Player News - Grizzlies

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Memphis coach David Fizdale heaped praise on rookie Dillon Brooks after his big performance on Wednesday vs. New Orleans.

"I don’t expect it, but it’s not like it was a surprise to me," Fizdale said of Brooks' 19 points, five rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocks in 29 minutes. "I just know that he’s going to have an impact on the game whether he’s scoring or not. I’ve just got a lot of confidence in him. He’s ready." The Grizzlies depth on the wings isn't very inspiring and James Ennis, Chandler Parsons and Andrew Harrison were all underwhelming, so it's possible that Brooks could become the wing player to own in Memphis. He'll be a popular waiver-wire pickup to see if he can stay hot.
Oct 19 - 9:50 AM

Chandler Parsons was booed by the home crowd on Wednesday, so he said he may have to treat home games like he's on the road.

"They can boo me, they can sarcastically cheer me, they can do whatever they want," Parsons said. "It’s tasteless , man, it makes no sense." Grizzlies fans are obviously frustrated with the $94 million investment and his season got off to a slow start with six points, four rebounds and one steal in 15 minutes off the bench. With JaMychal Green picking up an ankle injury on Wednesday, Parsons will need to step up for Memphis.
Oct 19 - 9:24 AM

James Ennis started for the Grizzlies on Wednesday, chipping in five points, two assists and one rebound in 19 minutes.

Ennis knocked down both of his shot attempts, including a 3-pointer, but his paltry usage rate and low minutes are both issues. He's best left unowned outside of deep leagues.
Oct 19 - 1:56 AM

Tyreke Evans (ankle) made 4-of-12 shots to score 11 points on Wednesday, adding five boards and two assists in 20 minutes.

The veteran swingman begins the season in a bench role, but the key for his fantasy appeal is health -- he's appeared in just 65 games over the past two seasons combined. Evans was a quality fantasy option as recently as 2014-15, but a lot can change in a few years.
Oct 19 - 1:55 AM

Andrew Harrison started for Memphis on Wednesday but shot just 1-of-6 from the field for two points, two rebounds, one assist and one block in 19 minutes.

Harrison could get an extended audition, but he's given us no reason to expect sustained fantasy value. Ben McLemore (foot surgery) also looms as a threat once he's cleared to play, and there should be higher-upside options than Harrison on your waiver wire.
Oct 19 - 1:54 AM

Brandan Wright stepped up on Wednesday with JaMychal Green (ankle) injured, coming off the bench for 10 points, four rebounds, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

Wright's per-minute fantasy production has always been impressive, but injuries and a limited bench role have conspired to hold him in check. JaMychal Green (ankle) left early tonight and is scheduled for an MRI on Thursday, so if he misses extended time Wright will be worth a look in most formats as a cheap source of FG%, rebounds and blocks.
Oct 19 - 1:53 AM

Chandler Parsons had a quiet season opener on Wednesday, posting six points, four rebounds and one steal in 15 minutes off the bench.

Parsons begins the season as the Grizzlies' backup PF, a role that does his fantasy value no favors, and his minutes were limited tonight despite the early exit of JaMychal Green (ankle). His fantasy appeal was already questionable due to multiple knee surgeries, and coach David Fizdale's understandable reluctance to play him heavy minutes could be the final straw.
Oct 19 - 1:53 AM

Jarell Martin started the second half of Wednesday's season opener, following JaMychal Green's early exit with an ankle injury.

Martin logged 19 minutes tonight but he didn't do much with the expanded role, going 1-of-6 from the field for two points, five rebounds, one block and four turnovers. It doesn't look like Memphis is comfortable starting Chandler Parsons, and Brandan Wright is a natural center, so Martin could be the logical choice to start if Green's MRI reveals structural damage on Thursday.
Oct 19 - 1:52 AM

Grizzlies rookie Dillon Brooks went off in his debut on Wednesday, scoring 19 points with five rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocks in 29 minutes off the bench.

Brooks showed flashes of potential in the preseason, but nothing suggested he'd post a well-rounded fantasy line in his NBA debut. JaMychal Green's early exit opened up the rotation, and starters James Ennis and Andrew Harrison did little to advance their own cause tonight, so credit to the rookie for taking full advantage. Grab him if you have a likely roster spot, but don't cut a reliable player for him after one (very) nice game.
Oct 19 - 1:51 AM

JaMychal Green was helped off the court on Wednesday with a left ankle injury, and he is scheduled for an MRI on Thursday.

Not good. Green rolled his ankle when he stepped on Dante Cunningham's foot, and two trainers helped him limp into the locker room. We'll update his status once the test results are known. If he's forced to miss time both Chandler Parsons and Brandan Wright should be asked to pick up the slack.
Oct 18 - 8:26 PM

Tyreke Evans (right ankle) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

Evans has been unable to stay healthy, missing nearly 100 games over the last two seasons due to a variety of injuries. He was sidelined early in camp due to migraine headaches and is now dealing with an ankle injury. With Ben McLemore (foot) out indefinitely and Wayne Selden (quad) ruled out for the season opener, the Grizz will be dangerously thin at shooting guard if Evans can't suit up. Andrew Harrison will likely draw the start, and James Ennis would also see an uptick in minutes.
Oct 17 - 6:31 PM

Wayne Selden (right quad) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

He was initially being listed as a game-time call, but the Grizzlies will instead play it safe and keep Selden on the sidelines for the first game of the season. Andrew Harrison will be the starting two-guard for Memphis in the opener, and if Tyreke Evans (ankle) is also unable to give it a go, Harrison could be forced into heavy minutes on Wednesday night. Selden can be ignored in most leagues.
Oct 17 - 6:22 PM

Andrew Harrison will start at shooting guard in Memphis' regular-season opener vs. New Orleans on Wednesday.

Through 18 starts last season, Harrison only managed to produce averages of 8.1 points, 3.9 assists, 2.5 boards and not much else on 29.3 percent shooting, so him getting the start doesn't really move the needle at all in fantasy hoops.
Oct 17 - 2:45 PM

Wayne Selden (quad) will be a game-time decision in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pelicans.

Selden was able to get through most of Tuesday's practice, so maybe he'll be able to get out there for opening night. Andrew Harrison has already been named the starting two-guard for Wednesday, so if Selden does play, he'll likely be splitting minutes with Harrison off the bench, which is not ideal in terms of fantasy hoops.
Oct 17 - 2:37 PM

James Ennis and Andrew Harrison will be in the starting lineup for Memphis on Wednesday.

Ennis played very well through the preseason, securing his spot in the starting five, so it looks like the starting small forward position is his to lose. Harrison is more of a fill-in starter with Wayne Selden (quad) and Ben McLemore (foot) banged up, and while both these guys see a minor uptick in value as starter, neither one should be expected to command much fantasy value. Joining them in the starting five will be Mike Conley, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol.


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