Fantasy Basketball Risers and Fallers: Mar. 5

Taylor SmithAnalyst IMarch 5, 2010

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The fantasy basketball season is nearing its end, and your team might be scrambling to find some stop-gaps and holes down the stretch.

Have no fear, NBA Soup has got you covered.

Here are five guys (available in most leagues) you should seek out, and five you should probably avoid as you make your final push.


Rodrigue Beaubois, G, Dallas Mavericks

With the orbital bone injury expected to keep Jason Terry out for a couple of weeks, Beaubois, a rookie from France, should see an increased role.

He's owned in just one percent of Yahoo! leagues, so you can almost certainly nab him.

The other night against the T-Wolves, Roddy played 29 minutes, scored 17 points (6-9 FG, 3-5 3pt, 2-3 FT), grabbed two rebounds, dished out four assists, and also added in a blocked shot.

He's a versatile player, and while his role remains small, he's certainly worth at least a look.

C.J. Watson, G, Golden State Warriors

Watson has scored at least 15 points in eight consecutive games for the Warriors, and has been making the most of his additional playing time with Monta Ellis out of the lineup.

He's also recorded at least two steals in each of his last nine games, which makes him an extra-valuable commodity.

He's still almost surely available in your league, so go get him while he's hot.

Nicolas Batum, F, Portland Trail Blazers

Batum came down to earth a bit in Wednesday's game against the Pacers, but his previous two efforts showed what he's capable of.

He came off a 31 point, seven rebound, seven assist effort against the Grizzlies with a 21 point game against the Timberwolves.

He's still available in over 90 percent of leagues, and considering that LeBron-esque line he threw up against Memphis, he's likely worth a roster spot.

Drew Gooden, F, Los Angeles Clippers

Gooden may be playing on his ninth team in eight seasons, but he remains a solid producer.

He's averaging about 15 points and eight rebounds per game since he was dealt to Los Angeles, and he's essentially a must-pick-up at this point.

Without Blake Griffin and Marcus Camby in there to get touches, it's all about Gooden and Chris Kaman in the post for the Clips.

He's looked great so far, and his value should continue to rise.

Robin Lopez, C, Phoenix Suns

Lopez racked up 30 points and 12 rebounds in a Feb. 26 win over the Clippers, but don't expect that from him too often.

Instead, on a good night, he's capable of giving you a solid double-double to group with a pair of blocked shots per game.

He's the starting center for the Suns these days, and he would be especially helpful in the rebounding and shot-blocking departments.

Honorable Mention Risers: J.J. Hickson, F, Cleveland Cavaliers; Anderson Varejao, F, Cleveland Cavaliers; Taj Gibson, F, Chicago Bulls; Tayshaun Prince, F, Detroit Pistons; George Hill, G, San Antonio Spurs; Bill Walker, G, New York Knicks.


Sergio Rodriguez, G, New York Knicks

Just a week after looking like a huge steal for the Knicks at point guard, Rodriguez has struggled recently, and has been replaced for the time being in the Knicks' starting lineup.

His value could still rise with the uncertainty at point guard in New York, but for now, he's a faller.

Tracy McGrady, G, New York Knicks

While he's coming off his best overall game as a Knick (21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, three steals, one block), his recent struggles with his knee are cause for some concern.

You should definitely not drop him by any means, but be cautious if you're planning on keeping him in your lineup, as he's been struggling to stay on the court recently.

Jason Thompson, F, Sacramento Kings

Thompson's time on the floor was expected to take a hit with the addition of Carl Landry to the mix, but now he's been out completely with a back injury.

While he was still a solid rebounder even with Landry in the lineup, Spencer Hawes' solid play may keep Thompson's minutes down upon his return.

Peja Stojakovic, F, New Orleans Hornets

We know Peja for his shooting ability, which he's been struggling with mightily in recent games.

Over his last five games, he's just 5-21 from three-point range, and, considering he doesn't give you much besides scoring, his value is taking a major hit.

Andris Biedrins, C, Golden State Warriors

Biedrins, like Thompson, has missed time recently due to injury, but performance even when healthy this season has left plenty to be desired.

His rebounding and field goal percentages are solid, but the rest of his game is lacking severely.

On the season, he's shooting a stellar 16 percent from the free-throw line.

Luckily for the Warriors, they're locked into this guy for the next several years for exactly $9 million per season.

Honorable Mention Fallers: Mike Miller, G/F, Washington Wizards; Danilo Gallinari, F, New York Knicks; Corey Maggette, G, Golden State Warriors; Martell Webster, G/F, Portland Trail Blazers.


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