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|Andris Biedrins provides typical big man numbers when he's healthy.|
Derek Fisher, PG, Lakers (4.7 percent owned): Fish started the season sluggishly, as many believe the demands of labor negotiations took a toll on this 15-year vet. But he still is starting at point guard for the Lakers, has played 30 or more minutes in three of the past four contests and is averaging 5.4 assists per game in 10 January contests after averaging just 3.0 per game in five December bouts. Only 22 players average more assists per game than Fisher, so even though his only other contribution is minimal steals (1.1 per game), if you need dimes, he's an option.Jordan Farmar, PG, Nets (1.3 percent owned): Farmar has established himself as one of the best backup point guards in the league, and last season he proved his ability to produce when given opportunity by averaging 13.7 points, 9.1 assists, 1.5 3-pointers and 1.0 steals per game in 18 starts. He started the season slow, but in his past nine contests, he has averaged 4.2 assists per game with 1.7 3s in 21.7 minutes. Beyond the starting point guards, Farmar provides steady assists and 3s, and he has significant upside should Deron Williams miss any time. Earl Watson, PG, Jazz (0.7 percent owned): Devin Harris has been atrocious this season, and Watson is proving more capable of facilitating the offense, as he ranks 10th in the league with 10.7 assists per 48 minutes. Watson also is higher on the Player Rater than Harris, as well as other more commonly owned point guards such as Jameer Nelson, Ramon Sessions and Norris Cole. His 4.7-assists-per-game rate is higher than those of starting point guards Jrue Holiday, Mario Chalmers and Tyreke Evans, and even though his contributions elsewhere are minimal, he's worth a look in a deep league if you need assists.
Mike Miller, SG/SF, Heat (16.8 percent owned): He's in line to get plenty of open looks from downtown with defenses focusing on Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, and even though he'll see limited minutes, this is a guy who averaged 2.9 3s per game a few years ago. The career 40.5 percent shooter from long range could easily average 1.5 to 2.0 3s per game in a specialist role for the Heat.Daniel Green, SG, Spurs (6.7 percent owned): Green has assumed a major role in the Spurs' rotation with Manu Ginobili sidelined, and is averaging 1.9 3s, 1.2 blocks and 0.7 steals in 21.1 minutes per game this month. He has topped the 30-minute mark in two of his past four contests, including 38 minutes played Wednesday. More minutes should equal more production, and along with the 3s, his blocks and steals are legit. His senior season at UNC, he averaged 2.0 3s, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. A player contributing in both 3s and blocks is rare, and even though his stats will dip when Ginobili returns, Green can help fantasy teams now and has a skill set designed for fantasy hoops. Jodie Meeks, SG, Sixers (3.1 percent owned): Meeks was a surprising fantasy contributor last season, but his numbers are down across the board this season, primarily due to the depth and unselfish nature of the Sixers' roster. But he has heated up in his past nine games, averaging 2.2 3s per contest with at least one trey in each game. He's getting more run as well, topping 30 minutes in each of his past four contests, so look for his numbers to creep closer to last season's production, when he averaged 1.9 3s per game.
|John Salmons (defender, middle), now of the Sacramento Kings, has struggled shooting-wise this season, but he's still playing the D.|
Taj Gibson, PF, Bulls (5.0 percent owned): Like his second-unit frontcourt mate, Omer Asik, Gibson puts up excellent per-minute numbers on the defensive end, with 1.4 blocks per game in just 20.1 minutes per contest. That production is dependable, as he averaged 1.3 per game in 21.8 minutes last season, and has some upside with both Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah prone to injuries.Jermaine O'Neal, C, Celtics (2.2 percent owned): He's a shell of his former self, but O'Neal is still producing in the blocks department, with 1.6 per game on the season and 2.0 per game this month. He's also averaging 7.2 rebounds per game in his past five, so even though his production is limited, he provides enough blocks and boards to help owners in deep formats. Bismack Biyombo, PF, Bobcats (0.8 percent owned): As advertised, the rookie is swatting the ball at an astounding rate of 5.96 blocks per 48 minutes. He's not getting enough run to be worthwhile in standard leagues, although if you're desperate for blocks in deep formats, he's rejecting 1.5 per game, and his playing time will only increase.
Josh Whitling is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.