Use It or Lose It

Use It or Lose It
Mike Gallagher discusses the usage rates of a handful of players who have created some buzz in fantasy leagues.
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Bradley Beal made just 4-of-14 shots off Washington's bench in Tuesday's tough loss, scoring 13 points with one 3-pointer, six rebounds, one steal and a game-high seven turnovers.

It seems like only a matter of time before Garrett Temple is benched and Beal starts alongside John Wall, so Beal's owners should remain patient. The self-proclaimed best backcourt in the NBA had its struggles tonight, however, as Wall and Beal combined for a whopping 13 turnovers in a three-point defeat.
Nov 25 - 9:50 PM

Paul Pierce had 14 points in Tuesday's home loss vs. Atlanta, and in the process he passed Jerry West to become the 17th-leading scorer in NBA history.

Pierce overtook West with point number 25,194, a testament to his durability as well as his elite scoring ability. The 37-year-old has settled in nicely with the Wizards this year, returning mid-round value with averages of 13.1 points, 1.3 triples, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.7 steals per game.
Nov 25 - 9:50 PM

Garrett Temple had another quiet game on Tuesday with five points, three assists and one steal vs. the Hawks, but he continues to start at SG ahead of Bradley Beal.

Temple got off to a fast start this season but to say he's slowed down is an understatement -- he's scored a combined 21 points in the Wizards' past eight games. He's a steady source of steals, which could come in handy in very deep formats, but that's about it.
Nov 25 - 9:49 PM

Starting in place of Nene (foot) on Tuesday, Kris Humphries logged 22 minutes and had seven points (2-of-7 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), 10 rebounds and three turnovers.

Humphries has been playing well off the bench since recovering from a hand laceration that limited him during the preseason, and he's worth a look in deeper leagues as long as Nene is on the sidelines. Just be mindful that he's a sub-par FT shooter who won't contribute much beyond points and rebounds.
Nov 25 - 9:49 PM

Otto Porter (hamstring) returned to action on Tuesday with six points, three rebounds and two turnovers in 20 minutes off the Wizards' bench.

Porter sat out Saturday's game as a precaution but the injury was never considered serious and he looked fine tonight. As long as Paul Pierce is healthy, however, there's no reason to own Porter in typical fantasy formats.
Nov 25 - 9:48 PM

Kyle Korver had a rough night vs. the Wizards on Tuesday, going 0-of-3 from the field to finish with two points, four rebounds, one assist and four turnovers in 25 minutes.

Korver is shooting 56.7 percent on 5.5 attempts per game from beyond the arc, which will shatter a few NBA records if he keeps it up all season. Every team's scouting report focuses on never leaving Korver open on the perimeter, so he'll have a few rough games whenever the Hawks can't spring him free with screens and set plays. Stick with him through the droughts and it will pay off richly.
Nov 25 - 9:47 PM

Jeff Teague had 28 points (8-of-18 FGs, 12-of-15 FTs), three assists, two steals and one block in Tuesday's impressive road win, giving him three straight games with at least 20 points.

Teague has three single-digit scoring games this year but they shouldn't obscure his value, as he's currently the 12th best point guard to own in 9-cat leagues. Kyle Korver is shooting lights-out from beyond the arc, and guards Shelvin Mack and Dennis Schroder are also playing well in reserve roles, giving Atlanta enviable backcourt depth.
Nov 25 - 9:47 PM
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

Al Horford was limited by foul trouble during Tuesday's game, playing only 23 minutes and finishing with seven points, seven boards, two assists and one block.

He made 3-of-4 shots and it wasn't a total bust for fantasy owners, who should take his rare foul-plagued dud in stride. He'd scored double-digit points in four straight games prior to Tuesday and should begin a new streak vs. Toronto on Wednesday.
Nov 25 - 9:46 PM
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