January 24, 2020, 10:58 pmJosh OkogieSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Josh Okogie got the starting nod for the Wolves on Friday and rewarded them with a solid performance, posting 17 points (6-of-9 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) with six boards, four dimes and three steals in 32 minutes.
Okogie is worth an add in deep leagues after tonight's gem. He sent Jarrett Culver back to the bench and his value took a hard fall with just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, three rebounds, one steal and one block. Culver remains a post-ASB breakout candidate and is worth holding if your league settings do not punish you for your patience.
January 24, 2020, 9:32 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier was able to return to Friday's game after turning his right ankle in the first half.
Crisis averted. The Wolves are nasty-thin at PG, so it's a good thing that Napier was able to start the second half. Hopefully, the ankle does not swell up overnight and he'll be good to go for their next game.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 8:57 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier limped off to the locker room after getting tangled up with a camera man in Friday's game.
Napier has been able to produce fringe standard-league value. If he's unable to return, we should see Jarrett Culver and Jordan McLaughlin pick up the slack.
Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter
January 23, 2020, 11:08 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas said that Karl-Anthony Towns is "as untouchable as they come," per Eric Woodyard of ESPN.
"He's the best player on our team and he's the guy we're building around," Gersson said, "Everything we do is to help him become the best player and to help us become the best team we can be." That clears that whole thing up. The Wolves have already stayed true to their statement by trading away Jeff Teague, whose passing displeased Towns through two and half seasons in Minnesota. Many in the fantasy community are afraid of Towns pulling an Anthony Davis with the trade deadline fast approaching, but there have been no indications from the Towns side that that is a distinct possibility. Towns has top-3 upside the rest of the way and, while there's some uncertainty currently surrounding him, he's one of the most valuable fantasy players in the game.
January 23, 2020, 12:45 amAndrew WigginsSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Andrew Wiggins dished out nine assists on Wednesday to go with 25 points (10-of-19 from the field), five rebounds and four triples in a 117-110 loss to the Bulls.
Wiggins shot 1-of-6 from the line and turned the ball over five times to put a damper on an otherwise good night. Wiggins has cooled off after his hot start to the season and is ranked just inside the top-100 on the season. His lack of supporting stats and poor percentages (.439 from the field and .733 from the line) hold back his upside. Wiggins should hover around top-100 value the rest of the way.
January 23, 2020, 12:39 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns scored a season-high 40 points on 16-of-24 shooting with six rebounds and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes on Wednesday.
Towns is back on track with 27 or more points in three of his four games since returning from injury. Towns will be a top-5 player moving forward and it is great to see him back to posting monster fantasy lines again.
January 23, 2020, 12:33 amShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier scored 16 points with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes on Wednesday.
Napier is locked in as the starting point guard with around 30 minutes a night now that Jeff Teague is in Atlanta. Napier may be traded, but he will be a standard-league player while he is in Minnesota.
January 22, 2020, 9:09 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves have been trying to improve their rebounding all season and Karl-Anthony Towns said that determination is needed.
“It’s the fourth quarter. It doesn’t matter. We’ve got to have that toughness,” Towns said. “We’ve got to have that fight. We’ve got to go get that ball. It’s all of us.” The Wolves rank 21st in defensive rebounding percentage at .725, which is where they’ve languished for most of the season. Playing Robert Covington at the power forward position hasn’t helped the team in regards to rebounding, especially when it comes to second chance opportunities. KAT himself is averaging 11.1 rebounds for the season and hopefully this is an area that he improves as the season progresses.
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
January 20, 2020, 11:15 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns played well and put up a game-high 28 points (9-of-19 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs) with eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two triples in 35 minutes in a 100-107 home loss to the Nuggets on Monday.
Towns is still rounding into form a bit, as his stats are down slightly in his first three games back from injury. But it's hard to be too upset with a performance like tonight's. Though his absence was longer than expected, he appears to be on track to return to his spot in the top-3.
January 20, 2020, 11:07 pmJosh OkogieSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Josh Okogie was hot on Monday, hitting 7-of-11 field goals for 16 points to go with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes. off the bench in a loss to the Nuggets.
Okogie had an amazing dunk in this one as well. His flashes are still too few and far between to get excited about his fantasy prospects. Outside of his above-average steals, Okogie doesn't stand out in a good way in any category.
January 20, 2020, 10:56 pmAllen CrabbeSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Allen Crabbe came off the bench for 17 minutes in his debut with the Wolves, hitting a 3-pointer, grabbing one rebound and dishing four assists in a loss to the Nuggets.
In the fantasy world, Crabbe will continue to be a dart-throw 3-point specialist at best barring any significant injuries on the wing on Minnesota.
January 20, 2020, 12:47 pmAllen CrabbeSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Allen Crabbe (illness) told the media after the morning shootaround that he is ready to make his Wolves debut in Monday's game against the Nuggets.
Crabbe was recently traded for Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham but wasn't well enough to suit up Saturday's game. Crabbe can space the floor, but his role is uncertain in the Wolve rotation as of now.
Source: Chris Hine on Twitter
January 19, 2020, 1:03 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 12 points in Saturday's loss to the Raptors, chipping in six rebounds, six assists, and a block on 4-of-11 shooting.
Following last nights 27 point game on his return from injury, KAT was flat tonight and did not contribute much on either side of the ball. This is nothing to worry about, though, as he is just playing under 30 minutes since his return. Once he finds his legs he should be back to returning first-round value for fantasy owners.
January 19, 2020, 12:59 amAndrew WigginsSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Andrew Wiggins triple-doubled in Saturday's loss to the Raptors, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and three turnovers.
The triple-double was a nice touch to an ok shooting night for Wiggins, who finished 6-of-14 from the field. He normally does not produce much beyond scoring so tonight's novelty is a welcome sign for owners.
January 19, 2020, 12:55 amRobert CovingtonSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Robert Covington scored 22 points in Saturday's loss to the Raptors, finishing with eight rebounds, one assist and two steals.
Covington took a team-high 20 field goal attempts and converted on eight of the them. Normally considered a defensive specialist it was nice to see Covington so active on the offensive end. His will continue to provide a modest amount of points, rebounds, threes, and steals for fantasy owners.