Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
The late great actor, Tony Curtis, playing Lt. JG Nicholas Holden in the underrated comedy Operation Petticoat (1959) said," in confusion, there is profit."
It's the same in the fantasy world. When an injury, suspension, or change in a lineup breaks the routine, a fast-acting owner can benefit.
Below you will find half-a-dozen players who have had a recent change in status and could be of benefit to you.
Samuel Dalembert, Sacramento (45%) - After Saturday night's loss to Oklahoma City, talented rookie DeMarcus Cousins got into an altercation with teammate Donte Greene and has been "sat down" for an undetermined number of games. That has opened up a starting spot for former Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert. He took advantage, posting 18 points and 15 rebounds in 31 minutes of action on Sunday night. Depending on how long the team decides to penalize Cousins, Dalembert could be a temporary fix for any owner needing big man help.
Carl Landry, Sacramento (61%) - Dalembert wasn't the only Kings' big man to benefit from Cousins absence. Landry played 40 minutes and put up 20 points and 10 rebounds against the Suns. He'd been relegated to about 20 minutes of playing time before the incident, so beware that it's a very temporary fix... unless Sacramento decides to trade the No.5 selection in the 2010 draft which is highly unlikely.
Josh Howard, Washington (12%) - Howard started his first game of the season and paid immediate dividends. In 25 minutes, the former All-Star scored 16 points, hauled in five rebounds and had a pair of assists and steals. Having played just nine games this season, he could be a new source of production for the Wizards and fantasy owners. He's owned in only 12% of all leagues, so is a good waiver selection for this week.
Darrell Arthur, Memphis (12%) - Arthur has looked good in the Grizzlies last two games, posting 12 points and eight rebounds against Milwaukee and 24 points and six boards versus Denver. The first was as a last-minute replacement for injured Zach Randolph, but the second was coming off the bench. It looks like the team has confidence in his ability to perform and he may see increased playing time for the remainder of the season.
Marcin Gortat, Phoenix (52%) - Gortat doesn't start for the Suns, but he gets plenty of court time and has been solid of late. He's averaging 12.5 ppg and 9.8 rpg in February while playing 29.2 minutes which is more than starter Robin Lopez is getting (15.2 minutes).
Willie Green, New Orleans (3%) - Green has started the last three games for the Hornets and averaged 17 ppg as Chris Paul's backcourt mate. He doesn't contribute much elsewhere, but if you need backcourt scoring, he's your guy.