The Blazers defied expectations all year long and now need to find some flexibility
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.
July 1, 2019, 1:15 pmMeyers LeonardC, Miami Heat
Meyers Leonard will be traded to the Heat when Monday's Hassan Whiteside trade becomes official.
Leonard will slot into the frontcourt mix for Miami, playing behind Bam Adebayo and jockeying for any power forward minutes with guys like Kelly Olynyk (if he's not traded), James Johnson and Moe Harkless. With Olynyk a popular trade candidate, getting a similarly-skilled player in Leonard isn't a bad move for Miami. Don't expect much fantasy value, though.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 1, 2019, 12:37 pmHassan WhitesideC, Miami Heat
The Heat and Blazers are finalizing a deal that would send Hassan Whiteside to Portland in exchange for Moe Harkless and Meyers Leonard.
The Heat and Whiteside have been headed for divorce for some time now, and they've finally found a way out from his big contract. Whiteside should start at center and split minutes with Zach Collins until Jusuf Nurkic is healthy again, while Harkless and Leonard get added to a deep frontcourt rotation in Miami.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 20, 2019, 11:59 pmMeyers LeonardF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Meyers Leonard had a career-high 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting with 12 rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and five 3-pointers in Monday’s Game 4 loss to the Warriors.
Leonard had 25 points in the first half thanks to his 5-for-6 shooting from deep and both of those numbers already set new career-highs. Thanks to his hot hand, the Warriors had to respect him out on the 3-point line which freed up space for Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum to operate on the perimeter.
May 18, 2019, 11:55 pmMeyers LeonardF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Meyers Leonard got the start at center for Portland and scored 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting, adding three 3-pointers, three rebounds and four assists in Saturday's loss.
Leonard got the start over Enes Kanter before the start of the game and responded well by scoring 16 points. Though quiet in the second half, he was a difference maker in the first half with his hustle and ability to stretch the floor. Kanter, who moved to the bench, responded with seven points in seven minutes and did not do much to bump Leonard out of the starting lineup going into Game 4.
May 18, 2019, 8:55 pmMeyers LeonardF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Meyers Leonard has been inserted into the Blazers' starting lineup at the last minute in place of Enes Kanter on Saturday.
Leonard has not made much of an impact in the postseason so far, so it will be interesting to see if he can parlay this spot start into some meaningful production.
Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 1:12 amMeyers LeonardF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Meyers Leonard started on Wednesday in the final game of the season against the Kings and put up 19 points and 11 rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting.
He played 42 minutes and made one of his two attempts from deep. His main appeal this season was deep league shooting and efficiency appeal. He did not hold much fantasy value when the team was at full strength (top-300 value on the season) and that will likely be the case heading into next season.
January 31, 2019, 1:05 amMeyers LeonardF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Meyers Leonard started for Jusuf Nurkic (sore right knee) on Wednesday and put up 16 points with six rebounds and four assists in a big win over the Jazz.
He made four 3-pointers and shot 6-of-7 from the field in this one. He is a solid DFS stream when he starts, but is not worth owning in any formats when the team is fully healthy.
January 30, 2019, 10:34 pmMeyers LeonardF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Meyers Leonard is getting the starting nod for the Blazers on Wednesday, replacing Jusuf Nurkic who is sitting out with sore right knee.
Leonard is not much of a fantasy asset on most nights. Nurkic's injury does not sound too serious, considering he was a GTD coming into this one, so Leonard is more of a DFS punt play than a season-long target. Zach Collins will earn some extra minutes tonight as well.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
December 20, 2018, 2:51 amMeyers LeonardF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Meyers Leonard scored 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting (including two threes) with eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes on Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
Leonard rarely produces and has no fantasy value.
November 25, 2018, 11:38 pmMeyers LeonardF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Meyers Leonard ended up with nine points and 16 rebounds after starting the second half for an injured Jusuf Nurkic in a loss to the Clippers on Sunday.
He shot 3-of-5 from the field and added three assists and two 3-pointers to the stat line. He will get the biggest boost in value if Nurkic is forced to miss time with this right shoulder contusion. However, Zach Collins, who scored nine points with three rebounds in 19 minutes before fouling out, could also see a boost in playing time. Both would be temporary adds and good DFS plays if Nurkic misses time.
November 25, 2018, 10:28 pmMeyers LeonardF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Meyers Leonard started the second half for the Blazers as Jusuf Nurkic didn't make it out to the bench.
Nurkic went back to the locker room earlier in the first half to have his ankle looked at. We've been updated that Nurkic will not return tonight with a right shoulder contusion.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
November 4, 2018, 11:25 pmMeyers LeonardF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers blew out the Wolves 111-81 on Sunday, which allowed Meyers Leonard to log his first double-double since November 20th, 2016.
Leonard is a non-factor in fantasy and this will likely be his best game of the season as he’s behind Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan in the Blazers’ normal rotation. Leonard finished the night with 15 points, 12 boards, two assists, a steal and a triple.
Source: Joe Freeman on Twitter