Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

Martell Webster (back) is not going through a full practice on Friday.

He is getting closer to a return and was cleared for contact last week. The Wizards have given Rasual Butler some minutes in the past few games and it's pretty clear Webster will get a sizable portion of minutes because of his shooting. We still don't have a concrete target date, so he's not worth stashing in most leagues right now.
Nov 28 - 2:12 PM

The Wizards have made it clear that they will do what they must to retain Bradley Beal.

With Beal up for a contract extension after the 2015-16 season, rival executives expect that the Wizards will do whatever necessary to retain the 21-year-old. We're still a ways off from anything happening here and Kevin Durant's impending free agency after the 2015-16 season could change things. For now, fantasy owners will have to enjoy the fact that Beal is healthy and on-pace to return top-50 fantasy value as long as he can stay on the court.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 27 - 12:21 PM

John Wall had his worst game of the season on Wednesday against the Cavs during a 113-87 loss with six points, four rebounds, seven assists, five turnovers and two 3-pointers.

He took it to Kyrie Irving on Nov. 21 with a 28-point, game, but he was on the other end of the spectrum tonight. Wall's shooting numbers aren't quite there at 42.6 percent, so his 46 percent after the break last season doesn't look like it's going to carry over. He's obviously a fantasy stud.
Nov 26 - 11:40 PM

Bradley Beal struggled in his first start of the season on Wednesday against the Cavs, making 4-of-10 from the field for 10 points with two rebounds, two assists and three steals in 28 minutes.

He only had 13 points in his last game and is just 1-of-8 from downtown in his last three games. There is obviously nothing to worry about here despite his season averages sitting at just 14.6 points, 3.6 boards, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 triples on 44.6 percent from the field. He'll be better on Saturday against the Pelicans.
Nov 26 - 11:36 PM

Kris Humphries had three points with three rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in 23 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday.

He made 1-of-7 from the field tonight and was 2-of-7 in his first start on Tuesday, so the Wizards are missing Nene (foot) right now. The minutes are not going to be more than 25 while Nene is out, so he's more of a low-end plug and play. We don't expect Nene to be ready this weekend, though.
Nov 26 - 11:28 PM

Rasual Butler scored 23 points against the Cavs on Wednesday with one rebound, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

He did score nine of those points in garbage time, but this is still an eye-catching game even before that output. The Wizards were built on the catch-and-shoot makes last year, so it is somewhat possible Butler gets a little run while Martell Webster (back) is sidelined. He's still only worth a look in deep leagues, but this is his second 28-minute game in the last three games.
Nov 26 - 11:21 PM

Bradley Beal will move into the Wizards' starting lineup on Wednesday, moving Garrett Temple to the bench.

Beal has come off the bench in all four of his games this season, averaging 15.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting, 1.5 threes, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals. It was only a matter of time before he displaced Temple and he should already be locked into all active fantasy lineups.
Nov 26 - 6:13 PM

Nene (foot) will not play against the Cavs on Wednesday night.

This will be his second game out of the lineup due to plantar fasciitis. He has dealt with this issue before, so he's most likely going to miss time. Kris Humphries is an interesting play tonight against a soft Cavs interior defense. Drew Gooden will also get more run.
Nov 26 - 4:26 PM

Bradley Beal made just 4-of-14 shots off Washington's bench in Tuesday's tough loss, scoring 13 points with one 3-pointer, six rebounds, one steal and a game-high seven turnovers.

It seems like only a matter of time before Garrett Temple is benched and Beal starts alongside John Wall, so Beal's owners should remain patient. The self-proclaimed best backcourt in the NBA had its struggles tonight, however, as Wall and Beal combined for a whopping 13 turnovers in a three-point defeat.
Nov 25 - 9:50 PM

Paul Pierce had 14 points in Tuesday's home loss vs. Atlanta, and in the process he passed Jerry West to become the 17th-leading scorer in NBA history.

Pierce overtook West with point number 25,194, a testament to his durability as well as his elite scoring ability. The 37-year-old has settled in nicely with the Wizards this year, returning mid-round value with averages of 13.1 points, 1.3 triples, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.7 steals per game.
Nov 25 - 9:50 PM

Garrett Temple had another quiet game on Tuesday with five points, three assists and one steal vs. the Hawks, but he continues to start at SG ahead of Bradley Beal.

Temple got off to a fast start this season but to say he's slowed down is an understatement -- he's scored a combined 21 points in the Wizards' past eight games. He's a steady source of steals, which could come in handy in very deep formats, but that's about it.
Nov 25 - 9:49 PM

Starting in place of Nene (foot) on Tuesday, Kris Humphries logged 22 minutes and had seven points (2-of-7 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), 10 rebounds and three turnovers.

Humphries has been playing well off the bench since recovering from a hand laceration that limited him during the preseason, and he's worth a look in deeper leagues as long as Nene is on the sidelines. Just be mindful that he's a sub-par FT shooter who won't contribute much beyond points and rebounds.
Nov 25 - 9:49 PM

Otto Porter (hamstring) returned to action on Tuesday with six points, three rebounds and two turnovers in 20 minutes off the Wizards' bench.

Porter sat out Saturday's game as a precaution but the injury was never considered serious and he looked fine tonight. As long as Paul Pierce is healthy, however, there's no reason to own Porter in typical fantasy formats.
Nov 25 - 9:48 PM

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Rockets are considering signing 16-year veteran Al Harrington, who was recently cut in China in order to allow him to pursue an NBA return.

This is just something to monitor for now, but it's worth noting. Houston's frontcourt has taken a major hit with Dwight Howard (knee) and Terrence Jones (leg) both sidelined, and they have been starting Tarik Black and Donatas Motiejunas. Al Harrington is on his last legs, but still managed to average 6.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.0 three-pointer through 34 games with the Wizards last season. He's extremely unlikely to be an impact fantasy player with Houston, but he could serve as a 3-point specialist for owners in very deep leagues.

Kris Humphries will enter the starting lineup in place of Nene (foot) for Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks.

When given the minutes Humphries is a double-double threat, so he should serve as a fine plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Currently there is no timetable set for Nene's (foot) return, so if there's currently a guy on your roster you've been looking to cut, Humphries makes sense as a speculative add.
Nov 25 - 6:16 PM


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