Gomes a top value the rest of the way

February, 25, 2009
Boris Diaw, Bobcats: 27 points (10-12 FG),10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks against Phoenix.
Shaquille O'Neal, Suns: 20 points (7-12 FG), 11 rebounds, 3 blocks versus the Bobcats.
Tony Parker, Spurs: 37 points, 5 rebounds, 12 assists and just 2 turnovers against the Mavericks.
Jeff Green, Thunder: 10 points (4-14 FG), 9 rebounds, no 3-pointers, steals or blocks against the Lakers.
Roger Mason, Spurs: 7 points (3-10 FG), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, no 3-pointers versus Dallas.
Rodney Stuckey, Pistons: 8 points, no rebounds, assists or steals in 30 minutes against the Heat.

John Cregan discussed Marquis Daniels' and Jarrett Jack's recent uptick in minutes on Tuesday, and owners are beginning to take note, as Daniels and Jack are the fourth and fifth most-added players the past week. But No. 3 on that list, Ryan Gomes, is owned in even fewer leagues and, after a 23-point performance against the Raptors, has now scored 20-plus points in four consecutive contests. Gomes added nine rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers on 8-of-12 shooting in his best line of the season.

Gomes is owned in only 16.4 percent of ESPN leagues and has really solidified himself as one of the best sources of value for the rest of the season. He's averaging 20.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 3-pointers in the five games since Al Jefferson was confirmed out for the season with a torn ACL. It's hard to believe Gomes will continue dropping 20 points with regularity, but he's the No. 2 scoring option by default, and he's definitely not shy about shooting, since he's averaging 16.0 field-goal attempts in those five contests. He's turning into a poor man's Al Harrington with a few more assists and steals, and the best part is he has no obvious threat for playing time and is on a bad team that can continue to let him produce nightly. Deep and mixed leaguers alike should scoop Gomes off the free-agent list immediately.

Under the Boards

Aaron Brooks scored 20 points and played 33 minutes to Kyle Lowry's 15, so it looks like Brooks will get an extended look as a starter. On the downside, Brooks was only 8-for-20 from the field, and unless he suddenly betters his .402 field-goal percentage, he could really drag down your percentages. … His six-game streak of two or more steals came to an end, but Leandro Barbosa still nabbed a steal for the eighth consecutive game, which has helped him average 2.1 steals in 27.0 minutes this month. He's also averaging 17 shots in his past three games, and he very well could lead the Suns in scoring for the next month and a half. … Since scoring 20 points in the Suns' first game under Alvin Gentry, Grant Hill has scored just 20 points total in his next four games. Meanwhile, Matt Barnes shot 50 percent from the field and nailed two 3-pointers in his third straight game; the Suns are fighting for a playoff spot, so don't be surprised to see a lineup change soon if Hill keeps struggling. … With 13 assists versus the Timberwolves, Jose Calderon has now compiled double-digit assists in three consecutive games, even though new teammate Shawn Marion is shooting only 40 percent. Marion has 50 field goal attempts in those three games, by the way, so don't be surprised if you see The Matrix's scoring reach the high teens like back in the day. … Nenad Krstic tied a season high with 11 rebounds versus the Lakers, and is averaging 27 minutes in his past six games. He's yet to make the most of those minutes -- he only scored five points in 32 minutes Tuesday -- but it seems he's gradually taking more and more of Nick Collison's minutes.

Adam Madison is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.



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