January 17, 2020, 10:02 pmAndrew WigginsSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Andrew Wiggins was able to tally 22 points, four assists and two 3-pointers while hitting 9-of-17 from the field on Friday night.
Wiggins has slowed from his early season tear but he's still producing solid top-80/100 value in 8/9-cat formats. We'll see how the return of Karl-Anthony Towns changes things but at this point it's hard to call Wiggins anything other than a win for fantasy GMs who rolled the dice on his upside in the late rounds of drafts — if you took him in the top-100, you got more lucky than anything.
January 17, 2020, 10:00 pmJosh OkogieSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Josh Okogie delivered 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting on Friday night, adding four rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer.
Okogie played 25 minutes tonight, slightly up from his season average of 23.8. If he can continue that upward trend, which seems likely given Minnesota's recent trade to clear up the wings a bit, then he could pop on the radar as a 3-and-D guy.
January 17, 2020, 9:59 pmJarrett CulverG-F, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jarrett Culver put up 12 points, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in Friday's loss to the Pacers.
Culver logged a team-high 36 minutes and is going to get some big run down the stretch. He's not someone you should feel great about as a nightly play in standard-sized leagues but he does make for a nice stash if you can afford to be patient. The Wolves appear ready to prioritize his playing time and while there will be growing pains, Culver has shown a lot to like about his game even if it hasn't yielded much for fantasy purposes.
January 17, 2020, 9:54 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier finished Friday's loss with 12 points, nine assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes of action.
Napier is looking at this type of run for the near future and is a fine low-end pickup in all formats. The Wolves may be in the market to acquire another point guard before the trade deadline but until that happens, Napier's value is safe and sound.
January 17, 2020, 9:52 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns made his long-awaited return to the court on Friday night, logging 28 minutes and delivering 27 points (9-of-21 shooting), five rebounds and three 3-pointers.
Towns played less than usual, which shouldn't come as a surprise, but he immediately assumed the lead dog role and led Minnesota in field goals. We'll see if he's good to go for tomorrow's game, as the Wolves could play it cautious and sit KAT on a back-to-back after a month-long absence due to a left knee sprain. Gorgui Dieng had eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes off the bench but might be worth holding onto for the next couple of games until it's sure that Towns is in the clear.
January 17, 2020, 6:52 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier is set to start on Friday when the Wolves face the Pacers.
With Jeff Teague shipped to the Hawks Napier should be in for a nice run as the Wolves' starting point guard. A trade away from the team looms, but Karl-Anthony Towns is back to serve as the focal point of the offense, which should ensure Napier gets plenty of assists without destroying your field-goal percentage. Jordan McLaughlin has also joined the Wolves and will serve as the backup point guard.
Source: Al Horton on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 5:39 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns (left knee sprain, illness) "looks good" and is set to return on Friday when the Wolves face the Pacers.
Get KAT back in your lineup as the wait is finally over. Even if he faces a minutes restriction, Towns will still be able to rack up plenty of numbers in limited minutes on the court. Don't be rash and drop Gorgui Dieng immediately, but his value is about to take a significant hit.
Source: J. Michael on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 11:38 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl Anthony Towns (left knee sprain, illness) is still being listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision for Friday's game versus Pacers.
This is a non-update and we won't dignify it with fresh analysis. You and us both will just have to check back in closer to game time to see if he returns tonight.
Source: Chris Hine on Twitter
January 16, 2020, 5:48 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns is once again questionable for Friday's game vs. the Pacers with a sprained left knee.
For the last couple of games, KAT was dealing with an illness but that is not on Thursday's edition of the injury report. KAT appears to only be questionable with a left knee sprain that has now cost him 15 games. Gorgui Dieng and Naz Reid will continue to see an increase in minutes for as long as KAT remains sidelined. If KAT is on your roster, make sure to check the news before tip-off to see if KAT is finally able to return.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 16, 2020, 3:23 pmRobert CovingtonSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
The trade market for Robert Covington is starting to heat up with the Rockets, Mavs and Sixers as known suitors, per Shams Charania.
Despite some knee concerns lingering in the background, Covington is an occasionally elite wing defender and a fantastic floor-spacer who can lift a team without dominating touches. It's no surprise that contending teams are interested, and fantasy GMs should feel relatively safe that RoCo's value will hold steady wherever he may end up. It's also not a pure salary dump situation, as the Wolves like what Covington does and aren't so much looking to trade him as they are exploring offers, which are sure to improve as the deadline approaches.
Source: The Athletic
January 16, 2020, 3:19 pmD'Angelo RussellPG, Golden State Warriors
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that the Wolves are intensifying their pursuit of D'Angelo Russell.
To this point, the Warriors have been inclined to keep Russell, though the Wolves have had obvious and reported interest in the guard dating back to last summer. His shooting and playmaking would be a big lift to a Minnesota team that's looking to find complements for Karl-Anthony Towns, though Golden State may wait until the summer when they can trade Russell without being hard-capped. Expect the Wolves to be a popular name during trade season.
Source: The Athletic
January 16, 2020, 12:10 pmAllen CrabbeSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Allen Crabbe is headed to the Wolves in a trade, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
Crabbe has played a fairly limited role this season in Atlanta, averaging 18.7 minutes across his 28 games with the Hawks. That might even go down in Minnesota, where the Wolves have the wings occupied by Andrew Wiggins, Jarrett Culver, Josh Okogie and Kelan Martin. Although Crabbe is a good enough shooter (or at least has been in the past) to carve out minutes on this roster, there's no fantasy impact here until we see positive movement. As for the rest of the Wolves, the team now has an open roster spot and the general consensus is that more moves are coming. They've been linked to several different guards in other trade talks and those could heat up again shortly.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
January 15, 2020, 11:20 pmGorgui DiengC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Gorgui Dieng continued his best Karl-Anthony Towns impression in Wednesday's 104-99 loss to the Pacers, dropping 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
While Dieng is clearly no Karl-Anthony Towns, he continues to be a very serviceable option in the big man's absence. As long as KAT is out of the lineup, he is someone that can be deployed with relative confidence.
January 15, 2020, 11:16 pmRobert CovingtonSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Robert Covington drained four 3-pointers on Wednesday, ending with 14 points, seven boards, two steals and one block.
This stat line is very on-brand with what we expect from RoCo. He gives you steals, blocks and threes. He has snuck his way into the top-40 by putting up performances like this.
January 15, 2020, 11:13 pmAndrew WigginsSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Andrew Wiggins couldn't find his shot on Wednesday, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting, three boards, three assists, a steal and a block.
This wasn't one of his better games and owners will want to move on quickly. He is still expected to see high volume as the team awaits Karl-Anthony Towns' (knee) return.