Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

Kris Humphries (groin) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. Miami.

It will again be Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin splitting Humphries' reserve minutes, but neither guy can be viewed as a viable option in most leagues.
Mar 5 - 2:03 PM

Kris Humphries (groin) did not practice on Wednesday.

It doesn't sound like he'll play on Friday against the Heat, but a lot could change in the next two days. Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin have filled in for most of his minutes, but are not worth owning in almost any league.
Mar 4 - 2:44 PM

Paul Piece (knee) logged 32 minutes vs. Chicago on Tuesday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting with four 3-pointers, three assists and one block.

Pierce is playing through a variety of nagging injuries but it's conceivable that the Wizards will rest him at some point to prepare him for the grind of the postseason. Washington plays back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday this week, and we'll let you know if there is any suggestion of a DNP-CD for Pierce.
Mar 3 - 11:11 PM

Nene fouled out of Tuesday's game with zero points in 20 minutes of action, though he did get six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The veteran PF said before the game that he "hates" the Bulls but he didn't support his comment with any actions tonight, and the Wizards fell 92-97 in Chicago. Nene has been a borderline fantasy option, due largely to his 25-minute role, and he's only worth deploying if you're in need of rebounds, steals and especially FG percentages.
Mar 3 - 11:10 PM

Bradley Beal shot just 6-of-18 from the field on Tuesday, finishing a road loss to the Bulls with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

Beal is now a combined 8-of-28 in two games since returning from his leg injury, but the good news is that he's averaging 33.5 minutes in those contests. The Wizards' willingness to give him such a heavy workload suggests that he's fully recovered, and it shouldn't take long before his shots start falling.
Mar 3 - 11:10 PM

Kris Humphries (groin) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Bulls.

Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to see extended minutes with Humphries unavailable, but they won't do enough statistically to matter in almost any league.
Mar 3 - 6:44 PM

Paul Piece (knee) said he expects to play against the Bulls on Tuesday night.

While acknowledging that he needs to get himself healthy for the playoffs, Pierce said he plans to play with a sore knee on Tuesday night. Pierce has been a solid fantasy contributor this season and is averaging 15.7 points, 4.3 boards, 2.3 assists, and 2.7 three-pointers over his last three games played. He may rest a few nights down the stretch, but The Truth is still worth owning in standard leagues.
Mar 3 - 1:46 PM

Kris Humprhies (groin) is still unable to move laterally.

Humphries missed Saturday's game against the Pistons, his second consecutive on the sidelines. It doesn't sound like he's all that close to a return, meaning Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will earn extra minutes behind Marcin Gortat and Nene.

The Wizards are not considering firing Randy Wittman, sources told CSN Washington.

The Wizards had lost six straight prior to their most recent win against the Raptors, but it doesn't sound like Wittman is in immediate danger. Wittman isn't the world's greatest head coach by any stretch, and while it's fair to question his strategy at times, he's not the sole reason this team isn't living up to its potential.
Mar 2 - 10:53 AM

Bradley Beal (leg) reported no pain following his first game back in Saturday's win over the Pistons.

"I felt good, no pain" he said. "Just a little winded at the beginning." Beal shot just 2-of-10 from the field, but the fact the he had no issues after jumping right back in with 32 minutes of action is a great sign going forward. Get him back in your lineup if he's not already.
Mar 2 - 9:11 AM

Marcin Gortat grabbed a season-high 17 boards against the Pistons during a 99-95 win on Saturday, adding 16 points, one block and three steals.

Time after time big men have been torching the Pistons frontcourt. Gortat has finally seen his his numbers come up with double-digit boards and at least one block in each of his last five games. If you were able to buy low over the break, you're probably seeing some nice dividends.
Feb 28 - 9:39 PM

Nene scored 21 points against the Pistons on Saturday with seven rebounds, one assist and two steals in 30 minutes.

It's his first 20-point game since Jan. 24 and Nene hasn't been very productive since. In his previous February games, he averaged just 11.2 points, 4.6 boards and 2.0 assists on 55.0 percent from the field and 52.0 percent from the line. He's not worth owning in standard leagues.
Feb 28 - 9:38 PM

Paul Pierce scored 14 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two turnovers against the Pistons on Saturday.

He had some sort of back issue in the second half, but he was able to return in the fourth quarter. Pierce has been dealing with a handful of minor injuries and the team will likely rest him at least a couple more times this season.
Feb 28 - 9:37 PM

Bradley Beal played a surprisingly high 32 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday with eight points on 2-of-10 from the field with six rebounds, five assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

He might have played a little more, but his shot was just off tonight and he wasn't helping his team much. Beal was doing most of his work on the perimeter, but there was no indication that he's still dealing with his leg issue and he was diving for loose balls in the fourth. He was only doing 3-on-3 before tonight and he should get a full practice in soon. Beal is a must-own player.
Feb 28 - 9:35 PM

Kris Humphries (groin) will miss Saturday's game against the Pistons.

This will be his second consecutive game out of the lineup. With Humphries out, the Wizards will look to Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin to step up behind Nene and Marcin Gortat. Most owners in fantasy leagues can monitor this situation from the sidelines.
Feb 28 - 5:22 PM


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