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Kareem Rush, G (IND): To be honest, I didn't think there would come a day when I would be recommending Kareem Rush, but he's earned it. Rush has started six consecutive games and his numbers just keep getting better as he gets his rhythm back. Over his last three games, Rush has averaged 22 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.0 3PG and 1.3 SPG. Take a deep breath: it's only a three-game streak. But if you have a scrub who is taking up space on your roster, it's worth riding Rush through his hot run. Jermaine O'Neal is expected to (possibly) miss a prolonged period of time, which means the Pacers will be looking for others to step up.

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Ryan Gomes, F (MIN): Ryan Gomes, one of several talented players that the Minnesota Timberwolves received in the Kevin Garnett trade, is proving his worth. His recent performance against Golden State, where he notched a career-high 35 points, is sure to get some attention. The key number for me is that his minutes per game have shot up in January. In November and December, he averaged around 25 minutes per game. In January, he's at 33:30 per game. He doesn't have a ton of value outside of points and a moderate amount of rebounds. He's at 0.8 steals per game and doesn't block very many shots. But in leagues where free throws are in the mix, he is hitting 3.8 per game and is shooting 90.5 percent from the charity stripe.

Jameer Nelson, G (ORL): Jameer Nelson is being dropped with some pretty good consistency this week because a foot strain has hurt his production in January. But with the All-Star weekend coming up, he'll probably be fairly healthy on the other side of the break. He's an excellent buy-low candidate. When healthy, he'll give you roughly six assists per game with about 10 points, four rebounds and a steal. He's better than waiver-wire fodder.

Anderson Varejao, F (CLE): Sideshow Bob has been one of the most added players in fantasy basketball this week and there is some method behind the madness. Varejao has been averaging 10.1 RPG with 9.3 PPG and 1.1 SPG, which makes him worth owning. He does cover two cheap commodities (points and rebounds) but his rebounding average is in double figures, which is excellent, and the 1.1 steals per game he throws into the mix is respectable. He's also averaging 32.4 minutes per game, which is a good indication that he'll continue to put up these numbers.

SELL

Boris Diaw, F (PHX): Boris Diaw has been lighting it up with the luxury of extra playing time while Grant Hill has been recovering from an appendectomy. But Hill returned on Tuesday night, which pushed Diaw back to his bench role. Hill is injury prone but unless he's out for sure, Diaw doesn't offer enough value off of the bench.

John Salmons, F (SAC): Smoked Salmons has been mentioned in previous articles and I warned about his production decreasing when starters Mike Bibby and Ron Artest returned to action. He's now going to coming off the bench, which severely limits his value. It's worth nothing, though, that Sacramento could make some moves at the trade deadline that open up the floor for him. He has four points over his last two games.

Beno Udrih, G (SAC): See: John Salmons. Artest took Salmons' spot, Bibby took Udrih's spot.

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