rooms of the NBA.

In the spirit of Super Bowl Sunday, here are some “super” waiver wire recommendations…

GUARDS

Norman Powell, SG, Toronto Raptors (ESPN: 4.7 per cent; CBS: 8 per cent): With DeMar DeRozan in and out of the lineup and missing ample time with an ankle woe, Powell has filled in well for the All-Star with 10 or more points and stat sheet stuffing over his last three contests. Powell is the perfect temporary supplement to insert into the lineup for anyone lacking at the shooting guard.

Yogi Ferrell, SG, Dallas Mavericks (ESPN: 19.2 per cent; CBS: 35 per cent): Following four solid outings — including a 32-point show in a win against the Trail Blazers Friday (see video below) — Ferrell has struck a two-year deal with the Mavericks. Not only is he very deserving of it from the showings so far, but he also deserves a roster spot in your Fantasy leagues.

FORWARDS

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Brooklyn Nets (ESPN: 6.4 per cent; CBS: 29 per cent): Hollis-Jefferson has been off the Fantasy radar for some time, but started the month of love off right with a lovely 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a block against the Knicks Wednesday. All we could hope at this point is that his outings don’t turn out to be as short as the month of February itself.

Shabazz Muhammed, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves (ESPN: 6.1 per cent; CBS: 12 per cent): Muhammed has hit us with a scoring barrage over the last four games, reaching double-digits in each. He has meshed well with all the surrounding youngsters on the Timberwolves roster, and looks to potentially gain some Fantasy upside stepping in for an ailing Zach LaVine (knee).

CENTRES

John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks (ESPN: 4.2 per cent; CBS: 20 per cent): After seeing next to no action in recent games, Henson drew a start Friday and went off for 16 points, five boards and four blocks in 31 minutes before fouling out. If he starts receiving consistent minutes again, he’ll become a very valuable option, and a great play in DFS formats while his salary is modest.

Frank Kaminsky, Charlotte Hornets (ESPN: 10 per cent; CBS: 36 per cent): Kaminsky may struggle defending the post, but his ability to spread the floor gives the Hornets a unique weapon on offense. He’s been shooting well from the line lately, but it sure would nice to see him get there more often, because that’s the key to him really unlocking his offensive potential. Those seeking a rebounding big man will need to look elsewhere, but Kaminsky has done a better job off the defensive glass in his sophomore season.

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: Andre Burakovsky Coming Into His Own

January 29, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
In the last week, Eaves scored three goals, including two on the power play, had seven points, and saw his ice time rise from 14 minutes to nearly 19 minutes a game. This month, he’s scored nine points (5G-4A), and for the first half he has 18 goals (tied for the team lead in Dallas), including 10 on the power play, and 31 points, but beware if you want to add him because he is a -10 after the first half of the season, which is by far a career worst.
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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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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: Mikkel Boedker Shows Signs of Life

January 16, 2017 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
Faksa hasn’t lived up to the hype of draft day, but he’s coming off a solid week. The young Czech had five assists and a plus-4 rating in four games last week. He has 18 points so far this season.
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