January 19, 2020, 12:41 amJarrett CulverG-F, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jarrett Culver scored 26 points in Saturday's loss to the Raptors, finishing with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.
The 26 points is a career-high for Culver, whom finished 8-of-16 from the field. He contributed in all categories in this one, with three total steals and blocks, but only registered one steal. Regardless, this scoring output is a nice boon for his confidence and he should look forward to continuing to keep this momentum going forward as the season progresses.
January 18, 2020, 7:19 pmAllen CrabbeSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Allen Crabbe (illness) will not play against the Raptors on Saturday.
Crabbe has an uncertain role in the Wolves rotation and can be left on the wire until he shows something.
Source: John Krawczynski on Twitter
January 18, 2020, 6:15 pmAllen CrabbeSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Allen Crabbe (illness) is being listed as questionable to play against the Raptors on Saturday.
Crabbe's Wolves debut may have to wait a bit longer if he can't get over the illness in time. Crabbe is a good shooter, but it is unclear what his role will be moving forward with a deep crop of wings on the team.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 18, 2020, 6:13 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) is being listed as available and will play against the Raptors on Saturday in the second night of a back-to-back set.
Towns returned to the lineup on Friday, and it was business as usual for the superstar big man as he put up 27 points, five rebounds, one assist and three triples in 28 minutes of action. It looks like he'll be good to go on back-to-back sets right off the rip, and owners should expect KAT to return to the elite fantasy production we have come accustomed to.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 18, 2020, 2:56 pmAllen CrabbeSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Allen Crabbe may not be able to make his Wolves debut on Saturday as he is dealing with an illness.
Crabbe's roll on his new team is yet to be determined but it shouldn't be anything that would garner any fantasy attention outside of the deepest of leagues.
Source: Timberwolves PR on Twitter
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