Travis Diener, PG (IND): I never really thought I'd be advocating Travis Diener, but he's been effective with Jamaal Tinsley out of the lineup. In 17 starts, Diener has averaged 10.8 PPG, 5.9 APG, 2.4 RPG, 1.5 SPG and 0.82 FT. Those averages are nice and are good enough to keep him off the wire in 12-team leagues. His value will drop when Tinlsey returns.


Delonte West, G (CLE): For those who took a wait-and-see approach with Delonte West to determine what his new role would be with the Cleveland Cavaliers, you probably missed out on a fairly decent fantasy player. West should be owned in most leagues now. Since coming over to the Cavs, he's averaged 9.3 PPG, 4.0 APG, 3.7 RPG, 1.4 3PG, 1.0 BPG and 0.85 SPG. He's chipping in across the board (including blocks), which is excellent for a waiver-wire guy. Swap out that dead weight for him.

Anthony Carter, PG (DEN): In fantasy basketball, with some players you just have to ignore the day-to-day box scores and just look at the averages. Anthony Carter is one of those guys. I've tried to cut him off my roster, but I just can't. On the season, Carter's averaging 8.0 PPG, 6.1 APG, 3.2 RPG and 1.63 SPG (also chips in 0.5 BPG and SPG). His 6.1 APG is 16th in the NBA and his 1.63 SPG are 5th in the NBA. The key with him is that he's starting and averaging close to 30 minutes a game.

Carter puts up some crazy lines at times, such as his last game (11 points, 11 assists, three rebounds, three 3-pointers and two steals), but he also puts up some modest outings. Just look at the averages and pick him up if you need assists and steals.


Carlos Delfino, G (TOR): So you picked up Carlos Delfino, thinking you'd get a boost in three-pointers. After all, he did have a four-game stretch in February where he drained 15 three-balls. But the reality is that he is a backup and his minutes are not consistent enough to warrant owning. He's gone cold since that four-game hot streak -- he is 0-15 from three-point land in his last five games. Ditch him.

Dwyane Wade, G (MIA): With the Miami Heat playing for ping pong balls and Dwyane Wade clearly a shadow of himself due to injuries, some speculation spread around this week about shutting him down. This would be a nightmare for his fantasy owners who probably spent a late first-round or early second-round pick on Wade.

Jose Calderon, PG (TOR): The borderline All-Star is now back to a time-share with the oft-injured T.J. Ford, who is finally healthy. Jose Calderon has been one of the biggest fantasy surprises this season, but Ford continues to yank away some of his minutes. So far, Calderon's stats haven't taken a major hit but with Sam Mitchell's Don Nelson-like tendencies, it's only a matter of time before Calderon owners start to get frustrated again. Obviously, you wouldn't drop the guy but it is not an encouraging sign for Calderon's fantasy value.

Dikembe Mutombo, C (HOU): Since Yao Ming went down, Dikembe Mutombo has become a hot fantasy commodity. He's a borderline guy but his minutes fluctuate based on matchups and the Rockets are trying to survive with a smaller lineup. After notching 11 blocks in his first three games, he hasn't had one since. Erick Dampier is a much better option and if you are looking for more of a flyer, Joakim Noah has more upside.