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Fantasy Dish: January stats, trends

2/3/2014

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

The Top 130

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

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

Here's a look at a variety of players who posted noteworthy points, boards, assists, steals, blocks, minutes or shooting percentages over the first month of 2014.

40.1: Minutes per game for Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons. Parsons is one of the league's most underrated fantasy players; in 11 games in January, he averaged 17.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.5 3-pointers.

He's made a killing knocking down 3-pointers at a near 40 percent clip as the perfect complement to Houston's inside-outside game alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard.

41.1: 3-point field goal percentage for Jodie Meeks. With per-game averages of 18.9 points, 1.9 steals and 2.6 3-pointers in 38.1 minutes, Meeks surprisingly finished 22nd on our Player Rater over the past month.

Meeks may not be able to secure 38-plus minutes per game once the Lakers get healthy, but he should be able to retain some value for his scoring, 3-point shooting and steals given the way he's been lighting it up lately.

10: Double-doubles for Al Jefferson in 16 games last month. Big Al averaged a brilliant 23.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.0 block per game while shooting 53.7 percent from the floor during that span.

He may not continue to get 19.7 shot attempts once Kemba Walker returns, but Jefferson is locked in and should continue to provide 20-plus points with 10 to 11 boards per game the rest of the way.

3: Steals plus blocks per game for Joakim Noah. After slumping to start the season, Noah has turned it on by averaging 13.6 points, 14.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.9 blocks over his past 14 games.

He should continue to put up huge numbers for the depleted Bulls as they continue to battle for a playoff spot in the East.

1.6: Blocks per game for Taj Gibson in 31.5 minutes per game in the month of January. Gibson has long been a favorite of mine for his shot-blocking skills, but has never been able to secure consistent playing time on a long-term basis until now.

With Luol Deng in Cleveland, Gibson has been given extra run in the Bulls' frontcourt where he's delivered averages of 12.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over the past month. Look for Gibson to remain a big part of the Bulls' frontcourt as the sixth man.

4.9: Offensive rebounds per game for Jared Sullinger, which ranked best in the league in January despite Sullinger playing just 26.5 minutes per game. Sully has lost some minutes to Kris Humphries and Brandon Bass, but has still averaged close to a double-double with 11.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game last month.

This isn't an ideal situation for fantasy owners given the timeshare, but Sully is still the guy you want to own in the Celtics' frontcourt.

33.4: Minutes per game for Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll, who is owned in just 17.6 percent of ESPN.com leagues. Carroll has flown largely under the radar, but has posted 12.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.6 3-pointers with terrific shooting percentages over the past month.

Those in need of steals and 3-pointers should certainly give Carroll a look in standard fantasy leagues.

9.6: Free throw attempts per game for Blake Griffin. Blake is shooting 73.6 percent from the line over the past month, quite the improvement for a guy who shot 52.1 percent from the line two seasons ago and 66.0 percent last season.

Griffin is having an absolute monster season, posting averages of 25.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 15 games in the month of January -- with Chris Paul out of action.

6.8: 3-point field goal attempts per game for Wilson Chandler in 31.8 minutes per game in the month of January. Chandler has really come into his own in recent action, averaging 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.7 3-pointers per game over the past month.

With increased shot attempts and involvement in the offense, Chandler is set to deliver a huge second half. And those who remember his days with the Knicks know that his current production is no fluke.

30.4: Minutes per game for Courtney Lee since joining the Grizzlies in early January. With Tony Allen on the sideline due to a hand injury, Lee has been fantastic, posting 14.2 points, 1.0 steals and 1.2 3-pointers per game while shooting 56.4 percent from the floor and 91.4 percent from the line.

Allen is expected to return sometime this week, but Lee should have some staying power in deeper fantasy leagues, particularly with Mike Conley expected to miss some time with an ankle injury.