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Fantasy Fix: Owners of traded center should see bump in production


— This is the time of season when fantasy players are evaluating their rosters, records and competition to see whether they are going to be making the playoffs, which start in late March and run through the last game of the NBA regular season in mid-April.

There really isn't much going on in fantasy basketball right now, but there are some players who might be worth a second look.

Brad Miller was dealt to Chicago at the NBA's trading deadline last week in the only real big deal that went down before the deadline. His move to Chicago puts him in a leadership role to teach Chicago's young big men, Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah, the finer points of the center position, like passing, for instance.

Brad Miller owners should look for a little bit of a bump in his stats if he gets enough playing time.

Let's take a look at the waivers to see who is playing well and deserving of a spot on your roster.

• Francisco Garcia, shooting guard/small forward, Sacramento Kings - Garcia is one of those players who can do a little bit of everything. In the past three games, he has averaged 15.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.0 blocks per game. He'd be a good player to pick up for your fantasy playoff run and he still is available in 43 percent of leagues.

• Fred Jones, shooting guard/small forward, Los Angeles Clippers - The 3 percent of players who own Jones are benefiting from the absence of Al Thrornton, who is out with a bum foot for the time being. In his past three games, he's averaged 52 percent from the field to go along with 2.3 3-pointers, 2 steals, 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. He's a good, short-term pickup until Thronton returns from his foot injury.

• Antoine Wright, shooting guard/small forward, Dallas Mavericks - Wright doesn't do any one thing that stands out too much, but it's his overall game that makes an impact. In his past three games, he's averaged 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and shot 55 percent from the field and a very sweet 100 percent on free throws. He is averaging more than 30 minutes per game his past five games, so get him while he's getting minutes and being productive.

That's it for this week, folks. Next week, I'll be discussing some hot prospects and sleepers for fantasy baseball.


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