August 13, 2020, 4:23 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica nearly had himself a triple-double, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high 13 assists.
Bjelica was able to produce standard league value throughout the entire season as the Kings' frontcourt was devastated by injuries. He added two steals, one block and one 3-pointer while committing only one turnover. Bjelica could produce similar value next season but it remains unclear if he will have the same role when his teammates return to full health.
August 11, 2020, 11:47 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica was able to stuff the stat sheet on Tuesday, posting a well-rounded line of 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting with five rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers, two steals and one block.
Bjelica sometimes gets lost in the shuffle in the heat of the action, but on the flip side, he is also capable of wowing fantasy owners thanks to lines like the one he posted tonight. He's a solid mid-round value play for the remainder of the season.
August 6, 2020, 4:55 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Despite being inserted back into the starting lineup on Thursday to replace Cory Joseph who started on Tuesday, Nemanja Bjelica played just 16 minutes compared with the 26 minutes that Joseph saw off the bench.
Bjelica was efficient as usual in limited action, posting 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers. Joseph produced a similar line – 10 points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers – but had an additional 10 minutes of game time. Bjelica is the better fantasy option and should be rostered across resumption leagues while CoJo is a top-100 player on his best nights.
August 4, 2020, 7:08 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica put up 12 points and 13 rebounds in 35 minutes on Tuesday, adding one assist, one steal and one block.
Bjelica shifted to the bench on Tuesday as the Kings opted to go small. Despite the relegation, he still managed to play 35 minutes, racking up a double-double in the process. He continues to defy logic by putting up fantasy-relevant numbers on most nights. Injuries to other players have certainly worked in his favor and based on the sample size, he should continue to be a standard league asset for the remainder of the season.
August 4, 2020, 2:29 pmCory JosephPG, Sacramento Kings
The Kings will start Cory Joseph instead of Nemanja Bjelica on Tuesday against the Mavs.
Bjelica has been a defensive turnstile all year long, and while Joseph has been underwhelming, Luke Walton might prefer his "safe" play as the games swiftly approach must-win territory for the Kings. CoJo isn't a recommended fantasy option, however, and this lineup is unlikely to fix what truly ails the Kings anyway. De'Aaron Fox, Richaun Holmes, Harrison Barnes and Bogdan Bogdanovic will round out the lineup.
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August 2, 2020, 9:36 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica was a ghost on Sunday against the Magic, going for two points, three rebounds and one assist over 20 minutes.
Bjelica did nothing for the Kings and put up more fouls (3) than points on the night. He will be better in the next one, but the Kings' hopes for a playoff spot are quickly slipping away, and it appears Bjelica's dream season could also be winding down in short order. He's beaten the odds for much of the year to be a consistent 12-team option in standard leagues.
July 31, 2020, 11:47 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica netted just 12 points (5-of-8 FG) in 20 minutes of action on Friday, adding five rebounds, two steals and a block in a loss to the Spurs.
Bjelica has been a key cog for the Kings this season, rotating roles as different members of the Kings dealt injuries throughout the year. Coach Luke Walton would probably like to get a little more scoring from the fourth-year power forward but Friday didn't seem to be his game. In the remaining seeding games Bjelica should see a similar amount of offensive opportunities as he received on Friday, especially if De'Aaron Fox keeps going ballistic. Bjelica has increased his fantasy output in each season since the 2015-16 campaign, finding himself inside the top-75 in categories formats. The return of Marvin Bagley III next season could hamper Bjelica's value, but he always seems to find playing time.
July 22, 2020, 11:30 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica started on Wednesday, scoring 13 points while shooting 3-of-4 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line in 18 minutes.
Bjelica added three assists and two steals in his first scrimmage in Orlando. Marvin Bagley III (lateral right foot sprain) is ruled out for the rest of the season, making it likely that Bjelica will remain in the starting lineup. He posted top-90 value in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues this season, averaging 11.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He should continue that production as a fill-in starter for the Kings in Orlando.
July 22, 2020, 11:47 amNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
After logging 70 starts last season, Nemanja Bjelica started in 61 of the Kings’ 63 final games before the current campaign was halted, a trend which will likely continue in the Orlando bubble due to Marvin Bagley’s latest injury.
With the Kings missing Richaun Holmes and Alex Len for much of camp, Bjelica has been asked to shift over and play center as well as power forward. His versatility allows the team to exercise some small-ball schemes where the Serbian forward is most effective. Thrust back into the starting lineup after the opening game of the season when Marvin Bagley broke his thumb, Bjelica is having another career-year in Sacramento, averaging 11.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists, all of which are career-highs, as is his 42.4 conversion rate from behind the 3-point line.
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July 19, 2020, 1:00 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica stepped up when Marvin Bagley got hurt, sticking as a starter and delivering top-85/75 (8/9-cat) fantasy numbers.
Bjelica is an extremely limited on-court player because he can't defend worth beans, but he's a favorite of Luke Walton and can stretch the floor capably. He set career-highs almost across the board, with new personal bests in points (11.9), rebounds (6.4), assists (2.8), steals (0.8), threes (2.0), free throw percentage (.822), 3-point percentage (.424) and minutes (28.5). He was a respectable .475 from the field overall and became a steady member of the rotation, though his numbers did decline slightly as the year progressed. Unfortunately for Bjelica, a healthy Bagley probably knocks him from the standard-league conversation. We'll get a better idea of how the rotation looks once the Orlando games begin but Bjelica shouldn't necessarily be a high-priority target, even in the later rounds, heading into next year's fantasy drafts.
July 2, 2020, 4:01 pmMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Marvin Bagley confirmed that he is "ready to go" for the NBA restart in Orlando after rehabbing from a left foot sprain.
It was previously reported in early July that the Kings' training staff believed that Bagley would be available for game action soon and this report confirms that Bagley will in fact be available for the league resumption. Bagley has yet to live up to the hype of the second overall pick in 2018 as he has only been able to play in 75 out of a possible 146 games (51.3 percent). It is unclear what role Bagley will have in Orlando but it appears that his injury woes are behind him and we will learn more about his ability during the league resumption. Bagley's return would likely cut into the playing time of Nemanja Bjelica, Harry Giles, Jabari Parker and Harrison Barnes.
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March 9, 2020, 12:01 amNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica put up 14 points with 10 boards in 30 minutes of action in a loss to the Raptors on Sunday.
Bjelica shot 6-of-12 from the field and added two assists and one block to the box score. The 30 minutes is encouraging for fantasy owners who were worried about how the return of Richaun Holmes would impact Bjelica. He could be worth holding onto in standard leagues for his rebounding and shooting if the minutes stay in the upper 20s.
March 8, 2020, 12:47 amRichaun HolmesPF, Sacramento Kings
Richaun Holmes (right shoulder strain) scored 10 points (3-of-8 from the floor) with eight rebounds and one block in 19 minutes off the bench on Saturday.
It was great to see Holmes back in action after an extended absence. He will be eased back into the rotation, but he is a top-35 player per game on the season and could be a difference maker in the fantasy playoffs if he can get up to speed. Grab him off the waiver wire if he is available and hold on tight if you have him. The return of Holmes will impact Nemanja Bjelica (10 points in 20 minutes) and Harry Giles III (six points in 18 minutes) who could both be in the drop zone in standard leagues if they have a few bad games in a row.
March 6, 2020, 12:19 amNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica scored seven points on 3-of-8 shooting (1-for-5 3PT) to go with five rebounds, three assists and a triple on Thursday.
Bjelica only sat for four minutes in the first half and is the clear cut guy to own in the Kings frontcourt even though he didn't play too well tonight. Coach Walton trusts him the most and whether or not that's a sound idea is to be determined, but Harry Giles (15 minutes, 10 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal) and Harrison Barnes (38 minutes, 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and two triples) are both not consistent enough to power past Bjelica in fantasy.
March 4, 2020, 5:16 pmRichaun HolmesPF, Sacramento Kings
Richaun Holmes (right shoulder) has been cleared for full contact but will not play in Thursday's game against the Sixers.
Holmes has been working his way back from a sprained shoulder that has kept him out since early January. After Thursday's game, the Kings have a back-to-back that starts on Saturday. Continue to monitor reports but it appears likely that Holmes will return in the near future barring a setback. His eventual return will affect the fantasy values of Harry Giles, Nemanja Bjelica and Alex Len.
Source: James Ham on Twitter