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Sunday, December 12, 2010


Sorry this is late, as I usually have it out on Saturdays. Just couldn't make it happen yesterday. In any case, I don't know about you, but I have some weird teams this year. I blow someone out one week and then get blown out the next. It was fun having Jerryd Bayless in a few lineups on Saturday though. Want to be the first to know about breaking injury news and lineup changes on Wednesday and Friday? Follow me on Twitter.

Guards

Daniel Gibson Cavaliers

Boobie is now the starting shooting guard for the Cavs, but was already worth owning in most leagues before he got the promotion. In his two starts he's averaging 13 points, six rebounds, 3.5 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers, but those numbers would look much better if he had hit more than 7-of-25 shots from the floor. The key is he's playing, producing and could be a huge pickup if he A. keeps the job, and B. starts making his shots.

Brandon Rush Pacers

Rush has been worth a look all year and while he's not a full-time starter, he gets spot starts for matchup purposes and could end up winning the job outright if Mike Dunleavy stumbles. Rush had a five-point dud on Dec. 8, but has scored between 14 and 26 points in five of his last six when you discount that night. In his six December games he's averaging 16 points and three 3-pointers per game, hitting 50% from the floor and even better from beyond the arc.

Jodie Meeks Sixers

Meeks first caught our attention when he blew up for 17 points and four 3-pointers back on Nov. 10, and then again when he had 21 points and five boards on Nov. 26. But he wasn't done there, finding his way into the starting lineup to kick off December, where he has become a big source of 3-pointers. In his four December starts he's averaging 17.5 points and more than four 3-pointers per game. He won't do much else for your team, but if you are consistently getting beat in threes, Meeks could quickly fix that situation. He won't stay this hot, hitting 65% of his 3-point attempts in December, but the Sixers are thrilled with him and he could start all year.

Jordan Farmar Nets

Farmar looks like a can't-miss option whenever Devin Harris is hurt, which could be often, but has played well enough to warrant consideration even when Harris is playing. He's played five December games – two starts, three trips off the bench, but has scored in double figures in all of them and is averaging 17 points, three boards, five assists, 1.4 steals and 2.6 3-pointers while shooting 46.5 percent. Harris is dealing with a shoulder injury again, but should be back soon. Even so, it seems like Farmar could sustain enough value to be worth hanging onto in most leagues.

Nate Robinson Celtics

Lil' Nate only has true value when Rajon Rondo is on the bench for Doc Rivers. Rondo is currently playing through a slew of injuries (hamstring, feet, knee) and while he hasn't been shut down, it doesn't mean he won't miss several games at some point in the near future. Robinson is more of a luxury than a must-own player, but if you have room to stash him in case Rondo goes down, it's probably worth it. In his four starts this season he's averaging 16.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists and almost three 3-pointers per game.

Forwards

Derrick Favors Nets

Favors is not a must-own player right now, but he could be in a couple weeks. Avery Johnson says he wants to get him in the starting lineup in order to prepare him for the future, and Troy Murphy clearly is not a favorite of Johnson's. Favors is going to score, rebound and block if and when he gets thrown into the first unit, and while it's anyone's guess as to when it will actually happen, it feels like it's coming soon. Will Avery J stick with him and play him heavy minutes? No one knows, but if you can grab Favors and throw him on your bench until further notice, it's probably a good idea.

Glen Davis Celtics

Davis was a hot pickup earlier in the year but didn't play consistently enough to be held. Now it seems like every time I look at a box score he had 16 points and seven boards. And maybe that's because he's had exactly 16 points and seven boards in three of his last six games, and has scored 16 points in five of those six. In fact, he's been incredibly consistent over his last eight games, scoring between 16 and 18 points in seven of them and averaging 15 points, seven rebounds, more than a block and nearly a steal in his last eight games, while playing 27 minutes a night.

Thaddeus Young Sixers

Young's coming off the bench for Philly, but has been filling it up. He's scored double figures in 12 of his last 14 games and is averaging 17 points and six rebounds in December. He won't do much more besides help you in those two categories, but if you need a scorer, he's worth a look.



C.J. Miles Jazz

Miles is an inconsistent player but is fun to own when he gets hot. He's scored 10, 26, 8, 20, 9, 13, 6 and 16 points in his last eight games, hitting 13 3-pointers over that stretch. He's also a decent thief and will rack up some rebounds and assists too. He's not for the weak at heart due to his inconsistency, but he's a decent add in a deep league.

Brandon Bass Magic

Bass has played six games in December, one of which was a disaster. But if we throw that one out, he's averaged 17 points, six rebounds, a block and 28 minutes per game. Of course, the Magic were dealing with injuries and illness during much of that streak, but you would have to think that Bass has earned some extra minutes with his strong play of late. Again, he's generally a guy owners in deeper leagues should be targeting, as in larger than 12 teams.

Hedo Turkoglu Suns

Turkoglu has been terrible this season and I'm thankful I haven't owned him in any leagues. However, he's actually played pretty well in two straight games, averaging 13 points, six boards, a block and two 3-pointers off the bench. I don't think this is your sign to pick him up just yet, but if he does it a couple more times in a row, he could be ready to finally start playing. Keep an eye on him.

Centers

Serge Ibaka Thunder

I wish I could figure Ibaka out, but he's officially hot right now. He's averaging 14 points, seven rebounds and 5.5 blocks over his last two games and checks at 11 points, five boards and 3.7 blocks in six December games. As long as he's getting the minutes he's worth owning, and he's averaging 27 minutes a game in December. He's probably not available in your league, but double check to make sure.

DeJuan Blair Spurs

Blair has suddenly turned it on over his last three games, averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds while playing between 26 and 28 minutes a game. The minutes are key, as he had gotten 16 or less in six of his previous seven games. He's also stealing the heck out of the ball, racking up 14 of them in his last six games. I don't know if Gregg Popovich will keep feeding him the minutes, but he's certainly worth a flier right now.

DeAndre Jordan Clippers

I picked Jordan up when we found out Chris Kaman would miss another three weeks with an ankle injury and he immediately paid dividends on Saturday with 10 points and season highs of 14 boards and four blocks. Will he do it every night? Of course not, but he seems to be getting more comfortable on the court and is a solid center pick up if you need one.

Greg Monroe Pistons

Monroe made a random start on Friday to finish with eight points, a career-high 15 rebounds, a steal and a block. He went back to the bench on Saturday for 10 points and four rebounds, as John Kuester just won't set him free. Monroe got 35 minutes in that start and the numbers followed, but got less than 25 minutes in the four games surrounding that one. Centers are tough to come by and Monroe's minutes should be on the rise going forward. Just give him a look.

Josh McRoberts Pacers

McBob is pretty inconsistent, but is a fun fantasy player given his 3-pointers and blocks. He's averaging 10 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers in six December games. His scoring is up and down, but as of now he looks like a decent add in many leagues.



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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