For a second year in a row, my fantasy basketball dreams get wasted like Amy Winehouse's rehab sessions. Dwyane Wade is out for the year at probably the most inopportune time, leaving a number of owners in a pickle.



Ricky Davis, G (MIA): Pretty Ricky is the obvious pickup with Wade out for the season and he should see an immediate boost. He's been back in the starting lineup the last four games and has scored 27, 27, 27 and 10 in the four contests. Kick in 5.0 RPG, 4.25 APG, 2.75 3PG and 1.25 SPG, and Davis becomes a must-own player. Ride him out the rest of the season -- it's not like the Heat have anybody else.

Daequan Cook, G (MIA): Daequan Cook is one of the few other Heat players that will be contributing and he's worth a look. He has started the last two games and here are his averages this season as a starter: 13.3 PPG, 2.8 3PG, 4.3 RPG and 1.5 APG. If you need a good source of three-pointers, Cook looks like a very solid option. Don't forget that he's a rookie, which means he should continue to improve as he sees more playing time.

Charlie Villanueva, F (MIL): With Yi Jianlian out of the way (and no pressure on the Milwaukee Bucks to win), Charlie Villanueva has emerged as a fantasy stud. He's averaged 18.4 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.1 APG, 1.0 BPG, 0.7 SPG and 1.1 3PG -- what else do you want him to do? This is the ideal situation for him -- there's no pressure, his team has nothing to play for and there's no one to cut into his minutes. He's averaged 33 minutes per month so expect him to be a very strong contributor the rest of the way.


Andray Blatche, C (WAS): In Caron Butler's absence, Andray Blatche cut out a nice little role for himself with the Washington Wizards. In Butler's first game back after a 16-game absence, Blatche played 12 minutes. That "short-term" value that we talked about before has shorted out. Time to move him for somebody who is seeing more playing time.

Matt Carroll, F (CLE): Similar to Blatche, Matt Carroll offered some good value while starting forward Gerald Wallace recovered from a severe concussion. Wallace is back so Carroll goes back to his diminutive role -- simple as that.

Memphis Grizzlies: Just yesterday, I was a commentator on TV playing devil's advocate trying to defend the Memphis Grizzlies' trade of Pau Gasol but the reality is that:

1. The Grizzlies -- and majority owner Michael Heisley -- don't have an apparent interest to stay in Memphis.

2. The team has lost its will to win for the season

3. The franchise is a complete mess in reality and fantasy.

There is no clear direction, which translated into fantasy terms, means that everyone is getting minutes, which translated again, means that almost all fantasy value has been lost on this team.

Mike Conley Jr. was a shrewd pickup by many fantasy GM's earlier in the year when he was supposed to be developed as the point guard of the future. But after averaging 31.2 minutes per game in January, Conley is down to 21.7 minutes of action in March. Mike Miller has gone into the tank as his numbers have dropped across the board and same with Darko Milicic, who had value sporadically this season. Juan Carlos Navarro looked like a good source for three's while his good buddy Pau Gasol was around, but he's averaging only 1.3 threes per game this month. Kyle Lowry is mired in a time-share with Conley, which leaves Rudy Gay as the only Grizzly with fantasy value and he left Wednesday's game with an injury. What an ugly situation.