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Durant Durant

Seeing as I'm one of the true fantasy geeks at the News, I figured it was about time I made an appearance on this blog. My fantasy hoop team is holding on to first in the News league. Last night, I had the pleasure of watching one of my guys, Nate Robinson, carry the Knicks  over the Spurs in overtime. Robinson -- ""The Champ'' -- has become my favorite NBA player.

But have you NBA fantasy types been watching Kevin Durant lately? The second-year pro has been blowing up lately for Oklahoma City. Durant had 47 points last night and over the last 14 games, he's averaging 32.1 points a game. He's now a superstar-caliber scorer. Durant was criticized for being a little soft when he came out of Texas, but he's doing a nice job of getting to the line. He has averaged over eight points from the line during that recent run. Durant has shot 87 percent from the line (117-135) over those 14 games. Wow. And the Thunder just traded for Tyson Chandler, so don't be surprised if they make a big jump next year in the West. --- Jerry Sullivan

Sundin's line on fire

With just three points in his first nine games, fantasy owners were ready to write Mats Sundin off as a washed-up waste of a midseason pick-up. Let's hope you didn't.

Sundin has been red-hot the past three games for the Vancouver Canucks, scoring four goals and adding three assists. His 10 points in 12 games puts him slightly off the 1.05 points-per-game pace he had last year during a full season with the Maple Leafs.

Sundin is also getting his linemates going. Take a look at these numbers: The trio of Sundin, Pavol Demitra and Ryan Kesler have combined for 15 points in the past two games. Vancouver downed Chicago, 7-3, on Saturday before defeating St. Louis, 6-4, on Tuesday. Demitra has six assists in his past three games, while Kesler has six goals in the past four.

--- Jay Skurski

Odom steps up in Bynum's absence

With the NBA trade deadline fast approaching, one player who looks to be taking himself off the block is Lakers forward Lamar Odom.

In Sunday's showdown against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Odom was the best player on the floor, finishing with 28 points and 17 rebounds. It was his second straight 20-point effort, the only two times this season he's scored that many.

With Andrew Bynum out with a knee injury, Odom has moved back into the starting lineup. In five starts this season, Odom's averaged 16.8 points and 11 rebounds. On the off chance he's available in your league, grab him.

--- Jay Skurski

Dabbling with some Daytona picks

Be sure to check out Sunday's print edition, as we kick off what will be extensive coverage of the Daytona 500 with a column on the fantasy implications of the race. Football's over, so I need a new Sunday time-consumer.

This will be my first season of owning a fantasy race team, so I'm learning on the fly. Based on a hunch from our NASCAR beat writer, Keith McShea, I've tabbed Mark Martin as one of my drivers, along with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch and Reed Sorenson. Let's hear what you think of the group, or some suggestions on four drivers you would start for the Great American Race.

--- Jay Skurski