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Friday, March 09, 2012


 

Centers

 

Ekpe Udoh C Warriors – Udoh had nine points, six boards, four assists and four blocks in 34 minutes on Wednesday.  The minutes are the key here, and he’s going to get as many as he can handle the rest of the way.  He struggled on Tuesday, but went off for 17 points, six boards and a block on Monday.  Another thing working in Udoh's favor is that the Warriors have two five-game weeks remaining, and I think he’s a must-own player.  The Warriors remaining weekly schedule is 4-5-4-4-4-5-2.

 

Bismack Biyombo C Bobcats – After dominating against Dwight Howard on Tuesday (10 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocks), Biyombo was dominated by Al Jefferson on Wednesday, finishing with just two points, nine boards and zero blocks before fouling out.  The Bobcats have won a total of five games this year and there is no reason why they won't run BB out there for as many minutes as he can handle the rest of the way.  Along with Ekpe Udoh and Samuel Dalembert, Biyombo should now be owned in every fantasy league out there.  I wish I had a crystal ball and could tell you if Biyombo, Udoh or Dalembert will be the guy to own the rest of the way, but Biyombo seems to have the most upside.  The Bobcats finish up with a schedule of 4-3-4-4-5-4-3.

 

Zaza Pachulia C Hawks - Pachulia has quietly been a stud lately and had 12 points, 10 boards, a steal and a block on Tuesday, and is averaging nine points and 12 boards over his last five games.  If you missed out on Biyombo, Udoh and Dalembert, Pachulia is your next best bet.

 

Shelden Williams F/C Nets – With Brook Lopez possibly done for the season, Shelden looks like the starting center in Jersey for the foreseeable future.  He had 15 points and 10 boards in 41 minutes, which is not normal for him, but makes him worth a look in deeper leagues.  The Nets finish up with a weekly schedule of 4-4-4-4-3-3-2.

 

Aaron Gray C Raptors – Gray has been quietly been playing very well lately, averaging 7.4 points and 5.6 rebounds over his last five.  I picked him up in my 30-team league, but with Andrea Bargnani due back Sunday, the window on Gray’s value should be closing soon.  

 

Josh Harrellson F/C Knicks – Tyson Chandler could miss a couple more games with a hamstring injury and Harrellson should get decent minutes, even if he’s not starting.  He had eight points and eight boards on Wednesday night, and is another potential deep-league special.  

 

Byron Mullens C Bobcats – With Boris Diaw shutdown after making a trade/buyout demand, Mullens is suddenly becoming relevant again.  He’s quietly averaged 12 points, eight boards and two blocks over his last three games.  I think that’s a bit of a fluke, but I’ve been wrong before.  If he does it again on Friday against the Nets, maybe I’ll change my mind, but keep in mind New Jersey starts freaking Shelden Williams at center. 

 

Good luck this week and in getting to the playoffs!



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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