• With injuries and random lineup changes in full swing, 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 (37% owned) – This one was a bit less obvious until J.J. Barea was ruled out for at least the next six weeks. There was a bit of a scare the other night with a shoulder injury but it is believed to be minor. Curry will see 30 minutes going forward and you can count on him to help out in PTS, 3PT, AST, STL and FT%.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues.

    Tony Parker (28% owned) – I will be the first to admit that I had written off Tony Parker already, but this past week he showed that he can still have some good fantasy value by averaging 14.2 points, 5.7 assists and great efficiency numbers. It doesn’t seem like Pop is ready to give up on the Frenchman anytime soon.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Ish Smith (41% owned) – Ish Smith’s ownership rate continues to hover around the same place, but I encourage those of you in 12-team leagues to go pick him up. Reggie Jackson should be back soon, but the injury he is coming off could make him highly ineffective and there is a high risk of re-injury. You know what you’re getting with Ish – he is primarily there to score some buckets, snatch some steals and dish out some assists.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Matthew Dellavedova (32% owned) – The FG% has been a bit brutal lately and the lack of 3PT has been disappointing, but we still believe that Delly will come through and get out of his slump. The AST and STL are still there so you’re betting that the FG% and 3PT increase together.

    Reommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Sean Kilpatrick (45% owned) – His production hit a large crater last week and he hasn’t been able to recover since. We still think there is value here with him and he should continue to see minutes since he is a lot more talented than many of the other Nets players. He isn’t a must-own in 12-teamers but certainly worth adding or keeping in deeper leagues.

    Reommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Shooting Guards

    Josh Richardson (46% owned) – In the past week, Richardson has ramped up his game really well. The Heat play fast and Richardson is a big part of their team. He can put up 3PT, PTS and STL in a hurry. He has taken over some minutes from Tyler Johnson and my bet is that he supplants Dion Waiters in the starting lineup once Justise Winslow is back from injury. If he’s available run to the waiver wire.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues.

    Matt Barnes (17% owned) – Right when owners dropped Barnes, he came back and became relevant again. Barnes had a great week averaging almost 30 minutes, 15 points, three treys, four boards, one steal and one block on 57% shooting. The ups and downs in production are scary but when he’s getting minutes he’s a must own.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Nick Young (48% owned) – There isn’t much to say about Uncle P. He will score points, hit treys and be efficient. If you’re lucky he will get some of the other stats when he’s motivated. You know what you’re getting here. If you need those categories then take a look at him.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Dion Waiters (23% owned) – The opportunities are there, he just hasn’t been very efficient as of late. Consider this recommendation more of a bet that Waiters will have better weeks. While he didn’t help much this past week if you needed FG%, FT% or TOs, he still contributes in PTS, STL and 3PT so if he can pick up the slack then his value will sky-rocket.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Tony Snell (4% owned) – Fantasy owners are still skeptical of Tony Snell, but he can rack up threes and boards while not hurting you much in FG% or TOs. The minutes are there for Snell, and we expect to see an uptick in steals from him as the season goes on.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Small Forwards

    Moe Harkless (43% owned) – The Aminu injury is giving Harkless a chance to show his worth and he’s been great for fantasy owners as of late with top-80 value. Harkless can give you a little bit of everything other than assists and should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    James Johnson (8% owned) – The James Johnson train left the station last week and has continued to chug along nicely over the past week. He continues to stuff the box score with astonishing defensive numbers ala Andrei Kirilenko circa 2003 with at least one block and one steal in the past four games. Not only is he contributing defensively, he has multiple triples in two out of the last four games. Justise Winslow’s arrival from a wrist injury will hurt a bit, but we expect Derrick Williams’ minutes to go straight to Johnson. He’s a strong buy for us.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Jared Dudley (17% owned) – Dudley is a bit of a mixed bag but when he gets the playing time he can be really valuable. He has a three in all but two games this season, has the ability to rack up steals and averages about four rebounds with solid shooting and low turnovers. He’s not someone that you have to dive to the computer for but definitely is worthy of being owned in 12-teamers.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Ersan Ilyasova (22% owned) – We have played this game time and time again with Ilyasova. So we meet again. The minutes are hovering around the area that makes him relevant in deeper leagues. He can supply you guy points, the long ball, a respectable amount of boards and the efficiency stats which makes him worth looking at.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Vince Carter (20% owned) – I feel like my eyes have deceived me a couple of times this year with the performances that VC has been able to put up. His minutes have been ramped up and it has resulted in some incredible three point shooting and a ton of points. If you need points, threes and efficiency Vinsanity can help you, but we don’t think he’s anything more than a deep league add. The four games next week is nice too and having Parsons out for a couple of weeks helps as well.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 16-team leagues.

    Power Forward

    Jon Leuer (39% owned) – Last night was a poor outing for Leuer. We need to erase that game from out memories. He has solid value as a big who can shoot from deep, grab boards, be efficient from the charity stripe and add some assists from time to time. He’s one injury away from being a top add.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Frank Kaminsky (14% owned) – Here’s a guy who would be a top-50 player if he saw 30 MPG. For now, he’s sitting somewhere between the high teens and high twenties on a given night. He can step out and knock it down from downtown, rip some boards, dish out assists, and grab steals. The opportunity may never come, but he’s still worth an add based on his recent performances.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Justin Hamilton (12% owned) – The numbers are cooling off for Hamilton, but the ownership rate is very surprising. He is still shooting above 50% and spraying from downtown at the PF/C slots. The rebounds and defensive numbers have died down but we’re certain that those will come back into the picture as the season goes on. By the end of the season, Hamilton could be starting as the Nets protect their investment in Lopez.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Channing Frye (23% owned) – There are a lot of variables that come in to play for Frye. If Love or LeBron sit, he is an obvious add. If he hangs around at 20 MPG then the 3PT, PTS, FT%, REB and BLK are worth acquiring, but as we have seen in the past, he is capable of a nine minute game with nothing to show. For now, he’s a deep leaguer.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Nemanja Bjelica (3% owned) – Nemanja Bjelica. Nemanja Bjelica. Nemanja Bjelica. Try saying that five times fast. After a nice game last week, Bjelica was not able to keep the momentum going. We saw what he could do when he gets minutes (24-8-3-1-3 in 41 minutes vs. the Lakers). If something happens to Dieng or KAT, run to the wire.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 16-team leagues.

    Centers

    John Henson (19% owned) – Jason Kidd has long been messing with fantasy owner’s hearts, but this time he is giving us a little bit of what we want by starting Henson. We’ve been waiting for Henson to see more minutes for years and the time has finally come at the expense of Greg Monroe. Henson is a BLK, REB and FG% machine. If he’s available you need to run an snag him.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues.

    Cody Zeller (35% owned) – Zeller has finally earned the starting center role. He did miss a game with a shoulder injury but it is not serious. He had the best game of his career with 23 points, three blocks and two steals. He has back to back games of 31 minutes and should continue to see over 25 MPG as the season progresses. Go to the wire and pick him up in 12-team leagues or deeper.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Mike Muscala (22% owned) – His value was higher while Dwight Howard was out, but the value still exists when Dwight is in the lineup. Moose offers a good number of treys, boards, efficiency stats and assists to be worth an add in deep leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Alex Len (45% owned) – It is important to note that Tyson Chandler has been out for a while and has contributed to Len’s boosted value. However, when Chandler comes back Len is still worth a stash as a guy who can provide FG%, REB and BLK even with limited minutes. He’s not a must-own in 12-team leagues but certainly in 14-teamers.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Kelly Olynyk (23% owned) – With Horford back in the lineup, Olynyk has been relegated to a bench role and has been seeing about 15 MPG. To see any real value in 12-team leagues we need to see that go up to about 20-25 MPG, but his treys as a stretch center are very important in fantasy. Give him a look in deeper leagues and hope his role increases.

    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