Monday, January 3, 2011

Five Most Added Players: December 28-January 3

  1. Luke Ridnour (11 points, 1.1 three-pointers, 5.4 assists, 1.3 steals, 91.4% FT%): The recent return of Jonny Flynn was expected to hurt Ridnour's value, but it has actually invigorated the Oregon product. In his last five games, Luke is averaging 16 points, 7.2 assists, and 1.6 steals. And with Flynn recently injuring his ankle, Ridnour will continue to play over 30 minutes a night and shows no signs that he's ready to give up the starting point guard job. Ridnour is a must own as long as he's starting. He's available in about half of leagues.
  2. Linas Kleiza (11.8 points, 1.1 three-pointers, 4.8 rebounds): With the recent barrage of injuries, Kleiza has become one of Toronto's main scoring options. He's scored in double figures in six of the team's last seven games, including three double-doubles in that stretch. Once Andrea Bargnani returns, which could happen in the next week, his production should drop off. Those looking for short term help should add Kleiza in the 50% of leagues where he remains available.
  3. DeMar DeRozan (14.2 points, 3.4 rebounds): DeRozan is another Raptor who's benefited from the slew of injuries. DeRozan, though, is just a pure scorer who provides little else in other categories. He doesn't even have three-point range, so his fantasy value is mainly limited to deeper leagues. His value, though, shouldn't change as much as Kleiza's once Toronto gets healthy.
  4. Glen Davis (12.1 points, 5.8 rebounds): Team managers jumped on Davis the moment Kevin Garnett went down with an injury. Davis has been playing big minutes all season and he's managed to stay within the top 150 of our player ratings all year. Because Davis was already seeing a lot of action, the move into the starting line up only slightly upgrades his value. KG is expected back within a couple of weeks, so if Davis wasn't on your radar before Garnett's injury then he's probably not worth picking up now.
  5. James Harden (10.8 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 1.2 steals 82.9% FT%): Harden took his game up a notch in December, scoring in double figures in 11 straight games. Along with his scoring ability, Harden will also chip in a handful of rebounds, assists, and steals. He's a strong speculative addition in standard formats. He's available in about two-thirds of leagues.

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