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THREE UP, THREE DOWN

Posted by Ed Ryan February 12, 2009 05:54 AM

UP Ryan Gomes, F, Minnesota

A logical beneficiary of Al Jefferson's devastating ACL injury is Gomes, who has consistently started at small forward. Kevin Love is another T-Wolf who will see big minutes with Jefferson out for the season, but Gomes does not get into foul trouble with nearly the same frequency as Love. Expect Gomes' scoring and rebounding production to spike, and he's likely available on waivers.

UP Marvin Williams, F, Atlanta

With teammate Joe Johnson sidelined, Williams has been aggressive, and it's paying off for his fantasy owners. In three contests late last week, Williams averaged 23 points, seven rebounds, and 13.3 free throw attempts per game. Always a fringe fantasy starter, Williams is playing big minutes, so now is a good time to stick him in your lineup.

UP Corey Maggette, F, Golden State

Maggette is hardly a well-rounded player when it comes to statistical value, but he is adept in one category fantasy owners love: scoring. After missing most of December with a hamstring injury, Maggette has averaged 20.3 ppg and has not been held under double digits in scoring one time. He's even averaging nearly six rebounds per game in February.

DOWN Tayshaun Prince, F, Detroit

Prince has always been a reliable fantasy performer, and his stats this season are not much different than his career numbers. Lately, though, Prince has struggled. In the five games through last weekend, he was averaging just 9.8 ppg, and in one of those contests he had just one rebound. With Allen Iverson in the backcourt along with the emerging Rodney Stuckey, Prince will become less and less of a factor in Detroit's offensive sets.

DOWN Paul Millsap, F, Utah

Start making alternate plans. Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko are due to return to the Jazz lineup after the All-Star break, which means Millsap will no longer play the big minutes he's earned during Boozer's absence. Millsap's production has waned, anyway: he hasn't scored over 20 points since Jan. 24, and he's no longer rebounding with the same frequency he did in November, December, and January, when he compiled 19 straight double doubles.

DOWN Beno Udrih, G, Sacramento

The Kings signed Udrih to a huge deal in the off-season, and he certainly looked worthy last weekend, scoring 29 against Oklahoma City. Don't be fooled, though. Udrih scored in double figures just six times in the 19 games before last weekend. He, and the Kings, are too inconsistent.

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