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Over & Under: Wire Exploitation

by Ethan Norof
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET



J.R. Smith, G/F Cleveland Cavaliers (73%): Smith’s value as a 3-point specialist is eroding down the stretch with so many other appealing late-season options emerging off the wire.


Kobe Bryant, G/F Los Angeles Lakers (76%): Bryant has been on this list before, but another appearance is warranted considering he’s limping to the finish line while offering no sustainable fantasy production.


Al Jefferson, F/C Charlotte Hornets (84%): Like Kobe, Jefferson has been on his list before. There should be a number of players with more upside who are ripe to be plucked off the wire.


Kenneth Faried, F/C Denver Nuggets (86%): Faried has been reduced to an Enes Kanter-type role without the same efficiency from the floor.


David Lee, F/C Dallas Mavericks (53%): Lee’s “resurgence” as a fantasy factor was short-lived, and he can no longer blame the situation after falling out of favor in three different locations.  




John Henson, F/C Milwaukee Bucks (26%): Henson has four straight games with at least 20 minutes played, averaging 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks.


J.J. Barea, G Dallas Mavericks (33%): Deron Williams’ health remains a shaky proposition, and Barea has amassed must-own numbers over his last four games: 19.8 points, 6.8 assists and 3.0 triples.


Norman Powell, SG Toronto Raptors (2%): After gaining confidence in the D-League, Powell has looked ready to play when presented with his opportunity over the last four games: 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.8 3-pointers.


Ian Mahinmi, C Indiana Pacers (42%): Mahinmi has been worth a roster spot for most of the season, and he’s currently playing well when it counts with averages of 18.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks on 74.2% shooting over his last few games.


Jordan Hamilton, SF New Orleans Pelicans (1%): Going from 10-day contract to starter is possible with the Pelicans given the state of their team, and Hamilton has been a contributor over his first three games in limited minutes with averages of 10.0 points, 3.3 boards and 3.0 assists. There’s room to grow.


Jerian Grant, PG New York Knicks (3%): The Knicks are going to play Grant more at Jose Calderon’s (quad) expense, meaning he may finally have the relevance he should’ve held prior to midseason.


Willie Cauley-Stein, F/C Sacramento Kings (38%): DeMarcus Cousins is not going to play on Friday (suspension) and is unlikely to suit up on Saturday (rest), meaning Trill should be in line for extra run and have the potential to rack up defensive stats in the process. He was worth a roster spot even before the DMC DNP tour started. 


Derrick Williams, F New York Knicks (6%): Kristaps Porzingis (shoulder) is hurting, and Williams has the ability to contribute in multiple categories. 

Ethan Norof
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