Fantasy week 4 preview

by on Nov.15, 2009, under Quick hits

Look who's back: Jamison is set to return this week. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Look who's back: Jamison is set to return this week. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

We’re quickly approaching the one-month mark of this NBA fantasy season and I think it’s safe to say that it’s been quite a ride thus far. Here’s a quick rundown of the past, present and future.

Game watch:
2 games: MIN

Waiver wire watch:

  • J.J. Hickson: starting for the moment, good source of points, boards and a smattering of steals and blocks
  • Carl Landry: cooled off last game, playing extremely well lately, shoots high percentages
  • Beno Udrih: still not owned in many leagues but thriving while Kevin Martin is out
  • Taj Gibson: decent producer while Tyrus Thomas is out, more appealing in deeper leagues
  • Toney Douglas: playing well with decent minutes, monitor Nate Robinson’s impact on his value
  • Rafer Alston: taking on heavy minutes, put up a triple-double this past week, remains valuable so long as Devin Harris sits
  • Drew Gooden: plays well with 20+ minutes, with Erick Dampier hospitalized Sunday, he started
  • Will Bynum: Richard Hamilton still seems a week or two away from returning, which means plenty of minutes for Bynum
  • Udonis Haslem: had a great line Saturday, continues to be solid PF, especially in deeper leagues
  • Rudy Fernandez: with Travis Outlaw out for a while, his minutes should rise
  • Darren Collinson: with Chris Paul out, he’ll put up decent numbers
  • Earl Boykins: played 31 minutes in first game, scored 20 points

Injury watch:

  • 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

↓ Wilson Chandler: sleeper tag in serious doubt

↓ Aaron Brooks: hints of inconsistency

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