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Jeff Teague couldn't get his shot to drop on Sunday, going 1-of-9 from the field on his way to two points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and three turnovers in 29 minutes.

Teague was abused by Mike Conley on both ends of the floor throughout the game, and it was bad enough that Tom Thibodeau benched him for the entire fourth quarter. Teague had been rolling with top-25 value since the Jimmy Butler departure, so he shouldn't have any trouble bouncing back on Wednesday with a much more favorable matchup against the Nuggets.
Nov 18 - 6:56 PM

Andrew Wiggins had a game to forget on Sunday, going 6-of-18 from the field and 1-of-2 from the stripe on his way to 14 points over 33 minutes.

Wiggins added one 3-pointer, two rebounds and four assists while he was out there, but he also committed four turnovers and didn't get a single steal. The Grizzlies played some excellent defense in this one, forcing the Timberwolves to play at their pace, and the end result was a blowout loss; putting an end to Minnesota's three-game win streak. We'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance from Wiggins on Wednesday vs. Denver.
Nov 18 - 6:56 PM

Robert Covington racked up another four steals during Sunday's loss to the Grizzlies, adding 15 points, four 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists and one block in 37 minutes.

RoCo has already endeared himself to Tom Thibodeau with his stellar play on the defensive end of the floor, and he even spent some time guarding Mike Conley in this one. He's fit in seamlessly with the Timberwolves, and given Thibs propensity to give major minutes to his defensive aces, he could actually see a slight uptick in value in Minnesota.
Nov 18 - 6:55 PM

Taj Gibson's minutes continued their downward decline on Sunday, as he finished with just five points, four rebounds, one steal and two turnovers across 19 minutes.

Gibson is starting, but his minutes have been on a steady decline since Dario Saric showed up, and we'd expect that trend to continue. He was nothing more than a late-round guy while earning 28 minutes a night, but with his minutes likely to be in the lower-20s (if that) moving forward, he probably won't be worth owning in most leagues.
Nov 18 - 6:55 PM

Dario Saric scored 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting Sunday, to go with four 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers in 29 minutes off the bench.

Saric's minutes continue to move in an upward direction as he becomes more familiar with the Timberwolves offense, and he came through with some clutch, 3-point shots late to help Minnesota stay in the game. He's not a focal part of the offense, so he'll likely be inconsistent, but he should do enough to warrant ownership in deep leagues.
Nov 18 - 6:54 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns put up a 15-point, 20-rebound double-double during Sunday's blowout loss to the Grizzlies.

KAT added one 3-pointer, two assists and one block while he was out there, but he also committed four turnovers, and the Timberwolves constant turnovers (20 to Memphis' 12) played a big role in the loss. Towns usage has oddly gone down with the departure of Jimmy Butler, but he's still been productive with averages of 19.8 points, 16.5 boards, 1.8 triples, 2.3 dimes and 1.5 swats per contest. It should only be a matter of time until he's back to dropping monster stat lines.
Nov 18 - 6:51 PM

Derrick Rose netted 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting Sunday, to go with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists, tone steal and two turnovers in 30 minutes off the bench.

With Jeff Teague having an off-day, Rose was actually the best PG on the floor for Minnesota, and he wound up closing out the game alongside Andrew Wiggins, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Karl-Anthony Towns. Rose's resurgence looks real, and Tom Thibodeau will continue to give him quality minutes, so he'll be someone in the Sixth Man of the Year conversation this season. Hopefully, he'll be able to stay healthy.
Nov 18 - 6:51 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one block, one steal and two 3-pointers during a 112-96 win over the Blazers on Friday.

KAT was going off in his last two with 25-21 and 25-16 lines without Jimmy Butler, but he made just 6-of-15 from the field today and didn't even get to the line. Towns has improved his efficiency in each of his seasons and he still hasn't hit his stride yet in his fourth year, so he has a buy-low window for a little while longer.
Nov 16 - 11:05 PM

Derrick Rose (knee) returned from a one-game absence with 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

He's playing on the wing right now with all of his minutes coming next to a point guard, but Rose is clearly the engine of the season unit. Coach Tom Thibodeau also is running with a three-man wing rotation, so there should be enough minutes for Rose, Robert Covington and Andrew Wiggins. As long as he's healthy, Rose is worth using in standard leagues.
Nov 16 - 11:03 PM

Dario Saric scored nine points with seven rebounds, two assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

For the second game in a row, Saric and Taj Gibson soaked up the 48 PF minutes, but this time it was The Homie getting most of the run. This will likely be more of a hot-hand approach, so Saric may be annoying to own down the line.
Nov 16 - 11:01 PM

Taj Gibson scored 12 points with four rebounds, five assists and no turnovers in 21 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

He lost minutes to Dario Saric today and that won't be changing anytime soon. Gibson is going to need a lot of volume to produce, so getting minutes in the 21-26 range will cause him to trend down. Most owners may want to shoot for more upside.
Nov 16 - 10:59 PM

Jeff Teague scored 13 points with two rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

It's a bit of a DFS letdown for Teague with all that playing time, but standard-league fantasy owners will take it. He had the ball in his hands for 10 minutes in the last game and he is running the offense a lot more even just from a naked eye standpoint, so Teague should start to become a top-50 player now that Jimmy Butler is gone.
Nov 16 - 10:57 PM

Robert Covington scored 14 points with five rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

His minutes took a big hit from the 41 on Wednesday, but foul trouble and Derrick Rose being active were factors. Coach Tom Thibodeau will undoubtedly like RoCo's defense and likely play him huge minutes, so he offers a higher ceiling up north compared to his Philly days.
Nov 16 - 10:55 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said Derrick Rose (knee) will play against the Blazers on Friday.

Rose went through practice on Thursday and Thibs said Rose is "good" after missing Wednesday. Rose has multiple games where he couldn't finish due to soreness, so it'll be something to watch today. His return takes some upside off Jeff Teague, Robert Covington and Andrew Wiggins while Josh Okogie may not be in the rotation either.
Nov 16 - 6:27 PM

Derrick Rose (left knee) practiced on Thursday and coach Tom Thibodeau said "he's good."

This is great news for Rose given his lengthy history of knee injuries, and it sounds like he'll be ready to go Friday vs. the visiting Blazers. He's likely to come off the bench in the sixth-man role he began the season, with Jeff Teague, Robert Covington, Andrew Wiggins, Taj Gibson and KAT in the starting five.
Nov 15 - 2:49 PM


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