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The Wire Troll: Shelvin Mack Playing Jazzy in Utah

February 27, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
Shelvin Mack has been acquired by the Utah Jazz.
Shelvin Mack (right) has made an immediate impact for the Jazz. (Jaime Valdez-USA Today Sports)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball action.

This week, reigning MVP Stephen Curry broke Kyle Korver’s record of 127 consecutive games with a three-pointer made; Kristap Porzingis has further enticed fans in New York so much that one bold female fan even invited the Porzingod to her prom; and veteran “Iso” Joe Johnson is set to sign with the Miami Heat after clearing waivers.

Seems like history, fan interactions and player transactions continue to be made in the NBA, as we continue to suggest the week’s best waiver recommendations…

GUARDS

Shelvin Mack, PG, Utah Jazz (ESPN: 13.3 per cent; CBS: 40 per cent): Utah’s newly acquired point guard made an immediate impact, scoring over 15 points in each of his first two games. Coming from the Atlanta Hawks, Mack has gone from having virtually no role (he hasn’t shown value since last season; see video below) to being a starter in Utah. Even with teammates Trey Burke and Raul Neto competing for PT, Mack seems to have the inside track, and should be the favourite Utah point guard to target in Fantasy formats.

Cory Joseph, PG, Toronto Raptors (ESPN: 9.8 per cent; CBS: 17 per cent): CoJo has been playing effectively off the bench, scoring double digits in four straight games before Friday and dishing out some dimes as the Raptors’ backup point guard. Though All-Star teammate Kyle Lowry has been playing stellar, Joseph is the perfect reserve to help his team, and perhaps yours in deep leagues as a points and assists contributor.

FORWARDS

Doug McDermott, SF, Chicago Bulls (ESPN: 17.6 per cent; CBS: 25 per cent): McBuckets returns to the Wire Troll, still doing his best to shoot the lights out game in and game out. His opportunity to do so extends while teammate Jimmy Butler remains sidelined, so he’ll see heavy minutes until Butler’s return. Though McDermott doesn’t offer much value other than his three-point shooting and points, it might just be enough to give your team a lift in those categories.

Bojan Bogdanovic, SF/SG, Brooklyn Nets (ESPN: 11.5 per cent; CBS: 23 per cent): Bogdanovic poured in a season-high 24 points to go along with two boards in 38 minutes on Thursday as the Nets claimed a win over the Suns. The second-year pro is expected to contribute beyond just scoring categories, and will have a better opportunity to do so with Johnson being released. Bogdanovic’s new starting role could turn out to be quite rewarding, so make a claim on him pronto.

CENTRES

Ed Davis, Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN: 22.2 per cent; CBS: 44 per cent): Davis may be another one of those guys with limited Fantasy upside, but his occasional outbreaks still makes him somewhat appealing. His biggest stat appeal is definitely his board grabbing ability. One-dimensional or not, a player like Davis helping out in one category is better than none, and could be the difference in a sneaky victory.

David Lee, C/PF, Dallas Mavericks (ESPN: 11.6 per cent; CBS: 28 per cent): Lee has really been an afterthought since we pegged him as a candidate as Fantasy Dud of the Year in 2014. However, now that the veteran big man has been set free by Boston and landed in Big D, he’s reminding us why he used to be so coveted by Fantasy owners. While Lee only played 15 minutes in his Maverick debut, he saw 25 minutes of action off the bench on Friday, responding with a double-double, two dimes and a steal. He led Dallas in rebounds with 14, and while much of that can be attributed to the Mavs going small, it still proves he’s capable of contributing when he gets the PT. Lee makes for an interesting speculative pick for those seeking boards.

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: 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: O.J. Mayo Gets His Groove Back in Milwaukee

December 12, 2015 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
Zeller has been mostly stellar (yes, we’re poets at heart) over the four games (okay, maybe not so much over the last two). Regardless, his season-high of 20 points with six boards and two blocks on Monday did raise some eyebrows. With Jefferson (calf/suspension) out, Zeller will try to take advantage and gain more minutes and confidence in the low post. Playing pivot is giving Zeller a chance to shine in areas we don’t normally expect from him; he’ll contribute with boards, points and occasional blocks.
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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 NBA Draft Profile: Dante Exum

August 20, 2014 | by Steve Krebs | Comments Comments Off
While others tried to showcase skills and become a recognizable face to those that cover the league for the media, Exum’s agent chose to keep his client a mystery, eliminating the opportunity for scouts to see how he compared to the rest of the rookie class. The mystique strategy appeared to be nothing more than an attempt to get drafted very high based on stats earned in an environment considered inferior to the D-League.
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