Ryan Anderson, PF, Magic
Anderson has made the most of his opportunity since Orlando shook up their roster about a month ago. He has scored in double digits in his past 11 games and is averaging more than 15 points per game this month. What makes him such a valuable fantasy commodity is his ability to knock down three-pointers. Anderson doesn't get rebounds like most power forwards but is still hovering around six per game in January.
Anthony Morrow, SG/SF, Nets
After missing a month due to a hamstring injury, Morrow returned to the New Jersey lineup Friday and has already been inserted into the starting five. He scored 16 points off the bench against the Cavs and 19 versus Memphis. Morrow is too talented not to get his chances on a bad Nets team. Pick him up if you need a scorer and three-point threat.
2010 Fantasy Basketball: Drop
Tyrus Thomas, PF, Bobcats
Thomas will miss about eight weeks due to a torn meniscus. With playoffs taking place around the time he is due back, it does not make a lot of sense to keep Thomas around that long.
2010 Fantasy Basketball: Hold
Marcus Thornton, SG, Hornets
Thornton has been a fantasy disappointment this season as his playing time has been incredibly erratic. He is starting to find steady playing time off the bench and has made the most of his opportunity, scoring in double figures in each of his past three games. I would still wait before picking him up to see if his minutes remain consistent or if they begin to fluctuate again.
Tracy McGrady, SG/SF, Pistons
Tracy McGrady has benefited from Rip Hamilton's benching and seen a steady role for the Pistons. He posted a 20-point, 7-rebound, 5-assist outing in a road win at Orlando but scored just three points the game before. McGrady is too inconsistent to be counted on on a regular basis.
Kendrick Perkins, C, Celtics
Perkins made his season debut Tuesday night after missing all of this season so far with a knee injury, scoring seven points and grabbing six boards in 17 minutes off the bench. While his name might be tempting to pick up, I would hold off. Perkins will compete for playing time with Shaq and Semih Erden who has played well for Boston as of late. Plus, the Celtics still have Jermaine O'Neal, Kevin Garnett and Glen Davis up front. Wait to see how his role shakes out before making a move to grab Perkins.
Kurt Thomas, PF/C, Bulls
The 15-year veteran has seen a steady role in Chicago since Joakim Noah's injury, but do not be fooled by his 22-point, 9-rebound, 5-assist effort versus the Bucks. It was a flash-in-the-pan performance against his former team and he will likely go back to his five-point, six-rebound average until Noah returns.