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The Wire Troll: Cory Joseph Dropping Dimes for Raps

February 25, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Cory Joseph took advantage of a chance to start for the Toronto Raptors.
Cory Joseph showed some offensive touch in start Friday. (Kyle Terada-USA Today Sports)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball analysis. Once again, RotoRob takes the controls of the Troll with Adrian dealing with real world work issues. We’re now just about a week away from the NBA playoff eligibility waiver deadline, so if you’re still in the running for your Fantasy playoffs, congrats!

This week, we learned that Philadelphia rookie Ben Simmons (foot) will not take the floor this season; Pau Gasol (finger) returned to action Friday after missing 15 games for the Spurs; and despite a rumoured deal involving Boston, Jimmy Butler remains a Bull for now.

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

GUARDS

Cory Joseph, PG, Toronto Raptors (ESPN: 2.1 per cent; CBS: 7 per cent): This is likely just a short-term add with Kyle Lowry (wrist) currently sidelined, but in his start Friday, Joseph put up 11 points with a team-best six assists and three steals. Joseph’s PT is up lately, but he’s struggled a bit with his shooting. Still, overall this season, he’s actually shot better — especially from downtown — so if you need some help in dimes in a deep format, he could be your man. By the way, if for some reason you have difficulty pronouncing Joseph’s name, the video below is just for you! You’re welcome.

Courtney Lee, SG, New York Knicks (ESPN: 12.7 per cent; CBS: 26 per cent): Lee was apparently sick on Friday morning, yet he not only played that night, but went off for a game-high 25 points, adding six boards, five assists, three treys and a steal. Damn, this dude should get ill more often. Lee’s been really delivering lately, shooting a whopping 56 per cent from the floor in February, so you absolutely need to add this massively undervalued performer while he’s rolling.

FORWARDS

Lavoy Allen, PF, Indiana Pacers (ESPN: 0.2 per cent; CBS: 1 per cent): It’s been about two and a half years since we last gave Allen some Fantasy love, so it’s high time. He was playing better before a knee injury knocked him out a couple of weeks ago, but he returned Friday and put up a sweet double-double in 21 minutes off the bench, adding a steal and a block while shooting 5-for-5 from the field. Allen got a chance to start a bit earlier this season, but really hasn’t played much until this month. Now that he’s getting PT, he deserves consideration in very deep formats.

Marquese Chriss, PF, Phoenix Suns (ESPN: 4.3 per cent; CBS: 36 per cent): Chriss has shown some seriously aggressive play in finishing off fast breaks, and the rookie is setting himself up for a big second half. He was lights out on Friday and his touches are on the rise, leading to back-to-back games of at least 15 points. The rebounding has been sweet, and he’s had two blocks and two steals in each of the last two games. Toss in a pair of treys Friday, and you’ve got yourself a pretty complete line. Pick him up.

CENTRES

Richaun Holmes, C/PF. Philadelphia 76ers (ESPN: 2.2 per cent; CBS: 7 per cent): Holmes has yet to pop up on the Fantasy radar, but he’s been shooting better this season, and managed to drain 6-of-9 from the field Friday in the first game since Philly traded away both Nerlens Noel and Ersan Ilyasova. With Joel Embiid currently out, there is suddenly tons of PT to be had in the Philly frontcourt and Holmes got 26 minutes of action, going off for a double-double while throwing a serious block party. This is a golden short-term pickup opportunity that you need to take advantage of pronto!

Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics (ESPN: 23.2 per cent; CBS: 47 per cent): Olynyk has been coming off the bench, so his playing time can be sporadic at time (just 16 minutes on Friday), yet even in that limited time he still put up five boards, giving him seven straight games of at least that many. His offense (four points) also went AWOL Friday, but prior to that, all he’d done is rhyme off five straight games of at least 13 points and four straight with 15 or more. Olynyk can help you if need some scoring and boards from a 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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Detroit Pistons 2016-17 Preview

September 25, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Last season represented a nice step forward for the Detroit Pistons as they improved by 12 wins to secure the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference — the team’s first postseason appearance since 2008-09.
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The Wire Troll: Norman Powell Taking Toronto By Storm

April 2, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
With double-digit points in four of his last five contests, Curry is taking clear advantage of his opportunity to start in Sacramento. His best effort came in a loss to the Heat Friday as he managed 21 points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal. It will be interesting to see what else Curry does while the Kings are shorthanded, as he may just add to the legacy of the “Curry” name in due time.
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The Wire Troll: Mario Chalmers Growling in Grizzlyland

November 21, 2015 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
The Grizzlies acquired Super Mario Tuesday in a trade with the Heat. Since his debut in Memphis, that’s exactly what he’s been – superb. In just 21 minutes per game over the last three contests, Chalmers has scored double digits, including a 29-point performance Tuesday against the Thunder. We repeat — against the Thunder. He clearly didn’t fear Oklahoma’s defensive roar as he attacked the paint and received 15 free throw attempts (canning 13). Chalmers will hit treys, get to the line and a hit a ton of free throws for your team.
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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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