December 13, 2018, 2:17 amWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting (4-of-9 FTs) with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in Wednesday's win over the Wolves.
Cauley-Stein was intentionally fouled late in the fourth quarter after airballing a free throw and this isn't just a one-game thing. He has hit just 47.8 percent from the line this season and it's keeping him stuck in the late rounds for fantasy value. This probably gets on scouting reports and he'll have to prove he can make it or he's going to get an even bigger weight on his value, as well as less minutes.
December 10, 2018, 10:22 pmWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein set a new season-high on Monday with 16 rebounds, also adding 11 points, three assists and three steals in a win over the Bulls.
Cauley-Stein continued to be a zero in the blocks category but at least he converted on his only free throw tonight. His upside is going to have a hard cap until he focuses more on rim protection but he's a solid third or fourth center for most fantasy builds.
December 8, 2018, 9:47 pmWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein played well in 31 minutes on Saturday, producing 14 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.
He's averaging just 0.4 blocks per game on the season, so those two swats are a welcome sight for his owners. His lack of blocks and dismal .462 free throw shooting percentage have been a drag on his value so far this season.
December 7, 2018, 10:04 pmWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein went 5-of-5 in Friday's cakewalk against the Cavs but was only able to post 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 27 minutes of playing time.
Cauley-Stein missed both of his free throws which takes some more shine off this already-quiet line. The efficient shooting is nice, yes, but WCS compounds his ugly free throw shooting with a disturbing lack of blocks. Somehow, Cauley-Stein only has 10 rejections on the year. It limits his ceiling pretty severely but he's a steady late-round center. The blowout meant we got a lot of solid but unspectacular games from the Kings, including Nemanja Bjelica (13 points, four boards, a triple) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (15 points, three rebounds, four assists, a triple).
December 2, 2018, 1:01 amWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein played hero in Saturday's win over the Pacers, finishing with 17 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a game-winning putback dunk.
WCS still isn't blocking shots but scored efficiently from the field tonight. He also went 1-of-4 from the charity stripe, so his warts remain the same as ever. Cauley-Stein will hold a very low ceiling until he refocuses on defense but is a solid complementary big man on most rosters.
November 30, 2018, 1:14 amWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein double-doubled on Thursday with 17 points and 10 rebounds to go with an assist and a steal.
Cauley-Stein had another terrible night at the line, going 1-for-4, and it's really sinking his value. He's a solid player and is a nightly double-double threat, but he lacks defensive stats and the free throws are killing you. He's too good to drop, but it's a tough pill to swallow for a guy with low fantasy upside.
November 25, 2018, 1:03 amWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein scored six points on 3-of-9 shooting with four rebounds, one steal and one block over 20 foul plagued minutes on Saturday against the Warriors.
Cauley-Stein's value is getting crushed right now by 48.5 percent shooting from the foul line on 3.5 attempts per game. Willie turns his head to a 45 degree angle right before he shoots and that's probably the first place he should look for improvement. His role is going to shift now that the team has added Bogdan Bogdanovic to the mix, going from initiator to finisher and that's probably why we've seen some duds lately, too. WCS is key to the Kings' success so he'll probably level out in the top-100 range, presuming he can get his FT% back up over the 60 percent mark.
November 20, 2018, 12:52 amWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein scored nine points on 4-of-14 shooting with 14 rebounds and five assists on Monday.
Cauley-Stein had a big night on the boards, but struggled finishing inside the paint against Steven Adams. He's the only option at center for the Kings so he should continue to be a steady source of boards.