With the trade deadline quickly approaching, let's take a look at some guys that are in the 'buy low' category -- assuming some trades go down.
Kyle Lowry, PG (MEM): The Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets appear to have the most interest in promising point guard Kyle Lowry. The Grizzlies 2007 first round pick is a quality prospect and is just part of the inexplicable yet continuous Grizzlies garage sale. Lowry is a prospect that is ready to flourish. He's ready to be a starter and could be a pretty good one long-term. For fantasy purposes, in seven starts this season he's averaged 13.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG and 1.0 SPG. He would be an excellent fit in Denver in their run-and-gun style and you would have to pick him up immediately.
Thabo Sefolosha, G (CHI): There are some rumors swirling that the Chicago Bulls might be shopping Ben Gordon and the mini-emergence of Thabo Sefolosha might be part of why. With Gordon and Luol Deng missing extensive time due to injury, Sefolosha has capitalized and emerged as a quality fantasy player. In seven games in February, Sefolosha has averaged 13.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.4 SPG and 0.9 BPG and you have to figure he'll be able to keep that up if he steps into the starting lineup for good. He is a must-own player if Gordon is moved.
Charlie Villanueva, F (MIL): Charlie V's value is going to rise a little bit now that this head coach, Larry Krystkowiak, has declared that he is going to start the rest of the way this season. Coach K hasn't proven to be a very good coach, so this might change in a couple of weeks if he gets pressure from management, but for the time being, Villanueva should be owned. He has averaged a double-double (13.8 PPG, 10.3 RPG) while tossing in a block every once in awhile as a starter this season.
Dealing with some more fantasy ramifications of the Jason Kidd trade:
Devin Harris, PG (NJ): Devin Harris is the key member heading back to the New Jersey Nets in the Jason Kidd trade, which means he'll see most of the playing time at point guard when he finally gets healthy. Marcus Williams will see some minutes short-term, but he has taken a backseat to Harris in the Nets' plans for the future. Harris is good for points, assists and steals, and should be owned all-around now.
Erick Dampier, C (DAL): One peripheral player who could see a jump in fantasy value as a consequence of the Kidd trade should be Erick Dampier. DeSagana Diop thieved about 10-15 minutes of his playing time while the two were mired in a time-share. Now Dampier, who averaged 5.5 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.3 BPG in 22:48 minutes of action, should be able to improve in all three of those categories enough to get himself off of the waiver-wire and onto rosters. Using my rudimentary math and Microsoft Calculator, I project 6.9 PPG, 8.8 RPG and 1.6 BPG if his minutes per game buzz around the 29-minute mark. He shoots 62.8% from the field -- a valuable percentage -- which is second-best in the NBA among guys who play regularly.