Player News - Wizards

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Kelly Oubre had an efficient outing on Monday, going 5-of-9 from the field and 6-of-7 from the stripe on his way to 19 points in 35 minutes off the bench.

Oubre added three 3-pointers, five rebounds, one block and two turnovers to his stat line, and he severely outplayed Markieff Morris in this one. He's been trending up over the past week with averages of 14.5 points, 5.3 boards, 2.5 treys and 1.8 turnovers per game on 56.3% shooting, so give him a look if those numbers are appealing.
Jan 15 - 5:27 PM

Markieff Morris was held to just six points on 3-of-6 shooting Monday, to go with six rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 24 minutes.

Morris had a couple nice games to bring in the New Year, but he's gone back to garbage-mode over the past four with meager averages of 8.3 points, 4.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.3 triples and 1.8 turnovers per game on 54.2% shooting in 28.1 minutes a night. Basically, when Kelly Oubre is playing well, Morris' minutes suffer, and that's likely to remain a trend for the rest of the season.
Jan 15 - 5:24 PM

Otto Porter's shooting woes continued on Monday, as he went just 3-of-8 from the field on his way to eight points, six boards, two assists, three steals and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

Porter's jumper has been off in January, as he's been connecting on just 37.9 percent of his field goal attempts, and this was his third game in a row without a single 3-pointer. He's also seen his usage rate dip to just 14.5 over the past seven games, so there's no denying that he's in a dreadful cold streak, but at least he's been coming through with the defensive stats to keep his value afloat. Porter should be able to right the ship soon, so now looks like a good buy-low opportunity.
Jan 15 - 5:20 PM

Bradley Beal netted 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting Monday to go with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, three assists, one block and an unfortunate seven turnovers in 41 minutes.

Turnovers typically aren't an issue for Beal, so we'll chalk that up to some pesky defense from Milwaukee. On the whole, Beal is hitting career-highs in points (23.8), boards (4.4), dimes (3.8) and steals (1.2) this season, which translates to top-40 value in 9-cat leagues. He’s easily been Washington’s best player this year, and he has a good shot of making his first All-Star team this season if he can manage to stay healthy.
Jan 15 - 5:13 PM

John Wall went 7-of-22 from the field and 12-of-13 from the line on his way to 27 points, four boards, nine dimes, one triple, three steals, two blocks and four turnovers in 41 minutes on Monday.

Wall has finally been trending in a positive direction over the past few weeks, posting averages of 25.9 points, 11.3 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.3 blocks, 1.4 triples and 5.3 turnovers per contest on 44.2% shooting from the field and 70.7% from the stripe, which has been good enough for top-15 value when punting turnovers. Wall hasn’t been great from the charity stripe this season, but as a career 78.5% shooting from the line, it should only be a matter of time until he’s draining those.
Jan 15 - 5:11 PM

Kelly Oubre posted 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point line, in Saturday's overtime win against the Nets.

Oubre has rolled up double-digit point totals in four straight, and 12 of the past 14 outings. He is also working on a four-game streak with two more 3-pointers. He did a pretty solid job subbing for Otto Porter Jr. when he was hurt, and he hasn't skipped a beat heading back to the bench. However, as long as OPJ is healthy, Oubre is best used in deeper fantasy leagues only.
Jan 13 - 10:49 PM

Bradley Beal (ankle) finished with 24 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals over 43 minutes in Saturday's overtime win against the Nets.

Beal tweaked his ankle in the second quarter and needed medical attention in the second quarter. He was able to return after a brief absence, had his ankle re-taped and he finished strong. Beal has posted 20 or more points in 10 straight outings, playing his best basketball of the season. He is averaging 26.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per outing over the 10-game stretch.
Jan 13 - 10:40 PM

John Wall finished with 23 points while tying a season high with 16 assists over 40 minutes in Saturday's overtime victory against the Nets.

Wall wasn't the big star on Polish Heritage Night in D.C., as that honor belonged to Marcin Gortat. But Wall made it a successful night and sent the home crowd home happy. If you're wondering what sixteen is in Polish, and who wouldn't be, it's 'szesnascie'. Wall has managed nine or more assists in each of his six January outings, and seven in a row. His six-game run with at least one blocked shot came to an end, however.
Jan 13 - 10:34 PM

Marcin Gortat was an efficient 6-of-8 from the field Saturday against the Nets, finishing with 16 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot over 30 minutes.

The Polish Hammer didn't disappoint on Polish Heritage Night at the Verizon Center in D.C. Before the game Gortat took pictures and honored a couple of Polish World War II veterans, and it was a huge turnout in the nation's capital. Fantasy owners were pleased with Gortat's line. He has back-to-back double-doubles for the first time since a three-game run with 10 or more points and 10 or more rebounds from Nov. 17-20. Na zdrowie, Marcin!
Jan 13 - 10:29 PM

Bradley Beal (ankle) has returned to Saturday's game vs. Brooklyn.

Beal tweaked his ankle in the second quarter and headed back to the locker room. However, he quickly returned to the bench after getting his ankle taped and has re-entered the game.
Jan 13 - 7:53 PM

Otto Porter Jr. (hip) was able to play 39 minutes against the Magic on Friday, finishing with nine points on 4-of-13 shooting.

Fantasy owners won't be terribly pleased with the off shooting night, and the fact he chipped in with just two assists, two rebounds and two steals. However, it was nice to see him roll up 39 minutes, playing with no restrictions after just returning from a hip injury on Wednesday. It will be interesting to see how the team handles him on Saturday night in the second end of a back-to-back against the visiting Nets.
Jan 12 - 11:11 PM

Marcin Gortat was able to post 12 points and 11 rebounds over 27 minutes despite a bit of foul trouble on Friday against the Magic.

Gortat picked up four personal fouls in his 27 minutes, so Ian Mahinmi stepped up and posted a season-high 17 points to fill the void. He and Mahinmi had their way with the Nikola Vucevic-less (hand) Magic, and only Bismack Biyombo was offering any resistance down low. Gortat and the Wiz are back in action in a very favorable home matchup against the defensively-challenged Nets on Saturday night.
Jan 12 - 11:09 PM

Ian Mahinmi finished with a season-high 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in Friday's 125-119 victory against the Magic.

Mahimni also chipped in with an assist, a steal and just one turnover in his 21 minutes while connecting on 7-of-8 from the field. He saw some extended minutes with Marcin Gortat in a bit of foul trouble, excelling against a rather soft Orlando middle still missing Nikola Vucevic (hand). Despite the solid performance, Mahinmi remains nothing more than a deep-league fantasy asset as long as Gortat remains healthy.
Jan 12 - 11:06 PM

Bradley Beal pumped in 30 points with seven assists, three rebounds and a steal over 36 minutes in Friday's home victory against Orlando.

Beal hit 12-of-17 from the field and he was 6-of-8 from the free-throw line, posting a respectable plus-9 rating while turning it over zero times. He is playing his best basketball of the campaign, posting 20 or more points in a season-high nine straight outings. He is averaging 26.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game during the impressive nine-game run.
Jan 12 - 11:01 PM

John Wall connected for 30 points, nine assists, three rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal over 36 minutes in Friday's 125-119 win against the Magic.

Wall appeared to roll his ankle in the second quarter, but he started the second half an didn't appear to be playing with any limitations in the final two quarters. After an off shooting night last Saturday against Milwaukee, Wall has bounced back with a pair of 30-plus performances, averaging 32.5 points, 10.0 assists, 2.0 blocked shots, 2.0 steals and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Jan 12 - 10:55 PM


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