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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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Wes Johnson scored six points on 2-of-8 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes off the bench on Friday.
Johnson is a key player for the Lakers now with Kobe Bryant out, and though Byron Scott looks like a mess with his rotations he'll probably be on the top of the list. He had been holding low-end value with Kobe around and his likely season-ending injury should make Johnson a guy to be owned in most standard leagues. Jan 24 - 3:31 AM

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Wes Johnson scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds and four assists in Monday's loss to the Suns.

This toes the line for Johnson and keeps him at a low-end value in 12-team leagues, but owners can always drop him for a relatively hot free agent.
Jan 20 - 3:25 AM

Wes Johnson scored just five points on 2-of-3 shooting with four rebounds, one block and one three over 30 minutes in Friday's loss to the Jazz.

The money counting stats save the line but the overall impact is to reduce his standing in standard leagues. He should be owned in most of them, but even a low-level free agent is worth considering with Johnson lacking upside.
Jan 17 - 2:07 AM

Wes Johnson made a couple 3-pointers on Thursday against the Cavs, finishing with eight points, four rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

His fantasy value won't come from scoring while Kobe Bryant is playing, which means he'll be very inconsistent. Still, Johnson is one of a handful of guys who can be a steal, block and trey guy, so he's worth holding in most standard leagues unless it's to grab a hot free agent.
Jan 16 - 1:23 AM

Wesley Johnson (hip) looked good in his return on Sunday, scoring a team-high 17 points on 7-of-14 FGs with three 3-pointers, four boards and three assists.

He missed L.A.'s past three games with the injury but was aggressive and efficient (zero turnovers) while logging 31 minutes as a starter for the short-handed Lakers. Johnson is quietly averaging 1.4 triples, 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocks in under 30 minutes per game this season, and roto owners shouldn't be afraid to add him as a well-rounded source of value.
Jan 12 - 12:13 AM

Wes Johnson (hip) is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Portland.

Ryan Kelly will likely head to the bench with Johnson back in the starting lineup, so those that made a speculative add of Kelly can probably feel comfortable sending him back to the wire. Johnson is a guy with the rare ability to give you some 3-pointers, steals, and blocks, so get him active for a decent matchup against the Trail Blazers.
Jan 11 - 2:26 PM

Wes Johnson (hip) is about "50/50" for Sunday night against the Blazers.

Coach Byron Scott said Johnson looked pretty good, so he might be a little closer to probable. Johnson missed Friday night with his strained hip and he shouldn't be out much longer. If he can go, he'll be starting next to Wayne Ellington or Kobe Bryant (questionable). If not, Ryan Kelly will start.
Jan 10 - 3:32 PM

Wes Johnson (hip) will not play against the Magic on Friday.

He has a good chance to play on Sunday and will get his job back as the starting small forward. Johnson was putting up low-end fantasy value in the past month and is worth a look upon his return. Wayne Ellington will benefit the most tonight.
Jan 9 - 2:20 PM

Wesley Johnson (hip) is questionable to play Friday vs. the Magic.

If Johnson is unable to go on Friday, Wayne Ellington, Kobe Bryant, and potentially Nick Young (knee) would pick up a majority of his minutes. Bryant offers the most upside out of the group, and will look to bounce back after a rough outing on Wednesday vs. the Clippers.

Wesley Johnson (hip) could return as soon as next week according to coach Byron Scott.

This is step back from Scott's earlier report that it didn't look good, and owners bumping up the remaining wings can start to back off that assessment.
Jan 6 - 2:04 AM

Wes Johnson's hip injury "didn't look good," according to Byron Scott.

"But talking to our trainer, it didn’t look good," said Scott. "We just have to wait and see and hope for the best." Losing Johnson would be a blow to the Lakers, as it would almost assuredly force the team into some unorthodox lineups. Kobe Bryant could be shifted to small forward with Wayne Ellington starting at shooting guard if Johnson misses multiple games, but we're not at that point just yet.
Jan 5 - 10:43 AM

Wes Johnson (hip) will not return to Sunday's game against the Pacers, and he has already been ruled out for Monday's game vs. Portland.

He suffered a strained right hip flexor and will get an MRI on Monday. The Lakers will already be without Kobe Bryant (rest) on Monday, meaning Nick Young, Wayne Ellington and Jeremy Lin will likely all see big minutes. We will pass along an update on Johnson after we hear the results of the MRI.

Wes Johnson was busy in the starting lineup against the Bulls on Thursday, making 6-of-18 from the field for a season-high 19 points with nine rebounds, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

He crushed his season high for field goal attempts and set a new high for free throw makes (five) in the loss. Johnson only has a usage rate of 13.0 on the season, so the high volume tonight is a surprise even with Kobe Bryant out. He is still worth owning in standard leagues for his output on defense and treys.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 10:41:00 PM

Wes Johnson (ankle) did not practice on Saturday and expects to play on Sunday against the Kings.

He suffered a mild tweak on Friday, but he still played 28 minutes and looked OK. Johnson has consistently seen playing time, but he is not getting many shots. His fantasy value will have a lot to do with his defense, so there is very little upside. He's still worth a look as a specialist.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 03:31:00 PM

Wes Johnson tweaked his ankle in Friday's loss to the Thunder but stayed in the game, finishing with seven points on 3-of-8 shooting, one three, three boards, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

Johnson has produced enough to be considered a must-own player in 12-team standard leagues, and we'll let you know if anything pops up with his ankle going forward.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 02:37:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ronnie Price
2Jeremy Lin
3Steve Nash
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Wayne Ellington
3Jordan Clarkson
SF1Wes Johnson
2Nick Young
PF1Ed Davis
2Carlos Boozer
3Ryan Kelly
4Julius Randle
C1Jordan Hill
2Robert Sacre
3Tarik Black