February 23, 2020, 5:53 pmWillie Cauley-SteinC, Dallas Mavericks
Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) is being listed as questionable ahead of the Mavs' game on Monday vs. the Wolves.
Cauley-Stein's fantasy value has been nonexistent since being moved to the Mavericks prior to the trade deadline. He missed Saturday's game but Kristaps Porzingis has been very good and even Maxi Kleber is ahead of Cauley-Stein on Dallas' pecking order down low.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 22, 2020, 10:17 pmMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber drew a start on Saturday night and delivered nine points, eight rebounds, a 3-pointer and five blocks before fouling out against the Hawks.
Kleber had run of the roost with Kristaps Porzingis dealing with load management and Willie Cauley-Stein away for personal reasons. He hasn't taken off like we hoped after Dwight Powell went down for the year, but Kleber is a top-155/120 (8/9-cat) guy and holds low-end appeal because of his blocks, rebounds and occasional threes, with a lean towards 9-cat formats.
February 22, 2020, 2:20 pmWillie Cauley-SteinC, Dallas Mavericks
Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) will not be with the Mavs on Saturday when they take on the Hawks.
Cauley-Stein picked up a DNP-CD on Friday and played only 4.3 minutes per game in the prior two contests so he can be left on waivers. With Kristaps Porzingis also unavailable on Saturday, Maxi Kleber and Boban Marjanovic will hold down the center position.
February 22, 2020, 1:55 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis (knee injury recovery) will not play against the Hawks on Saturday.
Porzingis posted a ridiculous 24-point, 10-rebound, 5-assist, 5-block, 4-triple line on Friday and will be rested on the second game in the back-to-back. Maxi Kleber, who posted a season-high 26 points in 23 minutes on Friday should slide into the starting lineup with Boban Marjanovic picking up the backup minutes after getting a DNP-CD on Friday as Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) is unable.
February 21, 2020, 9:43 pmMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber fininshed Friday's win over the Magic with a career-high 26 points (10-for-13 shooting), three rebounds, three triples, an assist and a block.
Kleber was feeling it on Friday night, as he found all the open spots on the floor and only missed three shots. Kleber is part of a deep rotation in Dallas but is worth a look in deeper leagues.
February 8, 2020, 2:07 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis (injury recovery, left knee) will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.
This is the second game of a back-to-back so this was to be expected. Porzingis has been putting up elite fantasy numbers filling in as the primary scorer with Doncic out but the Mavs will have to rely on Maxi Kleber, Willie Cauley-Stein and Dorian Finney-Smith to hold down the frontcourt for this one with Boban Marjanovic likely to also get some minutes.
February 6, 2020, 3:33 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis, who suffered a broken nose during Wednesday's loss the the Grizzlies, is being listed as questionable to play in Friday's matchup with the Wizards.
If Porzingis play he will likely be wearing a protective mask for the forseeable future, but if he misses time Maxi Kleber and Willie Cauley-Stein will see more at C, while Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jalen Brunson take on more responsibility on the offensive end.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 3, 2020, 9:46 pmMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber slowed down on Monday, mostly impacted by the return of Kristaps Porzingis and was quietly able to put up five points on 2-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.
Kleber was coming off a monster game on Saturday, so tonight's line was a definite letdown. We're still trusting him to be an effective threes-and-blocks source ROS. He will just have some ups and downs along the way.
February 2, 2020, 12:49 amMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber had a game to remember in the Mavs' win over the Hawks on Saturday, stepping up for 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting with six rebounds, four triples, one assist, one steal and four blocks in 30 minutes.
Kleber was a huge beneficiary of the absences of both Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis tonight. He was already a fringe add in standard leagues when Dwight Powell was ruled out for the season, but this line just puts an exclamation point on the intrinsic upside he brings to the table. He will have more of a low-key production once they're back and healthy, but until then, Kleber is going to be able to bring it on both ends of the court.
January 31, 2020, 10:35 pmMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber managed only 14 minutes against the Rockets on Friday but salvaged his fantasy line by collecting four points, six rebounds and four blocks.
Willie Cauley-Stein hasn't exactly taken a big chunk of minutes in his first two games with Dallas but Kleber's playing time is trending down either way, as he's topped 20 minutes just twice in the last six games — despite the loss of Dwight Powell. Kleber's stat set can easily support standard-league value but the minutes aren't there right now. He's a nice guy to hold onto if you can afford to be patient, but with top-150/115 value in the last two weeks, those of you in shallower 8-cat leagues can take a look at the waiver wire for more productive alternatives.
January 25, 2020, 1:31 pmWillie Cauley-SteinC, Golden State Warriors
The Willie Cauley-Stein trade is now official as announced by both teams involved.
The Mavs get Cauley-Stein to fill the void of Dwight Powell's season ending injury while the Warriors have received Utah's 2020 second round pick. Dallas has also requested waivers on Justin Patton to create a roster spot for WCS. Stein was a top-100 player in 22.9 minutes on the Warriors and you would expect for him to get similar minutes on the Mavs so he is a hold. Maxi Kleber and Boban Marjanovic lose some value while Marquesse Chriss and Omari Spellman gain some.
Source: Mark Followill on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 12:54 amMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting with four boards, one dime, three blocks and two triples on Thursday.
Kleber came off the bench, but he's stepped into his increased role and easily landed with standard league value for the remainder of the year. He's going to be good for traditional big man stats with a couple cash counters here and there to keep his head above water.
January 22, 2020, 2:23 pmDwight PowellPF, Dallas Mavericks
Confirming earlier reports, Dwight Powell has a ruptured right Achilles tendon and is considering surgery.
This is likely a season-ending injury for Powell. Maxi Kleber should see an expanded role for the remainder of the season.
Source: Mavs PR on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 11:36 pmMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maximillian Kleber played 32 minutes in a loss to the Clippers on Tuesday, providing eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, five rebounds, one assist and two blocks.
Kleber was back on the bench with Kristaps Porzingis returning to the lineup, but Dwight Powell went down with what looks to be a season-ending injury, so he's right back to a 30-plus minute role. That load has had him inside the top-100 lately due to his blocks and threes skill set. He's worth an add in case he's still out there in your league.
January 18, 2020, 12:21 amMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber logged 33 minutes on Friday night and was able to post 10 points, five rebounds, three blocks and two 3-pointers.
Nothing too special, but it'll certainly play. Kleber's up to top-155/140 value on the full year and has been a top-90/75 player while starting for Kristaps Porzingis (knee) over the last two weeks. Keep him locked and loaded until KP returns.