March 24, 2020, 4:30 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant is the overwhelming favorite to win the 2019-20 Rookie of the Year award, according to a new ESPN poll.
The poll consists of national and international reporters as well as a mixture of local beat writers from across the league. Ja Morant wound up garnering all 70 first-place votes. Morant has been leading the pack all year, but Zion Williamson started to make things interesting since making his debut, albeit in only 19 games. Morant, who has appeared in 59 games, is averaging 17.6 points and 6.9 assists while leading Memphis to a potential playoff berth.
March 11, 2020, 12:22 amJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant put up 21 points, five assists and four rebounds on Tuesday in a loss to the Magic, playing 25 minutes and finishing 7-of-16 from the floor and 1-for-5 from deep.
Morant is somewhat of a handcuff in shallower leagues, as he posts consistent production but hardly ever has the "big game" that fantasy GMs covet. He is fun to employ on your fantasy roster simply because of his highlight-reel plays and the hype he has (rightfully) received. However, his value has slipped outside the top-125 and that puts him on the fringes in 12-team leagues. Keep utilizing him if you have him.
March 7, 2020, 11:07 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant got the better of Trae Young on Saturday, upstaging him with an impressive performance highlighted by his 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting (4-of-4 from deep).
Morant was all over the place, giving the Hawks all sorts of headaches. He added five rebounds, six dimes, three steals and one block to the box. While his 4-of-6 run at the free throw line and the six committed turnovers might have soured his already sweet line a bit, his overall performance was laudable and simply impressive, making him one of the more intriguing sophomores to watch out for in 2020-21.
March 7, 2020, 12:00 amJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant did not have a particularly good game for his standards on Friday vs. the Mavs, ending with 11 points, eight assists and four rebounds to go along with six turnovers in the loss.
The Grizzlies did not look sharp in this one and Morant was no exception. He has cooled down shooting the ball in his last three, only putting up 13, 15, and 11 in those contests. Morant has been impressive this season and has produced some highlight-worthy plays, but his fantasy ranking still sits outside the top-100 on the year. That being said, he's still a fantasy starter almost everywhere and the only worry in that regard would be the Grizzlies falling out of their playoff spot and shutting him down. Neither of those seem probable.
February 29, 2020, 11:02 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant led the Grizzlies to a 105-88 win over the Lakers on Saturday, scoring 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting with six rebounds, 14 assists and four triples in 34 minutes.
Morant flourished against a top-5 defense and hopefully this performance can propel him to a hot streak. Morant is inside the top-125 on the season, but is outside the top-200 in 9-cat leagues over the past month. He had a stretch of top-75 value earlier this season and there is a chance he could replicate that during the fantasy playoffs, but it is more likely he hovers around the top-100 ROS.
February 13, 2020, 12:26 amJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant scored 20 points with 9-of-23 shooting with nine assists, five rebounds and one steal in Wednesday's win over the Blazers.
Morant missed all five shot attempts from deep, but on the bright side committed only two turnovers tonight. His shot attempts, minutes and path production remain intact. All he needs is to take his game to another level down the stretch.
February 9, 2020, 9:15 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant carried the Grizzlies to a 106-99 victory over the Wizards on Sunday, posting his first career triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block.
This is likely to be the first of many triple-doubles coming Ja Morant's way over the course of his NBA career. Morant had a solid night of shooting as well with 9-of-17 FG and 7-of-9 FT, and a few more lines like this will make all of his early-season shooting woes ancient history. He made up for Dillon Brooks' ongoing slump, which featured nine points (4-of-17 FG), zero 3-pointers and three turnovers today. Stay patient with Brooks, these ugly performances come with the territory. He remains a worthwhile late-round performer.
February 7, 2020, 9:39 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant finished Friday's loss to the Sixers with 15 points (4-for-12 shooting), six assists and three rebounds.
Morant struggled to get it going against a motivated Sixers defense, but he's still the leading rookie of the year candidate. Despite not having his best stuff Morant was able to draw nine free throw attempts and hit seven of them which helped keep his scoring total respectable.
February 5, 2020, 11:08 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant was blistering hot on Wednesday, shooting 10-for-12 from the field, including one triple for a team-high 21 points, one rebound and three assists.
The aggressive attacks to the basket were impressive coming from Morant, but those three dimes surely left owners wanting. It's about him putting his game altogether, which is clearly a work in progress. The dimes should resurface soon, so there are no worries here.
February 4, 2020, 12:40 amJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant was solid in Monday's win with 12 points (5-of-9 shooting), four rebounds and seven assists, but he also turned the ball over six times in his 27 minutes of play.
As one would expect of a rookie point guard playing 30 minutes a game, Morant struggles with turnovers, putting him in the bottom-10 in the league. The category can usually be ignored in many formats, since most good point guards turn the ball over a lot. Morant, however, doesn't do everything that solid veteran point guards do in other categories yet, so the turnovers are helping to keep him outside of the top-100 despite all the hype.
January 29, 2020, 10:39 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant had his way vs. the Knicks on Wednesday, scoring 18 points (7-of-13 from the floor) with 10 assists, two steals and one block in 28 minutes.
Morant is a top-75 player in 9-cat the past month, averaging 17.6 points with 8.5 assists while shooting 54 percent from the field and 81 percent from the line. Morant was a plus-42 on the court on Wednesday and is the youngest player to record a plus-42 since Kobe Bryant did it in 1998. Morant is on a roll and may be a sell-high candidate as his name value could be greater than his fantasy value.
January 29, 2020, 12:03 amJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant was great again in a 104-96 home win over the Nuggets on Tuesday, going for 14 points (6-of-11 FGs), six rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 30 minutes.
For as exciting as Morant and the Grizzlies have been of late, he may not be as great in fantasy as most would expect. Morant's assist numbers are excellent and his steals and field goal percentage are great, but that's really where the impressive stats end. He's fun to watch, but if you've got him, there's a great chance you can deal him for more than he's actually worth right now.
January 26, 2020, 9:28 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant made 8-of-18 shots from the field an 7-of-11 from the line to end Sunday night's win over the Suns with 23 points, five rebounds, eight dimes and one steal.
Shooting inefficiency and 3.0 turnovers per game have kept the rookie Morant outside the top-230 in 9-cat over the last week. While that may not be pretty, he's still oozing with potential and is someone to watch down the stretch. Once the game begins to slow down for him more and more, Morant's lines should be far more fantasy-friendly than they are now.
January 24, 2020, 10:23 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant recorded a double-double on Friday, tallying 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting with 12 assists and two rebounds in 32 minutes.
While the double-double was a welcome sight, owners want to see more from Morant. He was light on the peripherals, failing to record a steal or a trey in this outing. He's still a rookie and has a lot of room to grow. Expect bigger and better things from him as he gets more games under his belt.
January 20, 2020, 9:27 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant went 5-for-14 from the field as he struggled to score his 16 points on Monday but was able to contribute elsewhere as he put up three rebounds, one trey, nine assists and one steal in 35 minutes.
Morant is on track to finish 2019-20 with a bang. He's been hot lately, posting top-25 9-cat per-game value over the last couple of weeks. Is it sustainable? Yes, it is. However, do not be surprised to see a regression-game from the rookie every once in a while moving forward.