• With another Jason Kidd lineup change in the books, let’s take a look at The Wire this week. The criteria to be considered for The Wire is to be owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! Leagues.

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    Point Guards

    Seth Curry (36% owned) – His ownership rate actually dropped a bit from last week. He had an alright week, but didn’t contribute in any of the money categories. We expect the assist and steal numbers to pick up for “The Other Curry”. Give him a look if you need PTS, 3PT and FT%.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Ish Smith (40% owned) – Reggie Jackson’s looming return makes Ish underowned. You know what you’re getting with Ish – points, steals and assists. He will continue to hover around top-100 value.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Tyler Johnson (46% owned) – The Heat continue to keep Tyler Johnson on the bench, but that doesn’t discourage him from putting up huge outings. His role is well-defined as the go-to-guy on the Heat’s second unit. His FG% wasn’t great this week but it was better than last week and the numbers increased accordingly. He’s a must-own in 12-team leagues even with the return of Justise Winslow.

    Reommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Sean Kilpatrick (37% owned) – The ownership numbers have dipped considerably and wrongfully so. Kilpatrick regained form this past week by averaging 16 points and 1.5 treys. His FG% is back to a tolerable level and the minutes are back and steady. Give him a look if you need scoring.

    Reommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Patty Mills (28% owned) – Patty Mills continues to be hot and cold. It’s hard to get a read on when he will be on. This week he shot 60% from the field while averaging 14.2 points and 2.0 treys. He was a top-70 player with those marks and his value will move from top-150 to top-75 on a week-to-week basis. Get him when he’s hot.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Shooting Guards

    Jamal Murray (23% owned) – It took some time, but it looks like Jamal Murray has adjusted to the speed of the NBA. Over the past week, Murray is averaging 18.8 points, 2.8 treys, 4.6 boards and 2.2 dimes on 48% shooting. The rookie has stepped up his game significantly. He could be a guy to grab and hope his role stays consistent when Gary Harris returns from injury.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Dion Waiters (27% owned) – The ownership rate saw a slight rise from last week, but there are not enough believers at this point. With Justise Winslow on everyone’s mind, Waiters has consistently produced top-100 weeks. Add him in 12-team leagues and see how the minutes shake out once Winslow comes back.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Tony Snell (4% owned) – Snell won’t do anything special but is a guy you can trust to be efficient and hit triples. The minutes will continue to be there, but he’s more of a deep-league add. His value will stay around top-150.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Courtney Lee (40% owned) – Lee is similar to Snell but adds a little extra value with the steals that he provides. He had a great week this past week and his minutes will continue to stay in the low-30s. Take a look at him if you need another 3&D player.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Marco Belinelli (3% owned) – Belinelli is having another season of exactly what you expect. He’s a reliable three point shooter and is efficient from the field and the charity stripe. He will grab you a couple of boards, dish out some assists and snag the occasional steal. You’re not running to the wire for Belinelli in 12-team leagues, but perhaps in deeper leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Small Forwards

    Tyreke Evans (49% owned) – If you haven’t heard yet, there have been rumors that Evans will return from injury in the next week or so. Evans is a top-100 player when he’s healthy. He can contribute in PTS, REB, AST and STL. He’s a must-own in 12-team leagues (and could be in 10-teamers) so if he’s on your wire run to pick him up.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues.

    Moe Harkless (43% owned) – Harkless has been able to make a name for himself since Aminu went down a couple of weeks ago. He is a bit of a category killer in FT% and AST but he records a steal or block every now and then with excellent FG% and above average REB numbers. He should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    James Johnson (10% owned) – The defensive numbers were not as impressive this week, but he still put up top-125 stats. Winslow’s return makes Johnson’s value a little less predictable going forward, but he should see minutes in the low 20s. The defensive numbers that he can rack up in that much time is worth the add.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Gerald Henderson (5% owned) – Henderson is a lot like some of the shooting guards we mentioned earlier – he will get you threes, points and efficiency numbers. There isn’t anything special about Henderson, but the playing time and numbers should remain consistent.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Glenn Robinson III (2% owned) – While PG13 and C.J. Miles have been out, GR3 has stepped up and earned a role in the Pacers rotation. He’s a guy who can grab some boards, put up points and knock it down from downtown. He’s a deep league streamer for now.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues until PG13 returns.

    Power Forward

    Jon Leuer (37% owned) – I believe Leuer has appeared in this article almost every week. He continues to be severely under owned and is one injury away at the power forward or center spot from being a top-75 player.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Frank Kaminsky (15% owned) – Finally, a week where Kaminsky averaged over 30 MPG and we saw what he could do from a fantasy perspective. He’s a big man that can post above average numbers relative to his position in all categories. If he’s out there, take a chance on Frank the Tank.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Ersan Ilyasova (20% owned) – Ilyasova won’t provide much in the defensive department, but when he’s getting minutes and shooting well offensively, he can be a real asset. The past seven days Ilyasova averaged 14.7 points, 9.0 boards and 1.7 treys while shooting well from the line and from the field. The Sixers continue to roll him out there so you should invest in him until they stop using him.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    JaMychal Green (13% owned) – Green is starting to catch fire again and has been providing top-75 value over the past week. His minutes seem to be steady in the low 30s. He’s efficient from the field and has been averaging around 12 points and eight boards. His defensive numbers weren’t great this week, but should turn around. Pick him up if he’s available in 12-team leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Larry Nance Jr. (19% owned) – Nance seems to step up every time he is given an opportunity to play extended minutes. This week he had to fill in a little for a banged up Julius Randle and it paid dividends. Nance is a player who can contribute in REB, STL and BLK along with efficiency stats. He should be owned in deeper leagues and on watch lists in 12-teamers.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Centers

    John Henson (17% owned) – Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Jason Kidd does not care about our teams. Kidd continues to switch Plumlee and Henson back and forth between the guy he doesn’t like on a given night. Last week we suggested adding Henson in 10-team leagues, but we are less certain about how long he will stay out of Kidd’s doghouse so we have downgraded our recommendation to owning him in 12-team leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Cody Zeller (35% owned) – A bum shoulder held Zeller out for a while this week, but when he returned, he played very well. He’s really valuable to the Hornets on the pick and roll and derives most of his points on the play. If he could get his FT% to be respectable then his ranking would skyrocket. He should be owned in all 12-team leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Tyson Chandler (45% owned) – Chandler’s ownership rates dropped due to his personal absence over the past week or two. He has been a staple for this young Suns team when he has been on the court by providing leadership and excellent FG% and REB. He’s a guy who should be owned in all 12-team leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Kelly Olynyk (19% owned) – We’re still waiting to see Olynyk inserted into the starting lineup. Unfortunately, we know this will not happen unless there is an injury. Olynyk’s minutes don’t allow owners to justify owning him in 12-team leagues, but if they started to creep into the low to mid 20s, then he would certainly be worth it. For now, add him in deep leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Patrick Patterson (8% owned) – Patterson is a mixed bag each week. He will see the minutes, but his value is dependent on whether his 3-pt shot is falling. If it is, his value raises tremendously. This past week, he was contributing across the board, but we wouldn’t expect that going forward. What we do expect is for Patterson to be a top-125 player based on his 25-30 MPG load and scattered range.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

     

Fantasy News

  • Luke Kornet
    PF-C, Chicago Bulls

    Luke Kornet has inked a deal with the Chicago Bulls for two years worth $4.5 million according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Kornet is another stretch big that will fit into the Bulls' system similar to how Lauri Markkanen does. He is a 36-percent shooter from beyond the arc in his career and shoots at will, so he should be a nice role player for an improved Bulls team.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Josh Magette
    G, Orlando Magic

    The Orlando Magic have signed Josh Magette to a two-way contract according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo.

    Magette was last seen in the NBA two seasons ago with the Atlanta Hawks. After a strong showing in Summer League, Magette will have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot as an additional PG. He doesn't figure to hold any fantasy value if he is to make the squad.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Frank Kaminsky
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns have officially signed Frank Kaminsky to a two-year, $10 million deal.

    Kaminsky officially joins the young roster that GM James Jones and the Suns are building. He will have some competition backing up Dario Saric as the team is also planning to sign Cheick Diallo. Kaminsky will have some stand-alone value as a deep threat but he doesn't provide much value beyond shooting.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Stanton Kidd
    PF, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have signed Stanton Kidd and William Howard.

    Kidd and Howard both participated in Summer League for the Jazz organization and impressed the team enough to be signed to fill out their roster. There is no guarantee that either will make the roster as it is unclear if their contracts are guaranteed. Kidd, 27, most recently played in Turkey while Howard, 25, most recently played in France.

    Source: Eric Woodyard on Twitter

  • Cheick Diallo
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Suns have signed Cheick Diallo to a two-year contract.

    Diallo has shown flashes in the NBA through his first three seasons with the Pelicans, Unfortunately, he has yet to see the opportunity needed to provide fantasy value as he has yet to surpass 14.0MPG in any season. The Suns could provide an avenue for Diallo to get more playing time off the bench similar to what we saw from Richaun Holmes last season. This is a terrific landing spot for the young big man.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, there are many around the league that believe that Chris Paul will start the season with the Thunder.

    The Thunder have been very busy this offseason as they have been able to inhale draft picks in return for All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George. It was rumored that they would attempt to shop Paul to see if they could acquire even more assets. The team will look to have Paul mentor this team (specifically second-year player Shai-Gilgeous Alexander) as the market for Paul is not robust due to the $124M he is owed over the next three seasons. From a fantasy perspective, Paul may eat into SGA's overall value but they both will provide value come draft time.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Christian Wood
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    According to Shams Charania, the Pistons have claimed Christian Wood off of waivers.

    Wood will join a Pistons team that is led by Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond in the frontcourt. However, he will be able to compete for bench minutes with fellow bigs Markieff Morris and Thon Maker. The Pistons also drafted Sekou Doumbouya who is unlikely to contribute this season as he is only 18 years old.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Reggie Bullock
    SG-SF, New York Knicks

    Newly signed wing Reggie Bullock (back) underwent successful surgery for a cervical disc herniation on Wednesday.

    Bullock signed a two-year contract with the Knicks a day before undergoing a special surgery in New York. The Knicks will update the media regarding Bullock's timetable around the start of training camp. With the rotation unknown and the lack of knowledge regarding his timetable, Bullock is best left undrafted in standard leagues.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Tyler Lydon
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Tyler Lydon has officially signed with the Kings.

    Lydon was a 2017 first-round pick of the Nuggets but failed to show value in his time in Denver. The Kings will take a chance on Lydon who has only played 96 minutes in his first two seasons. For now, he can be ignored from a fantasy perspective.

    Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter

  • Julian Washburn
    SF, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors have waived Julian Washburn.

    Washburn was acquired in the Andre Iguodala trade. Last season he appeared in 18 games with the Grizzlies, making three starts, while averaging 2.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 14.1 minutes per night. Expect him to land in some team's training camp.

    Source: Warriors PR on Twitter