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THREE UP, THREE DOWN

Posted by Ed Ryan January 15, 2009 05:54 AM

UP Shaquille O'Neal, C , Phoenix:
For the first time in, well, years, O'Neal is worthy of a starting role in fantasy basketball. With 17.6 ppg, 9 rpg, and 1.54 blocks per game, O'Neal has become a dependable performer at center. Shaq hasn't averaged this many points since 2005-06. He doesn't appear finished, as some predicted.

UP Jason Terry, G, Dallas:
The Mavs' sixth man has been gunning this season to the tune of 20 ppg, but now that he's starting in place of the injured Josh Howard (sprained left wrist), he's more than capable of scoring even more, as he did last Sunday against Sacramento (33 points). If Terry is on your bench, start him during the upcoming week.

UP Andrea Bargnani, C, Toronto:
With Jermaine O'Neal (knee) injured and a new coach, Bargnani has been on a tear. He was averaging 22 points and seven rebounds in the four games prior to Wednesday's game with Chicago. Grab Bargnani if he's available, and don't hesitate to start him while O'Neal sits.

DOWN Mike Miller, F/G, Minnesota:
Miller is not fitting in during his first season in Minnesota, and he's not starting. A one-dimensional fantasy performer, Miller can give you scoring (and threes) if he gets enough minutes, but otherwise he's useless. A rumored trade to Cleveland is intriguing; he'd get plenty of opportunities to open things up for LeBron James.

DOWN Troy Murphy, F, Indiana:
Did you know Murphy was averaging a double double (11.9 ppg, 11.2 rpg) this season? He's been quietly consistent, but with Mike Dunleavy working his way into the Pacers' rotation after being injured, Murphy's production is likely to slip.

DOWN Allen Iverson, G, Detroit:
Last season Iverson averaged 26.4 ppg. This season he's scoring just over 18ppg, and with the emergence of Rodney Stuckey, don't expect that number to rise. Iverson is still worthy of starting but probably not worthy of the high draft pick you spent on him.

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