Player News - Wizards

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John Wall was cooking against the Knicks on Wednesday, making 10-of-16 from the field for 29 points with one rebound, seven assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

He was struggling mightily before this gem, making just 28.2 percent from the field in his previous four games. Wall's jumper made some nice strides last season and he should only get better in his age-24 season. Fantasy owners should target him in the late first round.
Oct 22 - 10:12 PM

Otto Porter kept his momentum going against the Knicks in his 31 minutes in the starting lineup on Wednesday, scoring 22 points on 9-of-15 from the field with two rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers.

He is absolutely rolling right now. Over his last five games, Porter averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 triples on 51.9 percent from the field. If he can consistently make triples, Porter could really be in for a fantastic sophomore season. He's on the radar in standard leagues and should start off strong while Bradley Beal (wrist) is on the shelf.
Oct 22 - 10:06 PM

Paul Pierce (knee) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

It's just a knee bruise for Pierce and he's fully expected to be ready to go next week. Pierce's minutes and usage rate will be headed south this year, so he's more of a late-round target in standard leagues.
Oct 22 - 6:16 PM

Bradley Beal (wrist) said he is no longer wearing a cast on his broken wrist.

He's still about a month away since being diagnosed back on Oct. 11. Beal has dealt with multiple fractures in his career, so he's becoming a bit fragile. Still, he's one of the best shooting guards in the NBA and fantasy owners shouldn't let him fall too far in their drafts.
Oct 22 - 4:00 PM

Paul Pierce (bruised knee) is traveling with the Wizards for Wednesday's game in New York.

Whether he plays is another question, but the injury doesn't seem serious enough to jeopardize his availability on opening night. He'll have a healthy role in the Wizards' offense, especially while Bradley Beal is out, and he's a safe target in the late rounds.
Oct 21 - 3:48 PM

John Wall (left knee tendinitis) said that he'll play in Wednesday's exhibition.

He could have played on Monday but rested as a precaution, which was a big reason reserve guard Garrett Temple logged 42 minutes. Wall is coming off a career-best year with averages of 19.3 points, 1.3 triples, 4.1 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.8 steals, racking up first-round fantasy value with zero DNPs all season.
Oct 21 - 3:38 PM

The stitches in Kris Humphries' right hand were not removed during his post-surgery checkup on Monday.

Humphries gashed his hand on the rim during a preseason game, damaging a nerve in his right pinkie finger, and he was given a 3-4 week timetable on Oct. 10. He's very questionable to play in the Wizards' season opener, and Nene will be serving a suspension, so more minutes should be available for DeJuan Blair , Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin.
Oct 21 - 2:52 PM

Garrett Temple played a game-high 42 minutes against the Pelicans on Monday during an 88-84 loss, scoring 13 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

He's in a battle with Otto Porter for the starting shooting guard spot and has played well. Temple also ran the point quite a bit tonight, so it might make sense to bring him off the bench. He's only a low-end add in very deep leagues while Bradley Beal (wrist) is out.
Oct 20 - 10:16 PM

Kevin Seraphin turned in a solid game on Monday with 14 points, five rebounds and one block in 24 minutes.

It's been a roller coaster for Seraphin in the preseason. In his last five games, he's averaged 11.6 points, 7.6 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 blocks and 4.0 fouls in 22.6 minutes. With the Wizards missing Nene for the opener due to a suspension, this is a realistic line for the 24-year-old big man.
Oct 20 - 10:13 PM

Marcin Gortat had a front-row seat for Anthony Davis going off on Monday and finished with eight points, nine rebounds and two turnovers.

It was one of Gortat's worst games of the preseason and he knew it. "It was an awful game," Gortat said. "It would’ve been better if we stayed in bed." He's still a low-end No. 1 center in fantasy leagues and coach Randy Wittman will have more plays for him with Bradley Beal (wrist) out.
Oct 20 - 10:11 PM

Otto Porter made 4-of-10 from the field on Monday for 12 points with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers in 35 minutes.

He is living and dying by the mid-range jumper since Las Vegas, but the looks haven't been as clean as they were at Las Vegas Summer League. The Wizards are definitely going to use his length and they continue to play him a lot in the preseason. He's likely the beneficiary of the Brad Beal (wrist) injury, but he's more of a late-round pick in 14- and 16-team leagues.
Oct 20 - 10:07 PM

Paul Pierce (rest/knee) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition against the Pelicans.

Pierce had a hard fall during Friday's preseason game, and he did not participate in Sunday's practice, but the injury is not considered serious. Pierce should be ready to go for opening night, and he's shaping up to be a great value pick in the later rounds of standard leagues for his ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet.
Oct 20 - 6:55 PM

John Wall (left knee tendinitis) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans, but head coach Randy Wittman expects him to practice on Tuesday.

Wall has dealt with tendinitis in his left knee for a few years now, but it didn't cause him to miss a single game last season. Given the fact that Wittman expects Wall to return to practice on Tuesday, we're not considering this to be a serious issue, and the Wizards are likely just being cautious with their star point guard. Wall led the league in total assists last season, and added a 3-point shot to his game. He's well worth a look towards the end of the first round in standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 6:25 PM

The Wizards have been "totally non-committal" on Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) for the season opener.

He hasn't been moving much at practice and it would appear he's closer to doubtful. If the Wizards feel comfortable with Garrett Temple and Otto Porter at the shooting guard spot, there's no need to rush Rice back into the lineup. If you're looking to make a pickup from the Bradley Beal (wrist) fallout, Porter is probably your guy in deeper leagues.
Oct 20 - 11:56 AM

Kris Humphries (hand) will have his surgically-repaired hand examined on Monday.

He is making good progress and we should know more after tomorrow's consultation. He is still expected to be out until late October at the earliest. He is not recommended for standard leagues at the moment.
Oct 19 - 2:46 PM


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