Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

Ramon Sessions is listed as questionable for Friday's game due to a lower back strain.

If he's out it should just mean more minutes for Darren Collison. Sessions will only be worth using in fantasy leagues if Collison goes down with an injury.
Dec 25 - 8:48 PM

Rudy Gay scored 13 points on 4-of-14 shooting (including a three) with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in Monday's loss to the Warriors.

Gay took a shot to his knee/quad area but stayed in the game, and may have turned an ankle at one point during the first half, too. He has an Achilles' injury and the Kings rely on him arguably too much these days, so owners should hope for longer periods of rest like the one the team will have before their next game on Friday.
Dec 23 - 2:27 AM

Omri Casspi (knee) returned to action on Monday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds, three assists and one block in 29 minutes.

Casspi's knee injury has kept him off the floor since just before Mike Malone's firing and he apparently feels great now. He was a garbage time guy tonight and though he's played well, he is still a waiver wire guy in most standard formats.
Dec 23 - 2:25 AM

DeMarcus Cousins is starting against the Warriors on Monday.

There was no doubt despite him being listed as probable. Cousins should go off tonight.
Dec 22 - 10:16 PM

DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi, Reggie Evans and Ramon Sessions are all probable to play against the Warriors on Monday.

It would be an absolute shock to see Cousins miss this game. He has already turned down a minutes cap since his return to the lineup and he has been fantastic, averaging 28.0 points, 12.5 boards, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in 35.0 minutes per game. Start him, obviously.
Dec 22 - 4:41 PM

Ben McLemore lit up the Lakers on Sunday for 23 points, making 10-of-18 shots with two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal.

He also turned the ball over five times during 38 minutes on the court, but that's easy to overlook given his recent offensive binge -- he's scored double-digits in six straight games, averaging 17.5 points, 2.3 triples, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists during that span. He's also committing 3.0 turnovers with negligible defensive stats (0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks), but is worth deploying in most leagues for his offense alone.
Dec 21 - 11:16 PM

DeMarcus Cousins dominated the Lakers on Sunday, piling up 29 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks with two turnovers in 37 minutes.

His weeks-long struggle with viral meningitis hasn't been evident since his return to action on Thursday, and tonight's line was a reminder of DMC's first-round fantasy value. The Kings recently fired coach Mike Malone, installing interim coach Ty Corbin in his stead, and they're involved in nearly every high-profile trade rumor in the NBA, but none of those distractions have detracted from Cousins' fantasy value.
Dec 21 - 11:08 PM

Ramon Sessions (back) was available for Sunday's game but he did not leave the Kings' bench.

Darren Collison logged 40 minutes as the team's starting PG and rookie Ray McCallum chipped in a pair of rebounds and assists in 11 minutes off the bench, allowing the Kings to rest Sessions a while longer. We're taking him off the injury report, and he should resume a 10-20 minute role vs. the Warriors on Monday.
Dec 21 - 11:02 PM

Reggie Evans (knee) came off the Kings' bench for two points and four rebounds in seven minutes of action during Sunday's home win vs. the Lakers.

Evans is tied for fourth in the NBA in rebound rate, hauling in 22.1 percent of all shots missed while he's on the court, which is lower than only Bismack Biyombo, DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan. That rebounding prowess is the extent of Evans' fantasy appeal.
Dec 21 - 10:58 PM

Ramon Sessions (back) has been upgraded to probable for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

As long as Darren Collison is healthy, Sessions won't be worth using in most leagues.
Dec 21 - 5:22 PM

Omri Casspi (knee) is probable for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

He has missed the last six games due to his knee, so it's nice to see him close to returning to action. However, Casspi isn't a big part of the rotation, and will likely be eased into action upon his return. You can leave him on the wire.
Dec 20 - 10:02 PM

Reggie Evans (knee) is probable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

Now that DeMarcus Cousins is back, Evans is not very important. He can rebound with the best of them, but that's about it. Leave him on the wire.
Dec 20 - 9:59 PM

Ramon Sessions (strained lower back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

He has been hit-or-miss off of the Kings bench this year, and is not reliable enough for owners in standard leagues. Check back before tip-off Sunday, and expect Ray McCallum to step into the rotation if Sessions sits.
Dec 20 - 9:58 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is probable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

It would be a shock to see him sit out based on how terrific he looked in his return on Thursday. Cousins refused to take a minutes limit and played 33 minutes, so he'll probably be around 35-37. He's going to have a late supper and eat big time. Start him.
Dec 20 - 9:57 PM

DeMarcus Cousins said that there was no way he was going to accept the limited minutes, and ended up playing the entire fourth quarter of Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

Cousins added that he'll be fine, so it appears owners can get back to plugging him into their lineups without hesitation every time he's active. He finished Thursday's game with a standard 27-point, 11-rebound Boogie outing, while playing 33 minutes.
Dec 19 - 8:26 AM


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