December 18, 2019, 1:25 pmJames JohnsonPF, Miami Heat
James Johnson (personal) is expected to rejoin the Heat for Friday's game against the Knicks.
He won't be available on Wednesday against the Sixers, however. Johnson has only played six games this season and doesn't have much of a role so far. Meyers Leonard could lose minutes if Johnson does find his way back into the rotation.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
December 14, 2019, 11:30 pmMeyers LeonardC, Miami Heat
Meyers Leonard chipped in 10 points, four rebounds and two threes in 16 minutes on Saturday.
We haven't checked in on Leonard, and for good reason — after a brief flirtation with standard-league value he's just a top-250 player in the last two weeks. The fact that he continues to start helps his floor, but only deep-league GMs need to tread these waters.
December 7, 2019, 2:48 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo (groin contusion) is questionable to face the Bulls on Sunday.
This is the first we are hearing Adebayo's injury so stay tuned for an update on Sunday. As expected, he has been one of the most improved fantasy players this season but his lack of 3-point shooting and poor free-throw percentage have held him to around top-60 value in standard leagues. He is yet to miss a game this season but if he does, we would assume Kelly Olynyk and Meyers Leonard would both take on a bigger role.
Source: David Wilson on Twitter
November 23, 2019, 10:54 pmMeyers LeonardC, Miami Heat
Meyers Leonard had just four rebounds to his stat line over 13 minutes in another start for the Heat on Saturday against the Sixers.
Leonard has been somewhat impressive in grabbing a rotation slot but he hasn't been able to move higher than a top-200 rating in fantasy leagues. Nights like this highlight why.
November 14, 2019, 9:25 pmMeyers LeonardC, Miami Heat
Meyers Leonard started in Thursday's game and looked better than he has in some time, with 12 points, seven boards, two triples and a blocked shot.
Leonard finally put in a good outing after quite a few duds recently, including a missed outing on Tuesday with an illness. He absolutely has potential to make some 3-pointers and be a late-round value for fantasy teams as long as he can play 25 minutes a night.
November 12, 2019, 5:40 pmJames JohnsonPF, Miami Heat
James Johnson (illness) has been ruled out, and he will not play in Tuesday's matchup against the Pistons.
Kelly Olynyk (knee) is also questionable for this one, as Meyers Leonard may be in line for an expanded workload. Leonard is worth a look in DFS.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
November 7, 2019, 11:51 pmMeyers LeonardC, Miami Heat
Meyers Leonard took a step back on Thursday with six points including two triples but didn't add any other stats in 13 minutes.
This is the downside with Leonard, who just didn't have much of an impact in any facet of the game in abbreviated minutes. If the playing time volume is there, we're excited about Leonard as a shooter who can rebound. If there's any shortened leash, we're left wanting.
November 6, 2019, 12:56 amKelly OlynykC, Miami Heat
Kelly Olynyk looked good in 24 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, chipping in across the board for 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting (four 3s), adding seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.
This is the upside Olynyk brings to the table, medium-range lines that help fantasy teams everywhere. His strong play limited Meyers Leonard to 10 points, one rebound, one trey and one dime in 18 minutes as a starter. Both bigs look to cannibalize each other's fantasy value on a nightly basis, with the hotter player earning the bulk of the minutes.
November 3, 2019, 8:52 pmMeyers LeonardC, Miami Heat
Meyers Leonard had another solid game in Sunday's 129-100 shellacking of the Rockets, scoring 21 points on 9-of-11 from the field to go with four rebounds, three steals, a block and a 3-pointer in 28 minutes.
Don't look now, but Leonard is a top-100/70 (8/9-cat) player so far this season. It's probably time to snatch him up if you've got some disappointments at the end of your bench. He probably won't finish this well but you've got to use him while he's cooking, and it's not impossible that he holds of Kelly Olynyk all season.
October 31, 2019, 10:21 pmMeyers LeonardC, Miami Heat
Meyers Leonard outplayed Kelly Olynyk on Thursday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting while adding eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers.
An old Hoop Ball favorite and a newer Hoop Ball favorite are locked in a position battle in Miami, but as long as they split minutes it'll be hard to rely on either of them as they eat into each other's value. This is still a situation to monitor closely and grabbing one of the bigs early as a stash wouldn't hurt as one of them might pull away with the job.
October 29, 2019, 6:15 pmKelly OlynykC, Miami Heat
Kelly Olynyk (quad) is being listed as available to play the Hawks on Tuesday.
Olynyk has been coming off the bench in favor of Meyers Leonard to start the year but has outplayed him so far. It is an interesting battle to watch as James Johnson continues to be exiled.
Source: NBA Injury Report
October 28, 2019, 6:48 pmKelly OlynykC, Miami Heat
Kelly Olynyk (left quad contusion) is listed as probable for Tuesday.
Olynyk is likely to face the Hawks on Tuesday. He should have more value than teammate Meyers Leonard going forward, but it's worth watching how the Heat rotation shakes out.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
October 24, 2019, 2:52 amKelly OlynykC, Miami Heat
Kelly Olynyk made his return from a right knee bone bruise on Wednesday, checking in for 22 minutes and posting seven points, eight rebounds, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer.
And that's why we're always going to put KO as a borderline top-100 guy, especially given the state of the depth chart. Meyers Leonard might not be starting for much longer — he went scoreless in 19 minutes tonight.
October 17, 2019, 9:51 pmMeyers LeonardC, Miami Heat
Meyers Leonard played 28 minutes on Thursday night in a win over the Magic, scoring 10 points and pulling down three boards.
It wasn't a big line for Leonard, but he did get significant playing time in this contest. He's not really worth a lot in fantasy in general, but could be a sneaky play in deep leagues because Miami lacks some depth in the front court behind Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo.
October 14, 2019, 11:14 pmTyler HerroPG, Miami Heat
Tyler Herro put the game out of reach early with 23 points (9-for-14 FGs), five threes, five rebounds, two assits and a steal in 25 minutes in a 120-87 win over the Hawks on Monday.
There's a chance we've got a rookie Donovan Mitchell situation going on here with Herro. He's been nothing but impressive since he was drafted 13th overall this summer. He's a great flier to take just in case he keeps it up into the regular season. Also impressive tonight was Meyers Leonard, in for Kelly Olynyk, and his 15 points, seven boards, three dimes and a triple in 28 minutes.