UP Brook Lopez, C, New Jersey:
Despite the logjam of young big men in New Jersey (Lopez, Josh Boone, Sean Williams, Yi Jianlian), Lopez has emerged as a starter (due to a Boone injury) and a fantasy-worthy center. Against Miami recently, the rookie from Stanford went for 22 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocks. The Nets have upcoming games against Charlotte (twice), Chicago, and Detroit -- and none of those teams is healthy at the center position. If you need help in your frontcourt, take a flyer on Lopez.
UP Paul Millsap, F, Utah:
Carlos Boozer's quad injury has been a blessing for Utah, as Millsap has stepped into Boozer's spot and produced. Celtics fans saw it firsthand; Millsap had 32 points and 10 rebounds against Boston last week at the Garden, and in his last four games Millsap is averaging 24 points and 11 rebounds. Millsap is a no-brainer to start until Boozer returns, and when that happens, hold on to Millsap: Boozer is making noise about opting out of his contract after the season, which could make him a candidate to be traded.
UP Boris Diaw, F, Charlotte:
In the three games since being traded to the Bobcats from the Suns in the Jason Richardson deal, Diaw has averaged 18 points, seven rebounds, and four assists (in Phoenix, Diaw was averaging eight points, four rebounds, and two assists per game). Diaw's ability to impact the box score in several categories makes him a useful fantasy addition no matter your format.
DOWN Andrew Bynum, C, LA Lakers:
Bynum's value is in statistical category leagues, where he'll give you blocks and rebounds. But lately he's playing only 20 to 25 minutes per game because of foul trouble and because the Lakers' defense is slumping (when they play from behind, they play small). He's been in the NBA for three years and is only 21, so hold on to him. But now is not the time to have him in your starting lineup.
DOWN Andre Miller, PG, Philadelphia:
Miller is always a steady fantasy contributor, but his presence here is based strictly on matchups. The veteran is expected to shoulder more of the load for Philly in the wake of Elton Brand's shoulder injury, but don't expect it this week. Philly is in the midst of a tough road trip: After traveling to Boston early in the week, the Sixers are at Denver (a surprising third in the league in field-goal percentage allowed) and at Utah.
DOWN Michael Redd, SG, Milwaukee:
Not only is Redd's field-goal percentage off this season (he's at 41 percent but is 45 percent for his career), he's playing fewer minutes. The reason? An ankle sprain that kept him sidelined for a month. Redd can score and will still help you in that category, but he's worth a trip to the bench this week as the Bucks face two stellar defensive teams: Detroit (home) and San Antonio (road).
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OT beat writersMaureen Mullen brings you Red Sox information and insights.
Tom Wilcox covers the Patriots.
Scott Souza is all over the Celtics.
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