• Plenty of good basketball took place this week and values have shifted because of it which means it is time for The Wire. 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

    Garrett Temple (1% owned) – What a week for Mr. Temple. The minutes are starting to break in his favor and he continues to deliver for the Kings. He’s averaging 32.5 MPG on very efficient scoring over his last three games. The efficiency will drop, but he should still provide value with his shooting from downtown, assists and steals.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Sergio Rodriguez (35% owned) – With the news that Jerryd Bayless is out for the season, Rodriguez is expected to continue to have the reins to the Sixers offense for the rest of the season. He can hurt you with his FG%, but the treys, assists and steals can pile up. He didn’t have a great week, but we expect him to bounce back.

    Reommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    J.J. Barea (21% owned) – Prior to the big calf injury, Barea was a stud who averaged 33 minutes, 2.0 triples, 3.4 boards and 5.4 assists. We don’t expect him to come back and have the same role since a lot of those minutes were when Deron Williams was out, but 25 MPG is more reasonable. With that kind of minute distribution, Barea can easily be a top-100 player the rest of the season. Grab him from the wire now as he is expected to return next week.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Cory Joseph (5% owned) – The last week we have seen Joseph receive more minutes and increase his efficiency. He shot over 50% from the field, averaged 12.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.0 steals. Joseph’s real value lies in 9-cat leagues because he rarely turns over the ball, but he’s playing a lot of minutes and he’s hot right now so he should be owned in deeper leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Austin Rivers (2% owned) – With Luc Richard Mbah a Moute out, Rivers has been inserted into the starting lineup. He’s riding a hot streak right now and should continue to see a healthy amount of minutes going forward. The efficiency may go away soon, but until that point he should be owned in deep leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues until he gets cold.

    Shooting Guards

    Courtney Lee (41% owned) – Threes, defense and efficiency is the name of the game with Lee. There are no concerns about his minutes and he has been very consistent. If he’s on your wire, pick him up in 12-man leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Nick Young (40% owned) – He’s more of a specialist, but one of the best one’s out there. He’s going to score, hit treys and knockdown free throws. Defensive stats, rebounds and assists are just extra at this point. He should still be owned in 12-teamers.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Evan Turner (40% owned) – After a rough start, Turner has stepped up as of late. He’s been seeing extended minutes due to the absence of Al-Farouq Aminu, who should be back soon. Turner is a master of none, but decent at many. He can add some rebounds, assists, points and steals, but doesn’t do any of them very well. He’s more of a deeper league add.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Tim Hardaway Jr. (9% owned) – Lately he’s been starting over Kent Bazemore even though the Hawks have been losing. THJ hasn’t been fantasy relevant with the extended minute yet, but he’s worth looking at in deeper leagues in case he gets hot from downtown, especially while he’s seeing 30 minutes per game.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Terrence Ross (15% owned) – He’s an extreme specialist who only thrives when he’s hitting shots. He’s been hot for a while now and can really help you out in triples and points. Outside of that, you’re getting a mixed bag and shouldn’t expect much more. He’s a deep league add or a specialist.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Small Forwards

    Thabo Sefolosha (22% owned) – It’s a surprise that he isn’t owned more since he’s the only Atlanta wing that is providing any value right now. If you like treys, boards, steals and blocks, Sef is someone you need to run to the wire for. We expect him to hold top-100 value.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    P.J. Tucker (9% owned) – Tucker has been soaking up a ton of minutes. This week he shot poorly, but if he’s able to get that up to 42%-44% then he will easily be a top-75 player. The treys, boards, steals and blocks are there for the taking. He’s a must-own in 12-teamers.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Tony Allen (27% owned) – He wasn’t as impressive as he was last week, but the defensive stats were still there. It’s hard to overlook 30 minutes a night and the potential for an eight-steal week. If Parsons and Ennis come back, he may still retain top-100 value.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

     

    Luol Deng (44% owned) – In 9-cat leagues Deng has been a top-50 player over the past week. He’s hitting 52% of his shots, 2.2 treys, 14 points, 5.7 boards, 2.7 dimes and 1.5 swipes over that timeframe. Deng is playing a lot better than he did at the beginning of the season, but we expect his shooting efficiency to drop. Still, he should be owned in 12-man leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Kelly Oubre (7% owned) – Oubre has seen a healthy uptick in minutes over the past couple of weeks. He has the chance to be the next good 3&D guy. He hasn’t dominated yet, but we see a potential breakout coming. The minutes warrant him being owned in 12-team leagues for now.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Power Forward

    Jon Leuer (36% owned) – As we’ve been saying all season – we’re waiting for Tobias Harris, Marcus Morris or Andre Drummond to fall victim to the injury bug. He’s worth owning in 12-team leagues even when those three are healthy, but if he were able to get 32-35 minutes, then he would be a must-own in 10-teamers. For a big man, he’s a jack of all trades.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Patrick Patterson (22% owned) – P-Pat is more of a 9-cat player because of his efficiency. He’s a big who likes to step out and take a shot from downtown and grab an acceptable amount of rebounds. If you’re in 9-cat leagues then he should be owned in 12-teamers.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues if you’re in 9-cat leagues.

    Terrence Jones (45% owned) – We think we’re starting to see some consistency in the minutes department. He almost averaged a double-double last week along with 1.5 blocks. If his FT% wasn’t abysmal, we would be talking about him as a top pickup. He’s a must-own player in 12-team leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Larry Nance Jr. (24% owned) – Nance will make you dance, except his less than stellar play in the points department has been a bit of a bummer. The versatile defensive stats make him worth owning, but he needs to get more time on the floor in order to make him worth owning in 12-teamers.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    James Johnson (15% owned) – The defensive stats just weren’t there this week, but everything else seemed to fill-in nicely. He needs to be hitting 25 MPG to be owned in 12-man leagues which will be tough with all of the injured guys finally back from injury. For now, snag him in 14-teamers.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Centers

    John Henson (45% owned) – Henson had a bit of a disappointing week, but it’s largely due to FG%. There aren’t many weeks where he will shoot 37%. He’s still highly valuable because of his elite shot-blocking skills. He averaged 2.3 blocks over the past week and for that alone he’s worth owning in 12-teamers.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Cody Zeller (43% owned) – The blocks were a pleasant surprise. We talk about him nearly every week because he always sits near top-100 value, but he’s going to score around 10 points, seven boards and a block or two with efficient shooting. Give him a try in 12-man leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Kyle O’Quinn (13% owned) – One week after his breakout, KOQ followed up his performance by averaging a double-double. He didn’t record a block this week, but if he did then his rank on the week would be much higher. If Joakim Noah gets hurt, he’s a must-own in shallow leagues, but he’s still worth owning in 12-team leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Salah Mejri (1% owned) – He’s seeing enough minutes to grab a ton of boards and swat a ton of shots. 80% shooting from the field is also more than acceptable for fantasy owners. With Bogut out for a while, Mejri should retain enough value to be owned in 12-team leagues until Bogut returns.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Kelly Olynyk (14% owned) – He needs more minutes, which would require an injury to Amir Johnson or Al Horford, but the treys and steals are impressive for a big man. Olynyk has gone six straight with at least one steal. Right now he’s someone to look at in deeper leagues, but if his minutes start creeping up to 25 MPG, then he’s someone to consider in 12-team leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

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