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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 (knee) will not play against the Jazz on Wednesday.
This is a big blow for the Blazers rotation to finish up their first half. On Monday, Aminu played 39 minutes at power forward in the OT loss to the Hawks. It was Noah Vonleh picking up the remaining 14 power forward minutes, so this is likely his biggest opportunity of the season. Although, the Blazers will likely be going with some two-center lineups against a bigger Jazz team, so Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and maybe Jusuf Nurkic can all get involved today. To be clear, rolling Vonleh in fantasy is a very, very risky move on a 14-game night. Feb 15 - 2:40 PM

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Al-Farouq Aminu (left knee sprain) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

It's unclear exactly when Aminu suffered this injury, but it would make sense for Portland to just keep him on the sidelines on Wednesday to give him some extra rest heading into the All-Star break. If Aminu is out, Moe Harkless would easily see his minutes in the 30s and there would be some increased opportunity for Meyers Leonard to get on the court.
Feb 14 - 5:57 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu hit just 5-of-14 shots but also made four 3-pointers and finished Monday's overtime loss to the Hawks with 14 points, 15 rebounds and a steal in 39 minutes.

Aminu's been rolling, averaging 14.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.8 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games, and has hit double digits in scoring in three straight. He's getting 33 minutes a night right now and even though Aminu may continue to come off the bench, he's worth owning in all formats right now if you have someone to drop.
Feb 14 - 2:13 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu came off the bench and hit 8-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for a season-high 26 points, five rebounds and an assist in 31 minutes of Thursday's 120-111 loss to the Celtics.

Aminu was on fire tonight and hit all four of his shots in the fourth quarter, finishing it with 10 points and two 3-pointers. He's only scored 20 points four times for the Blazers and two of them have come against the Celtics, as he had his career-high 28 points in March of last year against Boston. Starters Noah Vonleh and Moe Harkless didn't do much of anything tonight, allowing Aminu to get loose for a huge night. He'll be inconsistent coming off the bench for the Blazers, but there's a chance he might get his starting job back soon after tonight's performance, while he double-doubled on Tuesday night. If you've got an empty roster spot to fill, taking a flier on Aminu makes a lot of sense, especially with Evan Turner out for the next month or so with a broken hand.
Feb 10 - 1:22 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 12 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two triples in 28 minutes vs. the Mavericks on Tuesday.

He finished 4-of-10 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line with one turnover. Aminu has only played six minutes at small forward all season, so he won't benefit too much from the injury to Evan Turner (fractured hand). He's playing better these days and is averaging 9.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 triples over his last five games, so give him a look if those numbers mesh well with your fantasy team.
Feb 7 - 11:49 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu went 1-of-8 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line on Sunday, on his way to seven points, seven boards, one assist, one 3-pointer, two steals, one block and one turnover in 32 minutes.

Aminu has been coming off the bench for Portland, but he's still consistently seeing his minutes in the 30s, so how he enters the game doesn't make much of a difference. He's a do-it-all kinda guy, but his shooting percentage (36.0 percent on the year) has really weighed down his value in standard leagues. His game translates much better in points formats.
Feb 5 - 6:25 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 14 points and hit a season-high four 3-pointers in Friday's loss to the Mavericks.

He started the second half in place of Noah Vonleh because the Blazers needed Evan Turner to guard Yogi Ferrell. Aminu hit 5-of-10 from the field and added eight boards and one assist, so it could be a matter of time before he reclaims his old spot in the starting lineup. Aminu is averaging 8.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.6 triples over his last five games, so he's just a low-end asset in standard leagues. The money stats are nice, though.
Feb 4 - 2:15 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu stuffed the stat sheet in Friday's win over the Grizzlies, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and two triples in 32 minutes.

Aminu finished 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line. He came off the bench again, while "starter" Noah Vonleh played 16 minutes and failed to score. Aminu was coming off a two-point dud vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, but his ability to contribute steals, blocks and 3-pointers puts him on the standard-league radar.
Jan 28 - 2:00 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 11 points with seven rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes off the bench against the Celtics on Saturday.

He played some minutes at the five in this game and his minutes were back where they should be. Aminu is playing much better these days, so he's put himself firmly on the standard league radar.
Jan 21 - 8:54 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu played 22 minutes off the bench against the 76ers on Friday with nine points, nine boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

The Blazers may have just wanted to be careful with Aminu, who has missed time two back and calf injuries this season. He's extremely important to their defense and has played much better as far as stats go. Aminu was a disaster to start the year, but he's put up eighth-round value in his last 10. Give him a look to see if his contributions help your team. We're expecting him to start in Boston on Saturday.
Jan 20 - 10:27 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu shot just 2-of-7 for seven points on Wednesday, but he also had seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

Moe Harkless had a similarly subtle line, with nine points, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer. Mason Plumlee added 10 boards, eight points and three swats tonight, but the end result was another defeat. The Blazers are 6-16 over the past six weeks and they've fallen a full game behind Denver for the No. 8 seed.
Jan 18 - 10:54 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds with eight points in Tuesday's win over the Lakers.

He also matched his season high in blocks (3), adding four assists and one triple in 29 minutes. Aminu is trending up and has played well in five straight games, averaging 11.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in that span. He's now worth owning in standard leagues after a slow start to the season.
Jan 11 - 1:07 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored a season-high 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting vs. Detroit, adding eight boards, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

Aminu committed just one turnover in 37 minutes during a double-overtime thriller in Portland. It's not encouraging that 16 points is a season-high in scoring for Aminu, but his minutes are way up in January at 34.7 per game, so there's some incentive to grab him as a speculative addition.
Jan 9 - 1:34 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu pitched in seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes on Wednesday, adding 12 points during a 125-117 loss to the Warriors.

Aminu has struggled with injuries all season, missing 18 of the Blazers' 37 games, but his biggest issue lately has been a lack of offense. Since returning on Dec. 21 he's scored single-digit points in seven straight games, with low usage and poor shooting, and his supporting stats (5.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.1 blocks) haven't been enough to make up the difference. Teammate Moe Harkless has been much more appealing for overall fantasy value this season.
Jan 5 - 1:57 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu made just one field goal for two points with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 35 minutes on Sunday against the Timberwolves.

He shot 1-of-7 from the field and missed both of his shot attempts from beyond the arc. Despite playing significant minutes, Aminu sports a low 15.4 percent usage rate. He is worth consideration in deeper leagues due to his contributions to rebounds and steals.
Jan 1 - 10:02 PM

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All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Shabazz Napier
SG1C.J. McCollum
2Allen Crabbe
3Pat Connaughton
4Tim Quarterman
SF1Moe Harkless
2Evan Turner
3Jake Layman
PF1Noah Vonleh
2Al-Farouq Aminu
C1Jusuf Nurkic
2Meyers Leonard
3Ed Davis
4Festus Ezeli