Anthony Johnson, PG (ATL): Is this a reach? As I write Anthony Johnson's name in the section of my weekly NBA waiver wire article where I suggest free agents to pick up, I'm still not sure. That's because he's Anthony Johnson, a career backup/journeyman point guard. He did once drop 40+ in a playoff game against New Jersey, if you want to take solace in that. The Atlanta Hawks really don't have any point guards and have probably forgotten what a good point guard looks like, which is why Johnson might actually keep the job for awhile. As long as the Hawks are in contention, Johnson might be leading the show while guys like Acie Law will come of the bench. Johnson is averaging 9.1 PPG, 6.3 APG, 1.2 SPG and almost 30 minutes per game in December.
Sebastian Telfair, PG (MIN): While Marko Jaric has been dealing with a slew of injuries, Sebastian Telfair has stepped up to the plate in December and delivered. He's averaging 6.8 APG to go with 10 PPG and 1.0 SPG -- quality numbers for the youngster. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a supermodel girlfriend like Jaric but he might keep the minutes and the starting job even when Jaric gets back.
Sean Williams, C (NJ): It's fairly simple with this guy -- when he gets to start and plays starter's minutes, he is extremely valuable. He started on Tuesday night and totaled 11 points, eight blocks, seven rebounds and two steals. He even threw in an assist to boot -- what a guy. I can't see Lawrence Frank keeping him on the bench for much longer considering how he's played -- stick with him through his inconsistent spells and he'll pay off in the new year.
Nazr Mohammed, C (CHA): The Charlotte Bobcats have been desperately searching for some interior presence to insulate Emeka Okafor and to protect what is supposed to be their franchise cornerstone. Is Nazr Mohammed that guy? Who cares, we're talking about fantasy relevance here. Mohammed might be a decent fantasy play since he's got the starting minutes to himself. In his first start, he notched 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocks -- that's quality and he might be able to buzz around those numbers if he continues to start.
Marko Jaric, PG (MIN): See Sebastian Telfair.
Walter Hermann, F (DET): Walter Hermann's late-season run last year is a distant memory. Mi Hermano (Arrested Development reference) is in a better situation in Detroit now but he's at the back end of a long rotation.
Larry Hughes, SG (CLE): Larry Hughes misses that free-flowing offense that he used to thrive in when he played in Washington. He doesn't fit the defensive scheme in Cleveland and has very little fantasy value.