April 2, 2017, 1:06 pm
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 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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Joe Ingles (10% owned) – Ingles has taken on his starting role in stride. He has caught fire from deep lately and that coupled with his ability to accumulate assists and steals makes him one of the top players on the wire at the moment. If Heyward misses more time, Ingles could keep up his top-50 play. He’s worth a look in standard leagues.
Frank Kaminsky (49% owned) – Kaminsky continues to shine even with Cody Zeller healthy. He will be a high potential player in next season’s drafts. For now, he’s a must-own in standard leagues as a versatile center and power forward. Pick him up if he’s available.
Kris Dunn (39% 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. He has been a defensive dynamo for steals and blocks. Add him in standard leagues as a high potential option down the stretch.
Courtney Lee (49% owned) – Derrick Rose has been ruled out for the season, which makes Lee even more valuable. When Rose is on the court, the ball doesn’t get passed around as much, but with him out, Lee takes more treys and scores more. Lee is a good 3 & D specialist down the stretch. He’s worth owning in standard leagues.
Cory Joseph (31% owned) – CoJo is shooting at a high clip lately to go along with his elite assist numbers and nice defensive stats. The Raptors should continue to play him as the season winds down and trustworthiness is hard to come by during silly season. Give him an add in standard leagues.
Josh Richardson (33% owned) – J-Rich is another guy who you can trust to play games down the stretch, which is worth a ton this time of year. Outside of that, he hasn’t shot well, but he can hit treys, swipe steals and swat shots. He is someone to look at as your season ends in 12-team leagues.
Maurice Harkless (29% owned) – It is finally time to cash-in on the five-game week that is occurring because of too much humidity on the court in Minnesota. Harkless is on a team that is fighting tooth-and-nail for a playoff spot so he should play all five games. He has been a defensive terrier all season and we don’t expect that to change any time soon. He should be owned in standard leagues.
Yogi Ferrell (21% owned) – With the Mavs falling out of the playoff picture, Yogi continues to see playing time and could see more in the coming week. He has been a top-100 player for much of his time on the Mavs this season. He’s a guy who can help owners in treys, assists and steals. If you’re interested in those categories – give him a look in standard leagues.
P.J. Tucker (21% owned) – Tucker is a highly specialized player who contributes in treys, boards and steals. He should continue to see 25 or more minutes going forward. With the season in the balance for owners at this point, Tucker is a player who can give owners a couple of categories to hang their hat on. He’s someone who should be owned in standard leagues.
Thomas Robinson (1% owned) – With Zubac out for season and Tariq Black nursing a knee injury, T-Rob is a player who can grab boards, score, and be efficient. If Black continues to be out, Robinson could be a top-100 player during the last few weeks. Give him a look in deep leagues.