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Blair poised to continue productive run for Spurs
There are many ways to play fantasy basketball — rotisserie, head to head, lineups that can be changed any time and lineups that lock just prior to Monday night’s tip. With that in mind, Athlon Sports will give you the Fantasy Dime each week. These are 10 things to assist you before you have to lock in that lineup for the week.
DeJuan Blair is another forward-center you might want to take a stab at. He is available in 60 percent of Yahoo's nine-category leagues and had a pretty solid week. In four games last week, he registered three double-doubles and shot 50 percent from the field. The Spurs have a great schedule this week, too. They play Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia and Washington, none of which have a winning record.
PACER OF THE WEEK
It always seems like there's an Indiana player available, and this week's Pacer of choice is Mike Dunleavy. The guard-forward ranks 15th over the last two weeks in nine-category leagues and is still available in 40 percent of Yahoo leagues. The Pacers have a four-game week, taking on Miami, Charlotte, Minnesota and Milwaukee.
NOT HAMSTRUNG ANYMORE
Anthony Morrow returned to New Jersey's starting lineup on Feb. 4 — his first time back there since a hamstring injury shelved him Dec. 14. He has played two games as a starter so far, averaging 16.5 points, two 3s a game, 4.5 rebounds and shooting 54 percent from the field. The Nets only have a three-game slate this week — New Orleans, Charlotte and New York — but Morrow was balling before he injured himself and should get back to that point. He is available in 37 percent of Yahoo leagues.
BUCKING THE TREND
Ersan Ilyasova continues to shine for Milwuakee and its last-place offense (91.3 ppg). The forward had the 20th-best week in nine-category leagues and can still be had in 64 percent of those Yahoo leagues. Until his last game, Ilyasova had posted double-digit scoring efforts in five straight games and averaged 8.6 rebounds during those games. The Bucks play the Raptors, Wizards, Grizzlies and Pacers this week as part of two back-to-backs.
GOOD TIME CHUCK
While injuries have taken their toll on the Houston frontcourt, Chuck Hayes continues to shine as the Rockets' big man. He is the 39th-best nine-category player over the last two weeks and is still available in 63 percent of Yahoo leagues. He's had some nice averages over the last seven games — 10.8 points, 8.7 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals a block per game. The Rockets have just three games this week — Denver, Minnesota and Dallas — but a good center is hard to find.
LAST TWO WEEKS HAVE BEEN A LOU LOU
Lou Williams has been running point for the resurgent 76ers and has not been too shabby a guard in fantasy the last two weeks. Williams, who is eligible at both guard positions in Yahoo leagues and is still available in 47 percent of those leagues, has been the 45th-best nine-category player the last 14 days. That is a marked improvement over his 138th-place rank for the season currently. Philly plays a four-game slate this week — Atlanta, Orlando, San Antonio and Minnesota.
T-MAC IS BACK?
Tracy McGrady is worth a shot for your roster. He is multiple things going for him. In Yahoo nine-category leagues, he is available in 54 percent of them and carries a three-spot eligibility (PG/SG/SF). McGrady has been the 68th-best player over the last 14 days after scoring in double digits the last seven games and eight of the last nine. Of those last seven, T-Mac is averaging over 33 minutes per game, 15.4 points, 5.7 assists and five rebounds.
SHY ON TY
If you were counting on Ty Lawson for this week, you might want to hold up. He underwent an MRI on his left knee Monday morning, and his status is uncertain for Monday's games. The Nuggets play four games this week — Houston, Golden State, Dallas and Memphis — and only Dallas poses a defensive threat. Lawson, however, has not played over 20 minutes since Jan. 30 and has only played over 20 minutes in 10 of the last 20 games.
TAKE IT TO THE HOUSE
If you're in a deeeeeeeep league you might want to give Miami point-shooting guard Eddie House a look. He went from seeing barely any time from Thanksgiving until Jan. 13 and now has played over 20 minutes in eight of the last 11 games, hitting 26 3-pointers during that time, shooting 52 percent from the field and averaging 2.5 rebounds. Those aren't bad numbers for a deep league, and might not be bad numbers in a smaller league if you need a dual-eligibility guard.
Toronto power forward Amir Johnson continues to stay in the upper echelon of fantasy players and there's a chance you can still grab him. He is available in 33 percent of Yahoo leagues and has been the sixth-best nine-category player over the last two weeks. The Raptors play four games this week — Milwaukee, San Antonio, Portland and the Clippers.
— Corby A. Yarbrough @AthlonCorby on Twitter