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Fantasy Basketball Update 1/5/17: Top Waiver Wire Picks

Fantasy Basketball Sleepers, Waiver Wire Adds and Trends

January 5, 2017

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We’re getting close to the weekend, and that means there are a ton of big NBA matchup on the horizon. With that in mind, let’s check out the fantasy basketball waiver wire and see who the trending players are that you can pick up ahead of time. 

Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs: We’ve talked about Parker once this week already, and he’s still sitting near the top of the waiver wire charts. 

Fantasy Basketball Update 1/5/17: Top Waiver Wire Picks

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Parker has double-digit points in five straight games, with at least 20 in two of those outings. He’s also doing pretty well on assists these days, with 19 in his last three games combined. Parker and the gang head to Denver tonight. 

Montrezl Harrell, PF, Houston Rockets: Harrell is a relative newcomer to the waiver wire this year, but it’s pretty easy to see the appeal here. He’s got at least 13 points in six of his last seven games, and pulled down nine rebounds in his last appearance. 

Harrell will be getting solid minutes for the foreseeable future, so he’s a pretty good longer-term investment if you’re in need of a big guy. He’s at home against OKC tonight. 

Tyson Chandler, C, Phoenix Suns: Chandler isn’t a must-have guy in fantasy anymore, but if he keeps playing like this he will be. He’s got at least 11 rebounds in three of his last four games, and pulled down a whopping 20 against the Heat. 

Chandler is more of a short-term solution this season, as the Suns will likely be trying some different things out down the road. Still, for owners in need of rebounds right now, you could do worse. 

Alex Len, PF/C, Phoenix Suns: This ties in to the Chandler situation we just talked about. Len is sure to be getting more minutes down the road as the Suns see what he can do. Until then, he’ll be good for some nice lower-end stats, though. 

Len has bagged 19 points and 15 rebounds over the last two games, and is averaging 8.3 PPG with 7.2 RPG on the season. He’ll be in Dallas tonight. 

James Johnson, SF/PF, Miami Heat: Johnson just got off a one-game absence due to an illness, and he wasted no time in getting back in the groove. 

Johnson put up 14 points, six rebounds and six assists against Sacramento, and he’s got at least 14 points in his last three games straight. He’ll be in LA for the Clippers tomorrow. 

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