March 4, 2020, 11:33 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel was forced out of Wednesday's game after getting hurt while contesting a dunk but was able to return, finishing with eight points, three boards, a steal and three swats in just 16 minutes.
Noel doesn't need much time to produce elite defensive numbers and he has a spot on all roto rosters as long as he's healthy. There's easy specialist appeal in standard H2H formats as well, and immense upside if Steven Adams ever gets injured.
March 4, 2020, 7:36 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel headed to the locker room on Wednesday vs. the Pistons.
Noel left the game after contesting a dunk by Christian Wood. Steven Adams would see a boost if Noel isn't able to return and Mike Muscala would likely see more minutes, but he is only a streaming option in deeper leagues if Noel misses time.
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February 27, 2020, 10:37 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel came off the bench on Thursday and scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting to go with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.
Noel logged 20 minutes and was part of a bench mob that ran up the score against the Kings in order to claw back from a double-digit deficit. He's a solid defensive stats streamer and a must-add if Steven Adams ever goes down.
February 23, 2020, 9:45 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel blocked five shots in 16 minutes of action in Sunday's blowout victory over the Spurs.
Noel scored 10 points with one rebound and one steal on 5-of-5 shooting. He remains a middle-round option even when he is seeing less than 20 minutes per game due to his monstrous defensive stats and efficiency.
January 27, 2020, 10:25 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting to go with five rebounds and four dimes on Monday.
Adams returned from his ankle injury last game, but it looks like it's still bothering him. He's moving a bit slower out there and only logged 24 minutes tonight in what was a relatively close game most of the way. Nerlens Noel (19 minutes, nine points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block) didn't do too much either tonight.
January 27, 2020, 6:41 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel has recovered from facial fracture surgery and will be available to play on Monday.
Darius Bazley should see his role diminish. Noel averaged 12.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in the ten games prior to his injury. Enjoy the 67.6 percent shooting from the floor if you own him.
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January 25, 2020, 2:36 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel underwent successful surgery to repair a fracture to the zygomatic arch of his left cheek and will not play on Saturday against the Wolves.
Noel basically fractured his cheek and the report adds that his status will be updated next week so this might be more than a one game absence. He is an absolute hold until we get another update as he has been a top-60 standard league player on the season and with multiple teams inquiring about Steven Adams, Noel's value could be even higher to close the year.
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January 24, 2020, 11:38 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel started again for the Thunder on Friday and was able to chip in 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting with eight rebounds and one block in 25 minutes.
The Thunder were without Steven Adams, who is dealing with a left ankle sprain. Noel is a top-60 value in 9-cat on the season and should be owned even when Adams returns and retakes the starting center role.
January 24, 2020, 7:06 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dealing with a left ankle sprain, Steven Adams will not take part in the Thunder-Hawks matchup on Friday.
While Adams is out Nerlens Noel will be in for an excellent opportunity to produce. Don't be afraid to have him in your DFS lineups. Adams should be ready to return in the near future, and had been playing well before the ankle sprain, but whether it's because of the competition or the injuries he has been unable to reach mid-round value this season.
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January 22, 2020, 9:30 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel got the start and scored 14 points (7-10 FG) to go with seven rebounds, a steal and two blocks on Wednesday.
Noel was a solid contributor with Steven Adams sidelined. Noel is a per-minute machine thanks to his 1.1 steals and 1.6 blocks per-game while shooting close to 70% from the field. He averages less than 19 minutes a game this season and is still a top-70 player.
January 22, 2020, 6:16 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel (sore left ankle) will play in Wednesday's game against the Magic after being a late-scratch in Monday's matchup with the Rockets.
Noel's surprise inactive designation came a few minutes after game time on Monday to the chagrin of many fantasy owners. Noel may have a significant workload in front of him as Steven Adams remains a game-time decision for this one.
Source: Magic Daily on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 4:45 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel (sore left ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic after not participating in practice on Tuesday.
Noel returned for the team's back-to-back set over the weekend but was scratched a few minutes before Monday's tip-off. Steven Adams (ankle) is also questionable for this one, and if neither can go, Mike Muscala and Justin Patton would be looking at extended minutes.
Source: Steve McGehee on Twitter
January 20, 2020, 5:26 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel (sore left ankle) was scratched four minutes after game time on Monday and will sit out the game versus the Rockets.
That's a bummer and also pretty unfair to fantasy managers. The first report of his injury came well after lineups locked. One can only surmise this is related to the ankle injury that kept Noel out of action for the past two weeks. He's a definite hold, but we need to check for updates after the game.
Source: Steve McGehee on Twitter
January 19, 2020, 12:02 amNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel made his 19 minutes off the bench count on Saturday, chipping in 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting with five rebounds, two dimes, two steals and two blocks.
Noel is a per-minute beast and we can hardly wait for him to be unleashed down the road. For that to happen, the Thunder will need to find a taker for Steven Adams (right knee contusion), who put up a lackluster showing with five points, nine rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes as a starter.
January 18, 2020, 2:30 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams (right knee contusion) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Blazers.
Adams played only seven minutes before being ruled out on Wednesday and did not play on Friday. He may tough it out as he is known to play through injuries and rarely misses games. If he cannot go, expect Nerlens Noel to make another start with plenty of minutes for Mike Muscala. The Thunder have yet to utilize G Leaguer Justin Patton who had what will likely be the stat line of the year on Tuesday.
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