Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:

Kobe Bryant (soreness) is listed as probable to play against the Suns on Sunday.

The Lakers did list him as probable for Christmas against the Bulls and he missed that game, so this probable tag should be viewed as more of a questionable one. Bryant has complained about his Achilles and his entire body not being at 100 percent, so his owners will want to check back. Wayne Ellington is obviously much less appealing should Kobe make it back.
Dec 27 - 4:27 PM

Julius Randle (leg) has shed his crutches and is now traveling with the team on road trips.

While he is still ruled out for the season, it is great to see the rookie making progress from his gruesome leg injury he suffered during the season opener. We will continue to monitor his progress closely and pass along updates as needed.
Dec 27 - 9:17 AM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis double-doubled with 10 points, 11 boards and one block in Friday's loss to the Mavs.

Davis hit just 1-of-6 shots from the field but 8-of-10 shots from the foul line to go with two assists. Kobe's eventual return could spoil his production, but he has played well enough lately and has enough upside to be owned in all standard formats.
Dec 27 - 3:48 AM

Wayne Ellington scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting with two threes, five boards, three assists and two steals in Friday's loss.

Ellington has played decently with Kobe out but that could change as soon as Sunday, but owners can file this away for when the shutdown bug starts to hit in the second half of the season in L.A.
Dec 27 - 3:46 AM

Nick Young hit 5-of-8 threes but missed his other eight shots from the field, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes off the bench on Friday.

Young is never going to be an efficiency monster and he has done enough recently to be owned in most formats. In 20 games this season, he is averaging 14.9 points with 2.5 treys and 1.2 combined steals and blocks while hitting 40 percent from the field and 89 percent from the line -- good for top 75-110 value in 8- and 9-cat formats, respectively.
Dec 27 - 3:44 AM

Jeremy Lin scored five points on 2-of-8 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three blocks in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday.

Lin has top 120-150 (8/9 cat) value in a season dominated by Kobe Bryant, which may be changing a bit to favor the little guys now that Kobe has been forced to look at his own role in the Lakers' disaster. This line has flaws and Lin's performance this season can be picked apart, but knowing things can't get much worse this 'floor' may deserve the benefit of the doubt.
Dec 27 - 3:41 AM

Kobe Bryant (general soreness) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Mavs, but coach Byron Scott likes Kobe's chances of playing Sunday vs. the Suns.

Kobe was doubtful heading into this one, so this news shouldn't come as a surprise. "I just need to kind of hit the reset button," said Bryant. "What happens is my body realizes how messed up it is. Then everything starts hurting. It’s an opportunity to treat everything." While Kobe is sidelined, Nick Young, Wes Johnson, Wayne Ellington, and Carlos Boozer will all see some increased opportunity on offense.

Kobe Bryant is listed as questionable for Friday against the Mavericks.

He said earlier that his Achilles is sore and his chances of playing tonight are slim, so his Bryant's fantasy owners should plan on him sitting. Wayne Ellington will likely get another start while Wes Johnson should have a higher usage rate.
Dec 26 - 6:30 PM

Ryan Kelly (hamstring) was spotted going through some shooting drills on Friday.

He's targeting January for his return, so he's getting close. However, he's buried on the bench in LA, and simply isn't worth owning in any league. Leave him on the wire.
Dec 26 - 6:07 PM

Kobe Bryant said both of his Achilles are sore, and his chances to play Friday night vs. the Mavs are "slim."

Wayne Ellington, Nick Young, Wes Johnson, and Carlos Boozer will all be given more offensive responsibilities with Bryant on the sidelines. Nick Young has been struggling lately sans Kobe, going 6-of-19 from the field through his past two outings, so he makes for a risky option in daily leagues.

Coach Bryon Scott told Wayne Ellington and the Lakers that "it could be a week" before Kobe Bryant returns to a game action.

This is another weird story and Bryant was probable for Thursday, so Scott basically pulled a coach Tom Thibodeau here. Bryant said before the game that he's just feeling old, which is not a surprise because he's struggled so much considering how much he's carrying his team. His fantasy owners should bench him for now. Wes Johnson is worth a look in all leagues while Wayne Ellington could play more in the starting lineup.
Dec 26 - 12:08 AM

Ryan Kelly (hamstring) will work out on Saturday and he could see increased work at practice on Sunday.

If those workouts go well, he could go through some practice on Monday. Kelly has already aggravated his hamstring injury once, so the Lakers won't be in a rush to bring him along. He's not worth owning in any fantasy league.
Dec 25 - 11:13 PM

Ronnie Price played 29 minutes during a 113-93 loss against the Bulls on Christmas, making 3-of-7 from the field for seven points with eight rebounds, three steals and one 3-pointer.

It's been a straight split for Price at point guard in his previous eight starts, averaging 6.4 points, 1.8 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.6 triples on 33.3 percent from the field in 23.8 minutes per game. He's only worth owning in deep leagues.
Dec 25 - 11:01 PM

Carlos Boozer played just 17 minutes off the bench against the Bulls on Thursday with 14 points and five rebounds.

He made 7-of-11 from the field and has seen his shots go up while he's out there with Kobe Bryant out. In fact, Boozer did not have a game with a usage rate above 28 before Tuesday, but he's been over 30 for each of his last two games. He's a low-upside hold in standard leagues.
Dec 25 - 10:58 PM

Jeremy Lin scored six points with one rebound, two assists and two steals on 2-of-8 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday.

He had a nice game on Tuesday, but couldn't get anything going tonight. Over his last 13 games, Lin has averaged just 7.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.6 turnovers and 0.7 triples on 32.7 percent from the field. That's not going to get it done for fantasy owners in standard leagues, so his owners should have their eyes peeled for a pickup.
Dec 25 - 10:54 PM


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