Notable December splits

Which players helped, hurt their fantasy value in the past month?

Updated: January 6, 2014, 3:48 PM ET
By Brian McKitish | Special to ESPN.com

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With another month of the season in the books, it's time for another game of fun with numbers, this time focusing on recent trends and splits for the month of December.

The Top 130

"Note: Brian McKitish's top 130 players are ranked for their fantasy value for the 2013-14 NBA season. Previous rank is indicated in parentheses. "

1. Kevin Durant, OKC (1)
2. LeBron James, MIA (2)
3. Anthony Davis, NO (3)
4. Stephen Curry, GS (5)
5. Paul George, IND (6)
6. Kevin Love, MIN (7)
7. James Harden, HOU (8)
8. John Wall, WSH (9)
9. Kyrie Irving, CLE (10)
10. DeMarcus Cousins, SAC (12)
11. Carmelo Anthony, NY (11)
12. LaMarcus Aldridge, POR (13)
13. Serge Ibaka, OKC (14)
14. Dirk Nowitzki, DAL (15)
15. Nicolas Batum, POR (16)
16. Damian Lillard, POR (17)
17. Isaiah Thomas, SAC (19)
18. Paul Millsap, ATL (30)
19. Ty Lawson, DEN (20)
20. Michael Carter-Williams, PHI (21)
21. Monta Ellis, DAL (22)
22. Al Jefferson, CHA (23)
23. Dwyane Wade, MIA (24)
24. Eric Bledsoe, PHO (18)
25. Blake Griffin, LAC (25)
26. Deron Williams, BKN (26)
27. Brandon Jennings, DET (27)
28. Jeff Teague, ATL (34)
29. Mike Conley, MEM (29)
30. Ricky Rubio, MIN (28)
31. Kemba Walker, CHA (31)
32. David Lee, GS (32)
33. Kyle Lowry, TOR (33)
34. Klay Thompson, GS (35)
35. Luol Deng, CHI (36)
36. Jrue Holiday, NO (37)
37. Tony Parker, SA (38)
38. Spencer Hawes, PHI (39)
39. Goran Dragic, PHO (40)
40. Thaddeus Young, PHI (45)
41. Dwight Howard, HOU (42)
42. Nikola Vucevic, ORL (43)
43. Rudy Gay, SAC (44)
44. Roy Hibbert, IND (41)
45. Josh Smith, DET (46)
46. Chandler Parsons, HOU (47)
47. Andre Drummond, DET (49)
48. Bradley Beal, WSH (50)
49. Kevin Martin, MIN (51)
50. Wesley Matthews, POR (52)
51. Victor Oladipo, ORL (48)
52. Tim Duncan, SA (54)
53. Pau Gasol, LAL (55)
54. Chris Bosh, MIA (61)
55. Derrick Favors, UTAH (56)
56. Evan Turner, PHI (57)
57. Arron Afflalo, ORL (58)
58. Gordon Hayward, UTAH (59)
59. Joakim Noah, CHI (60)
60. Chris Paul, LAC (4)
61. Greg Monroe, DET (62)
62. Nikola Pekovic, MIN (63)
63. Brandon Knight, MIL (72)
64. DeMar DeRozan, TOR (64)
65. Jonas Valanciunas, TOR (66)
66. Larry Sanders, MIL (67)
67. Trey Burke, UTAH (68)
68. Zach Randolph, MEM (69)
69. Ryan Anderson, NO (53)
70. Jose Calderon, DAL (71)
71. DeAndre Jordan, LAC (73)
72. Kawhi Leonard, SA (74)
73. Tobias Harris, ORL (75)
74. Paul Pierce, BKN (76)
75. Andre Iguodala, GS (77)
76. Jimmy Butler, CHI (78)
77. Marcin Gortat, WSH (65)
78. Jeff Green, BOS (70)
79. Eric Gordon, NO (79)
80. Tyreke Evans, NO (86)
81. Carlos Boozer, CHI (80)
82. Marc Gasol, MEM (81)
83. Jameer Nelson, ORL (82)
84. Trevor Ariza, WSH (83)
85. Lance Stephenson, IND (84)
86. Andrew Bogut, GS (85)
87. Andray Blatche, BKN (87)
88. David West, IND (88)
89. Nene Hilario, WSH (89)
90. J.R. Smith, NY (90)
91. Jeremy Lin, HOU (91)
92. Tyson Chandler, NY (92)
93. Jamal Crawford, LAC (95)
94. Rajon Rondo, BOS (100)
95. Reggie Jackson, OKC (96)
96. Dion Waiters, CLE (94)
97. Tristan Thompson, CLE (99)
98. Darren Collison, LAC (NR)
99. Avery Bradley, BOS (101)
100. George Hill, IND (102)
101. Nick Young, LAL (103)
102. Gerald Henderson, CHA (104)
103. Amir Johnson, TOR (97)
104. Terrence Jones, HOU (105)
105. O.J. Mayo, MIL (106)
106. J.J. Hickson, DEN (107)
107. Wilson Chandler, DEN (108)
108. Miles Plumlee, PHO (109)
109. Manu Ginobili, SA (110)
110. Robin Lopez, POR (112)
111. Joe Johnson, BKN (113)
112. John Henson, MIL (93)
113. Jordan Crawford, BOS (115)
114. Mario Chalmers, MIA (117)
115. Kenneth Faried, DEN (111)
116. Kyle Korver, ATL (118)
117. Lou Williams, ATL (116)
118. Shawn Marion, DAL (119)
119. Terrence Ross, TOR (129)
120. Jared Sullinger, BOS (98)
121. Anderson Varejao, CLE (NR)
122. Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL (121)
123. Corey Brewer, MIN (122)
124. Russell Westbrook, OKC (123)
125. Rodney Stuckey, DET (124)
126. Brandan Wright, DAL (125)
127. Kendall Marshall, LAL (NR)
128. Jodie Meeks, LAL (130)
129. Channing Frye, PHO (127)
130. Ersan Ilyasova, MIL (NR)

9.7: Free throw attempts per game for DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins has been ultra aggressive on the offensive end with 23.8 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.1 steals and 0.8 blocks while shooting 52.1 percent from the floor and 73.3 percent from the line over the past month. He has been a top-10 value for a little more than a month now, and he should be treated like a first-round talent in trade negotiations.

5.2: Offensive rebounds per game for Nikola Pekovic in 13 games during the month of December. Only Andre Drummond (6.0) had more offensive rebounds per game last month. Pekovic's prowess on the offensive glass is the primary reason for his 20.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 51.2 percent shooting from the floor over the past month. Pek would be ranked much higher if he contributed more in steals (0.5) or blocks (0.4).

52.7: Field goal percentage in 15.5 shot attempts per game for Thaddeus Young. Young bounced back from a mediocre November to post 20.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.3 3-pointers while shooting 52.7 percent from the floor and 82.1 percent from the line in 13 games in December. This is exactly the kind of production many of us were expecting when we predicted a breakout season from Young at the start of the season.

18.4: Rebounds per 48 minutes for Miles Plumlee in 13 games during the month of December. Plumlee averaged close to a double-double with 1.7 blocks in just 25.8 minutes per game last month. With production like that, it was surprising to see him bouncing between the most added/most dropped list over the past few weeks. Granted, Plumlee would be more valuable if he shot better from the free throw line, or if he were more consistent on a nightly basis, but he should still be owned in all fantasy leagues at this point.

8.2: Assists per game for Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague, who is coming on strong and will be even more valuable with Al Horford out for the year. Teague averaged 16.6 points, 8.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 3-pointers last month and figures to be a top-30 player for the remainder of the season.

4.5: Steals plus blocks plus 3-pointers per game for Paul Millsap in 14 December games. Millsap averaged 20.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.3 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers last month. He'll probably come back down to earth in the 3-point shooting department, but the rest of his numbers are absolutely legit, particularly now that Al Horford is out for the year. He's a good bet to return top-20 value the rest of the way.

6.5: 3-point field goal attempts per game for Jameer Nelson in 13 games last month. Nelson has been extremely underrated this season, despite posting 14.0 points, 6.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.6 3-pointers in December. I still have some doubts on Nelson's long-term value given his injury history and the presence of Victor Oladipo in the Orlando Magic backcourt, so there is definitely a little sell high opportunity here.

16.2: Field goal attempts per game for Bucks point guard Brandon Knight in 15 games during the month of December. Knight was brilliant last month with 18.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.7 3-pointers in 32.7 minutes per game. I still have a hard time trusting anyone in Milwaukee, but Knight has been fantastic for more than a month now and appears to be a safe investment the rest of the way.

14.0: Rebounds per game for DeAndre Jordan, best in the league in the month of December. Jordan might be shooting 38.9 percent from the free throw line with just 8.1 points per game over the past month, but he's really getting it done on the defensive end with 14.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals and 2.3 blocks per game during that span. For all of his faults, Jordan is actually providing top-50 value in fantasy leagues according to our Player Rater.

27.7: Minutes per game for Milwaukee Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo posted a modest 8.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, but has shown plenty of promise and upside in the process. Look for the 7-26 Bucks to continue to give him more run as they fall deeper and deeper into the basement in the Eastern Conference.

5.8: 3-point field goal attempts per game for Terrence Ross in 12 starts on the season. Ross is averaging 14.0 points, 0.9 steals and 2.8 3-pointers as a starter this season, and is currently owned in just 25.6 percent of ESPN.com leagues. He's mostly going to be a scoring and 3-point specialist, but is a player who should be owned in most fantasy formats.

7: Double-doubles for J.J. Hickson in 15 games in the month of December. Hickson finished the month with 11.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks in just 26.2 minutes per game. The lack of blocks and poor free throw shooting limits his upside, but Hickson has played well enough to earn more minutes in the Denver frontcourt. Do not be surprised if his minutes per game creep above the 30 per night mark as we move deeper into the season.

Brian McKitish is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com and is a two-time Fantasy Basketball Writer of the Year, as named by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

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