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Saturday, December 04, 2010



Small Forwards

Tayshaun Prince Pistons

Prince scored 30 points last night and has been the most reliable Piston over the past few weeks, not that that's saying much. He hit 11-of-15 shots for 30 points, three rebounds, five dimes and two 3-pointers on Friday, has scored 30-plus in two of his last four and has hit double digits in all but three games this season. He could fall victim to a John Kuester rotation change at any time, but so far he's been a pleasant player to own this season.

Shane Battier Rockets

I've long been intrigued by Battier and he usually ends up on a couple of my teams every season, and this year is no different. He's streaky and hit-or-miss, but when things are going well, he's pretty fun. In his last five games he's had three great fantasy lines and two absolute duds (2 & 3 points). But in the good ones, he does everything, including blocking shots, steals and 3-pointers. In December he's averaging 14.5 points, 3.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.5 blocks, 3.0 3-pointers while shooting 60 percent. Yes, it's only a three-game sample, but those are some pretty sick numbers.

Marvin Williams Hawks

Marvin had 22 points on Friday night and looks like the big winner for Atlanta in the loss of Joe Johnson, who will miss at least a month after elbow surgery. Maurice Evans is starting but hasn't done much in his two opportunities, while Marvin has scored between 13 and 22 points in his last four games. He's also crashing the boards and stealing the ball, so give him a look if he's available.

Carlos Delfino Bucks

This is a tough one, as I'm not sure Delfino should be ignored right now, but he's also still not close to playing. Andrew Bogut said recently his teammate was still a couple weeks away and it remains to be seen what his role will be when he's finally back in action from a concussion. If you're in a deep league he's probably worth stashing, but in 10-12 team leagues, I'd probably let him float on waivers for another week or so.

Shawne Williams Knicks

Williams came out of nowhere for the Knicks on Friday and had three 3-pointers, four rebounds and 13 points in 21 minutes. I have no idea why or how, but he could be on the verge of becoming a part of the rotation in New York. And of course, I went to pick him up in my 30-team league and Ryan Knaus, who is blurbing news for Rotoworld today, had already scooped him up. And obviously, until we see how this plays out, Williams is only worth a look in very deep leagues right now. And Ryan and I worked out a trade, as I sent him Louis Amundson for Williams – blockbuster!

Power Forwards

Channing Frye Suns

Frye blew up for a season-high 29 points last night to go along with five rebounds, two steals, three blocks and five 3-pointers. Whoa. I picked him up in a points league as soon as Robin Lopez went down and he's been great. He scored 5.8 fantasy points last night, while Danny Granger had just 1.0. Frye should now be owned in every single league, as the Lopez knee injury happened to be just what Frye needed to get going. And when Lopez comes back, it would be shocking to see Frye move back to the bench. They can't find a starting power forward they like in Phoenix so it should be Frye who ends up taking that job when Lopez returns at center. Don't look at the numbers and don't think too much about it. If Frye's available in your league, make it happen.

Jason Thompson Kings

Thompson was awful in his first start for the Kings on Wednesday, but bounced back on Friday night with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Who knows how long he'll last as Paul Westphal's starting PF, but for now it's his job as Carl Landry languishes on the bench. The Kings have dropped six straight games and look like a complete mess, and you can bet more changes are coming to the lineup and rotation. It's best to stay away altogether but if big men are hard to come by in your league, Thompson might offer a short-term solution. And if the stars align, it could even be a long-term one.

Amir Johnson Raptors

Johnson is the new starting PF for the Raptors and has struggled plenty this season. But he hit all five of his shots for 14 points, nine rebounds, a steal and a block on Friday, looks like a guy you want to own. I've pretty much been saying that all year, but he's hit double digits in scoring in three of his last six games and should only get better from here on out. He's not a must-start player if you own him, but could be within a couple weeks.

Troy Murphy Nets

Murphy played 22 minutes and had eight rebounds on Friday, along with just one point. But the minutes are creeping up and it's probably time to jump on him if he's available in your league. He comes with no guarantees while playing for Avery Johnson, but is simply too good to be sitting on the Nets bench. Right?

Greg Monroe Pistons

Monroe saw solid minutes on Friday and played with some teammates he's never been on the court with in a game before. In other words, John Kuester is trying to find ways to get him on the floor and involved. He only had six points and four boards in 27 minutes last night, but has a real chance to start producing soon. Just give him a look.

Larry Sanders Bucks

Sanders went ballistic for the injured Bucks on Wednesday with 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks. Keep in mind that Andrew Bogut and Carlos Delfino were out, while Drew Gooden was limited to just 10 minutes. Sanders has gotten 30 minutes in two recent games and has produced in each of them. And if the minutes are there, he will keep producing. But Bogut will be back on Saturday and Delfino will be eventually. I think Larry's a nice deep-league grab-and-stash, but I also think it's unrealistic to think he will keep producing like this once the Bucks are healthy. But it really all depends on the minutes. Hey now!

Centers

If Andrew Bynum is available in your league, pick him up, as he's nearing a return. I guess the same applies to Yao Ming, but you know you're playing with fire with these guys. Speaking of which, the New York media is calling for some Eddy Curry off the Knicks bench and I bet Mike D'Antoni caves eventually. But even if Curry plays decent minutes, he's simply not going to be a productive fantasy player. Once you start hearing his name, just ignore him. Brook Lopez put on one of the most pathetic performances I've ever seen from a big man last night, waiting until overtime to grab his second (and final) rebound of the game despite playing nearly 40 minutes. He was outrebounded by 14 other players on the court during the game, including Jordan Farmar, D.J. Augustin and teammate Damion James, who played just 15 minutes but had seven boards. Avery Johnson ripped him after the game, saying he can't be out there "holding his hand" and that he needs to rebound, but my guess is that Avery being in his head is half the problem. On to the pickups.

Serge Ibaka Thunder

Ol' Serge is here every week and looks like that player that's going to bounce from team to team in many leagues this season. He got another boost this week by a knee injury to Kevin Durant that put Ibaka back into the starting lineup. But when the Thunder have been fully healthy, Ibaka's minutes off the bench have been inconsistent, making it tough for him to be the rebounding and shot-blocking stud we all know he can be.

Josh McRoberts and Solomon Jones Pacers

McBob got hot on Friday and had 16 points, nine rebounds, four 3-pointers, a block and eight turnovers for the Pacers. He was a hot pickup early, then cooled off, but appears to be back. He's averaging 12 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 block and 3.0 3-pointers per game in his two December games. Again, a small sample size, but tough to argue with.

As for Solo, just keep an eye on him if you're in a deep league. He had five points, six boards and two blocks on Friday and has done a decent job of rebounding in three of his last seven games. He's also blocking shots, with seven in his last four, and is getting run as a back up center for the Pacers. Obviously, it would have to be a pretty deep league for you to consider him.

Mehmet Okur Jazz

I'm not high on Okur, who is coming off a ruptured achilles, but he's nearing a return and is going to get minutes for the Jazz. But he'll have a role off the bench and be stuck behind studs like Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Andrei Kirilenko. I see him as more of a 3-point specialist this season, as boards will be tough to come by. I'm not rushing out to pick him up, but if you have interest in him, now's the time to make the move.

Brad Miller Rockets

Miller has been as inconsistent as anyone lately but caught fire on Friday night, hitting 7-of-7 shots, 3-of-3 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws on his way to 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists. He's that guy who has stunk it up in your starting lineup this year, and the gone off for your bench. That trend may continue, but he's probably at least worth holding in many leagues as evidenced by Friday night. Keep in mind that Yao Ming will be back sooner than later, which is going to hurt Miller a little. And when he decides to have a bad game, it's usually very bad.

Joel Przybilla Blazers

Przybilla returned to action on Friday night and had four points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes. Boards and blocks will be his specialty and he's capable of grabbing 20 rebounds in a game this season. He's not a must-own player but if you're crippled at center, you could probably do worse.

Nazr Mohammed Bobcats

Nazr dominated Brook Lopez on Friday night and posted 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in his second double-double of the season. His first was a 22-point, 20-rebound masterpiece, but he hasn't been too impressive for the most part this season. He has the occasional nice game and a couple bad ones, and should only be considered in very deep leagues.


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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