April 10, 2020, 12:39 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard says that the team is planning to retain Shabazz Napier in free agency.
The return of John Wall had a lot of people presuming that Napier would walk, but the Wizards apparently don't view his acquisition as a rental. Whether Napier wants to stay on a team that will feature Wall and Ish Smith on its PG depth chart remains to be seen, and it feels safe to guess that a different roster gives him a better path to fantasy value.
Source: NBC Sports
March 10, 2020, 11:26 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier dropped 21 points and added six assists, two rebounds and three steals in 38 minutes of action on Tuesday in a win over the Knicks.
Napier posted his second straight solid game on Tuesday and he ranks inside the top-150 on the year. He's been better since joining the Wizards and if he is going to be picking up 30-plus minutes a night, he is a very usable fantasy guard. Napier won't do anything flashy but he gets the job done.
March 8, 2020, 10:08 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier put up 27 points with seven assists and four steals in 40 minutes of action in a 100-89 loss to the Heat on Sunday.
Napier is a great stream with Ish Smith sidelined for a least one week and proved it with his best game of the season on Sunday. He shot 6-of-14 from the field and 11-of-14 from the stripe. Give him a look if he is sitting on the wire in your league as he offers late-round upside.
March 6, 2020, 5:20 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith will miss at least one week's worth of action due to his left hamstring.
Shabazz Napier is looking like a nice streamer while Smith is absent for the Wizards. Smith has some low-end guard stats to provide standard league players when he's healthy, but feel free to drop him until that's the case.
Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter
March 5, 2020, 12:36 amShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier failed to do much despite Ish Smith (hamstring) sitting out on Wednesday, turning 26 minutes into nine points, four rebounds, three assists, a block and a 3-pointer.
Napier went 3-of-10 from the field and was a minus-31 in his time on the floor, which helps explain the limited playing time. Washington's bench unit chipped away at the deficit, limiting the minutes for most of the starters. Give Napier another chance in the next one before moving on.
March 4, 2020, 1:30 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith (left hamstring tightness) is doubtful to play during Wednesday's game.
Shabazz Napier will see increased usage against the Blazers. Smith may be a borderline useful player to own in standard fantasy leagues, but he can help owners who need assists and steals.
Source: Jamie Goldberg on Twitter
February 29, 2020, 12:24 amShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier started once again on Friday but still put up a sluggish line with 10 points (2-of-8 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), two rebounds and one steal but failed to record a single 3-pointer nor assist in 25 minutes.
Napier clearly has the keys to the Wizards' point guard job right now, but he's still not clicking. He was stellar when given minutes at point when he was in Minnesota, so there's still a bit of hope that that side of him will find its way onto the stat sheet. He's a hold in 16-teamers or deeper but can be dropped in standard leagues due to his lackluster outings.
February 26, 2020, 10:21 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier was disappointing in his first start with the Wizards, settling for nine points (4-15 FG, 1-6 3PT), one rebound, five assists, and two steals.
The assists and steals were encouraging enough, but Napier couldn't buy a basket in his first start for the Wizards. He is capable of much better games than this and could be an immediate value for any team should he keep the starting job.
February 26, 2020, 5:30 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier will make his first start since joining the Wizards on Wednesday as they take on the Nets.
Napier will earn his first start for the Wizards after coming off the bench in the last seven contests. If he takes over the starting role for the remainder of the season, he becomes a must-own fantasy asset across formats. Scoop him up if he is still on the wire. Ish Smith will likely see his value take a hit with this news.
Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter
February 24, 2020, 10:43 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier had his best game in a Wizards jersey on Monday with 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting, four rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 36 points off the bench in an overtime loss to the Bucks.
Napier was a huge contributor to the Wizards' effort that almost knocked off the Bucks. Don't count on seeing anything close to this level of performance from Napier again this season, though. He had two points in 17 minutes in the previous game.
February 21, 2020, 9:56 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith shot poorly in Friday's loss to the Cavs, going 2-for-12 from the field to finish with five points, five rebounds, six assists, one trey and two steals in 30 minutes.
The minutes are still there for Smith, which is a good thing. Shabazz Napier played just 18 minutes and posted eight points (3-of-8 shooting), two 3s, one rebound, four assists and one steal. Smith, despite his struggles, remains the PG to own out of Washington with top-115 value over the last month.
February 11, 2020, 10:14 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
In his third game with the Wizards on Tuesday, Shabazz Napier produced 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 19 minutes in a 126-114 home win over the Bulls.
Napier has been serviceable through three games, but playing around 20 minutes per game won't likely allow him to put up standard league numbers. Ish Smith started once again and had 10 points, five rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and two triples in 28 minutes.
February 9, 2020, 8:50 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal put in a respectable performance in defeat against the Grizzlies on Sunday, going for 26 points (10-of-25 FG), four rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.
Beal looks to be settling down from the All-Star game snub and is no longer dropping eye-popping numbers, but we'll gladly take the early-round production. He is motivated and pumping in big lines again, and the shutdown risk is thankfully no longer considered to be a large factor. Shabazz Napier's second game with the Wizards featured six points (0-of-7 FG) and six assists over 20 minutes. Napier will still have some deep league value as he is getting plenty of touches in his new role.
February 8, 2020, 8:23 amIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith put up strong line in a win over Dallas as the new starter with 14 points, six rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two triples in 30 minutes.
Smith deserves a long look in standard leagues as he may continue to play close to 30 minutes a night. Shabazz Napier also put up a strong line in his debut in 18 minutes as the backup and could potentially challenge Smith while Gary Payton II seems to be out of the rotation completely, picking up a DNP-CD.
February 7, 2020, 9:31 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier made his debut for the Wizards on Friday and was able to make an impact in 18 minutes off the bench with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, adding three rebounds, three assists, four 3s, two steals and one block.
Ish Smith was anointed as the new starting PG with Isaiah Thomas no longer in town and he had a similarly productive run in 30 minutes with 14 points (6-of-11 shooting), six rebounds, six dimes, two threes, one steal and one block. Both guards should eventually carve out a timeshare gig and still be worth an end-of-bench slot in 12-teamers moving forward.