UP Charlie Villanueva, F, Milwaukee
The UConn product averaged 23 points and nine rebounds per game during a recent 10-game stretch and will continue to earn plenty of action because of Michael Redd's season-ending injury. With his minutes consistently in the low 40s and his production mirroring that of a solid No. 2 fantasy forward, Villanueva is a terrific late-season waiver steal.
UP Luol Deng, F, Chicago
Deng is a fantasy tweener: You're never sure if he should be in your lineup, because he doesn't excel statistically in any one area. But he recently averaged 18.2 points and eight rebounds per game over a five-game stretch, and his rebounding numbers during January -- he had eight games with eight or more rebounds -- are particularly encouraging because his career average is 6.4.
UP Lamar Odom, F, Lakers:
Lakers center Andrew Bynum went down last weekend with a knee injury and Odom, a bench player this year, is expected to move into the starting power forward spot. Odom is capable of providing solid fantasy numbers across the board, and chances are he's available in nearly all formats.
DOWN Samuel Dalembert, C, Philadelphia
Like Villanueva's, Dalembert's career fantasy value can be summed up in one word: tease. The pride of Seton Hall has been rebounding and blocking shots well lately, but don't be fooled and waste a roster spot on the guy. His field goal percentage is solid and his durability unquestioned, but Dalembert is too up and down to be fantasy worthy.
DOWN Andris Biedrins, C, Golden State
Biedrins is a per-minute rebounding machine, but perhaps his coach, Don Nelson, is not aware: For some reason Biedrins was playing just 25 minutes per night during a recent four-game stretch. He averaged 10.25 rebounds during those contests, so he's making the most of his chances, but Biedrins has three other things working against him: a sore wrist, a penchant for foul trouble, and an awful team.
DOWN Andrea Bargnani, C, Toronto
Bargnani's production has dipped lately, and the return of Jermaine O'Neal to Toronto's lineup is the likely reason. In mid-January, Bargnani was routinely playing over 40 minutes per night, but last weekend he averaged 29.6 minutes over three games while missing 27 shots.
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