• We are two weeks into the season, roles are becoming more defined, and position battles are starting to happen as players struggle. Each week, we will be looking at five players per position who should be scooped up or put on watch lists along with some other notable players to keep an eye on. 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

    Tyler Johnson (26% owned) –Tyler Johnson has seized the backup point guard duties along with being relied on as the late-game shooting guard. Things could change as Josh Richardson ramps up, but the healthier player who is noticeably playing well usually wins out. Over the past week, he has averaged 31 MPG along with 19 PPG, 3 3PG and 2.5 SPG. Go pick him up and hope that his usage remains intact.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Sergio Rodriguez (35% owned) – He did not have as great of a week as the first week, but he continues to provide great value for fantasy owners. The assists, FT% and treys are there for the taking. As we stated before, there is not a guarantee that Bayless will get his job back when he returns from injury.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Lou Williams (39% owned) – Luke Walton is still working on finding his rotation. We have seen Deng, Young and Mozgov’s minutes decrease as Williams, Nance and Clarkson have stepped up. This bodes well for those of you who need PTS, FT% and 3PT. This week his minutes were up significantly and it paid off for owners. He’s worth and add as long as his minutes average out to 25 per game.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    J.J. Barea (18% owned) – The Mavs have lacked offensive firepower this season and need Barea to get the offense going. This week he averaged 16 PTS, 3 3PT, 4.3 AST, 1.6 STL and good efficiency numbers in 28 minutes over two games. Even with a healthy Mavs team, Barea continues to be the sixth man. Give him a look in all formats.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Patty Mills (20% owned) – After another decent week where we saw Mills average 20 minutes, owners should consider hitting the waiver wire to add this sharpshooter. He has a low ceiling, but he’s a guy that can provide you efficiency stats along with 3PT and STL. If you have an extra spot open, use it on Patty.

    Reommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Shooting Guards

    Sean Kilpatrick (11% owned) – One of the biggest stories of the week has been what Sean Kilpatrick has provided for the Nets for the underperforming Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Over the three games, Kilpatrick has been averaging 18.6 points, 2.0 treys, 5.3 boards, 1.6 swipes. He has a legitimate shot at stealing a spot in the starting lineup and we highly encourage adding him.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Courtney Lee (43% owned) – Lee is seeing all of the minutes in the world due to the Knicks lack of depth. His usage is low, but he will continue to knock down shots from downtown and grab some steals as a 3&D guy. He isn’t a must-own but can be a solid contributor for fantasy owners.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    E’twaun Moore (16% owned) – Moore continues to see opportunities and minutes in bulk. If the defensive stats start coming in for him, he could be ranked in the top 100. Grab him if you need treys, points, and decent assist production.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Malcolm Brogdon (1% owned) – As the Bucks continue to find their core group of guys to replace Khris Middleton’s production, Brogdon has stepped up to take on a larger role in the offense. Brogdon is a former ACC Player of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year so you know he has talent. Recently he has been producing strong numbers in the assist and steals departments and is considered a deep league flier.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    C.J. Miles (3% owned) – We have been down this road before with C.J. Miles so we know what we’re going to get with him. He is a 3&D specialist (particularly with 3PT and STL) who can help you win those particular categories, especially with Stuckey out. He isn’t a must add, but is more of a specialist.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Small Forwards

    Tony Snell (2% owned) – Ever since he has returned from injury, his minutes have increased steadily. He has averaged over 30 minutes in his last two along with 13.5 points, 2.5 triples, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals. Snell, Brogdon, Vaughn and Delly seem to rotate minutes at the SG and SF positions. Snell looks like he has a stranglehold on the position for now so he should be scooped up where he can be.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Solomon Hill (20% owned) – Here’s a guy who won’t catch your eye because he doesn’t score points or shoot very much, but does a little bit of everything else. When he does shoot, he makes treys in addition to the boards and steals that he grabs. He’s a guy that can provide a diverse skillset but will hurt you in points week to week. The minutes should remain consistent as the Pelicans have a major lack of talent on their roster.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Jaylen Brown (10% owned) – The Celtics first round pick and number three overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft was inserted into the starting lineup recently for an ailing Jae Crowder. With the credentials comes more usage including a ridiculous outburst in his first start vs. the Cavs (19 PTS, 3 3PT, 5 REB, 3 STL, 1 BLK). If you need someone with a lot of potential for the upcoming week, add him and hold him for a few games after Crowder returns from injury.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues until Crowder returns.

    Moe Harkless (12% owned) – The opportunities still exist for Harkless as the Blazers haven’t budged on their starting five. He doesn’t have a high ceiling but you can feel comfortable knowing that you will get about 10 PPG, 5 RPG and a couple of defensive numbers with variable efficiency stats. Give him a look in deeper leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Doug McDermott (8% owned) – For Dougie McBuckets, the minutes aren’t an issue. The problem is his consistency from week to week. If he turns the corner and strings together two good weeks, we could say he has turned the corner, but for now, he is just a streamer in 12-team leagues. Add him in deeper leagues and play him when he catches fire.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Power Forward

    Terrence Jones (44% owned) – Finally Jones is no longer in Alvin Gentry’s doghouse. I’m not certain what he did to prolong his inevitable rise to the starting lineup, but I’m glad it is over. Jones has averaged 28 minutes over his last two outings (both were starts) and it has been a block party for fantasy owners to say the least. Jones has high upside and can accumulate stats in a hurry in all categories except AST. If he’s on your wire, dive to the nearest computer but don’t hurt yourself.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues.

    Trevor Booker (26% owned) – It was a bit of an up and down week for Booker. The Nets were blown out on Monday which lead to a measly 19 minutes, then he had a poor outing vs. the Pistons and finally, he showed up big on Friday against the Hornets. One thing is for certain, Booker can steal the ball and grab boards in a hurry. The way the Nets season is heading, they may be inclined to get some younger players some minutes, but owners should grab Booker and ride out the stats until the wheels come off.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Justin Hamilton (20% owned) –While he wasn’t as effective in the second week of the season, his stat set is very unique and he should be added or kept as a result. He gets 3PT, BLK, REB, STL and shoots well from the charity stripe so if he does see a minutes increase, then he’s a top-75 player. Go add him and hope the Nets use him more. We are doubling down on him.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Larry Nance Jr. (18% owned) – The Lakers are finally starting to turn to their young bench players in favor of guys like Deng and Mozgov. Nance is a guy that we’ve seen fill up the stat sheet and has had at least 11 points, five boards and one block in his past three games while averaging 28.4 minutes. The power forward spot can be a bit dry at times which makes Nance a must add in 12-team leagues. He could return top-100 value if he averages over 25 MPG.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Jon Leuer (4% owned) – Jon Leuer continues to spell Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris as the sixth man for the Pistons. His ownership rate looks very low for a guy who is power forward and center eligible with great efficiency numbers and decent numbers in points, boards and treys for a big. He is on the 12-team league watch list for when Morris slips up, but go add him in deeper leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Centers

    Cody Zeller (24% owned) – Zeller has started the past couple of games for the injured Roy Hibbert and has performed so-so. He is definitely a cut above some of the other centers out there in terms of scoring and efficiency stats, but can lack REB, AST and STL. If you can swallow a lack of boards at the power forward or center slot, Cody is your guy. If he sees and uptick in minutes, then go grab him.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Tyson Chandler (17% owned) – For those of you who though Tyson Chandler was a fad, you guys were all wrong. He is an efficiency extraordinaire who is an elite rebounder who can supply a block or two from time to time. The minutes continue to pile up and everyone is waiting for the other shoe to drop with an injury, but Chandler keeps riding it out. Add him until the Suns are out of contention and decide to roll with Alex Len.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Mike Muscala (8% owned) – Moose isn’t a guy who is going to do anything eye popping with his current minute distribution. This week’s numbers were similar to the prior week. His FG% has not been below 50% in any game this season, he has shown that he can step out and shoot the long ball and with more minutes he can provide a lot more rebounds and blocks as well. He’s a guy that should be on watch lists in case something happens to Millsap or Dwight Howard, but can still produce in the meantime.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Frank Kaminsky (11% owned) – This is more of a guy that I’m paying close attention to because he has great fantasy numbers in a small sample size. From a real-life perspective, Kaminsky has a really poor +/-, but he’s a guy that can provide PTS, 3PT, REB, AST, FG% and FT% if his minutes were increased to 25 MPG. Add him in 14-team leagues and keep a close eye on him in 12-teamers.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Amir Johnson (18% owned) – Johnson had one of the most unexpected fantasy outbursts of the week against the Bulls while everyone was watching Game 7 of the World Series. His numbers were a little better than you would expect on the week since Al Horford was battling a concussion and Jae Crowder was and still is dealing with a sprained ankle. Crowder is still expected to be out for another week or so, so Amir Johnson is a short-term option for fantasy owners who are looking for BLK, REB and some potential 3PT from the big man spot.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues until Crowder returns.

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