Player News - Nets

Date: Team: Pos:

D'Angelo Russell (knee) will not play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

Russell did not practice on Tuesday, but he'll be active at Wednesday morning's shootaround. He recently went through a 5-on-5 scrimmage with Brooklyn's G-League affiliate, so he has to be close. His next opportunity to get out there will be Friday against Miami. Allen Crabbe could head back to the second unit once Russell gets back to the court, and Caris LeVert's value could take a hit.
Jan 16 - 2:44 PM

Tyler Zeller (hip) returned to the starting lineup on Monday against the Knicks, finishing with five points over 12 minutes.

Zeller's playing time was a bit limited, but he was able to go for three rebounds on 2-of-4 shooting and help out with a 3-pointer. His return sent Quincy Acy back to the bench, although the latter was more effective even as a reserve. The team has a logjam of centers, as Acy, Zeller, Jarrett Allen and Jahlil Okafor are all fighting for minutes, so it isn't an ideal situation for fantasy owners at the moment.
Jan 15 - 6:50 PM

Caris LeVert posted 20 points in 30 minutes off the bench in Monday's 119-104 loss against the visiting Knicks.

There weren't many Nets feeling good about themselves in this MLK Day loss against the crosstown rivals, but LeVert certainly wasn't hanging his head. He went 8-of-20 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc, and he chipped in with seven rebounds, an assist and a steal. LeVert is one of a handful of younger Nets who should be leaned upon heavily down the stretch in the team's second half, so his fantasy value will remain constant.
Jan 15 - 6:42 PM

Allen Crabbe ended up with just six points over 35 minutes in Monday's 119-104 loss against the Knicks while picking up five personal fouls.

Crabbe had a rough time of it at both ends of the court, getting into foul trouble and missing badly with his shot. He was just 1-of-7 from the field while chipping in with three assists, three rebounds and a blocked shot. He had been picking it up on offense lately, and is still worth grabbing off the waiver wire despite this stinker if he is available.
Jan 15 - 6:37 PM
Quincy Acy - F/C - Nets

Quincy Acy was back to the bench Monday against the Knicks with Tyler Zeller (hip) back, but Acy responded with 13 points over 22 minutes.

The double-digit scoring performance was actually Acy's first of January, as he was averaging just 5.5 points per game in his previous seven outings in the month. he can be a cheap source of rebounds for fantasy owners in deeper leagues, and he has three blocked shots over his past two outings. However, he is also fighting for crumbs with Jarrett Allen and Jahlil Okafor, so not much to see here.
Jan 15 - 6:34 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie finished Monday's game against the Knicks with just eight points on 2-of-14 shooting.

Dinwiddie has been a rising start in fantasy this season, but this was certainly a clunker. He was 0-of-4 from behind the 3-point line, but at least able to salvage the fantasy line somewhat with his five assists and four rebounds while going 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. This comes on the heels of an ugly 2-of-10 shooting night last time out in Washington. It won't get much easier with the defensive-minded Spurs on the horizon Wednesday night, but don't panic. Dinwiddie's overall body of fantasy work has been stellar and he'll snap out of it.
Jan 15 - 6:29 PM

DeMarre Carroll went for 22 points with eight rebounds, three assists and a steal over 30 minutes in Monday's 119-104 loss against the Nets.

Carroll was 6-of-13 from the field, including 2-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, and the 'Junkyard Dog' posted career highs with free-throws made (eight) and attempts (nine). Carroll is averaging 16.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game over his past three outings. He remains a solid source of cheap boards, steals and triples for most fantasy owners.
Jan 15 - 6:26 PM

D'Angelo Russell was able to go through a 5-on-5 scrimmage at Monday's practice in the G-League.

This was his first 5-on-5 scrimmage since the injury, confirming that Russell should be back any day now. Coach Kenny Atkinson said he would like to see Russell practice with the Nets before returning, so if he practices on Thursday then we could see him make his return on Friday vs. the Heat.
Jan 15 - 1:32 PM

Tyler Zeller (hip) will start against the Knicks on Monday, sending Quincy Acy back to the bench.

He missed Saturday's game with his hip issue, but he should be ready for his normal allotment of minutes tonight. The Nets are trying to find minutes for three other centers in Jarrett Allen, Jahlil Okafor and Quincy Acy, so this isn't ideal for fantasy owners.
Jan 15 - 1:28 PM

The Nets will sign forward James Webb III to a two-way contract.

In 21 G-League games, Webb posted averages of 11.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.0 steals. The Nets have five centers, but don't have great depth at forward behind Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and DeMarre Carroll. For now, Webb is safe to ignore in fantasy leagues.
Jan 15 - 12:37 PM

D'Angelo Russell (knee) has been assigned to the G-League.

He'll practice in the G-League while the Nets take on the Knicks, but he'll be recalled right after. This is part of his rehab and maybe he'll go through some 5-on-5 for the first time. He's set to return any day now and should be owned everywhere.
Jan 15 - 10:37 AM

Tyler Zeller (hip) is being listed as probable for Monday's matchup with the Knicks.

Zeller missed Saturday's game with the hip issue, but it looks like it'll just be a one-game absence. His return should shift Quincy Acy back to the second unit, and Jarrett Allen's minutes could take a hit.
Jan 14 - 4:25 PM

D'Angelo Russell (knee) will not play Monday vs. the Knicks, according to multiple sources of Nets Daily.

Russell still hasn't been able to go through any 5-on-5 work, although he did recently go through some 3-on-3 drills and looked good according to head coach Kenny Atkinson. The Nets will practice again on Tuesday, and if Russell is able to go through 5-on-5, full-contact work, there's a chance he could make it back out there for Wednesday's game against the Spurs. He's close enough that he needs to be stashed in all leagues.
Jan 14 - 3:12 PM

Caris LeVert's shot was off again in Saturday's overtime loss in Washington, but he was able to finish with 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists over 35 minutes.

LeVert had an ugly 5-of-16 shooting night, including 1-of-7 from behind the 3-point line, and he is shooting just 34.4 percent (21-of-61) in five games in the month of January. With his shot not falling, he contributed in other ways, posting a season-high eight boards while his dimes were his third-most of the season. In the second half of the season you can expect the Nets to lean heavily on their younger players, and that means LeVert could see an even larger role down the stretch.
Jan 13 - 10:20 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie hit just 4-of-16 from the field, including 2-of-10 from behind the arc, to finish with 13 points across 35 minutes in Saturday's overtime setback at Washington.

Dinwiddie was able to chip in with six rebounds, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot to salvage the line for fantasy owners in standard leagues, but his awful field-goal percentage killed those in 9-cat formats. Chalk it up as one bad outing. More worrisome is the impending return of D'Angelo Russell, and how that will be handled. For now, head coach Kenny Atkinson has said he's considering starting both of them together, but it will be interesting to see whether his fantasy value takes a hit or not.
Jan 13 - 10:16 PM


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