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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: Bobby Portis Breaks into Bulls Rotation

December 26, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
The former Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, Portis is starting to make noise as a rookie trying to earn PT on a deep Bulls’ squad. His minutes remain inconsistent, so he’s likely just a deep league/dynasty option right now, but we saw his potential last Saturday when he put up 20 points, 11 boards and two steals in just 23 minutes.
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Cavaliers-Bulls Rematch Highlights NBA Opening Night

October 27, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
The 2015-16 NBA season kicks off on Tuesday with three games on tap, but the one that intrigues us the most has the Cleveland Cavaliers visiting the Chicago Bulls in a rematch of last season’s Conference Semi-Finals, won in six games by the Cavs, on their way to representing the East in the NBA Finals.
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The Wire Troll: C.J. McCollum Flashing His Potential

April 11, 2015 | by McCade Pearson | Comments Comments Off
He’s been massively inconsistent and the free agent to be could be nearing the end of his Lakers’ career. However, Johnson’s recent play may give LA pause to think about bringing him back next season. He’s been logging a big load lately, and while his shooting leaves something to be desired, Johnson has reached double digit points in four of the last five (including a team-high 16 on Sunday), while canning plenty of treys and pitching in with more boards than usual (although, overall, his rebounding is down slightly after averaging a career-best 4.4 last season).
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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Deep Sleepers

June 28, 2014 | by J.R. Anderson | Comments Comments Off
As we’re writing this, we are pretty sure Kris Humphries is still herpes free. Pretty good news for him, but even better news is after finally getting some run in Boston he has proved once again that he can rebound! More than likely Humphries will land on a team in need of frontcourt depth like San Antonio or Chicago, but if he is to be truly Fantasy-relevant, he needs big minutes. His best per 36 numbers came during his time in New Jersey — 13.3 PPG, 12 RPG, along with a solid 48 per cent shooting from the field and a combined steals/blocks per game of 2.0. You could do a lot worse in the latter rounds of your draft.
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