The trade deadline has finally come and gone in the NBA and with it most player movement for the rest of the season. Each year, the savvy fantasy owners look at not only which players moved, but also which ones didn't and the expanded roles that some trades may offer. With big names gone, some lesser known players will get big opportunities.
The biggest beneficiary of the trade deadline deals so far easily is Washington's Andray Blatche. He has exploded since the trades that sent Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood out of the nation's capital averaging over 25 points and 10 rebounds in his last 5 games. Pick him up if he's available in your league.
The Clippers DeAndre Jordan will also see an expanded role after the trade that jettisoned Marcus Camby from LA LA land. The Clippers also received Drew Gooden in another deadline deal which may negatively effect Jordan's production so proceed with caution. With the dearth of consistently performing fantasy centers Jordan may be worth a flier in larger leagues.
Chicago's Taj Gibson has been another noticeable beneficiary of a trade. The deal that sent Tyrus Thomas out of the Chi has given Gibson even more opportunities. He had been playing pretty well in his rookie campaign but has seen a bump since the trade averaging 12 points and 10+ rebounds since the AS break.
One player who will benefit from new surroundings is the Bucks' John Salmons. After being dealt from the Bulls Salmons goes to a Bucks team with a huge hole at SG after the injury to Michael Redd. Salmons has responded averaging close to 18 points in his first three starts for the Bucks including a 19 point, 7 assist and 5 rebound effort against Bob's Cats.
If any of the guys mentioned are free in your league give 'em a try. They all should have ample opportunities to produce over the rest of the season.