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Jason Smith (PF, NOR)
Smith is being scooped up in some of my deeper fantasy leagues right now after starting the last three games for New Orleans. He contributed 17 points, five boards, three blocks and a steal last night in an overtime loss to Houston, and had 14 & 6 the night before. He played 29 minutes in both games. Smith seems to have wrested the starter job away from Carl Landry and Chris Kaman, curiously. Kaman is more of a center and playing him and Emeka Okafor together is like having a cruise ship race across the Pacific. But Smith over Landry is a minor surprise. Landry’s defense has been questioned by head coach Monty Williams, so Smith is getting his shot. He’s had a couple of nice games. Should he be grabbed?
Jeff’s Claim: I couldn’t pull the trigger on Smith in a 12-team league this mornign, so I’m not going to suggest you do the opposite. If you are in a 12-teamer and are absolutely desperate for a forward, he’s not a bad short-term solution. But you have to think both Landry and Kaman, not to mention the mysterious Gustavo Ayon, will all put a dent into Smith’s production.