Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

Paul Pierce (sore right big toe) did not practice on Thursday.

Pierce missed Tuesday's game with his toe injury and a missed practice on Thursday doesn't bode well for his availability against the Heat on Friday. There's a chance the Wizards are just giving the veteran an extra day to recuperate, so we'll have to check back on his status after Friday's shootaround. If Pierce does sit, Otto Porter would likely get the start and remain a risky option in daily leagues.
Dec 18 - 1:08 PM

Rasual Butler came off the bench for 23 points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers on 9-of-15 shooting in 28 minutes.

He went on a tear like this about two weeks ago, but then dried up and did almost nothing after owners picked him up. We're crediting tonight's performance to the absence of Pierce, as he hadn't scored more than eight points in any of his previous four games. Don't expect Butler to start playing like this on a regular basis, but any time Pierce is out, remember to give Butler a look in daily leagues. And if you're in a deep league and are simply looking for a warm body, feel free to take a flier on him.
Dec 16 - 9:44 PM

John Wall was dominant again scoring 21 points, matching a career high with 17 assists, and adding four rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 9-of-17 shooting as the Wizards beat the Wolves to improve their record to 18-6, and 13-2 at home.

Wall leads the league with seven 20 & 10 points/assists games and is a legitimate MVP candidate. He's healthy, doing and saying all the right things, and playing like a superstar these days. What's not to love?
Dec 16 - 9:40 PM

Otto Porter started in place of Paul Pierce (toe) on Tuesday and had 10 points, five rebounds, one assist, a block and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes.

Pierce is day-to-day and Porter wasn't exactly a beast tonight, so there's no reason to run out and pick Porter up. However, if Pierce is ever set to miss a lot of time, Porter would be someone to look at, after Rasual Butler.
Dec 16 - 9:37 PM

Kris Humphries bounced back from a two-point, four-rebound game on Sunday with six points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes on Tuesday.

Nene is back, but Humps is still starting and should be owned in most leagues as long as that's the case.
Dec 16 - 9:33 PM

Paul Pierce (sore right toe) will not play Tuesday vs. the Timberwolves, and Otto Porter will draw the start in his place.

While Porter is starting, this news will likely translate to more shots going to Bradley Beal. Porter has shown flashes, but remains a risky option in daily leagues coming in with averages of just 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds.
Dec 16 - 6:31 PM

Marcin Gortat was given a flop warning for his actions against the Jazz on Sunday.

VIdeo of the flop can be found below. If Gortat is found guilty again, he'll face a $5,000 fine.
Dec 15 - 12:29 PM

Marcin Gortat was very quiet on Sunday, scoring only five points on 2-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, one block and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

Rudy Gobert started for Utah and his incredible length and athleticism get some credit for Gortat's off night, which was only his sixth single-digit scoring game of the season. He should have much better luck on Tuesday vs. the Wolves, and especially on Friday vs. the Heat.
Dec 14 - 8:46 PM

Paul Pierce was held without a rebound on Sunday for the first time all season, though he added 15 points, one 3-pointer, one assist and two steals in just 25 minutes of action.

Pierce's versatility is a saving grace for fantasy owners, and he's been a steady top-100 option with averages of 13.1 points, 1.3 triples, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. The return of Bradley Beal hasn't noticeably impacted his production, making him a safe bet for rest-of-season value.
Dec 14 - 8:46 PM

Kris Humphries scored two points on 1-of-4 shooting vs. the Jazz on Sunday, adding four rebounds, one assist and one block.

He logged 26 minutes and continues to start ahead of Nene (10 points, six boards in 23 minutes). Fantasy owners should stick with him a while longer in case coach Randy Wittman opts for Humphries as his full-time starter.
Dec 14 - 8:45 PM

John Wall stuffed the stat sheet in Sunday's home win vs. the Jazz, notching 16 points, six rebounds, eight assists, five steals and three blocks.

He also turned the ball over five times, but that's par for the course as he averages the fifth-most turnovers of any player in the league at 3.9 per game. He's a top-10 player without that turnover-based caveat, so owners don't have much to gripe about.
Dec 14 - 8:45 PM

Bradley Beal scored a season-high 29 points against the Clippers during a 104-96 win on Friday with three rebounds, four assists, three steals and four 3-pointers.

He's finally got it going over his last six games, averaging 17.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.5 triples on 45.2 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the line. Beal is fully capable of being a top-30 guy in fantasy, so his patient owners might finally start seeing some dividends.
Dec 12 - 10:46 PM

Marcin Gortat was a handful for the Clippers during a win on Friday, making 8-of-10 from the field for 18 points with two rebounds and two blocks.

He had a terrific block against Blake Griffin in the low post. Gortat and the Wizards have won seven of their last eight games and the big man has shot at least 55 percent from the field in seven of those eight. He's blocking shots, pulling down boards and making 96 percent of his free throws in that span, so he's as must-start as it gets.
Dec 12 - 10:43 PM

Kris Humphries had a nice outing in 27 minutes against the Clippers on Friday with 11 points, eight rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block.

Nene played 23 minutes off the bench, scoring nine points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. The Wizards were great in the paint and kept the Clippers to just 24 points in that area of the court. Humphries looks like he's stick in the starting lineup for now, so he's worth owning in 14-team leagues.
Dec 12 - 10:35 PM

Martell Webster (back) practiced on Thursday, but was unable to participate in full.

Webster has been ramping up his rehab, but didn't participate in a full-court practice on Thursday so we're reading tea leaves as to when he'll return. Webster's eventual return will cut in the fantasy value of Paul Pierce, Rasual Butler and Otto Porter, but standard league owners can feel free to leave him on the waiver wire.
Dec 11 - 1:43 PM


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