Monday, December 27, 2010

Five Most Added Players: December 21-27

  1. Kirk Hinrich (11.4 points, 5.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 86.1% FT%): Hinrich put together a nice stretch of games in the absence of John Wall, including two double-doubles, making it clear why fantasy owners have jumped all over him. Wall, though, returned from injury last night. Once the rookie is up to speed, we'll have to see if Hinrich sticks in the starting line up. Because they don't have another point guard off the bench following the Gilbert Arenas trade, Hinrich may be forced into a reserve role with Nick Young continuing to start next to Wall. This is something Hinrich owners will have to watch over the next few games.
  2. Nick Young (14.6 points, 1.4 three-pointers, 84.3% FT%): Young sits near the top of this list for the second consecutive week. He had another 20-point game over the last week and deserves to be owned in all formats for his scoring output and three-point shooting while he's starting. With the recent return of John Wall, though, Young owners will have to watch whether it's Nick or Hinrich that moves to the bench. A move back to a reserve role would put a dent into Young's fantasy value.
  3. Martell Webster (14.4 points, 1.6 three-pointers, 48.5% FG%): Webster has continued his great production since making his season debut and he also appears on this list for the second consecutive week. He's only had one game where he's scored in single digits and he's been a great source of threes with some contributions in steals, rebounds, and assists. The Timberwolves have been playing more small ball with Webster in the line up, which is great news for Martell's long term value. He is a must own in all formats and he's available in about 60% of leagues.
  4. Hedo Turkoglu (9.7 points, 1.7 three-pointers, 3.9 rebounds): Fantasy owners have jumped on Turkoglu following his recent trade back to Orlando. Many experts feel he can play like the Hedo of old. We're not as high as others, but Hedo's value certainly rises as a starter for the Magic as opposed to a reserve for Phoenix. He'll certainly do enough to be rosterable in standard formats and should be added in the 15% of leagues where he's still available.
  5. Beno Udrih (13.4 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 84.7% FT%): Udrih has been playing well all season, but many team managers dropped him when he got moved to the bench. Beno, though, has been on a tear since being reinserted into the starting line up. Beno is a player we really like for the rest of the season because he can produce in a variety of categories and he plays big minutes. He's been hovering within the top 100 of our player ratings all season and should be owned in all leagues. He remains unowned in just over 10% of leagues.

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