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Trending Team of the Week

This week, let’s take a look at some players who have been trending upward over the last couple of weeks.

I’ll highlight one player at each of the five positions who has played well of late and could continue that trend in the coming weeks.

A few quick notes:

  1. While someone like Derrick Favors has excelled recently, he’s benefited from the absence of Rudy Gobert, and his value doesn’t appear sustainable, especially after Gobert returned to action Monday night. The list below does not include players who have seen an obvious bump in production due to an injury.
  2. The players that I will discuss are owned in most formats, so they are not guys you can go running to the waiver wire to pick up. They are players who, if you own, you could try to sell high on. Alternatively, you could try and buy low on these players if you suspect that their owner is not as high on them as they should be.
  3. Finally, I’ll list the players as a team — one player at each position. This way, it is easier to insert them in a position-for-position trade offer.

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Congrats to The Professor! André Snellings joins ESPN

Andre Snellings

The entire RotoWire family would like to congratulate The Professor, André Snellings on his big move to ESPN!

We here at RW have been lucky enough to work with Andrè since 2004, dating back to the annual flag football games in Las Vegas.  His oldest full-length RW article still on the site, believe it or not, is not about basketball.  It was a summer time 2007 team preview of the Cincinnati Bengals (we don’t have articles pre-June-2007 still in our system).  Before that Bengals piece, The Professor owned his weekly Hoops Lab column (here’s an early example).  Dré was a machine!  He cranked out insightful hoops observations weekly from 2005 through the 2013-2014 season, all while supporting a family with a real job.  And when we say “real” job, we mean “really super complicated job that most of didn’t understand”.

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The Weekly Stream

So we are one month into the season, and we are starting to see some consistency in both the teams and the players.
Hitting the waiver-wire is now basically a nightly ritual for at least one of my many teams, and something that causes me endless hours of first-world stress. We can have a look at some streaming options for this week, and hopefully they will help you to rest easy at night.

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The Weekly Stream

Three weeks down, 23 weeks to go.

So far, the season has thrown in a few surprises, some injuries, and a handful of breakout performances

This piece will glance into the future, taking a look at some statistical streaming options for you to consider to try and boost some of your numbers, as well as a few games to make sure you keep an eye on. I didn’t say to prioritise your life around these games, but I didn’t not say it either.

So let’s have a look at some players that might be available on your waiver wire. I’m going run through some names that you could take a look at if you are in need of a particular statistic. I’ll cover the main categories; points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, and three-pointers.

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Fantasy Hoops: Week 2 Shakedown

We’re a full two weeks into the season, and once we got over all the injuries, there was some spectacular basketball played.

This will be a quick overview of the second week of the season, discussing a range of players — some who have impressed and others who have sent us running to the waiver wire in a moment of pure frustration.

Let’s look at a handful of players who have impressed or disappointed thus far, as well as comb the wire for potential adds heading into Week 3:

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DFS Hoops For After The Break

With the All-Star break upon us it seemed like a good time to track a few players that should be on your radar coming out of the break for DFS purposes. There were a few trades before the break and some teams have already looked towards the future moving players into new roles. Listed below are some good values to take advantage of until their price catches up to their minutes/production. Prices listed are for both Draftkings (DKs) and Fan Duel (FD), in some cases they were not available.

Guards

Ish Smith, DET, DKs ($3,900) FD ($4,200) – Quietly Smith has eaten into Reggie Jackson’s minutes this season and he finished the break with at least 22 fantasy points in four of his last six games before the break. Jackson has been the subject of trade rumors for teams needing a backup point guard so he could be on the move in the next few days. Even if Detroit gets back a point guard in a deal there should be a bit of a “grace period” before that player is active and Smith would be starting point guard for the Pistons.

Yogi Ferrell, DAL, DKs ($4,700 before break) FD (?) – Ferrell had trouble finding a home and it was Mark Cuban who ultimately chose to sign him to a 10-day because he was a Hoosier. Since then, Ferrell has been a fantasy darling especially when he’s been a starter for the injured Deron Williams. Williams has missed a lot of time due to injury this season and his name has been mentioned in trade rumors over the last few weeks. The fact is Ferrell has more of a future in Dallas than Williams averaging 14.2 points, 4.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals since joining the Mavs. Deploy him whenever he gets the start over the next couple of weeks.

Forwards

Derrick Williams, CLE, DKs ($3,500) FD ($4,100) – After expressing his concern about bringing in more players for a playoff run, Lebron James has also expressed his pleasure with the team signing Williams. James typically comes in early in the second quarter playing with the second team and has actively tried to get Williams involved. Williams has scored 17 and 22 fantasy points over his last two games with Cleveland playing minutes in the mid-20s. While the ceiling is limited here Kevin Love is likely out for another five weeks and Williams is still just 25-years-old.

Terrence Ross, ORL, DKs ($3,800) FD ($3,500) – Ross should be in line to play Thursday for Orlando which would mark his first game with his new team. With no Serge Ibaka he should be in line for more playing time than he was getting with the Raptors (22.4 minutes per game) and see a higher usage rate. Ross There’s a lot of upside with Ross from a scoring perspective but he won’t contribute a lot in the other fantasy categories. Aaron Gordon ($4,900, $4,500) is another option to look at as the team’s new starting power forward with over 30 minutes a night.

Centers

Kosta Koufos, SAC, DKs ($3,500) FD ($3,500), Willie Cauley-Stein, SAC, DKs ($3,600) FD ($3,800) – It’s seems like it’s a 50/50 proposition as to if DeMarcus Cousins will be with the Kings in a week from now. In the case he gets moved (the Pelicans are the latest rumor, the Celtics are in play as well) it would be a huge boost to both KK and WCS. Between the two there’s more potential with Cauley-Stein who is almost five years younger and is still developing his offensive game. If Cousins is dealt don’t be afraid to use both of these guys on Draftkings; when Cousins was suspended on 2/8/17 they combined for over 52 fantasy points at similar prices.

Jusuf Nurkic, POR, DKs ($4,300) FD ($3,700) – Nurkic replaces Mason Plumlee in Portland and there isn’t much in the way of competition considering the upside of Ed Davis and Noah Vonleh. Myers Leonard ($3,300, $3,500) is probably the second-most intriguing big man but it’s Nurkic who has more upside. In his first contest with his new team he scored 29 fantasy points in only 21 minutes of playing time. Those minutes could easily go up and while it was one game it was against the Jazz one of the better defensive teams in the league. The return of Al-Farouq Aminu will cloud things a bit here.

Kelly Olynyk, BOS, DKs ($4,500 before break) FD ($4,600 before break) – Olynyk didn’t want to see the break come as he was one of the hotter players in DFS when taking his price into account. Before the break scoring at least 24 fantasy points in six straight games and over 30 fantasy points in three of those contests. The second team offense runs a lot through Olynyk and his ability to knock down three-pointers only adds to his value. The Celtics figure to make a move before the trade deadline and Olynyk could be part of a deal moving him to an even better fantasy spot.

Pop-A-Shot Rebirth

At RotoWire, we like to watch and play a lot of basketball. We also enjoy all that sports bars have to offer. So, naturally, we’re all Pop-A-Shot fanatics, the classic sports bar vending machine game that challenges ballers to drain as many shots as possible within a short amount of time, usually with a beer in your hand.

When we heard the company not only still existed, but is going through a rebirth, we reached out to new owner Tony Stucker to learn more. Here’s the results of our sports bar interview (without the clanging of beer mugs) —

RotoWire –  I was giddy when I heard Pop-A-Shot not only still exists, but is going through a rebirth.  What compelled you to buy the company?
Tony Stucker
– I had spent the past 20+ years in advertising, most recently selling digital advertising, and I was ready for a change. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to do something entrepreneurial. I was on an online business buying site when I saw that Pop-A-Shot was for sale. I didn’t even know there was an actual Pop-A-Shot company. But I pretty quickly decided this was what I was looking for.

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