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Karl-Anthony Towns fouled out in 21 minutes during a 116-113 loss to the Spurs on Friday, scoring 23 points with six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

Foul trouble killed him all game with some really bad ones for reaching in. Towns had a bad matchup against Joel Embiid in the last game, and he hasn't fared well against LaMarcus Aldridge all season either -- was at 14 points per 36 in the previous 66 minutes. With some tougher matchups out of the way, expect KAT to go back to smashing like he was to start 2019.
Jan 18 - 11:21 PM

Jeff Teague scored 15 points with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

He should get a longer leash in the first unit with Tyus Jones (ankle) out for multiple games. Jones has better net ratings with the starters, so this next week-plus for Teague will be big for him. He should be owned in standard leagues and could pay dividends after a slow start to the season.
Jan 18 - 11:17 PM

Derrick Rose scored 23 points with three rebounds, six assists and one turnover in 27 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

He had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but he took an awful shot against Davis Bertans. Rose is going to get some extra ball-handling chances while Tyus Jones is out, and he was aggressive today with 11 makes from the line for a season-high. He might get some back-to-back restrictions, but Rose should be owned in standard leagues.
Jan 18 - 11:15 PM

Taj Gibson double-doubled against the Spurs on Friday with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 32 minutes.

He had to play more center than usual with Karl-Anthony Towns getting into foul trouble. Gibson's role hasn't really changed too much since Ryan Saunders took over, averaging 9.8 points, 7.6 boards, 1.6 dimes and 0.8 blocks. He'll continue to be just a low-end option in standard leagues.
Jan 18 - 11:08 PM

Dario Saric picked up 28 minutes against the Spurs on Friday with two points, seven rebounds, two steals and one turnover.

He saw heavy minutes next to Taj Gibson, but that was more about the centers getting into foul trouble. Saric had been playing around 20 minutes and the coaching change hasn't really affected him when foul trouble isn't factored into it, so he's not the strongest add in most leagues.
Jan 18 - 11:05 PM

Jerryd Bayless scored two points with one rebound and one steal in 12 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

He should be in the rotation while Tyus Jones is out, but obviously you can't add Bayless unless you're in a very deep league.
Jan 18 - 10:59 PM

Tyus Jones (ankle) will wear a boot on his sprained left ankle for several days and be day-to-day on a return after that, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

He has a high left ankle sprain, and it sounds like he'll be missing some games. Jones has been outstanding next to the other four non-Teague starters, and he may have earned more run under coach Ryan Saunders. He's probably a drop in 12-team leagues.
Jan 16 - 10:14 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns and the Wolves were embarrassed in a 142-107 loss to the 76ers on Tuesday, finishing with 13 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two triples in 28 minutes.

As bad as the score was, at least it wasn't a lost night for KAT's fantasy owners compared to the rest of his teammates. Joel Embiid dominated KAT tonight, dropping 31 points with 13 boards and four triples. He's coming off back-to-back monster games, so toss this game aside and expect a better outing vs. the Spurs on Friday.
Jan 15 - 10:15 PM

Derrick Rose had 15 points in 22 minutes vs. the 76ers on Tuesday, adding four assists, two rebounds and one triple.

The Wolves lost by 42 points, so that explains the low minutes. His ankle still isn't 100 percent, but he did say it felt good on Tuesday morning. Tyus Jones suffered a high ankle sprain and will miss some time, so if Rose can stay on the floor he should see a small bump in value going forward.
Jan 15 - 10:07 PM

Jeff Teague (left ankle) played 26 minutes vs. the 76ers on Tuesday, scoring 11 points with two assists, one rebound, two steals and three turnovers.

The 76ers won by a whopping 42 points, so there aren't any real takeaways here. If anything, Teague's floor should be slightly higher in the short term with more minutes coming his way, as Tyus Jones left this game with a high ankle sprain. Since returning from his ankle injury, Teague has been a top-90 player in standard leagues over a six-game stretch, but he has plenty of room to grow.
Jan 15 - 9:58 PM

Tyus Jones has been diagnosed with a high left ankle sprain.

X-rays were negative, but this sounds like a serious sprain and it will likely cost him several games. Jones is safe to drop in most fantasy leagues, but we'll provide an update when we know more in terms of a timetable. Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose are locked in for heavy minutes in the short term, while Josh Okogie benefits slightly as well.
Jan 15 - 9:40 PM

Tyus Jones rolled his left ankle and went back to the locker room on Tuesday vs. the 76ers.

It looked like a nasty sprain and he needed help back to the locker room. With Jones' night likely finished, the Wolves will have to heavily rely on Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose even though neither player is 100 percent.
Jan 15 - 8:48 PM

Jeff Teague (left ankle) will play on Tuesday against the 76ers.

He was randomly labeled a game-time call this morning, but he never actually hit the injury report and was a full participant at Monday's practice, so he shouldn't have any limitations tonight. Joining him in the starting five will be Josh Okogie, Andrew Wiggins, Taj Gibson and Karl-Anthony Towns. Go ahead and get him active.
Jan 15 - 6:32 PM

Derrick Rose (right ankle) will be available to play on Tuesday against the 76ers.

Rose said he was feeling good this morning after shootaround and that he expected to get out there, and now we have official confirmation. Jeff Teague (ankle) isn't even on the injury report, so he should be good to go too, which means Tyus Jones should be faded in daily leagues.
Jan 15 - 6:19 PM

Derrick Rose (right ankle) said his ankle feels good and that he expects to play Tuesday against the 76ers.

This is good news for the Wolves, as starting point guard Jeff Teague (left ankle) will reportedly be a game-time decision for Tuesday's contest. If Teague is unable to play, Rose and Tyus Jones will each see an increase in playing time, as they divvy up minutes at point guard.
Jan 15 - 12:27 PM


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