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DIME MAG FANTASY LAB: The MJ injury effect

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We're headed into the stretch run of the season and every transaction you make is magnified. Here are a few waiver wire helpers who can plug the gap in your team or bump up your totals in a particular category. Break out the trusty pen and pad and scribble down some notes; you're going to need them. Players to consider: Courtney Alexander, SG, Was. — The Wiz have a giant scoring void now that MJ is in the shop and Rip is playing injured. His Airness' hand-picked successor is more than ready to step into the limelight. In his last two games, Courtney has dropped totals of 32 and 26 points and also averaged five boards and three dimes. This is no fluke kids, this gunner averaged 17 points per game last year after being traded to the Wiz.
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Jamal Crawford, PG, Chi. — The green point man is back with some extra bulk after rehabbing like a madman in order to play this season. Since the Bulls aren't going anywhere and Best will surely bolt at year's end, JC will see some time as the floor leader. It doesn't hurt that Greg Anthony isn't around any more to dip into his minutes. Gilbert Arenas, PG/SG, G.S. — If he already isn't snatched up, Gilbert would be a late season steal for your roster. Since the Larry Hughes at the point experiment didn't pan out, Gilbert has stepped in and run off nine straight games of double figure scoring while averaging over five dimes, four boards, and one steal per night. There re no plans for him to return back to the bench with the way he has performed. Christian Laettner, PF, Was. — The MJ injury effects every position, and Christian has really benefited in the starter's role. In his last five games, all starts, the former Duke star has averaged 10 points, seven boards, four dimes and two steals and shown the occasional flash of the game that made him a top three pick many years ago. Jason Collins, C, N.J. — Tuesday's game was an aberration and should be ignored considering Jason had his hands full unsuccessfully trying to slow down the Diesel. But before that, Jason posted a double-double filling in for Big Mac and at the very least can help you in the rebounding column. Chris Gatling, SF/PF, Mia. — The well-traveled forward can still get by in the League. Before Monday's game, Chris had averaged 15 points and seven pulls over his previous three contests. We're not promising anything but just wanted to give you some food for thought. Eddie Gill, PG, Mem. — He's a short-term fix for the Grizz at the banged up point guard slot though they just signed him for the rest of the season. Eddie came in freshly signed and posted 20 points, five caroms and seven assists. He hasn't equaled those numbers since but could help you out of a serious pinch. Adonal Foyle, C, G.S. — The big fella has really cut into Erick Dampier's minutes. Adonal won't give you much scoring, hitting double figures just four times this season, but is a monstrous shot swatter and an above-average glass cleaner. He's grabbed eight or more boards in six of his last eight games and had three games with five or more blocks in that same span. Donnell Harver, PF, Den. — Though allergic to scoring, Donnell knows how to play D. Think a really poor man's Ben Wallace. In his last three games, the Florida product has averaged eight boards, 1.3 steals and one block per game. If you need some serious help in those categories, Harvey can do that but little else. We also wanted to make sure we mentioned two things before the bell rings today. Antonio McDyess is getting his legs under him and is set to blow up into the 20 and 10 man he has become over the past couple years. If you can steal Dice now, especially in keeper leagues, then you deserve GM of the year. Also, don't expect more than marginal contribution in Greg Anthony's 15 minutes a game as the new back-up to Sam Cassell. But if Sam stubs his toe again, Anthony could see a jolt in his numbers, but given the current situation he isn't worth your time. Class dismissed for this week kids. See you here next week for the latest news, notes and inside scoop of fantasy science. Peacetos.
Tagged: Bulls, Cavaliers, Pistons, Warriors, Bucks, Nets, Trail Blazers, Wizards, Ben Wallace, Erick Dampier, Larry Hughes, Gilbert Arenas, Sam Cassell, Jason Collins

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