January 19, 2010

The season has reached the halfway point. Can help still be found on the wires. Indeed, take a look ...

Rasual Butler, Clippers (26% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Butler exploded for 33 points and 4 treys on Saturday, and played 45 minutes due to an Al Thornton ankle injury. Butler is a streaky shooter, but if his last game (against LeBron James, mind you) gave him more confidence, and if Thornton is going to miss more time, then Butler could be very valuable moving forward.

Corey Brewer, Timberwolves (35% owned): Look who's heating up again. Over his last four games, Corey has shot 9-for-18 from beyond the arc, averaging 18.3 points in the process. It's hard to trust his recent three-point shooting, since he was just 12-57 (21 percent) from that range in his first 37 games. However, if you need steals he's worth gambling on.

Luke Ridnour, Bucks (39% owned): Tom's No. 4 pickup from a week ago moves up to No.. 3 this week, as Ridnour continues to post strong numbers off the bench.

DeJuan Blair, Spurs (24% owned): Blair showed off his potential when he dropped 28 points, 21 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in 31 minutes vs. the Thunder last week. Yes, Timmy D sat out that game, but Duncan is going to sit out more games, and thus Blair is worth owning.

Matt Barnes, Magic (30% owned): Barnes has racked up 30 boards, 9 treys, and 5 steals over his last four games, but is still available in most leagues.

Marcus Thornton, Hornets (2% owned): Thornton has struggled to get consistent PT as a rookie, but is averaging 22.2 minutes, 12.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2 threes, and 1.2 steals over his last five games. The rebounds are impressive, and Marcus is strong for his age/size. He's also shooting over 36% from beyond the arc this season, and that should improve as he gets more comfortable.

Kris Humphries, Nets (1% owned): The "average" fantasy owner doesn't even know who Humphries is, let alone that he's racked up 24 points, 16 rebounds, and 2 blocks in his first two games since being traded to the Nets. The athletic big man appears to be a good fit in Jersey, and has quickly moved ahead of Terrence Williams and Josh Boone in the rotation. Snatch him up now if he's available.

Luke Walton, Lakers (1% owned): Walton quietly returned from injury last week, and had a decent 4-point, 4-assist in 14-minute night vs. the Mavs. He won't get a ton of minutes unless someone gets hurt, but you know that Phil Jackson has no problem giving Walton extended run when he's playing well. Due to his passing skills and unselfishness, Walton is always a sneaky source of assists in super deep leagues. Add him now before he breaks out.

DeShawn Stevenson, Wizards (0% owned): His upside is quite minimal, but Stevenson is now starting and has racked up 10 assists and 4 threes over his last three games, which isn't bad in ultra-deep leagues. Since Mike Miller is still out, Stevenson could have some value.

Cartier Martin, Warriors (0% owned)

Martin has played only three games for the Warriors, but he's already playing major minutes thanks to the myriad of injuries his team has endured. The guy is a solid athlete who knows how to score, and could be this year's version of C.J. Watson or Kelenna Azubuike (D-League studs who got a chance to play major minutes for Don Nelson).

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