April 11, 2019, 1:19 pmWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein drew tons of ire for his defensive effort (or lack thereof) this season, and he produced a late-round campaign for fantasy purposes.
Cauley-Stein actually holds the same top-125 standing in 8-cat that he did last season, but cutting his turnovers from 1.5 to just 1.0 bumped him up about 25 spots over last year's finish in 9-cat to the top-105. He was able to boost up his rebounds (8.4) and steals (1.2) to career-high levels while also dragging his field goal percentage up from .503 to .556, but the 0.6 blocks per game remain a major sticking point. His per-minute block rate is simply unacceptable for a player whose college reputation was rim protection and defense, and he may be on his way out of Sacramento with Marvin Bagley ready to go. WCS was a top-80/70 player in total value thanks to 81 games, but fantasy owners were expecting just a little bit more night-to-night.
April 6, 2019, 6:52 pmWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein is not listed on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Pelicans.
WCS wasn't with the team on Friday, but should now return to his regular role, with Marvin Bagley returning to the bench.
Source: NBA Injury Report
April 5, 2019, 8:42 pmMarvin Bagley III - F - Sacramento Kings
Marvin Bagley will get a spot-start on Friday vs. the Jazz.
It looks like the Kings will try to go small against Rudy Gobert and the Jazz with Willie Cauley-Stein out for personal reasons. You can use Bagley as you normally would.
Source: Noel Harris on Twitter
April 5, 2019, 2:10 pmWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) will not be available to play against the Jazz on Friday.
Marvin Bagley and Kosta Koufos will pick up the slack left behind in WCS's absence. Bagley is easily the preferred target between the two, but with a matchup against the imposing Rudy Gobert on tap, neither makes for an appealing target.
Source: Jason Anderson on twitter
April 3, 2019, 1:19 amWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein had just two points on 1-of-7 field goals in 21 minutes of a blowout loss to the Rockets on Tuesday.
WCS added five rebounds and nothing else in this one. He's provided late-round value this season, but it's not trending in the right direction. It'll be interesting to see where he ends up next year, as his value could drop quite a bit.
March 29, 2019, 5:45 pmNemanja Bjelica - F - Sacramento Kings
Harry Giles (bruised left thigh) is questionable to play on Saturday vs. the Rockets while Nemanja Bjelica (stomach illness) has been ruled out.
With Marvin Bagley getting so much run there’s not a whole lot of usage available for any other bigs though Willie Cauley-Stein could get a few extra minutes while Kosta Koufos should also see a bit of action.
March 28, 2019, 11:00 pmWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein collected 18 points (7-of-9 shooting), 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in Thursday's loss to the Pelicans.
Cauley-Stein logged 35 minutes as the Kings were forced into bigger lineups given the matchup and Nemanja Bjelica's early departure. The complaints about his defensive effort remain on point but fantasy owners were at least able to reap the rewards of a strong outing here. We'd be wary of a repeat performance given that WCS's minutes have been bouncing between 30-plus and under 20 lately. Just keep your fingers crossed for the proper playing time.
March 25, 2019, 12:16 amWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein played 17 minutes on Sunday night, posting 10 points, nine rebounds, two steals and a block.
Cauley-Stein had a monster game on Thursday but ended up playing 35 total minutes over two weekend games, and he's going to be a low-end big man to roll with while Marvin Bagley is healthy. There's upside here but we don't see WCS getting enough playing time to hit it.
March 24, 2019, 12:50 amWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds on Thursday but was nowhere to be found on Saturday, notching three points, no rebounds, a steal and a block in 18 minutes.
Deandre Ayton got the best of him and Nemanja Bjelica gobbled up all the available boards, so this one is a game to forget for Cauley-Stein and his fantasy owners. We'll see if he can bounce back tomorrow against JaVale McGee and the Lakers.
March 22, 2019, 12:34 amWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein scored 10 points while grabbing 18 rebounds with three assists and two steals on Thursday.
Cauley-Stein has been relatively quiet lately, but exploded in tonight's game against the Mavs. It's good knowing he can take care of a team that's lacking true frontcourt depth and as is the case with many Kings players, you should hang onto him because of the amount of games he has left to play.
March 9, 2019, 2:49 pmWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein posted a hollow line in Saturday's win over the Knicks, going for seven points, 12 rebounds and one assist.
Cauley-Stein has been a top-120/105 option in 8/9-cat leagues this season. His disappointing defensive contributions, as seen today, are keeping him out of middle-round territory. After some promising blocks and steals numbers earlier in his career, WCS just hasn't been able to replicate that per-minute output as his role as grown.
March 7, 2019, 12:53 amWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein had a solid performance against the Celtics on Wednesday, with 19 points and seven rebounds on 8-of-9 shooting.
He shot 3-of-4 from the line and added three assists and two steals to the box score. He is a late-round center option in standard leagues and even though he can be inconsistent he is definitely worth owning for his unique skill set. Keep Cauley-Stein locked in all lineups as the Kings are fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
March 2, 2019, 1:20 amWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein double-doubled with 16 points, 12 rebounds, one assist and four blocks in 31 minutes in Friday's loss to the Clippers.
WCS was productive in this one and his efficient 7-for-11 from the field was a cherry on top. Whenever he gets enough blocks he'll post fairly productive fantasy games, but the inconsistency makes him hard to trust. However, with Marvin Bagley (knee) out for the short-term, Cauley-Stein will get an opportunity for bigger games and is worth a look if you need blocks or rebounds.