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Jared Dudley Now A Starter?

Sunday, March 27, 2011


I'm going to assume Anthony Randolph is owned in all leagues after his two-game ride on the fantasy express. It's too bad I decided to write last week's column a little early and had it posted before Kevin Love went down. Love is supposedly going to come back and play Sunday night, but I'm not sure you can drop Randolph, even if Love looks great.

Guards

Jamal Crawford – Hawks

Joe Johnson's right thumb is somewhat mangled and Crawford finally showed he still has a pulse on Saturday with 18 points, six dimes and two 3-pointers. Chances are Joe isn't out for too long, but with Jeff Teague banished to the bench, the Hawks are going to need for Crawford to step up his game over the last couple weeks of the season. Crawford has been terrible for about a month, but I get the sense the slump is over. And speaking of Crawford, Jordan Crawford is still playing well for the Wizards and is worth holding in most leagues.

Anthony Morrow – Nets

Morrow had 25 points on Saturday, despite not hitting a three, and is in the Nets starting lineup again. He should be a nice source of points and threes, while he'll also have his share of rebounds and steals. Injuries have been an issue for Morrow all season and he's currently dealing with a bad finger, but I like him as a starter the rest of the way.

Jordan Farmar – Nets

Deron Williams is supposedly going to try to play again, and I'm pretty sure he will. But it's not going to take much at all to put him back on the shelf with his glass wrist. Farmar hasn't really lived up to the hype, but is still a serviceable starting fantasy point guard as long as he's starting for the Nets. Hold onto him.

Jodie Meeks – Sixers

Meeks had 17 points and two threes on 6-of-9 shooting at the end of regulation on Sunday, and will likely add to those numbers in overtime. He's hit double figures in all but one of his March games and came into Sunday averaging exactly three 3-pointers per game. Really, Meeks should already be owned in all leagues. He finished up Sunday's overtime loss with 22 points and three 3-pointers on 8-of-11 shooting, but didn't do much else.

Tyreke Evans – Kings

Evans scored 10 points on Sunday and is doing about what I thought he would. He could come off the bench the rest of the way, making him fairly unattractive to fantasy owners, but if he gets hot and he's sitting on waivers in your league, grab him. I'm just not expecting too many 25-point games from him the rest of the way.

Brandon Rush – Pacers

I don't trust Brandon Rush - at all. But he had 19 points and four 3-pointers on Saturday, has hit double figures in three of his last four and has knocked down 10 threes over that stretch. Again, I don't have the guts to pick him up and roll with him, but you might.

Ronnie Price – Jazz

Earl Watson has proven that he is not a reliable backup for Devin Harris, who will be out for several more games, and could even be done for the season. Price had a nice game off the bench on Saturday before fouling out, finishing with six points, five boards, six assists, three steals and a 3-pointer. The Jazz's playoff hopes look about as bad as Andrei Kirilenko's hair, so they could easily decide to run Price out there and see what he can do.

Jerryd Bayless – Raptors

Bayless is only here because of the shutdown alert on Jose Calderon. Calderon's hamstring is acting up again, and while he's playing through it now, he might not be a week from now. Just keep an eye on his injury status and be prepared to grab Bayless if Calderon goes down.

Forwards

Nicolas Batum – Blazers

Batum has been featured here for much of the season, but is suddenly rolling, scoring at least 21 points in each of his last three, while looking very good over his last five games. He's rebounding, stealing, bombing threes and shooting it well right now, and while it might not last, he looks like a must-own player again.

Hedo Turkoglu – Magic

Turk has been a model of inconsistency this season but is hot again, double-doubling in two straight games, once with points and rebounds, and with points and assists in the other. He's been scoring at will for most of the month of March, has hit a ton of threes and is producing in nearly every category. Despite scoring a total of five points in his first three games of the month, he's averaging 12.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.1 3-pointers while shooting 45.7 percent in March. He shouldn't be available in your league, but grab him if he is.

Boris Diaw – Bobcats

Diaw's tough to figure out right now, but should be bouncing back with Tyrus Thomas sidelined with a rib injury. He had 20 points, eight boards and five assists on Saturday, but failed to take a single shot against the Pacers on Wednesday. The bottom line is that while Diaw's not exactly reliable, he can help your team if you get him in your lineup at the right time. And with Thomas out, that time could be now.

Jared Dudley – Suns

Dudley will start over Vince Carter on Sunday, which could end up being a permanent move. Dudley's averaging 13 points, five boards and shooting 53% over his last six games, hitting 11 3-pointers over that stretch. I'm all for taking a flier on him, as I get the sense he will be starting the rest of the way.

Mike Dunleavy – Pacers

Dunleavy sounds ready to return for the Pacers, although it's impossible to predict what his role will be. He's been out for more than a month with a broken thumb and will have to compete with Danny Granger, Paul George and Brandon Rush for shots. However, he could easily replace George in the starting lineup and will be worth owning if it happens.

Tony Allen – Grizzlies

I put Allen on this list every week and he's going to stay here with Rudy Gay's season over. He's not a must-own player, but continues to start, play heavy minutes and rack up some steals and blocks.

Centers

Samuel Dalembert – Kings

Sammy D stayed red-hot on Sunday, going for 12 points and a season-high 19 rebounds in an OT win over the Sixers. He's been a beast over the last month, coming into Sunday's game averaging 12 points, 11 boards and 1.5 blocks. Jason Thompson somehow also double-doubled on Sunday, but I don't trust him at all, while Dalembert has must-own status after his strong play.

Antonio McDyess, DeJuan Blair & Tiago Splitter – Spurs

With Tim Duncan out for a few more games with his sprained ankle, both Blair and Splitter became popular fantasy pickups, while Antonio McDyess continues to start for the Spurs. All three of these guys are just canceling each other out, as Gregg Popovich continues his maddening (mis)use of Blair. I truly don't understand why he won't turn Blair loose and run plays for him, and if he did, Blair would be a fantasy stud. But as it stands all three of these guys are worth keeping an eye on, but that's about it for now.

Ed Davis – Raptors

Davis has been on a roll lately, filling in for both Amir Johnson (ankle) and Andrea Bargnani (ankle). With the Raptors season all but over it's time for Jay Triano to turn Davis loose, while Bargnani is now a shutdown candidate with a bone spur in his ankle. No, Davis is not a must-own player and may have already peaked with his back-to-back double-doubles, but the bottom line is he's got four of them this month, and there could be more where those came from.

Patrick Patterson – Rockets

Patterson was fantastic when Luis Scola was sidelined and has remained relevant even with Scola's return. After three straight double-doubles he posted eight points, nine boards and two blocks on Wednesday. Again, he's going to be a little risky as long as Scola is healthy, but you simply can't argue with his numbers over the last four games.

Ekpe Udoh – Warriors

Udoh was really struggling a few weeks ago, losing his starting job that he originally stole from Andris Biedrins. But when Biedrins' season ended early thanks to a severely sprained ankle, Udoh got another chance. Over his last four, all starts, he's averaging 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. He's not going to blow you away with any of his numbers, but if you need blocks with a potential to double-double in points and boards on any given night, Udoh might be your guy.


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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