• Ah yes, the 2016-17 season is upon us and the first week of pickups that can decide fantasy basketball championships is priority number one. Each week, we will be taking a look 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

    Ish Smith (49% owned) – Reggie Jackson is still nursing his knee injury and Smith is seizing the opportunity. In almost 30 MPG, Ish is averaging 11.0 PPG, 7.5 APG, 1.0 SPG and only 1.0 turnover per game. While Jackson is out, we expect Smith to continue to be a good source for assists and steals but could set you back in the turnover category. When Jackson comes back, Ish could maintain top-150 value especially if Jackson is limited or is rusty coming off the injury.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues.

    Matthew Dellavedova (44% owned) – Delly has taken kindly to his new team and expanded role. While he may be the shortest in the lineup, the real point guard duties have been largely the Greek Freak’s responsibility. However, Delly has averaged 32.6 MPG through the Bucks’ first two outings and he has been efficient from the field (50% FG%, 100% FT%, 1.5 TOs) and scrappy defensively. With Khris Middleton likely out for most of the season (if not the entire season), we expect Delly to continue to see a large distribution of minutes.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues.

    Lou Williams (39% owned) – Many did not expect Nick Young to start and cut into Lou Williams’ minutes as much as he has so far, but he has. Good thing the season is more of a marathon than a sprint. Even with fewer minutes, Williams is a guy that the Lakers will count on for points and treys. If you can handle the FG% hit, Williams is a guy that should be on rosters.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Sergio Rodriguez (35% owned) – When news hit about Jerryd Bayless before the season, we thought McConnell and Rodriguez would split the starting point guard duties. Through two games it hasn’t been much of a competition as Rodriguez has averaged 13.0 PPG, 1.0 triples, 4.0 RPG and 7.0 APG while shooting efficiently. Bayless isn’t a stud talent so if Rodriguez keeps this up, it’s possible that he could steal the starting role.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Patty Mills (20% owned) – If you have watched a Spurs game so far this season, you will notice that Tony Parker looks a step slow. I tweeted out a picture the other day of Parker’s stat line after 10 minutes and he had zero stats. Mills is waiting for his chance at the starting spot and has been playing well so far this season. Right now he’s a specialist for triples, but as the season goes on it wouldn’t surprise us if he begins starting.

    Reommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Other notables: Ty Lawson, J.J. Barea

     

    Shooting Guards

    Bojan Bogdanovic (48% owned) – Much like the end of last season, “Don’t mess with the Bojan” has started off this season on fire. We know he can get hot and shoot from downtown and provide points and so far he has done so efficiently. He has also grabbed 4.7 boards per game and should continue to see over 25 minutes per game.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues.

    Allen Crabbe (40% owned) – There was a lot of uncertainty about what Crabbe’s usage would be this year with the addition of Evan Turner. So far, Crabbe has been the man that the Blazers have turned to down the stretch. He has averaged nearly 30 minutes to go along with 13.3 points, 1.7 three-pointers, 2.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists. It could be a situation where the Blazers roll with the hot hand and the minutes shift between Harkless, Turner and Crabbe all year, but Crabbe has been the most reliable to start the season.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Josh Richardson (30% owned) – Richardson is still recovering from a torn MCL, but should be back within a couple of weeks. When he returns, he will have plenty of opportunities to start at the shooting guard spot for the Heat. With Bosh and Wade gone, the Heat need to account for a ton of usage which should be spread around between Dragic, Whiteside, Winslow, Richardson, T. Johnson and Waiters. He has an outside chance to end up as a top-100 player by the end of the season.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    E’twaun Moore (16% owned) – With the Pelicans losing Eric Gordon in the offseason, they decided to target a guy they liked as a potential 3-D guy names E’twaun Moore. There is a lot of production to replace on this Pelicans team and Moore is one of the beneficiaries of the playing time increase. If you’re looking for treys and steals with the potential of other categories sprinkled in, Moore is your guy. He should continue to see over 25 MPG.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Tyler Johnson (26% owned) – Similarly to Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson was expected to see a larger role entering the 2016-17 season with the departure of Dwyane Wade. Through the first two games of the season, Johnson has taken advantage of the increased usage. The minutes may not remain steady when Richardson comes back since the Heat will have to figure out a way to split minutes between Waiters, Richardson and Johnson. For now, he is a guy with a lot of upside.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Other notables: Sean Kilpatrick

     

    Small Forwards

    Matt Barnes (20% owned) – Much to everyone’s surprise, Barnes has been the primary sub off the bench for Koufos and Gay. He has seen at least 27 minutes in each of the first three games of the season for the Kings. If you’re looking for treys, boards, and steals from the small forward position, Barnes is a guy you should add.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Andre Roberson (10% owned) – He was overlooked to start the season, but he’s averaging 35.8 MPG to start the season. While he doesn’t take many shots, he is a guy who grabs a ton of boards and should see a fair amount of steals. If the minutes go down, he won’t see the 9.0 RPG like he is right now along with the 3.5 SPG, but the Thunder don’t have any other options.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Moe Harkless (12% owned) – The opportunities are there for Harkless as the Blazers currently have him as their starting small forward. In 29 MPG, Moe is averaging 10 PPG, 1.0 treys and 4.0 boards while shooting 52.2% from the field. The numbers aren’t stellar but the role is there.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Tim Hardaway Jr. (13% owned) – Someone has to do things for the Hawks second unit. Enter Tim Hardaway Jr. While the minutes aren’t quite there to justify picking him up in all leagues, the usage rate is third highest on the team at 24.7%. He has been hot to start the season, especially from downtown (2.0 three pointers per game). Right now he seems like a guy you might look at to help in triples and points.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Doug McDermott (8% owned) – The minutes were always going to be there as the Bulls need as many floor spacers as possible to pair with Rondo, Wade and Butler, but the production was never there in the past. Currently he has had one good outing and one poor outing. He’s definitely on the watch list for 12-team leagues and can be another specialist from downtown. Keep an eye on him and don’t be afraid to pull the trigger if he gets hot like Saturday night.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

     

    Power Forward

    Justin Hamilton (20% owned) – At the end of the 2014-15 season, Hamilton was a key cog for fantasy owners as he took over for an injured Nikola Pekovic. Now, he’s back making noise in the fantasy community again. His skills are rare for the positions he’s eligible to play. Right now he is averaging 27.9 minutes, 11.0 points, 2.0 treys, 6.7 boards, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. The minutes might only go up towards the end of the season as the Nets continue to be one of the worst teams in the league.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues.

    Trevor Booker (26% owned) – Here’s another Nets player who benefits from the fact that someone has to get stats for this terrible team. When he gets playing time (which he is right now), he is a double-double machine with points and boards (currently averaging 10.7 PPG and 10.7 RPG) who can rip a few steals off per game. There aren’t any concerns over his role this year, so go pick him up.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues.

    JaMychal Green (31% owned) – Green had to fill in as the starting center last year when Marc Gasol went down with foot problems. After another year of experience under his belt, he is proving that he should remain in the starting lineup by averaging 11.0 PPG and 7.5 RPG in the first two games of the season. Give him a look if you need a power forward.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Jon Leuer (4% owned) – Here’s another guy who was useful for parts of last season on the Suns. Now, as a member of the Pistons, he rotates between spelling Tobias Harris, Marcus Morris and Andre Drummond from time-to-time. If one of them were to go down, Leuer would be the main beneficiary. As of now, Leuer is a guy to keep your eye on and worth owning in deeper leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Frank Kaminsky (11% owned) – Kaminsky is a versatile player who will rotate in for Marvin Williams, MKG and the starting center at times. After coming back from injury, Frank the Tank saw 24 minutes and put up 11 points, one triple, four boards and three assists on 50% shooting. He’s another guy to keep an eye on.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

     

    Centers

    Cody Zeller (24% owned) – Zeller started the season as the backup to Roy Hibbert as Zeller was trying to build stamina from an extended period of time on the shelf. Hibbert went down this week (it is not considered serious) and that left the door open for Zeller. Cody has seen a large usage rate spike to begin the season (currently at 22.3%). I fully expect him to start seeing more minutes as he gets his legs back underneath him.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Timofey Mozgov (39% owned) – Mozgov signed one of the most ridiculous deals in the offseason. With the amount of money that the Lakers are giving him he should continue to see every opportunity to be the team’s starting center. This season he is averaging 11 points, seven boards and one block. He is ownable as a 12-team league center.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

    Tyson Chandler (17% owned) – Chandler is averaging 30.5 MPG to start the season as the Suns starting center. So much for Alex Len cutting into his playing time. If you’re looking for FG%, rebounds and blocks, look no further, Chandler is your guy. As the Suns begin to fade, Chandler’s role may as well, but for now he’s a guy who you should consider.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Mike Muscala (8% owned) – Teammate Kyle Korver talked highly about Mike Muscala’s work to tweak his shot in the offseason and as of right now it seems to be paying off. Moose is shooting 71.4% through two games along with 11.5 PPG, 0.5 triples per game, 4.5 RPG, 1.5 SPG and 2.5 BPG. He could be the waiver add that pays off in the long run, especially if Paul Millsap were forced to miss time.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

    Dwayne Dedmon (11% owned) – Dedmon is finally getting an opportunity to play significant minutes. With Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge on the “Pop’s minutes protection plan”, Dedmon could see more minutes down the stretch while the Spurs are locked in as a top seed in the West. For now he is a specialist for blocks and rebounds.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues.

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