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, 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 13, 2020, 11:19 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier had a nice line on Monday in a 104-117 loss to the Thunder as he produced 16 points on 4-of-10 shooting with five rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.
Napier isn't the most reliable, but he's a capable starting point guard, and that's worth something in most leagues. If you need some assists, threes and steals, see if he's a free agent in your league.
January 9, 2020, 10:26 pmJeff TeaguePG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting with three boards, six assists, a block and a 3-pointer on Thursday.
Teague has been splitting time (25 minutes) with Shabazz Napier (20 minutes, nine points, two rebounds, four assists and a triple) and it's partly due to his knee issues, but we're still hanging on here. Even though the role is slightly diminished, he's still putting up solid value.
January 7, 2020, 10:22 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier cooled off in Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies, going 2-for-10 from the field to finish with six points, four assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 25 minutes of action.
The pendulum is swinging back the other way as Jeff Teague posted 18 points, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes off the bench. If Napier were part of the young core then we wouldn't worry so much about his role, but he isn't and we will. Give him another game to see if this was a blip but don't cling too tightly in standard leagues.
January 5, 2020, 9:57 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier remained hot vs. the Cavs, netting 21 points (8-of-10 FG), seven assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in the victory.
Even with the return of Andrew Wiggins, Napier still had 21 points and received 30 minutes of action. He easily outplayed Jeff Teague (17 minutes, five points, five assists) in his return as well. The good times could end at any moment, but keep throwing Napier out there until he gives you a reason not to.
January 4, 2020, 11:26 amAndrew WigginsSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Andrew Wiggins (illness) practiced with the team on Saturday and is traveling with them to Cleveland for Sunday's game.
Wiggins has been out the last four games but should be on the verge of a return with this news and may even play on Sunday. Shabazz Napier has taken on a bigger scoring role with 20+ points in each of the last three games so that may be reduced a little when Wiggins returns. Kelan Martin has payed 29.3 minutes over the last four games filling in for Wiggins and will undoubtedly take the biggest hit.
Source: Dane Moore on Twitter
January 2, 2020, 11:52 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier spun a gem on Thursday, going 7-of-9 from the field for 20 points to go with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers.
Napier's an automatic play with the Wolves missing their top playmakers and he should be viewed as a viable short-term option in all formats. It might not be a long run, but it figures to be fruitful for its duration.
January 2, 2020, 6:30 pmJeff TeaguePG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague (right knee) will not play in Thursday's game against the Warriors.
Teague will sit out for a second consecutive game on Thursday. Shabazz Napier could have fantasy value across all formats for as long as the Wolves are dealing with injuries to Teague and others. It is also worth noting that two-way player, Jordan McLaughlin, had his best game of his career against the Warriors the last time the two teams faced off and could be an intriguing low-cost DFS play.
Source: Jon Krawcynski on Twitter
January 2, 2020, 3:24 pmJeff TeaguePG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague (right knee) is being listed as doubtful to play against the Warriors on Thursday.
The Wolves have an expansive injury list at the moment, but outside of Jake Layman, it looks as though Teague has the least chance of suiting up among the group. Shabazz Napier should continue to handle the starting PG spot in the meantime and is worth a look for at least as long as Teague remains out.
Source: Wolves PR on Twitter
January 1, 2020, 11:07 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier led the Wolves' scoring charge in Wednesday's close loss to the Bucks, finishing with 22 points, six rebounds, three assists, four triples and a block in 31 minutes.
Napier did most of his damage in the first quarter, but was a reliable option most of the night for the depleted Wolves. He's a decent streaming candidate while the Wolves are without both Jeff Teague (knee) and Andrew Wiggins (illness).
January 1, 2020, 7:30 pmTreveon GrahamSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Treveon Graham will not face the Bucks on Wednesday as he is dealing with flu-like symptoms.
The Wolves will be without six key players on Wednesday and are very likely to lose against one of the best teams in the NBA. Shabazz Napier, Jarrett Culver, Keita Bates-Diop, Kelan Martin and Jaylen Nowell could all be viewed as interesting low-cost DFS tournament options with the Wolves decimated by injuries.
Source: Wolves PR on Twitter
January 1, 2020, 6:46 pmJeff TeaguePG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague has been downgraded to out for Wednesday's tilt vs. the Bucks.
Teague joins Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jake Layman as out for Thursday's game while Treveon Graham and Noah Vonleh are both questionable. With Teague now ruled out, Jarrett Culver and Shabazz Napier will handle the majority of the ball-handling duties and both can be looked at as streaming candidates and low-cost DFS plays.
Source: Danny Cunningham on Twitter
December 31, 2019, 12:54 amGorgui DiengC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Gorgui Dieng kept it rolling on Monday with 11 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes in an overtime win against the Nets.
With Karl-Anthony Towns (left knee sprain) out, Gorgui Dieng is the number 37/24 (8-cat/9-cat) player over his seven-start stretch. KAT could be back soon, but make sure Dieng isn't sitting on your wire. He's found money in the meantime. Another fill-in starter had a strong stat line as Shabazz Napier provided 24 points, three boards, eight dimes, two swipes and three triples in 34 minutes.
December 27, 2019, 12:58 amShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier (illness) returned to action on Thursday and was able to produce two points (1-of-7 shooting), three rebounds, nine assists and two steals in 22 minutes.
Napier returned to the starting lineup in this one but was not a major factor in the win. He's an assist specialist in deep leagues. Jeff Teague, who remains the PG to own, produced 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting with six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one block in 37 minutes.