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Calderon out, Bayless in?

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Here are 10 players to think about picking up for the remainder of the NBA season, which ends on Wednesday, April 13. This is assuming that guys like Jordan Crawford and Jared Dudley are already owned in all leagues.

Jerryd Bayless Raptors

Bayless is starting and was fantastic on Saturday night as Jose Calderon deals with a hamstring injury. With nothing left to play for in Toronto, it makes sense to think they'll continue rolling Bayless out there. He's a must-start fantasy player right now, but would obviously take a big hit if Calderon returns to action. Calderon was out again Sunday and at this point, I am guessing he's done for the year.

And just to toot my own horn one last time this season, this is what I wrote last week in this column:

"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."

Boris Diaw Bobcats

With Tyrus Thomas and Stephen Jackson hurting, and possibly shut down, Diaw is bound to get more minutes, as well as opportunities to put up big fantasy numbers. He's not the most trustworthy guy around, but should at least be owned in all leagues the rest of the way. There's a chance Jackson will play on Tuesday, but I wouldn't count on it. On a side note, Word spell check told me to go with 'trustworthiest,' then told me to go with trust worthiness, and then told me both were wrong.

Brendan Haywood Mavericks

Tyson Chandler suffered a back injury on Saturday leaving him a little iffy for Sunday, as well as going forward. If he's going to miss time, Haywood is next in line to get starts. And as we've seen in the past, he could post some double-doubles and nice block numbers if Chandler is going to miss games.

John Salmons Bucks

Carlos Delfino has not only been struggling, but missed Saturday's game with a rib injury. John Salmons bounced back in that one and stands to be a much more reliable fantasy play any time that Delfino is not on the court. Salmons is worth a close look in all leagues, with or without Delfino in the lineup, but becomes a must-start player if Delfino is out.

Wilson Chandler Nuggets

Arron Afflalo's hamstring will keep him out again on Sunday, while Al Harrington (achilles) and Chris Andersen (ankle) are also out. Chandler has been way too quiet lately, but stands to get a big boost with all those injuries, while J.R. Smith also gets a boost any time Afflalo is in street clothes.

Will Bynum Pistons

Bynum could start at point guard the rest of the way with Tracy McGrady out with a back injury, as well as tired legs. The Pistons have nothing left to play for and could easily shut T-Mac and his tired legs down for the rest of the season. Bynum had 12 points, five boards, three assists and three steals on Friday, while Rodney Stuckey chose to come off the bench and let Bynum have the start.

Jose Juan Barea Mavericks

Barea has been hot lately and had a double-double with 13 points, 11 assists and two threes on Saturday. He's not must-start material, but Jason Kidd could be wearing down. The Mavs have a very deep backcourt, but given JJB's strong play over the last few (three straight in double figures scoring), he deserves a look over Roddy Beaubois.

Jodie Meeks & Thaddeus Young Sixers

Lou Williams suffered a hamstring injury on Saturday, meaning starter Jodie Meeks should continue to get heavy run at both the start and end of Sixer games if Lou-Will is going to miss time. Meeks runs hot and cold, but when he's hot, he's a must-start player. If Williams is going to miss games, Meeks should be thrown into most fantasy lineups. He had 13 points and two 3-pointers Saturday, and should be able to do that on most nights, even if Lou is playing.

Young would be a must-own player if Andre Iguodala were to go down, and is basically there already, even with Iguodala playing. He's been hot lately, scoring 21-plus in three of his last four, with 14 points in the other one. He's also racking up some boards and shooting it well, and is nearly a must-own player until further notice – especially if Lou-Will is out.

Brandan Wright Nets

Kris Humphries is battling an ankle injury right now, meaning Wright got some run off the bench on Friday and double-doubled with 15 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and a block. I thought Avery Johnson was going to give Wright some nice run even if Humps was healthy, just to take a look at him for next year. That didn't really happen, but if Humps is going to miss games, Wright could be a sneaky pick-and-play down the stretch. And for the record, Humps is out again on Sunday, and Wright is actually getting the start in that one. Let's see what he does.

Louis Amundson Warriors

With Andris Biedrins done for the year and new starter Ekpe Udoh in a bad slump, Amundson got some nice run on Saturday, finishing with eight points, 10 boards and two blocks in 28 minutes. Obviously, he's not a must-own player, but could get some nice run down the stretch if you're desperate for a big man for you fantasy team.

Bonus Picks

Dante Cunningham Bobcats

Cunningham had a big line on Friday, finishing with 21 points, seven boards, a steal and a block on 10-of-15 shooting, and will start again on Sunday. He should get some solid run as a starter down the stretch, as long as Stephen Jackson (hamstring) has officially checked out for the season. I think he has, and while I don't love Cunningham, he's going to be a worthy pickup in many leagues as long as he's starting for the Cats. For the record, there's a chance Jackson could play on Tuesday, but I have no idea why the Cats would go that route.

Aaron Brooks & Zabian Dowdell Suns

Steve Nash missed Sunday's game with the flu and while he's expected back for his next one, he's far from a lock to play heavy minutes down the stretch, as well as finishing out the season. Brooks started on Sunday, finishing with 14 points and six assists, while Dowdell has played fairly well off the bench when Nash is out. Brooks is probably a must-add at this point, while Dowdell should be looked at as a bench-luxury in deeper leagues.

Bonus Quick Hits

DeAndre Jordan Clippers – Kaman is on shutdown alert, making Jordan worth a close look.

George Hill Spurs – Hill had 29 points and four threes off Spurs bench Sunday.

Drew Gooden Bucks – Gooden has suddenly been productive, and could help in deep leagues.

Ed Davis Raptors – With Andrea Bargnani out again on Sunday due to an ankle injury, Davis remains a player worth starting in many leagues, despite his inconsistency. Bargs might be done for the year.

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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