Player News - Heat

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Hassan Whiteside scored just eight points on 4-of-5 shooting vs. Boston, but he chipped in 10 rebounds while blocking two shots in 28 minutes.

One of Whiteside's makes was a crucial tip-in late in the game, and the boards and blocks help salvage it for fantasy purposes. Boston has been the toughest team for opposing centers this season, after all, so we're not worried about one quiet scoring night. He should fare better vs. the Wolves on Friday.
Nov 22 - 11:14 PM

Goran Dragic bounced back on Wednesday with 27 points (8-of-17 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs), five rebounds, four assists and one steal.

The Dragon made two 3-pointers but most of his damage came at the free-throw line, where he matched his season high in attempts. He was held to eight points and six points in Miami's previous two games, so this was a welcome return to form for Dragic's fantasy owners.
Nov 22 - 11:14 PM

Josh Richardson (eye) failed to score on Wednesday, going 0-of-5 from the field with three rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes.

J-Rich got poked in the eye in Miami's previous game but it was never expected to cost him any time. Erik Spoelstra recently challenged him to be more than just a spot-up shooter offensively, but he obviously didn't take that advice -- he took just one shot inside the 3-point arc tonight, and has made just two of his past 19 attempts from deep. Richardson's offensive struggles are infuriating many of his owners, and he could start popping up on the wire if he doesn't improve soon. The upside is real, so keep an eye out for him.
Nov 22 - 11:13 PM

Tyler Johnson led an impressive bench effort for Miami on Wednesday, scoring 17 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes.

Johnson made 5-of-9 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs, with two of his makes coming beyond the arc. That he did it against the Celtics' defense is even more impressive, but we're not buying in that easily -- he came in shooting 34.5 percent on the season, and was averaging 5.5 points in his previous two games.
Nov 22 - 11:12 PM

Dion Waiters helped the Heat defeat the streaking Celtics on Wednesday with 26 points on 11-of-24 shooting, four 3-pointers, six assists and two rebounds.

Waiters went scoreless on 0-of-10 shooting on Sunday, so he was due for a makeup game offensively. He committed just one turnover in 36 minutes tonight, and even knocked down a series of clutch jumpers to fend off a late run by Boston. Despite the heroics tonight, Waiters is still outside the top-150 in category-based leagues.
Nov 22 - 11:12 PM

Tyler Johnson said he needs to do a better job of asserting himself in Miami's offense.

"I feel like I’ve got to find ways to get myself in rhythm as opposed to just kind of being in a corner and waiting for other people to kind of get me going," said Johnson. "I’ve kind of for whatever reason found myself drifting to kind of the corner instead of being aggressive. Not only aggressive for myself but aggressive to get other guys open. I didn’t realize how much I was doing that." Johnson's numbers are down across the board this season, but he's still providing low-end value in deep leagues due to the 0.8 blocks (career-high) he generates from the guard position.
Nov 22 - 10:20 AM

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is encouraging Josh Richardson to be more than just a "spot-up guy" with the Heat.

"All we want from [Richardson] is to be aggressive, not just be a spot-up guy," Spoelstra said. "And he’ll continue to get better with that. Now, his shooting, I think that will change and improve no matter what. Our shooters, we want them having a green light. He’ll continue to have that neon green light." It's a good sign that coach Spo is encouraging Richardson to shoot his way out of his current slump, and like Spo said, he should be able to improve on his 37.8 FG%, making him an ideal buy-low guy.
Nov 22 - 10:13 AM

Despite his scoreless 0-for-10 performance on Sunday, Dion Waiters vows to keep shooting.

"I don’t know, just one of them days, one of them games, I guess," Waiters said Monday. Two weeks ago, Waiters offered this gem of a quote: "Like I said last year and I’ll say it again, I would rather go 0-for-30 than go 0-for-9 because if you stop shooting them that means you lost confidence." However, it's not just one bad game for Waiters. Since returning from an ankle injury earlier this month, Waiters has shot below 43.0 percent from the floor in six straight games and is shooting 33.7 percent on 15.3 attempts over that six-game stretch.
Nov 21 - 5:52 PM

Wayne Ellington hit 7-of-12 shots for a season-high 21 points on Sunday, with all of his attempts coming from downtown.

Ellington added two rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes. Tonight's performance distills his fantasy essence as a perimeter specialist, and he's one of just 17 players (since 1983-84) to make at least seven 3-pointers without attempting any 2-point shots. He's yet to score double-digit points in consecutive games this season, and most fantasy owners can ignore him.
Nov 19 - 7:58 PM

Josh Richardson was poked in his left eye late during Sunday's game, which he finished with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting, two assists, two steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

Richardson exited with 3:26 remaining in the game and Miami trailing by 24 points, so this might have been a simple precaution. He was one of the only bright spots for the Heat tonight and his shot was finally falling, after a combined 3-of-17 mark in his previous two games, so hopefully he'll be ready to roll vs. Boston on Wednesday.
Nov 19 - 7:58 PM

Dion Waiters' shot abandoned him on Sunday and he finished scoreless on 0-of-10 shooting, adding just two rebounds, two steals, one rebound and one turnover in 26 minutes.

Fantasy owners aren't relying on Waiters for solid FG percentages, given that he's at 41.9% on the season and 41.4% for his career. That doesn't excuse this dud, since his value is tethered to scoring (16.3 points per game) and 3-pointers (2.0), and he'll face another stiff test vs. Boston's league-leading defense on Wednesday. He's just a borderline value in 12-team leagues.
Nov 19 - 7:57 PM

Derrick Walton Jr. made his second NBA appearance on Sunday, scoring two points in three minutes off Miami's bench.

The rookie PG only played in garbage time, and Erik Spoelstra made it clear that he's not part of the rotation. "[Miami's G-League affiliate] doesn’t play for a while, so we thought it would be a good opportunity [for Walton Jr.] to spend some time with us," Spoelstra said. "It’s more about development. We feel like we can roll with what we have."
Nov 19 - 7:56 PM

James Johnson maintained his momentum on Sunday, coming off the bench for 10 points, six assists, four rebounds and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes vs. the visiting Pacers.

Johnson snapped out of a slump on Friday with 20 points, five boards and four assists, and it's worth double-checking that he's not sitting on your waiver wire. Erik Spoelstra was irate after the game, saying, "We will find a solution to get this team playing Miami Heat basketball," and we're guessing Johnson will be part of that solution.
Nov 19 - 7:55 PM

Goran Dragic was quiet vs. Indiana on Sunday, making 3-of-8 shots for eight points, five rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes.

The Heat were trounced in a 25-point home loss tonight, and we're not reading into Dragic's poor game even though he also scored just six points on Friday. He chipped in one steal and a pair of 3-pointers tonight, and if anything this looks like a nice buy-low moment.
Nov 19 - 7:54 PM

Derrick Walton Jr. has been recalled from the G-League.

He'll be available to play today, but there are no guarantees he'll step foot on the court. Leave him on the wire.
Nov 19 - 3:22 PM


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