Movable Parts: Players to target, avoid in season's second half
Now that we're past the halfway point of the season, fantasy owners looking to win their leagues must be looking to make the moves that will guarantee their success down the stretch. Below is a list of players you should either begin looking to acquire or trade away to improve your team in the areas you most need it.
1. Amir Johnson, Raptors -- Johnson is proving why the Raptors may have finally made a smart signing when they inked the 23-year old to a five-year deal last summer. In his last eight games he's averaging 15.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, and 1.1 steals while shooting 60 percent from the field and 79 percent from the line. Regardless of Reggie Evans' looming return, I like Johnson to continue his breakout in the season's final two months.
2. DeMarcus Cousins, Kings -- In his last six games, the No. 4 overall pick is averaging 20.5 points and 11.2 rebounds, but the rest of his line is mediocre.
3. Andre Iguodala, Sixers -- Over the past two weeks, Iggy Hop is averaging 8.0 assists. That's as many as Jason Kidd in that same stretch. He's also delivering 16.4 points and 2.0 steals while shooting 54 percent from the field.
4. J.J. Hickson, Cavaliers -- Over his last 18 games, Hickson is averaging 11.3 boards to go with 14.8 points. He doesn't do much defensively, and is a below average free-throw shooter, but the Cavs will continue to give him all the minutes he can handle.
5. Baron Davis, Clippers -- It's always a matter of effort with Boom Dizzle. With everyone tuning in to watch Blake Griffin, the veteran is putting forward his best efforts. Over the past two weeks, the career 70 percent free-throw shooter has hit 95.7 percent of his freebies. He's also averaging 16.4 points, 8.1 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.3 steals. In other words, he's been a top 15 player.
6. DeJuan Blair, Spurs -- Blair's finally showing consistency and the Spurs' confidence in him is swelling.
7. Corey Maggette, Bucks -- Maggette's ankle is finally feeling strong and he's averaging 18.5 points over his last nine games. He's also hit 86 percent of his 50 free-throws in that stretch.
8. LaMarcus Aldridge, Blazers -- Over the past six games, not many players have been better than Aldridge -- 25.2 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.5 steals with strong shooting percentages.
1. Chris Bosh, Heat -- Since his return from an ankle injury, Bosh is once again delivering below expectations but his teammates' restored aggressiveness is the main culprit.
2. David Lee, Warriors -- Lee's been very inconsistent on the West Coast and the consensus top 15 pick has barely been a top 100 player this season.
3. Aaron Brooks, Rockets -- It looks like a long shot that the reigning Most Improved Player will regain his starting job from Kyle Lowry.
4. D.J. Augustin, Bobcats -- In five February games, Augustin is averaging only 11.6 points, 4.2 assists, and 0.2 steals. He's hitting just a third of his shot attempts.
5. Michael Beasley, Tiimberwolves -- Beasley's gimpy left ankle has been a recurring issue all season and is likely frustrating his owners. He's played less than 30 minutes in 12 of the last 16 Timberwolves games.
6. Jason Richardson, Magic -- J-Rich hasn't scored 20 points in a game since Jan. 15 and his shooting has flat-out gone cold.
7. Danny Granger, Pacers -- In the six games since the coaching change, Granger is averaging just 19 points, five rebounds, and 1.8 three-pointers while shooting just 41.4 percent.
8. Brandon Jennings, Bucks -- In seven games since his return from a fractured foot, Jennings has been a terrible fantasy option. But he came through with a strong game on Wednesday, and the Bucks need him badly to make a run at the playoffs.
1. Anthony Morrow, Nets -- He's seeing 35 minutes per game and contributing nearly three treys per night. One of the best shooters in the league is finally a safe pickup.
2. Chuck Hayes, Rockets -- It's time to give the 6-6 center a legit shot. He'll make a significant impact in rebounds, steals, and shooting percentage.
3. LeAndro Barbosa, Raptors -- Barbosa has scored in double digits in 16 of his last 18 games. Now that he's back from his hamstring injury, he'll make a positive impact in scoring, three-pointers, and steals.
4. Ramon Sessions, Cavaliers -- If Mo Williams is indeed traded, Sessions will be an excellent point guard for the remainder of the season. He's averaging 19.8 points, 10.3 assists, and 2.0 steals in five February games.
5. Marvin Williams, Hawks -- Since his return from suspension three games ago, Williams has produced two of his three double-doubles this season. He could finally be turning the corner, though a trade could still be the spark he needs.
6. C.J. Miles, Jazz -- The Jazz have lost 10 of 14, and Jerry Sloan has unfortunately elected to step away from coaching the team. Could Miles be the prime benefactor? Per 36 minutes, Miles contributes 18.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 three-pointers, and 1.6 steals. He's light years better than Raja Bell, and he could soon replace him in the starting five.
7. Jonny Flynn, Timberwolves -- Flynn has drawn the start in five straight games with Luke Ridnour tending to a family matter. He started 81 games as a rookie and should improve on those decent numbers if he remains the starter. That may be the case with the Wolves holding the worst record in the West and Ridnour looming as a possible trade candidate.
8. Kwame Brown, Bobcats -- As far as rebounding specialists are concerned, Brown is a big help. He's averaging 9.3 boards over his last nine games and has secured his place in the starting five. Think a healthy Udonis Haslem (fantasy-wise, at least)
9. Samuel Dalembert, Kings -- Cousins seems to have locked up the starting job, but Dalembert has been doing enough damage to warrant a look in deep leagues. Plus, his $12.2 million expiring contract makes him an ideal trade candidate, and he could find a starting job at the deadline.
10. Tony Allen, Grizzlies -- Allen turned in 27 points, five steals, and three blocks against the Thunder, but that came without Rudy Gay or O.J. Mayo in the lineup. Treat Allen as a valid steals specialist with upside.