July 9, 2020, 8:35 pmThomas BryantC, Washington Wizards
Both Thomas Bryant and Gary Payton II have tested positive for COVID-19 and did not accompany the Wizards to Orlando on Thursday.
Scott Brooks mentioned that the Wizards were missing some players and didn't disclose why they were absent, so the dots were fairly easy to connect. Bryant's the big name for fantasy purposes here, and if he ends up sitting out the Orlando games it'll mean plenty of work for Moe Wagner, Ian Mahinmi and Anzejs Pasecniks. As for Payton, he was in line for minutes in a thinned-out backcourt but his potential absence would help players like Troy Brown and Jerome Robinson.
Source: Ava Wallace on Twitter
February 8, 2020, 8:23 amIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith put up strong line in a win over Dallas as the new starter with 14 points, six rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two triples in 30 minutes.
Smith deserves a long look in standard leagues as he may continue to play close to 30 minutes a night. Shabazz Napier also put up a strong line in his debut in 18 minutes as the backup and could potentially challenge Smith while Gary Payton II seems to be out of the rotation completely, picking up a DNP-CD.
January 29, 2020, 5:55 pmJordan McRaeSG, Washington Wizards
Jordan McRae (sprained right ankle) will miss Thursday's game against the Hornets.
McRae will miss his second consecutive game on Thursday after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday's high-scoring affair vs. the Hawks. Troy Brown Jr. will likely have an increase in fantasy value for as long as McRae is sidelined while Gary Payton II could also get additional minutes.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 7, 2020, 3:42 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal (lower leg soreness) is being listed as questionable ahead of Wednesday's game against the Magic.
It's been a frustrating past few weeks, but the All-Star guard, who was providing early-round value before the injury, appears close to returning to action. Jordan McRae and Gary Payton II will continue to get added opportunities while Beal is out.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 2, 2020, 4:59 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal (leg soreness) is questionable to face the Blazers on Friday.
Beal has been a 2nd/3rd round value in 8/9-cat leagues thus far. His consecutive regular season game streak ended at 192 games just last week so he has proven that he is not an "injury-prone" player. Look for Jordan McRae, Troy Brown Jr., Gary Payton II and Garrison Mathews to see an increase in playing time if he is unable to play.
Source: Jamie Goldberg on Twitter
January 1, 2020, 9:18 pmTroy Brown Jr.SF, Washington Wizards
Troy Brown Jr. returned to the bench on Wednesday but stayed productive with 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting, adding seven rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer and one steal in 28 minutes.
The minutes are still there for Brown, so there's little concern that he'll fall off. Gary Payton II saw just 10 minutes and was good for four points and three rebounds. He's looking like a flash-in-the-pan wonder, but give him a game or two to confirm.
January 1, 2020, 5:36 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal has been dealing with some leg soreness but will be available to play against the Magic on Wednesday.
Beal missed two games as a result of his latest ailment. His return will change the outlooks of several guards for the Wizards. Jordan McRae, Gary Payton II and Garrison Matthews will not get as much opportunity on Wednesday but all three have shown what they are capable of. Payton II and McRae may retain value worthy of standard leagues but the sample size is very small.
Source: Wizards PR on Twitter
January 1, 2020, 4:38 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal will test out his calf pregame and his status for Wednesday's contest vs. the Magic will be determined after seeing how he responds.
Beal is in jeopardy of missing his third straight game on Wednesday. Jordan McRae, Gary Payton II and Garrison Matthews will likely receive additional minutes if Beal sits out. Whether or not Beal plays on Wednesday, the fact that he is a game-time decision bodes well for his likelihood of returning sooner rather than later.
Source: Chris Miller on Twitter
December 31, 2019, 12:13 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal (right lower leg soreness) participated in Tuesday's light practice and remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic.
It seems as though Beal won't miss too much more time due to the leg injury after getting in some practice reps on Tuesday. Gary Payton II and Jordan McRae will continue to benefit with the added minutes and opportunity for however many more games Beal needs to sit.
Source: Wizards on Twitter
December 28, 2019, 10:34 pmGary Payton IIG, Washington Wizards
Gary Payton II started on Saturday and scored 15 points with six rebounds, two threes and a career-high six steals in 30 minutes.
Payton got the start for the injured Bradley Beal and has 13 steals in the past three games since debuting for the Wizards on Monday. He played more minutes than Ish Smith (13 points in 21 minutes) and is worth adding as a flier to see if he can stick in the rotation once the Wizards are at full strength.
December 28, 2019, 6:32 pmGary Payton IIG, Washington Wizards
Gary Payton II will start in place of Bradley Beal during Saturday's game versus the Knicks.
Payton has been spectacular since joining the Wizards and steps into one of the better matchups a guard could get. He is worth a speculative add as he has already been seeing big minutes and is a worthwhile target for DFS.
Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter
December 28, 2019, 6:25 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal (right lower leg soreness) has been ruled out of Saturday's game versus the Knicks.
Beal underwent an MRI that came back clean so this doesn't appear to be anything long-term. Gray Payton II is expected to draw the start at shooting guard and is a great streaming and DFS option. Troy Brown Jr. will also see a big increase in usage and is a viable play as well.
Source: Chris Miller on Twitter
December 26, 2019, 9:54 pmGary Payton IIG, Washington Wizards
Gary Payton II continued his strong play on Thursday, doing a bit of everything with 10 points (4-of-8 shooting), five rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and two blocks in a team-high 31 minutes off the bench.
Payton II continues to be a value play off the wire and is someone to hold onto until the Winds of Change blow him in another direction.
December 23, 2019, 10:57 pmGary Payton IIG, Washington Wizards
Gary Payton II Wizards debut went quite well as he double-doubled with six steals in 34 minutes against the Knicks on Monday, providing 10 points (4-of-8 FGs), 11 rebounds, five assists and a three.
He just signed with Washington the other day since their roster is so thin right now. If you're looking to take a gamble on someone with an opportunity for at least a few games, you could do worse than Payton. Anzejs Pasecniks also picked up some slack in 20 minutes with 14 points (6-for-7 FGs, 2-for-4 FTs) and three rebounds in this one.
December 21, 2019, 6:23 pmGary Payton IIG, Washington Wizards
Gary Payton II and the Wizards are closing in on contract negotiations.
Payton II played with the Wizards last season, but has since been in the G League. The Wizards have a full roster, but they are expecting to use an injury exception in order to make room for him.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter