Zach Randolph MEM – Z-Bo is expected back from his knee injury on Friday night and should immediately make an impact with points and rebounds, but you also have to wonder what kind of shape he’s in. He shouldn’t be available in any leagues at this point, but you never know.
Channing Frye PHO – Frye is tearing it up for five games this week and should be owned already. If he’s not, you should pick him up, as he’s averaging close to 14 points, six boards, three dimes, two blocks, a steal and 2.5 3-pointers over his last five. The Suns finish 4-3-4-4-4-2.
Brandon Bass ORL - Jermaine O'Neal sounds done for the season with a wrist injury and Bass is getting healthy. He should start at power forward the rest of the way and is averaging 13 points, seven boards, nearly a steal and block per game over his last five. The Celtics finish 4-4-4-5-3-2.
Derrick Williams MIN - The minutes are coming around and Williams is a fun pickup right now, averaging 27 minutes over his last five games. The numbers have been very up and down, but he’s still at 12 points and eight rebounds, with nearly a steal, block and three per game over his last five. He played just 16 minutes in his last game, which is a bit of a mystery, but there are no reports of an injury. Michael Beasley has been out with a toe injury, which has helped Williams, and the Wolves finish 4-4-3-4-4-1.
Kenneth Faried DEN - Benefits from the loss of Nene (Nets) and should start at power forward the rest of the way for the Nuggets. He’s averaging 7.6 points, 7.4 boards, nearly a steal and 0.6 blocks over his last five. Those aren’t must-own numbers, but he’s a decent power forward option in deeper leagues. Denver finishes up 4-4-3-4-4-2.
Jason Thompson SAC – Thompson has been playing better for the Kings and might make for a sneaky pickup the rest of the way. He had 21 points, 15 boards, an assists, a steal and a block in his last game, but had scored a total of just 10 points in his previous three. He’s hit or miss, but hopefully that last game is a sign of more to come. The Kings finish 3-4-5-4-3-2.
Bismack Biyombo CHA – Biyombo now looks like a much better player to own than Ekpe Udoh, who will backup Drew Gooden in Milwaukee. Biyombo will get all the minutes he can handle going forward, and is averaging seven points, eight boards, nearly a steal and 2.6 blocks over his last five. The Cats finish up with a 3-4-4-5-4-3 schedule.
Spencer Hawes PHI – Hawes is slowly working his way back from an Achilles injury, but is not really startable in fantasy yet. He’ll get some back-to-backs off, but if you’re desperate for a center, he could be playing well in 10 days or so. The Sixers finish 4-3-4-3-4-3.
Hasheem Thabeet & Kurt Thomas POR - Someone has to play center in Portland after Marcus Camby was sent packing, right? I don’t know that I could pick either of these guys up right now, but they should at least be on your radar going forward. The Rockets go 3-4-3-4-5-1, and either player might be useful in a four- or five-game week.
Jeremy Tyler GSW - Andris Biedrins is just awful and the Warriors are tanking. I honestly don’t know much about Tyler and he hasn’t played more than 15 minutes in any game this season, and that only happened once. Just keep an eye on him, while David Lee will have to handle the bulk of the center minutes going forward. The Warriors finish 5-4-4-4-5-2.
Jordan Hill LAL – If Andrew Bynum goes down, Hill would suddenly become the man in the middle for Lakers. But as long as Bynum is healthy, Hill will be sporadic for some occasional decent lines off the bench. The Lakers finish up 4-4-4-4-4-1.