Friday, February 25, 2011

Players to Watch: February 25

These are players we're keeping an eye on over the next week. Stats listed below are from the last 7 days.

  1. Marcus Camby (Has not played due to injury): Don't look now, but the Blazers are starting to get healthy. Camby is close to making a return, possibly as early as tonight. Fantasy squads in need of a defensive center should grab him now.
  2. Shaquille O'Neal (Has not played due to injury): With the trade of Kendrick Perkins, Shaq will take over as Boston's starting center. Shaq has been fairly productive in limited minutes, but his health is always a concern. He's currently dealing with an Achilles injury, but he's expected to return next week. We'll be watching how he performs when he returns. Shaq could become a reliable fantasy contributor if he can stay healthy and play around 25 minutes a night. If Shaq gets hurt again, fantasy owners will have to turn their attention to Nenad Krstic.
  3. Toney Douglas (23 points, 3 three-pointers, 2 steals): In the aftermath of the Carmelo Anthony trade, Douglas may end up as the team's sixth man. He had a big night in New York's first game with Melo and we'll be monitoring whether he continues to see nearly 30 minutes a game off the bench. Toney could be a great source of points, three-pointers, steals, and rebounds (for a guard) if he sees enough court time.
  4. Chase Budinger (20 points, 2 three-pointers, 6 rebounds, 92.3% FT%): Budinger was already heating up in recent games and could become a regular fantasy contributor following the Shane Battier trade. If Budinger's minutes rise into the 30-minute range, Budinger could become a great source of all-around production like Battier was.
  5. Gerald Henderson (15 points, 6 rebounds): Like Budinger, Henderson had put up some big scoring nights of late. The Gerald Wallace deal could move Henderson into the starting line up and have him playing heavy minutes. Henderson could also become a decent source of production across many categories were he given a bigger role in Charlotte.

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