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Jan 17, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic small forward Tobias Harris (12) high fives shooting guard Arron Afflalo (4) against the Charlotte Bobcats during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Tobias Harris, John Henson will have a fantasy impact down the stretch

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For the past month or so I have looked at the impact injuries have made during this Fantasy Basketball season.

However as we approach the All-Star break, rotation changes can also impact your team.

Bad teams will often make changes to their rotations to get a look at some guys for the future and you have to change along with them.

With that being said, here’s a look at five guys you should be keeping an eye on that could have a big second half and help carry your team into the playoffs.

Ryan Kelly, Los Angeles Lakers

Keep an eye on star players likely to be moved and the guys that will take their place.  One of those guys is Kelly, who filling in for an injured Pau Gasol, has scored double digits in seven of the Lakers past 10 contests.

In addition, he is a big man who shoots the three and makes more than 85 percent of his free throws.

Kelly have averaged only 7.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game on the season, but those numbers could realistically double if he is given a long look the rest of the season.

Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic

When given the opportunity to start, Harris performed very well for the Magic.  Even though he played very well down the stretch for the Magic after last season’s trade deadline, he has been saddled to the bench in favor of Glenn Davis.

Harris has averaged a solid 13.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, but in an increased role he has the skill set to do a lot more.

With Orlando clearly headed to the lottery and Harris being the better long-term option, flipping Davis for Harris as the team’s starting power forward would make a lot of sense. It would also mean 5-8 more minutes per game for Harris and some increased production.

John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks

Myself, Josh Lloyd and Seth Klein have all touched on Henson at one time or another over the course of the past three weeks, with good reason.

While both Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders playing better of late, it still doesn’t make much sense that the Bucks will not insert Henson into the starting unit after the trade deadline, especially with Milwaukee going nowhere.

Henson leads the Bucks with a 19.80 PER, and deserves the opportunity for more minutes.

In 27 minutes per night, Henson is averaging 11.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, all of which should increase big time with seven or eight more minutes per game.

Courtney Lee, Memphis Grizzlies

The hand injury to Tony Allen has opened the door for Lee, now the Grizzlies must decide whether or not to keep him in the starting lineup when Allen returns.

Lee has been very good since the trade to Memphis, shooting 54.5 percent from the field and has proved to be a better scorer (14.1 PPG with Memphis) and long-range shooter (40.9 percent from 3-point range since the trade) than Allen.

Allen’s fantasy value will likely decrease with his pending return, but given his recent performance, Lee should see his value stay the same.

Anthony Tolliver, Charlotte Bobcats

I always like to include one guy who can help you out in one specific category and today that is Tolliver.

Tolliver has become a three-point specialist in Charlotte and could help your team win a category in a tight week.

He’s not a guy who should be in your lineup on an everyday basis, but he is shooting 44.4 percent from behind the arc and is a guy is capable of making three to four triples in a game.


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