Player News - Hornets

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Marvin Williams played through a sore toe on Monday and finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer on 5-of-12 shooting in 29 minutes.

Maybe he should ding up his toe more often, as this was one of his best games in recent memory. Williams went to the locker room with the injury, but was able to come back quickly and continue the game. Just keep an eye out for news on Tuesday if you own him, but we're guessing he's fine.
Jan 23 - 9:40 PM

Marco Belinelli came off the bench and hit 5-of-12 shots, two 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws for 18 points, three rebounds,, two assists and a steal in 29 minutes on Monday.

The 18 points were the most he's scored since Dec. 17 and he's now scored in double figures in three of his last four games. He's far from a must-own player, but if you need some points and threes, he's worth a look right now, as long as he can stay hot. The fact that Nicolas Batum had one of his worst games of the season helped Belinelli see 29 minutes, which is the most he's played in the month of January.
Jan 23 - 9:37 PM

Nicolas Batum hit just 2-of-9 shots for four points, seven rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes of Monday's 109-99 loss to the Wizards.

Batum didn't have a 3-pointer, steal or block tonight, marking just the fourth time this season he didn't have at least one of them in a game. He'd hit double figures in scoring in his previous three games and has been dynamite since returning from his knee injury, so don't be too discouraged by tonight's disappointing line. He'll bounce back.
Jan 23 - 9:34 PM

Cody Zeller hit 4-of-7 shots and 5-of-5 free throws for 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks before fouling out of Monday's 109-99 loss to the Wizards.

Zeller's line might have been even more impressive had he not fouled out, while Roy Hibbert played just 12 minutes off the bench for five points and two rebounds, despite Zeller's disqualification. Zeller is basically a must-own center right now and this game backs up that thinking.
Jan 23 - 9:31 PM

Marvin Williams (right big toe contusion) has returned on Monday vs. the Wizards.

He briefly left the game and went back to the locker room, but he returned to the bench moments later and quickly checked back into the game. We'll have an update after the game, but this sounds very minor. Frank Kaminsky will benefit if this issue lingers.
Jan 23 - 7:44 PM

Brian Roberts (illness) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Wizards.

Roberts rarely makes appearances in the rotation, so his absence from tonight's game will have a negligible impact in fantasy hoops.
Jan 23 - 5:53 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 17 points with 14 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in a 112-105 win over the Nets on Saturday.

Yep, it's still nice for small forwards to play the Nets. This was his best scoring game since the season opener, making 7-of-11 from the field in this one. Kidd-Gilchrist only made 41.7 percent from the field and his defensive stats have really fallen off. This great game doesn't really move the needle on him. Start small forwards in DFS against the Nets.
Jan 21 - 10:18 PM

Cody Zeller scored 12 points with nine rebounds, three assists and one block in 31 minutes against the Nets on Saturday.

This resembles the Zeller we should get going forward over the one that saw just 24.0 minutes per game in the previous two. Zeller has been a top-100 player in his last 10 games, which is probably around where he'll be the rest of the way with a little mid-round upside when he's in a groove.
Jan 21 - 10:14 PM

Jeremy Lamb (foot) will not play on Saturday against the Nets.

The updates have been pretty sparse on Lamb, so he's likely looking at a few more games out. With him out, it'll be Marco Belinelli and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist getting more solidified roles.
Jan 21 - 6:38 PM

Kemba Walker scored 32 points in a 113-78 win over the Raptors on Friday, adding four rebounds, eight assists and six 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

It's been a while since we've see a Kemba explosion like this one with only 21.4 points per game in his previous five. We'd love to call this an All-Star snub game, but Walker said he didn't really care about that. "I really don’t care, honestly," Walker said. "It’s really starting to get old, hearing about it. If my name is called, I’ll be super excited. But if not, I’ll just have to move on." He has a great chance to be a reserve, but the East guards are stacked.
Jan 20 - 10:16 PM

Cody Zeller played 23 minutes against the Raptors on Friday with 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and one turnover.

Roy Hibbert had a decent game again and the game got to garbage time, so that explains the dip in playing time. Zeller has been flirting with mid-round value in 2017, so he's still a hold in standard leagues.
Jan 20 - 10:15 PM

Jeremy Lamb (inflamed metatarsal) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

This will be the fourth straight game Lamb has missed due to the foot injury. We have yet to receive a formal indication from the team regarding when Lamb is expected to return to the lineup. Marco Belinelli played well of the Hornets bench on Wednesday, scoring 13 points (on 5-of-8 shooting) and grabbing five boards in 24 minutes.
Jan 20 - 10:02 AM

Marco Belinelli made 5-of-8 shots on Wednesday with one 3-pointer, finishing with 13 points, five boards, three assists and one steal.

Belinelli came in shooting an abysmal 28.3 percent in January. He missed five games in late December and early January, and coach Steve Clifford suggested that he was still struggling because he's "such a rhythm player." He finally gained some traction tonight, but isn't really worth owning unless you need 3-pointers in a deep league.
Jan 18 - 11:00 PM

The Hornets snapped their five-game losing streak on Wednesday, aided by Nicolas Batum's 17 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

Batum leads the Hornets with 7.4 rebounds per game, and he's also posting career-best numbers in scoring (15.0 points per game) and assists (5.8). He's flirting with second-round value over the past month, despite a recent shooting slump, and he's a good bet to finish in the top-50 for roto.
Jan 18 - 10:59 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished Wednesday's game with nine points (3-of-7 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), five rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal in 31 minutes.

"We have to get ourselves right. We have to get back to what we've been for four years," coach Steve Clifford said recently. "Defense first, compete on every play, play smart." The defensive end is MKG's wheelhouse, and he helped Charlotte hold the Blazers to just 85 points on 35.1 percent shooting tonight. He may never be a great asset offensively, but he's worth a look if you need boards and some defensive stats.
Jan 18 - 10:57 PM

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