August 3, 2020, 7:03 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier was replaced in the starting lineup by Ish Smith for Monday's matchup with the Pacers, amassing 16 points, four assists and two rebounds in 22 minutes.
Napier is yet to put it all together for the Wizards, although Monday was clearly his best performance thus far. Coming into the resumption period, Napier was viewed as a potential top-50 candidate. However, the fact he is basically splitting minutes with Smith has resulted in a series of underwhelming stat lines.
August 3, 2020, 6:59 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith shot just 39 percent from the field during Monday's loss, compiling 12 points, four assists and two rebounds in 22 minutes.
Smith moved into the starting lineup, replacing Shabazz Napier who shifted to a bench role. It is unclear whether he will remain the starter, although his exact role is unlikely to impact his fantasy value moving forward. Both he and Napier have been splitting minutes at the point guard position, resulting in their respective fantasy ceilings being somewhat capped.
August 3, 2020, 2:25 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith will move into the starting lineup on Monday against the Pacers.
No word on the corresponding move, but it's likely that Smith will be replacing Shabazz Napier, who has been disappointing through his two games in the bubble so far. Smith has been excellent, going for 17-4-7 and 14-4-5 with a steal, two blocks and a triple in his two Orlando games so far. Make sure he's not on any resumption league waiver wires.
Source: Chris Miller on Twitter
August 2, 2020, 5:00 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier had a rough go on Sunday afternoon, scoring five points on 2-of-9 shooting with two assists, a steal, a 3-pointer and four turnovers in 25 minutes.
This was a step backwards after Friday's 13 points (4-of-13 FG), three assists, one triple and a block. Napier was a popular selection in resumption leagues given the state of Washington's roster but has failed to recapture his form from the end of the original regular season. More problematic for him is that backup Ish Smith outplayed him for the second straight contest. After netting 17-4-7 on Friday, Smith came through with 14 points (5-for-12 FG), four rebounds, five assists, a steal, two blocks, a 3-pointer and zero turnovers in 28 minutes off the bench today. It's beginning to look like Smith is the PG to roster in fantasy leagues from this team.
July 31, 2020, 9:10 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith came off the bench on Friday for the Wizards in Orlando, winding up with 17 PTS (8-for-18 FG, 1-for-2 3PT), seven AST and four REB in 27 minutes.
Smith is always effective in his reserve role and served his usual purpose on Friday in the Wizards' first game of the NBA restart. He is averaging 26 minutes per game in 2019-20 so tonight was a typical workload for Smith. Most of the Wizards' top players are out and Smith should continue to be a primary scoring option for the depleted roster.
July 27, 2020, 6:07 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier tallied 16 points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal to go with three triples in just 20 minutes during Monday's 123-116 scrimmage loss to the Lakers.
Napier turned in his best performance of the resumption period thus far, shooting 5-of-9 from the field to end with 16 points. He is going to see a nice bump in playing time for the Wizards given they are without Bradley Beal and is certainly rocketing up the draft boards in many resumption leagues. Ish Smith (12 points, six assists, five rebounds and one block) saw 25 minutes himself and could pose a threat to Napier's potential breakout. Both should be drafted with Napier the preferred option at this point.
July 21, 2020, 2:16 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith delivered top-170 value in 2019-20 despite being the most consistent member of Washington's point guard carousel.
Smith outlasted Isaiah Thomas, only to be paired with Shabazz Napier after the trade deadline. His stat line didn't feature anything special: 10.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.9 threes on .451 shooting, though he did climb into the top-120 for short stretches. Smith did do well to limit himself to 1.3 turnovers in 26.2 minutes per game, as that was an issue when he first carved out a full-time NBA job. While he can be an effective player, Smith's stat set makes it hard for him to hold more than late-round fantasy appeal. With John Wall back in the fold next season, Smith might top out as an assists specialist until we get into 16-team formats.
March 6, 2020, 5:20 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith will miss at least one week's worth of action due to his left hamstring.
Shabazz Napier is looking like a nice streamer while Smith is absent for the Wizards. Smith has some low-end guard stats to provide standard league players when he's healthy, but feel free to drop him until that's the case.
Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter
March 5, 2020, 1:56 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith (left hamstring) has been ruled out for Friday night against the Hawks.
Smith has been ruled out a day in advance ahead of Friday night's matchup versus Atlanta after already having sat out on Wednesday night. It's a hamstring so expect that he may miss additional time. Feel free to get Shabazz Napier into your lineups.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 4, 2020, 8:47 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith (left hamstring tightness) was ruled out on Wednesday vs. the Blazers.
Shabazz Napier will see see an increase in value with Smith out tonight. Smith is an assists and steals specialist with borderline standard-league value.
Source: Chris Miller on Twitter
March 4, 2020, 1:30 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith (left hamstring tightness) is doubtful to play during Wednesday's game.
Shabazz Napier will see increased usage against the Blazers. Smith may be a borderline useful player to own in standard fantasy leagues, but he can help owners who need assists and steals.
Source: Jamie Goldberg on Twitter
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 23, 2020, 9:44 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith continued to flash his under-the-radar value vs. the Bulls on Sunday, going for 10 points (3-of-5 FG), five assists, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, two steals, one block and one turnover.
Smith has been getting the lion's share of the point guard minutes, settling in at just under 30 a night since the trade deadline, and that should be enough opportunity for late-round numbers in 12-team formats. If you are in need of low-end guard stats you could do a lot worse.
February 21, 2020, 9:56 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith shot poorly in Friday's loss to the Cavs, going 2-for-12 from the field to finish with five points, five rebounds, six assists, one trey and two steals in 30 minutes.
The minutes are still there for Smith, which is a good thing. Shabazz Napier played just 18 minutes and posted eight points (3-of-8 shooting), two 3s, one rebound, four assists and one steal. Smith, despite his struggles, remains the PG to own out of Washington with top-115 value over the last month.
February 11, 2020, 10:14 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
In his third game with the Wizards on Tuesday, Shabazz Napier produced 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 19 minutes in a 126-114 home win over the Bulls.
Napier has been serviceable through three games, but playing around 20 minutes per game won't likely allow him to put up standard league numbers. Ish Smith started once again and had 10 points, five rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and two triples in 28 minutes.