Dan Besbris and Aaron Bruski tackle the biggest stories from week 14 ... including the situation at center for the Knicks, Thomas Bryant's fluctuating minutes, JaVale McGee's downturn, and more! (01-18-19) SUBSCRIBE on iTunes Follow @DanBesbris…
March 15, 2019, 9:53 pmJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee had a great game despite falling to the Pistons on Friday as he scored 20 points and added 13 rebounds, three blocks and a steal in 30 minutes.
This marks the second time in three games McGee has played at least 30 minutes and he double-doubled in that one too. He has top-40 value over his last seven games and with the Lakers tanking, maybe coach Luke Walton has finally found a reason to unleash McGee.
March 12, 2019, 10:32 pmJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee double-doubled with 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in 33 minutes Tuesday.
McGee has been inconsistent lately, but with the Lakers shutting down players and resting others, there's hope he can get back to some of his early-season success.
March 7, 2019, 1:22 amJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee went 8-for-10 from the field on Wednesday night, delivering 16 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in 21 minutes against the Nuggets.
This is a really tough matchup for guys like McGee but he passed the test for fantasy purposes. He's back on the upswing after a wayward handful of weeks and is inching closer to must-start status again. The big man has a block in eight straight games and is a top-130 player in the last couple of weeks. There was a big lull in the middle of the year but McGee should still end up as one of draft day's best bargains this season.
March 3, 2019, 12:55 amJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee hit all 10 of his shots on Saturday night to score 21 points in a loss to the Suns.
McGee played 26 minutes off the bench and also added seven rebounds and a block. He's barely been hanging around inside the top-150 over the last month so this was a sight for sore eyes. His continued bench role leaves McGee on shaky ground but he's still posting middle-round value on the full season and will end the year as a draft day steal no matter what. Hope for more of the same going forward.
February 24, 2019, 1:25 amJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee started and scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting with two rebounds and one block over 16 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Pelicans.
It's been a while since McGee was storming fantasy leagues and his recent production is right around the cut line in standard leagues. One likes that he has at least shown some upside in the past, but the workloads were eyebrow-raising early on and it's possible this is the new normal.
February 22, 2019, 1:39 amJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, an assist and two blocks on Thursday.
McGee logged 20 minutes as the Lakers opted to spread the floor with LeBron James. As long as he plays 20 minutes or more, McGee is good for some boards and a couple of blocks which is what we're expecting from him anyways.
February 12, 2019, 10:37 pmJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee was a major disappointment in Tuesday's loss to the Hawks, picking up four fouls and playing only 13 minutes.
Opposing bigs generally have a good time when they visit Atlanta, but McGee couldn't get anything going tonight. He had six points and four rebounds and his issues forced the Lakers to go super small all night with Tyson Chandler out and Moe Wagner playing just five minutes. Keep McGee in lineups going forward despite the dud.
February 10, 2019, 6:26 pmJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee had a big game in Sunday's loss to the Sixers, going 10-of-15 from the field for 21 points to go with 13 rebounds, a steal and a block in only 26 minutes.
McGee picked up five fouls but was the only Laker to finish as a positive in the plus-minus column tonight. He's all the way back with Ivica Zubac off the roster and is back to being a must-start option in all leagues.
February 7, 2019, 10:57 pmJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee logged 30 minutes on Thursday and scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds and a block.
McGee got his job back after Ivica Zubac was sent to the Clippers and we're going to be looking at the usual lines again. He was waiver wire fodder for a quick minute, but now that his pathway to minutes has cleared up he should be scooped up again.
February 7, 2019, 6:42 pmJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee will start at center on Thursday night against the Celtics.
McGee should start at center the rest of the way, and that's why we've been urging you to hold on in all leagues. McGee was on his way to a monstrous fantasy season and is still in the top-80/65 neighborhood on the full season despite taking a backseat to Ivica Zubac lately. Zubac is now across the hall with the Clippers and McGee's career season should be picking back up shortly. He's a must-own player in all formats.
Source: Kyle Goon on Twitter
January 30, 2019, 1:47 amJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with 14 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes off the bench on Tuesday against the Sixers.
McGee has been a little bit quiet and having three centers in the rotation isn't comfortable, but it does appear as if McGee will hold value. His recent nosedive has also hit his season-long value, dropping him into the top 65-80 range (9/8 cat) on the year. If owners keep that going the rest of the season they should be mostly happy given his mileage and the sudden clutter.
January 22, 2019, 1:14 amJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee played 19 minutes on Monday night and put up 10 points and nine rebounds.
McGee continues to confound, though he was at least able to play more than Tyson Chandler (eight minutes) tonight. On the other side, McGee was in the game for the final six minutes or so of pure garbage time, which doesn't spell great things about his standing right now. Still, he remains a hold in all leagues. It might get very frustrating but fantasy owners will need to sit tight. Ivica Zubac led the pack again with 18 points, four rebounds and a block in 21 minutes.
January 20, 2019, 1:36 amJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee double-doubled in just 16 minutes of action on Saturday against the Rockets, scoring 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 14 rebounds, one steal and one block.
Ivica Zubac (21 minutes, 17 points, seven boards, one block) continues to get minutes and sure, it makes sense that McGee and Tyson Chandler (14 minutes) are minimized somewhat against a team playing small like the Rockets. Still, Zubac has played his way into this rotation and it means that McGee isn't going to be the runaway freight train he was for the first third of the season. He's nowhere near a drop but this will be a situation to monitor going forward.
January 18, 2019, 12:26 amJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee played just nine minutes in Thursday's overtime win over the Thunder.
It's certainly not a matchup thing as Ivica Zubac had a career performance while Tyson Chandler had six points, seven boards and two blocks in 16 minutes as the starter. McGee had four points and a block in his short time on the court and his owners are likely very skittish after this one. We're still looking at him as a buy-low guy who should bounce back once the Lakers get their top playmakers back, but it is troubling times for a guy who rocketed out of the gates this season.