Elton Brand PF/C ATL 2 Months

Elton Brand played 34 minutes and had 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, a steal and five blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Celtics.

His minutes have been through the roof and he's been playing well for the struggling Hawks. Paul Millsap, Pero Antic and Gustavo Ayon are eventually going to return and give him a breather, but Brand may have carved out enough minutes to be relevant even when some of those guys are back.

Elton Brand PF/C ATL 2 Months

Elton Brand played a team-high 42 minutes on Tuesday, notching seven points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in a losing effort.

The Hawks played small-ball from start to finish tonight, thanks to the absence of Gustavo Ayon (shoulder), Pero Antic (ankle) and Paul Millsap (knee). It's great to see the veteran Brand succeeding in huge minutes, and he's a borderline fantasy option until the Hawks get some healthy bodies in their frontcourt.

Elton Brand PF/C ATL 2 Months

Elton Brand started at center Wednesday and had 20 points, 11 rebounds, a steal and zero blocks in a loss to the Wizards.

Brand played 30 minutes on Tuesday and 35 minutes tonight, meaning he could be ready for a rest at some point soon. However, with Gustavo Ayon, Pero Antic, DeMarre Carroll and Al Horford all hurt, he simply can't afford to take a night off. And really, his whole team could use a break, as the Hawks have now dropped seven straight games. Brand is averaging 10.0 points and 7.8 rebounds in 26 minutes over his last five games, but hasn't blocked a shot in three straight. But with so many bigs hurting for the Hawks, Brand deserves a look by anyone in need of a fantasy big man.

Elton Brand PF/C ATL 2 Months

Elton Brand will start at center against the Wizards on Wednesday.

He started the second half on Tuesday night due to the injury of Gustavo Ayon, so this was an expected move. Brand played well and has a chance at a double-double tonight, but the Hawks might be careful with their 34-year-old veteran. He's worth a look as a risky, high-upside spot start.

Elton Brand PF/C ATL 2 Months

Elton Brand played 30 minutes and had eight points, eight rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's loss.

Gustavo Ayon left early with a shoulder injury and DeMarre Carroll sounds doubtful for Wednesday with a hamstring injury. And that means that Brand and Mike Scott are the only bigs available for the Hawks. If you want to spot-start Brand in a daily league on Wednesday, it makes sense.

Elton Brand PF/C ATL 2 Months

Elton Brand came off the bench for eight points, eight rebounds and a block in 26 minutes on Tuesday.

Gustavo Ayon started and had four points, eight rebounds, three steals and a block in just 19 minutes, but has been pretty unreliable. With Mike Scott cooling down (8 points, 18 minutes), Brand is still worth keeping a close eye on after averaging 8.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over his last five.

Elton Brand PF/C ATL 2 Months

Elton Brand came off the bench for nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes in Saturday's loss.

Mike Scott never got it going tonight and Brand had just four points and six rebounds in his previous game. However, he's worth keeping an eye on, as Brand is still averaging 10.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over his last five games.

Elton Brand PF/C ATL 2 Months

Elton Brand hit 6-of-8 shots for 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 21 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

He was probably the best Hawks player tonight and we're not quite sure why he's not starting over Gustavo Ayon as they await the return of Pero Antic. Before you get too excited and pick Brand up, take a look at his game log. he's scored 12, 8, 18, 0 and 10 points in each of his last five games, and will have a hard time being consistent as long as he's coming off the bench. But if you're in a deep league and need some boards, blocks and potential scoring, give him a look.

Elton Brand PF/C ATL 2 Months

Elton Brand came out of nowhere to put up 18 points and eight rebounds against his old Sixers team on Friday.

Brand hit 8-of-12 shots and this is the first time we've blurbed him since January 8. Let's see him make some noise again before paying him much attention.

Elton Brand PF/C ATL 3 Months

Elton Brand hit 3-of-5 shots for eight points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 20 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

Brand played 30 minutes on Tuesday and had 10 points, seven boards and three blocks, and it's officially time to put him on the fantasy radar as he continues to have a role for the short-handed Hawks.