Week 16 NBA Fantasy Basketball Risers and Fallers: Vinsanity Is Back

Taylor SmithAnalyst IFebruary 10, 2010

Statistics-wise, Vince Carter is coming off perhaps his worst month of play since he's been in the NBA.

During January, the artist formerly known as "Air Canada" averaged just about nine points per game on horrible 28 percent shooting from the field.

However, he's taken his performance up several notches so far in February.

Here's a list of who's been rising and falling so far this month.


Vince Carter, SG, Orlando Magic

In his last game, the aforementioned Carter scorched the Hornets for 48 points to go along with seven rebounds. 

In the two previous games, he had scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, and was starting to show signs of breaking out of his lengthy funk.

He appears to finally be getting more comfortable with his role with the Magic, and another slump like he endured through January is unlikely.

Donte Greene,G/F, Sacramento Kings

Greene's minutes for the Kings have been extended recently, and the 2008 first-round pick out of Syracuse has made the most of it. 

In his last five games, the 6'11" Greene is averaging about 17 points (up from his season average of nine) and almost six rebounds (up from three). 

Despite his size, he's known as a big-time perimeter scoring threat, and it's shown with his ridiculous 11-of-18 mark from three-point range over that five game stretch.

He's certainly a talent, and would be worth a look.

Andrei Kirilenko, F, Utah Jazz

AK-47, a former first-round caliber fantasy player, has been instrumental in Utah's surge towards the top of the Western Conference standings.

Kirilenko is averaging about 17 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and one block per game in four games in February, and it's been a continuation of his strong performance to end January.

After a couple of down years, he once again appears comfortable in his role, and has been extremely productive.

He is a great all-around player that must be kept in fantasy rotations.


Chris Douglas-Roberts, G, New Jersey Nets

It's been a horrendous season for the Nets, and what's a horrendous season without some locker room turmoil?

It's been recently reported that CDR has fallen out of favor with new Nets coach Kiki Vandeweghe, and could be on the move before next week's trade deadline.

Despite a solid start to his second NBA season, Douglas-Roberts has struggled of late, and hasn't scored in double-figures since January 22. 

Martell Webster, G, Portland Trail Blazers

Hard to call Webster and the next guy fallers, but they are, in this case, due to major lacks in consistency.

After scoring 21 points and connecting on all five of his three-point attempts last Thursday against San Antonio, Webster has struggled to find any rhythm at all in the last two games.

Webster has scored just five points total in those two games, and is just 1-for-8 from three-point range.

While he's shown flashes of absolute brilliance at times this season, he can't be depended upon until he finds some regularity with his performance.

Rasheed Wallace, F/C, Boston Celtics

Wallace has been a bit of a bust of a signing so far for the Celtics, and has not found his rhythm.

On the season, 'Sheed is shooting just 28 percent from beyond-the-arc, and is 1-for-9 so far in four February games.

He, like his Celtics as a whole, looks old this season, and it's looking like his productive career may be on the decline.

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