Samuel Dalembert C DAL 12 Days

Samuel Dalembert had 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks in Tuesday's win over the Jazz.

He's gotten solid minutes and played very well over his last four games, averaging 10.5 points, 9.25 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. If you need a cheap big man down the stretch, Dalembert looks like a nice option.

Samuel Dalembert C DAL 16 Days

Samuel Dalembert scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 14 rebounds, one steal and one block in just 21 minutes on Friday against the Lakers.

Despite one dud this past week, Dalembert has turned in early round value over his last six games with averages of 9.5 points, 8.0 boards and 2.3 blocks while hitting 76.7 percent of his shots. Owners should simply hang on until the wheels fall off.

Samuel Dalembert C DAL 17 Days

Samuel Dalembert played 29 minutes vs. the Clippers on Thursday with 12 points, six boards and two blocks.

Due to the matchup against the Warriors, Dalembert played just seven minutes. Tonight was a different story with the size of the Clippers and he spent a lot of time on Blake Griffin. His previous four games before that game vs. the Warriors yielded an average of 25.5 minutes per game, so his owners should just give him a pass for that one dud.

Samuel Dalembert C DAL 18 Days

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle confirmed that he played Samuel Dalembert only seven minutes on Tuesday because he was matching up with the Warriors.

"Credit [the Warriors]. They made it their kind of game," said Carlisle, who gave more minutes to Brandan Wright and DeJuan Blair in the tough OT loss. Dalembert was on a roll prior to Tuesday's disappearance, and he should fare better vs. DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers on Thursday.

Samuel Dalembert C DAL 19 Days

Samuel Dalembert played just seven minutes against the Warriors on Tuesday with two points and three boards.

He was coming in with some serious momentum, but coach Rick Carlisle went with a smaller lineup tonight. This isn't the first time Dalembert moved back into a secondary role and it probably won't be his last. The big man played at least 20 minutes in the three previous games vs. the Warriors, but the Warriors not having Andrew Bogut might have been a factor. His owners shouldn't totally panic and the Mavs should use him more on Thursday vs. the Clippers.

Samuel Dalembert C DAL 19 Days

Mavericks president Donnie Nelson said that Samuel Dalembert will "absolutely" be with the team in the final year of his contract next season.

"Absolutely we'll have Sam back. Great guy," said Nelson. "If we can get him to show up on time to practice, that'll be a step in the right direction." The good-natured joke has some truth to it since Dalembert's drive and consistency aren't exemplary, but he's stepped up his game with averages of 9.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 2.7 blocks in the Mavs' past six games. He's worth deploying in fantasy leagues until he cools off.

Samuel Dalembert C DAL 19 Days

The Mavericks are determined to keep Samuel Dalembert (back) in the fold for the 2014-15 season, according to president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.

Dalembert is signed to a contract with the Mavericks next season, but the Mavericks could theoretically sever ties after the 2013-14 season as only part of his contract is guaranteed. Nelson poured water on that possibility, however. "Absolutely we'll have Sam back," Nelson said. "When he brings his A game, we're a different team." Dalembert is averaging 9.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game over his last five so fantasy owners in dire need of boards and blocks down the homestretch should be looking his way.

Samuel Dalembert C DAL 22 Days

Samuel Dalembert shot 7-of-8 from the field for 15 points with six boards, two steals and three blocks in 24 minutes vs. the Kings on Saturday.

He's been in and out of coach Rick Carlisle's doghouse, but the coach has given him plenty of leash now. Over his last five, Dalembert averaged 9.4 points, 9.8 boards and 2.6 blocks on 66.7 percent from the field. He's worth owning in standard leagues right now thanks to high block totals.

Samuel Dalembert C DAL 24 Days

Samuel Dalembert (back) played 22 minutes vs. the Clippers on Thursday with six points, 11 boards, one assist and one block.

He was a game-time call for tonight's game with a stiff back. Dalembert does have a history of back issues with injuries in every calendar year from 2010-14. He's been playing well, but there is some considerable risk for his prospective owners.

Samuel Dalembert C DAL 24 Days

Samuel Dalembert (stiff back) told coach Rick Carlisle that he's ready to play vs. the Clippers on Thursday.

Carlisle said that Sammy is expected to play and the Mavs can certainly use him to help keep DeAndre Jordan out of the paint. If he is ultimately ruled out, Brandan Wright, DeJuan Blair and possibly Bernard James would hold down the center position.