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Al-Farouq Aminu | Forward | #8

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 220
College: Wake Forest
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (8) / LAC
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Al-Farouq Aminu scored five points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.
Despite how the Blazers had to replace minutes Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum on the wing, Aminu did not play any small forward tonight. That suggests he'll be playing straight power forward for the second consecutive season. Still, Aminu could post value as a late-round guy, so give him a look if you need a guard in a good offense. Oct 19 - 3:15 AM

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Al-Farouq Aminu scored five points with eight rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

It's nothing new in Portland, but we still don't know what coach Terry Stotts is going to do with his forwards. Aminu basically shifted to a straight four last year, but the Blazers are thin at the three now with Allen Crabbe in Brooklyn. Aminu is also getting some serious competition from Caleb Swanigan, so most fantasy owners may want to target someone else -- like Swanigan -- until things become less murky.
Oct 6 - 12:37 AM

Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic will start against the Raptors on Thursday.

Coach Terry Stotts said nobody will play more than 24 minutes, so these guys may only get 2-3 stints. We still don't know who will start at the forward spots, and there's talk of Aminu playing more three again -- that would help guys like Caleb Swanigan. Both Harkless and Aminu are possible targets late in drafts, especially Harkless.
Oct 5 - 8:27 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu went off for 25 points in a blowout loss to the Warriors in Game 4 on Monday.

He finished five points shy of his playoff career-high, shooting 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and five triples in 35 minutes. Aminu is under contract for a couple more seasons, but unless the Blazers move around some pieces this offseason, he will have a tough time finding significant minutes in Portland's crowded frontcourt rotation.
Apr 25 - 1:37 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu (rest) will not play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

It's just a game off to join Dame Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe on the sidelines. There should be a good amount of Noah Vonleh, Jake Layman and Meyers Leonard in this one. Maybe Moe Harkless plays some PF, as well.
Apr 12 - 8:50 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu moved back to the bench on Saturday vs. the Jazz and finally cooled off, scoring two points on 1-of-8 shooting.

His owners shouldn't panic, as this was likely a matchup move due to Rudy Gobert's size. Aminu was able to grab 12 rebounds, and it's a good sign that he still played 31 minutes. He was averaging 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.8 steals and 2.3 triples in his previous four April games, so expect him to bounce back vs. the Spurs on Monday.
Apr 9 - 12:53 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu played a team-high 40 minutes on Thursday, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

With Jusuf Nurkic (leg) out of commission, Aminu should continue to serve a huge role in the Blazers' frontcourt. He didn't fare well tonight on a per-minute basis, and neither did Noah Vonleh (nine points, seven boards in 23 minutes), but both guys are viable options for a thinned-out Blazers' frontcourt.
Apr 7 - 1:41 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu is listed in the starting lineup for Thursday's game vs. the Blazers.

This means Noah Vonleh will likely start at the five with Meyers Leonard coming off the bench. Aminu has been solid for the Blazers recently and his value gets a nice bump with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) out for the regular season. With averages of 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.8 triples over his last five games, Aminu is worth deploying in standard leagues.
Apr 6 - 12:49 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu finished with 11 points, four rebounds, two steals, an assist and a blocked shot over 31 minutes in Tuesday's 106-87 loss at Utah.

Aminu slid back into the starting five with Meyers Leonard back to a bench role. His fantasy value continues to trend upward with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) done for the season. He didn't have a giant stat line like he did in Monday's loss against the Timberwolves, but he is a nice mid-tier DFS selection down the stretch since it won't take much to surpass his salary expectations.
Apr 5 - 12:54 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu will start on Tuesday vs. the Jazz, sending Meyers Leonard to the bench.

This means Noah Vonleh will slide to center and Aminu will start as the small-ball four. His value is trending up with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) out for the regular season and he had a monster game on Monday with 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and four triples in 35 minutes, so he's a solid option even on an 11-game slate.
Apr 4 - 9:07 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu went off for 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting (2-of-2 FTs) in Monday's 110-109 loss to the Wolves.

This was his third game of the season with 20+ points. He went off for 11 points in the second quarter and never looked back, racking up seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and four triples in 35 minutes. Aminu played some small-ball center again tonight, so it's clear that he's going to have a big workload with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) out for the rest of the regular season. He's worth deploying in standard leagues the rest of the way and looks like a solid pickup along with Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh. Meyers Leonard is shaping up to be a bust.
Apr 3 - 10:11 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 12 points with six rebounds, three steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.

He should have a good amount of run going his way. Coach Terry Stotts has even used Aminu as a small-ball five even with Jusuf Nurkic in the mix, so expect that to continue depending on the matchup. Aminu was also losing a couple minutes due to Noah Vonleh playing so well lately, but now Vonleh will need to pick up around double-digit minutes at the five. Aminu should be owned in standard leagues.
Apr 2 - 12:28 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu played 31 minutes off the bench and hit 5-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, nine boards and two steals in Thursday's win over the Rockets.

Noah Vonleh was nearly invisible in 15 minutes tonight and Aminu and Moe Harkless really came through for the Blazers in this one. Aminu is heating up again, despite coming off the bench, and is averaging 15 points and nine boards over his last two games, and 11.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five. If he was dropped in your league, it looks like it may be time to pick him up, as he's also averaging 28 minutes over his last five games.
Mar 31 - 1:35 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday.

Aminu's minutes are trending down with Noah Vonleh playing well, but he got a small bump with Moe Harkless in foul trouble tonight. He was only averaging 8.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, 0.9 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in March prior to tonight, and keep in mind that the Blazers only have two more games this week. He's more of a streaming option in deeper leagues.
Mar 29 - 12:54 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu was held to single-digit points for the fifth straight game on Sunday, making his only shot attempt to score three points with five rebounds in 23 minutes.

Aminu was playing well to begin the month, but he's fallen off a cliff in the past 10 days. Noah Vonleh is playing very well, Evan Turner is healthy, and the Blazers' simply have too many interchangeable parts to expect Aminu to emerge as a reliable asset down the stretch.
Mar 19 - 9:44 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Shabazz Napier
3Isaiah Briscoe
SG1C.J. McCollum
2Evan Turner
3Pat Connaughton
4C.J. Wilcox
SF1Moe Harkless
2Jake Layman
PF1Al-Farouq Aminu
2Caleb Swanigan
3Noah Vonleh
C1Jusuf Nurkic
2Zach Collins
3Meyers Leonard
4Ed Davis