October 18, 2019, 12:44 amGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo blitzed the Wolves in Thursday's preseason win, racking up 26 points, 14 rebounds, two steals, three blocks and a 3-pointer in 27 minutes of work.
It's safe to say Giannis is ready for the regular season and is locked in as a top-5 pick in all formats. He went 9-of-15 from the field and a solid 7-of-9 from the line, and if that kept up all season fantasy players would be overjoyed. There's not much else to take from this one. Khris Middleton also had a good game with 18 points and seven assists.
October 17, 2019, 10:43 pmWesley MatthewsSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Wesley Matthews was not the reason for the Bucks win on Thursday, as he scored just five points on eight shots as the Bucks routed the Wolves 118-96.
There wasn't much to take away from this contest as the Bucks rolled out a lot of their main rotation for most of this game. Matthews will be asked to fill the role of a 3-point specialist with some defensive acumen for the Bucks and that's what we'll be looking for in fantasy circles as well.
October 16, 2019, 8:14 pmEric BledsoePG, Milwaukee Bucks
Eric Bledsoe (ribs) went through non-contact drills during practice on Wednesday.
Bledsoe was slapped with a two to three week timetable for his fractured rib cartilage just five days ago, so his quickness in jumping back into practice activities raise some optimism that he can get back on the earlier side of that diagnosis. Bledsoe has potential as a safe pick in a hot market for point guards this season. Owners shouldn't let this injury steer them away from taking him in drafts.
Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinial
October 16, 2019, 10:18 amJaylen AdamsPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks requested waivers on guard Jaylen Adams and forward Luke Maye on Monday.
Signed as a free agent on August 20th, Adams appeared in two games for the Bucks this preseason and averaged 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 13.0 minutes per game. Meanwhile, Maye, undrafted out of the University of North Carolina, appeared in three games and averaged just 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.8 minutes per game.
October 13, 2019, 9:49 pmGeorge HillPG, Milwaukee Bucks
George Hill got the start on Sunday and was relatively quiet with five points, five rebounds and three steals.
With Eric Bledsoe out for the next two to three weeks, Hill should be able to produce late-round value for the first few games of the regular season. If he gets off to a hot start, it is possible Hill could build himself a larger role, but with the talent on this roster that will be a difficult task for the veteran. Hill often finds himself deferring to his teammates, and does not make for a long-term quality fantasy asset in standard leagues.
October 13, 2019, 9:41 pmDonte DiVincenzoSG, Milwaukee Bucks
With the Bucks resting a number of rotation regulars on Sunday, Donte DiVincenzo scored 13 points (6-of-17 field goals) with five rebounds and four turnovers.
The Bucks are too deep for DiVincenzo to carve out a large fantasy role this season, but hopefully he lasts more than 27 games this time around.
October 13, 2019, 9:34 pmKhris MiddletonSF, Milwaukee Bucks
Khris Middleton had a solid night against the Wizards on Sunday with 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and two 3-pointers.
Middleton had no problem stepping into the lead role for the Bucks as Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out with an illness. He is a reliable mid-round selection who is well established as the Bucks' second option on the offensive end.
October 13, 2019, 5:48 pmRobin LopezC, Milwaukee Bucks
Bucks will rest Robin Lopez and Pat Connaughton during Sunday's preseason game versus the Wizards.
Lopez is in line to back up his brother Brook Lopez, but could get some run along side of him as well. Neither Connaughton or Robin Lopez are worth drafting in standard leagues.
Source: Chris Miller on Twitter
October 13, 2019, 5:42 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo (illness) will not play in Sunday's preseason game versus the Wizards.
The MVP will get the night off the rest up. Ersan Ilyasova will start in his place and become a viable DFS play.
Source: Chris Miller on Twitter
October 12, 2019, 12:07 amGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokonmpo looks to already be finding his MVP-groove with 34 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three triples and one steal in Friday's win over the Mavs.
Giannis was the only starter who showed up, but fortunately for the Bucks he showed up enough for everyone else. The 3-point shooting and strong performance from the free-throw line (5-for-5) are especially welcome sights.
October 12, 2019, 12:03 amErsan IlyasovaPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova scored 18 points (6-for-10 shooting) with five threes, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block on Friday.
Ilyasova will be useful for the Bucks, but not so much for fantasy managers. The same can be said about Donte DiVincenzo, who had 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one three.
October 11, 2019, 11:55 pmDragan BenderPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Dragan Bender continued his hot play on Friday with 17 points, six rebounds, three assists, three threes and two blocks.
We've all made this mistake before, but is it time to consider Bender a potential fantasy contributor? He still doesn't project to get a ton of minutes on a title-contending Milwaukee team, but his play in the preseason so far has been impressive. If you're looking for a last pick lotto ticket, maybe he's an option there.
October 11, 2019, 7:24 pmBrook LopezC, Milwaukee Bucks
Brook Lopez and Wesley Matthews will sit out Friday's preseason game.
No injuries are reported, so it's just a day of rest for the pair of vets. Expect Brook to be replaced by brother Robin while guys like Pat Connaughton, Sterling Brown and Kyle Korver will likely take on extra work with Matthews out.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
October 11, 2019, 3:03 pmEric BledsoePG, Milwaukee Bucks
According to Matt Velazquez of The Journal Sentinel, Eric Bledsoe (ribs) did not fracture his ribs and might be able to return sooner than the 2-3 week timetable that was originally set for him.
Velazquez reported that Bledsoe actually fractured the cartilage between two of his ribs, not the actual ribs themselves. Apparently, the only issue right now is pain tolerance and once Bledsoe can handle it he can return to the court. This will be a situation to monitor closely heading into fantasy drafts.
Source: Matt Velazquez on Twitter
October 11, 2019, 10:06 amEric BledsoePG, Milwaukee Bucks
Eric Bledsoe has suffered a fractured rib and will miss two to three weeks according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.
Bledose was already ruled out of tonight's preseason game due to rib soreness, and it appears further tests were able to get to the bottom of what was causing him that pain. This setback has the potential to keep Bledsoe sidelined to start the regular season, but hopefully for no longer than a couple of games. He's still an intriguing target in the 4th round of drafts. George Hill will likely start while Bledsoe is sidelined.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter