February 02, 2010

The trade deadline is less than a month away, but why wait; there is help on the wire now ... if you're willing to look.

1. Mike Miller, Wizards (52% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Miller showed that he was officially back on Saturday when he dropped 25 points while nailing 7 treys, to go along with 9 boards, 8 assists, and 1 steal vs. the Knicks. OK, so that's the limit to his upside, but he played 43 minutes and Miller is just too talented to not put up solid stats for the Wizards.

2. Brandon Rush, Pacers (40% owned): After a terrible November and December, Rush is finally rolling and looks rock solid now. There's no telling whether or he can keep it up, as his mentality has already been questioned by his coach. But he's got confidence now and that goes a long way. Rush to get him if he's available.

3. Marcus Thornton, Hornets (24% owned): Thornton has been money since Devin Brown got traded, averaging 17.8 points, 4.3 board, 2.3 threes, just 1 turnover, and most important, 39 minutes per game! Bobby Brown was also sent packing, so Thornton now has all the minutes he can handle in N'awlins. If you need a scorer, Marcus is your man.

4. Carlos Delfino, Bucks (47% owned): Delfino was my No. 2 pickup last week as well, when his ownership was only 32 percent. People are still sleeping on him for some reason, but he's red hot and the guy has skills. You could argue that he's playing better than Rush and Thornton, but I don't trust him as much as either guy above.

5. George Hill, Spurs (22% owned): Another guard? Why not, Hill is a baller. The guy was playing well before Tony Parker got hurt, and now he's getting lots of minutes at PG, so the Spurs don't need to rush TP back. He'll play somewhat reserved for Gregg Popovich, but he's got high-scoring games in him.

1. Dorell Wright, Heat (2% owned): Wright has quietly been rock solid over the past couple of months for Miami. He's only playing 20-22 mpg, but 8 points, 3.3 boards, 1.1 steals, .8 treys, and .3 blocks on 47% FG and 88% FT shooting is money for ultra-deep leaguers. I owned him earlier in the year but didn't give him a chance to prove himself. D'oh!

2. Keyon Dooling, Nets (2% owned): My No. 2 pickup from last week is still chillin' in most leagues, even though Dooling is still starting while Devin Harris nurses his latest injury. Dooling should be owned in deep leagues.

3. Jerry Stackhouse, Bucks (2% owned): Stack is back. The 35-year old still knows how to score, that's for sure. Did you forget that he led the league in scoring back in '00-01? The Bucks are giving him minutes, and I'm sure he still has a little bit of rust to shake off, so at least keep an eye on him.

4. Zaza Pachulia, Hawks (1% owned): Mr. Pachulia has pulled down 23 boards over his last four games in only 57 total minutes. Al Horford has been wearing down a bit, while Pachulia is fresh and ready to go. It makes sense for Atlanta to get Pachulia more involved now, because having a strong backup center is key for postseason success.

5. Austin Daye, Pistons (1% owned): Here is my trade deadline special tip: the Pistons are going to trade either Rip Hamilton or Tayshaun Prince, and Daye is gonna get a lot more minutes after it happens. The guy is capable of stuffing the stat sheet, so I suggest nabbing him now if you're in a very deep league.

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