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Sunday, February 16, 2014

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I’m assuming guys like Jared Sullinger, Randy Foye, Kawhi Leonard and DeMarre Carroll are owned in all the leagues they should be owned in.


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PG Kendall Marshall LAL


Steve Blake is playing, but has a bad elbow, Steve Nash will be lucky to make it through the end of the season in uniform and Jordan Farmar is dealing with a hamstring and calf injury. Marshall has played well all season and is also healthy. I gave up on him when the other guys were coming back, and have regretted it ever since.


SG Jodie Meeks and Wes Johnson LAL


Kobe Bryant may not play again this season and Nick Young is out with a knee injury. Meeks appears to be the better player to own here, but Johnson’s going to score a lot of points as well. Regardless of the size of your league, these two look like must-own players.


C Chris Kaman LAC


Pau Gasol is due back this week but the Lakers are also pretty thin at power forward, with Ryan Kelly and Jordan Hill getting a lot of run, but not putting up a lot of numbers. Kaman finally got off the bench over the last couple weeks and is averaging 20.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.8 blocks over his last five games. The return of Gasol is going to really hurt Kaman’s chances to keep this up, but he had to earn some of Mike D’Antoni’s trust over the last couple weeks, right?


G/F Corey Brewer and Chase Budinger MIN


Kevin Martin is out indefinitely and Brewer and Budinger are the guys getting his role and minutes, although Brewer was already starting at small forward. Brewer has scored 16, 26, 5 and 22 points in each of his last four games, also racking up 13 rebounds, nine steals and three 3-pointers during that stretch. Budinger has hit double digits in scoring in three straight games, averaging 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.3 3-pointers over his last three. His run should come to an end once Martin is back, but Budinger looks like a must-add player right now.


SF Mike Dunleavy CHI


No one is talking about Dunleavy but he just keeps on chugging along for the Bulls. He’s still starting and is averaging 10.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.1 3-pointers in February.


PF Marvin Williams and C Enes Kanter UTA


I’m still not really sure why the Jazz are starting Marvin at power forward, but he’s playing well again, hitting double digits in scoring in four of his last five games, averaging 17.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.6 3-pointers in 30 minutes a night. And if he keeps playing this well, Enes Kanter may never get into the starting lineup. But speaking of Kanter, Derrick Favors recently aggravated his hip injury and could miss some time. And if it happens, Kanter should start at center in his place until Favors is healthy again. In his 22 starts this season, Kanter is averaging 13.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 0.8 blocks.


SG Kyle Singler DET


Singler is starting and getting a ton of minutes for the Pistons. There’s no telling if he’ll still be starting a month from now, but over his last five he’s averaging 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 1.8 3-pointers and 38.0 minutes per game.


G Jerryd Bayless BOS


Avery Bradley’s ankle injury could cost him several more games and Bayless is finally healthy again after dealing with a toe injury. Gerald Wallace has been starting at shooting guard, but I trust Bayless more. He’s scored between 11 and 19 points in three of his last five games, but totaled just six points in the other two. He should get 25 minutes a night while Bradley is out and his averages of 9.4 points, 6.4 assists and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five should be well within reach as long as Bradley is sidelined.


C Zaza Pachulia MIL


John Henson is dealing with a foot injury and Larry Sanders is going to miss six weeks while recovering from orbital eye surgery. Ersan Ilyasova has also been banged up all season and it looks like Pachulia is going to get a lot of minutes at both forward and center in Milwaukee. Over his last five games Pachulia is averaging 11.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.0 blocks. I don’t know how he’s managing to avoid blocking shots, so that number should be going up soon. And the 27.8 minutes he’s averaging over that stretch are very encouraging.


C Kelly Olynyk BOS


Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass are the big guys to own in Boston right now, but Olynyk is coming on and Kris Humphries could re-emerge at any time. Olynyk is averaging 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists over his last five games, while he’ll also be good for the occasional block and 3-pointer. He’s not a must-own player, but has been playing well enough to be given a look in all leagues. 


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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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