Player News - Kings

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Darren Collison hit just 4-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds, eight assists, five steals and a block in Wednesday's opening loss to the Warriors.

Throw out the poor shooting and Collison posted quite a line tonight. He's locked and loaded as the starting point guard in Sacramento and won't have Isaiah Thomas to deal with. He should be an effective fantasy point guard all year, barring any trades.
Oct 30 - 2:11 AM

Ben McLemore started at SG on Wednesday, but missed all five of his shots to finish with zero points, two rebounds and a steal.

He's dealing with an eye injury and simply didn't have it tonight. Hopefully he bounces back in the next one, but if he struggles again, you have to think about getting him out of your lineup until he figures it out.
Oct 30 - 2:08 AM

DeMarcus Cousins hit just 4-of-14 shots, but also made 12-of-18 free throws on his way to 20 points, 11 rebounds, one steal, zero blocks, six turnovers and five fouls.

Cousins never got into the flow of the game tonight and let owners down with a lackluster performance. But if this is a bad game for Cousins, we can't wait to see the good ones, which are coming momentarily.
Oct 30 - 2:06 AM

Rudy Gay hit just 5-of-15 shots and missed both his 3-point attempts for 14 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block on Wednesday.

We are a little concerned about Gay's effectiveness without Isaiah Thomas around and his shot wasn't falling tonight. Then again, it was the first game of the season and there's not a lot to be concerned about here.
Oct 30 - 2:05 AM

Rudy Gay (jaw) is set to play on Wednesday in the season opener.

There were some fears that he fractured his jaw last week so it is good to see that he is going to be fine. This is a contract year for him, so if he can improve upon his shot selection, he can be an elite fantasy asset this season.
Oct 29 - 10:43 AM

Ben McLemore (eye) received five stitches above his right eye, and passed his precautionary concussion test.

McLemore was disappointing last season, and even though he has made strides in the preseason, it appears he will be locked in a timeshare with promising rookie Nik Stauskas. Neither player should be targeted in standard leagues, although Stauskas would be the better choice in deep leagues.
Oct 25 - 4:37 PM

X-rays confirmed Rudy Gay did not suffer a facial fracture from Friday's game.

He had X-rays at a Sacramento hospital and everything seems fine for the small forward. Gay had a jaw injury at the FIBA World Cup, but it hasn't been an issue until now. It remains to be seen how losing Isaiah Thomas will affect him, but shooting below 34 percent in four of six preseason games is not a great start. He's a target closer to 50 in fantasy drafts.
Oct 25 - 3:50 PM

Carl Landry scored eight points with four rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 23 minutes.

He hasn't been very productive this month and the Kings have a mess at power forward. Reggie Evans miss all six shots from the field with 16 rebounds, three assists and one turnover. Jason Thompson played 18 minutes in his start with two points and three rebounds, and two turnovers. Basically, this situation for most fantasy owners can be summed up in one word: Nope.
Oct 25 - 12:38 AM

DeMarcus Cousins had an awesome finish to his preseason on Friday with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

While we're not sure he can stay under his goal of less than five technical fouls, we're positive he's going to be a beast in fantasy leagues. Cousins is a threat to be a 20-10 guy with plenty of defense and is worthy of a selection in the first round.
Oct 25 - 12:31 AM

Rudy Gay will not return to Friday's game after being elbowed in the jaw by Lakers rookie Julius Randle.

Gay had a similar scare during the World Cup but avoided any fractures. He will have X-rays once he's back in Sacramento and we can only hope that they come back negative, as the Kings open their regular season at home vs. the Warriors this Wednesday. If Gay is forced to miss any time, Omri Casspi and Derrick Williams are the most likely candidates to absorb his playing time.
Oct 24 - 11:32 PM

Omri Casspi (back) returned to practice on Wednesday.

He missed Monday's preseason game with his back issue, which hasn't been an issue since 2011. Casspi will back up Rudy Gay and won't have much fantasy value.
Oct 22 - 6:11 PM

Nik Stauskas (shoulder) practiced on Wednesday.

He just had some soreness in his shoulder and it's not considered serious. Stauskas' role is still unclear, but he'll likely get minutes in the low 20s this season. He's not quite worthy of a late-round pick in standard leagues.
Oct 22 - 6:09 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) triple-doubled with turnovers in Monday's preseason loss to the Spurs, scoring 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and a whopping 10 turnovers.

Five of those turnovers were offensive fouls in a quintessential Boogie game tonight. The Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter (calf) was out, so they had nobody that could even remotely control him. He's going to be a thrill ride this season. His Achilles' injury is not a concern.
Oct 21 - 12:19 AM

Rudy Gay (ankle) got back on the floor in Monday's preseason game against the Spurs, scoring 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting (10-of-12 FTs) with seven rebounds and one block in 32 minutes.

This wasn't a bad line but it was worth noting that Gay was taking bad shots that have characterized 'Bad Rudy' in past years. Isaiah Thomas kept him from doing that, but he's no longer there and prospective owners should keep in mind that his field goal percentage could slip this year.
Oct 21 - 12:17 AM

Carl Landry (knee) returned to action on Monday, scoring 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting (5-of-5 FTs) with seven rebounds and no steals or blocks in 18 minutes.

This is a Landry line if we've seen one. He'll need to have a bunch more before we recommend to owners that they deal with his fantasy deficient stat-set in standard leagues.
Oct 21 - 12:14 AM

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