Player News - Bucks

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Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled vs. the Spurs on Sunday, scoring just four points with seven boards, five assists and two steals in 33 minutes.

After only scoring six points vs. the Pistons on Saturday, it was obvious that he wasn't exactly beaming with confidence as he only attempted five shots all game. Antetokounmpo should break out of his slump soon, and his owner might be starting to panic a little bit, so it may not be a bad idea to float out some buy-low offers. The Greek Freak should still be owned in all leagues, and while he will have growing pains, he is only going to get better as the season progresses.
Jan 25 - 9:57 PM

Khris Middleton tied his season-high with 21 points in a loss to the Spurs on Sunday, adding five boards, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

He was absolutely on fire in this one, going 9-of-14 from the floor and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Middleton has been phenomenal in 2015, and over his last 10 games he has averaged 12.7 points, 2.4 assists, 4.8 boards, 2.2 steals and 1.6 3-pointers per game. If he is somehow still available in your league, he needs to be picked up immediately.
Jan 25 - 9:50 PM

Brandon Knight scored just 10 points in a loss to the Spurs on Sunday, adding five boards, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

He really struggled to take care of the ball tonight, turning it over five times while shooting just 4-of-15 from the field. It was also his lowest scoring output since Dec. 27, but he was able to play solid defense on Tony Parker throughout the game. However, Knight has been in the conversation as an Eastern Conference All-Star in what has been a breakout season for the young guard, so his owners should give him a pass. Expect him to bounce back against the Heat on Tuesday.
Jan 25 - 9:35 PM

John Henson (ankle) left Sunday's game against the Spurs and did not return, finishing with four points, nine boards, one assist, one steal and one block in 17 minutes.

The good news is that coach Jason Kidd said that Henson could have returned if he needed him too, so the injury is probably very minor. Henson's only averaging 15.6 minutes per game this season, but he has given the Bucks a solid rim protector in the absence of Larry Sanders. If Henson does end up missing time, Zaza Pachulia will have to play even more minutes with veteran Kenyon Martin getting into the mix as well.
Jan 25 - 9:28 PM

John Henson left Sunday's game against the Spurs with an ankle injury and is questionable to return.

The Bucks are already pretty thin in their frontcourt thanks to Larry Sanders, so hopefully it's not too serious. We will update Henson's status as soon as we know more, and we would expect Zaza Pachulia to play all the minutes he could handle if Henson were to miss any time.
Jan 25 - 8:58 PM

Khris Middleton continued his fantastic 2015 during a 101-86 win over the Pistons on Saturday, making 7-of-9 from the field for 16 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He's one of the hottest non-star players in the NBA. Even before this game, Middleton averaged 11.2 points, 4.9 boards, 2.3 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.3 triples on 48.1 percent from the field and 88.2 percent from the line in his previous nine 2015 games. That's good for No. 20 fantasy value in that span. He has to be owned in all leagues.
Jan 24 - 11:10 PM

Ersan Ilyasova played 17 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday with nine points, six rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

He did not play in the fourth quarter because the Bucks were up 24 points to start the period. Ilyasova was probably headed towards 24 minutes tonight, and he also has one block and one 3-pointer in each of his last three games. Any improvement is a good start, so Ilyasova is worth a look in standard leagues. Although, his owners will need to be patient.
Jan 24 - 11:05 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo turned the ball over a career-high seven times against the Pistons on Saturday with six points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 36 minutes.

It was one of his worst games on offense in quite some time. On the bright side, the defensive output is really coming on strong. Since Christmas, he has 1.1 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. Antetokounmpo's efficiency hasn't fallen off either, so he is slowly but surely getting better. He should be owned in all leagues.
Jan 24 - 10:59 PM

O.J. Mayo kept it going against the Pistons on Saturday with 20 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers on 8-of-14 from the field.

He's been in a bizarro world lately. O.J. Miracle Whip? Kidding aside, Mayo has a Kyle Korver like 70.8 effective field goal percentage in his last six games, averaging 15.2 points, 2.5 boards, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.5 treys. This is probably the hottest he'll be, but he's been too good to ignore. If you need scoring, give him a long look.
Jan 24 - 10:51 PM

Zaza Pachulia double-doubled against the Jazz during a 101-99 loss on Thursday with 10 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes.

He made just 4-of-14 from the field and is really struggling from the field in his last four. In that span, Pachulia made just 32.4 percent from the field for averages of 9.3 points, 8.5 boards, 3.0 assists and 0.3 blocks. John Henson can't stop fouling and Larry Sanders could be out for the season, so Zaza's minutes are safe.
Jan 23 - 12:24 AM

Jared Dudley scored 16 points with four rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Jazz on Thursday.

He had a grand total of just two points combined in his last two games. Dudley has really cooled off since a somewhat hot start and he'll continue to be an inconsistent player. He'll likely be a top 120-150 guy the rest of the way.
Jan 23 - 12:09 AM

O.J. Mayo scored 12 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes against the Jazz on Thursday.

He is playing well these days and has surprisingly been consistent. Over his last five, Mayo averaged 14.2 points, 2.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.2 treys on 58.7 percent from the field. His ceiling is capped because he's only playing 24.2 minutes per game this season, but he's worth a look if you need scoring and treys.
Jan 22 - 11:52 PM

Ersan Ilyasova played just 17 minutes in his return to the starting lineup on Thursday with seven points, one rebound, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer against the Jazz.

It was an awful matchup for him against Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert. Ilyasova was not involved in the halfcourt offense and had a couple of his buckets come in transition. He should be better than this and the upside is there, but he probably has a better chance to disappoint than to be a helpful pickup. To be clear, we don't hate the idea of adding Ghostface Ilya.
Jan 22 - 11:49 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a career-high five steals against the Jazz on Thursday with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes.

The defensive numbers weren't there for him to start the season, but he's averaged 3.3 steals per game over his last three. Antetokounmpo's minutes have held steady at around 30 per game and was at 29.8 over his previous 10, averaging 11.1 points, 6.8 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals on 50.5 percent from the field. His arrow is pointing up.
Jan 22 - 11:45 PM

Johnny O'Bryant will come off the bench for Thursday's game against the Jazz with Ersan Ilyasova replacing him.

O'Bryant's days in the starting lineup were numbered to begin with, and it's clear that he has a long way to go before being a respectable asset in fantasy leagues. Feel free to cut him across the board.
Jan 22 - 6:30 PM

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