The trade deadline is less than two weeks away, but why wait; there is help on the wire now ... if you're willing to look.
1. Robin Lopez (41% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Lopez continues to start at center for the Suns, and 13.3 points, 6.5 boards, and 1.8 blocks over his last four games is nothing to sneeze at. But the most impressive stat of all is that he's done all that in just 22.3 minutes! Considering his solid value already, imagine what his stats will look like if Amar'e Stoudemire gets traded and he's asked to log 30-plus minutes every night.
2. George Hill (29% owned): How is Hill owned in less than 1/3 of Yahoo! leagues? The guy averaged 19.3 points and 6 assists while Tony Parker was out, and while his assists have plummeted now that Parker is back, Hill has had no problem adjusting to shooting guard. He attempted just 3 treys in three games while Parker was out, but has made 5-of-10 treys in two games since. Hill made just 3-of-7 free throws the other day, but don't let that fool you, as he's a career 78% FT shooter. You know that Parker and Manu Ginobili will get plenty of rest down the stretch, so the talented youngster will continue to log heavy minutes.
3. Brad Miller (43% owned): Over his last eight games, Miller is averaging 12.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.1 threes on 24-27 FT shooting. With both Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas out on Saturday, he dropped 13 points, 8 boards, and 5 steals in 36 minutes, showing that the veteran has still got it. Big men who can make free throws and grab steals are extra valuable, and with Noah's foot hurting and Thomas a top trade candidate, Brad could continue to log major minutes.
4. Andray Blatche (28% owned): I already mentioned Blatche as a player who could be "ready for second half consistency," pointing out the high likelihood of Antawn Jamison getting traded before the deadline, as well as the possibility of either Caron Butler or Brendan Haywood getting traded. If any of those guys get moved, Blatche will be in line for a lot more minutes, and he's shown in the past that he can be a solid fantasy contributor when the playing time is there. If he's available, pick him up NOW rather than waiting for the Wiz to make a move.
5. Rasual Butler (27% owned): Butler still hasn't had a spectacular run like he did for most of last season, but he's outplayed Al Thornton and is firmly established as the Clippers starting small forward. New head coach Kim Hughes has already stated, "I hope we run like crazy ... more transition, early offense attack. More of a free-flowing offense." This should benefit a guy like Rasual Butler, who can trail the break and spot up beyond the arc. With 1.4 treys per game and nearly 86% shooting from the line, Butler is likely one of the best shooters available in most leagues.
1. Anthony Tolliver (2% owned): Trust me, this guy can play. He's an active big with a nice jumper, and he's earned the minutes that Nellie is giving him. The Warriors signed him for the rest of the season (a major blow to Ronny Turiaf), so don't be shy to pick him up.
2. AJ Price (2% owned): With Earl Watson out recently, it was Price and not T.J. Ford who got the start. Price is clearly the Pacers PG of the future, so he'll likely earn more minutes in the 2nd half. Pick him up now if he's still available.
3. Jarvis Hayes (2% owned): Chris Douglas-Roberts has fallen out of favor in Jersey, and Hayes is taking his minutes. The veteran has averaged a solid 11.8 points and 1.8 treys over his last 5 games, which is certainly useful for deep leaguers.
4. Marquis Daniels (1% owned): For ultra-deep leaguers, take note that Daniels has returned, and he looked good with 8 points and 3 boards in only 13 minutes. Look for his minutes to slowly increase after the break, and he could have excellent value if either Paul Pierce or Ray Allen misses more time.
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