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By: Joe Bond

The trade deadline has passed and it wasn’t nearly the eventful trade deadline we all expected, or hoped it would be.  The biggest name to be traded was J.J. Redick, if you can really even call that a big name.  However, that trade has made the situation in Orlando quite interesting by making a few unknown players relevant in fantasy basketball, and that’s what I’m going to start with today.

Those players I was referring too are Moe Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, and Tobias Harris.  Starting with Harkless, he currently has the starting small forward spot since the J.J. Redick trade, and has been averaging 14.8 points, 6 rebounds and a almost a steal and a block a game.  Now I say he currently has the starting spot because Tobias Harris is playing well in his three games with Orlando averaging 17.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and a steal, and has outplayed Harkless in all three games.  Andrew Nicholson is still benefiting from Glen Davis injury, but has started to struggle a bit lately and seen his minutes decrease as well.  Another player worth mentioning in Orlando is Al Harrington. He is still a bit of a question mark since he is just returning from injury.  In his first game back he scored 9 points with 3 rebounds and 2 assists, but only played 12 minutes.  Tonight’s game was even worse with 4 points in only 7 minutes.  I don’t really see Harrington making a huge impact for a while with the Magic trying to develop the younger players since they are clearly out of the playoffs.  That being said I would pick up Harkless and Harris, probably Harris first, and if you are in deeper leagues Nicholson is worth a look too.

After the Houston/Sacramento trade, an interesting situation to look at is the Houston power forward spot.  After they acquired Thomas Robinson, I fully expected him to take over the starting role and have a lot of value going forward.  Instead Houston is going to ease him into the rotation and give Donatas Motiejunas a chance to take show what he can do.  At this point I wouldn’t pick up either player, but maybe keep an eye on Motiejunas to see how he plays with an increased workload.  

The other side of the Thomas Robinson trade was Houston getting Patrick Patterson.  First thought was he would be sitting behind the lately surging Jason Thompson, but tonight’s game has proven that to be different.  Patterson got more minutes than Thompson and put up a better stat line too.  I think this becomes a timeshare, which would make both players fantasy irrelevant in standard leagues.

Below are some other players that have gotten my attention lately as potential pickups.

Al-Farouq Aminu (SF – NO) – Aminu has been up and down all year but lately has really turned things around lately, especially in the defensive categories.  The most impressive thing is his 2.3 rebounds he has averaged in the last week, but he is also adding 8.3 rebounds and 2 steals.  I doubt the blocks will come at this rate, considering he is only averaging 0.7 on the season, but if you are in the need of some defensive categories, then look no further.

Derrick Williams (PF – Min) – The contribution from power forward spot has been going back and forth between Williams and Cunningham since Kevin Love got injured, making neither player worth of a pickup.  Lately though Williams has seemed to take it over, averaging 17.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, a 3-pointer and 1 steal a game in the last week.  On the other hand Cunningham has only averaged 6.3 points, 3.8 rebounds in the span of time.  Safe to say Williams has taken the spot over and is worth a hard look in standard leagues.  

Caron Butler (SF – LAC) – Butler has been on fire the last four games, averaging 16 points, 2.2 threes and a steal a game.  He can get cold, just as quickly as he got hot, but he is doing so well right now I would ride the hot hand while I could.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the FantasySixPack.net website. Joe is one of the Experts included in the FantasyPros Consensus Rankings for Football, Baseball and Basketball and finished well each year. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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