December 7, 2019, 1:09 amJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee finished Friday's win with 13 points (6-of-7 shooting) and two blocks in 15 minutes.
McGee isn't nearly as fun to rock with as he was last season but he's still blocking shots and boosting your field goal percentage enough to return late-round value in 12-teamers. Dwight Howard is doing the same thing with more boards and slightly fewer blocks, as he had five points, 10 rebounds and two steals tonight. Neither is a must-own in 12-team leagues.
December 1, 2019, 7:41 pmJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
One game after going for 15 & 11, JaVale McGee had four points and 10 rebounds to go with a steal and a block on Sunday.
The scoring drop makes the line look worse than it really is considering McGee's only real fantasy contributions are with boards and blocks. He played 16 minutes but Dwight Howard only played 12, and McGee remains the Lakers center to roster if you need big man help in 12-team formats.
November 30, 2019, 1:17 amJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
Friday was JaVale McGee's turn to shine, as he came through with 15 points, 11 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 22 minutes of action.
McGee is right around the top-155 this year in only 16.6 mpg, and the presence of Dwight Howard has completely destroyed any sense of consistency. McGee's a 12-team guy if you're chasing blocks and boards but he's pretty tough to trust on a night-to-night basis. Howard had eight points, five boards, a steal and two blocks tonight and is returning value just slightly below McGee's.
November 28, 2019, 12:16 amJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee saw just 13 minutes of action in Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, posting four points on 2-of-4 shooting with seven rebounds and one steal.
McGee has some low-end value in deeper leagues and if he were going to have a higher gear than that we probably would have seen it by now. When you factor in the presence of Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis, you can use him as a spot starter but that's about it.
November 22, 2019, 11:24 pmKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma scored 10 points (4-for-6 shooting), two rebounds, two blocks and a triple in Friday's win over the Thunder.
Kuzma came off the bench and had another so-so performance from a fantasy perspective. Dwight Howard also came off the bench and added 10 points (3-for-4 shooting), seven rebounds and a block. JaVale McGee started and only played 18 minutes contributing eight points, seven rebounds, one assist and a block.
November 20, 2019, 3:03 amAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis (right shoulder soreness) put up a game-high 34 points (13-of-24 FGs, 5-fo-6 FTs) as part of a full line that included seven rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes in a victory over the Thunder on Tuesday.
Davis has been a great fit for the Lakers and he once again toughed out an injury (or two or more) while producing in every category. He's currently ranked 4th in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. If he ever truly gets healthy, he should have a great shot at the top spot. Next to Davis tonight, JaVale McGee swatted four more shots in 23 minutes and continues to be an excellent streaming option for blocks, boards and field goal percentage.
November 16, 2019, 1:16 amJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee went back to invisible on Friday, notching two points on 1-for-5 shooting to go with seven rebounds in 12 minutes.
McGee couldn't build off his 18 & 17 game, but that shouldn't be surprising. Dwight Howard wasn't all that impressive here either with four points, seven rebounds and a block, but if you're chasing minutes then Howard comes out ahead: 22 to 12 tonight. This should be a headache situation all year.
November 14, 2019, 1:53 amJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee put up a double-double on Wednesday, finishing with 18 points, 17 boards, two assists, three steals and three blocks.
McGee was the better center in this contest and played 28 minutes to Dwight Howard's (15 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one block) 20 minutes. McGee put up one of his best performances of the season, but it's hard to get too excited by one night of work. Howard seems to be the center to own for the Lakers.
November 11, 2019, 12:25 amJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee played 14 minutes on Sunday in a loss to the Raptors and put up 10 points and four rebounds on 5-of-11 shooting.
Neither McGee nor Dwight Howard blocked any shots in this one, so it was not the best night for the duo. Howard put up nine points and six rebounds on 3-of-3 shooting. Howard is the preferred option of the two and should provide late-round value in standard formats.
October 30, 2019, 1:46 amJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee played a season-high 29 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Tuesday, going for 10 points (5-for-7 FGs, 0-for-1 FTs), nine rebounds, an assist and a block.
McGee hadn't exceeded 18 minutes in any of the Lakers first three contests, but he picked up some garbage-time minutes here. Dwight Howard, who has now played between 18 and 23 minutes in all four games, had two points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 19 minutes in this one. It's a situation worth watching, since each of these players is capable of mid-round value if they get enough time. However, it continues to look like they'll be eating into each other's role to much for that to happen this season barring injury.
October 26, 2019, 1:29 amJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee was terrible in Friday's win over the Jazz, logging only 12 minutes and producing four rebounds and three turnovers.
McGee didn't start the second half, and was replaced by Alex Caruso of all people. What's worse, Dwight Howard looked like the better player. This is starting to look like an ugly timeshare situation where Frank Vogel can ride with the hot hand. Howard had two points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 19 minutes. Right now neither is a recommended play and we'd still prefer to roster McGee, though that could change quickly with the way things are going.
October 24, 2019, 4:16 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Coach Frank Vogel told reporters on Thursday that Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee could both start "their share of games" this season.
McGee started in the Lakers' season opener on Tuesday but Vogel seems willing to swap McGee and Howard depending on matchups. McGee ended the game playing 17 minutes while Howard came off the bench and ended up playing two more minutes to finish at 19 minutes. They will likely eat into one another's fantasy value this season as long as there is a timeshare.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
October 23, 2019, 1:39 amJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee played just 17 minutes despite starting vs. the Clippers on Tuesday, so he was only able to come up with four points (2-of-3 FGs), two rebounds and two blocks in the loss.
Uh oh. The prospect of low minutes was a significant concern as we tried to guess what sort of production McGee would give us this season due to the new big men in town. The blocks are what really drive his value, so he likely remains rosterable as we see how the rotations shake out. However, McGee could be in for an up and down role as dictated by the matchups all season.
October 18, 2019, 3:41 pmRajon RondoPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo, Quinn Cook, Avery Bradley, Danny Green, JaVale McGee, Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis and LeBron James are sitting out Friday's preseason finale vs. the Warriors.
The Lakers are placing the emphasis on preseason in this one after already playing the Warriors on Monday and Wednesday. The veterans will get some rest in what is bound to be an ugly game for the youngsters.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 4:32 pmAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
According to head coach Frank Vogel, Anthony Davis (rest) will sit out of Friday's preseason finale vs. the Warriors.
Both Davis and LeBron James will sit out of the final preseason game. This will boost Dwight Howard's and Javale McGee's outlook in DFS matchups on Friday.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter