Fantasy week 2 preview

by on Nov.01, 2009, under Quick hits

Bosh is off to a studly year. (commons.wikimedia.org)

Bosh looks real good year. (commons.wikimedia.org)

With the first week of the 2009-10 NBA season under our collective belt, it’s time to look forward to Week 2.

Game watch:

2 games: SA

Waiver wire watch:

  • Rafer Alston: Four games + no Devin Harris = nice week for Skip to My Lou (20/2/8, 3 threes in first game without Harris)
  • Brandon Jennings: He’s proving to be quite an attractive fantasy player so far, though his turnovers and FT% are mediocre
  • Delonte West: Had a nice first game back and should be a decent option going forward, barring any setbacks
  • Ben Wallace: Resurrection might be too dramatic, but 10.3 boards, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game is pretty nice
  • Ty Lawson: He’ll lose his value when J.R. Smith returns, so this may be his last shot at decent production
  • Ryan Anderson: With Rashard Lewis and possibly Vince Carter set to miss more games, Anderson should continue to make it rain
  • Andray Blatche: No Jamison = nice production from Blatche (21/6, 1.3 blocks per game)
  • Larry Hughes: It’s that time of year again – with Nate Robinson out with an ankle injury, Hughes could see his yearly streak of value
  • Marreese Speights: Raising eyebrows, but might not see consistency until he steals a starting job

Injury watch:

  • Allen Iverson: looks good to go on Monday after sitting out preseason and first few games with hamstring injury
  • Pau Gasol: hamstring still not OK, return date is hazy
  • Caron Butler: knee injury not serious, should be good for full four-game week
  • Richard Hamilton: only supposed to miss two games with ankle injury, could be ready for full Week 2
  • Vince Carter: ankle injury kept him out against his former Raptor crew, return date uncertain
  • Josh Howard: should return this week from ankle injury, but with just three games and a lot of rust, he’s a risky play
  • Ronny Turiaf: hurt same knee with torn cartilage in preseason
  • Jeff Foster: high ankle injury, out two weeks
  • Danny Granger: heel still hurting but he practice on Sunday; injury will be lingering concern
  • Michael Redd: left Saturday’s game with knee pain, precautionary but preview of DNP pox that could be hitting his owners soon
  • Devin Harris: groin injury will keep him out at least a week, maybe longer
  • Mehmet Okur: knee and ankle injuries are under control, practiced on Saturday and should be ready for Week 2
  • Nate Robinson: injured ankle on Saturday, early word says he could be out up to two weeks
  • Raja Bell: wrist still being tested, still in pain, unlikely to see much, if any action this week
  • Ronald Murray: Flip is still dealing with a shin injury, still needs time
  • Drew Gooden: strained muscle on right side of torso

Stock watch:

↑ Danilo Gallinari: three-point monster, making a believer out of me

↑ Chris Bosh: absolute beast so far

↑ Carmelo Anthony: stud so far, overcoming weaknesses from previous years so far

↑ Trevor Ariza: finally starting to get it

↑ Aaron Brooks: starting off very strong

↑ Gilbert Arenas: giving back third-round value so far

↑ Chris Kaman: don’t call it a comeback – but it is

↑ Marc Gasol: breakout year on track

↑ Louis Williams: see above

↓ Al Jefferson: Achilles is weighing him down, but should bounce back soon enough

↓ Anthony Randolph: sleeper talk just a symptom of a summer fling? Nellie (and minor injuries) are killing his excited owners

↓ Caron Butler: ho-hum numbers and knee scare

↓ Jose Calderon: what breakout year?

↓ Amar’e Stoudemire: working off the rust, rebounds lacking

↓ Elton Brand: comeback year in jeopardy

↓ Baron Davis: numbers look eerily similar to 2008-09, shooting sorrows continue

↓ Nene: looks sluggish, hamstring not 100 percent

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