• We’re one week out from Yahoo! standard league playoffs in head-to-head leagues and we’re hitting the stretch run for roto leagues. 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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    Point Guards

    Yogi Ferrell (36% owned) – Yogi still hasn’t put up the numbers that he did before the All-Star break, but he has still been able to help owners in assists, free throws and steals. The points will come once the shooting normalizes and so will the treys. He should be owned in 12-person leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Cory Joseph (30% owned) – Last week we nailed this on the head because Lowry was ruled out indefinitely, which means Joseph is the starting point guard for the foreseeable future. He will get you steals, assists, and will do well enough in the other categories to keep him on your squad. Pick him up in 12-team leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Ish Smith (23% owned) – Ish is working to get the starting point guard spot from Reggie Jackson and has made a compelling case over the past week. In watching many Pistons’ games (don’t ask why), the team looks better with Ish on the court. To me, it is only a matter of time before he takes over. Pick him up in deeper leagues and keep your eyes peeled in 12-person leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Ty Lawson (14% owned) – The usage and playing time is there for Lawson to take advantage. It would be nice to see more treys and steals, but the assists are nice. Unfortunately, only recording many assists won’t get owners anywhere. He is a deeper league add.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Tyler Ulis (9% owned) – Ulis is more of a sleeper add who can provide value in 14-team leagues. He took over Brandon Knight’s old role as the backup point guard and could see extended playing time if the Suns rest Bledsoe from time-to-time.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Shooting Guards

    Terrence Ross (49% owned) – Ross’ usage rate has been much higher on the Magic as we speculated at the time of the Ibaka trade. He showed in a limited sample size that he can create his own shot and now he is doing it. Ross is someone to own in shallow formats.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues.

    Malcolm Brogdon (47% owned) – Brogdon is back in the Bucks starting lineup after a few week hiatus. He’s one of the best rookie fantasy players this season and should continue to hit treys, grab steals and provide dimes. There is not much more you could ask for from a player who has four consecutive four-game weeks.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Thabo Sefolosha (11% owned) – Thabo has made this list a few times this year and I think that fantasy owners don’t appreciate what he brings to the table. He doesn’t score much, but he hits enough treys, steals the ball well and is very efficient. Not every team can score the most points so Thabo should be owned in more leagues. He’s a solid option in 12-team leagues, but not a must own.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Tim Hardaway Jr. (45% owned) – We also have THJ on here, who backs up Sefolosha. He has been a great player to own when he’s hot because he can carry your team in treys and points on the back end of your roster. However, his stats frequently normalize over the long run and he is seeing less minutes with Sefolosha around again. He’s a 14-team player to own with 12-team upside.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Caris LeVert (6% owned) – The love for LeVert came too early this season. He is finally seeing consistent playing time between 20 and 25 minutes and is using it to ruin people’s weeks with his stealing ability. He has shown flashes of major upside, but he is still a 14-team player at this point.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Small Forwards

    Moe Harkless (37% owned) – Hark had another successful week. He showed his ability to play defense over the past few weeks and put together a few high scoring nights. He is a top-75 player from here on out with five games next week and four games in the following two weeks. Don’t worry about the return of Evan Turner.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues.

    Tony Allen (17% owned) – Allen is a straightforward player to gauge. He is an elite stealer and gets an above average amount of rebounds for his position. The only category he can hurt you in is free throws. You know what you’re signing up for at this point. He’s a specialist to own in 12-team leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues if you’re looking for steals.

    Josh Richardson (24% owned) – This is more of a leap of faith, but the wheels look like they will be falling off for Waiters soon, which opens the door for Richardson. I have been tooting his horn all season and I think that this next week is where he finally pays off. Give him a look in 12-team leagues if you want treys. He is definitely worth a pickup in deep leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Bojan Bogdanovic (47% owned) – Bojan has been lights out since joining the Wizards. I would like to credit them for taking a chance on Bojan and realizing that Wall’s drive and kick ability would mesh well with his game. Bojan is a player to add in deeper leagues because he is highly specialized in treys and points.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Justin Anderson (4% owned) – We finally have a Justin Anderson sighting after thinking that he could be relevant early in the year for the Mavericks. As the Sixers usually do, they acquired Anderson and immediately threw him into the fire. He received 30 minutes in his last outing so there is reason to believe that he can be a fantasy contributor down the stretch. Add him in deeper leagues and watch him going forward.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Power Forward

    Alan Williams (39% owned) – It doesn’t look like the Suns plan to bring back Tyson Chandler anytime soon. Big Sauce doesn’t seem to mind – he keeps dealing and could be a player who wins fantasy championships for owners. Right now he is a must-own in 12-team leagues and I don’t anticipate that changing.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Jon Leuer (42% owned) – Leuer is simple to read. He will score above average points for a PF/C eligible player, he will hit treys, he will grab boards and he will be efficient. You know what you’re getting. If you’re interested in that, pick him up in 12-team leagues. Don’t worry about the lack of minutes in his last outing – the game was a blowout.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Bobby Portis (25% owned) – Free Bobby Portis is finally coming to fruition. Now that his confidence is back, he’s starting to put up Enes Kanter stat lines, which means he is scoring and rebounding but not doing much of anything else. He’s a deep league guy for now but could work his way into 12-team ownership soon.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues, justifiable in 12-team leagues.

    Marquese Chriss (19% owned) – If you can live with the missed shots and free throws, then Chriss is your man. He doesn’t shoot too well, but he can grab boards, hit treys and do the defensive stats well enough to be worth owning in deep leagues. He is also someone I could see on 12-team league rosters on a case-by-case basis.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues, justifiable in 12-team leagues.

    Nemanja Bjelica (5% owned) – Bjelica was dead in the water for a long period but has worked his way back into fantasy relevancy over the past week. A couple of 30-minute nights where you fill up the box score is how you get noticed. Pay attention to Bjelica over the next few games if you’re in standard leagues. Pick him up in deeper leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Centers

    Cody Zeller (42% owned) – Despite what the fantasy community may have thought – Zeller was always going to take the starting center spot back. The Hornets are a better team with him on the court even though Kaminsky’s popcorn stats looked great. Zeller is an elite defensive option at center for both blocks and steals. He should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Willy Hernangomez (38% owned) – Willy came back from injury and only saw 13 minutes, but this should not worry fantasy owners. He should return to the starting lineup soon and be a top-100 fantasy player moving forward.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Richaun Holmes (34% owned) – The ownership jump that we have seen with Holmes has been meteoric, but well deserved. Holmes is an elite fantasy option for defensive numbers, but he can hurt you in free throws. He’s someone to look at in standard leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Willie Cauley-Stein (48% owned) – Free Willie’s return to the starting lineup solidified his status as a top fantasy add. He, much like Holmes and Zeller, is a great defensive center. His athleticism should help him have a sky-high shooting percentage because of his alley-oop potential. Give him a look in standard leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Zaza Pachulia (15% owned) – After coming back from injury, Zaza is doing similar things that he was doing before. He shoots at a high clip, grabs boards and gets many steals. He doesn’t play too much, but he is efficient and should be on deep league radars.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

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