• 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

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Jaylen Brown (right ankle sprain) said he is going to "try to play" Friday night versus Orlando.

    Brown looks like he's good to go, barring a sudden conservative turn from head coach Brad Stevens. He returns to a lineup missing Jayson Tatum and Enes Kanter, so expect Brown to be busy if he plays tonight.

    Source: Amanda Pflugrad on Twitter

  • Gary Harris
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    According to coach Mike Malone, there is a "good chance" Gary Harris (right adductor strain) will be available against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Harris will have missed five straight contests and he returns at a time when the Nuggets need him the most. That said, Harris has been frustrating to roster this season and has settled in as an end-of-roster steals specialist. The top-40 upside he displayed two seasons ago looks gone for good, but he can still put up decent numbers and has a large role on this team.

    Source: Katy Winge on Twitter

  • Michael Porter Jr.
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Coach Mike Malone said Michael Porter Jr. will test out his back during pre-game warmups and then decide if he will play against the Pelicans.

    Porter has been cruising in the absence of Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee, but his latest back injury threw cold water on the idea of him as must-add. While we'd prefer the solid, consistent Jerami Grant over him, we can't fault managers for banking on Porter's upside as he's certainly put up interesting per-minute numbers this season, despite grading out negatively on the court. MPJ figures to be one of the most divisive fantasy players for next season.

    Source: Katy Winge on Twitter

  • Jayson Tatum
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Jayson Tatum (right groin strain) is "feeling better" but will sit out of Friday's game against the Magic.

    There was a collective sigh of relief when Tatum was unexpectedly tagged as questionable yesterday, but we cautioned that didn't necessarily mean that the team would rush him back. Groin strains, just like any other soft tissue injury, can only be healed through rest if there's no complete tear of the fiber, so this is actually good news for fantasy managers who are counting on Tatum for the long run. Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart will see a nice usage bump tonight.

    Source: Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter

  • Enes Kanter
    C, Boston Celtics

    Enes Kanter (right hip contusion) will miss at least the next two games.

    He had a hot stretch a few weeks ago, but Kanter's not worth holding onto while he rehabs from this injury. His role and upside are extremely limited in Boston and nothing about his situation figures to improve at the deadline. He's more of a FG% and rebounds streamer.

    Source: Mark Murphy on Twitter

  • Kevin Love
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, Kevin Love shared that he'd be happy to stay in Cleveland past the trade deadline if that becomes the case.

    Previously, it had been reported that Love was frustrated with both his new coach and his young teammates, but a conversation with Koby Altman has apparently set him straight. Of course, Love will say all the right things so as to not alienate the team and its fanbase. Trade or no trade, Love figure to keep cashing in game checks and putting up top-75 numbers, with frequent rest days in between.

    Source: Cleveland.com

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard was on fire again in Thursday's 125-133 loss to the Mavs, scoring 47 points on 16-of-28 shooting to go with six boards, eight assists, a steal and eight 3-pointers.

    Lillard put forth his best efforts to Carry the Blazers to another win tonight and it's going to be looking like this for the foreseeable future. He's the No. 6 player overall in 9-cat leagues and there's no reason he can't finish there with some upside beyond that with how much the Blazers are leaning on him.

  • Trevor Ariza
    SF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Trevor Ariza started on Thursday and scored 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with seven boards, two dimes, two steals and four triples.

    Ariza did a great job on offense in his start and the Blazers have no real reason to not play him big minutes as they don't have many reliable options. His defensive abilities are still limited, but it might be worth it to scoop up Ariza just to see where this thing goes as the Blazers have revived a few fantasy careers this year already.

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside had some foul trouble (5) on Thursday, but still managed to play 33 minutes, tallying 14 pointson 6-of-8 shooting to go with 10 boards and a block.

    Whiteside couldn't really keep up with the Mavs tonight, which led to his poor stat line. He's the No. 7 player in 9-cat leagues so we'll give him some leash considering the Mavs are the No. 1 offense in the NBA. Even with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) resuming practice, as long as Whiteside stays in Portland, he should maintain early-round value.

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Carmelo Anthony double-doubled on Thursday with 16 points and 11 boardsto go with five dimes, one steal, one block and two triples on Thursday.

    Anthony recorded his first double-double since his game against Houston on January 15th and added his usual inefficient scoring to his line. He had a couple extra dimes thanks to closing out the game in garbage time minutes so don't expect those to come too often.