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The Wire Troll: Mike James Should Rise in Phoenix

December 9, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Mike James should get a PT boost for the Phoenix Suns.
Mike James is a nice flier with Devin Booker out. (NBA.com)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball. We’re into December now, and currently in the midst of the Mexico global games. It’s time for you to emulate Speedy Gonzalez and hurry to the waiver wire to fix your holes. Fortunately, we’re here to help guide you.

This week, Derrick Rose admitted he may need surgery on his ankle as his first season in Cleveland continues to be a nightmare; Kawhi Leonard (quad) will not make his season debut on Saturday, but the hope is he’ll now return on Tuesday; and Chris Bosh’s mom was one of the people questioned by police after a Dallas drug raid on Friday.

And now let’s get to this week’s Fantasy basketball waiver wire recommendations…

Mike James, PG, Phoenix Suns (ESPN: 8.5 per cent; CBS: 39 per cent): James may have never been drafted, but that didn’t stop him from this week becoming the first player in NBA history to have a two-way contract converted into a regular deal without ever getting farmed out to the NBA G League. Now, with Devin Booker out, there’s a chance James sees more PT and gets to run the Sun attack a bit. James’s PT is down lately, but earlier this season he was seeing enough to be useful. We expect that to happen again now for the rookie, and he showed flashes of his offensive ability against Boston last week (see video below). After playing overseas for a few years, he’s brought Phoenix some bench scoring from the PG spot (and has made plenty of starts already, too), and has done a good job running the team’s plays so far. Consider him a nice speculative pickup in 14-team leagues.

Richaun Holmes, PF, Philadelphia 76ers (ESPN: 0.8 per cent; CBS: 9 per cent): Holmes has seen sporadic PT and missed some time with inury, but when he plays, he performs. On Thursday, for instance, he poured in 13 points with six boards and two steals in 22 minutes. On Saturday, Holmes could be an interesting DFS option as Philly will be without Joel Embiid, T.J. McConnell and (probably) Daric Sario. Holmes should start and see plenty of time at the four, possibly 25 to 30 minutes, which should translate into a big line. Flier alert.

Marvin Williams, PF, Charlotte Hornets (ESPN: 14.2 per cent; CBS: 42 per cent): This is a dude that is seemingly always on the periphery of Fantasy value, making for a good waiver wire pickup at various times during the season. On Friday, Williams showed his upside, with 17 points, nine rebounds, three treys, one assist, one steal and one block. His three-point shooting is a chief allure, but has been a bit down lately, so it was great to see him go off. Williams is seeing more minutes lately, and while hasn’t been jacking up quite as many treys, he remains an elite FT shooter. If he starts hoisting treys at the same rate as he did in the last two seasons, his value will rise significantly. The big issue for owners here is Williams’s lack of consistency. That’s frustrating when you see him throw up periodic sweet lines like on Friday and the previous Friday (16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, with six boards, two steals and a block).

Quick Dribbles

  • Lauri Markkanen came up huge as Chicago finally snapped its 10-game losing skid Friday. He shook off a shooting drought by canning 8-of-15 (including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc) for 24 points with 12 boards. This rookie has established himself as a building block for the Bulls.
  • San Antonio PG Tony Parker continues to sit periodically in the wake of his torn quad. He played in the last three games, and while he reached double digit scoring in the last two, he never topped 20 minutes, rendering him just a deep league option at this point. Parker will sit again Saturday, so give Dejounte Murray a look in DFS play.
  • Charlotte’s Dwight Howard shook off a bit of a rebounding slump with a 20-board effort Friday. Toss in his 25 points, six blocks, two assists and steal, and it was a turn-back-the-clock night for Superman. Hell, after some solid FT shooting lately, he was even back to his old ways, going 3-for-8 on the night. Charlotte is leaning on Howard, and he’s now delivered two 20-20 games this season.
  • Miami has lost four of its past five games heading into the Mexico showdown against the Nets Saturday. What would help is if PG Goran Dragic’s shot would start falling. Other than a solid game Sunday, he’s really been struggling with his accuracy lately. In fact, after shooting 50.6 per cent in October, he slipped to 43.6 per cent in November and is at just 39.4 per cent so far this month. Going deeper, Dragic’s shooting percentage has dipped in each of the last five seasons, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised.
  • Golden State PG Stephen Curry went down with an ankle injury on Monday, and it won’t be re-evaluated for at least a week and a half, so it looks like we won’t see him again until after Christmas at the earliest. Shaun Livingston is worth a look in deeper leagues while Curry is out.
  • Jahlil Okafor was finally freed from Philly with a trade to Brooklyn this week, but we’re still waiting for the deal to be finalized, so he’s yet to make his debut and won’t be uniform Saturday. Still, it’s time to pounce on this talented player given the prospect he’ll finally get a chance to shine for the Nets.

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: Alan Williams Ascends in the Desert

March 5, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
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.
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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: Mirza Teletovic Has Hot Hand in Phoenix

February 20, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
Mirza has been a devoted scorer in Phoenix — leading the way with a team-high 25 points to go along with eight rebounds and a couple of assists Friday against the Rockets.
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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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