August 13, 2020, 10:40 amShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier (ankle) has been ruled out once again and will miss Thursday's contest against the Celtics.
After previously being listed as available, Napier has since been ruled out for the Wizards' final game of the season. Napier has failed to provide any value since the restart and will finish the year averaging 10.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Ish Smith, Troy Brown Jr. and Jerian Grant will combine to pick up the extra minutes at point for Washington.
Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter
August 12, 2020, 5:45 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier will be available for Thursday's tilt vs. the Celtics after missing the last two games with a sprained right ankle.
Napier struggled mightily before going down with an ankle sprain, disappointing fantasy GMs who drafted him in the middle-rounds of resumption leagues. It is possible that he returns value for the last game of the season so Napier's worth a look if he is on the wire.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 10, 2020, 6:02 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier (right ankle sprain) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Bucks.
Napier could miss his second straight game after initially being listed as probable prior to Sunday's game. The Wizards have nothing to play for here and they could simply be going the safe route. If he is unable to go, Jerian Grant stands to pick up the bulk of his playing time.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 9, 2020, 11:46 amShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier (right ankle sprain) will sit out Sunday's game with the Thunder.
Napier was deemed probable yesterday, and this could be a case of Washington taking it easy since they've been eliminated from playoff contention. Ish Smith will continue to start with Jerian Grant moving into the backup PG role. Troy Brown may take on some extra playmaking work as well, though he's already the best fantasy play of this bunch. Napier's injury doesn't seem to be serious but this could be a shutdown situation, so a drop may be in order in resumption leagues. Hopefully the Wizards have a positive update tomorrow.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
August 8, 2020, 5:42 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier (right ankle sprain) is probable to face the Thunder on Sunday.
Napier is dealing with a minor injury but appears as though he will take his place in the lineup on Sunday. He has been one of the more disappointing players thus far and has failed to capitalize on the opportunity he was presented with. He is still worth a look in most fantasy formats but streaming his position may also be a viable option.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 3, 2020, 7:03 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier was replaced in the starting lineup by Ish Smith for Monday's matchup with the Pacers, amassing 16 points, four assists and two rebounds in 22 minutes.
Napier is yet to put it all together for the Wizards, although Monday was clearly his best performance thus far. Coming into the resumption period, Napier was viewed as a potential top-50 candidate. However, the fact he is basically splitting minutes with Smith has resulted in a series of underwhelming stat lines.
August 3, 2020, 6:59 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith shot just 39 percent from the field during Monday's loss, compiling 12 points, four assists and two rebounds in 22 minutes.
Smith moved into the starting lineup, replacing Shabazz Napier who shifted to a bench role. It is unclear whether he will remain the starter, although his exact role is unlikely to impact his fantasy value moving forward. Both he and Napier have been splitting minutes at the point guard position, resulting in their respective fantasy ceilings being somewhat capped.
August 3, 2020, 2:25 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith will move into the starting lineup on Monday against the Pacers.
No word on the corresponding move, but it's likely that Smith will be replacing Shabazz Napier, who has been disappointing through his two games in the bubble so far. Smith has been excellent, going for 17-4-7 and 14-4-5 with a steal, two blocks and a triple in his two Orlando games so far. Make sure he's not on any resumption league waiver wires.
Source: Chris Miller on Twitter
August 2, 2020, 5:00 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier had a rough go on Sunday afternoon, scoring five points on 2-of-9 shooting with two assists, a steal, a 3-pointer and four turnovers in 25 minutes.
This was a step backwards after Friday's 13 points (4-of-13 FG), three assists, one triple and a block. Napier was a popular selection in resumption leagues given the state of Washington's roster but has failed to recapture his form from the end of the original regular season. More problematic for him is that backup Ish Smith outplayed him for the second straight contest. After netting 17-4-7 on Friday, Smith came through with 14 points (5-for-12 FG), four rebounds, five assists, a steal, two blocks, a 3-pointer and zero turnovers in 28 minutes off the bench today. It's beginning to look like Smith is the PG to roster in fantasy leagues from this team.
July 31, 2020, 9:44 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier started on Friday in the Wizards' first game of the NBA restart and wound up with 13 points (4-of-13 FG, 1-of-5 3PT), three rebounds, three assists and a block in 27 minutes on the court.
Napier flirted with fantasy relevance all season with both the Wolves and the Wizards after they acquired him, as both squads battled injuries and inconsistency. With the Wizards missing a couple of guards and their primary playmakers (i.e. John Wall and Bradley Beal, along with Davis Bertans), guys like Ish Smith, Jerian Grant and Napier will be forced to pick up the slack at the ball-handling spots during the Wizards' seeding contests in Orlando. Napier's game is not conducive to fantasy stardom, that part has long been apparent.
July 27, 2020, 6:07 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier tallied 16 points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal to go with three triples in just 20 minutes during Monday's 123-116 scrimmage loss to the Lakers.
Napier turned in his best performance of the resumption period thus far, shooting 5-of-9 from the field to end with 16 points. He is going to see a nice bump in playing time for the Wizards given they are without Bradley Beal and is certainly rocketing up the draft boards in many resumption leagues. Ish Smith (12 points, six assists, five rebounds and one block) saw 25 minutes himself and could pose a threat to Napier's potential breakout. Both should be drafted with Napier the preferred option at this point.
July 25, 2020, 11:00 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier started for the Wizards on Saturday, scoring nine points on 3-of-6 shooting with four rebounds and two three-pointers in 20 minutes.
Napier started next to Jerome Robinson (13 points in 24 minutes) in the backcourt. Napier has a strong chance to start for the depleted Wizards once the season resumes, and he could be a strong DFS option as he will need to run the offense.
July 22, 2020, 2:43 pmIan MahinmiC, Washington Wizards
Ian Mahinmi (right groin soreness) will not play in Wednesday's scrimmage against the Nuggets.
The injury is "nothing serious" according to head coach Scott Brooks. The Wizards will have a starting lineup of Shabazz Napier, Isaac Bonga, Troy Brown Jr., Rui Hachimura, and Thomas Bryant. Bryant will have his minutes severely limited at the outset.
Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter
July 21, 2020, 2:27 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier cooked up top-115/150 (8/9-cat) value in 2019-20, ending up in the right places at the right times and making the most of his chances to produce.
Napier started the season with the Wolves and quickly rose to the starting five once Minnesota moved Jeff Teague off their priority list and it became clear that Jarrett Culver wasn't quite ready to run the show. Things got even better in Washington, where he grabbed hold of the starting spot and held off Ish Smith down the stretch. All told he put together 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in 24.2 mpg while making a career-high 30 starts. Entering free agency, we doubt that Napier can land in such favorable circumstances again, but any shot at a starting role would have to put him in the late-round equation.
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