, PG, SG (DEN)--The latest injury to starting point guard Ty Lawson
has opened the door for Andre Miller to return to fantasy relevance once again, when most thought he would fade away at the nd of his career. In two games since joining the Nuggets starting lineup, Miller has seen a significant jump in playing time, averaging just over 38 minutes per game racking up 12 and 10 assists respectively in each contest. He has also scored in double-digits in both games while connecting on almost 50 percent of his field goal attempts while leading the Nuggets offensive attack. His spot in the starting lineup may be short-lived, considering Lawson's injury is not considered to be serious, but until he returns expect Miller to be a threat to reach a double-double on a regular basis.
, SG, SF (DAL)--After a dismal 2011-12 season, many fantasy players wrote-off Vinsanity, but since joining the starting lineup three games ag he has proven to his doubters he still has something left in the tank. In his last three games, Carter has scored at least 13 points while totaling 17 rebounds and six assists at the team's starting small forward. His three point shooting has been lacking, hitting just four field goal attempts from downtown, but that his likely improve as his minutes begin to level off. The Mavericks have been cautious with Dirk Nowitzki
since his return from injury earlier in the month, so that should continue to allow Carter to get regular minutes and stay consistent in terms of fantasy.
, PG (UTA)--Since joining the starting lineup for the Jazz, Jamaal Tinsley has been a hot commodity in fantasy circles. An opportunity opened for Tinsley when Mo Williams
went down with an injury two weeks ago, and he has not looked back, making the best of his recent jump in playing time. In five games as a starter, Tinsley has racked up 27 assists while scoring at least eight points in three of those five games. His most valuable fantasy asset will be in the assist column, but in those five contests he is averaging one steal per game, which puts the icing on the cake. According to the Jazz, Williams will be out until at least early February, so if you are in need of help at the guard position, Tinsley would be a solid addition in most fantasy formats.
, PF (DET)--As if this advice column didn't have enough throwback players, lets add one more to the list. After falling off the face of the Earth the last few years, Charlie Villanueva has resurfaced and has now strung together a solid run of games and now should be considered in the fantasy game. In his last five games, Villanueva has scored at least nine points per game while averaging over 23 minutes per game, prior to his early exit on Tuesday. There is certainly no rhyme or reason why he has now found playing time, considering there haven't been any roster moves, but it appears to be here to stay. While he may not contribute outside of scoring categories, Villanueva has been hitting from behind the ark at a high level over the last five games. Connecting on 17 three point field goals over that span ranks him near to top of three point shooting categories. So as long as he continues to get the playing time, consider him in all fantasy formats.
, SF, PF (ORL)--The Magic were happy to get Hedo Turkoglu back on the court after missing almost two months of action due to injury. Since returning to action, Turkoglu has given the Magic a spark off the bench in limited duties. Although he has yet to score in double-digits since returning to action, it is only a matter of time before he gets back to the level of play we have grown accustomed to. It is unlikely that we will see him back in the starting lineup this season, considering the direction the team is going, but he should get over 20 minutes of action each game once he gets up to speed, and when that happens, double-digit scoring and help in rebound and assist categories will likely be the outcome.
, SF, PF (IND)--There is good news out of Pacers camp on Wednesday in regards to Danny Granger and his knee injury. He has now increased his rehabilitation efforts in hopes to build up more strength in the knee that has kept him off the court for the first two months of the season. Although Granger is slated to return in early February, now is the time to pick him up if he is sitting on the waiver-wire before fellow fantasy players get the word on the most recent news. It is unlikely he will automatically get thrown into the starting lineup, but once he gets him feet under him expect Granger to return to fantasy excellence, contributing in multiple categories.
, C (WAS)--Quietly, Emeka Okafor has put together a solid season, despite playing on a dismal Wizards team. Averaging 7.7 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game, Okafor is a threat to record a double-double on any given night, and can also fill the block column on a regular basis. The Wizards are in a transitional period, choosing to play younger players when ever given the opportunity, but Okafor has managed to stay in the starting lineup playing roughly 25 minutes per game. It would be nice to see Okafor get to the foul line more frequently, considering he has just 10 attempts in his last five games, but even without the attempts, he is still finding ways to score He is available in roughly 50 percent of fantasy leagues throughout the spectrum, so there is a good chance he is available to help out fantasy teams for those in need at the center position.
, PF, C (CLE)--With the most recent injury to Anderson Varajao
, an opportunity for quality playing time as presented itself to Tyler Zeller, and he has not let the chance slip by him. In his last seven games, Zeller has reach double-digits in scores five times, including one double-double and at least seven boards in each contest. There has been no timetable set for Varajao's return, and considering Zeller's recent performances, there is no reason to think he will lose playing time moving forward. He will need to work on limiting his turnovers, racking up 16 turnovers in his last seven games, but that will come with time in his rookie season. Zeller classifies at both the power forward and center positions, so those in need of depth at those areas should consider Zeller short term.
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