Checking out NBA rookies

Updated: November 12, 2007, 5:34 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Well, I'm happy to say the Zaza Pachulia watch is over for me. He's back and while I could be more pleased, at least he's back. When I selected Pachulia at pick No. 115 in my 30-team draft to start at center -- yes, you read that correctly -- I wasn't expecting Wilt Chamberlain stats, but still, I was hoping for something. And by the way, wouldn't it have been great to own Wilt in fantasy the year he averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds? I mean, those are serious numbers.

Back to Zaza, who probably isn't going to deliver the 12 and 7 I was hoping for now that rookie Al Horford appears ready to deliver a nightly double-double as Atlanta's starting center. Hey, I knew this was coming, but six games into the season? I thought I'd have some time!

You're probably thinking, what is this guy doing relying on someone named Zaza Pachulia in the first place? Well, in the deepest of leagues, and I'd call any 30-team rather deep, these players don't win leagues, but you need some production from every spot to go with the superstars. The way my draft went, I wasn't too interested in reaching for a center. Plus, did you ever have the feeling that if you were the one to draft Marcus Camby he'd just get hurt? Well, I felt bad for Camby in Round 2, and figured he'd stay healthy if I'd avoid him. I know, it sounds odd.