July 13, 2020, 12:11 amTJ LeafPF, Indiana Pacers
T.J. Leaf found himself on the outside looking in the Pacers' regular rotation in 2019-20, averaging just 7.7 minutes for 2.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.2 threes per game in 26 games.
The 6-foot-10 power forward is still widely regarded as a "project" for the team. He saw some action in the G League, where he was able to shine 23.3 PPG and 2.3 3PG. Leaf's fantasy value is still close to the bottom of the proverbial barrel, ranked at 421/411 in 8/9-cat per-game value.
February 5, 2020, 1:47 pmTJ LeafPF, Indiana Pacers
TJ Leaf (illness) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game.
Leaf plays a very minor role for the Pacers, but JaKarr Sampson could see a couple of extra minutes if Leaf cannot play against the Raptors.
Source: Tony East on Twitter
November 25, 2019, 4:24 pmAlize JohnsonPF, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers recalled Alize Johnson from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the G League.
Johnson has only averaged 6.4 minutes when he has been on the NBA roster this season. This move could spell even less playing time for T.J. Leaf, but Johnson does not have fantasy relevance at this time.
Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter
November 13, 2019, 1:52 pmMyles TurnerC, Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner is making progress with his sprained right ankle but is still considered day-to-day.
At this point, he seems unlikely to play on Friday. JaKarr Sampson has been starting recently with T.J. Leaf coming off the bench, but neither has really distinguished himself in the last couple of games.
Source: Scott Agness of The Athletic
November 7, 2019, 3:05 pmMyles TurnerC, Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner (sprained right ankle) is questionable for Friday's matchup against the Pistons.
Turner has been working on his way back from a nasty sprained ankle on October 30. With the Pacers facing Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons on Friday, the could really use a good interior defender with Goga Bitadze already being ruled out. We will know more tomorrow after the morning shootaround. If Myles is unable to suit up, Sabonis will start at center with TJ Leaf getting the back up minutes.
Source: Indiana Pacers
November 7, 2019, 2:53 pmGoga BitadzeC, Indiana Pacers
Goga Bitadze (concussion) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Pistons.
Bitadze appears to have suffered a concussion during Wednesday's game. With Bitadze joining Myles Turner on the injury report, the Pacers are very thin at center. Sabonis will start at center with TJ Warren moving to the PF spot. TJ Leaf will be asked to shoulder the backup center minutes and maybe some extra minutes at the PF spot.
Source: Indiana Pacers
November 6, 2019, 9:36 pmAlize JohnsonPF, Indiana Pacers
Alize Johnson made his season debut on Wednesday night against the Wizards, logging eight minutes with two points and a rebound.
The Pacers really love Johnson's motor and made it sound like he might have a rotation role this season, but so far he's been on the outside looking in. When Myles Turner is healthy we wouldn't expect him to be in the mix outside of garbage time. It is notable that Johnson booted T.J. Leaf from the rotation in this one, but that only affects 30-team leagues, if even that.
November 6, 2019, 5:25 pmMyles TurnerC, Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner (sprained right ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's matchup against the Wizards.
While Turner will miss his fourth straight game on Wednesday but Domantas Sabonis (calf) will play. Turner's absence will mean more minutes for both TJ Leaf and rookie Goga Bitadze. While Leaf has more experience with the team, Goga has proven to be the more talented of the two and should be looked at as a low-cost option in DFS.
Source: Pat Boylan on Twitter
November 5, 2019, 5:42 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis (calf) and Myles Turner (ankle) have been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Hornets.
Goga Bitadze and Jakarr Sampson will make up the starting frontcourt with T.J. Leaf expected to see heavy minutes as well. Leaf is coming off a double-double against the Bulls on Sunday and makes for a cheap DFS target, while Bitadze is a streamer in any sized leagues. Sampson is an interesting punt play as well in DFS.
Source: J. Michael on Twitter
November 3, 2019, 7:46 pmTJ LeafPF, Indiana Pacers
T.J. Leaf put up 13 points, a career-high 15 rebounds, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in 22 minutes on Sunday.
Leaf was taken out of the starting lineup after he disappointed in Indiana's last game but certainly turned heads in this one. He's on the deep-league radar if Domantas Sabonis misses more time but we wouldn't expect another performance of this caliber for a little while, even if the Pacers stay shorthanded.
November 3, 2019, 4:16 pmJakarr SampsonSF, Indiana Pacers
JaKarr Sampson will start at PF vs. the Bulls in place of T.J. Leaf.
Leaf was inserted into the starting lineup to help boost the team's rebounding against Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson in the last game, but he proceeded to contribute 3 rebounds in 8 minutes. Sampson will get a nice opportunity today with Domantas Sabonis out as well. Although the Pacers' frontcourt is riddled with injuries at the moment, Leaf is best left on the wire in all of the deepest of leagues while Sampson is a dart throw in the deepest of formats.
Source: Pat Boylan on Twitter
November 1, 2019, 10:26 pmTJ LeafPF, Indiana Pacers
TJ Leaf started in place of the injured Myles Turner (ankle) on Friday and failed to make an impact with eight minutes, logging only three rebounds and a steal as the Pacers loss to the Cavs.
It wasn't an encouraging performance for Leaf, who may not hold on to this temporary starting role if he continues to be ineffective.
November 1, 2019, 11:17 amTJ LeafPF, Indiana Pacers
TJ Leaf will start at PF in place of Myles Turner (ankle) on Friday.
Leaf will be in there to help box out the Cavs' rebounders and is likely to be on limited minutes, as he's never been a full-time rotational player. His game doesn't really translate to fantasy and the jury is still out on whether he belongs in the NBA, for that matter. Domantas Sabonis will slide down to his natural center position and will likely go off while Turner is out. Keep an eye on the Pacers' third-best TJ in case he can put up some low-end value while Turner recovers from his ankle injury. We may also see Goga Bitadze crack the rotation and the rookie will be worth following if given enough minutes.
Source: Scott Agness on Twitter
October 10, 2019, 3:12 pmTJ LeafPF, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers have picked up the fourth-year option on T.J. Leaf.
Leaf is projected to back up Domantas Sabonis at the PF spot this year and is not on the fantasy radar.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
October 5, 2019, 8:52 amTJ LeafPF, Indiana Pacers
T.J. Leaf (right quad strain) has been ruled out for Saturday’s preseason game against the Kings.
This is the second game of a back-to-back set the Pacers and Kings are playing in India. The Pacers 18th overall pick of 2017 played only 9.0 minutes across 58 games last year and should improve on that as Domantas Sabonis’ primary backup at power forward although T.J. Warren will likely get some minutes there as well. Leaf is not on the fantasy radar.
Source: Pacers on Twitter