Player News - Kings

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Anthony Tolliver hit 2-of-7 shots for six points with one rebound and two 3-pointers in Saturday's loss to the Bulls.

Tolliver continues to struggle and has now scored fewer than 10 points in four of his last five games, averaging 27.8 minutes, 6.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game during that stretch. With Rudy Gay (Achilles) out, more was expected out of Tolliver, but he has not lived up to the hype and is far from a must-own player at this point.
Jan 22 - 12:10 AM

Garrett Temple scored eight points with three rebounds, three assists, one block, two steals and one 3-pointer on Saturday against the Bulls.

He is averaging 30.2 minutes, 8.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.2 steals per game in his last five. With Rudy Gay (Achilles) out for the season, Temple should continue to see consistent minutes and is worth adding off of waivers in many leagues.
Jan 22 - 12:03 AM

Arron Afflalo scored nine points with four assists, one block, one steal, one rebound and three 3-pointer in 35 minutes on Saturday against the Bulls.

Afflalo got the start at small forward tonight, but was a non-factor hitting just 3-of-9 shots. With Rudy Gay (Achilles) out for the season, Afflalo could continue to be a bigger part of the rotation for the Kings. However, he is a low-upside player and offers very little fantasy value, just like most of the other Kings' wing players.
Jan 21 - 11:51 PM

DeMarcus Cousins scored 42 points with 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in Saturday’s 102-99 loss to the Bulls.

The 42 points marked the second most he has scored in a game this season, but his valiant effort was not enough to get a victory. This was his 23rd double-double of the season and eighth consecutive one. He will continue to posts stat lines like these for the remainder of the year with Rudy Gay (Achilles) done for the season.
Jan 21 - 11:44 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein is frustrated with his lack of playing time and production this season.

"I feel I was showing stuff at the end of last season that would make people say, ‘Oh, damn, they got a steal in the draft,’ " Cauley-Stein said. "Now it’s like I took 25 steps forward and 30 steps back. It’s like my whole rookie season didn’t matter and I’m back at square one. Nothing I did last year is having an effect on my career. It’s been very frustrating." After averaging 21.4 minutes per game last season, he's averaging just 10.9 this season. And he's averaging just 6.4 minutes per contest over the last month. He can obviously be left on the waiver wires for now.
Jan 21 - 10:19 AM

Garrett Temple started on Friday vs. the Grizzlies and scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting in 33 minutes.

He was the only starter to eclipse 30 minutes in the blowout, so it's safe to say that the workload will be there with Rudy Gay (Achilles) out for the season. Temple added three rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two triples and was averaging 11.4 points, 3.1 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.1 treys in seven previous starts this season, so pick him up if those stats fit your team well.
Jan 20 - 11:51 PM

Matt Barnes played just 18 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Friday with eight points on 3-of-9 shooting.

He didn't make the most of this "revenge game" opportunity with just two assists, one rebound and one triple in 18 minutes. We're still expecting his minutes to trend up with Rudy Gay (Achilles) out for the season, but he's not an exciting add by any means. Garrett Temple had 14 points in 33 minutes and looks like the better add right now.
Jan 20 - 11:32 PM

Ty Lawson (ankle) returned to action on Friday vs. the Grizzlies and played well with 13 points and five assists off the bench.

He shot 4-of-10 from the field in 23 minutes and also added four rebounds, one steal and one turnover. The Kings briefly used a two-PG lineup tonight, but we should see more of that moving forward with Rudy Gay (Achilles) out for the season. Lawson outplayed Darren Collison in this one and the Kings have lost four straight games, so it will be interesting to see if he's more involved on Saturday vs. the Bulls.
Jan 20 - 11:22 PM

Darren Collison was held to four points on 2-of-7 shooting with four assists and three rebounds in 27 minutes in Friday's loss to the Grizzlies.

Collison's efficiency plummets without Rudy Gay (Achilles) on the court and we got a taste of that tonight. To make matters worse, Ty Lawson (ankle) returned to action and outplayed Collison with 13 points and five assists off the bench. As disappointing as Collison has been this season, he's still worth owning in standard leagues, assuming he can hold off Lawson moving forward. He will look to bounce back vs. the Bulls on Saturday.
Jan 20 - 11:17 PM

DeMarcus Cousins scored 19 points on 5-of-11 shooting, but the Kings lost their fourth straight game on Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

The Kings are only two losses behind the eighth-seeded Nuggets, but this team could really struggle to compete for a playoff spot with Rudy Gay (Achilles) out for the season. Cousins' usage rate climbs from 35.0 to 39.6 with Gay off the court, but that may not help his outlook if the Kings are playing for lottery balls late in the season. Boogie added 10 rebounds, two assists and one block in 28 minutes, but should bounce back on Saturday vs. the Bulls in a much better matchup.
Jan 20 - 11:03 PM

Garrett Temple is starting vs. the Grizzlies on Friday.

Rudy Gay (Achilles) is out for the season and Temple and Matt Barnes will likely see the biggest bump in minutes. Temple doesn't have great upside, but he did put up averages of 11.4 points, 3.1 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.1 treys in seven previous starts this season. Give him a look if has a strong game tonight.
Jan 20 - 7:58 PM

Ty Lawson (ankle) said he will play against Memphis on Friday night.

He went through warmups and apparently everything went well. The Kings were ditching their two-PG lineups earlier this month, but it may be back out of necessity due to the Rudy Gay (Achilles) injury. Garrett Temple is still worth a look in standard leagues even though he'll play more two and three.
Jan 20 - 6:57 PM

Ty Lawson (ankle) will be a game-time call to face the Grizzlies on Friday.

He is going to warm up to see how he feels. Lawson had the same scenario last time and was expected to play, but he did not. If he can't go, Garrett Temple should get heavy run as a combo guard behind a busy Darren Collison. Arron Afflalo would also play more, but isn't a fantasy option.
Jan 20 - 6:48 PM

ESPN's Marc Stein reports Arron Afflalo and Ben McLemore have "as the most likely Kings to be dealt."

Stein adds that McLemore is "first and foremost" on the block, which was already reported to a lesser degree. The Kings are really in a tight spot because without Rudy Gay (Achilles) they're very unlikely to make the playoffs unless they unload future assets. Afflalo may actually be the starter with Gay out, but he has very little value right now.
Jan 20 - 3:06 PM

Ty Lawson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Memphis.

Lawson did not play Wednesday after twisting his ankle in the second half of Sunday's game. Darren Collison is a tempting DFS play if Lawson does not suit on Friday. Collison played well on Wednesday, finishing with 11 points, nine assists and four steals in 37 minutes. Garrett Temple played 29 minutes off the bench.
Jan 20 - 12:37 PM

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