• We have three Canadians (that’s got to be some sort of record) rounding off our Midweek list. I’ve tightened the criteria to 35 percent owned in Yahoo and should have some deeper league options to consider this week. Follow me on Twitter for the latest hoops talk.

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    Guards

    Yogi Ferrell (35% Owned) – Ferrell still has at least one more week until J.J. Barea returns to the lineup, so he should be owned until he completely loses his job. Not that we see that happening. Dallas is chasing down a playoff spot and Ferrell has given them the best chance to win every night.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

    Cory Joseph (31% Owned) – Kyle Lowry is out at least for the regular season, leaving Joseph to absorb most of the starter minutes in Toronto. The Raps are looking to lock down a top seeding, so they’ll get as much as they can get from Cojo. He makes for a low-upside guard if you need it.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

    Jamal Murray (24% Owned) – Murray has jumped to second in the depth chart for Mike Malone, getting a foothold in front of the roto-killer Emmanuel Mudiay. Jameer Nelson (illness) missed the last game, but should anything happen to the 15-year veteran, Murray will jump into must-own status. For now, he’s useful for his offensive output in deeper formats.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

    Ish Smith (20% Owned) – It looks like Reggie Jackson and Ish will split big nights instead of sharing them. Stan Van Gundy doesn’t seem impressed with what R-Jax has been bringing to the table and since they weren’t able to find buyers at the deadline, they’ll be using him with a shorter leash. Ish has consistency issues, but he does provide the numbers in the elusive assists category, so he holds value as long as Jackson remains unreliable.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

    Ty Lawson (12% Owned) – Dave Joerger is mixing and matching with his lineups as they look to see what they got in Sac-town. He’s playing a surprising amount beside Darren Collison and is averaging 9.5 points and 6.5 assists in 30.2 minutes since the break. That’s enough to at least hold at the end of your bench in standard formats.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

    Nik Stauskas (7% Owned) – Stauskas has recorded a triple in nine straight games and continues to be a lock to play 24-plus minutes for Brett Brown, regardless if he starts or comes off the bench. He has little value outside of threes and points, but Gerald Henderson (hip) is out again, which opens up a bit more opportunity for him. Give him a look at least for the back-to-back which begins on Friday.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues until end of week/Three-point streamer for Week 19

    E’Twaun Moore (6% Owned) – By default, Moore is getting 25-plus minutes for the Pelicans as they remain thin on the wings from the Boogie trade. He won’t get a tonne of usage, but his percentages won’t kill you and has the ability provide a three (1.1 on the season) and occasional steal (0.8 on the season) on any given night.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

    Tony Allen (17% Owned) – Same story with the Grindfather. You need steals? He’s your man. You need low-end boards from the guard spot? He’s your man. You want to watch some pretty ball? Look elsewhere. Sits Top-5 for steals in the NBA.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

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    Forwards

    Richaun Holmes (28% Owned) – Sadly, we’re questioning the process at the moment as Joel Embiid (knee) has been ruled out for the season. Nerlens Noel (trade) is gone, which leaves us with Jahlil Okafor and Holmes. Jah has held down the starting role, but Richaun is the more alluring option with the multi-cat contribution he’s capable of. Factor in that Okafor isn’t the most reliable option in terms of health and it’s more evident why Ricahun Holmes needs to be owned in most formats. He’s averaging 12.5 points, 5.5 boards, 1.3 steals, 2.8 blocks and 0.5 threes in four games since the break.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

    Josh Richardson (24% Owned) – Rod McGruder (left quad contusion) left Wednesday’s game, which probably sparks the beginning of the end for him as a significant piece in the rotation as J-Rich has returned. Richardson played 24 minutes, the most since returning four games ago. He’s been pretty disappointing this season with health and consistency issues, but his upside is enough to have us curious. We should at least be watching him from here on in.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues/Watch list for 12-team leagues

    Matt Barnes (24% Owned) – Barnes was signed for the season almost immediately after KD went down. He brings the defensive ability for the Dubs and could potentially start for the Warriors so their bench rotation isn’t disrupted. In terms of 3 and D guys, Barnes has been doing it for years and could hold value if Kerr chooses to give him 25-plus minutes. An interesting option moving forward.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

    Bobby Portis (17% Owned) – I’m convinced Bobby Portis will never live up to the hype that he was given last season, but he’s definitely shown flashes of it recently. He’s hit a triple in six straight games, with averages of 11.5 points, 5.5 boards, 0.5 steals and 1.2 threes on 48.1 percent from the field on 9.0 attempts over that span. He has a clear path to minutes with Taj Gibson (trade) gone with potential to blow-up in the second half.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

    Shabazz Muhammad (6% Owned) – I’m going to start charging ‘Bazz rent due to how frequently he’s occupied this space. Exact same story here. He drops buckets with good percentages and little else. He’s only an offensive specialist, but I love him for it.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

    Skal Labissierie (4% Owned) – Skal jumped into the starting lineup on Tuesday, but ended up only playing 15 minutes due to foul issues. The playing situation looks great as he doesn’t have much competition at the power forward spot. The Kings are in a tanking/non-tanking spot at only one game behind the Nuggets for a playoff spot, but it may come soon that they’re eliminated from playoff contention having dropped three straight games. Bad news for Kings fans, good news for fantasy owners as Labissierie has oodles of potential and could be a big piece for the second half.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

    Derrick Williams (3% Owned) – Williams has surprisingly played 20-plus minutes since signing with the Cavs back in early February. Since Kevin Love (knee) went down, he’s put up 10.3 points, 3.9 boards and 1.3 treys on 53.1 percent from the field. Good for him. Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye haven’t solidified anything at power forward, so Williams remains an option until Love returns in late-March/early-April.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

    Justin Anderson (3% Owned) – With Gerald Henderson (hip) going down, we got an extended look at Anderson on Wednesday. Fantasy owners have had their eye on him since he turned heads during the 2016 playoffs and the move to Philly surely brightened his outlook. If Brett Brown and company want to see what they’ve got in Anderson, then he makes an awesome option in the second half. I wouldn’t drop anything real for him at the moment, but if you want to hop on early and have something droppable at the end of your bench, that could end up being a good move.

    Recommendation: Add to watch list in 14-team leagues

     

    Centers

    Alex Len (35% Owned) – Tyson Chandler is picking up DNP-CDs since no one bit at the trade deadline, so Len has been getting the starts and playing the minutes when he’s been able to stay out of foul trouble. We all know how frustrating Len has been over his short career, but he’s worth a look as long as the Suns are moving forward with their youth movement.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

    Kyle O’Quinn (19% Owned) – With Willy Hernangomez (ankle) hurting and Joakim Noah (left knee surgery) both out at the moment, O’Quinn remains the only real center option for the Knicks. Kristaps Porzingis got the nod at center on Wednesday, but Kyle only needs 20-plus minutes to put up those tasty numbers we’ve seen in the past.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

    Alan Williams (16% Owned) – Alan Williams takes primary backup duties with Earl Watson going with the youngsters moving forward. Alex Len has shown durability and foul issues in the past, so Williams will have the occasional big night and is next in line should anything happen to Len. He’s averaging 14.7 points, 7.0 boards, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block in 23.7 minutes off the bench since the break.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

    DeWayne Dedmon (14% Owned) – Greg Popovich has gone with Dedmon as their starting center (and probably moving forward) over Pau Gasol because of the defense he brings. Gasol has thrived in limited minutes off the bench, so this move totally makes sense if it sticks. Dedmon has the potential to provide blocks and boards most nights, but is susceptible to the occasional dud. He’s available if you need the above though.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

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