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The Wire Troll: Cory Joseph Taking Advantage of Injuries in Indy

February 17, 2018 | By RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Cory Joseph has been starting for the Indiana Pacers.
Cory Joseph has been running the Pacer offense in Darren Collison’s absence. (NBA.com)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball. This weekend is the NBA All-Star game, a time when people take advantage of some of the crazy prop bets out there. Below is a list of 2018-19 All-Star moneyline odds — a great resource for those of you in keeper formats. If you are uncertain how this works, this guide on how to bet the monleyline here provides an insight into parlays, teasers and how the moneyline works by picking straight-up winners.

Odds to Become All-Stars in 2018-19

Ben Simmons (76ers) -300
Donovan Mitchell (Jazz) -150
Devin Booker (Suns) +100
Brandon Ingram (Lakers) +700
Lonzo Ball (Lakers) +800
Dennis Smith Jr. (Mavs) +900
Lauri Markkanen (Bulls) +1000

In looking at this list, we get a sense of who the oddsmakers think will be the stars of tomorrow. For now, we leave you with this list of players we recommend you pick up for your stretch run.

Cory Joseph, PG, Indiana Pacers (ESPN: 2.1 per cent; CBS: 9 per cent): With Darren Collison out, Cory Joseph has been starting for the Pacers, and while his offense has been modest, he sure came through nicely on Wednesday with a double-double (15 points, 11 boards). Obviously, Joseph’s PT is up lately, but he’s struggled from downtown, so it was nice to see him hit his only attempt Wednesday. In fact, since a hot start from deep, he’s kind of gone downhill as the season has progressed, and that’s capped his value. Still, we saw was Joseph is capable of as a starter in Toronto last season, so as long as he keeps starting (perhaps not much longer), he’ll be a potential asset. He’s a great defensive player, and one of the better Canadian-born players currently playing in the NBA. He certainly has a big fan in Spurs coach Gregg Popovich (see video below).

Dwight Powell, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks (ESPN: 30.4 per cent; CBS: 49 per cent): Powell is on fire offensively of late, recording at least 18 points in each of his last four games. His touches are up lately; in fact, he’s getting more than twice as many looks per game as he had in January. Powell has found himself in the starting lineup fairly often, and if his solid play continues, he could become a fixture there. The fact that his rebounding is also on the rise doesn’t hurt, either. Another Canadian kid, Powell is a fine face-up shooter, and his shooting touch has been off the charts in recent games, so he’ll provide a nice boost to your FG percentage as well.

Mario Hezonja, SG, Orlando Magic (ESPN: 24.1; CBS: 49 per cent): Hezonja has been taking advantage of a couple of injuries in Orlando and has really been shining lately, scoring at least 21 points in each of his last three games. His PT is way up recently and he’s averaged two treys so far this month. Barring injury, Hezonja should surpass his game total from last season, and right now he looks like a spectacular DFS play before his PT wanes as the team gets healthy. Taken fifth overall in 2015, this Croatian has been playing power forward of late, so he’ll likely gain eligibility at that position soon, providing even more value to his owners.

Ivica Zubac, C, Los Angeles Lakers (ESPN: 0.6 per cent; CBS: 5 per cent): Zubac was having a decent rookie effort in 2016-17 before suffering a season-ending injury. Now healthy, he’s been very quiet this season until exploding for a double-double in just 20 minutes of play on Thursday. Zubac nailed 8-of-8 from the floor for a season-high 19 points and pulled down 11 boards, including four on the offensive end to catch our eye. His PT is rising lately, but he’ll still need more yet to retain value, so at this stage, consider him someone to watch closely or perhaps pick up on a speculative basis in a very deep format. Don’t forget that the Lakers gave Zubac a chance to start for a stretch last season, so he’s definitely a name to track.

Wilson Chandler, SF, Denver Nuggets (ESPN: 38.3 per cent; CBS: 47 per cent): This veteran had been in an awful scoring slump, but seems to have awoken, scoring at least 11 points in each of the last four games, including 17 on Tuesday and a season-high 26 last Saturday. Chandler’s touches are up significantly of late, although he’s not canning his FTs with his usual accuracy. It seems clear he’s not going to be able to duplicate the big season he had in 2016-17, but a similar second half could be in the offing. If nothing else, the fact that Chandler has canned three treys in two of the last three games has to appeal to Fantasy owners.

Others to Consider

Alex Len, C, Phoenix Suns (ESPN: 12.3 per cent; CBS: 44 per cent): Len’s touches are down this season, but he’s been more effective when he gets the chance.

Josh Hart, SG, Los Angeles Lakers (ESPN: 21 per cent; CBS: 32 per cent): Hart is looking fine lately, especially appealing as a DFS play.

Andrew Harrison, SG, Memphis Grizzlies (ESPN: 12.4 per cent; CBS: 42 per cent): Harrison went off for a career high 28 points on Wednesday, cementing his role in the starting five for the Grizz.

Tomas Satoransky, PG/SF, Washington Wizards (ESPN: 19.2 per cent; CBS: 46 per cent): He sure shook off last weekend’s concussion in fine form, enjoying a career game on Wednesday.

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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Video Game Review: Lost Sphear

February 15, 2018 | By Herija Green | Comments Comments Off
In terms of length, Lost Sphear is markedly longer than its predecessor, checking in closer to 30 hours with the option for more if you want to do additional leveling and exploration. It’s a bit more difficult as well, though that mostly covers a handful of frustrating boss battles where they inflict catastrophic status effects on your party.
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Blu-ray Review: Daddy’s Home 2

February 14, 2018 | By Herija Green | Comments (0)
Sometimes adding more characters dilutes a successful formula, but Lithgow and Gibson both bring something to the table. They’re complete opposites of one another — Lithgow as the doting father and Gibson as the gruff man’s man — and do well in their roles. It’s easy to forget after so much happened off screen that Gibson was a funny guy.
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The Wire Troll: Ryan Spooner Boiling Up in Boston

February 10, 2018 | By RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Virtanen hasn’t yet done anything with these extra minutes, but an increased role does represent an opportunity, and that’s worth tracking at the very least. For what it’s worth, he enjoyed his highest shooting percentage of the season last month and has had a decent bounce back effort after spending most of last season in the minors. Keep in mind, Virtanen was the sixth overall pick in 2014, but we’re going to need to see improvement in his +/- before he begins to be a real Fantasy asset. If he can remain healthy and start doing something with this opportunity, perhaps we’ll finally get a chance to see why he was picked so high. We’ll be monitoring this kid closely in the second half.
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Book Review: Born Fanatic – My Life in the Grip of the NFL

February 9, 2018 | By Vaney Hariri | Comments Comments Off
It is rare for the average fan to ever gain insight into the life and times of a Hall of Famer and it may be as rare to gain those insights from one of their children. What type of men sacrifice time and engagement with their families to play a game that requires strategies with the complexities of war yet a willingness to partake in violence with the simplicity of a car crash?
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