February 21, 2020, 6:07 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns' left wrist injury has been confirmed to be a fracture and will be reassessed in two weeks' time.
At least we have a timeline. KAT's status for the close of the season has the potential to swing many fantasy leagues before it is all said and done. The Wolves want to see what he can do alongside D'Angelo Russell, and no doubt Towns feels the same way, but it is not worth pushing the wrist beyond the damage that has already been done. If Naz Reid or James Johnson are still available, both make for standard league pickups for however long KAT is absent. They should have late-round value.
Source: Wolves PR on Twitter
February 20, 2020, 4:21 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) will not play on Friday.
It's been reported that Towns will miss some games coming up so this isn't necessarily a surprise, but it's still frustrating because Minnesota hasn't given any kind of specific timeline about how long KAT will be out. Naz Reid and James Johnson are the two big winners from a minutes perspective, with Johnson having the better shot at fantasy value because of his stat set. Both are potential low-end adds in standard formats.
Source: Wolves on Twitter
February 19, 2020, 4:57 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) did not practice on Wednesday and will miss some upcoming games.
No word on how long Towns will be out, but fantasy GMs have to be sweating after KAT already missed a big chunk of time with a nebulous injury earlier in the year. Naz Reid and James Johnson split the center minutes when Towns sat before the All-Star break and look to be your pickups of choice. There's no guarantee that either holds 12-team value but both are worthwhile fliers, with Johnson's game more well-rounded.
Source: Chris Hine on Twitter
February 13, 2020, 5:43 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
According to Jon Krawczynski of the Athletic, Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to miss additional games following the All-Star break with a left wrist injury.
The initial news came as a surprise to the basketball community as it didn't appear that Towns suffered this injury in their game on Monday. Naz Reid, James Johnson & Juan Hernangómez will all see increased value while Towns is out.
Source: The Athletic
February 12, 2020, 6:23 pmJames JohnsonPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
James Johnson will start for the injured Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) on Wednesday.
Johnson could have some appeal in 14-team leagues for the rest of the season as the Wolves have an entirely new roster mid-season. He is also an excellent short-term streaming candidate for as long as KAT will remain out and should be looked at as a low-cost option in DFS lineups.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
February 12, 2020, 6:00 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets and he will undergo further evaluation over the All-Star break.
This is the first that we are hearing about this injury and we will need to wait to get more news before deciding to stream anyone in particular. Naz Reid, James Johnson and Juan Hernangómez just became a lot more attractive in DFS on Wednesday's slate.
Source: Wolves PR on Twitter
February 6, 2020, 1:42 pmD'Angelo RussellPG, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have agreed to trade D'Angelo Russell to Minnesota in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, 2021 protected first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.
Minnesota finally gets their guy and Karl-Anthony gets to play with one of his BFFs. Russell heads into a new-look backcourt featuring two of Malik Beasley, Jarrett Culver and Josh Okogie, but his value should improve if the Wolves choose to deploy him without any restrictions the rest of the way. The potential for rest days is not as marked as it was in Golden State, either, so Russell will have a crack a strong finish. This also eliminates whatever "shutdown risk" Towns may have had, as the Wolves will want to see what they have in this young core by playing them together this season. The pick is top-3 protected in 2021 and would be unprotected if in transfer to the following year.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
February 4, 2020, 12:33 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns had a strong overall game on Monday, scoring 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting with nine rebounds, six assists, a steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers.
It's more or less of the same with KAT, he had one of his lower scoring nights, but has been playing heavy minutes as of late which is what we want to see. He'll continue to fill it up across the stat sheet in the next one.
February 1, 2020, 6:25 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns dominated the Clippers' frontcourt with 32 points, 12 rebounds and two assists on 11-of-22 shooting during Saturday's loss.
KAT took charge during Saturday's loss, and led the Timberwolves in points and minutes played. Towns will look to keep the ball rolling on Monday versus the Kings.
January 27, 2020, 11:05 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns played a game-high 40 minutes in Monday's 129-133 OT loss to the Kings, putting up 23 points with eight boards, three dimes, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers.
Towns put up numbers across the board, but he had trouble taking care of the ball (seven turnovers) on the offensive end. He's still a guaranteed top-5 play whenever he takes the court, regardless of all the noise going on in Minnesota.
January 25, 2020, 11:03 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns had his way on Saturday with 37 points on 13-of-23 shooting, adding eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks.
Towns went to the locker room in the third quarter but returned shortly after to finish out the game. KAT is back on track after missing time with injuries and should be a top-5 player the rest of the way. He's averaging 29.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.7 threes in 30.8 minutes per game since he returned on January 17th.
January 24, 2020, 11:03 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns was back to his top-5 fantasy form on Friday, going 12-of-23 from the field (two 3s) for 30 points, adding 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
KAT is playing rock-solid once again and it appears that his injury concerns are well behind him. He's back on track to finish in the top-5 for 8/9-cat formats ROS.
January 23, 2020, 11:08 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas said that Karl-Anthony Towns is "as untouchable as they come," per Eric Woodyard of ESPN.
"He's the best player on our team and he's the guy we're building around," Gersson said, "Everything we do is to help him become the best player and to help us become the best team we can be." That clears that whole thing up. The Wolves have already stayed true to their statement by trading away Jeff Teague, whose passing displeased Towns through two and half seasons in Minnesota. Many in the fantasy community are afraid of Towns pulling an Anthony Davis with the trade deadline fast approaching, but there have been no indications from the Towns side that that is a distinct possibility. Towns has top-3 upside the rest of the way and, while there's some uncertainty currently surrounding him, he's one of the most valuable fantasy players in the game.
January 23, 2020, 12:39 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns scored a season-high 40 points on 16-of-24 shooting with six rebounds and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes on Wednesday.
Towns is back on track with 27 or more points in three of his four games since returning from injury. Towns will be a top-5 player moving forward and it is great to see him back to posting monster fantasy lines again.
January 22, 2020, 9:09 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves have been trying to improve their rebounding all season and Karl-Anthony Towns said that determination is needed.
“It’s the fourth quarter. It doesn’t matter. We’ve got to have that toughness,” Towns said. “We’ve got to have that fight. We’ve got to go get that ball. It’s all of us.” The Wolves rank 21st in defensive rebounding percentage at .725, which is where they’ve languished for most of the season. Playing Robert Covington at the power forward position hasn’t helped the team in regards to rebounding, especially when it comes to second chance opportunities. KAT himself is averaging 11.1 rebounds for the season and hopefully this is an area that he improves as the season progresses.
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune