NBA Barometer: Wiggins Showing Signs of Life
NBA Barometer: Wiggins Showing Signs of Life

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GUARDS

Gaining Value

Shabazz Napier, BRO: Napier has seen an uptick in playing time with the Nets cycling through some injuries to starters. That's led to the 2014 first-round pick logging between 23 and 33 minutes in five straight games, and to tallies of between 10 and 32 points. Napier has been solid as both a rebounder and facilitator, as well, during that stretch, averaging 4.8 assists and 3.4 boards. While Joe Harris returns Wednesday night, Napier's elevated playing time could persist given his ability to fill both backcourt spots.

Derrick White, SAN: White has reclaimed starting point guard duties and is thriving, as he's rattled off six straight double-digit scoring tallies. He's been especially locked in from the field, shooting an eye-popping 76.2 percent from the floor over the last five games. While his rebounds (3.0 RPG) and assists (3.4 APG) numbers remain modest, they should continue climbing if White keeps hold of the top job moving forward, which seems likely. Over the past 14 days, White ranks just outside the top-50 in CBS leagues.

Norman Powell, TOR: A shoulder injury wiped out more than a month of Powell's season, but he's been productive since returning. The 2015 second-round pick has posted double-digit point totals in five of his first 10 post-injury games, while topping 22 minutes in six of those contests. The fourth-year veteran is a proven three-point shooter and is capable of offering serviceable per-minute rebounds and assists production. While his minutes will be

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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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