Fantasy week 4 preview

  • Marreese Speights (knee): tore MCL in left knee, out six to eight weeks
  • Chris Paul (ankle): could be out two to four weeks
  • Paul Pierce (knee): it’s just sore, but monitor his status this week
  • Erick Dampier (?): went to the hospital Sunday, check later for why
  • Shaquille O’Neal (shoulder): missed Saturday’s game without notice, a preview of what’s to come, should be OK
  • Tim Thomas (knee): hopes to play Wednesday, monitor him
  • Josh Howard (ankle): needs more time to heal, don’t expect him back until late December
  • Anthony Carter (hip): day-to-day, could return this week
  • Richard Hamilton (ankle): should play before December rolls around
  • Ronny Turiaf (knee): not close to returning yet
  • Troy Murphy (back): delayed return, could play this week
  • Pau Gasol (hamstring): should play before December
  • Hasheem Thabeet (jaw): should return this week
  • Jermaine O’Neal (hip): says he’ll play Tuesday, check his status
  • Mario Chalmers (shoulder): should be ready this week
  • Omri Casspi (ankle): should play this week
  • Hedo Turkoglu (hip): day-to-day
  • Tracy McGrady (knee): return date uncertain, but should see action before December
  • Manu Ginobili (hamstring): says it’s fine, should be ready to play this week
  • Kelenna Azubuike (knee): MRI on Monday, doesn’t look good, could be out a few months
  • Michael Redd (knee): will return within the next week
  • Al Jefferson (family death): will return this week
  • Courtney Lee (groin): set to return very soon, maybe Tuesday
  • Ryan Anderson (ankle): will play Monday, but so will Rashard Lewis
  • Brandon Bass (flu): day-to-day
  • Travis Outlaw (foot): out six to eight weeks
  • Deron Williams (family illness): should return this week
  • Antawn Jamison (illness): shoulder not an issue anymore, should be ready this week
  • Eric Gordon (groin): next Monday is most optimistic return date

Stock watch:

↑ Carlos Boozer: strong play continues

↑ Joakim Noah: ditto

↑ Brandon Jennings: enough said

↑ Elton Brand: absence of Speights should be good for him, but expectations should be held in check

↑ Andrew Bogut: no signs of back hindering his play

↑ Andrew Bynum: owners can enjoy big-time minutes and production for a little while longer

↑ Mo Williams: shooting very well lately

↓ Allen Iverson: signing of Jamaal Tinsley does not bode well for A.I.

↓ Leandro Barbosa: had wrist drained, doesn’t look like he’ll be healthy anytime soon

↓ Quentin Richardson: hot hand is lopped off for now

↓ Anthony Morrow: struggling after a string of solid games

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