March 4, 2020, 10:06 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas turned 26 minutes into nine points, 16 rebounds, two assists and a block in Wednesday's easy win over the Nets.
Valanciunas is on a monster tear, grabbing 10, 25, 20, 15 and now 16 rebounds in his last five contests, with at least seven rebounds in every game dating all the way back to January 14. He has eight games of 15-plus boards in that time, compared to just three games with fewer than 10. While the blowout nature of this one limited everyone's lines, Gorgui Dieng was able to get in on the fun with six points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in just 19 minutes. Dieng has managed to maintain late-middle-round value over the last two weeks but will struggle for playing time when Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke get healthy.
March 2, 2020, 10:40 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas had a very efficient double-double in a 127-88 win over the Hawks on Monday, netting 15 points (6-of-7 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), 15 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.
Valanciunas had nine first-quarter rebounds, but the Grizzlies put the game away early, so he wasn't able to reach the 20-rebound threshold again like he had in the previous two games. His 17.5 rebounds per game over his last four make him look like Andre Drummond minus the defensive stat and terrible free throw percentage. His backup, Gorgui Dieng, had a strong line with 17 points (6-of-8 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), 10 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 26 minutes.
February 28, 2020, 11:36 pmGorgui DiengC, Memphis Grizzlies
Gorgui Dieng logged 23 minutes off the bench on Friday, tallying five points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block.
Dieng shot 2-of-7 from the field but that's skewed by an 0-for-4 mark from deep. He's quietly delivering middle-round value in the last two weeks and is worth deploying as a steady center type while Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke are out — you have another week at least.
February 26, 2020, 11:34 pmGorgui DiengC, Memphis Grizzlies
Gorgui Dieng scored 10 points with two rebounds and one block in 19 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.
It's difficult to judge this box score since it was a blowout from the start of the game. Dieng is coming off of back-to-back double-double performances and scored 14 points with 10 rebounds and four blocks in 28 minutes on Monday. Dieng should be held in all formats while Brandon Clarke (hip) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) are sidelined.
February 25, 2020, 6:30 pmBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke (right hip soreness) is being listed as out for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.
The injury is untimely as Jaren Jackson Jr. has been ruled out for the next two weeks. Without Clarke and Jackson, Josh Jackson may slide his way into the starting lineup while Gorgui Dieng and De'Anthony Melton should see additional minutes as well. Josh Jackson looks like the highest upside of the group while both of the team's top PF's are out.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
February 25, 2020, 1:06 amGorgui DiengC, Memphis Grizzlies
Gorgui Dieng was great on Monday, chipping in 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with 10 rebounds, two 3s, one steal and four blocks in a loss to the Clippers.
Dieng got some extra burn with Jaren Jackson J.r sidelined for two weeks. But with Brandon Clarke also going down in this one, there was little choice but for Dieng to be unleashed for 28 minutes. He's worth grabbing in every league and every format.
February 24, 2020, 10:22 pmBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke will get the start on Monday vs. the Clippers in place of Jaren Jackson Jr. (left knee injury).
There was some uncertainty about Jackson's replacement in the starting lineup. Gorgui Dieng was another option, and it's possible that the Grizzlies decide to give him a shot as well. However, this is Clarke's best chance to showcase his talents so far. Make sure you're starting him if you're fortunate enough to have him.
Source: Memphis Grizzlies on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 1:15 amGorgui DiengC, Memphis Grizzlies
Gorgui Dieng played well in 21 minutes off the bench on Friday, tallying 14 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.
Dieng got some extra burn in this one with Jaren Jackson Jr. failing to return after sustaining an injury to his knee. He's a solid per-minute value and should see some extra run if Jackson misses time.
February 6, 2020, 5:56 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valančiūnas (left ankle soreness) is listed as questionable for Friday's tilt vs. the Wizards.
This most recent ailment may have affected Valančiūnas during Wednesday's game as he had one of his worst performances in recent memory. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke will be in line for more minutes if Jonas sits out while new addition Gorgui Dieng could debut if he is active.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 17, 2020, 5:39 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns (left knee sprain, illness) "looks good" and is set to return on Friday when the Wolves face the Pacers.
Get KAT back in your lineup as the wait is finally over. Even if he faces a minutes restriction, Towns will still be able to rack up plenty of numbers in limited minutes on the court. Don't be rash and drop Gorgui Dieng immediately, but his value is about to take a significant hit.
Source: J. Michael on Twitter
January 16, 2020, 5:48 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns is once again questionable for Friday's game vs. the Pacers with a sprained left knee.
For the last couple of games, KAT was dealing with an illness but that is not on Thursday's edition of the injury report. KAT appears to only be questionable with a left knee sprain that has now cost him 15 games. Gorgui Dieng and Naz Reid will continue to see an increase in minutes for as long as KAT remains sidelined. If KAT is on your roster, make sure to check the news before tip-off to see if KAT is finally able to return.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 15, 2020, 11:20 pmGorgui DiengC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Gorgui Dieng continued his best Karl-Anthony Towns impression in Wednesday's 104-99 loss to the Pacers, dropping 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
While Dieng is clearly no Karl-Anthony Towns, he continues to be a very serviceable option in the big man's absence. As long as KAT is out of the lineup, he is someone that can be deployed with relative confidence.
January 15, 2020, 6:26 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns will once again sit out for Wednesday's matchup vs. the Pacers as he works himself back from an illness and a left knee sprain.
This will mark KAT's 15th consecutive absence. Naz Reid and Gorgui Dieng will continue to see more opportunity at center until KAT is healthy enough for a return. The next opportunity for KAT to play will come on Friday vs. the Pacers.
Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter
January 14, 2020, 6:02 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns (illness/left knee sprain) is being listed as questionable to play against the Pacers on Wednesday.
Towns caught an illness at an inopportune time as it appeared he would be making his return on Monday. With that said, it shouldn't be long before the All-Star big man is back on the court for fantasy owners. Gorgui Dieng will get another start if KAT is unable to go.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 12, 2020, 6:50 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns (left knee sprain) is being listed as questionable for Monday’s game versus the Thunder.
There has still been little released regards the extent of Town’s injury. Gorgui Dieng will continue to provide standard league value while he is out.