When looking at picking up a player, playing time is essential. You do not need to see a huge increase in playing time for a player in order to pick him up. Even seeing a player's time improve slightly could benefit your fantasy team greatly. If a player is on the floor longer, naturally it gives them more of an opportunity to fill up a stat sheet. Watch out for players returning from injuries, though. That could cause a decrease in playing time for players.
Earl Clark, forward, Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers have been searching for a spark off the bench and as of late it has been Clark. With backup center Jordan Hill (hip) out for the season and Pau Gasol recovering from a concussion, Clark has stepped up. Even with Gasol activated and re-inserted in the starting lineup, Clark has earned enough credibility to still get a good amount of playing time.
In the last month, Clark has played over 20 minutes per game. He has scored eight points a night while shooting 47 percent from the field. The key stats for Clark come on the defensive side of things, as he has blocked 1.1 shots per game in the last 30 days and pulled down 7.3 rebounds per. Clark is owned in just 10 percent of leagues polled, and in the last two weeks his playing time has improved to 24 minutes per game.
Lance Stephenson, guard, Indiana Pacers: Owned in a mere 4 percent of leagues polled, Stephenson has shown he can help you in multiple categories. In the last month, he has been playing over 29 minutes per game. In that same time period, he has scored 8.8 points per game while shooting 49 percent from the field. It always helps when your guards can pull down rebounds, and he has grabbed 4.3 per game in the last 30 days.
Stephenson has also shown he has playmaking potential, as he has dished 3.1 assists and swiped the ball 1.5 times per game as of late. Even with Danny Granger's (knee) return on the horizon, I still do not see it taking away from Stephenson's playing time.
Antawn Jamison, forward, Los Angeles Lakers: All of the Lakers' true game-impacting bench depth is listed in this article. I am not kidding. Jamison has played 21 minutes per game over the last month and has made at least one three-pointer per game. He has scored 9.3 points while shooting 49 percent from the field.
Jamison has grabbed about five rebounds per game over the last 30 days and will also contribute with a steal in most games and might dish an assist or two. We have seen Jamison score in the past, and he will have the occasional 20-point game. He is currently owned in 27 percent of leagues polled.
Aaron Brooks, guard, Sacramento Kings: It is very difficult to tell how much playing time a guard on the Kings will actually get. Brooks has scored 7.2 points while shooting 54.5 percent from the field in the last month. Brooks will also help you out a little bit in most categories. He has grabbed 2.2 rebounds and dished 2.0 assists per game in the last two weeks.
Brooks is owned in just 4 percent of leagues polled, and you will have to watch him closely. He is perfectly capable of running the point and has not been given the opportunity. As the trade deadline approaches, the Kings could be looking to get rid of DeMarcus Cousins and might have to add a few guards to the deal, depending on the return. The Kings are very guard-heavy and could dangle them to other teams without having to trade Cousins.
Randy Foye, guard, Utah Jazz: As Mo Williams (thumb) continues to recover, Foye has taken full advantage and has filled the Jazz point guard roll well. In the last month, he has scored 11.4 points while shooting 42 percent from the field. In that same time period, Foye has shot over 80 percent from the free-throw line and has stolen the ball once per game.
Foye is owned in 37 percent of leagues polled, and due to the scarcity of point guards in the league I urge you to pick him up, if he's available. In the last few weeks, Foye has been playing over 30 minutes per game. He has made almost three three-pointers and shooting 48.4 percent from the field per game during that time. He certainly has been heating up.