July 2, 2020, 2:57 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
In a conference call with Portland media, Terry Stotts revealed that Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins are likely to return to their starting jobs and won't be under minutes restrictions when the NBA resumes.
It should be a huge defensive lift for a Blazers squad that gave up points like crazy, though this will throw a wrench into plans for DFS players. Stotts mentioned that he's considered starting Nurkic next to current starter Hassan Whiteside, though that fit would likely only be tenable in certain matchups. This, plus news of Trevor Ariza's absence during the restart, also has big effects on the wing rotation, where it sounds like Carmelo Anthony and Gary Trent Jr. are competing to start with Nassir Little and Mario Hezonja also in the mix off the bench. This is a big blow to Hassan Whiteside's fantasy appeal — a top-15 player in 31.3 mpg this year– as his minutes should sink into the mid twenties. Anyone participating in a short league that covers the restart may want to view Whiteside as more of a middle-round, blocks specialist type, though this all obviously hinges on how Nurkic and Collins look when games begin.
Source: The Athletic
March 11, 2020, 1:07 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside had a field day on Tuesday, bullying the Suns with his 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting, plus 14 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 37 minutes.
Whiteside took advantage of the Suns' thin frontcourt and asserted his dominance in the paint. His top-15 value this season was one of the more pleasant surprises and lucky owners get to ride all the way into the fantasy playoffs.
March 8, 2020, 12:32 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside double-doubled vs. the Kings on Saturday, scoring 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting with 11 rebounds and three blocks in 30 minutes.
Whiteside has double-doubled in 12 straight games and is a first-round player during that stretch. He's a top-10 player on the season and should continue posting top-15 value moving forward. Jusuf Nurkic is set to return on March 15, but he will be eased in slowly and won't impact Whiteside enough to make a difference.
March 7, 2020, 12:24 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside cruised to 23 points (11-for-14 shooting), 20 rebounds, four blocks and one triple in Friday's 117-127 loss to the Suns.
Nobody has been able to keep Whiteside from posting elite rebounding and block numbers all season and tonight was no different. This could very well end up being Whiteside's best fantasy season of his career and he shows no signs of slowing down as we head into the fantasy playoffs.
March 5, 2020, 12:53 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside's double-double carried the Trail Blazers to a 105-125 win over the Wizards on Wednesday, finishing the contest with 24 points (10-14 FG), 16 rebounds, two assists and four blocks.
Dial the clocks back to 2016, because Whiteside looks like a safe bet to finish the season as a top-10 player. He has been able to provide elite blocks and rebounds consistently, and has been one of the more durable big men in the league this year. You can keep riding Whiteside until the wheels come off.
February 29, 2020, 10:42 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside double-doubled with 21 points (9-of-14 from the field), 13 rebounds and three blocks in a 129-117 loss to the Hawks on Saturday.
Whiteside has been fed plenty of minutes this season with the Blazers' lack of depth in the front court. It doesn't look like that will change soon with Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins still without firm timelines. Whiteside has been a top-10/15 player in 9/8-cat leagues this season and owners can expect him to stay in that range ROS.
February 27, 2020, 11:04 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside put up a strong double-double on Thursday with 18 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots as the Blazers fell 106-100 to the Pacers.
Whiteside has rebounded and blocked his way to an unlikely top-10 fantasy season and at this point, that's mostly sustainable especially with Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins with uncertain timelines. Keep rolling Whiteside out there.
February 26, 2020, 1:14 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside had a big 18-point, 19-rebound double-double vs. the Celtics on Tuesday, adding three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.
While Whiteside catches plenty of flak for not contributing much toward winning real basketball games, he continues to thrive in fantasy. But keep an eye on those free throws. Much of his resurgence this season was due to a huge jump in free throw percentage. However, he's back to 53.1% over the past month after hitting over 70% for most of the season.
February 22, 2020, 1:34 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside accumulated 19 points (9-for-16 shooting), 12 rebounds, six blocks and two assists across 32 minutes in Friday's loss to the Pelicans.
Whiteside's miraculous season of putting up top-10 fantasy numbers continues with another gaudy block total in this one. Whiteside is proving to be one of the best draft day values this season. Continue riding the wave.
February 18, 2020, 2:36 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Per Jason Quick of The Athletic, Hassan Whiteside is unlikely to lose the starting C job when Jusuf Nurkic returns to game action.
It's going to take some time for Nurkic to get up to speed in addition to the team likely being conservative on back-to-backs. The Blazers are trying hard to get the eighth spot in the west, but won't do it at the expense of their long-term big man. Whiteside has put up first-round value on the year and should be safe heading into the stretch run.
Source: The Athletic
February 12, 2020, 10:30 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside collected two technical fouls on Wednesday and was ejected, finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes.
Whiteside is known for his antics on the court, and his flexing on Jonas Valanciunas got him ejected with less that 30 seconds left in the game. Despite the bad behavior, Whiteside is a safe top-20 value moving forward and owners shouldn't be worried about Jusuf Nurkic returning. Nurkic had a setback with a calf injury and will be ramped up slowly when he returns.
February 11, 2020, 11:06 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside double-doubled as usual on Tuesday with 17 points (8-of-12 FGs) and 14 boards in a losing effort, adding three assists and a block in 27 minutes.
Regardless of the real-life results, Whiteside continues to dominate as a fantasy center. Having made it past the trade deadline in Portland and with Jusuf Nurkic still not close to returning, he should be a safe top-20 play for the rest of the season.
February 9, 2020, 11:43 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside (left leg contusion) returned to action and put up 11 points and 17 rebounds in a win over the Heat on Sunday.
Whiteside shot 3-of-8 from the field and added four blocks to the stat sheet. He is a top-10 value on the season and should have no issues maintaining that value until Jusuf Nurkic returns.
February 9, 2020, 7:44 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside (left leg contusion) will take the floor for the Blazers-Heat matchup on Sunday.
Whiteside was out on Friday with the injury, but it appears the day of rest was all he needed. Rev him up and enjoy the early-round production as Whiteside will be plenty motivated to take on his former team tonight.
Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter
February 8, 2020, 7:39 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside (left leg contusion) is probable to face the Heat on Sunday.
Whiteside has missed a game with this injury, which wasn't considered to be serious. He will get a revenge-game matchup in the Heat, which he should be able to capitalize on with Bam Adebayo being the only one able to body up on him. Expect Whiteside to have a strong game.
Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter