• We’re getting down to the last few weeks, which means that potential is out the window and it is now about who is producing.  Specialists are the name of the game at this point, unless there is an obvious add who can contribute in all categories. Let’s take a look at the players who we think should be picked up as we scan 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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    Kris Dunn (26% owned) – Thibs is finally letting his young rookie loose. Dunn is getting run at the shooting guard spot and is playing quite well in a limited sample size. We don’t see a reason why he wouldn’t continue to play. Add him in standard leagues as a high potential option down the stretch.

    Terrence Ross (32% owned) – Now that Ross is over the yips, he’s back to being the player he was directly after the trade to the Magic. Ross has all the opportunity a player could ask for since there aren’t many playmakers on this Magic team. He needs to keep his FG% above 42% to be worth holding on to. If he’s doing that, he’s likely a top-75 player going forward. Add him in 12-team leagues.

    P.J. Tucker (20% owned) – DeMarre Carroll cannot seem to stay healthy so Tucker is being inserted into the starting lineup as a defensive stopper. At this point in the season, specialists are mainly what you’re looking for so if you need rebounds and steals, then Tucker is the guy you’re looking for. Give him an add in standard leagues.

    Jamal Crawford (46% owned) – Here is another specialist who is hot right now. He has been playing a lot more as the Clippers prepare for the playoffs and can help fantasy owners with points, treys, and free throws. If you’re looking for those categories, Crawford is your man.

    Tony Allen (13% owned) – You know what you’re signing up for when you’re looking at Tony Allen. He’s a steals specialist who can help in rebounds as well. Every now and then he could sit so be cautious with playing him. He’s a better option than most at this point if you need surefire production.

    Patty Mills (34% owned) – Mills is hot right now and there is always the possibility of Tony Parker sitting games, which raises his value even more. For now, Mills is a great option for treys, assists, steals and efficiency stats from the guard slot. Add him in standard leagues as the Spurs have a four-game week coming up.

    Skal Labissiere (29% owned) – Skal is back on the radar and is ready to stay. He is seeing extended minutes and showing off his double-double capabilities. When he’s getting blocks and steals he’s a high potential player. He’s still usable if he isn’t getting defensive stats, but he is more of a specialist then. Add him in standard leagues.

    Ish Smith (21% owned) – Smith has a four-game week coming up. Imagine the amount of assists and steals an owner can get by acquiring Ish. Last game was irregular – we expect Ish to play in the 20-25 minute range. Give him a look as a specialist.

    Alex Len (42% owned) – A flip switched on for Mr. Len lately. He has been shooting at a high clip and averaging nearly a double-double. He has also found a way to become an elite shot blocker over the past week by averaging above two blocks per game. The Suns will continue to invest in Len as the season winds down. He’s a good option in standard leagues with four games next week.

    Willy Hernangomez (38% owned) – We are very bullish on Hernangomez, especially since the Knicks have four games next week. Willy is a double-double machine who shoots at a high clip. If he can stay out of foul trouble, he could also supply a healthy amount of blocks as well. Willy should be owned in standard leagues.

Fantasy News

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Victor Oladipo played only 13 games in 2019-20 after 12-month absence.

    Taking only the 13-game stint into consideration, Oladipo posted top 200/250 per-game value for 8/9 cat leagues which is a far cry from his top-10 performance in 2017-18 but is also completely unfair to judge on such a small sample after a long hiatus while recovering from injury. He flashed his tremendous upside in his last game of the season against the Celtics on March 10 with 27 points, five triples, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block while shooting 56.3 percent from the floor. He has ruled himself out of coming back for the restart this season and will turn his focus on trying to return next year stronger than ever.

  • T.J. McConnell
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. McConnell posted 210/222 per-game value for 8/9-cat formats in 2019-20.

    McConnell’s first year on the Pacers was similar to what he did the last few seasons for the Sixers from a stat perspective although this was the first time in his five-year career that he didn’t average at least one steal per game with only 0.7 this year. Since he plays less than 20 minutes per game on most nights, he is a deep-league option at best for teams desperate for assists with occasional DFS value when the team had players out due to injury.

  • Justin Holiday
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Justin Holiday put up top 150/110 per-game value in 8/9-cat formats in 2019-20 while providing top 90/60 total value due to not missing any games.

    Holiday is on his eighth different NBA roster in only his sixth season but has remained fantasy relevant in each of the last three seasons.
    He played 31-plus minutes in each of the last two seasons with a sub-39.0 field goal percentage being his biggest deterrent. It seems he has fixed that this season with a career-best 44.0 field goal percentage and although playing only 24.9 minute per game, continues to be a cheap source for triples and steal s. With Jeremy Lamb out to start next year, perhaps Holiday can stick around for more than one season.

  • Jeremy Lamb
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Jeremy Lamb was unable to build off his impressive 2018-19 campaign and posted top 110/95 per-game value in 8/9-cat formats in 2019-20.

    Lamb was hot and cold all season where he would be lights out one night and invisible the next. Maybe he had trouble adjusting to his new team but he also had trouble staying healthy, having to miss 11 games due to various ailments even before tearing his ACL in March. He is expected to miss a good chunk of next season so even though the 28 year old has plenty of time to get his career back on track, he can be ignored in next year's redraft leagues come draft time.

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon put up top-75/85 per-game value in 8/9-cat formats in an injury riddled season.

    Brogdon signed a big contract in the offseason and flashed some serious potential with his new team, posting career-highs of 16.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage took a big dip however going from 50.6 percent the prior season to 43.9 percent this year. It may be because of the increased responsibility on offense or maybe it was because he could never really get into a rhythm with all the injuries. Brogdon played in 74 percent for the team's games so far this season and had to miss consecutive games on five separate occasions with various back, hip, groin and hamstring injuries. One hopes the injuries aren't all interconnected and he can get back to full health to continue his upward trajectory.

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis took his game to another level in 2019-20, registering an across the board improvement, allowing him to emerge as the Pacers' best player in fantasy as a top-50 player in 8/9-cat per game value and a top-30 player in total value in both formats.

    Sabonis proved that his promising game was legit and took it up several notches. He was a double-double machine, recording averages of 18.5 PPG, 12.4 RPG and 5.0 APG on .541 shooting from the field. The second-year big man proved to be an amazing facilitator in the post with his five dimes per night. It is worth noting, however, that he made this jump while Victor Oladipo was injured for most of the season and Malcolm Brogdon dealt with a myriad of injuries.

  • Myles Turner
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner took a step backwards in the 2019-20 season fantasy-wise with top-70/60 per-game value in 8/9-cat formats.

    Although Turner missed about two weeks early in the season with an ankle injury, he remained relatively healthy after that. His fantasy production did not meet expectations a season after he put up top-30 value and led the league in shot-blocking. With several new scorers on the team and the emergence of Domantas Sabonis, Turner's usage went down and so did his stats across the board. The only improvement was making 1.4 triples per game compared to 1.0 the prior season but this caused his field goal percentage to dip from 48.7 percent to 45.1. The construct of the team should stay intact for next season so Turner may no longer be a viable third round option.

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. Warren emerged as the Pacers' leading scorer with 18.7 points per game in 2019-20 and his efficient shooting from the field and the line allowed him to finish in the top-75 in both 8 and 9-cat scoring formats.

    With Victor Oladipo off to a late and slow start to the season as he recovered from injury, Warren took the lead and along with Domantas Sabonis bore the brunt of the scoring load for the Pacers. Warren's 18.7 PPG came on .529 shooting from the field and .812 from the line. He also put up averages of 1.1 treys, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 32.5 minutes per game. Warren was also able to stay mostly healthy, allowing him to appear in 61 games.

  • Aaron Holiday
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Aaron Holiday was called on to step up when the Pacers dealt with injuries to Malcolm Brogdon, allowing him to deliver value ranked 207th in 8-cat and 210 in 9-cat per-game value.

    The second-year guard made some solid strides in 2019-20, even stepping up and into the Pacers' starting lineup. In January, Holiday showed promise as he went on a nine-game streak where he scored in double digits, including a 25-point career-high explosion against the Pelicans. In 23.6 minutes per game, Holiday averaged 9.4 points, 1.4 threes, 2.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

  • Doug McDermott
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Pacers sharpshooter Doug McDermott shot his way to top-250 value in 9-cat in 2019-20, recording averages 10.4 points, 1.9 threes and 2.5 rebounds on .491 shooting from the field and .827 shooting from the line in 20 minutes per game through 62 games.

    McDermott, who has pretty much defined himself as a true one-trick pony across his four-year NBA career. Thanks to the solid play of Justin Holiday off the bench, McDermott was not able to produce a reliable splash, both in real-life and fantasy.

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