Player News - Grizzlies

Date: Team: Pos:

Tony Allen (eye) is questionable for Friday's game against the Rockets.

Tayshaun Prince has started the last two with Allen sidelined, but his contributions to the stat sheet have been negligible (zero points in his last outing). Vince Carter has been the main beneficiary with Allen unavailable, and he can be viewed as a low-end plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
Dec 23 - 4:38 PM

Zach Randolph (knee) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos have each drawn a start in the two games that Randolph has been sidelined, but Leuer has done the most with his opportunity. Koufos didn't do much besides kill the value of Leuer during his last start on Monday, and he wouldn't be worth using outside of very deep leagues if he again starts on Friday. Stay tuned.
Dec 23 - 4:29 PM

Mike Conley scored 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting (including four threes) with four rebounds and four assists in the Grizzlies' 97-91 home loss to the Jazz.

Conley has been a top-40 value this season and both he and Marc Gasol (24 points, 12 rebounds, five assists) will go big anytime Zach Randolph (knee) is out. Randolph is day-to-day.
Dec 23 - 1:53 AM

Kosta Koufos scored five points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block over 33 minutes on Monday against the Jazz.

Koufos and Jon Leuer (four points, five boards, 26 minutes) are picking up the slack for Zach Randolph and based on tonight Koufos is the better play between the two. Neither are must-adds even on a speculative or short-term basis as Randolph is day-to-day with his knee injury.
Dec 23 - 1:42 AM

Vince Carter scored 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 22 minutes off the bench on Monday.

Carter also dunked on Rudy Gobert and sent the Internet into a brief tizzy. It's very possible that Carter took November and most of December off because he's old, and now he's ready to settle into the role he had last year. Give him a look.
Dec 23 - 1:38 AM

Kosta Koufos will start in place of Zach Randolph (knee) on Monday.

The Jazz have a lot of size up front with Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, so John Leuer will come off the bench on Monday. Leuer has still posted a nice enough usage rate and had a great game on Sunday, so he's still the preferred option. Koufos is only worth a look in very deep leagues.
Dec 22 - 7:50 PM

Tony Allen is out again on Monday due to his eye injury.

There's no timetable for his return, so look for Vince Carter to produce a little better than average again tonight.
Dec 22 - 6:41 PM

Zach Randolph (knee) will not play on Monday night.

It'll be his second game out of the lineup and John Leuer will get another run in the starting lineup. Randolph owners will probably want to bench him considering this is a knee injury. Leuer is worth a look in standard leagues for short-term value.
Dec 22 - 6:40 PM

Tony Allen (eye) currently has no timetable to return.

Allen is dealing with a corneal abrasion, and it's hard to even speculate how long he might miss with the eye injury. While he's sidelined, look for Quincy Pondexter, Vince Carter and Tayshaun Prince to all fill in for the Grizzlies.

Mike Conley had only 11 points, two rebounds, five assists and one steal in 25 minutes on Sunday, as the Grizzlies lost on the road in Miami.

He didn't turn the ball over but shot just 5-of-13 from the field, and wound up with minimal playing time as coach Dave Joerger tried in vain to find a winning combination. Beno Udrih pitched in two points and five assists in 19 minutes off the bench, while Nick Calathes added four points and four dimes in 14 minutes. Both guys should fade into irrelevance with Conley reclaiming more minutes vs. the Jazz on Monday.
Dec 21 - 7:11 PM

Courtney Lee shot 1-of-5 from the field in Sunday's road loss, finishing with four points, three rebounds, two assists and one block.

This was Lee's third single-digit performance in the past four games and he played only 23 minutes before taking a seat, but fantasy owners shouldn't over-react. His subtly efficient and well-rounded production has given him mid-round fantasy value this season, and he's played at least 30 minutes in all but one of the Grizzlies' past six games.
Dec 21 - 7:11 PM

Tayshaun Prince started Sunday's game in place of Tony Allen (eye) and finished with two points and two rebounds in 22 minutes during a loss to the Cavaliers.

Prince is at or near his career-low in total rebound rate, assist rate and steal rate, which is part of the reason his Player Efficiency Rating (10.8) is well below average. He's a stop-gag solution for the Grizzlies and isn't worth fantasy owners' attention outside of the very deepest leagues.
Dec 21 - 7:10 PM

Jon Leuer stepped into a starting role on Sunday, notching 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 30 minutes of action.

Zach Randolph was out with a swollen knee, which led to Leuer's temporary promotion, and Randolph remains questionable for Monday's game. Daily-league owners should keep a close eye on the Grizzlies' injury report, as Leuer could once again be a solid value against the Jazz on Monday.
Dec 21 - 7:09 PM

Tony Allen (eye) will not play Sunday vs. the Cavs.

Allen's minutes will be distributed to guys like Vince Carter, Quincy Pondexter, and Tayshaun Prince, with Carter offering the most upside out of the group. Prince and Pondexter shouldn't be considered an option in most leagues.

Zach Randolph (knee) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Cavs, and is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

"Taking a couple of nights off isn't the worst thing in the world," said head coach David Joerger. "His knee is pretty swollen." The good news here is that an MRI on Randolph's knee came back clean, so he shouldn't be looking at a prolonged absence. Expect Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos to see some extended minutes with Randolph unavailable, and the guy who starts will make for the better play in daily leagues. Stay tuned for an update on the Grizzlies starting lineup.
Dec 21 - 3:00 PM


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