Feb. 8 Fantasy Trends: Hot pickups

EVD is back on TTT after a wild weekend of partying and will have some things for you coming up this morning. But for right now, here are some questionable fantasy tips.

With a new week of head-to-head play right around the corner, here is a look at some free-agent type players that will give your rosters a boost…

Wally Szczerbiak, Cavs SG/SF-Wally World could return to the starting lineup with Sasha Pavlovic injured (again) and has good value. He is good for two or three 3-pointers per game, double-figure scoring, and can also grab a few boards here and there. He has a very high FG% for a pure jump-shooter.

Nick Collison, Thunder PF/C-Collison went through a big-time slump in December and January and had many fantasy owners frustrated. He is still available in many leagues, and a 23 point-11 rebound performance Friday against Portland highlighted a big week for the former Jayhawk. The Thunder have a terrible frontcourt aside from Jeff Green, so minutes are up for grabs. Pick him up before somebody else does.

Chris Andersen, Nuggets PF/C-The Birdman has been very impressive over the last month. Andersen has averaged 8.1 ppg and 2.3 blocks per game while shooting 65 % from the field and 75 % from the line. He’s not a great rebounder, but the blocks really improve his value.

Blocked shots make the shirtless Andersen an asset in deep leagues

Blocked shots make the shirtless Andersen an asset in deep leagues

Jose/J.J. Barea, Mavs PG/SG-With Jason Terry out for at least a few weeks, Barea will likely move into the starting lineup. He can really score and will also give you a handful assists per game. Act quickly because he won’t be available for long.

Joakim Noah, Bulls PF/C-Joke Kim is still available in many leagues and offers instant help in the rebounds category. He will score a few points and also has averaged 1.8 blocks per game over the last month.

Antonio McDyess, Pistons PF/C-Apparently Pistons coach Michael Curry is thinking about inserting McDyess into the starting lineup. His minutes are rising and he has averaged 10 ppg and 11 rpg over the past three games while shooting 56 %. Those numbers are just too good to pass up.

MyDyess has quietly been playing well lately

McDyess has quietly put up solid numbers of late

Ronny Turiaf, Warriors PF/C-With Andris Biedrins sidelined for at least 3 weeks, Turiaf moves into the starting lineup and should see a boost in production. He is quietly averaging 2.2 blocks per game this season, and has high FG and FT percentages. Not overly talented, but expect at least 10 points and 7 boards if he gets minutes.

Vladimir Radmanovic, Bobcats SF/PF-It is unclear if Vlady will get big minutes under player-hater Larry Brown, but he should at least see action until Gerald Wallace returns later this month. Vlady is good for several made 3-pointers per game, and can be a very good player when he applies himself. A change of scenery should help his motivation, so stay tuned.

Mareese Speights, 76ers PF/C-The rookie from Florida has been impressive at times this season but also fairly inconsistent. He should get decent minutes now that Elton Brand is done, and his scoring ability makes him a good addition in deep leagues.

Aaron Brooks, Rockets PG/SG-Brooks hasn’t been great over the past month, but he is getting more minutes now that the Von Wafer magic show seems to be winding down. Rick Adelman has occasionally played Brooks at shooting guard to maximize his scoring ability. You never know when T-Mac will be out of the lineup, ensuring that A.B. will get minutes. A decent option in deeper leagues.

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