Marreese Speights Grizzlies – Speights is finally heating up and exploded for 20 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks on Wednesday against the Nets. Over his last five, he’s at 12 points, 12 boards and nearly a steal and block, and is worth grabbing if you need a big man – at least until Zach Randolph returns, likely after the All-Star break.
Gustavo Ayon Hornets – The Hornets bigs are a mess, as Emeka Okafor, Carl Landry and Jason Smith are all out with injuries right now. Ayon is at 12.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks over his last two games and there should be more where that came from as long as his teammates are all banged up.
Boris Diaw Bobcats – Diaw is suddenly rounding back into form after a dreadful slump, averaging 7.0 points, 5.0 boards, 5.6 assists, .8 steals and .8 blocks over his last five games. Over his last two, those numbers bump up to 8.0 points, 7.0 boards, 8.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.
Alonzo Gee Cavaliers – Gee, along with Semih Erden, could be the biggest winner in the loss of Anderson Varejao, and is averaging 13 points, three boards and a 3-pointer per game over his last five. He’s also played 30 minutes per game over that stretch, making him worth a look in most leagues, despite coming off the bench.
Kenneth Faried Nuggets – Timofey Mozgov is due back soon, but Nene’s calf injury will likely keep him out through the All-Star break. Faried is averaging 12.5 points and 6.0 boards over his last two games, both of which were starts. And until Nene is back, Faried, along with Chris Andersen, is worth a look in many leagues. Birdman had 16 points, seven boards and six blocks on Tuesday, and six points, 11 boards and a block on Wednesday. Kosta Koufos takes the biggest hit when Mozgov is back this weekend.
Kenyon Martin Clippers – Martin is doing more to hurt the value of DeAndre Jordan than offering fantasy value of his own, but he’s getting minutes, averaging six points, four boards and a block in his last five games. I’d rather own a player like Derrick Favors over Martin, but think that Martin’s worth a look in deeper leagues.
Samuel Dalembert Rockets – Sammy D is only owned in 74 percent of fantasy leagues after seeing his minutes jerked around by Kevin McHale, but is getting hot again. He’s at four points, eight boards and two blocks over his last five games, averaging 23 minutes during that streak. He’s no longer a must-start player, but is still worth owning in all leagues.
Tiago Splitter Spurs – Splitter has hit double digits in five straight games, averaging 13 points, five boards and nearly a block per over that stretch. He’s not flashy, but can help fill a void if you lost Anderson Varejao or Okafor.
Semih Erden Cavaliers – Erden started in place of Varejao on Wednesday and had 18 points, eight boards and a steal on 7-of-8 shooting. He won’t shoot it that well every night, but if you picked up Tristan Thompson, dropping him for Erden seems to make sense at this point.
Amir Johnson Raptors – Johnson is starting on most nights for the Raptors and will continue to do so for as long as Andrea Bargnani is out with his calf injury. If you’re in a pinch, Johnson is averaging eight points, six boards and 1.6 blocks over his last five games.
Nikola Vucevic Sixers – No one still has any idea when we’ll see Spencer Hawes again and Vucevic has rounded into form over his last three games, averaging more than nine points, six boards and nearly a block over that stretch. He’s not going to single-handedly win you a championship, but could be a nice stop-gap as you wait for other centers on your roster to get healthy.
Bismack Biyombo Bobcats – Biyombo is starting for the woeful Bobcats, but that’s about all the good news there is. He’s averaging just 5.0 points, 5.8 boards and 0.8 blocks over his last five games, but should continue to improve and could be a nice source of blocks down the stretch – if you can deal with the lack of offense.
Games played per week, weeks 9-18.