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Fantasy week 5 preview

by on Nov.23, 2009, under Quick hits

Hill is sloping downward lately. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Hill is sloping downward lately. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

It’s hard to believe we’re already five weeks into this NBA season, but that’s reality of my calendar is correct. A lot has gone on in the form of injuries, waiver wire drama and lineup changes, so let’s take a deep breath and dive into this week’s fantasy preview.

Game watch:
4 games: DAL, DEN, LAC, MEM, MIL, MIN, NJ, NY, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, SA, TOR
3 games: ATL, BOS, CHA, CLE, DET, GS, HOU, IND, LAL, MIA, OKC, PHO, UTA, WAS
2 games: CHI, NO

Waiver wire watch:

  • Jason Williams: his most recent line was solid and he should see plenty of minutes while Jameer Nelson is out
  • James Harden: he’s turning things around, though his shooting is still unreliable
  • Mike Dunleavy: nearing his return, should be treated with delicacy in real life and fantasy life
  • J.J. Hickson: still a good source of points and boards
  • J.J. Redick: could see extra run with Nelson out
  • Jarrett Jack: two solid games in a row, giving Jose Calderon a run for his playing time
  • Nazr Moahmmed: will have value whenever Tyson Chandler is hurt
  • Marcus Thornton: playing very nicely with Chris Paul sidelined, good for points and threes
  • Darren Collison: solid fill-in for CP3 so far
  • Roger Mason: will be a good source of threes while Manu Ginobili sits
  • Randy Foye: Mike Miller’s injury is Foye’s fortunate circumstance
  • Martell Webster: doesn’t have to split time with Travis Outlaw for a while, had a monster line Saturday

Injury watch:

  • Tyson Chandler (back): day-to-day
  • Mike Miller (calf): out indefinitely
  • Andrew Bogut (leg): will miss two to four weeks
  • Mike Bibby (ankle): monitor his status
  • Shaquille O’Neal (shoulder): rest could benefit him, still day-to-day
  • Shawn Marion (ankle): should return Tuesday
  • Erick Dampier (illness): a big mystery right now, bench or drop him
  • Richard Hamilton (ankle): could return this week
  • Tayshaun Prince (back): ditto
  • Tracy McGrady (knee, back): MRI should give a hint about his return date
  • Mike Dunleavy (knee): could return this week, minutes will be limited
  • Quentin Richardson (back): day-to-day
  • Michael Redd (knee): should return soon
  • Manu Ginobili (groin): will be out about another week
  • Mehmet Okur (flu): should return soon
  • Eric Gordon (groin): could return Monday
  • Tyreke Evans (finger, ankle): day-to-day
  • Courtney Lee (groin): should return this week
  • Marco Belinelli (groin): day-to-day, which is a shame given his strong play

Stock Watch:

↑ Elton Brand: seems to have things figured out

↑ Peja Stojakovic: relevant to fantasy owners again

↑ Beno Udrih: thriving in ever-thinning Kings backcourt

↑ Al Jefferson: posting solid numbers again

↑ Nene: playing well, though injury risk still looms

↓ Grant Hill: hot start is over

↓ Andray Blatche: Antawn Jamison’s return ruined his value

↓ Aaron Brooks: cooled off for now

↓ John Salmons: will he ever be consistent this season?

↓ Rasheed Wallace: frustrating

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