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Brendan Haywood, C (WAS): With Washington Wizards center Etan Thomas out for the season, Brendan Haywood has scooped up extra minutes. Haywood was already a borderline contributor, but the fact that he split time with Thomas last year hindered both guys. Without any competition for minutes - that's right, Andray Blatche and an injured Oleksiy Pecherov are not competition - Haywood is seeing roughly eight more minutes per game. Quite frankly, he's the team's main rebounder. He'll average a double-double this season and has averaged 10 points, 13.1 rebounds and 3 blocks per game The three blocks per game makes him a must-own in every league.

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Al Horford, F (ATL): It looks like The Landlord has been evicted in Atlanta as Al Horford is averaging nearly nine more minutes per game than last year's first-round pick, Shelden Williams. Williams seems to be a one-dimensional rebounder while Horford, three games into his NBA career, is already a better player in fantasy and reality. Horford is the guy you want and he should be averaging close to a double-double by the end of the season. Expect his point production to grow stronger as the season progresses, but he has filled out some other categories (five steals, four assists, three blocks) as well, which is a delightful sign.

John Salmons, G-F (SAC): With Mike Bibby out and Ron Artest serving a suspension, John 'Smoked' Salmons has put up 21.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game in their absence. Bibby figures to be out a while, which should give some minutes to Salmons. You might be thinking about how their return will cut into his production, but keep in mind that the Sacramento Kings will be trying to deal Artest and/or Bibby at the trade deadline. If that's the case, Salmons is looking at a career-year.

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Steve Francis, G (HOU): So I went to ESPN.com to look up Steve Francis' game log to tell you how many minutes he has played this year. But when you click on his game logs, it shows his stats from 2006-07. You know why? Because he hasn't even made it onto the court for a single minute this season.

What seemed like a great off-season pickup by the Houston Rockets has become a superfluous addition to a crowded backcourt. Stevie Franchise showed up out of shape, assuming he would get starter's minutes handed to him. Instead, he's been handed a seat on the bench. Franchise star, Tracy McGrady, backhanded the player he was once traded for, saying that Francis is not what he used to be. Unless you are in a league that counts points for DNP-CD (did not play - coach's decision), Francis should be dropped.

Kelena Azubuike, G (GS): Kelena Azubuike has averaged 32:36 minutes per game, 16.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals per game along with 1.3 three-pointers per game. Don't get too excited, though. Steven Jackson is still on suspension. When he returns, that will push Azubuike to the bench or at the very least cut into his minutes. Enjoy him while it lasts, though.

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