Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Now that the NBA trade deadline has passed, it's time to figure out which fantasy players' stock will increase and which ones will take a dip in value.
There was a lot more action than in previous years, though one big name, Amare Stoudemire, didn't need a plane ticket out of Phoenix as the Suns apparently couldn't get their asking price.
Fantasy owners will have to watch very carefully over the next few days to see who gets court time and who sits on the bench and watches.
Meanwhile, here are 15 players who have seen changes to their value or at least changes in scenery.
Kevin Martin, Houston - Martin has been a disappointment for most fantasy owners, particularly his points production which has seen an average drop from 24.6 in 2008-09 to 19.8 in 2009-10. The good news, however, is that he'll have plenty of opportunities to score in Houston. Assuming he is healthy and stays that way, he could return to last year's level of play and production.
John Salmons, Milwaukee - The Milwaukee Bucks have been searching for a scorer ever since Michael Redd went down with a season-ending injury. Salmons could provide that as he did last year averaging 18.3 ppg for the Bulls. He wasn't doing nearly as well this season, averaging just 12.7 ppg, but could take some pressure off rookie point guard Brandon Jennings.
Tyrus Thomas, Charlotte - The very athletic power forward/center should be useful for the rebounding-deficient Bobcats. If Thomas can get the hang of Larry Brown's offense he could help on the boards immediately because both centers, Tyson Chandler and Nazr Mohammed are hurting. However, he shouldn't expect many plays run for him at the offensive end.
Sergio Rodriguez, New York Knicks - Rodriguez didn't get much of a chance to produce in Sacramento, but that could eventually change for the Knicks where he could and should supplant Chris Duhon at point guard. The key word for fantasy players is "eventually," it won't happen tomorrow because point guards have to know the entire offense and every teammates' tendencies.
Wesley Mathews, Utah - In was one of the lessor publicized deals, Ronnie Brewer was shipped off to Memphis where he likely won't be seen again this season. The other side of the coin is that a starting spot has opened up in for the Jazz and Mathews should get the first shot at the job.
Francisco Garcia, Sacramento - Garcia has missed most of the season with a wrist injury that will likely bother him all season. However, he's the most likely starter at shooting guard with Martin being shipped to the Rockets. He could become a 15 ppg scorer, but watch to see if he is truly healthy before putting him in your lineup.
Antawn Jamison, Cleveland - Jamison will enjoy playing the games more, because winning is always more fun than losing, but his fantasy owners have to be disappointed. He's not going to get 17.1 shots-per-game as he did in Washington and he'll be the third or fourth option behind LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal and possible Mo Williams. If you can still trade him and get value, now would be the time...actually last week would have been better, but hindsight is 20-20.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Washington - He likely won't play for the Wizards, instead being bought out and possibly signed by Atlanta. He didn't have any value as a backup to "Shaq" in Cleveland and unless he goes to Atlanta and they decide to make Al Horford a power forward, won't have value there either.
Trevor Ariza, Houston - Someone has to lose out after the trading of shooting guard Kevin Martin and that guy is off-season free agent signee Trevor Ariza. Ariza has had a solid year, scoring 15.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 3.6 apg, but he'll likely get backup minutes at SG and split time at SF with Shane Battier and Jared Jeffries.
Shane Battier, Houston - Battier has started 53 game this year, but will likely take a backseat to Ariza at the SF role. He had borderline fantasy value before, he'll have no fantasy value now.
Nate Robinson, Boston - The "look-at-me" style Robinson played in New York will have to be supplanted by a "team" attitude in Boston. There is no way he averages 17.2 ppg like last year or even the 13.2 ppg he was scoring this season. Expect Eddie House-type numbers.
Ronnie Brewer, Memphis - Brewer (9.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.8 apg) was shipped off to Memphis where he likely won't be seen again this season. If he was still on your bench, he has become practically worthless as a backup for the Grizzlies and should be dropped.
Carl Landry, Sacramento - Although Landry was coming off the Houston bench, he was getting a solid 27 minutes of court time and averaging 16.1 ppg and 5.5 rpg. He should get the starting assignment for the Kings, but will still have to share time with 2008 first-round pick (12th overall) Jason Thompson.
Marcus Camby, Portland - Camby will do the same thing in Portland that he did in Los Angeles for the Clippers, or for that matter, Denver, the Knicks and Toronto in previous stops - rebound and play defense. Expect eight-to-nine points and nine-to-10 rebounds-per-game.
Tracy McGrady, New York - He hasn't played since December 23rd, the last of six appearances for Houston, and he won't play again this season. He has zero fantasy value.