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Sunday, February 06, 2011


Amir Johnson & Greg Monroe should already be owned in all leagues.

Nicolas Batum Blazers

Batum caught fire on Saturday, hitting 6-of-8 shots and five 3-pointers for 21 points and seven rebounds. He disappeared for a couple games but is back in a groove after a knee injury. I also think he'll average a block, a steal and a 3-pointer in the month of February.

C.J. Miles Jazz

Miles isn't starting, but like Lou Williams, is one of the more reliable bench players in the league. He'll mainly be a source of points and 3-pointers, and could be available in your league after Saturday's 2-for-11 performance.

Sam Young Grizzlies

Young's a forward playing shooting guard for the Grizzlies. In fact, he's not only playing, but is starting in place of Tony Allen (and suspended O.J. Mayo). It doesn't feel like Young does much besides score, but his February numbers are quite impressive. In three games, he's averaging nearly 15 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals, a block and is shooting 53 percent. He struggled in his last game, but had scored in double figures in five straight before that one. He might have earned the starting job for the rest of the season and the Grizzlies play four times in the upcoming week.

And I just went to grab him in the league that has me in a such a bad mood and The Bearded Clams already snagged him.

Ryan Gomes Clippers

I'm not sold on owning Gomes but, as usual, he deserves a look in deeper leagues. If you need 10 points, five boards and a three, he's your guy.

Austin Daye Pistons

Daye has perked up again lately, averaging nearly 10 points, four boards, a block and two threes in February. We say it every month, but Kuester needs to turn him loose for good. As usual, he looks like a quality deep-league add.

Sonny Weems Raptors

With Linas Kleiza out for the year, Weems should start the rest of the way at small forward for the Raps. He's averaging 14 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in February and should continue to get 30 minutes per game as a starter. If he stumbles, Julian Wright could emerge as a worthy pickup, while Leandro Barbosa is another guy you need to take a look at in Toronto.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute Bucks

I'm not going to pick the Prince up, but he deserves a mention after his huge line of 15 points and 19 boards on Friday. Of course, he backed that up with 4 & 5 in the next one, as Andrew Bogut returned to action.

Ike Diogu Clippers

Diogu came into Sunday's game averaging 11 points, 6.5 boards and a block in his last two games, and had four points and four boards on Sunday. If you're in a real deep league and are desperate for a big man, he's getting enough minutes to be given a look.

Droppable: Glen Davis, Taj Gibson, Kenyon Martin, Troy Murphy, Anthony Randolph


Chuck Hayes Rockets

Hayes should be owned in most leagues by now, but if he's not, grab him. He had 15 points, seven boards, a steal and a block in his last unlikely big game.

Andris Biedrins Warriors

Biedrins is hot (for him) right now, averaging nearly eight points, 10 boards and two blocks over his last four games. Pick him up, now that he has a pulse.

Samuel Dalembert Kings

It was a highly disappointing week for Sammy D, but he at least had those five blocks in his first game of the week. After scoring 16 and 18 points back-to-back, he's had 4 & 0 in his last two, but also collected 15 boards and five blocks in those two games. I still think he's going to be worth owning going forward, although the return of Jason Thompson isn't going to help his cause.

Kwame Brown Bobcats

Kwame is slowly turning back into Kwame, as he's probably getting tired. He had just six points and four boards on Friday, but bounced back with 10 & 9 on Saturday. He's still worth owning in many leagues, but I'm still waiting for him to fade.

DeJuan Blair Spurs

Blair is either a monster double-double or four points and five boards. But as the Spurs begin to coast to the playoffs, look for him to get more run. He looks like a decent add, but you'll have to pick your spots on playing him. And there doesn't appear to be any rhyme or reason to when he'll play well. If you have figured that one out, hit me on Twitter and I'll retweet it if it's a good take.

Droppable: DeAndre Jordan

I'm not a huge fan of dropping Jordan, but he's in a nasty slump right now and one of the other guys on this list might be a better player to roll with right now.

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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