Player News - Bucks

Date: Team: Pos:

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

O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will not play against the Lakers on Friday.

The Bucks called Mayo sitting on Wednesday as "rest" but it certainly raised a red flag because they weren't on the front or back end of a back-to-back set. Mayo tweaked his hamstring on Feb. 20, but he did play 31.0 minutes per game in his two following outings. With Mayo out, Jerryd Bayless will log more minutes at shooting guard which may allow Tyler Ennis to get minutes close to 20. Khris Middleton should also have a higher usage rate, which helped him get to 19 points on Wednesday. Mayo is a tough player to own now that he's not healthy.
Feb 27 - 3:04 PM

Jerryd Bayless played 30 minutes during a 104-88 win over the 76ers on Wednesday with 13 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

With O.J. Mayo (rest) out and Michael Carter-Williams only playing 18 minutes, there was a lot of playing time up for grabs for Bayless tonight. However, he will likely start seeing his minutes fall to the mid-20s in short order. In his last five, he averaged 9.4 points, 4.2 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.6 treys. His numbers will likely be in that neighborhood going forward.
Feb 26 - 12:00 AM

Tyler Ennis played 24 minutes off the bench on Wednesday with nine points, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

The minutes are a little misleading with garbage time being a factor here and Michael Carter-Williams also having a minutes cap. MCW should get around a 15-minute increase, which figures to come mostly from Ennis. He can be left on the wire.
Feb 25 - 11:57 PM

Zaza Pachulia played 19 minutes on Wednesday against the 76ers with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers.

He saw a big increase from his six minutes on Monday, but he played a lot less than John Henson. Considering how well Henson played tonight, it's hard to be encouraged by Pachulia. Fantasy owners in most leagues will want to keep Pachulia on the wire.
Feb 25 - 11:55 PM

Ersan Ilyasova played 23 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday with 11 points, six rebounds, one assists and one 3-pointer.

After playing 35 minutes on Monday, his value actually didn't fall off a cliff today. Coach Jason Kidd seems to be gaining confidence in Ilyasova, but he's missed a lot of games and has basically been in a slump for two seasons. Fantasy owners in FAAB leagues will need to have bulletproof wallets to pay up for Ghostface Ilya.
Feb 25 - 11:49 PM

John Henson torched the 76ers off the bench on Wednesday with 21 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in 29 minutes.

Yes, this was against the 76ers, but Henson gets a lot of credit here. Coach Jason Kidd does not play Henson big minutes and he still hasn't played him next to Miles Plumlee or Zaza Pachulia since the team added Plumlee. He does have some upside, but it's hard to add him after he was unable to clear 18 minutes in each of his previous three games.
Feb 25 - 11:44 PM

Michael Carter-Williams played 18 minutes in his Milwaukee debut against the 76ers on Wednesday with seven points, eight assists, two steals and one turnover.

He only had a 16.5 usage rate tonight, which is his second lowest of the season. On the bright side, tonight was just his third game of the season with a field goal percentage of at least 60 (3-of-5 from the field tonight). Carter-Williams is likely going to see his numbers come down, but he'll be better than this. It's also worth mentioning coach Jason Kidd said he's going to encourage MCW to take midrange shots, which seems like an awful idea based on how he's only made 24.7 percent on his mid-range this season.
Feb 25 - 11:41 PM

John Henson will move to the Bucks bench vs. Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Henson struggled on Monday and he'll be replaced by Zaza Pachulia in the starting five tonight, with Michael Carter-Williams (foot) also taking over for Jerryd Bayless. Henson could succeed in an expanded second-unit role, but most owners should cut him loose for a more attractive rest-of-season option.
Feb 25 - 7:06 PM

Zaza Pachulia will start against 76ers on Wednesday.

He has been coming off the bench, but he'll be back in the starting lineup tonight. Pachulia only played six minutes on Monday and he's basically in a three-way timeshare with John Henson and Miles Plumlee. He can be left on the wire in most leagues for now.
Feb 25 - 7:02 PM

O.J. Mayo (rest) will not play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

Interesting. The Bucks played their last game on Monday and their next game isn't until Friday, so this is a surprise. Mayo was playing well and even logged 34 minutes on Monday. With him out, Jerryd Bayless should log the majority of his minutes at shooting guard while Khris Middleton may also play a tad more.
Feb 25 - 6:24 PM


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