NBA Barometer: Towns Still Hot
NBA Barometer: Towns Still Hot

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GUARDS

Gaining Value

Jalen Brunson and Devin Harris, DAL: J.J. Barea is out for the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles, leaving Brunson and Harris as potentially beneficiaries. Brunson has already gotten solid run this season during Dennis Smith, Jr.'s various absences and has flashed with a handful of double-digit scoring efforts and serviceable shooting. Meanwhile, Harris is much more of a known commodity and knows the Mavs system thoroughly. Both will naturally remain in backup roles as long as Smith is healthy, but each should see an uptick in minutes moving forward, enhancing their deep-leave value, at minimum, for the time being.

Delon Wright, TOR: Fred VanVleet continues to be an obstacle to backup point guard minutes for Wright, but the latter is seeing increased run recently in the two-guard rotation behind Danny Green. Wright has scored in double digits in four of the last six contests, logging over 20 minutes in each of them. The 26-year-old is shooting 43.6 percent from the floor– including 34.2 percent from three-point range – and even a slight uptick in accuracy combined with the recent upward trend in playing time would represent a nice boost to Wright's fantasy value in deeper formats.

Alec Burks, CLE: Someone has to score points for the Cavaliers, and for the moment Burks has stepped up to the plate. He began seeing starter-level minutes almost immediately after arriving in Cleveland, and he's now found himself in the

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Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL and Arena Football for Rotowire.com, including serving as the beat writer for teams in multiple sports. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports as well.
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