March 1, 2020, 11:02 pmThomas BryantC, Washington Wizards
Thomas Bryant was moved into the starting lineup on Sunday against the Warriors, during which he posted 12 points (5-of-6 FG), two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer.
Bryant has shot well since returning last week, but his minutes remain stuck in the mid-teens. Eventually, the minutes will get back up into the 20s and that will make him a standard-league asset. Try to ride this out assuming you're not costing yourself a playoff spot in the process.
February 29, 2020, 12:28 amBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal came out in force on Friday, leading the Wizards with 42 points on 17-of-33 shooting (six 3s) in 41 minutes.
Beal is an iron man and is playing his heart out, trying to keep the Wizards' playoff hopes alive. He also added five boards, 10 assists and two steals to round out his line for the night. He's a top-12 value guy as long as he's trying will his team into the post-season.
February 29, 2020, 12:24 amShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier started once again on Friday but still put up a sluggish line with 10 points (2-of-8 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), two rebounds and one steal but failed to record a single 3-pointer nor assist in 25 minutes.
Napier clearly has the keys to the Wizards' point guard job right now, but he's still not clicking. He was stellar when given minutes at point when he was in Minnesota, so there's still a bit of hope that that side of him will find its way onto the stat sheet. He's a hold in 16-teamers or deeper but can be dropped in standard leagues due to his lackluster outings.
February 29, 2020, 12:20 amDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
Davis Bertans turned in a subpar performance in Friday's 119-129 loss to Jazz, posting just seven points on 1-of-8 shooting from the field (all from deep) and 4-of-5 shooting from the line in 28 minutes.
Bertans did add five rebounds, one steal and one block to help soften the blow of his low-ish 3-point output. That said, he was playing against the Jazz, who are notoriously good defenders, so chalk it up to that and expect a bounce-back from one of 2019-20's hottest breakout stars.
February 29, 2020, 12:16 amThomas BryantC, Washington Wizards
Thomas Bryant took another step forward on Friday, logging 18 minutes off the bench and notching 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, two 3s and three dimes.
This marks a slight, 20 percent increase in Bryant's minutes, and as you can see, the production is already there waiting to be further unleashed. He did fail to record a block nor a steal and also missed both freebie attempts at the line. Overall, given Bryant's recent pace on his road to full recovery, he should be standard-league viable once he's playing minutes in the low-to-mid 20s. Yes, his per-36 numbers reflect that, so owners need to exercise a bit more patience.
February 26, 2020, 10:21 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier was disappointing in his first start with the Wizards, settling for nine points (4-15 FG, 1-6 3PT), one rebound, five assists, and two steals.
The assists and steals were encouraging enough, but Napier couldn't buy a basket in his first start for the Wizards. He is capable of much better games than this and could be an immediate value for any team should he keep the starting job.
February 26, 2020, 10:15 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal led the Wizards to a 106-110 victory over the Nets on Wednesday night, finishing with 30 points (11-24 FG, 4-9 3PT), five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Beal has now scored 30 or more points in five of his last six games. He is looking a lot like the first-round value that many people hoped for him to be at the start of the season. It took a little bit of time to find his groove, but he is currently sitting as a top-25 player on the season.
February 26, 2020, 10:06 pmThomas BryantC, Washington Wizards
Thomas Bryant, still being load managed, turned 15 minutes into eight points and seven rebounds on Wednesday night.
Bryant is still working his way back from his right foot injury and has his minutes being monitored. He won't have any big games until his minutes start to creep back up, but the per-minute production tonight shows the potential this young center has when fully healthy.
February 26, 2020, 10:03 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura saw 27 minutes in his start on Wednesday night, scoring 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting and grabbing four rebounds.
The 17 points were behind only Bradley Beal's 30 points on the night, as Hachimura continues to be a go-to option for the Wizards on offense. Davis Bertans came off the bench to score 14 points in 30 minutes of action, although struggled mightily going 5-for-13 (4-11 3PT) from the field.
February 26, 2020, 5:30 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier will make his first start since joining the Wizards on Wednesday as they take on the Nets.
Napier will earn his first start for the Wizards after coming off the bench in the last seven contests. If he takes over the starting role for the remainder of the season, he becomes a must-own fantasy asset across formats. Scoop him up if he is still on the wire. Ish Smith will likely see his value take a hit with this news.
Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 5:25 pmDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
Dāvis Bertāns (right knee soreness) will play in Wednesday’s tilt vs. the Nets.
Bertāns will return to the floor on Wednesday after missing the Wizards' last game. Bertāns can be fired up across all formats. Moritz Wagner could see his minutes decrease with Dāvis back in the mix.
Source: Wizards PR on Twitter
February 25, 2020, 6:00 pmDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
Davis Bertans (sore right knee) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nets.
Rui Hachimura would be in line for extended minutes if Bertans can't go. Keep an eye on the status of Bertans as we inch closer to tipoff.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 24, 2020, 10:59 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal poured in 55 points one day after scoring 53 in a 134-137 overtime loss to the Bucks on Monday, adding two rebounds, three assist and eight triples in 41 minutes.
Beal was on fire, especially in crunch time, shooting 19-of-33 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line for the game. It seems pretty clear that we're at the point of the season where Beal is going to try to will the Wizards into relevance. He pointed out that he was trying to send a message to the Wizards' possible first-round opponent. After some disappointing production earlier this season, Beal is currently putting up first-round value over the last month.
February 24, 2020, 10:49 pmMoritz WagnerPF, Washington Wizards
Moritz Wagner was strong off the bench with eight points (1-of-3 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), 10 boards and five dimes in 28 minutes in an overtime loss to the Bucks at home on Monday.
Thomas Bryant (right foot) sat out this game, so the 28 minutes for Wagner likely won't last once both big men are active. Wagner is a wise option for deep-leaguers that need good percentages from a center.
February 24, 2020, 10:43 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier had his best game in a Wizards jersey on Monday with 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting, four rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 36 points off the bench in an overtime loss to the Bucks.
Napier was a huge contributor to the Wizards' effort that almost knocked off the Bucks. Don't count on seeing anything close to this level of performance from Napier again this season, though. He had two points in 17 minutes in the previous game.