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Chris Bosh not the same as third wheel

Updated: February 6, 2012, 1:07 PM ET
By Brian McKitish | Special to ESPN.com

With the month of January in the books, it's time for another game of fun with numbers, this time focusing on recent trends and monthly splits.

The Top 130

Note: Brian McKitish's top 130 players are ranked for their fantasy value from this point forward in the 2011-12 NBA season. Previous rank is indicated in parentheses.

1. LeBron James, SF, MIA (1)
2. Kevin Durant, SF, OKC (2)
3. Chris Paul, PG, LAC (3)
4. Kevin Love, PF, MIN (4)
5. Dwyane Wade, SG, MIA (5)
6. Derrick Rose, PG, CHI (6)
7. Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC (9)
8. Dwight Howard, C, ORL (7)
9. Kobe Bryant, SG, LAL (8)
10. Pau Gasol, PF/C, LAL (10)
11. Deron Williams, PG, NJ (12)
12. Josh Smith, PF/SF, ATL (11)
13. Stephen Curry, PG/SG, GS (14)
14. Al Jefferson, C/PF, UTAH (16)
15. LaMarcus Aldridge, PF/C, POR (18)
16. Monta Ellis, PG/SG, GS (15)
17. Dirk Nowitzki, PF, DAL (24)
18. Kyle Lowry, PG, HOU (17)
19. Carmelo Anthony, SF, NY (13)
20. Andrew Bynum, C, LAL (19)
21. Rudy Gay, SF, MEM (20)
22. Marc Gasol, C, MEM (21)
23. Blake Griffin, PF, LAC (22)
24. Danilo Gallinari, SF/PF, DEN (26)
25. Ty Lawson, PG, DEN (25)
26. Paul Millsap, PF, UTAH (43)
27. Amare Stoudemire, C/PF, NY (23)
28. Ricky Rubio, PG, MIN (30)
29. Steve Nash, PG, PHO (28)
30. Paul Pierce, SF/SG, BOS (29)
31. Rajon Rondo, PG, BOS (32)
32. John Wall, PG, WSH (27)
33. Brandon Jennings, PG, MIL (33)
34. Andre Iguodala, SF/SG, PHI (31)
35. Marcin Gortat, C, PHO (35)
36. JaVale McGee, C, WSH (34)
37. Greg Monroe, PF/C, DET (38)
38. DeMarcus Cousins, PF/C, SAC (49)
39. Joe Johnson, SG/SF, ATL (37)
40. David Lee, PF/C, GS (39)
41. Kevin Martin, SG, HOU (40)
42. James Harden, SG, OKC (41)
43. Chris Bosh, PF/C, MIA (36)
44. Mike Conley, PG, MEM (42)
45. Roy Hibbert, C, IND (44)
46. Danny Granger, SF, IND (45)
47. Ryan Anderson, PF, ORL (48)
48. Kyrie Irving, PG, CLE (51)
49. Gerald Wallace, SF/PF, POR (47)
50. Marcus Thornton, SG, SAC (52)
51. Luol Deng, SF, CHI (57)
52. Nene Hilario, C/PF, DEN (50)
53. Jrue Holiday, PG, PHI (46)
54. Kris Humphries, PF, NJ (54)
55. Tyreke Evans, PG/SG, SAC (58)
56. Carlos Boozer, PF, CHI (55)
57. Tony Parker, PG, SA (56)
58. Tyson Chandler, C, NY (61)
59. Joakim Noah, C/PF, CHI (62)
60. Serge Ibaka, C/PF, OKC (63)
61. Jose Calderon, PG, TOR (53)
62. Andrea Bargnani, C/PF, TOR (59)
63. Jarrett Jack, PG/SG, NO (60)
64. Dorell Wright, SF, GS (65)
65. Anderson Varejao, PF/C, CLE (72)
66. Kemba Walker, PG, CHA (66)
67. DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC (67)
68. Eric Gordon, SG, NO (64)
69. Jeff Teague, PG, ATL (68)
70. Jason Terry, SG, DAL (73)
71. Paul George, SF/SG, IND (89)
72. Ray Allen, SG, BOS (71)
73. Spencer Hawes, C, PHI (74)
74. Caron Butler, SF, LAC (75)
75. Kevin Garnett, PF, BOS (76)
76. Chauncey Billups, PG/SG, LAC (77)
77. Al Harrington, PF, DEN (83)
78. Raymond Felton, PG, POR (70)
79. Darren Collison, PG, IND (80)
80. Antawn Jamison, PF, CLE (81)
81. Wesley Matthews, SG/SF, POR (69)
82. Hedo Turkoglu, SF, ORL (82)
83. Tim Duncan, PF/C, SA (85)
84. Manu Ginobili, SG, SA (98)
85. Nicolas Batum, SF, POR (86)
86. Luis Scola, PF, HOU (84)
87. Nick Young, SG, WSH (91)
88. David West, PF, IND (88)
89. Brandon Knight, PG/SG, DET (95)
90. Jared Dudley, SF/SG, PHO (107)
91. Michael Beasley, SF/PF, MIN (100)
92. Drew Gooden, PF, MIL (114)
93. Samuel Dalembert, C, HOU (90)
94. Lou Williams, PG/SG, PHI (99)
95. DeMar DeRozan, SG, TOR (93)
96. Boris Diaw, PF/SF/C, CHA (97)
97. Emeka Okafor, C, NO (96)
98. Andre Miller, PG, DEN (101)
99. Anthony Morrow, SG/SF, NJ (126)
100. Iman Shumpert, PG, NY (87)
101. Gerald Henderson, SG, CHA (92)
102. D.J. Augustin, PG, CHA (94)
103. Tyrus Thomas, PF, CHA (115)
104. Rodney Stuckey, PG/SG, DET (105)
105. Jamal Crawford, SG/PG, POR (106)
106. Marcus Camby, C/PF, POR (118)
107. O.J. Mayo, SG, MEM (121)
108. Mo Williams, PG, LAC (116)
109. Channing Frye, PF/C, PHO (109)
110. Elton Brand, PF, PHI (104)
111. Trevor Ariza, SF/SG, NO (113)
112. Devin Harris, PG, UTAH (102)
113. Jason Richardson, SG, ORL (NR)
114. James Johnson, SF, TOR (110)
115. Nikola Pekovic, C, MIN (NR)
116. Landry Fields, SG, NY (NR)
117. Shawn Marion, SF/PF, DAL (117)
118. Tiago Splitter, PF, SA (112)
119. Tony Allen, SG, MEM (129)
120. Jameer Nelson, PG, ORL (103)
121. Jason Kidd, PG, DAL (108)
122. Brook Lopez, C, NJ (119)
123. Zach Randolph, PF, MEM (128)
124. Arron Afflalo, SG, DEN (123)
125. Mario Chalmers, PG, MIA (122)
126. Gordon Hayward, SG/SF, UTAH (NR)
127. MarShon Brooks, SG, NJ (111)
128. Stephen Jackson, SG/SF, MIL (78)
129. Andray Blatche, PF, WSH (79)
130. Tayshaun Prince, SF, DET (125)

21.6: Points plus rebounds per game for Chris Bosh since Dwyane Wade's return from an ankle injury. Coming off his best month as a member of the Heat, in which he posted 21.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in January, Bosh has been rather pedestrian as the third option when both LeBron James and Wade are healthy. Bosh is averaging just 14.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game since Wade's return, so his owners should temper their expectations unless James or Wade goes down with an injury.

1.6: Blocks per game for Blake Griffin in his past 10 games. That's a lot of blocks for a guy who supposedly can't block shots. "Is Blake Griffin overrated?" has been the most asked question this fantasy season thanks to his poor free throw shooting, but Blake is slowly starting to prove that he's more than just an option for scoring and rebounding. Despite his poor defensive output in the past, Griffin's recent surge in the shot-blocking department should not come as a shock to anyone. With his athleticism and explosiveness, Griffin should have no problem swatting at least a shot per game if he puts in the effort. And now that he's finally starting to contest shots at the rim, I think this is only the beginning of what should be a trend going forward.

6.4: Free throw attempts per game for Danilo Gallinari in the month of January. Getting to the free throw line is one thing, shooting 89.1 percent once you're there is another story. Thanks to the high volume of attempts, the Rooster is by far the best fantasy free throw shooter in the league at the moment, and it's nice to see that he's continuing to take the ball to the basket to draw fouls, a trend that started when he got to the Nuggets.

.083: Three-point field goal percentage for John Wall after 24 games. At least Wall knows his limitations and has attempted only 12 3-pointers this season, but his future fantasy prospects will hinge on his development in this area. If Wall can improve his jump shot, he has Derrick Rose-like fantasy potential. If not, he'll be a better scoring (and free throw shooting) version of Rajon Rondo. One thing is for sure: With his reluctance to shoot from downtown, Wall is not going to be contributing many 3-pointers for fantasy owners this season.

56: Total steals for Ricky Rubio after 24 contests, best in the league. I had a chance to see Rubio in person for the first time on Friday night against the Nets, and while he did not have a great game, I was highly impressed with his ability to disrupt passing lanes and force deflections. He's not the quickest guard in the league, but his instincts are absolutely incredible. Rubio will continue to be a top-five option for both steals and assists, and he'll likely go down as the best value pick in this year's fantasy drafts.

4.3: Offensive rebounds per game for DeMarcus Cousins, which ranks second in the league. Cousins has been a different player under Keith Smart, with a productive 15.8 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.2 blocks in his past 10 games. With Smart at the helm, Cousins is far less risky than he was earlier in the season, making him a solid buy candidate if his current owner is looking to sell high on this recent hot streak.

4.6: Assists per game for Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday. The Sixers rank fifth in the league with 22.3 assists per game, thanks largely to their many playmakers, like Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams and Holiday. Their unselfish team play has been one of the driving forces behind their 17-7 record, but it also puts a cap on Holiday's fantasy value. Luckily, Holiday is able to produce in steals (1.7) and 3-pointers (1.1), but we'd love to see more assists out of the 21-year-old.

.373: Shooting percentage from the floor for Wesley Matthews in his past 10 games. Matthews is likely only in a shooting slump, but given the depth of the Blazers roster, he'll have to break out soon if he doesn't want to lose touches on the offensive side. Matthews is averaging just 9.6 points, 1.4 3-pointers and 1.4 steals in his past five games, is slipping in the rankings and is in danger of losing production to players like Jamal Crawford and Nicolas Batum.

4.7: Offensive rebounds per game on the season for Anderson Varejao, which ranks first in the league. With averages of 11.9 points, 12.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.9 blocks in his past 10 games, Varejao is providing the type of numbers we expected last season before he went down with a season-ending injury. He has been extremely efficient on a per-minute basis during the course of his career, so we can realistically expect this type of production to continue, provided that he can stay healthy.

19.2: Points per game for Anthony Morrow in his past 10 contests. Morrow has caught fire since MarShon Brooks' toe injury, posting 22.2 points and 3.5 3-pointers in his past six games. He won't offer fantasy owners much other than scoring or 3-point shooting, but he can be an absolutely electric scorer at times. Morrow will continue to be the Nets' go-to scorer behind Deron Williams until Brooks returns, and he should be able to maintain value for scoring and 3-point shooting even after Brooks is back in the lineup.

9.6: Rebounds per game in the past five contests for Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic. Pekovic is putting up some very nice numbers while Darko Milicic struggles to return from a quad injury, and it would not surprise anyone if Pek has played himself into a starting role in Minnesota. He has a soft touch around the rim, allowing him to score 14.4 points in those past five games. Unfortunately, Pekovic does not offer much in terms of shot-blocking, but he's looking like a great pickup for anyone in need of scoring and rebounding from their bigs.

9: Total minutes played since Jan. 28 for Stephen Jackson. Scott Skiles' doghouse is not a place any player wants to be, but that's exactly where S-Jax finds himself at the moment. Fantasy owners are abandoning him in waves, and rightfully so. Jackson still sticks at the bottom end of my top 130 based only on his potential if he somehow repairs his relationship with Skiles or if he's traded. Feel free to drop him, however, if there are any quality free agents on the waiver wire.

Brian McKitish is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com and was named the Fantasy Basketball Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association in 2011. He can be reached at bmckitish@yahoo.com, or follow him on Twitter @bmckitish.

Brian McKitish is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com and is a two-time Fantasy Basketball Writer of the Year, as named by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

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