NBA Fantasy: Week Five Observations

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer INovember 30, 2009

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 09: Carlos Boozer #5 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket past David Lee #42 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2009 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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1. Carlos Boozer

He's playing like an All-Star. Boozer is averaging 20 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and shooting 55 percent from the field. He is setting career highs in minutes (35 per game) FT percentage (82.7), and assists (3.4). He has scored at least 20 points in seven of his past eight games and is playing his way into first-round fantasy value.

2. Marcus Camby

His stock is rising. Camby is 10th in the NBA in boards (10.2) and fourth in blocks (2.06). Over the past four games he is averaging 12.5 points, 15.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.5 steals, and 3.0 blocks.

3. Tim Duncan

Sell high. Duncan has scored 20-plus points in seven of his past eight games. He is fifth in the NBA with 10.8 rebounds and sixth with 1.92 blocks per game. He also is shooting 76 percent from the foul line, his best since the 1999-00 season.

4. Monta Ellis

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Ellis is on fire: He is ninth in the NBA in scoring with 23.1 points per game. He scored 34, 37, and 42 points in his three games before his most recent versus the Blazers. His scoring outburst can be attributed to the Warriors being shorthanded. On the season, he averages 39.3 minutes per game, which is sixth in the league. Ellis is also second in the NBA with 2.4 steals per game.

5. Mike Dunleavy

He's back. Dunleavy played his first game of the season last Friday versus the Mavs. He scored 13 points, and recorded a steal, a block, and a three-pointer. He will be limited to around 20 minutes per game, but will have fantasy impact once he gets into game shape.

Honorable Mention

Steve Nash leads the NBA with 12.1 assists per game. Dwight Howard leads the league with 12.4 rebounds per game. The Magic are 14-4, Suns are 14-3, Nets are 0-17.