Player News - Timberwolves

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Karl-Anthony Towns scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes during a 115-109 win over the Raptors on Saturday.

He was a ghost in the first half with no points and one rebound before half, but he really got it going late to earn a home win. His first field goal attempt didn't even come until there were eight minutes left in the third quarter. Towns put up his 40th double-double on the season, and he did so very efficiently (6-of-7 from the field, 8-of-9 from the line) on offense. He's as steady as it gets in fantasy with his No. 1 rank in nine-category leagues to date this season.
Jan 21 - 1:06 AM

Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 29 points during a 115-109 win over the Raptors on Saturday, adding five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

He shot the ball well with his 11-of-21 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. Wiggins also pulled down two huge rebounds late in the game to help the Wolves snap their two-game losing streak. It's not really a surprise that Wiggins blew up because Jimmy Butler (knee) didn't play. It doesn't sound like Jimmy will be out long, so this strong game doesn't really change Wiggins' outlook.
Jan 21 - 1:00 AM

Jeff Teague made 2-of-11 from the field for five points with three rebounds, 10 assists and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

While this shooting line is tough to shallow, Teague did make plays late and coach Tom Thibodeau went with him down the stretch yet again. Tyus Jones keeps playing well for the most part and Teague hasn't exactly been thriving, but it does look like Teague has some leash to close games. He's actually a decent buy-low option, especially if Jimmy Butler needs to miss more time.
Jan 21 - 12:56 AM

Tyus Jones scored nine points with four rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

It looked like coach Tom Thibodeau was going to close with Jones here, but Delon Wright ripped him to get Jeff Teague back in the game. Jones is only a handcuff with only slight standalone value. He also didn't play any SG with the injuries to Jamal Crawford and Jimmy Butler.
Jan 21 - 12:53 AM

Nemanja Bjelica scored eight points with six rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

It wasn't a huge game, but this works. Although, the last time Bjelica started at small forward he put up 24 points, eight boards, three dimes, three steals and five 3-pointers in 41 minutes. We don't know the extent of Jimmy Butler's injury yet, but it doesn't sound serious and his right knee hasn't given him problems in years. Bjelica is more of a deep add for now.
Jan 21 - 12:51 AM

Shabazz Muhammad scored seven points with two rebounds in 12 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

He seems to be behind both Marcus Georges-Hunt and Nemanja Bjelica to help fill the void left on the wing. Muhammad isn't really worth adding in almost any league.
Jan 21 - 12:46 AM

Marcus Georges-Hunt scored a career-high 12 points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

He came through in the clutch with some made free throws and coach Tom Thibodeau trusted him down the stretch. Georges-Hunt is more of a defensive specialist, so he would only be a speculative add in super deep leagues until we get more news on Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford.
Jan 21 - 12:45 AM

Nemanja Bjelica is starting for Jimmy Butler against the Raptors on Saturday.

It's been a while since we've seen Bjelica play small forward and he's had some big games in that role. The Wolves have a massive hole to fill on Jimmy, so Bjelica may be a speculative add in deeper leagues. Expect more Tyus Jones and Shabazz Muhammad to help out, too.
Jan 20 - 8:13 PM

Jamal Crawford (toe) will not play against the Raptors on Saturday.

It's being called a left great toe sprain and not much else is known. With Crawford out, Tyus Jones will probably see some SG minutes while Marcus Georges-Hunt could also help out.
Jan 20 - 8:06 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) will not play against the Raptors on Saturday.

This comes out of nowhere after Butler played a whopping 42 minutes on Thursday night. The team is calling it a sore right knee, so this could be a lingering issue for one of the league's hottest players. Butler has had problems with his left knee, but he hasn't had any noteworthy injuries to his right since 2013. With him out, Andrew Wiggins will have to shine while Shabazz Muhammad and maybe even Marcus Georges-Hunt steps up.
Jan 20 - 8:05 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns went off during a 116-98 loss to the Rockets on Thursday, scoring 22 points with 16 rebounds, three assists, two steals, five blocks, no turnovers and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

He was 10-of-19 from the field and made just 1-of-7 from deep, so it was offensive domination inside for KAT. Towns continues to lead the NBA in double-doubles while he's steadily climbing in blocks, tying for fourth in the NBA for total swats on the season. Thanks to his durability, KAT currently sits at No. 1 for total value in nine-category leagues so far this season.
Jan 19 - 12:00 AM

Jimmy Butler scored 23 points with four rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and one turnover in 42 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

He's basically been an eight-category player this month, averaging 22.8 points, 5.1 boards, 6.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 2.9 steals and 1.3 treys on 48.8 percent from the field and 87.0 percent from the line in his previous games this month. Not surprisingly, Butler has been a top-four player in standard leagues over his last 10 and last 25.
Jan 18 - 11:55 PM

Gorgui Dieng scored four points with three rebounds and one block in 15 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

His minutes are starting to drop a bit lately, but the matchups may be a factor with this game against the Rockets and also facing the Magic on Tuesday. Dieng is still probably worth holding in most formats for his fantasy-friendly game.
Jan 18 - 11:48 PM

Tyus Jones scored 13 points with one rebound, one steal and three 3-pointers in 16 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

He had a hot hand in this game and coach Tom Thibodeau still went with Jeff Teague. Jones should see minutes in the teens most nights, but most of his value is as a handcuff behind Teague.
Jan 18 - 11:47 PM

Jeff Teague scored six points with five rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 32 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

He got the Chris Paul treatment, but Teague was playing well coming into this game. It was also somewhat encouraging that coach Tom Thibodeau went back to Teague after a rough night, so he still has some leash. Expect him to be a mid-round point guard in standard leagues. He does get another really tough matchup against the Raptors for his next game.
Jan 18 - 11:43 PM


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