• D’Angelo Russell left Tuesday’s game against the Grizzlies due to a bruised left shin and is already being called questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Suns.

    Russell hit 5-of-10 shots for 11 points, two boards and one steal in 22 minutes so this is not a great start to his four-game week, obviously.  If you squint you can see some issues for Russell down the stretch with next week being a three-game week, and the following four-game week starting to coincide with the Kobe Bryant Farewell Tour.  There is too much top-50 upside here for owners to drop him just yet and in particular because of this injury with what we know now.  A slowdown is just a mild concern at this point. 

Fantasy News

  • Duncan Robinson
    F, Miami Heat

    After a quiet rookie season, Duncan Robinson held top-120 value in 8-category leagues while scorching the nets from long range during 2019-20.

    Robinson made nearly four triples per contest while hitting 44.8 percent of his 3-point attempts. He averaged 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 0.5 steals per game in his sophomore campaign. What's more, Robinson was a top-90 player for owners who grabbed him in 9-category formats. The 90.6 percent free-throw shooting doesn't hurt, either.

  • Jae Crowder
    PF, Miami Heat

    Jae Crowder's February trade to the Heat helped him finish the 2019-20 fantasy season with top-120 value in 8-category leagues.

    Crowder actually cracked the top 100 in 9-category formats. He shot just 29.3 percent from deep in 45 games with the Grizzlies, but that jumped to 39.3 percent during 13 contests in a Heat uniform. Overall, Crowder averaged 10.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. However, don't bank on him producing massive numbers if he plays for another contender next season.

  • Richaun Holmes
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Richaun Holmes had to begin a 10-day quarantine period after leaving the Orlando bubble to pick up food.

    Holmes was apparently expecting a delivery but left the Disney campus to get it. According to Shams Charania, there are eight days left in his quarantine. The Kings are slated to begin their schedule on July 31.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    According to Goran Dragic, teammates Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn are not practicing with the Heat on Monday.

    Adebayo and Nunn missed practice on Friday as well. Derrick Jones Jr. previously tested positive for COVID-19 before being cleared for action. However, it's unknown why Adebayo and Nunn have still not appeared on the court.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Goran Dragic
    PG, Miami Heat

    Goran Dragic bounced back nicely from an injury-plagued season to deliver top-140 value in 8-category leagues during 2019-20.

    Dragic averaged 16.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 0.6 assists, and 2.5 turnovers in 28.4 minutes per game while backing up Kendrick Nunn. Dragic only provided top-190 value for 9-category owners, but it's still a solid showing overall. 37.7 percent shooting from long range is a marked improvement from the 34.8 percent figure posted during his previous campaign.

  • Justise Winslow
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Justise Winslow could only appear in 11 games all season as back issues prevented him from taking the court.

    Winslow emerged as a viable point guard in 2018-19, finally finding a position that suited his strengths when the Heat were missing some bodies. Unfortunately he couldn't build on that momentum, as his numbers were down nearly across the board even when he was able to suit up. Winslow was a dreadful .388 from the field and .222 from deep, losing a full 3-pointer per game (1.5 to 0.5) despite an increase in minutes per game overall. Winslow's assists also took a slight dip with the Heat operating at full strength and his steals plummeted from 1.1 to 0.6. Winslow was unable to play with the Grizzlies after being traded, and he certainly won't be the team's starting PG, but we should find out his new fit in the Orlando session. The percentages have always been terrible, however, which likely caps him as a late-round type.

  • Tyus Jones
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Despite getting out of Minnesota, Tyus Jones was unable to carve out a larger role for himself this season, finishing with top-215 value.

    Jones has always had the profile of someone who could chip in enough assists and steals to crack the top-150, even as a backup, but his minutes were limited with the Wolves. The Grizzlies were supposed to be a better spot for him to get minutes, but Jones actually saw his minutes cut from 22.9 to 19.0 this year. He still averaged 4.4 assists and 1.9 steals (as well as 0.7 triples and a low 0.8 turnovers for a PG) but De'Anthony Melton and his defensive prowess quickly got him above Jones on the depth chart. Jones is still a viable deep-league specialist but failed to capitalize on his new opportunity, limiting his overall fantasy appeal.

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Steve Clifford has been pleased by Jonathan Isaac's progress in his rehab from a knee injury, but doesn't think the team will know whether Isaac can play for "2-to-3 weeks"

    Isaac still can't play 5-on-5, though the Magic have barely started to play that with their healthy group anyway — they ran one quarter of full 5-on-5 in Monday's practice and did some halfcourt work, but that's been it so far. It's possible that Isaac is able to play in the league's restart but it sounds like he'll be cutting it close to the actual start date, and a return may come with minutes restrictions. We should get a better sense of a timeline once Isaac is able to go through full practices with his teammates.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Kyle Anderson
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Kyle Anderson finished the 2019-20 fantasy season with top-230 value, averaging 5.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.3 3-pointers in 19.3 mpg.

    You can see SloMo's roto-friendly game, but there just wasn't enough to justify serious fantasy ownership this year. This was a far cry from last year's 29.8 mpg, and while Anderson did see his minutes increase after Jae Crowder was traded, it wasn't enough to undo the damage of a very slow start. Fantasy GMs should consider Anderson a potential late-round selection going forward, though it will largely depend on what the Grizzlies' forward rotation looks like around him.

  • Gorgui Dieng
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Gorgui Dieng had a few throwback weeks in 2019-20, posting middle-round value as a starter in place of Karl-Anthony Towns but finished with top-165/150 (8/9-cat) value overall.

    Dieng was a legitimate top-100 option back in 2017 when he was getting big minutes, but since then he's been a depth player who gets minutes in the teens. A trade to a stacked Memphis frontcourt destroyed his fantasy appeal but we were able to see what type of production Dieng is still capable of. It's something to remember if he ever finds a larger role, but he'll only be a handcuff option until that happens. He averaged 7.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 1.0 blocks and a career-high 0.9 triples in 17.5 mpg in total.

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