Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
We're just a few days away from the mid-point of this shortened 66-game 2011-12 NBA fantasy season with most teams having played 26-30 games. This is a good time to take an overview of your roster, evaluate its strengths and weaknesses and make the necessary changes for a big second half and a shot at the league championship.
Jeremy Lin, New York - This is a case of a player getting his opportunity to shine and producing beyond all fantasy owners wildest expectations. If you picked him up a week a go, it's also the perfect example of how to trade a player at his absolute peak. Lin's fantasy value will never be higher than it is today. If you saw Saturday's story entitled, "Lin-Mania Reaches New Heights" you will note the reasons his value will fall from this point forward - namely the return of Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. Sell! Sell! Sell!
Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota - As expected, his scoring took a hit with the return of Kevin Love, but he's still playing well enough to stay in your lineup. Pekovic has averaged 16.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg in the two games since Love's return from suspension. Pekovic should be the Timberwolves starting center for the remainder of the season and his inside game fits well with Love who can play inside or outside. Pekovic is still available in about half of all leagues and should be an immediate pickup for all those who need a big man.
Antawn Jamison, Cleveland - Jamison may no longer be the offensive star he was in Golden State and Washington, but in six February games he's sure looked the part averaging 23.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.8 apg. With center Anderson Varejao likely gone for at least another month, Jamison's hot streak and high rebound totals should continue. He's owned in around 90% of all leagues so unless you had him stashed on your bench, waiting for just this moment, you will have to trade for him. Hopefully his owner hasn't been paying attention and the price will be reasonable.
Derrick Rose, Chicago - Rose and his balky back are wrecking havoc with fantasy owner lineups everywhere. Will he play? Will he play at an MVP level? Rose has missed the last two games, but it was the two previous games where he played a total of 33 minutes and scored just 10 points that was more hurtful to fantasy totals. The obvious temporary solution is Rose's backup C.J. Watson. He won't match Rose statistics, but as a starter this season Watson is averaging 15.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 6.4 apg. Rose is headed to a back specialist today, so we may have better answers soon.
Samuel Dalembert, Houston - Dalembert is a borderline fantasy contributor at his best, which he was in January when he averaged 9.4 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 2.2 bpg. His minutes have been reduced and his production has seen a huge drop this month. The future in Houston is with the young guys and not Dalembert. He should be a candidate to drop if you have other areas of need.
Byron Mullens, Charlotte - The third-year player hasn't started since January 25th and appears to have lost the job to Bismack Biyombo. Unfortunately, Biyombo is not ready to help fantasy lineups. He's averaging just 6.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.0 bpg in four starts. If you are looking for help at the center position - think Pekovic.