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Wes Johnson | Guard/Forward

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/11/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 215
College: Syracuse
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Wesley Johnson played 28 minutes on Sunday, the most of any Lakers' starter, posting 10 points, six rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block vs. the Sixers.
The Lakers' rotations have been a headache for fantasy owners all season and things may only get worse in the final 14 games. During Sunday's grudging victory, Byron Scott spread minutes evenly throughout a true 10-man rotation that included recent signee Jabari Brown (10 points in 24 minutes). It's not a recipe for success and Johnson is best viewed as a borderline option in 12-team leagues. Mar 23 - 12:34 AM

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Wesley Johnson played a team-high 33 minutes against the Jazz on Thursday with 12 points, two boards and one 3-pointer.

He had a very minor elbow injury and it didn't seem to affect his playing time or role. Johnson's playing time has trended up slightly, but his production has held steady with the occasional big game. He's barely inside of the top 150 for fantasy value over the last 10 games, so he's more of a hold in deeper leagues.
Mar 20 - 1:02 AM

Wes Johnson (elbow) is listed as probable to play vs. the Jazz on Thursday.

The injury isn't thought to be serious at all, and it's safe to activate him in lineups in advance of Thursday's game. Johnson has been relatively consistent recently and has averaged 11.2 points, 3.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 3-pointer per game over his last five, so he is worth a look in most leagues.
Mar 18 - 11:43 AM

Wes Johnson has been diagnosed with a sprained right elbow, but the injury will not force him to miss any time.

Johnson has been playing well through the month of March, averaging 11.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. That's good enough for low-end value in 12-team formats, so make sure he's not floating around on your waiver wire.
Mar 17 - 3:55 PM

Wes Johnson hit 7-of-12 shots for 16 points, two threes, five boards, four assists and two steals in Monday's loss to the Warriors.

Johnson is a borderline player for 12-team formats and he'll need to add to this effort for most owners to feel good about a pickup. The Lakers have a favorable schedule down the stretch and that might add a couple of rounds to his value on a weekly basis when it's all said and done.
Mar 17 - 1:42 AM

Wes Johnson's recent calf injury didn't seem to bother him on Sunday, but he finished a loss to the Hawks with only eight points on 3-of-8 shooting, one rebound and one block in 26 minutes.

Fellow starter Wayne Ellington was no better, shooting 2-of-11 from the field in 24 minutes, and neither guy is an attractive fantasy play with coach Byron Scott spreading minutes evenly between his first and second units.
Mar 16 - 12:11 AM

Wes Johnson (calf) was a full participant during shootaround, and he will be available for Thursday's game against New York.

Johnson has returned to the starting lineup, and has compiled averages of 12.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 three-pointers, and 0.7 steals per game on 49.0 percent shooting from the field through the month of March. He'll get a very favorable matchup against the Knicks tonight, so feel free to plug him into your active roster.
Mar 12 - 2:15 PM

Wes Johnson is dealing with a sore calf and missed practice on Wednesday.

He is expected to play against the Knicks on Thursday and it's worth mentioning Johnson doesn't have a history of calf issues in his NBA career. Johnson logged 33 minutes in the starting lineup, which is really going to help his value because of how coach Byron Scott likes to stick with his starters for big stretches. He's worth a look in standard leagues.
Mar 11 - 2:58 PM

Wesley Johnson posted 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, one 3-pointer, four rebounds and one assist in a start at SF on Sunday, shifting Ryan Kelly to the second unit.

Johnson played with confidence down the stretch, which hasn't been the case often this season, and he's a sneaky waiver-wire pickup given his ability to contribute across the board. He's most appealing as a roto option but should prove useful for all owners, especially those who need 3-pointers, defensive stats and percentages.
Mar 9 - 12:15 AM

Wes Johnson will replace Ryan Kelly in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Mavericks.

Kelly has been pretty horrible up to this point, so the demotion to the bench isn't going to do him any favors. Johnson on the other hand has scored 14, 12, and 10 points in his last three games, and perhaps with some extended minutes in the starting unit he can see a small uptick in value.
Mar 8 - 2:51 PM

Wesley Johnson played 25 minutes vs. Charlotte, finishing Tuesday's game with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block off the bench.

Johnson is shooting 41.4 percent this season but he's finally making some shots over the past five games, and his ability to chip in 3-pointers, steals and blocks keeps him on the fantasy radar. Unfortunately, he'll need more than his current 20-25 minute role to be a reliable contributor in 12-team leagues.
Mar 3 - 10:25 PM

With free agency looming, Wes Johnson is hopeful that he will remain with the Lakers.

"I want to definitely stay here," said Johnson. "I like coach [Byron] Scott and the whole coaching staff. I love it here. I definitely want to be a part of when they get back." Johnson has struggled to show any kind of consistency since entering the NBA, and that story hasn't changed in Los Angeles. Johnson has averages of 9.5 points, 3.8 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.2 3-pointers in 29.0 minutes per game this season, but his role varies on a nightly basis. Until Johnson can string together a few good performances, he belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Feb 28 - 11:43 AM

Wesley Johnson scored 22 points in Sunday's overtime win vs. the visiting Celtics, making 9-of-11 field goals with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Johnson's 33 minutes were the most of any Lakers player during tonight's overtime victory. Lakers coach Byron Scott has been maddeningly inconsistent with his rotations this season, and Johnson is only worth a stash in deeper leagues in case he lands a steady 30-minute role over the final eight weeks of the regular season.
Feb 23 - 1:03 AM

Wesley Johnson did not play on Friday due to coach's decision.

Johnson's value gets crushed by the fact he can get benched out of nowhere like this. If he can somehow mitigate that risk, we'll let you know.
Feb 21 - 4:56 AM

Wesley Johnson scored 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting during Sunday's blowout loss to the Cavs, adding three rebounds, two 3-pointers, two assists and two steals through 29 minutes of play.

Johnson can be viewed as a 3-point specialist in deeper leagues, but his poor shooting (34.5 percent from the field as a reserve) is really going to hurt his value in standard leagues.
Feb 8 - 6:52 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jordan Clarkson
2Jeremy Lin
3Ronnie Price
SG1Wayne Ellington
2Nick Young
3Kobe Bryant
4Jabari Brown
SF1Ryan Kelly
2Wes Johnson
PF1Tarik Black
2Carlos Boozer
3Ed Davis
4Julius Randle
C1Robert Sacre
2Jordan Hill