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Sunday, January 16, 2011


I'm going to assume that J.J. Hickson and Channing Frye are no longer available in your league.

Nicolas Batum Blazers

This is the guy I've been chirping about, probably too much, recently and he's starting to come on. Actually, maybe my timing was just right, as he has scored 22, 13, 18 and 23 points in his last four games, with six treys, three blocks and close to five boards per game. And I still think there are more steals, threes and blocks coming, and that his confidence is going to continue to grow. I've been saying it for two or three weeks now, and I'll say it again. Pick him up.

Ryan Anderson Magic

The Magic have a great schedule over the next several weeks, getting four games a week until the All-Star break, and Anderson is suddenly their most productive bench player. After not even being a part of the rotation, he's hit double figures in 10 of his last 12 games and is averaging a crazy 13 points, six rebounds, 2.6 3-pointers and 1.0 block per game in his seven January contests. I don't fully trust him coming off the bench and Stan Van Gundy has been ripping his defense, but no one can argue with those numbers. He looks like an automatic pick up to me right now. Just know that he'll throw up an occasional dud from time to time.

Grant Hill Suns

Hill is back from a two-game absence with a sore knee and had 21 points, seven boards and a couple threes on Friday. That's substantially better than he had been doing before 'the trade,' but there's no reason he shouldn't get hot again as long as he can stay healthy.

Charlie Villanueva Pistons

Charlie V has pretty been a hit or miss fantasy player this season, but is suddenly hot again, averaging 16 points, five rebounds and two 3-pointers in his last two games. And with Rip sitting in street clothes until further notice, it should mean more minutes for CV. Just beware that he's unreliable, as coach John Kuester gave him 20 minutes or less in two straight games before turning him loose in the last three.

Ersan Ilyasova, Corey Maggette Bucks

As you know, I trust most Bucks about as far as I can throw them, including these two. Ilyasova is starting, while Maggette could end up in the first unit at anytime. Ilyasova's double-doubled in two of his last three games, while Maggette's had three nice games and two really bad ones in his last five. Both of these guys are worth a look, but they're also not trustworthy enough to be started on a regular basis. Like the Magic, the Bucks play four games a week until the All-Star break, so now's probably as good a time as ever to grab one of them.

Jason Thompson, Carl Landry Kings

Jason Thompson's last two lines basically sum up the big-man situation in Sacramento. He had 0 points and eight rebounds in 11 minutes on Friday, and then backed it up with 22 points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes on Saturday. The bottom line is these two dudes are averaging the following numbers in January, making them worth a look. Good luck.

Thompson: 10.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 0.6 blocks, 59% shooting
Landry: 14.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks, 55% shooting


I'm going to assume that Roy Hibbert is already owned in your league.

DeAndre Jordan Clippers

Jordan had a quiet game against the Heat but is still playing well and we still have to see what Sunday brings. There's no guarantee Chris Kaman is going to get his job back when he's finally healthy and I think Jordan should be owned in almost all leagues until further notice.

Greg Monroe Pistons

Monroe saw his streak of double-doubles end at four on Friday but had 11 points and seven boards in his two games after the streak stopped. Kuester has finally turned him loose and Monroe looks like a completely different player than he did last summer. I picked him up wherever I could, and you should too.

Darko Milicic Timberwolves

Just as Darko was being left for dead in fantasy leagues all over the land, he's starting to show signs of life again. He's scored in double figures in three of his last four games and has hit double digits in rebounds in two of his last four. Add in the 12 blocks and four steals over that stretch, and he probably should have been in fantasy lineups last week. Yes, his field goal percentage is about as bad as it gets (like Roy Hibbert's FGP, or Brook Lopez's rebounding, or Chris Bosh's whining), and TOs remain a concern, but the rest of those numbers are pretty nice. Now let's see if he can stay healthy and keep it going.

Samuel Dalembert Kings

Sammy D finally got back into the rotation recently and has turned the Kings into a confusing front-line mess with DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson and Carl Landry also in the mix. But Sammy deserves a look after playing 18, 30 and 22 minutes in his last three games. Here are the lines.

12 points, 6 boards, 1 block, 18 minutes
8 points, 8 boards, 6 blocks, 30 minutes
8 points, 6 boards, 0 blocks, 22 minutes

Not game changing, but he's going to block a lot of shots if he's going to get 20-30 minutes a night.

Kwame Brown Bobcats

I think Kwame was on this list last Sunday and wrapped up his week on Saturday with a 12 & 14 double-double. He's not blocking shots, but is averaging around nine points and eight boards in January, and is starting over Nazr Mohammed. He's obviously a low-end option, but an option nonetheless.

Chuck Hayes Rockets

I'm not a big Hayes fan, but he's back and had 12 & 8 and 9 & 7 in his two games last week. He was playing well before he went down and is a much better player than he was a year ago. Again, a low-end option, but an option.

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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