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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 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

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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

Al-Farouq Aminu came off the bench on Sunday for nine points on 3-of-8 shooting, but he added 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

Aminu's lone make from the perimeter was a crucial bucket to stop a Suns run in the fourth quarter. He's quietly posting mid-round value in 31.3 minutes since the All-Star break, and shouldn't take a big hit even once Evan Turner (hand) returns to action.
Mar 12 - 11:54 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu hit just 1-of-7 shots for two points, five rebounds, two steals, two blocks and four turnovers in Thursday's 114-108 overtime win against the Sixers.

As if Aminu's game wasn't bad enough, he threw a terrible pass off a steal that gave the ball back to the Sixers with a 97-95 lead with 11.8 seconds left on the clock. Robert Covington hit a put-back at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, but the Blazers were able to hang on for the win. Aminu was coming in hot, scoring in double digits in three straight games and he should bounce back on Saturday against the Wizards.
Mar 10 - 1:45 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 23 points with six rebounds, one assist and five 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Nets on Saturday.

He was cooking with gas, but obviously it helps to go against the Nets. Aminu has come out strong since returning from his knee injury, averaging 13.0 points, 6.5 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.8 treys. Noah Vonleh is not playing well and Meyers Leonard has to play straight five, so Aminu should be worth owning in standard leagues now that he can make shots.
Mar 5 - 1:15 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 14 points with six rebounds, one assist, one block, three steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

Even though he's not starting, Aminu is playing well off the bench right now. In his three games since returning from injury, Aminu averaged 9.7 points, 6.7 boards, 1.0 blocks, 1.3 steals and 0.7 treys. Now that he can actually make a shot, Aminu is worth a long look in standard leagues.
Mar 3 - 2:10 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu missed all five of his shots and finished Tuesday's 120-113 overtime loss to the Pistons with just two points, six rebounds, a steal, a block and five turnovers in 24 minutes off the bench.

Aminu's been back from his knee injury for two games and had 13 points, eight boards and a block on Sunday. He was pretty awful tonight, but should get back into a groove once he's fully healthy again. He's not a must-own player while coming off the bench and struggling, but there's a good chance that he'll right the ship soon and move back into the starting lineup for the Blazers. Just try to hang in there with him.
Feb 28 - 11:13 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu came off the bench on Sunday for 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes vs. the Raptors.

Aminu made 6-of-6 free throws tonight, which continues a surprising recent trend -- he's a lousy career FT shooter, but he made 87.5 percent in January and is at 86.7 percent in February. He was hot prior to injuring his left knee, and there's a good chance he'll overtake Noah Vonleh (21 minutes) for the starting PF job before too long.
Feb 26 - 8:59 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (left knee) is good to go for Sunday's game against the Raptors.

Trail Blazers beat writer Mike Richman speculates that Aminu will be coming off the bench in his first game back following a two-game absence, meaning that Noah Vonleh would remain Portland's starting power forward. Still, Aminu's numbers have actually been slightly better as a reserve this season, so feel free to get him active.
Feb 26 - 4:47 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (left knee) is probable for Sunday against the Raptors.

He looks like he's going to be back after missing his last two games. The Blazers only had Noah Vonleh as their only other power forward, so they had to shift Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless out of position in the last two games. If healthy, Aminu should be looking at close to 30 minutes and would be worth a look in standard leagues.
Feb 25 - 3:54 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Magic.

This is not a good sign at all after Aminu had all of the All-Star break to rest up, and for now, we'll be considering him doubtful for Sunday's game against the Raptors as well. With both Evan Turner (hand) and Aminu out of commission on Thursday night, Noah Vonleh or Meyers Leonard could draw the start at power forward, and Moe Harkless should be able to flirt with minutes in the 30s.

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

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

Depth Charts

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