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Thinking Small
Couple of notes on the small forward position:

As I wrote in Working the Wire this week, I think Hedo Turkoglu should be owned in all leagues... and I wrote that before I learned that Trevor Ariza was traded to the Lakers. Turkoglu was scoring 20-plus regularly when Ariza was out of the lineup early this year... his numbers should only improve now.

Another three to target if he's available in your league: Stephen Jackson. Playing just his second game of the season (after a suspension) last night, he looked primed for a tremendous season, abusing the Knicks for 23 points, seven boards, seven dimes, three steals and two blocks. He could easily have topped 35 points if his three-pointer was falling (2-10 from downtown in the game).

I realize the competition was... suspect. The Knicks are a poor defensive team even in the best of circumstances, and right now circumstances at MSG are far from the best. But that shouldn't take away from Jackson's performance. He's just such a great fit in Don Nelson's sets, and as Knick analyst Clyde Frazier pointed out during the broadcast, Jackson's shot selection has really improved over the years. I expect him to produce at a near all-star level this season, and be a big factor as the Warriors try to rebound from their awful start.

Starting opposite Jackson was Quentin Richardson -- who just looks lost right now. It may be that Richardson is still suffering the after-effects of an elbow injury, or that he's still working to establish his role in an offense where he's the fifth option -- but his shot just isn't falling. He's shooting 6-of-26 (23%) from the floor in his last three games, and his season marks (32% from the floor, 21% from three) aren't much better.

Richardson is a real pro, and he may be fighting through an injury in an attempt to provide some leadership, stability and defense to a team that's had very little of the above. But until the shots start falling, he has no place on your fantasy roster.

Posted by Charlie Zegers at 11/21/2007 9:58:00 AM
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What's the Point? Douby's Not a One
I believe Quincy Douby will be the odd man out in Sacramento's playing rotation as long as the Kings stay competitive.

He's a hybrid guard, and his ballhandling skills haven't developed to the point - excuse the pun -where Kings coach Reggie Theus can trust him to run the offense. He's too small and doesn't have enough strength to play the shooting forward, so that option is out.

It is in my humble opinion, he won't work out for Sacramento. His mentality is shoot-first and one can see he is so compelled to create his own offense that he loses sight of what Theus truly wants him to do - run the show. However, if and when the Kings do go in the toilet, Theus will trot Douby back out there. I think everyone's surprised the team has actually won four games, and consequently Theus has been more restrictive with his playing time because he doesn't want to experiment while victories are at stake. Douby has looked uncomfortable on the floor when defenses tighten up on him.

Obviously, Theus is the kicker in the whole deal. He is determined to impose his will on the team and if it's at the expense of hurting feelings he's going to do it. Against Detroit recently, he was content to play Brad Miller, Mikki Moore, Beno Udrih, Kevin Martin, Ron Artest, Francisco Garcia and John Salmons. Douby doesn't really do anything better than any of those players and that's the problem with his situation. I imagine Moore, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Kenny Thomas and Douby are all in for a rude awakening as well.

My prediction is Udrih will satisfy Kings management enough at point guard that they will trade Mike Bibby for a draft choice in December or January. Who knows, that might help Douby's cause a lot!

Posted by Shawn Ryley at 11/21/2007 9:39:00 AM

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Hello Sean Williams
While the names Kevin Durant, Yi Jianlian and Al Horford have dominated fantasy rookie talk in the early part of this season, another name will soon join them. Sean Williams.

On Saturday, Williams scored 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds, had two steals and blocked two shots in 36 minutes of action. Expect to see a lot more of Williams in the Nets lineup.

For the season, in just 19.4 minutes per game, Williams is averaging 9.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and an amazing 2.4 blocks on 65.7 percent from the floor and 72.4 percent from the line. Had it not been for some of the off-the-court problems at Boston College, Williams would have been a lottery pick and by the end of the season, he may be the fantasy rookie of the year.

Williams benefits by not having a strong front court in New Jersey. Nenad Krstic is struggling coming back from his left knee injury, and Jason Collins has never had the type of game to help a fantasy roster. The injury to Vince Carter also allows Williams to get more shots.

If Williams is still a free agent in your league, grab him! He should be getting at least 25-30 minutes a night for the forseeable future. You can thank me later.

Posted by Kyle Fisher at 11/20/2007 1:02:00 PM
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