Kendrick Perkins regaining value

February, 7, 2011

Shaquille O'Neal is likely out until after the All-Star break, giving Kendrick Perkins an opportunity to start at center for the Boston Celtics, a role he could easily hold onto for the remainder of the season. He started Sunday against the Orlando Magic, and although he scored zero points on 0-for-5 shooting from the floor, Perkins snared 13 boards and had 3 assists, 2 blocks and a steal in 33 minutes of play. Perkins has started the past three games, recording at least 10 rebounds in each of them, immediately becoming a viable option in the fantasy realm if you're searching for rebounds and blocks. He's also deadly efficient from the floor, shooting 68.0 percent from the field in his six games this season after shooting 60.2 percent last season. He's averaged at least 1.5 blocks per game in each of the past three seasons, and should be around 8 boards and between 1.5-2.0 blocks per game now that he's back in the starting lineup, while shooting around 60 percent from the floor. Shaq was signed primarily as insurance for Perkins, who was set to miss the first half of the season. Now that Perkins is back in the starting lineup, the job should be his to lose. Perkins is owned in just 16.8 percent of leagues, and if you're in search of center help and the typical center stats of rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage, he's worth adding, especially with Shaq sidelined.

Looking back

Mike Dunleavy scored 17 points on 5-for-6 shooting from behind the arc against the New Jersey Nets on Sunday, and appears to be locked into new coach Frank Vogel's starting rotation at small forward. He's averaging 2.6 3-pointers per game over his past five contests, with multiple 3s in 10 straight contests. If you're looking for 3-point help for your team, Dunleavy is an excellent source and is owned in 54.4 percent of leagues. If he's available in your league, he makes an ideal addition if you're in need of 3-point help, as he boasts the ability to be among the league leaders in the category when getting the minutes. ... Paul George scored 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 from the stripe, with 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals Sunday, playing 28 minutes off the bench. He's the primary bench option for Vogel and, as highlighted in Friday's Working the Wire, is an all-around statistical threat who should continue to play big minutes as the Indiana Pacers develop their key pieces for the future. George nets 3s, steals and blocks, and is a worthy addition to any team seeking a high-upside, multiple-category threat. ... Chris Bosh reports his ankle is 70-80 percent healthy, and it showed on Sunday as he scored 16 points with 7 rebounds, both below his season averages. He's averaging 14.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in his past five games, and even though you've got to start him if he's on your team, expect diminished statistical production over the next couple of weeks as he works himself back into shape and regains his health, a process that likely will take longer than usual since he's playing nearly 35 minutes per game while attempting to get healthy. ... Randy Foye scored 15 points with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 3s and a steal in 41 minutes of play, and remains a solid play as long as Eric Gordon is sidelined. Gordon is listed as day-to-day, so monitor when he's ready to return, as that'll largely kill Foye's value. Although for the short term, Foye is a great option if you're looking for points, assists, 3s and steals, with averages of 15.6 points, 4.2 assists, 2.0 3s and 1.6 steals per game in 37.6 minutes over his past five contests. ... Timofey Mozgov was at times out of the rotation for the New York Knicks, but started at center in place of the injured Ronny Turiaf on Sunday, grabbing 8 rebounds with 3 blocks in 30 minutes of foul-plagued play. He's been solid recently, with averages of 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in his past four contests, during some of which Turiaf was healthy, so don't look for Mozgov to get relegated back to the end of the bench once Turiaf returns. In deeper formats, Mozgov should remain a decent source of rebounds and blocks, so monitor his role when Turiaf returns. ... Landry Fields exploded for 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting with 10 rebounds, 5 3s and 2 steals Sunday as his Cinderella season continues. The scoring isn't there on a nightly basis, as he was coming off 4- and 5-point efforts in his previous two contests, although he gives you enough in rebounds, steals, 3s and field goal percentage to be worth a nightly start, and is firmly entrenched in Mike D'Antoni's shallow rotation.

Looking ahead

Trevor Ariza is day-to-day with a sprained right ankle, which should mean increased run for Marcus Thornton, who has hit double digits in points in four of his past five contests. ... Deron Williams is back at it for the Utah Jazz, averaging 20.0 points and 11.5 assists in 38.5 minutes per game in his two contests since returning. Make sure to get him back in your lineup for this week's contests. ... Marquis Daniels got hurt in Sunday's contest and is out for at least a month with a spinal bruise, so look for increased minutes for Nate Robinson and Von Wafer, at least until Delonte West returns from injury. ... Andrei Kirilenko's status is uncertain, as he's missed the past three games with a sprained ankle. Jason Thompson, meanwhile, should return to the Sacramento Kings' lineup for Monday's matchup against the Jazz.



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