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Sunday, January 02, 2011

J.J. Hickson Cavaliers

Hickson has hit double digits in scoring in five of his last eight games and had 21 on Saturday. He benefited from the absence of Anderson Varejao, but he's expected back on Wednesday. Hickson is worth a look, but is not a must-own player currently.

Ryan Anderson Magic

Anderson could see a big boost in Brandon Bass ends up having knee surgery. Anderson has been playing pretty well, but is still not worth starting in fantasy leagues unless Bass goes under the knife and misses a month. Keep an eye out for more information on Monday, and keep in mind that he qualifies at center in Yahoo! leagues. I am not grabbing him just yet, but if a Bass surgery announcement hits, I'm going after him.

Martell Webster/Wesley Johnson Wolves

Webster has proven to be a consistent scorer while Wes Johnson has unlimited upside. I think WJ keeps the starting job in hopes of getting him ready to breakout next season, but Webster is worth grabbing if you need a consistent 14 ppg. Both players are worth fliers, but are not automatic fantasy starters by any stretch.

Amir Johnson Raptors

Amir has now double-doubled in two straight games and got a boost last week with Andrea Bargnani sidelined with a calf injury. Bargnani's eventual return will hurt Johnson, but as usual, he might be worth owning if you need a big man and boards. Just be prepared to be letdown by him in some fashion.

Ersan Ilyasova Bucks

Ilyasova blew up for 16 points and 17 rebounds on Saturday, but has been very inconsistent for the Bucks. He has posted three double-doubles since Dec. 1, but also tends to disappear without notice. Like most Bucks players, I don't really trust him, and he will also take a hit once Drew Gooden is back from his foot injury. However, his game on Saturday is just too nice to ignore. He has started eight games in a row and the Bucks play four times this week, so if you're going to take a flier on him, now is the time.

Shawne Williams Knicks

Williams has scored 15 and 5 points in his last two games, but gets a mention here because of the knee injury to Gallinari. Gallo may only miss a handful of games, but if you're in a very deep league, Williams is another guy who could see a boost if Gallo's out for long.

Patrick Patterson Rockets

Patterson had career highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds on Friday with Chuck Hayes out for the Rockets. Patterson is another deep-league flier type of player, as he's not reliable. In fact, he scored a total of five points in the entire season (all in December) before Friday's explosion.


Brad Miller Rockets

Chuck Hayes is going to miss three to four weeks with his injury and Yao Ming is done, meaning Miller is simply going to have to get some serious run. Jordan Hill will too, but Miller is the guy I'd think about grabbing at this point. He hasn't started a game since November, but that could be changing soon, and he had 11 points, seven boards and six assists in his last game.

DeAndre Jordan Clippers

I love watching Jordan play and he's been fun to own. He averaged nearly eight points, eight boards and two blocks in December, and including Sunday, he's racked up 13 blocks in his last two games. The Clippers only play two games this week and then Chris Kaman will likely return shortly thereafter. And both of those are problems for Jordan.

Serge Ibaka Thunder

Ibaka is an iron man in this column and it's mainly due to his inconsistent minutes and production. He had 14 points, 13 boards and four blocks against the Spurs on Saturday for his second straight double-double, but is just as capable of throwing up a nine-point, three-rebound, one-block line like he did on Dec. 29. He's still worth owning in almost all leagues, but is one of those guys who will likely bounce around the wire, constantly dumped by guys in need of scoring and picked up by those in need of blocks.

Marcin Gortat Suns

Gortat's minutes have been nice for the Suns lately and I suspect the production will start coming. Maybe it will happen on Sunday against the Kings, but either way, Gortat is worth hanging onto in almost all leagues. He could be starting soon and as we've seen in the past, has great potential to rack up serious points, boards and blocks.

Spencer Hawes Sixers

I don't really trust Hawes, but he's got a chance to put up some nice numbers as the starter for the Sixers. He's been very up and down all season and only hit four 3-pointers in December, so don't be fooled into thinking he's going to automatically help you win that category. But the Sixers have four games this week and Hawes is looking more start than bench at this point, especially since he's been flirting with double-doubles lately.

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