Updated on October 10 at 3:23 p.m.
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Training camps and pre-season games have started, and - but of course - new issues have risen. Position battles, personnel issues and injuries are abound. Everyone is getting ready to draft their own fantasy squads - if they haven't already - and here is the most updated information about the players and any changes to their fantasy stock for this upcoming season.
Update: The more I think about it, the more Marbury becomes a steal in fantasy drafts this year. “Starbury” is going in the fourth round in early fantasy drafts, where he becomes a major steal. Expect a big bounce back season and draft accordingly.
Update: No need to worry about the broken finger that kept him out of the FIBA World Championships as Parker is looking very sharp during the early stages of training camp.
Update: Speedy is a sleeper candidate once again. Unfortunately, his return to the sleeper realm is due to a broken finger that might put Opening Day in jeopardy. The good news is that Claxton is healing well and is able to keep up with his conditioning so he won’t need to get back into shape once he’s healthy.
Update: Nelson’s stock is rising on the strength of his leadership qualities and determination to succeed. I’m seeing him go in the 4th or 5th rounds, so you’ll need to pony up to get your hands on the young stud.
Update: Earl Watson is giving Ridnour a serious run early in training camp and his starting job may be in jeopardy for the time being. Expect the two to split time – with “Cool Hand” earning slightly more minutes. He’ll still be a solid fantasy PG, so don’t drop him off your list completely, but it may be time to start considering guys like Deron Williams, Mo Williams and Smush Parker before Ridnour.
Update: Early word has it that Isiah is going to start Marbury and Francis in the same backcourt. Bad news for Jamal Crawford, great news for Francis. Remember, Francis put up 16.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.1 steals for the Magic before his trade to the Knicks, so he still has the talent to be a serious fantasy force. He’s going real late (10th-11th round late) in drafts right now, and makes for a great sleeper pick at that point in the draft.
Update: Scratch that part about Watson being a backup, word around training camp is that he could end up taking the starters gig by the time the season starts. One thing is for sure: he’s in line for more minutes, and warrants an upgrade on your cheat sheets.
Update: A mysterious hand injury has Wade taking it easy during training camp. An MRI revealed no damage – just inflammation – so he should be ok to start the season.
Update: T-Mac is reportedly looking great and explosive during the first few days of training camp. If that puts to rest your concerns about his back, you may want to consider gambling on him in the second round. I’m moving him up a few notches on my cheatsheet, and am hoping to grab him at the end of the second or early third round.
Update: Uh, oh, another public relations nightmare for the Pacers. A recent run in with the law may have Jackson on the outs with Pacers upper management – particularly Larry Bird. Even if he did act out of self-defense, and did nothing wrong at all, Jackson doesn’t have the luxury of getting the benefit of the doubt in a situation like this (given his inclusion in the melee at the Palace). Keep a close eye on how the Pacers react, and be ready to give Marquis Daniels a bump in value (even though Daniels was at the scene as well).
Update: And the winner is: the Houston Rockets. Signing Wells was a top priority for the Rockets, and even though he’ll start off as the sixth man, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bonzi in the starting lineup before too long. He already has a good rapport with Tracy McGrady, which can only be a good thing, and should have plenty of value on the defensive-minded Rockets.
Update: Crawford seems to be the odd man out in the New York backcourt with Stephon Marbury and Steve Francis penciled in as the tentative starters. I’m not ready to give up on Crawford completely, but he’ll need to have a big camp to unseat Francis at the two.
Update: AK-47 has added some muscle over the off-season and comes into camp in the best shape of his life. His new dedication to health and nutrition should help keep him healthy, making him less of a risk entering fantasy drafts.
Update: The injury to Pau Gasol makes Miller the number one scoring option and go-to-guy in Memphis. Expect a jump in numbers across the board (until Pau gets back) but beware of the Richard Jefferson effect: RJ was a stud with Jason Kidd and Vince Carter out a few years ago but his field goal percentage plummeted while his turnover skyrocketed.
Update: Miles is sitting out of training camp for at least the next two weeks due to a sore right knee. His starting status isn’t in jeopardy just yet, but youngsters Martell Webster and Travis Outlaw are too good to keep off the court if Miles can’t come back strong. Proceed with caution…
Update: New coach Don Nelson could give Dunleavy a significant jump in value. Nellie wants to use Dunleavy as a “point-forward” and is expected to give the perennial bust major minutes on the court. He’s already received a vote of confidence being named team captain (along with Jason Richardson and Baron Davis) and this could finally be the year Dunleavy breaks out.
Update: Boozer comes into camp in great shape and looking healthy. Now he just needs to keep it up during the regular season.
Update: Losing weight to add quickness seems to be the common theme in the NBA, and Big Al is the winner of this year’s Biggest Loser competition, shedding a whopping 30 pounds during the summer. Pounds like that just don’t come off without a serious work ethic and Jefferson is earning the respect of his teammates and coach due to his dedication. Oh yeah, he’s also quicker on the defensive end and has noticeably increased his hops due to his hard work. Start moving him up on your draft boards.
Update: Don Nelson is bringing his unique style to the Warriors and in keeping with his small ball strategy, he is moving the 6'11" Murphy to center. Murphy seems happy to play in the middle. He should be. Most centers will have a hard time guarding him on the outside. On the flip side, Murphy figures to get punished inside by bigger, more physical centers. This move raises Murphy's value by granting him eligibility at a thin position. His threes will be a welcome asset from the center spot though his lack of blocks will not.
Update: Ouch, Amare has already pulled himself from two practices early in training camp. Not the news we wanted to hear from a potential first rounder coming off of knee surgery. He’s clearly not right yet, and until he proves otherwise, he’ll remain a huge injury risk for 2006-07.
Update: Early reports have Chris Paul and Tyson Chandler connecting on a number of alley-oops in scrimmages. Paul is ecstatic about playing with Chandler, whose speed, length and hops make him an ideal partner for fast break finishes and backdoor plays in coach Byron Scott's Princeton style offense. Look for an uptick in Chandler's scoring this year if he and his point guard can maintain their connection.
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