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Sunday, February 13, 2011



Forwards

Carlos Delfino – Bucks

Corey Maggette went down on Saturday with a back injury and, of course, we don't know the severity of the injury yet. But if he's going to miss time, Delfino will quickly become relevant again. He scores, hits threes and does enough of everything else to be owned in all leagues if Maggette is out. Stay tuned.

Peja Stojakovic – Mavericks

He's starting at small forward and had 22 points and four threes on Saturday. I grabbed him in a deep league and plan on riding him until his body and back break down again, which is bound to happen. But as long as he's healthy and starting, he's probably worth owning in many leagues.

Omri Casspi – Kings

He's starting at small forward and has had six or more rebounds in 11 straight games, scoring in double figures in seven of those. He's not a must-own player, but if you need boards and threes, he could be your man.

Austin Daye – Pistons

Daye has shown some life lately, averaging 10 points, four boards, nearly a steal, a block and two threes per game in February. He'll have plenty of bad nights coming off the bench, but is getting enough run to be given a look in most leagues.

Brandon Bass – Magic

Bass returned on Sunday and had six points and eight boards. He should hurt Ryan Anderson and could be a decent source of double-doubles with some blocks once he's back in the flow. As for Anderson, I'm reluctant to drop him since he was playing so well when Bass was healthy, but he's been frustrating to own over the last 10 days.

Derrick Favors – Nets

Favors had nine points, 14 boards, a steal and a block on Saturday and continues to start over Kris Humphries. He was blasted by Avery Johnson recently, which could end up motivating him, but he'll be inconsistent, as usual. He's not a must-own player, and Humps is actually more reliable for now. But Favors is a player I'd add if he gets hot in three straight games.

Paul George – Pacers

George isn't killing it for fantasy owners, but has been playing well enough to be held in many leagues. He's averaging 10 points, four boards and nearly a steal and 3-pointer per game in February, but will also be inconsistent coming off the bench. He does enough in several categories to be given a serious look going forward.

Josh McRoberts – Pacers

McBob is starting for Indy and is averaging close to 10 points, six boards and three assists in February. He'll also occasionally contribute some threes and blocks, but is not a must-own player yet. But I would rather own him than Tyler Hansbrough, who is coming off the bench.

Centers

DeJuan Blair – Spurs

Blair has finally arrived and should continue to log serious minutes as the Spurs roll into the playoffs. He's averaging 14 points, 11 boards, 1.6 steals, 0.9 blocks and is shooting 54 percent in February. At this point, he's as must-own as they come.

Chuck Hayes – Rockets

Hayes has somehow had value for a couple months and is averaging 11 points, 9.5 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.8 blocks in February. He's also shooting lights our and making some free throws, and is another guy who should be owned in most leagues.

Greg Monroe – Pistons

Monroe is averaging 11 points, 8.5 boards and nearly a steal and block per game in February, despite the return of Ben Wallace. He's probably not available in your league, but is worth grabbing if he is sitting out there.

Kendrick Perkins – Celtics

Perk is back and is averaging eight points, 10 boards and 1.6 blocks in February. He's the only healthy center the Celtics have right now and should get better as the season rolls to a close.

DeAndre Jordan – Clippers

Jordan broke out of a funk recently and has averaged 12 points, eight boards and a block over his last two games. The return of Chris Kaman isn't going to help, but I'd still rather own DJ over Kaman for now.

Andris Biedrins – Warriors

Biedrins had two terrible games against the Suns in the past week and there's still talk about Ekpe Udoh replacing him in the starting lineup in the near future. However, when he's played well lately, he's been good enough to own in fantasy leagues. He's had 10 or more boards in four of his last seven games, and has blocked nine shots over that stretch. He's not an auto-start player at this point, but if you're desperate for a center, he's worth a look.

Samuel Dalembert – Kings

Sammy D has been very unpredictable and will start on Sunday after DeMarcus Cousins freaked out and got into a fight with Donte Greene on the team flight after Saturday's game. He's averaging 8.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in February, but is still usually coming off the bench behind Jason Thompson. Again, he's worth holding in most leagues, but is not an auto-start.

Kwame Brown – Bobcats

Kwame missed some time for personal reasons recently and has cooled off a bit. He's averaging seven points, seven boards and a less than a block per game in February, but is still worth a look if you need a center in a deep league.

Ekpe Udoh – Warriors

There is talk that Udoh is going to eventually become a starter, or at least see a boost in minutes so the Warriors can see what they have in their young big man. He qualifies as a prospective add at this point, but I obviously wouldn't cut a solid player for him. But it's possible that he's starting and putting up decent big-man numbers two weeks from now. Just keep an eye on him.


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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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