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2010-11 Fantasy week 9 preview

by on Dec.19, 2010, under Quick hits

Hedo Turkoglu

Guess who's back in Orlando? (Flickr/Keith Allison)

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

Waiver-wire watch:

  • Brandon Bass: at worst, he’ll be in a timeshare at PF with Hedo Turkoglu; at best, the PF spot
  • Nick Young: his 30-point game on Saturday shows his value with Gilbert Arenas out of town, but he’s still mostly points and threes
  • Marcin Gortat: he’ll get more minutes than he did in Orlando, which makes him worth consideration in most leagues
  • Reggie Williams: his time is short, but so long as Curry is out, Williams is worth owning
  • Leandro Barbosa: he’s scored in double digits in five straight games
  • Spencer Hawes: if you need a center, he’s your man
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts: his days of value are numbered, but he’s worth a look
  • DeAndre Jordan: he’s an inconsistent center but will get his minutes while Chris Kaman is out
  • Ty Lawson: he should be owned in all leagues while Chauncey Billups is out
  • Marcus Thornton: back-to-back 19-point games are a sight for sore eyes
  • Anthony Parker: he’s proving to be a somewhat steady option for deeper leagues
  • Mario Chalmers: he’s a point guard to consider in deep leagues
  • Marvin Williams: Joe Johnson is back earlier than expected, but Williams is still worth consideration
  • Brandon Rush: despite timeshare, he’s relevant in most leagues
  • Martell Webster: he continues to offer decent value off the bench for Minnesota
  • Dante Cunningham: could be worth a look in deeper leagues while Portland’s frontcourt heals up
  • Josh Howard: he’s back and is worth a speculative pickup

Injury watch:

  • Shaquille O’Neal (calf): game-time decision today
  • Kevin Garnett (leg): soreness limited him in Saturday’s practice, but should play today
  • Semih Erden (groin): questionable today
  • Jermaine O’Neal (knee): went through a full practice for the first time in more than a month Saturday
  • Taj Gibson (concussion): day-to-day
  • Brian Cook (ankle): out at least a week
  • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, wrist): questionable today
  • Joey Graham (quad): out 2-3 weeks
  • Aaron Brooks (ankle): should return today
  • Darko Milicic (ankle): day-to-day
  • Joel Przybilla (ankle): day-to-day
  • Marcus Camby (shoulder): ditto
  • George Hill (toe): day-to-day
  • Delonte West (wrist): aiming to return in mid-January
  • Kenyon Martin (knee): could return as early as Wednesday
  • Chris Andersen (back): could return Dec. 22
  • Chauncey Billups (wrist): ditto
  • Andris Biedrins (back): day-to-day
  • Steve Nash (neck): day-to-day, but shouldn’t miss much time
  • Brandon Roy (knee): out for two more games
  • Jose Calderon (foot, ankle): probable today, but should be monitored

Stock watch:

↑ Wilson Chandler: he’s been great lately, hitting threes, stealing and blocking well

↑ Hedo Turkoglu: a return to Orland should do him well, though expectations shouldn’t be too high

↑ Paul Pierce: after a string of pedestrian lines, last two have been solid

↑ Carlos Boozer: with injuries to Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, Boozer will be heavily relied on

↑ Arron Afflalo: he’s quietly relevant again

↓ Josh Smith: he’s been average lately

↓ Al Jefferson: he averaged a meager 10.3 points on 32.5 percent shooting last week, but 2.3 blocks have been his saving grace

↓ Jason Richardson: he’ll still be good for threes, but minutes and shots won’t be as available as they were in Phoenix

↓ Baron Davis: starting gig has done nothing to revive his value

↓ Tyrus Thomas: realized trade rumors for the Bobcats are the only surefire way to bump up his fantasy value

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