January 16, 2019, 1:11 pmDion Waiters - G - Miami Heat
After played under 12 minutes in Tuesday's loss, Dion Waiters said "[Expletive] patience!" in response to his low playing time this season.
"I’ve been patient long enough. What do I got to be patient for? Come on man. I’ve been patient. I think everybody knows that. It’s time. What are we waiting for? If I’m out there, play me." How pleasant. Waiters has been back for seven games now, appearing in five and only exceeding 12 minutes in two. It wouldn't be the first time someone on the Heat complained about playing time, and the roster is deep enough that squeaky wheels don't get the grease unless they deserve the minutes. Waiters also wants back into the starting lineup, which is unlikely to happen. Coach Spoelstra has been adamant that Waiters needs to remain patient considering he missed over a year of action. He is not a fantasy option and hopefully his complaining doesn't affect the rotation at all.
Source: Miami Herald
January 15, 2019, 11:44 pmJosh Richardson - F - Miami Heat
Josh Richardson (right knee tendinitis) scored six points on 3-of-11 shooting with three rebounds and five assists over 25 minutes in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Bucks.
Richardson is one of the few safe ones but owners will want the Heat to stay competitive so any knee issues don't become bigger risks than they are right now. Start Richardson with confidence going forward.
January 15, 2019, 11:42 pmDerrick Jones Jr. - F/G - Miami Heat
Derrick Jones Jr. scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting with one rebound, three assists and one steal in 18 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Bucks.
The Heat are disgusting right now with too many middling or below average players needing minutes and there is no plan in place it seems to fix it. Jones has ridiculous upside, however, and has been a top 60-70 guy the last two weeks and that makes him a must-own player. Hopefully it all shakes out for him.
January 15, 2019, 1:26 pmJosh Richardson - F - Miami Heat
Josh Richardson (right knee tendinitis) said that he'll be playing on Tuesday night.
Richardson was listed as probable and fully expected to play tonight, even after sitting out practice on Monday. It's an injury that sounds more serious than it apparently is, but it's still something to keep an eye on going forward. For now Richardson is safe to lock into all lineups.
Source: Shandel Richardson on Twitter
January 14, 2019, 6:23 pmJosh Richardson - F - Miami Heat
Josh Richardson (right knee tendinitis) is probable for Tuesday's game.
Richardson sat out of Monday's practice but was expected to play tomorrow, and the official designation backs that up. If he ends up sitting, Miami will likely spread his minutes across a number of players including Justise Winslow, Tyler Johnson, Dion Waiters and Derrick Jones Jr. Considering that Richardson is Miami's most bankable fantasy asset, owners should hope that he's able to play through it so the whole rotation isn't thrown into flux.
January 14, 2019, 3:58 pmHassan Whiteside - C - Miami Heat
Hassan Whiteside was able to participate in Monday's practice after sitting out Saturday's game with an illness.
It should be all systems go for Whiteside on Tuesday, so get him in you lineups. Bam Adebayo has been playing extremely well of late, which will make minute-allocation tough on coach Spoelstra. Whenever Whiteside is active he's got to be in your lineups, but he's highly unlikely to reach the same heights he did early in the year.
Source: South Floriday Sun-Sentinel
January 14, 2019, 1:43 pmJosh Richardson - F - Miami Heat
Josh Richardson (knee tendinitis) didn't practice on Monday but is still expected to play in Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.
Richardson is the 55th-best player in fantasy leagues over the past week and is trending up. While the Heat's rotation is a mess, he seems to be one of the people whose role is clearly defined no matter what. He's the only player averaging minutes within the 30's and he's Miami's best player. He should be all systems go on Tuesday so feel free to deploy him in lineups.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
January 12, 2019, 10:56 pmKelly Olynyk - F - Miami Heat
On Saturday in a 112-108 win over the Grizzlies, Kelly Olynyk scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting with two 3-pointers and four rebounds to top the night off.
Both Olynyk and Bam Abebayo stepped up in filling in for Hassan Whiteside (illness) as they held their own against the Memphis frontline. Whiteside's absence gave Olynyk the added playing time in today's matchup so don't expect his minutes to rise to the 24-28 range. He continues to be a deep-league player and as long as Whiteside is on the Heat, prepare for a roller coaster when it comes to Olynyk's production in fantasy.
January 12, 2019, 10:43 pmTyler Johnson - G - Miami Heat
Tyler Johnson put up 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes off the bench on Saturday against the Grizzlies.
Johnson's minutes have been up and down lately, especially with Dion Waiters coming back into the fray. As you all may have noticed, the Heat still doesn't have their rotation stabilized so it's hard to own him right now. Nonetheless, Johnson continues to be a deep-league player but he can be ignored in most standard formats.
January 12, 2019, 10:34 pmJustise Winslow - F - Miami Heat
Justise Winslow led the Heat in scoring on Saturday with 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Winslow has been performing at a top-100 value in the past week and his numbers show it. He's currently recording 16.0 PTS, 1.8 3PTM, 5.8 REB, 5.5 AST and 1.0 STL during that span. As his usage continues to rise, we can expect more from Point Winslow as he gets more comfortable with the ball in his hands and Coach Spoelstra giving him the freedom to set up the Miami offensive attack. If you will be able to stomach his up and down FG%, he's currently owned at only 67% in Yahoo Leagues so make some time to check him out if anybody in your league has him snatched up yet.
January 12, 2019, 10:15 pmBam Adebayo - C/F - Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo mustered a good performance in his spot start over Hassan Whiteside (illness), scoring 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block to round it all up.
As a starter for this season, in which he logs 30.7 minutes compared to 20.3 when he comes off the bench, Adebayo has recorded at least 12.2 PTS on .580% FG, .731 FT, 8.5 REB, 1.7 STL and 1.3 BLK in the six games that Whiteside was out. It's an impressive stat line, to say the least, but the night-to-night volatility is what's keeping him from being a mainstay in the starting rotation and ultimately convincing Miami to finally pull the trigger on Whiteside. For everyone in deeper formats, feel free to give him a look if he's still available since these all-around lines are great boosts especially when he has it going.
January 12, 2019, 10:01 pmJosh Richardson - F - Miami Heat
Josh Richardson recorded a team-high nine assists on 4-of-11 shooting (4-of-5 from the free throw line) on Saturday's win against the Grizzlies, adding six rebounds, nine assists and two steals.
Richardson finished Saturday's game with a career-high on his assists and those numbers have been trending up since the start of the new year. Also, the two steals that he logged today was a nice sigh of relief for his owners, especially since we would be expecting a consistent dose of defensive stats coming into this season (1.1 steals and 0.5 blocks) after recording 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks per game from the year prior. He's still a buy-low value so you can target owners who are getting frustrated at his production on the defensive end. Nonetheless, he still has a fantasy friendly game and should he maintain the defensive numbers, he'll be able to maintain that mid-round value. Time to pounce on him before he trends back up again.
January 12, 2019, 7:56 pmDion Waiters - G - Miami Heat
Dion Waiters played 10 minutes off the bench in Saturday's home win, scoring three points with a rebound and a 3-pointer on 1-for-3 shooting.
Waiters has seen his minutes cut for three straight games now, and it doesn't look like he'll be of much interest for fantasy purposes. The Heat are just too deep and Waiters needs minutes to get up the number of shots he'd need to hold fantasy value. There might be some appeal in very deep leagues but there are likely better options available at the moment. Most fantasy owners would prefer that he plays limited minutes so Miami's other guards won't have their playing time disrupted.
January 12, 2019, 4:54 pmBam Adebayo - C/F - Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo will move into the starting lineup with Hassan Whiteside (illness) out on Saturday.
Adebayo will be a popular DFS option today, even in a tough matchup with Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies. He's been able to pop in the 18-24 mpg range in the past so it'll be interesting to see what he looks like in more minutes against stiff competition. Get him in all deep-league lineups. Kelly Olynyk won't start but will play more than usual today and is just as worthy of a spot in lineups wherever he's owned to begin with.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
January 12, 2019, 1:42 pmHassan Whiteside - C - Miami Heat
Hassan Whiteside (illness) is listed as out against the Grizzlies on Saturday.
This comes out of nowhere but hopefully it is just a one-game absence. Whiteside's minutes will be absorbed by Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk. Adebayo has been especially hot over the last couple of weeks and should be already rostered in most fantasy leagues regardless.