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Sunday, March 20, 2011



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Trevor Booker - Wizards

Josh Howard and Rashard Lewis appear to be done for the season, meaning Booker is the starting small forward for the Wizards. He blew up for 26 points and 13 rebounds on 12-of-15 Friday, and is averaging 11 points and eight rebounds in March. Given the Wiz's 4-4-4 remaining schedule, Booker looks like a no-brainer.

C.J. Miles - Jazz

Miles replaced Raja Bell in the starting unit on Thursday and exploded for 40 points on 14-of-18 shooting and six 3-pointers. I doubt he ever has a line that strong again, but given how he was playing off the bench and how quickly he exploded on the scene as a starter, Miles should be owned in most leagues. Despite coming off the bench in five of his eight March games, he's hit double digits in scoring in all of them, averaging 19.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 threes this month.

Glen Davis - Celtics

It seems like Davis lands on this list every couple weeks, but he's finally been coming through of late. In March, he's averaging 14 points and almost nine rebounds per game, which is easily his best run of the season. I have no idea if he'll keep it up or not, but if you need a big man to help fill the gap while Andray Blatche is out, give Davis a close look.

Carlos Delfino - Bucks

I can't think of a more inconsistent player to list here. Over his last nine games, Delfino has scored 26, 2, 13, 3, 12, 4, 15, 6, 3 and 16 points. He played 44 minutes on Friday, 20 minutes on Wednesday and plays for Scott Skiles and the Bucks. He hit eight 3-pointers on Friday, and zero on Wednesday. Feel free to pick him up and roll with him, but as you can see by the above numbers, there is no rhyme or reason for fantasy owners to know when to start or bench Delfino, or any other Buck for that matter.

Jeff Green - Celtics

Green's numbers are down with the Celtics, but he's still averaging 12.6 ppg in March. His rebounds have taken a big hit though, as he averaged 7.1 per game in November but just 2.3 in March. And the strong play of Glen Davis isn't helping things. But Green will still a couple nice lines per week and if Doc Rivers start resting some of his old guys (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, etc.), Green will gladly take the minutes. He's sort of like a luxury to own right now, but far from a must-start player.

Shawne Williams - Knicks

Williams had 17 points, nine boards, a block and four 3-pointers in his last game and is averaging 10 points, 4.5 boards, 0.7 steals, 1.2 blocks and 2.1 threes in March. Those are serviceable numbers in almost any league, but he'll also be somewhat inconsistent as long as he's coming off the bench.

Patrick Patterson - Rockets

Patterson has put up some big numbers in he absence of Luis Scola, averaging 15 points, 11 boards and 2.5 blocks over his last two games, which were both starts. It sounds like Scola will play on Sunday, which will obviously hurt Patterson's value. But if Scola goes down again, Patterson is the guy you'll want to grab.

Yi Jianlian - Wizards

Yi has been starting for Andray Blatche and did so again on Sunday. He's scored nine and 14 points in his last two starts, with a total of 10 rebounds, two steals and a block in them. He's not must-own by any stretch, but could be worth a deep-league add if Andray Blatche is finally shut down with his knee injury.

Centers

Channing Frye - Suns

Frye is back from his shoulder injury and had 17 points, nine boards and three 3-pointers in Friday's return, playing 31 minutes. Pick him up.

DeAndre Jordan - Clippers

Jordan has been a beast again, averaging nine points, nine boards and nearly two blocks in March. And that includes two games where he failed to score a point.

Chuck Hayes - Rockets

Hayes is still hot and is not going away. The Rockets play just two games this week, meaning he should be on the bench, but is averaging 8.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks in nine March games. He should be owned in all leagues.

Samuel Dalembert - Kings

Dalembert is another guy not going away and is averaging 10.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in March, making him another must-own center.

Marcus Camby - Blazers

Camby has been dumped in many leagues because of a lack of offense, but is averaging 8.4 boards and 1.2 blocks in his last 10 games. If you can handle the three points he scores per game, he'll help you boards and blocks.

Ekpe Udoh - Warriors

Udoh is starting for Andris Biedrins, who has a badly sprained ankle, but is still not a big producer. He's scored 3, 5 and 10 points in his last three games, with just six total boards and five blocks over that stretch. He's worth a look in deep leagues, but still hasn't had a breakout game.


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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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