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Al-Farouq Aminu | Forward | #8

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 220
College: Wake Forest
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (8) / LAC
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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

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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

Al-Farouq Aminu scored eight points with seven rebounds in 27 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

He shouldn't be affected too much with the return of Evan Turner (hand). Aminu has shifted to a straight PF these days and he's shot the ball better lately, making 50 percent from the field in March. Aminu has been a ninth-round player in standard leagues this month, which is pretty close to his peak value going forward. You could do worse, but you could possibly do better, too.
Mar 18 - 9:18 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu missed all three of his shots and scored one point with 10 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's ugly loss to the Pelicans.

Aminu would be a lot more fun to own if he was starting over Noah Vonleh, but it's not going to happen. Aminu had some nice games in February and early March, but he's struggling right now, averaging just 7.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.4 blocks on 40 percent shooting over his last five games. He's still a hold and his rebounds are holding his fantasy value intact, but he's been offensively disappointing for a couple weeks now.
Mar 14 - 10:50 PM

Terry Stotts said that he'll use Al-Farouq Aminu as Anthony Davis' primary defender on Tuesday.

While Stotts said that he'll keep Aminu with the second unit, it sounds like Aminu could flirt with minutes in the high-30s tonight as he matches up with Davis. He's been a steady top-70 play over the past month, so make sure you have him active. Noah Vonleh will likely get the start tonight, but he can't be considered a viable target in almost any setting.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Aminu has played at least 30 minutes in each of the last six games, so while not much is changing here, this statement does seem to suggest he could see a mild uptick in court time. Over those six games, Aminu has failed to top 25 FPs just once, so his floor is fairly high considering his DFS asking price across the industry. There isn't a ton of available value on Tuesday, and Aminu is setting up as one of the premier cheap plays on the slate.
Source: CSN NW
Mar 14 - 2:38 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Shabazz Napier
SG1C.J. McCollum
2Allen Crabbe
3Pat Connaughton
4Tim Quarterman
SF1Moe Harkless
2Evan Turner
3Jake Layman
PF1Al-Farouq Aminu
2Zach Collins
3Noah Vonleh
4Caleb Swanigan
C1Jusuf Nurkic
2Meyers Leonard
3Ed Davis
4Festus Ezeli