Player News - Bucks

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Michael Carter-Williams shot 4-of-11 from the field during Tuesday's road loss, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, five assists and one block in 33 minutes.

The Bucks are 2-5 since trading Brandon Knight in their deal to acquire MCW, and they now trail the Wizards by 2.5 games for the No. 5 seed in the East. Carter-Williams is making an abysmal 15.4 percent of his jumpers this season (51-of-331), and tonight he was a mere 3-of-7 from within four feet of the hoop.
Mar 4 - 12:03 AM

Khris Middleton shot just 6-of-20 from the field on Tuesday, but still finished with 20 points, three 3-pointers, seven boards, six assists, two steals and one block.

He made all five of his free throws and didn't turn the ball over, putting him a few made shots away from a pure nine-cat gem. Middleton has been one of the nicest surprises this season and his scoring is even more essential with Brandon Knight in Phoenix, so he's poised for steady top-50 value down the stretch.
Mar 4 - 12:03 AM

The Bucks fell in Denver on Tuesday despite a strong game from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who posted 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks.

Giannis turned the ball over five times but he also drained a 3-pointer and was able to log 35 minutes despite persistent foul trouble. He and Khris Middleton have proven to be a formidable wing duo for the Bucks, and both guys are returning top-40 value over the past 10 games.
Mar 4 - 12:02 AM

Zaza Pachulia started Tuesday's game but was awful in 13 minutes of action, going scoreless with three turnovers, two fouls and no other stats to his credit.

Pachulia was completely out of sorts in an awkward matchup vs. Kenneth Faried, and Jason Kidd wisely opted to limit his playing time after a brutal start to the game. He's off the radar in all but the deepest leagues, regardless of where he begins the game. John Henson (10 points, five boards, one block) is still the center to own in Milwaukee.
Mar 4 - 12:02 AM

Ersan Ilyasova sank 9-of-15 shots including three 3-pointers vs. Denver, finishing Tuesday's loss with a team-high 21 points.

He added three boards, two assists, one steal and one block with only one turnover in 30 minutes of action, and has come to life since re-entering Jason Kidd's starting lineup. The Bucks have lost momentum since the All-Star break, however, and tonight marked their third consecutive defeat. They'll have a tough time snapping the skid during Wednesday's road game vs. the Warriors.
Mar 4 - 12:01 AM

Jared Dudley (knee) finished Tuesday's loss in Denver with two points, five boards and one assist in 20 minutes off the bench.

He shot just 1-of-6 from the field and may not be 100 percent healthy. Standard-league owners can leave him on the waiver wire as long as he's playing 20-25 minutes behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova.
Mar 4 - 12:00 AM

O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will not play against the Nuggets on Tuesday.

The red flag went up when he was "rested" last week when it wasn't because of a back-to-back. Hopefully, there is nothing wrong with his conditioning like last year, but given the strange nature of the way this is shaking out and last season, Mayo looks like a drop candidate in most leagues.
Mar 2 - 2:31 PM

Jared Dudley (knee) will play against the Nuggets on Tuesday.

He missed Saturday due to some soreness in his knee cap and looks to be in the clear. Interestingly, every fantasy owner's favorite headache, Ersan Ilyasova, stepped up while Dudley was down, so that is the major fantasy implication here. While Dudley isn't worth owning, it'll be interesting to see what happens with Ghostface Ilya. Dudley isn't worth owning in most leagues while Ilyasova is worth a look -- add at your own risk of course.
Mar 2 - 2:25 PM

Tyler Ennis reiterated that he's thankful to get a fresh start with the Bucks.

"In Phoenix, I was happy they drafted me," Ennis said. "But the situation guards-wise wasn't ideal for me coming in as a rookie, trying to compete against three established guards in the league." The Suns drafting Ennis never made a lot of sense, but now he's with Milwaukee so it's a moot point. Ennis will backup Michael Carter-Williams and Jerryd Bayless with the Bucks.

Khris Middleton scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting against the Jazz on Saturday, adding six boards, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

He is arguably Milwaukee's best weapon on offense now that Brandon Knight is no longer in town, and he has now scored in double digits in twelve straight games. In case it's not already obvious, Middleton is a must-start player and should continue to be a stud for the rest of the way.
Mar 1 - 12:01 AM

O.J. Mayo (hamstring) returned from a two-game absence on Saturday against the Jazz, scoring eight points in 27 minutes off the bench.

He also added six boards, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers, and he could see a small bump in playing time moving forward if Jared Dudley (knee) needs to miss any additional action. Mayo was averaging 11.9 points, 2.8 assists, 2.6 boards and 1.4 3-pointers on the season prior to tonight's game, so he is worth holding onto in deeper leagues.
Feb 28 - 11:55 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo had eight points on 4-of-5 shooting against the Jazz on Saturday, adding five boards, four assists, three steals and one block in 34 minutes.

He was held scoreless and didn't even attempt a shot before halftime, but luckily for his owners he was able to muster up some confidence in the second half. Antetokounmpo has been in the midst of a major slump, shooting just 35 percent from the field over his last seven games, so hopefully the Greek Freak can continue to improve as the season progresses.
Feb 28 - 11:47 PM

Michael Carter-Williams scored 16 points vs. the Jazz on Saturday with five boards, three assists and four steals in 30 minutes.

He also shot 6-of-10 from the field and turned the ball over three times, but it's clear that MCW's efficiency is going to improve with a much better supporting cast around him. In three games with the Bucks, MCW has averaged 10.3 points, 5.0 assists, 2.0 boards, 2.3 steals and 2.7 turnovers in 25.0 minutes per game, so he should only get better as his minutes begin to increase. Keep in mind that his next injury is always right around the corner, though.
Feb 28 - 11:47 PM

John Henson logged a few minutes at power forward alongside Zaza Pachulia during Saturday's loss to the Jazz, finishing with nine points, four boards, two steals and one block in 20 minutes.

Henson had only logged eight minutes beside Zaza Pachulia this season before tonight's game, as head coach Jason Kidd has been stubborn about keeping him at center. However, if Henson does end up playing more power forward down the stretch, his value will improve tremendously. Henson has been a must-start option this past month even in a limited role off the bench, so he is worth owning in almost all leagues.
Feb 28 - 11:40 PM

O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will play on Saturday against the Jazz.

The Bucks are going to need his offense off the bench with Jared Dudley sidelined with a knee injury, so owners in need of scoring and 3-pointers should give him a look. Mayo has missed the last two games due to injury, so we will let you know how his hamstring holds up after the game.
Feb 28 - 7:46 PM


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