Some targets for the deepest of the deep leagues
October 11, 2019, 12:17 amAnfernee SimonsSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Anfernee Simons scored 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go with four triples, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in Thursday's preseason match against Maccabi Haifa.
Simons has been gassed up all offseason by the Blazers brass and while teams are always going to be optimistic about their young prospects, it looks like Simons is going to get a ton of opportunity. He's not on any fantasy radars yet, but he's someone to keep an eye out for.
October 9, 2019, 1:52 amAnfernee SimonsSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Blazers' talk of the offseason Anfernee Simons came off the bench for 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and three treys in 21 minutes on Tuesday in a losing effort.
Simons is just 20 years old and didn't play college ball, but he's been getting talked up like crazy by his coaching staff lately. There may not be a log jam harder to break through than that of the Blazers' backcourt, so don't expect much from Simons for a while. Dynasty leaguers should be trying to acquire him now in case the hype is deserved. Another exciting young player, 24-year-old new Blazer Mario Hezonja posted 12 points, six boards, and two dimes in 20 minutes. He's got a chance to grab a good share of minutes off the bench this season.
July 15, 2019, 5:27 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
The 2019 Summer League Second Team is comprised of Rui Hachimura, Lonnie Walker, Anfernee Simons, Jaxson Hayes and Chris Boucher.
Of the bunch, Hachimura looks the most likely to be fantasy-relevant this season. He's going to have a great chance to log minutes for a Wizards team that's short on depth at the forward spots. In three games in Vegas, Hachiumra averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Walker is looking to crack the rotation after an injury-plagued rookie season but might have a hard time outplaying San Antonio's capable guards. Simons could slot into the Portland backcourt with the departure of Seth Curry while Boucher is the reigning G-League MVP and Hayes looks like an interesting long-term prospect next to Zion Williamson in New Orleans.
Source: NBA on Twitter
July 9, 2019, 11:06 pmAnfernee SimonsSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Anfernee Simons suffered a grade one ankle sprain on Tuesday night in the final seconds of the game.
X-rays were negative, which is great to hear. He went down and stayed down as he was trying to tie the game with just a few seconds to go only to have his lay-up attempt blocked. He looked like he was in a lot of pain, so it's good to hear that it's relatively minor. Check on his status for Thursday's game before rolling him out in DFS.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
July 9, 2019, 8:07 pmAnfernee SimonsSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Anfernee Simons dropped a game-high 35 points with six rebounds, two steals and six treys vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.
Simons was on fire as he hit 6-of-7 shots from deep and 13-of-18 shots overall. The 24th pick from the 2018 NBA draft, Simons might see extra minutes next season after the team lost Seth Curry in free agency.
July 6, 2019, 7:40 pmAnfernee SimonsSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Anfernee Simons kicked off his Summer League with a team-high 15 points in Saturday's loss to the Pistons.
Simons shot 5-of-14 from the field and rounded out his line with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer. It wasn't the best showing for Simons, who was last seen dropping 37 points in the regular-season finale. Portland lost Seth Curry to free agency and it's possible that Simons steps into some of those vacant minutes.
April 11, 2019, 12:54 amAnfernee SimonsG, Portland Trail Blazers
Anfernee Simons started in Wednesday's season finale and scored a career-high 37 points on 13-of-21 shooting with seven triples in a 136-131 win over the Kings.
He added six rebounds and nine assists to the box score and showed why the Blazers selected him in the 2018 NBA draft. Simons is definitely a project and it may take a few seasons before he gains relevance, but this game proved that he definitely has it in him. His best purpose would be a stash in dynasty formats for the foreseeable future.
December 12, 2018, 3:49 pmAnfernee SimonsG, Portland Trail Blazers
Anfernee Simons (illness) will not play on Wednesday night.
Simons also missed Tuesday's game, so it's not shocking to see him miss both legs of a back-to-back. The young rookie won't play much this year and is only a stash for dynasty purposes.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
December 10, 2018, 5:10 pmAnfernee SimonsG, Portland Trail Blazers
Anfernee Simons (upper respiratory infection) will not play on Tuesday.
Simons isn't in the rotation anyway so there's no fantasy fallout here.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
November 16, 2018, 10:34 pmAnfernee SimonsG, Portland Trail Blazers
Anfernee Simons logged 13 minutes in Friday's loss, finishing with seven points on 3-of-7 from the field.
Simons took the prep school route to the league and will do a ton of observing this year, but the Blazers got him out on the court before completely waving the white flag on this one. Perhaps they were hunting for scoring punch on a dreadful night. Simons only warrants your attention in deep dynasty formats.
September 29, 2018, 9:37 pmGary Trent Jr.G, Portland Trail Blazers
Rookie Gary Trent Jr. finished 3-for-11 from the field for eight points in Saturday's loss, adding three assists and two 3-pointers.
Trent was the team's second-round selection but they quickly set the goal for him to help this season, and given Portland's depth on the wings it's not out of the question. He got a few minutes with the real group in the first half and looked to have the green light, so he might be able to earn a spot if his strong college shooting carries over. Anfernee Simons, the team's first-round pick out of prep school, scored seven points but committed four turnovers in his 15 minutes. It'll be a developmental year for him.
July 16, 2018, 10:21 pmAnfernee SimonsG, Portland Trail Blazers
Anfernee Simons will be out for Monday's semifinal game against the Grizzlies.
He suffered a left hip contusion and will sit out Monday's game.
Source: Blazers on Twitter
July 7, 2018, 5:34 pmAnfernee SimonsG, Portland Trail Blazers
No. 24 pick guard Anfernee Simons scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting with one rebound in 17 minutes in Saturday's Summer League win over the Jazz.
Simons didn't play college ball and he's a bit of an upside play for the Blazers so it'll be fun to track his status. He won't have any real fantasy value anytime soon.
The Blazers defied expectations all year long and now need to find some flexibility