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Waiver Wire: Time for reinforcements

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The playoffs have arrived for most Fantasy owners so let's make those waiver wire moves count. With such little margin of error, grabbing guys early -- instead of waiting for Monday to roll around -- could make the difference between getting bounced out in the first round and hoisting the championship trophy.

Keep in mind also that some roles have changed post-trade deadline and teams that are out of contention will look to see what they have moving forward.

This week we are looking at Mike Dunleavy.

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Dunleavy is having a resurgent campaign in his first season with the Bucks and has really picked up his scoring in recent weeks. He scored 15 points against the Trail Blazers on Tuesday, which was the sixth straight game he scored in double figures. He averaged 19.3 points with 4.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds over that span while seeing some solid minutes off the bench.

Even with the addition of Monta Ellis, the 31-year-old has not seen at dip in his production and should be able to keep things going heading into Week 14 (March 26-April 1).

With New York, Atlanta, Cleveland and Memphis on the schedule for the upcoming scoring period, consider Dunleavy a worthwhile addition in the majority of Fantasy formats.

Guards

Add 'Em

Roddy Beaubois, Mavericks
Owned: 35 percent
Analysis: Beaubois has picked up his production again in Dallas and is looking good heading into the Fantasy playoffs. He averaged 15 points with five rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals during a five-game span that ended on Monday and shot an impressive 55 percent from the field over that span. While he continues to struggle from beyond the arc, the 24-year-old is back to seeing 30-plus minutes a game and his all-around production should be helping out more owners at this point. The return of Delonte West will cut into his playing time but since that is not expected for another week or so, Beaubois can be utilized in many Fantasy formats heading into Week 14.

Courtney Lee, Rockets
Owned: 12 percent
Analysis: Lee has played well in place of the injured Kevin Martin and is putting up some of his best point totals of the season. His 23-point performance against the Lakers on Tuesday capped off a five-game stretch in which he averaged 16 points with 4.4 rebounds and a steal. The former Hilltopper also shot 43 percent from beyond the arc over that span and should be able to see some solid run down the stretch. Martin is expected to return to the starting lineup once healthy but with the way he has struggled all season long, Lee still should be able to help out owners in deeper Fantasy formats.

Avoid 'Em

Landry Fields, Knicks
Owned: 55 percent
Analysis: Fields showed some signs of life by scoring in double figures in three straight but since then has not done much for the Knicks. He posted just six points against the lowly Raptors on Tuesday, which ended a five-game stretch in which he averaged seven points with 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals. New York is loaded with a ton of players who can create on their own and the 23-year-old has seen his minutes go down since J.R. Smith arrived in New York. While he is a decent source for steals and has the potential to put together a couple of decent performances, owners should leave Fields on waivers heading into the Fantasy playoffs.

Randy Foye, Clippers
Owned: 25 percent
Analysis: After starting 21 straight games for the Clippers, Foye did not play at all on Monday against the Pacers as he gave way to the newly-acquired Nick Young. He had scored in double figures in the two games prior but apparently coach Vinny Del Negro felt like shaking up the lineup. This could be a problem for the 28-year-old down the stretch as Young proved in his days with the Wizards that he can score in bunches, so owners should keep a close eye on the situation. Foye is averaging a career-low 9.2 points this season so leave him on waivers in all but deeper formats at this point.

Forwards

Add 'Em

Wilson Chandler, Nuggets
Owned: 64 percent
Analysis: Chandler made his season debut for the Nuggets on Monday and did a solid job of filling up the stat sheet. He scored 13 points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 28 minutes off the bench. The 24-year-old has jumped to the starting lineup since then and should be able to post numbers similar to what owners saw over the last three seasons. Chandler averaged 15.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists with the Knicks and Nuggets last season, so consider him a solid addition in most Fantasy formats.

Richard Jefferson, Warriors
Owned: 41 percent
Analysis: Jefferson struggled in his Warriors' debut but showed with his 19-point performance on Monday that he could be a solid fit for his new team. He is expected to see a ton of playing time in Golden State and should be able to improve on the numbers he posted in San Antonio. The 31-year-old has become a better shooter from 3-point land the last few seasons and that is likely how he will get most of his points down the stretch. He will also face off against the Lakers (twice), Hornets and Nets during Week 14, so owners in need of some help at forward should considering grabbing Jefferson.

Avoid 'Em

Gustavo Ayon, Hornets
Owned: 26 percent
Analysis: Ayon has struggled since returning from a foot injury and is not putting up the numbers he had earlier in the month. His 8-and-9 performance on Saturday capped off a five-game stretch in which he averaged just 7.6 points with 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals. While he continues to see about 30 minutes per contest, the 26-year-old needs to pick up his scoring and start rebounding on a more consistent basis to make a difference in Fantasy. The playoffs are not the time to take a chance on a player, so leave Ayon on waivers.

Udonis Haslem, Heat
Owned: 35 percent
Analysis: Haslem scored a season-high 15 points with nine rebounds on Tuesday against the Suns but owners should not get too high on the Miami native just yet. While it was the second time in three games he scored in double figures, most teams post big numbers against Phoenix. The 31-year-old has yet to show any kind of consistency in Fantasy so far this season as the 'Big Three' account for most of the production for the Heat. Haslem also has some tough matchups in Week 14 with Indiana, Dallas, Toronto and Boston on the schedule, so leave him for the deepest of Fantasy formats.

Centers

Add 'Em

Zaza Pachulia, Hawks

Owned: 70 percent
Analysis: Pachulia has made multiple appearances in this column throughout the year as his up-and-down play has driven some owners crazy. But the 28-year-old is playing well again for the Hawks and should be able to keep things going with Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia on the schedule for Week 14. Pachulia has recorded six double-doubles so far in March, including posting a 16-and-13 line against the Celtics on Monday. That ended a five-game stretch in which he averaged 10.6 points with 11.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals, so owners in need of some help at center should definitely grab Pachulia for the playoffs.

Ian Mahinmi, Mavericks
Owned: 10 percent
Analysis: Mahinmi has slid back into the starting lineup with Brendan Haywood injured and is starting to show some life in Fantasy again. His 11-point contest against the Nuggets on Monday capped off a five-game stretch in which he averaged 7.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. While he got into a bit of foul trouble in those contests, the 25-year-old shot 62 percent over that span and appears to be trending up in Fantasy. He proved earlier in the year that he can be a low-end producer, so owners in deeper formats should consider adding Mahinmi, especially at such a thin position.

Avoid 'Em

Marcus Camby, Rockets
Owned: 65 percent
Analysis: Camby was shipped to the Rockets at the trade deadline and will now split time at center with Samuel Dalembert down the stretch. He scored a combined 12 points with 12 rebounds and one block in his first two games in Houston and is not expected to do a ton for owners. It appears as though the 37-year-old has had his long run in Fantasy come to an end,.

Byron Mullens, Bobcats
Owned: 20 percent
Analysis: With the Bobcats trying to salvage any win they can this late in the season, Mullens continues to see an inconsistent role off the bench as the team has turned to Bismack Biyombo. With his 4-point performance on Monday, Mullens is averaging just 5.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in his last five contests while shooting 40 percent over that span. The 23-year-old has shown flashes of being a viable option in Fantasy this season and could be on the rise in the years to come but for the rest of the 2011-12 campaign, leave Mullens on waivers in the majority of Fantasy formats.

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Melo considered doubtful to play Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:32 pm ET) The Knicks announced Thursday forward Carmelo Anthony is doubtful to play Friday against the Thunder due to back spasms. If sidelined, it will be the second straight game Anthony misses.

Kemba Walker joins list of injured Hornets players
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:21 pm ET) Although Hornets guard Kemba Walker was able to play through injury Wednesday against the Trail Blazers, it doesn't appear he will be active Friday against the Warriors. The Hornets announced Thursday that Walker is doubtful to play Friday because of a right thigh contusion.

The Hornets also listed guard P.J. Hairston as questionable due to a sprained right thumb, guard Gary Neal as doubtful due to a left shoulder sprain, forward Marvin Williams as doubtful with a left shoulder strain and forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as out due to a stress reaction in his right foot.


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by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:09 pm ET) Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said guard Derrick Rose (hamstring) and center Joakim Noah (eye, knee) practiced in full Thursday. However, Thibodeau said he will see how they feel Friday before determing their availability for Friday's game at Boston.

Rose said he "wants" to play Friday, but he will see how his injured hamstring reacts, according to The Boston Globe. He said he will play, if he feels ready.


Williams: Pelicans need to get Davis at least 20 shots per game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:01 pm ET) Pelicans coach Monty Williams gathered his team Wednesday to express his frustration following a 99-89 loss Tuesday against the Kings, in which center Anthony Davis attempted just 12 shots and totaled a season-low 14 points.

Williams expressed Davis needs to be more involved on offense on a nightly basis to give New Orleans the best chance to win.

"Anthony (Davis) cannot be in a game and not touch the ball," Williams said after his meeting with players, per NOLA.com. "We have to have an effort to get him at least 20 shots every night. And that’s on me too. As much as I draw up plays for him, run the offense through him, the guys on the floor has to know it. When they don’t do it, I’ve got to make sure they get him the ball. Because he’s not a selfish player, he’s going to make the right plays. And our guys know that."

Davis is averaging 25.4 points per game, which trails only Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who is averaging 26.4 points per game. Davis leads the NBA with 3.4 blocks per game.


Spurs' Splitter (calf) out, Joseph (ankle) questionable for Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:53 pm ET) The Spurs announced Thursday forward Tiago Splitter (calf) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. Sacramento. It will be the 12th straight game Splitter will miss.

Gaurd Cory Joseph is listed as questionable for Friday's game due to a sprained left ankle. Joseph has missed the last two games.


Clifford: Stephenson 'not a star,' but has 'talent to become a star'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:49 am ET) Hornets guard Lance Stephenson was benched for the fourth quarter for a second straight game during Wednesday's 105-97 loss against Portland, which extended the team's losing streak to seven games. 

After the loss, coach Steve Clifford said Stephenson's issues adjusting to his first season with the Hornets is partly due to him trying to live up to expectations.

"To be fair, one of the things that's made it more difficult for him is that he came here and people proclaimed him as the next superstar," Clifford said Wednesday, per ESPN. "He's not a star. He's a guy that has talent to become a star. To be a star in this league, you have to do it over years."

Stephenson has struggled to find a consistent rhythm and role in Clifford's offense. Stephenson is fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 9.7 points per game, which is a significant drop after averaing 13.8 points per game in 2013-14 for Indiana.

He is also shooting just 36.8 percent from the field after shooting 49.1 percent last season. Although, it's not all bad for Stephenson, who is averaging career highs in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and assists (5.4 apg).

"I've been around Kobe [Bryant] and [Tracy] McGrady. They were superstars. I was also around Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell. They were two-, three-year All-Stars," Clifford said. "[Stephenson has] got a lot of work to get to that level. Everybody proclaimed him as this guy, and if you remember the first time we got him, I said he's got to develop into that."


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(10:49 am ET) Although Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart returned to practice Wednesday, he will not return to action Friday against the Bulls, the team announced Thursday. It will be the eighth straight game Smart is sidelined.

Melo doesn't anticipate he will be out 'too long'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:33 am ET) Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who missed his first game this season Wednesday against the Mavs due to back spasms, won't put a timetable on his return, he told the New York Post. However, he indicated he doesn't expect to miss too much time.

"I could barely walk or do anything yesterday so I’m doing a little better," Anthony said Wednesday. "I’m walking. They said these things are hard to gauge. I just don’t know how long I’ll be out.

"I don’t think it will be too long. I think the spasms will go away. But I’m not going to play with spasms."

Anthony likely will undergo tests once the team returns to New York. Coach Derek Fisher said the team doesn't have a clear diagnosis on Anthony and won't until his back starts to improve.

"I’ve never felt this way before," Anthony said. "Nothing happened that I can remember [in the Houston game]. I really tried to play through it, but then I just couldn’t move."


Tyson Chandler pulls down 25 rebounds vs. former team
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:28 am ET) Mavericks center Tyson Chandler set season highs with 17 points and 25 rebounds during a 109-102 win Wednesday against the Knicks, who he played for over the previous three seasons.

"At the beginning of the year, you always look at the calendar and mark it," said Chandler, who finished three rebounds shy of the career high he had with the Knicks exactly two years earlier against Brooklyn, per The Associated Press. "But honestly once you get caught up in the season, it's not as big as it's made out to be."

Chandler is averaging 10.8 points and 11.7 rebounds in 14 November games. He's surpassed double digits in rebounds nine times in November. Wednesday was the first time this season he totaled more than 20 rebounds.


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(1:11 am ET) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 22 points on 5 of 15 shooting, including 2 of 5 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 99-93 loss to the Grizzlies Wednesday.

Bryant sank all 10 of his free throws to help boost his scoring total on a night where he struggled with a low shooting percentage for the second time in three games. He only managed to pick up four rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes in the loss, the team's third straight. The Lakers will look to get back on track Friday against the Timberwolves.


 
 
 
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