Player News - Timberwolves

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Gorgui Dieng had another strong game on Wednesday, posting 14 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in 41 minutes vs. the visiting Raptors.

Dieng made 4-of-7 FGs and 6-of-9 FTs and he's thriving alongside Karl-Anthony Towns, a lineup Sam Mitchell was oddly reluctant to use before losing both Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic to injuries. Mitchell could very well bench Dieng after the All-Star break, but he's played well enough to command must-own status in all fantasy formats.
Feb 11 - 1:15 AM

Ricky Rubio had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to help the Wolves' beat the Raptors on Wednesday, adding one steal with three turnovers in 37 minutes.

Rubio his 5-of-9 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws, with an unusual 3-of-3 mark beyond the arc tonight. In a rare coincidence, Rubio, Brandon Jennings, Elfrid Payton and Emmanuel Mudiay were a combined 22-of-44 from the field tonight. Savor the moment.
Feb 11 - 1:15 AM

Shabazz Muhammad was quiet in 21 minutes off the bench Wednesday, posting eight points (1-of-6 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) with three rebounds and three personal fouls.

This was even more disappointing since Tayshaun Prince (personal) wasn't playing. Muhammad has a nice stretch in late January but he's lost all momentum heading into the break, and belongs on the waiver wire in the vast majority of leagues.
Feb 11 - 1:15 AM

Zach LaVine started in place of Tayshaun Prince on Wednesday, pitching in 13 points, four rebounds, five assists and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Raptors.

Prince missed the game to attend Chauncey Billups' jersey retirement in Detroit, so we expect him to resume starting on the other side of the break. LaVine shot just 4-of-13 from the field tonight but the playing time is encouraging, and it's not purely a result of Prince's absence -- he's logged 30+ minutes in five of the Wolves' past nine games.
Feb 11 - 1:14 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns went off vs. Toronto on Wednesday, piling up a career-high 35 points with 11 rebounds, three blocks, one assist and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

KAT is incredible. He made 12-of-19 FGs and 11-of-13 FTs tonight, got Jonas Valanciunas into early foul trouble, and the Raptors simply had no answers for him. He's scoffing at the notion of a rookie wall, getting better as the season goes along, and should flirt with first-round value after the All-Star break. If you have him in a dynasty league, you're set for the next decade.
Feb 11 - 1:14 AM

Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play on Wednesday against the Raptors.

The Wolves get some extra run out of Zach LaVine at shooting guard tonight. Martin could be traded next week and has very little value.
Feb 10 - 7:00 PM

Zach LaVine will start Wednesday vs. the Raptors with Tayshaun Prince (personal) away from the team.

Andrew Wiggins will slide over to the three with LaVine back in the starting five, and Shabazz Muhammad will have the opportunity for some extended run off the bench sans Prince. LaVine does have a tough matchup tonight, so owners should take that into consideration before activating him.
Feb 10 - 6:20 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle, foot) will not play Wednesday vs. Toronto.

He hasn't done anything of significance during his 12 games on the court this season, and belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Feb 10 - 1:48 PM

Kevin Garnett (sore right knee) and Nikola Pekovic (sore right ankle) have been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors.

Both Garnett and Pekovic belong on the waiver wire in all leagues. Gorgui Dieng will continue to see his minutes unimpeded as Minnesota's starting power forward with both The Big Ticket and Big Pek out.
Feb 10 - 1:44 PM

Kevin Martin (sore right wrist) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors.

Martin hasn't played since January 23, and there's no indication that that will change tonight. Zach LaVine and Shabazz Muhammad will continue to pick up some extended run in his absence, with LaVine offering the most upside.
Feb 10 - 1:42 PM

Tayshaun Prince (personal) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors.

Prince has been granted permission from Minnesota to attend Chauncey Billups' jersey retirement in Detroit tonight, which is why he will not be with the team. With Prince on the sidelines Wednesday night, Zach LaVine could find himself back in the starting lineup and there will also be more minutes available for Shabazz Muhammad. However, neither guy makes for all that great of a DFS target with a tough matchup against the Raptors, particularly with 12 games being played tonight.
Feb 10 - 12:44 PM

Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting with two assists and two blocks in a loss to the Pelicans on Monday.

This was his fourth game of the season without a rebound, but he does have at least two blocks in three out of his last four games. Wiggins had two 30-point games last week and is still trending up, so hopefully he can recapture some of that momentum on Wednesday vs. the Raptors.
Feb 9 - 12:27 AM

Zach LaVine scored 12 points with two boards, two assists, one 3-pointer and three blocks on Monday vs. the Pelicans.

The blocks were obviously a career high and he didn't record more than one block in a game this season prior to tonight. LaVine was 4-of-10 from the field in the loss and didn't have any turnovers, so his fantasy arrow is still pointing up. As the year progresses, his role should only grow.
Feb 9 - 12:22 AM

Shabazz Muhammad scored 14 points with nine boards and one assist in 25 minutes vs. the Pelicans on Monday.

He took advantage of some extra minutes in garbage time, but unfortunately he shot just 4-of-13 from the field. Muhammad should continue to steal some of Tayshaun Prince's minutes (19) moving forward since the Wolves are looking towards the future, but he's a better stash in points leagues because he doesn't shoot many 3-pointers or generate many assists, steals or blocks.
Feb 9 - 12:18 AM

Gorgui Dieng double-doubled in Monday's loss to the Pelicans, scoring 12 points with 12 boards, four assists, one 3-pointer and one block in 31 minutes.

He would've played even more, but the game was basically out of reach in the third quarter. This was just his second 3-point make of the season, but he might be more willing to take them as his confidence continues to grow. He has been a top-40 player over his last five games with averages of 16.0 points, 10.2 boards, 3.6 assists and 0.6 blocks on 63.0 percent shooting from the field and he is showing no signs of slowing down.
Feb 9 - 12:13 AM


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