<![CDATA[Fantasy RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Fantasy Basketball Update 1/23/17: Top Waiver Wire Picks and Sleepers]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/01/23/fantasy-basketball-update-1/23/17-top-waiver-wire-picks-and-sleepers#comments We’ve got a well-rounded evening of NBA action ahead of us tonight, so that makes this morning a good opportunity to check out the fantasy basketball waiver wire. Let’s visit with a few of the trending players out there and see who’s being added right now. 

Sam Dekker, SF/PF, Houston Rockets: Dekker is the top player on the waiver wire right now, thanks to a solid couple of games over the weekend. In his last pair of outings, Dekker has managed 47 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and seven 3-point shots. 

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We’ve got a well-rounded evening of NBA action ahead of us tonight, so that makes this morning a good opportunity to check out the fantasy basketball waiver wire. Let’s visit with a few of the trending players out there and see who’s being added right now. 

Sam Dekker, SF/PF, Houston Rockets: Dekker is the top player on the waiver wire right now, thanks to a solid couple of games over the weekend. In his last pair of outings, Dekker has managed 47 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and seven 3-point shots. 

Dekker is averaging 7.4 PPG and 4.1 RPG and seems to be showing more signs of improvement. The coaching staff in Houston likes him a lot, so we should be seeing plenty more of him. 

Kris Dunn, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves: Dunn got the start yesterday in place of Ricky Rubio (personal day), and did a great job. He would finish with 10 points, eight rebounds, nine assists, three steals and a block. 

With all the trade rumors surrounding Rubio these days, lots of fantasy owners are picking up Dunn as a stash target. He’s still out there in almost 70 percent of leagues. 

David Lee, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs: Lee has been great over his past two games, putting up a total of 24 points, 27 rebounds, five assists, a steal and two blocks for the Spurs. 

That’s two double-doubles in a row for Lee, who says he’s extra motivated this season. He’s becoming a nice-looking add with Pau Gasol on the shelf. 

Iman Shumpert, SG/SF, Cleveland Cavaliers: Shumpert is available in over 80 percent of the fantasy leagues out there, and it might be time to give him a look. He’s got four straight double-digit scoring performances, and has put up eight steals and 14 rebounds in that span. 

Now that Shumpert is getting some starts, he’s definitely worth picking up and trying out. We should see his numbers continue to climb. 

Lucas Nogueira, C, Toronto Raptors: Nogueira had previously missed a couple of games with a concussion, but looked solid in his return to action Sunday, bagging 13 points, five rebounds, two blocks, an assist and a steal. 

Nogueira has a pair of double-digit scoring performances in his last four starts. He’s more of a fantasy band-aid right now, though, with the Raptors still working on getting healthy. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:57:43 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73139
<![CDATA[Fantasy Hockey Update 1/20/17: Top Waiver Wire Picks and Sleepers]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/01/20/fantasy-hockey-update-1/20/17-top-waiver-wire-picks-and-sleepers#comments With a fairly light NHL schedule this evening, it’s a good time to check out the fantasy hockey waiver wire ahead of all the weekend games. Let’s take a closer look at some of the trending players out there and see if anyone’s right for your team. 

Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, Minnesota Wild: This morning, Niederreiter is sitting atop the waiver wire charts thanks to two goals and an assist last night versus Arizona. He’s now got three goals and two assists in his last three games. 

On the year, Niederreiter holds 14 goals and 17…

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With a fairly light NHL schedule this evening, it’s a good time to check out the fantasy hockey waiver wire ahead of all the weekend games. Let’s take a closer look at some of the trending players out there and see if anyone’s right for your team. 

Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, Minnesota Wild: This morning, Niederreiter is sitting atop the waiver wire charts thanks to two goals and an assist last night versus Arizona. He’s now got three goals and two assists in his last three games. 

On the year, Niederreiter holds 14 goals and 17 assists with a plus-18 mark and 88 shots on goal. He’s still available in about 2/3 of the leagues out there and is worth a look. 

Scott Darling, G, Chicago Blackhawks: Those fantasy owners looking for a quick plug-in or daily fantasy play between the pipes should set their sights on Darling. He’ll be making the start tonight versus Boston. 

So far this year, Darling has played well with 11 wins, a 2.34 GAA and a .924 save percentage. He hasn’t started since January 6, though, so he may be rusty. 

Pavel Buchnevich, LW/RW, New York Rangers: Since coming back to the ice four games ago, Buchnevich has bagged two goals and four assists. 

That makes an eight-game points streak for Buchnevich, who has six goals and five assists with a plus-5 mark and 24 shots on goal this season. He’ll be in Detroit on Sunday. 

Conor Sheary, LW/RW, Pittsburgh Penguins: Sheary is getting quite a bit of attention this morning on the waiver wire, as he’s got two goals and two assists in his last two games. 

Sheary has been solid this year on 13 goals, 16 assists, a plus-12 rating and 88 shots on goal. Those are pretty good numbers for a guy still out there in 2/3 of fantasy hockey leagues. 

Frank Vatrano, C/LW, Boston Bruins: If you’re in a deep hockey league this year, Vatrano may prove to be worth a look. He bagged six shots on goal in Detroit during his last outing, snagging a pair of goals in the loss. 

Vatrano has four points in his last five games, which is pretty nice considering his modest ice time. He’s been putting up SOG at a nice clip and might be worth paying attention to tonight against Chicago. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:18:43 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72572
<![CDATA[Fantasy Basketball Update 1/19/17: Top Waiver Wire Picks and Sleepers]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/01/19/fantasy-basketball-update-1/19/17-top-waiver-wire-picks-and-sleepers#comments Ahead of a fairly calm NBA evening tonight, it’s a good time to check out the fantasy basketball waiver wire. Let’s visit some of the trending players and see who’s being added out there right now. 

TJ McConnell, PG, Philadelphia 76ers: McConnell, who was dealing with a sprained wrist, came back to the court yesterday to put up 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds in 29 minutes against the Raptors. 

The good news here is it looks like McConnell’s wrist issue wasn’t a big deal. He’s averaging just 4.9 PPG but does have the…

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Ahead of a fairly calm NBA evening tonight, it’s a good time to check out the fantasy basketball waiver wire. Let’s visit some of the trending players and see who’s being added out there right now. 

TJ McConnell, PG, Philadelphia 76ers: McConnell, who was dealing with a sprained wrist, came back to the court yesterday to put up 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds in 29 minutes against the Raptors. 

The good news here is it looks like McConnell’s wrist issue wasn’t a big deal. He’s averaging just 4.9 PPG but does have the potential to get into double-digits on any given night. McConnell is also a great source of assists right now. 

Khris Middleton, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks: Middleton is trending near the top of the waiver wire charts this morning, thanks to some fresh news about his condition coming out of Milwaukee. 

The latest reports have the Bucks hopeful that Middleton will be hitting the court in early-to-mid-February. That’s a nice improvement over what we originally thought, but it remains to be seen if it will pan out. He’s an IR stash right now still. 

Austin Rivers, PG/SG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers: The versatile Rivers will be in action tonight against Minnesota, so let’s see what he’s been doing lately. Over his last two games, he’s got 31 points, three rebounds, eight assists, three steals and a block. 

Rivers is averaging 11.0 PPG on the year, and he has at least five assists in two of his last three games. With Chris Paul (thumb) out of action, Rivers is a smart pickup right now if you can still get him. 

Matt Barnes, SG/SF, Sacramento Kings: Barnes is something of a newcomer to the waiver wire radar, but he’s got some decent lower-end value. In his last three games, he’s contributed 22 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists and a steal. 

Barnes should be getting solid minutes for the time-being, and on the year he’s averaging 7.3 PPG and 4.8 RPG. Not great numbers, but if you need something to plug in on the low end he’s an option. 

Mindaugas Kuzminskas, SF/PF, New York Knicks: Once you figure out how to spell his name, Kuzminskas is worth looking at in fantasy. He’s got at least 14 points in three of his last four games, with a total of 17 rebounds in that span. 

Once the Knicks get back up to full health, Kuzminskas likely won’t see as much court time, but for now he’s a reasonable fill-in. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:09:53 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72497
<![CDATA[Fantasy Hockey Update 1/18/17: Top Waiver Wire Picks and Sleepers]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/01/18/fantasy-hockey-update-1/18/17-top-waiver-wire-picks-and-sleepers#comments Tonight marks a pretty laid-back evening of NHL action, so it’s a good time to check out the fantasy hockey waiver wire and see who’s out there right now. Let’s take a closer look at some of the trending names. 

Ondrej Pavelec, G, Winnipeg Jets: Pavelec will get the start in goal tonight for the Jets against Arizona, as he was called up officially yesterday. 

The decision comes in an effort to ignite a struggling team. In his time in the AHL this year, Pavelec has an 8-7-2 mark with a 2.78 GAA and .917 save percentage. He’s the…

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Tonight marks a pretty laid-back evening of NHL action, so it’s a good time to check out the fantasy hockey waiver wire and see who’s out there right now. Let’s take a closer look at some of the trending names. 

Ondrej Pavelec, G, Winnipeg Jets: Pavelec will get the start in goal tonight for the Jets against Arizona, as he was called up officially yesterday. 

The decision comes in an effort to ignite a struggling team. In his time in the AHL this year, Pavelec has an 8-7-2 mark with a 2.78 GAA and .917 save percentage. He’s the top add this morning in fantasy. 

Conor Sheary, LW/RW, Pittsburgh Penguins: Sheary is the top winger add on the waiver wire so far today, as he’s been playing well lately. In his last 10 games, he’s got five goals and five assists to his credit. 

On the season, that makes 13 goals, 15 assists and a plus-12 mark with 85 shots on goal so far. Those are nice numbers for someone at Sheary’s level. 

Mika Zibanejad, C/RW, New York Rangers: Over the past week or two, Zibanejad has slowly been added in fantasy circles everywhere. He finally made his return to the ice last night, and promptly bagged two goals, seven shots on goal and a plus-1 mark. 

Zibanejad has missed 25 games due to a broken fibula. He’s got 17 total points (seven goals) in 20 games this year and needs to be owned in your league. 

Pavel Buchnevich, LW/RW, New York Rangers: While we’re with the Rangers, let’s look at Buchnevich, who is a hot add this morning as well. The rookie is on a seven-game points streak and has played just 13 NHL games. 

In the last three outings, Buchnevich holds four assists and a goal, which gives him five scores and eight assists this year. He’s a nice lower-end spot play. 

Jared Coreau, G, Detroit Red Wings: Let’s finish out with goalie once more and see about Coreau. He’s coming off a shutout win over Montreal in his last game, stopping all 18 shots that came his way. 

Coreau is 5-1-1 on the year so far with a 2.70 GAA and .911 save percentage. He’ll struggle at times, but by and large has gotten good help in front of him this year. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:45:22 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72320
<![CDATA[Fantasy Basketball Update 1/17/17: Top Waiver Wire Picks and Sleepers]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/01/17/fantasy-basketball-update-1/17/17-top-waiver-wire-picks-and-sleepers#comments It’s something of a slow evening in the NBA tonight, so that makes for a perfect opportunity to check out the fantasy basketball waiver wire and see if you can make any improvements to your team. Let’s take a look at a few of this morning’s top trending players. 

Kelly Olynyk, C, Boston Celtics: Even though Olynyk is still coming off the bench (which could change very soon), he’s got plenty of value as a fantasy pickup right now. He’s coming off 15 points and nine rebounds with four assists last night, and in the game before that tallied 26 points. 

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It’s something of a slow evening in the NBA tonight, so that makes for a perfect opportunity to check out the fantasy basketball waiver wire and see if you can make any improvements to your team. Let’s take a look at a few of this morning’s top trending players. 

Kelly Olynyk, C, Boston Celtics: Even though Olynyk is still coming off the bench (which could change very soon), he’s got plenty of value as a fantasy pickup right now. He’s coming off 15 points and nine rebounds with four assists last night, and in the game before that tallied 26 points. 

Over his last five games, Olynyk is averaging 14.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 3.0 APG over his last five appearances, and is good for a couple of 3-pointers a game. He gets the Knicks tomorrow. 

Jameer Nelson, PG, Denver Nuggets: Let’s move over to the point and check out Nelson. He’s bagged 42 points over his last three games, adding five rebounds and 17 assists in that time. 

Nelson will play tonight against the Lakers in LA, and is likely to get some extra minutes with Gary Harris nursing an ankle injury. He’s a nice pickup right now. 

Terrence Jones, SF/PF, New Orleans Pelicans: When Jones has been getting minutes this year, he’s producing very well for the Pelicans. He bagged 15 points with eight rebounds and three assists in Indianapolis last night. 

The problem here is that Jones hasn’t been getting reliable court time—he’ll go from the mid-teens to the thirties from game to game. Hopefully that will work itself out, though, considering how well he’s playing. 

Austin Rivers, PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers: Rivers is still out there in almost 85 percent of leagues, but he’s a hot add this morning following 16 points, two rebounds, six assists and a steal against OKC last night. 

With Chris Paul ailing (thumb), we could see plenty more of Rivers moving forward. He’ll try for another double-digit outing on Thursday against the Timberwolves. 

Doug McDermott, SF, Chicago Bulls: McDermott exploded on Sunday in Memphis, bagging a whopping 31 points with six rebounds, a steal and a block. It was a career-high outing for him. 

You should still be in a holding pattern with McDermott right now, as he’s still little more than a 3-point sharpshooter. Check him out against Dallas tonight before making any decisions. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:01:02 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72155
<![CDATA[Fantasy Hockey Update 1/13/17: Top Waiver Wire Picks and Sleepers]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/01/13/fantasy-hockey-update-1/13/17-top-waiver-wire-picks-and-sleepers#comments The weekend NHL games are nearly upon us, so that makes this morning a great time to check out the fantasy hockey waiver wire. Let’s visit with a few players who are trending right now and see if anyone’s right for your lineup. 

Pavel Buchnevich, LW/RW, New York Rangers: Deeper-leaguers will want to check out Buchnevich right now, as he’s on the verge of returning tonight against the Maple Leafs. 

To his credit, Buchnevich has bagged four goals and four assists with a plus-4 mark and 18 shots on goal in just 10 games. He’s done…

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The weekend NHL games are nearly upon us, so that makes this morning a great time to check out the fantasy hockey waiver wire. Let’s visit with a few players who are trending right now and see if anyone’s right for your lineup. 

Pavel Buchnevich, LW/RW, New York Rangers: Deeper-leaguers will want to check out Buchnevich right now, as he’s on the verge of returning tonight against the Maple Leafs. 

To his credit, Buchnevich has bagged four goals and four assists with a plus-4 mark and 18 shots on goal in just 10 games. He’s done that with an average of just over 15 minutes of ice time each game. 

Chad Johnson, G, Calgary Flames: Johnson is the top goalie on the waiver wire this morning, and he’s still out there in over 60 percent of leagues. He’s got two wins in his last three games, allowing just five goals in that time. 

On the season, Johnson is sitting on 15 wins with a 2.26 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He’s been very solid in goal lately and should continue to succeed. 

Zane McIntyre, G, Boston Bruins: Speaking of goalies, McIntyre is a hot commodity this morning as well. He’s coming off allowing two goals on 16 shots in a 2-1 loss to Nashville. 

The appeal here comes from the injury to starter Tuukka Rask, who left the game with an upper-body injury. It may force the backups into some time if it turns out to be serious. 

Matthew Tkachuk, LW, Calgary Flames: Tkachuk is still out there in about half the fantasy hockey leagues, and he’s on a nice run. He’s coming off a goal, an assist and a plus-2 versus San Jose. 

Tkachuk holds eight goals and 19 assists with a plus-10 mark and 72 shots on goal this year. The rookie is fresh off a nine-game points streak, the Flames’ longest for a rookie since 1987-88. 

Nathan Beaulieu, D, Montreal Canadiens: Let’s finish up with Beaulieu, who has appeared in this space at least a couple of times this year. In the last six games, he’s got one goal and six assists to his credit. 

So far this season, Beaulieu has contributed two scores, 14 assists, a plus-13 rating and 61 shots on goal. He’s one of the top defensemen pickups out there. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:56:35 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=71456
<![CDATA[Fantasy Basketball Update 1/12/17: Top Waiver Wire Picks and Sleepers]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/01/12/fantasy-basketball-update-1/12/17-top-waiver-wire-picks-and-sleepers#comments Tomorrow starts out the key weekend games in the NBA, so it’s a good time this morning to check out some of the notable fantasy basketball waiver wire adds out there. Let’s take a closer look at a few trending players. 

TJ McConnell, PG, Philadelphia 76ers: McConnell is on top of the waiver wire rankings this morning, thanks to a game-winning bucket last night. He finished with eight points, six rebounds and seven assists against the Knicks. 

This month, McConnell is averaging 9.2 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals. He’s been…

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Tomorrow starts out the key weekend games in the NBA, so it’s a good time this morning to check out some of the notable fantasy basketball waiver wire adds out there. Let’s take a closer look at a few trending players. 

TJ McConnell, PG, Philadelphia 76ers: McConnell is on top of the waiver wire rankings this morning, thanks to a game-winning bucket last night. He finished with eight points, six rebounds and seven assists against the Knicks. 

This month, McConnell is averaging 9.2 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals. He’s been an assists machine lately, bagging a whopping 17 on January 6. 

Allen Crabbe, PG/SG, Portland Trail Blazers: Crabbe is another solid guard option if you’re in need of scoring and 3-pointers. He’s coming off 24 points and four assists against Cleveland, which was two games removed from 30 points versus Detroit. 

Crabbe is averaging 11.0 PPG and 3.1 RPG this year, and he’s getting solid minutes. He’ll be at home against Orlando tomorrow. 

Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs: We’ve talked about Parker once or twice this year, and he’s trending again on the waiver wire. Following a dismal two-point performance against Charlotte, he bounced back versus Milwaukee with 14 points, seven assists and three boards. 

Parker is averaging 11.2 PPG and 4.8 APG. He’ll have a hiccup every now and then, but otherwise is a solid source of points and assists. 

Caris LeVert, SG, Brooklyn Nets: LeVert is still available in about 95 percent of the leagues out there, and he’s making something of an impact lately. He’s got two double-digit scoring outings in his last three games, piling up 10 rebounds and nine assists in that span. 

For deeper leagues, LeVert is a grab-and-stash guy right now, as he’ll be taking over the starting role at some point. He gets New Orleans tonight. 

Kyle O’Quinn, PF/C, New York Knicks: For a guy owned in just six percent of leagues and coming off the bench, O’Quinn put up some nice numbers last night. He bagged 10 points and 15 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the year. 

It’s probably safe to maintain a holding pattern on O’Quinn right now and see what he does. If his minutes start to pick up, then that’ll be the time to pounce. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:45:56 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=71390
<![CDATA[Fantasy Hockey Update 1/10/17: Top Waiver Wire Picks and Sleepers]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/01/10/fantasy-hockey-update-1/10/17-top-waiver-wire-picks-and-sleepers#comments We’re knee-deep in another NHL week, so it’s a sensible time to check out the fantasy hockey waiver wire to see what’s going on out there. Let’s take a closer look at some of the trending players making waves right now across the league. 

Bo Horvat, C, Vancouver Canucks: Horvat has a seven-game points streak going right now, and he’s still available in over 75 percent of leagues. During that run, he’s put up five assists and three goals. 

Horvat holds 13 goals and 16 assists on the season, nice totals for someone at his level at…

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We’re knee-deep in another NHL week, so it’s a sensible time to check out the fantasy hockey waiver wire to see what’s going on out there. Let’s take a closer look at some of the trending players making waves right now across the league. 

Bo Horvat, C, Vancouver Canucks: Horvat has a seven-game points streak going right now, and he’s still available in over 75 percent of leagues. During that run, he’s put up five assists and three goals. 

Horvat holds 13 goals and 16 assists on the season, nice totals for someone at his level at this point of the year. He’s in Nashville tonight. 

Nathan Beaulieu, D, Montreal Canadiens: We’ve talked about Beaulieu once or twice before, and he’s still a big waiver wire add right now. In the past six games, he’s come up with five assists and a goal. 

Beaulieu has two goals, 15 assists and a plus-15 mark this season. He doesn’t play until tomorrow in Winnipeg, though. 

Chad Johnson, G, Calgary Flames: If you’re in search of a goalie, you could do worse than Johnson, who is still available in about half the fantasy leagues out there. He’s got a 14-9-1 record on the year with a 2.27 GAA and a .922 save percentage. 

The big drawback on Johnson is that he doesn’t get a whole lot of offensive support, and he’ll melt down from time to time. Still, he’s a serviceable fantasy pickup. 

Justin Williams, RW, Washington Capitals: Williams is red-hot right now and still out there in over half the fantasy leagues. In his last six games, he’s got five assists with three goals to his credit. 

On the season, Williams has 11 goals, 10 assists, a plus-4 mark and 87 shots on goal. He’s turned around since his slow start to begin the season and probably shouldn’t be on your waiver wire. 

Connor Hellebuyck, G, Winnipeg Jets: Let’s go goalie again as we finish up today’s waiver wire installment. Hellebuyck is coming off a nice 2-0 shutout of Calgary on 28 saves, which gives him three wins in his last four games. 

Hellebuyck is sitting on a 16-13-1 record this year with a 2.65 GAA and a .913 save percentage. The Jets get Montreal tomorrow. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:17:26 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=71072
<![CDATA[Fantasy Basketball Update 1/9/17: Top Waiver Wire Picks and Sleepers]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/01/09/fantasy-basketball-update-1/9/17-top-waiver-wire-picks-and-sleepers#comments We’ve just completed another weekend of NBA basketball in the 2016-17 season, so it’s a great time to settle in and check out some of the noteworthy fantasy basketball waiver wire pickups out there. Here’s a closer look at a few trending names this morning. 

Doug McDermott, SF, Chicago Bulls: McDermott has been on quite a roll lately, and is tops in the waiver wire rankings today. He’s coming off his first double-double of the season (17 points and 10 rebounds), and holds five straight double-digit scoring outings. 

McDermott is…

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We’ve just completed another weekend of NBA basketball in the 2016-17 season, so it’s a great time to settle in and check out some of the noteworthy fantasy basketball waiver wire pickups out there. Here’s a closer look at a few trending names this morning. 

Doug McDermott, SF, Chicago Bulls: McDermott has been on quite a roll lately, and is tops in the waiver wire rankings today. He’s coming off his first double-double of the season (17 points and 10 rebounds), and holds five straight double-digit scoring outings. 

McDermott is now averaging 10.4 PPG and has played at least 29 minutes in five straight. He’ll get OKC tonight. 

Donatas Motiejunas, SF/PF, New Orleans Pelicans: Motiejunas made his return to action against the Celtics on Saturday, playing 20 minutes. In that span, he put up 11 points, five rebounds and four assists. 

Deeper-league owners will want to check out Motiejunas, as the Pelicans seem to want to use him alongside Terrence Jones and Anthony Davis. The Pelicans get New York tonight. 

Tim Hardaway Jr., Atlanta Hawks: Hardaway has tons of talent, and he’s been showcasing it lately. Over the last four games, he’s got double-digit points in each one, including one 22-point performance and a 29-point outing. 

Hardaway is averaging 11.7 PPG this year, and he’s been formidable from behind the arc with nine three-pointers in his last two games. The Hawks play tomorrow in Brooklyn. 

Allen Crabbe, PG/SG, Portland Trail Blazers: Crabbe is coming off a career night against Detroit, bagging 30 points on 12-of-15 shooting and five 3-pointers. 

That gives Crabbe double-digit points in each of the last six games, and he’s come through with a handful of rebounds each time. He’ll be in LA for the Lakers tomorrow. 

Montrezl Harrell, PF, Houston Rockets: Harrell had a big Sunday game as well, bagging 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting in Toronto. He also came up with five rebounds. 

Harrell is shooting almost 69 percent over the Rockets’ last 10 games, and he’s getting plenty of usage. You should definitely kick the tires here if you need a big man. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Mon, 09 Jan 2017 09:35:25 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=70928
<![CDATA[Fantasy Hockey Update 1/6/17: Top Waiver Wire Picks and Sleepers]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/01/06/fantasy-hockey-update-1/6/17-top-waiver-wire-picks-and-sleepers#comments We’re heading into a big NHL weekend, so that means it’s a great time to check out the fantasy hockey waiver wire and see who’s trending out there. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see if anyone’s right for your team. 

Nathan Beaulieu, D, Montreal Canadiens: Beaulieu is still available in over 90 percent of the leagues out there, and he’s the hottest pickup in fantasy this morning. In his last four games, Beaulieu has a goal, four assists and a plus-3 rating. 

That gives him two goals and 11 assists on the year, alongside…

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We’re heading into a big NHL weekend, so that means it’s a great time to check out the fantasy hockey waiver wire and see who’s trending out there. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see if anyone’s right for your team. 

Nathan Beaulieu, D, Montreal Canadiens: Beaulieu is still available in over 90 percent of the leagues out there, and he’s the hottest pickup in fantasy this morning. In his last four games, Beaulieu has a goal, four assists and a plus-3 rating. 

That gives him two goals and 11 assists on the year, alongside a plus-15 mark and 55 shots on goal. Beaulieu will be finishing off his road trip tomorrow in Washington. 

Mikael Backlund, C, Calgary Flames: Backlund is the hottest center on the waiver wire today, and it’s not too hard to see why. In his last five games (a five-game scoring streak), he’s got six goals and three assists with a plus-6 mark. 

So far this year, Backlund is rocking 12 goals, 13 assists, a plus-4 rating and 97 shots on goal. He’ll get a chance to keep it going tonight in Vancouver. 

Jared Coreau, G, Detroit Red Wings: If you’re looking for a pretty good spot-starter in goal right now, Coreau isn’t a bad choice. He bagged his first career shutout against LA, turning aside 34 shots in the win. 

Coreau is now sitting on three wins, a 2.75 GAA and a .913 save percentage. He’s a low-end add, sure, but might make a good matchup play. 

Jacob Trouba, D, Winnipeg Jets: Let’s go back to defensemen for a minute and look at Trouba. He has a five-game points streak going, during which he’s collected a goal and six assists. 

On the season, Trouba has two scores and 11 helpers to go with a plus-4 mark and 56 shots on goal. The Jets are giving him a ton of minutes lately, and rightfully so. He gets Buffalo tomorrow. 

Justin Williams, RW, Washington Capitals: Let’s finish up at right wing this morning and look at Williams, who is still available in almost 60 percent of leagues. In his last four games, he’s got three goals and four assists to his credit. 

Williams has 11 goals and nine assists this year with a plus-3 mark and 82 shots on goal. He’ll try to keep his good fortune going in Ottawa tomorrow. 

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