Player News - Bucks

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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

Jared Dudley (knee) will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

X-rays were negative on his kneecap and he appears to be day-to-day. However, it's tough to gauge how much time he is going to miss because Dudley did have an issue with his kneecap last year. He can be dropped in most leagues. Ersan Ilyasova and Jerryd Bayless likely get most of Dudley's minutes. Ilyasova is worth a look in standard leagues and we'll let you know how he does tonight.
Feb 28 - 7:45 PM

Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting (1-of-4 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with 12 rebounds and one steal in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

Ilyasova has been a top 70-100 value (9/8 cat) in his last four games, a sample that has more or less been his ceiling this season. Perhaps he's ready to turn over a new leaf, but realistically he can't be considered more than a flier pickup until he shows us a bit more.
Feb 28 - 4:42 AM

Michael Carter-Williams logged 27 minutes in his second game with the Bucks, scoring eight points on 3-of-6 shooting (no threes) with one rebound, four assists, one steal and four turnovers in Friday's loss.

This isn't a great result but the Bucks increased his minutes by a total of nine and they appear committed to throwing him in the fire. If he's not producing at a mid-to-late round level in 8-cat leagues in a few games we'd be surprised.
Feb 28 - 4:39 AM

John Henson scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting with five rebounds and two blocks in 15 minutes off the bench on Friday.

Henson has produced at a top 40-50 level for the last month and he is a must-start player even though he's averaging just 23 mpg in that span. At a minimum he will return late-round value.
Feb 28 - 4:36 AM

Jerryd Bayless scored 12 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 5-of-14 shots (including a three) with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes.

The minutes are what's interesting here and that's before you get to Jerryd Bayless' ailing knee. He didn't produce a lot tonight and O.J. Mayo was out, but there's enough going for Bayless for owners to give him a look.
Feb 28 - 4:34 AM

Jared Dudley needed an X-ray on his knee following Friday's game.

He said he is dealing with some problems with his kneecap, which bothered him last season. Dudley hasn't played well lately and has clearly been passed by Khris Middleton. If he's out, more minutes will go to Ersan Ilyasova and Jerryd Bayless.
Feb 28 - 1:54 AM


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