February 27, 2011
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Add List - players currently owned in less than 40% of Yahoo! leagues
• Chase Budinger(notes), GF,
HOU (32% owned)
Budinger got plenty of hype around here in the wake of the trade deadline and made good on it during his first start of the season on Saturday (34 minutes, 27 points, 8-11 FG, 8-9 FT, 3 threes, 6 boards).
• Chuck Hayes(notes), FC, HOU
The great thing about Hayes is that he managed to stay productive even during a recent three-game stretch where he saw just 18 minutes per game (6 points, 7 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.7 turnovers, 1.3 steals). Oh yeah, and the Chuckwagon has been back in full effect for the past two games (31 minutes, 10 points, 60% FG, 14 boards, 5.5 assists, 1.5 turnovers, 0.5 steals, 1.5 blocks). Hayes' averages going back 25 games now include 9.6 points on 60-percent shooting, 8.8 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.1 turnovers, 1.4 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 30 minutes. And no, he's not going to lose many minutes to Hasheem Thabeet(notes) this season.
• Marcus Thornton(notes), SG,
SAC (33% owned)
Thornton is going to find more minutes and usage with the Kings, so it will just be on him to make good with the new-found opportunities. In two games since being traded for Carl Landry(notes), Thornton has averaged 14.5 points on 42-perent shooting, 1.5 threes, 1 steal, and 0.5 blocks in 28 minutes. He isn't a lock, given Paul Westphal's erratic rotation and Jermaine Taylor's(notes) reasonable production as a starter, but Thornton's offensive talents should separate him from the pack before long, particularly if Tyreke Evans(notes) is largely absent over the remainder of the season. Another reason to take a chance here: Sacramento's 4-4-4 schedule during the default h2h playoff weeks.
• Rodrigue Beaubois(notes), G,
DAL (17% owned)
Roddy Buckets has understandably been up and down during his first four games back for the Mavs, with the numbers averaging out to 8.5 points on 42-percent shooting, 1 three, 3.8 assists, 2 turnovers, and 1.3 steals in 19 minutes. Dallas' depth is working against Beaubois as he works his way back up to full game speed - during those same four games, Jason Terry(notes) has averaged 29 minutes (16.5 points, 49% FG), Peja Stojakovic(notes) has averaged 25 (52% FG, 2.3 threes), and Jose Juan Barea has averaged 19 (58% FG, 6 assists). He was quickly promoted to the starting five for a reason, however - the team has big plans for him and he should be one of their key contributors the rest of the way, particularly when/if Peja and Barea slow their rolls a bit.
• Gerald Henderson(notes), SG,
CHA (17% owned)
Henderson was another big winner at the trade deadline and has been installed as the Bobcats' starting shooting guard. He was solid in his first start Friday (33 minutes, 21 points, 2 blocks) and has now averaged 13.8 points on 48-percent shooting, 4.3 boards, 2 assists, 1.3 turnovers, and 1.3 blocks in the 12 games where he's played at least 25 minutes. Henderson has his categorical limitations but is looking at no impediments to playing time over the remainder of the season.
• Josh McRoberts(notes), FC,
IND (15% owned)
McBob almost changed addresses and lost his starting gig at the trade deadline, but almost doesn't count for our purposes. Over the past nine games, McRoberts has averaged 10.4 points on 70-percent shooting, 5.3 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.1 turnovers, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 25 minutes. He'll remain the starter at power forward for the Pacers and will have every opportunity to continue his productive ways, even with occasional outbursts from Tyler Hansbrough(notes).
• Jason Thompson(notes), FC,
SAC (17% owned)
Thompson shouldn't have trouble finding minutes on most nights with Carl Landry gone and DeMarcus Cousins(notes) continuing his up-and-down ways. Thompson only played 21 minutes in the blowout loss to the Grizzlies Saturday because of an ankle injury but has still managed averages of 11 points on 49-percent shooting, 6 boards, 3 assists, 2 turnovers, and 1.3 blocks in 29 minutes over the past four games. There are better upside picks, but Thompson isn't a bad option with all things considered - just be on the lookout for updates on his ankle. And again, keep in mind the Kings' 4-4-4 schedule during the default h2h playoffs.
• Tony Allen(notes), GF, MEM
I'm not going to read too much into Saturday's 16 minutes for Allen given the nature of the game (Memphis won by 28), but obviously Shane Battier's(notes) arrival complicates things here. But even if Allen only maintains the 25-minute average he's had over the past month, he still will be in a good place to register a sizable fantasy impact.
• Anthony Parker(notes), GF,
CLE (14% owned)
Parker stayed put at the trade deadline, so now we need to point out how productive he's been for the Cavs lately. Over the past three weeks, Parker has averaged 11.9 points on 49-percent shooting, 1.6 threes, 3.7 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 34 minutes. That's quite a diverse line, and Parker's role as the starting shooting guard appears set, regardless of what happens at point guard between Ramon Sessions(notes) and Baron Davis(notes).
• Kenyon Martin(notes), PF,
DEN (13% owned)
Things look up for K-Mart any time he's delivering steals and blocks consistently, and that's exactly what he's been doing lately. Martin has averaged 9 points on 53-percent shooting, 5.4 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.4 turnovers, 1.1 steals, and 1.4 blocks in 27 minutes over the past seven games. George Karl likes him as the team's starting power forward because of his defensive intensity, so he's going to stay in the mix for as long as his knees don't give him problems. Note: Martin missed Friday's game because of the flu, but is expected back Monday.
• Courtney Lee(notes), GF, HOU
The Aaron Brooks(notes) and Shane Battier trades have freed up minutes at point guard, shooting guard, and small forward for the Rockets, putting Lee in a very good position as sixth man. He played 27 minutes on Saturday and shouldn't have trouble approximating that total on most nights. Lee has averaged 15.1 points on 55-percent shooting, 1.9 threes, 3.5 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.6 turnovers, and 0.9 steals in games where he's seen at least 25 minutes so far this season.
Cut List – players currently owned in more than 60% of Yahoo! Leagues who are largely expendable in most standard formats
• Aaron Brooks, PG, PHO (66% owned) - only will register for the Suns if Nash gets hurt
Deep League Specials – players currently owned in five percent or less of Yahoo! leagues
• Shawne Williams(notes), F,
NYK (1% owned)
The Knicks' sudden lack of depth should lead to consistent playing time for Williams in the 20-25 minute range. Williams has been a stellar per-minute contributor all season, and his per-20 minute averages on the season include 1.4 threes, 0.5 steals, and 0.7 blocks.
• James Johnson(notes), F, TOR
The Raptors moved Johnson into their starting five immediately upon his arrival and he's averaged 27 minutes, 7.5 points, 4 boards, 1 steal, and 1.5 blocks in two games since. There's a mixed bag of potential when you take a look at his career per-30 minute averages. The good includes 0.5 threes, 5.1 boards, 1 steal, and 1.8 blocks; the bad includes 2.7 turnovers and career 44/30/70 percentages.
• Nazr Mohammed(notes), C, OKC
Mohammed is in line for steady playing time at least for the next few weeks while Kendrick Perkins(notes) deals with his sprained left knee. Nenad Krstic(notes) was averaging just over 20 minutes per game for the Thunder at the time of his trade, which is enough for Mohammed to averaged eight points, six boards, and a block.
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