Kurt Thomas, F (SEA): Kurt Thomas is averaging 7.2 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.0 BPG and 0.82 SPG, yet he's owned in less than 30 percent of leagues. If you are in a 10-team league or bigger, you have to take a long look at your roster to see if you have room for Thomas. In January, he's averaging more than 1.0 steals per game. His minutes have increased each month and it has become evident that the Oklahoma City Sonics, a young team, value his veteran presence. As long as he sticks around in Seattle through the trade deadline, don't hesitate to pick up a guy who ranks in the top-20 in rebounding.
Anthony Parker, G (TOR): I'm hesitant to recommend anyone off of the Toronto Raptors since their head coach, Sam Mitchell, is the Eastern Conference version of Don Nelson and has a rotation that is harder to handicap than a fickle female. That being said, after averaging less than 30 minutes in both November and December, he's up to 35.8 minutes per game in January. In 11 January games, he's given owners 15.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.8 APG, 2.3 3PG and 1.3 SPG. Those are strong numbers considering he's chipping in for every category.
Elton Brand, F (LAC): I'll keep it simple and I'll keep it brief: Elton Brand was cleared for heavy running and jumping, so pick him up if he's available. He's a stud.
Ronnie Brewer, G (UTA): Ronnie Brewer 1.89 steals per game rank him 12th in the NBA, but his average in January is only 1.33. Here are the facts: Brewer's minutes, points, assists and steals averages have progressively decreased over the last three months and since he doesn't give you much more than steals, he's no longer worth owning. Kyle Korver has bitten into his playing time and his fantasy effectiveness.
Joe Smith, F (CHI): Joe Smith did --and does -- what Joe Smith has always done: looked like a solid player for a short stretch, then revert to being frustratingly mediocre. The good news is that you are not Kevin McHale, who ended up paying four first-round NBA draft picks for him, and your nightmares are probably not as bad. After a stretch eight of nine games in double-digit scoring, which included 14 blocks, Smith has returned to his fantasy useless form. He hasn't topped seven points in his last five games, doesn't have more than four rebounds in any of those games and has one block. He's having knee problems, which might be contributing to his struggles, but this is who Joe Smith is regardless of health.
Chris Webber, F (GS): First of all, Chris Webber will be about the 27th small forward/tweener on the Golden State Warriors. With Don Nelson coaching, Stephen Jackson, Matt Barnes, Al Harrington, Mikael Pietrus, Andris Biedrins and even Brandan Wright will be sharing time with C-Webb -- but not in the early going. When he officially signs, he'll probably get a chunk of minutes. But realistically, he mimics a lot of characteristics of the other forwards and unless he lights the world on fire, he won't get a steady dose of minutes. Also, Webber and Nelson have a history almost as bad as Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding.