• It’s time! The Yahoo! standard league playoffs are upon us and we’re into 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 (35% owned) – Yogi’s shot seems to be falling a bit more now as he finally looks to be settling into his starting point guard role. He can be an assist machine while also helping in treys, free throws and steals. He should be owned in 12-person leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Cory Joseph (33% owned) – CoJo had one of his best games on Friday which was followed by a stinker on Saturday. Which one are you going to get? We would bet that it is somewhere in-between. He’s a must own in 12-team leagues with four games in the upcoming week.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Patty Mills (23% owned) – Tony Parker’s back is acting up so the window of opportunity has re-opened for Mills. He has been playing lights out as of late and has a four-game week to start the next week. There are plenty of treys, points, assists and steals to have if Parker cannot go. We consider Mills a nice option for the upcoming week, but not a must-own in standard leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Sean Kilpatrick (40% owned) – Kilpatrick had one of the best weeks of his young career. He was able to fill up the scoring column by hitting a myriad of treys, which is something we like in the fantasy community. He is also able to rack up steals and assists when he sees enough minutes. If he goes cold, he will hurt your team, but with four games in each of the next three weeks, he is someone to look at in standard leagues. In deeper leagues, he is a must-own.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Jordan Crawford (11% owned) – Welcome back to the NBA Jordan Crawford. It is a pleasure to watch this young man get another chance at success at the highest level. He has been exactly what the Pelicans need – another guard who can score off the bench. Crawford won’t stay as hot as he has been, but he can put up points and treys in his sleep. Grab him in deep leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Shooting Guards

    Terrence Ross (42% owned) – Ross is going through a cold spell right now and he’s trying to shoot out of it, which is hurting fantasy owners even more. In spite of the poor shooting, we still think Ross is a top-75 player and should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Buddy Hield (42% owned) – The change of scenery for Hield has been a very positive experience for him. Right now he’s mainly a deep ball shooter, so you’re mainly looking at points and treys with minimal stats in other categories. He is more of a specialist as teams head into the playoffs.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Austin Rivers (20% owned) – The minutes are still there for Rivers even though CP3 and Blake Griffin are back. He is a staple in the rotation and has four and five games in the next two weeks. If he’s shooting well, he can fill up the stat sheet. Give him a look in 12-team leagues and own him in deeper formats.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Josh Richardson (23% owned) – J-Rich is starting to get more playing time and is started on Sunday for the injured Goran Dragic. He has high upside but hasn’t been able to put it together for much of the season. Adding Richardson is more of a leap of faith, but it can pay off as teams head into the stretch run.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Jamal Crawford (42% owned) – Another Crawford made the list! The interesting part is that both Crawford’s play a similar game. Jamal is scoring inefficiently right now and needs to start hitting a higher rate of his shots, but he has a favorable schedule of the next two weeks so he is worth owning in deep leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Small Forwards

    Maurice Harkless (44% owned) – The return of Evan Turner was supposed to happen sooner, but he is still being evaluated by doctors. In the meantime, Hark has been stellar in many categories. He is only a negative value in free throws right now. He should be owned in 10-team leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues.

    Andre Iguodala (43% owned) – Iggy was rested on Saturday, but he has been lighting up the fantasy scene since Durant went down. He’s similar to Harkless in that he is pretty good at everything other than free throws. He should be owned in 12-team leagues until KD comes back.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Ersan Ilyasova (40% owned) – Since the move to Atlanta, Ilyasova lost a lot of value, but there is still value to be had. He has been putting together good defensive numbers over his past few games and should be considered an end of bench player in 12-team leagues. You don’t need to keep him on your roster in standard leagues, but he should be rostered in deeper leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Thabo Sefolosha (13% owned) – Sef was passed up on the depth chart by Tim Hardaway Jr., however, he should still see 25 minutes a night. With that minute distribution, he can still supply you enough treys and steals to be valuable as a spot start. He should be owned in deeper leagues at this point.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Tony Snell (4% owned) – Injuries to the Bucks have forced Snell into a larger role and he has responded by having the best week of his career. He finished the week as a top-20 fantasy player after stellar performances all around. He should be on radars in case he keeps it up, but we aren’t buying the hype. Pick him up in deeper leagues and watch him in 12-teamers.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Power Forward

    Marquese Chriss (26% owned) – Chriss has really impressed us as of late and has vaulted himself in the must-own category for standard leagues. He is the rare big that can make treys, grab boards and rack up blocks all at a high rate. Stop getting in foul trouble Marquese!

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    David Lee (18% owned) – With LMA out indefinitely, Lee stands to benefit the most. He didn’t play much vs. the Warriors because it was a blowout, but he should be a top add for next week as the Spurs have four games in the upcoming week. He is a great option for teams that are looking for more efficiency stats.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Richaun Holmes (28% owned) – Holmes is starting to take form. All he has needed is minutes from the beginning. If Okafor sits soon, then Holmes can be a top-75 player. Right now, we have him as top-100. Add him in 12-teamers for the stretch run.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Bobby Portis (19% 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.

    Kosta Koufos (21% owned) – Koufos is playing quite well and is regularly getting close to a double-double every game. He also adds steals and blocks from time to time. Kosta is a low potential add, but he’s relatively consistent. Give him a look in deeper leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Centers

    Cody Zeller (47% owned) – Zeller is an efficiency monster and is one of the centers who contributes in steals and blocks. Center is generally a more scarce position, so Zeller is a lot more valuable than guards and forwards that are ranked similarly to him. He should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Willy Hernangomez (38% owned) – Willy has looked good when he’s healthy. There is a lot of upside, but unfortunately, only two games next week. He should be a top-100 player moving forward.

    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.

    Ivica Zubac (14% owned) – Magic recently stated that he wants to see Zubac get 30-35 minutes a night. He hasn’t been seeing anything close to that, but we think it could signal a starting lineup change. If he gets that kind of run, he should be a top-75 player for the rest of the season. Add him in 12-teamers.

    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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