August 5, 2020, 12:04 amZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins continued his run of modest fantasy production in the bubble, netting eight points, seven rebounds and a steal in 27 minutes on Tuesday.
Collins just hasn't been able to bring the good for fantasy GMs, and while foul trouble wasn't a huge problem tonight against the smaller Rockets, it has been an issue against more typical opponents. It was expected that Collins could hit threes and block shots, but so far he's got one trey and zero blocks in the bubble. He's tough to trust in fantasy right now.
August 2, 2020, 6:10 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins was quiet in Sunday's loss to the Celtics, producing six points, five rebounds and a steal in 27 minutes.
Collins got hit with three fouls early and did well to end up playing this much, but he's still a bit overmatched in this environment with mostly strong teams still playing. He's had a down two games in the bubble so far and shouldn't be considered more than a late-round option in fantasy leagues, though he can quickly climb the ranks if he finds his shot-blocking touch again.
July 31, 2020, 8:55 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins (shoulder surgery) started at power forward for the Blazers on Friday but didn't have much to show for his 37 minutes on the floor, recording just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting with nine rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one steal.
The takeaway here is that he's healthy, given the amount of minutes the team gave him. He's been out of commission for a long time, so a little rust is expected. Collins should provide better lines than this moving forward.
July 31, 2020, 3:44 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers will go with a starting lineup of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Carmelo Anthony, Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkić on Friday vs. the Grizzlies.
It was unclear whether the Blazers would have Hassan Whiteside or Collins in the starting lineup for the resumption season. Collins will earn the starting nod in the first game, a game that is very important for the Blazers to win as they are looking to overtake the Grizzlies for the eighth and final seed in the West. Collins has yet to prove consistent value in standard leagues so it will be interesting for fantasy GMs to see how he performs in the resumption season ahead of the 2020-21 fantasy season. Whiteside's value will see a significant drop-off from the abbreviated first portion of the season with Nurk and Collins in the fold.
Source: Joe Freeman on Twitter
July 28, 2020, 8:28 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins started at power forward for the Blazers on Tuesday and shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for 10 points, three rebounds and three assists.
Collins did not make a three or block a shot in this one, which obviously dampens the appeal of his line. That said, the takeaway here should be that he's healthy and was able to play 20 minutes for the Blazers. He's worth a late-round flier-pick in restart leagues.
July 26, 2020, 8:47 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins continued his comeback in a loss to the Raptors on Sunday, going for seven points (2-of-5 FG), five rebounds, one steal and one block.
Collins had a solid outing in his second game back from a left shoulder dislocation at the start of this season. He came off the bench yet again as Hassan Whiteside drew the start next to Jusuf Nurkic. Collins' hype-level will be limited with Nurkic, Whiteside and Carmelo Anthony now present to compete for minutes, but he is worth keeping an eye on as expectations were high for the big man coming into this season.
July 23, 2020, 6:00 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins, who has been sidelined since the third game of the season with a shoulder injury, looked healthy as he returned to the court for Thursday’s scrimmage loss to the Pacers.
Collins played with both the starting unit and the bench unit on Thursday so it remains unclear if he or Hassan Whiteside will start once the games count. Regardless, Collins looked good on Thursday in limited action as he finished with six points (3-of-5 FG), four rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in just over 19 minutes. It is worth monitoring how his body recovers after his first in-game action since October of 2019.
July 18, 2020, 7:43 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins suffered a left shoulder dislocation just three games into the 2019-20 season, cutting short what was supposed to be a breakout campaign.
Collins was only a bit part over his first two seasons in the league but the Blazers had no reservations about making him the starting power forward in his third year. He's the sort of player that fantasy GMs tend to covet — a young big who can block shots and knock down 3-pointers. Collins did manage to put up 1.0 threes and 0.7 blocks in 28.8 mpg before getting hurt, but that's simply not enough of a sample to conclude anything meaningful. He finished with top-200/250 (8/9-cat) per-game value, and we'll have to wait and see if another hype train forms heading into next season's drafts. His performance in the Orlando games could have a heavy hand in determining next year's ADP.
July 2, 2020, 2:57 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
In a conference call with Portland media, Terry Stotts revealed that Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins are likely to return to their starting jobs and won't be under minutes restrictions when the NBA resumes.
It should be a huge defensive lift for a Blazers squad that gave up points like crazy, though this will throw a wrench into plans for DFS players. Stotts mentioned that he's considered starting Nurkic next to current starter Hassan Whiteside, though that fit would likely only be tenable in certain matchups. This, plus news of Trevor Ariza's absence during the restart, also has big effects on the wing rotation, where it sounds like Carmelo Anthony and Gary Trent Jr. are competing to start with Nassir Little and Mario Hezonja also in the mix off the bench. This is a big blow to Hassan Whiteside's fantasy appeal — a top-15 player in 31.3 mpg this year– as his minutes should sink into the mid twenties. Anyone participating in a short league that covers the restart may want to view Whiteside as more of a middle-round, blocks specialist type, though this all obviously hinges on how Nurkic and Collins look when games begin.
Source: The Athletic
July 1, 2020, 3:52 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
In regards to the health of Jusuf Nurkić and Zach Collins, head coach Terry Stotts said that "they both look great" and will be available for the restart of the NBA season in Orlando.
Nurkić was close to returning when the league was suspended while Collins was further away from playing basketball in March. However, the additional three months allowed Collins to recover as he has no limitations heading into the restart in Orlando. It is likely that they will find themselves in the starting unit while Nurkić is the more proven player in terms of fantasy production.
Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter
June 18, 2020, 9:57 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins was cleared by doctors to resume basketball activities on Thursday and will play when the season resumes.
This is big news for the Blazers who need to perform at an incredibly high level to prolong their chances in the tournament. With Collins and Jusuf Nurkic both on track, this is the healthiest they have been so far this year.
Source: NBC Sports
February 27, 2020, 11:04 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside put up a strong double-double on Thursday with 18 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots as the Blazers fell 106-100 to the Pacers.
Whiteside has rebounded and blocked his way to an unlikely top-10 fantasy season and at this point, that's mostly sustainable especially with Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins with uncertain timelines. Keep rolling Whiteside out there.
February 26, 2020, 7:16 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins (labrum surgery) did weight training workout Wednesday and is scheduled to do some on-court work Thursday.
Collins suffered the injury in the third game of the season after locking down a consistent starting role for the first time of his career. He will likely not come back in time to make a fantasy impact this season but is a name to watch heading into next season.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
January 22, 2020, 3:55 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins (labrum surgery) participated in solo workouts with both arms while also getting some shots up during Tuesday's practice.
Collins came into the season with some hype as the unquestioned starting PF for the Blazers before injuring his shoulder in the third game of the season. Collins is trying to get back before the season ends, but even if he does, there will be a few more options to battle minutes for than there was the last time he was healthy. He isn't likely to have an impact in fantasy leagues this season.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
November 12, 2019, 11:36 amZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins thinks he’ll be able to return this season despite undergoing left shoulder surgery last week.
Collins will soon begin treatment and a long rehabilitation process, while he is expected to be re-evaluated in approximately four months. There is clearly no need to stash him in redraft leagues and the Blazers will continue to rely on Anthony Tolliver, Mario Hezonja and Skal Labissiere.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter