Player News - Grizzlies

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Marc Gasol hit a running jumper with 0.1 seconds left against the Rockets during a 102-100 win on Wednesday, finishing with 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists and one block on 10-of-14 from the field.

This was a huge win for Memphis because the Rockets were hot on their tails for the No. 2 seed, but now they have a 6.5 game cushion. As for Gasol, he was already coming in very hot in his previous six games since the break, averaging 17.3 points, 7.7 boards, 3.7 dimes, 2.2 blocks and 0.5 steals. He's a top-20 fantasy asset.
Mar 4 - 11:29 PM

Zach Randolph retuned from an illness during a win over the Rockets on Wednesday with 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals, one block and one turnover in 33 minutes.

He matched his season high for assists and steals in this one. Excluding steals and free throw percentage, Randolph saw all of his averages fall in February following a massive January. He should be somewhere in the middle with scoring in the high teens and double-digit boards.
Mar 4 - 11:25 PM

Beno Udrih returned from an illness on Wednesday against the Rockets with four points in 15 minutes.

As long as Mike Conley is active, Udrih is not going to have much value in fantasy leagues. Plus, Nick Calathes is playing good ball right now, too. Leave him on the wire.
Mar 4 - 11:21 PM

Mike Conley handled Patrick Beverley quite well in a win over the Rockets on Wednesday with 17 points, two rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer on 6-of-9 from the field.

It's his first game since the All-Star break with a field goal percentage over 50 percent. In those previous games, Conley averaged just 12.8 points, 3.0 boards, 5.3 dimes, 1.7 steals and 0.8 treys on 35.1 percent from the field. He's been one of the better guards for fantasy and he's a good bet to keep it going against the Lakers on Friday.
Mar 4 - 11:20 PM

Vince Carter (foot) is inactive for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.

Carter was questionable for games on Tuesday and Wednesday and he's nearing a return, but the 38-year-old will take his time to avoid any setbacks before the postseason. Even when he's healthy, Carter's limited bench role isn't conducive to fantasy value.
Mar 4 - 7:04 PM

Beno Udrih (illness) is available to play vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger isn't sure how many minutes Udrih will play, as he's not yet 100 percent recovered. Mike Conley and Nick Calathes will absorb extra playing time if Udrih is limited in a tough matchup vs. the third-seed Rockets.
Mar 4 - 6:42 PM

Zach Randolph (illness) will play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

The Grizzlies missed him badly on Tuesday and lost to the Jazz. Randolph has really started slow in the second half, averaging 13.8 points, 9.0 boards and 1.6 assists in his last five. He can be started in all leagues tonight.
Mar 4 - 6:42 PM

Zach Randolph (illness) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.

He was held out of Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz and his presence was clearly missed, as Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors destroyed the Grizzlies in the paint. If Z-Bo is cleared to play tonight he will be a must-start option in all leagues even if he isn't quite 100 percent. Kosta Koufos will shift to the bench and can be dropped in most leagues if Z-Bo is given the green light.
Mar 4 - 1:59 PM

Tony Allen will return from his one-game suspension vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

He was suspended for Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz due to an altercation between him and Nick Calathes during practice, but he should resume his normal role off the bench against the Rockets. Allen has season averages of just 8.1 points, 4.0 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.9 steals, so he is only worth a look in deeper leagues for the time being.
Mar 4 - 12:55 PM

Vince Carter (foot) is listed as questionable to play vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

Carter has been sidelined since Jan. 29, so the Grizzlies will likely ease him back into action upon his return. That being said, Carter had a very limited role off the bench prior to his injury, so owners in most leagues can monitor him from the waiver wire until further notice.
Mar 4 - 12:11 PM

Beno Udrih (illness) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.

He is averaging just 18.2 minutes per game this season in a backup role behind Mike Conley, so owners in most leagues can ignore this news. Rookie Jordan Adams took most of Udrih's minutes against the Jazz on Tuesday, and he would have another chance to impress head coach Dave Joerger should Udrih sit this one out.
Mar 4 - 12:10 PM

Zach Randolph (illness) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.

Z-Bo wasn't able to play on Tuesday vs. the Jazz, so his owners should have a backup plan ready. Check back for an update prior to tip-off before making any roster decisions, and expect Kosta Koufos to draw another start if Z-Bo is unable to play. To be clear, Koufos is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
Mar 4 - 12:09 PM

Jeff Green scored just six points on 3-of-13 shooting in a loss to the Jazz on Tuesday, adding six boards, four assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes.

He is in the midst of a horrible slump, averaging 9.6 points, 4.4 boards and 2.6 assists while shooting just over 33 percent from the field over his last five games. It's pretty obvious that his departure from Boston was detrimental to his fantasy value, and he is going to be a tough player to own in most leagues moving forward.
Mar 3 - 11:20 PM

Courtney Lee scored 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting in a loss to the Jazz on Tuesday, adding five boards, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

It was the most minutes he had played since Jan. 11, but that was simply because the Grizzlies were without Tony Allen (suspension) and Beno Udrih (illness). Lee was averaging 10.7 points, 2.4 boards, 2.1 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.3 3-pointers per game this season prior to tonight, so owners in standard leagues can definitely do better.
Mar 3 - 11:11 PM

Kosta Koufos started in place of Zach Randolph (illness) on Tuesday vs. the Jazz, scoring six points with 10 boards and one assist in 34 minutes.

Koufos is a decent streaming option in daily leagues whenever Marc Gasol or Zach Randolph are inactive, but owners searching for long-term value should look the other way. The Grizzlies play the Rockets on Wednesday, so Koufos may have another chance to start if Z-Bo can't go.
Mar 3 - 11:03 PM

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