Some players return and others take a seat

Chris Paul will need a couple more games before we see the "fantasy star."
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - He didn't produce many points, or for that matter assists or rebounds, but it was great to see New Orleans superstar Chris Paul return to the floor on Monday. He's not the only quality NBA star to get back in the game.

Although Paul hasn't done much in his two games back, he'll need a couple more games before we see the "fantasy star." That means you might only get a week to a week-and-a-half of high quality starts, but he's still worth it.

Monta Ellis came back on March 11th from two weeks on the sidelines and posted five of eight games with at least 28 points.

In four games since turning an ankle, Gerald Wallace has been a rebounding machine, pulling down 11.8 rpg versus 8.8 for the preceding seven games. He's also scored at his normal 18+ ppg, so he's playing as well as he did at the beginning of the season.

Chicago guard Derrick Rose missed three games with a wrist injury, but came back to score 23 and 27 points in his first two games back.

Marc Gasol, center for the Memphis Grizzlies, is expected back on Sunday.

On the other hand, a couple of big name fantasy stars are nicked up and you will have to watch closely to see if they will play in their team's next few games.

LeBron James has a sprained left ankle, though not severe, and will likely play with the pain.

Going the opposite way is Houston guard Kevin Martin who is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Lakers. Martin, who played in just 51 games in 2008 and 22 games last year, is starting to get a reputation as a fragile player and this can't help matters.

Zach Randolph, ADP 77, missed the end of Memphis' last game, but is probable for Sunday's contest versus Milwaukee. Randolph has had a great fantasy season and is one of just three NBA players averaging 20+ ppg and 10+ rpg (other two are David Lee and Chris Bosh).

Andrew Bogut, who I just featured in a piece last week, will miss Friday's matchup with Miami. The Heat have their own problems as superstar Dwayne Wade wasn't himself in the last game, scoring a season-low 12 points on just seven shots from the field. Wade is playing through a thigh injury.

Leading 2009-10 Rookie-of-the-Year candidate, Tyreke Evans, will miss at least two more games with an assortment of head injuries. With his 20.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 5.6 apg average and an ADP of 133, Evans is also a top candidate for the TSN Best Bargain Award.

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