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November 12, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
Maurice Harkless is getting the job done for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Maurice Harkless is taking advantage of injuries on the Jail Blazers. (Kevin Kuo/USA Today Sports)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball action.

This week, Stephen Curry set a new record for most three pointers made in a game (13); LeBron James became the youngest player to notch 27,000 career points; and the 76ers earned their first pre-December win in three years — progress!

We hope this week’s Fantasy basketball waiver wire choices help you earn your first pre-December win if you haven’t already won. And if you haven’t won yet, chances are you haven’t been listening to us. Wrong choice, my peeps!

GUARDS

Nick Young, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers (ESPN: 28.2 per cent; CBS: 40 per cent): The old guy on the Lakers is reminding us he can score, going off for 22 on Sunday and then adding 20 in just 29 minutes on Tuesday. Young is seeing more minutes lately, and his shooting touch has been off the charts — even from downtown. The Lakers actually have a few guards that can put the ball in the hoop, but Young’s ability to do so consistently makes him an attractive target if your team needs a boost in this department.

Josh Richardson, SG, Miami Heat (ESPN: 3.4 per cent; CBS: 37 per cent): Richardson just returned from a torn MCL a week and change ago, so he’s still getting up to speed, but based on his performance Thursday (16 points, four treys), he’s ready to rock. Miami needs someone that can score, so expect him to see more and more responsibility going forward. Smart owners will strike while they can because this kid’s long-term prospects are rosy.

FORWARDS

C.J. Miles, SF, Indiana Pacers (ESPN: 32.9 per cent; CBS: 48 per cent): Miles has recalibrated his game beyond the perimeter — at least enough to land a starting role on Friday against the 76ers. He’s starting to log more minutes which can easily translate into more production. People are starting to take notice as Miles almost supports a 50 per cent ownership rate on CBS, so boost your squad’s three pointers and scoring now. Given that he’s a bit of a sleeper still, he also makes a nice DFS play for Saturday.

Maurice Harkless, SF, Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN: 15.8 per cent; CBS: 35 per cent): With teammate Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) out), this opens up a new workload for Harkless at the power forward spot. Capable of contributing all around the stat sheet, Harkless should be a great supporting cast to your three point shooting and point scoring categories, and showed what he’s capable of on Tuesday (see video below). At the very least, he’ll be an awesome DFS option Thursday in Houston considering how many points the Rockets tend to give up.

CENTRES

Lucas Nogueira, Toronto Raptors (ESPN: 2 per cent; CBS: 5 per cent): Nogueira basically mirrored his performance in his last two games notching 10 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, an assist and a steal — with the difference an extra steal in the game prior to his last. If this isn’t an early sign of consistency potential, we don’t know what is. This seven-footer is doing a good job as a temporary fill in for Jonas Valancuinas (knee), and he’s outperforming rookie Jakob Poeltl — the Raps’ top pick in this draft this year.

Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics (ESPN: 3.5 per cent; CBS: 22 per cent): After missing the start of the season because of offseason shoulder surgery, Olynyk returned Wednesday and then went off in a starting role in Friday’s win over the Knicks, registering 19 points, seven boards, three assists and a steal. With Al Horford (concussion) out, Olynyk will look to the power of his head tie to take advantage of the floor, and potentially offer your team a good — and versatile — deep-format big man.

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: Rickard Rakell Making Instant Impact

November 6, 2016 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
A restricted free agent holdout at the start of the season, Rakell has more than made up for it since his return to the ice. He had three goals, six points, a plus-1 rating, two power play points and 13 shots on goal last week.
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The Wire Troll: Amir Johnson Filling the Cream in Boston

November 5, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
Williams has now dropped double-digits in points in his last three contests. His sporadic steals come in as a nice Fantasy surprise as well. If you need a deep-league scoring boost, give Williams a look as he’s getting a chance to provide some veteran leadership on the young Lakers.
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The Wire Troll: Jason Zucker Producing For Wild

October 30, 2016 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
No player has more points in the last week than Bennett. The Flames’ top pick from 2014 has three goals, six points, a plus-3 rating, eight penalty minutes, a power play point and eight shots on goal in four games. He’s only averaging 12:51 of ice-time per game, but Bennett is obviously making the most of it. Calgary is young. Calgary is talented. Calgary will eventually be perennial playoff contenders, and youngsters like Bennett are a big reason why.
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The Wire Troll: Dante Cunningham Soars For Pelicans

October 29, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Hardaway looked like a serious force off the Hawk bench in the season opener, going off for 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to spur Atlanta to a win. He canned a trio of treys, but didn’t contribute much in the way of peripheral stats. Still, if you need some early-season scoring, give him a look — especially with a date against woeful Philadelphia on tap on Saturday.
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