Player News - Wizards

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Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) returned to action on Thursday with 14 minutes, five points, one rebound and one 3-pointer in his season debut.

He backed up Garrett Temple, who played well tonight. Rice has too many holes on defense and issues with his shot selection, so he's not going to have fantasy value.
Oct 31 - 2:33 AM

Marcin Gortat looked great during a 105-98 win over the Magic on Thursday with 20 points, 12 rebounds and one assist in 37 minutes.

He did have a minor ankle tweak tonight, but stayed in the game. Gortat was no match for the Magic on the low block, making 10-of-13 from the field. He's going to be a reliable, low-end No. 1 fantasy center this season.
Oct 30 - 10:35 PM

Otto Porter committed five fouls in his 18 minutes of action against the Magic on Thursday with four points, one rebound, one assist and three steals.

He's had some fouling issues before and tonight was one of his worst. Porter has been playing well and he should normally get minutes in the mid 20s while Bradley Beal (wrist) is out. He should be better against the Bucks on Saturday.
Oct 30 - 10:31 PM

Paul Pierce started slow due to foul trouble and was still able to finish with 16 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Magic on Thursday.

He hit two very clutch back-to-back fadeaway jumpers to help put the game away. Pierce's minutes have been higher than originally expected with 33 in the opener. He's looking like a bargain for those who grabbed him in the late rounds.
Oct 30 - 10:28 PM

Nene played 34 minutes in his season debut against the Magic on Thursday with 12 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals.

He's always been an adept passer and contributes in steals, so the guard-like line isn't a surprise. Nene should be able to put up late-round value while he's healthy.
Oct 30 - 10:23 PM

John Wall turned it on down the stretch in Thursday's 105-98 win over the Magic with 30 points, five rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

He took it to Elfrid Payton tonight and had everything working. Wall had some turnover issues in the season debut, but he kept those down to just two tonight. No player had more total assists than Wall last year and he should have a chance to repeat.
Oct 30 - 10:21 PM

Nene (suspension) is back in the starting lineup for the Wizards on Thursday.

This is just a reminder that Nene is back from his suspension and taking his rightful starting place in the lineup. Drew Gooden will head back to the bench.
Oct 30 - 6:52 PM

John Wall said he turned the ball over "too much" in a loss to the Heat on Wednesday.

Wall had 16 points and 11 assists, but he also had six turnovers. He's going to have to do even more without Bradley Beal (wrist) in the lineup, but he can't afford to turn the ball over at such a high clip. Wall averaged 3.6 turnovers per game last season.
Oct 30 - 4:18 PM

Paul Pierce said he wants the Wizards to establish an identity after their season opening loss to the Heat.

The Wizards were outrebounded 44-38 as they played without the suspended Nene and DeJuan Blair. "That fourth quarter, it was our worst defensive quarter," Pierce said. "We got to be better in that aspect. We got to do a better job of establishing our identity. This team is not known for their rebounding," Pierce said, "so there’s no way they should outrebound us." Pierce had a solid showing with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals and he should have a big enough role in Washington's offense to be worth starting in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 30 - 12:48 PM

Glen Rice didn't play in Wednesday's opener for the Wizards.

He's got an ankle problem and while he was expected to play, he never got off the bench. He's worth keeping an eye on when healthy, as he could start at shooting guard until Bradley Beal is healthy again.
Oct 30 - 12:38 AM

Otto Porter came off the bench for 13 points, four rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer on 4-of-7 shooting Wednesday.

Paul Pierce played well and Porter might have a tough time matching tonight's 24 minutes once Bradley Beal is healthy.
Oct 30 - 12:36 AM

Kris Humphries, who has been out with a finger injury, played 13 minutes off the bench and hit 2-of-6 shots for four points and two rebounds Wednesday.

Keep an eye on him, but the days of him having fantasy value are probably over.
Oct 30 - 12:35 AM

Garrett Temple started at shooting guard for the banged up Wizards on Wednesday and had six points, seven rebounds, an assist, two steals and two 3-pointers on 2-of-8 shooting.

He might get some decent run as long as Bradley Beal and Glen Rice Jr. are out for the Wiz. Beal is going to miss a few weeks, but Rice should be back on the court soon, meaning Temple's days as a starter could be numbered.
Oct 30 - 12:34 AM

John Wall hit 6-of-13 shots and zero 3-pointers for 16 points, three rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in Wednesday's loss.

Wall kicks things off with a double-double and should do a more effective job of scoring on most nights.
Oct 30 - 12:31 AM

Marcin Gortat had 18 points, seven rebounds and a block in Wednesday's opening loss to the Heat.

This line wouldn't normally get a blurb, but it's opening night, so what the heck. He's a solid fantasy center in all formats.
Oct 30 - 12:30 AM


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