Player News - Wizards

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Bradley Beal had 22 points (7-of-22 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block during Wednesday's 129-124 loss vs. the Hornets.

Beal has now scored at least 20 points in five straight games, but that's nothing groundbreaking -- he did it in 13 straight games last February/March. Part of the success has come at the FT line, where he ranks eighth in the East with a career-high 5.8 makes per game, up from 4.4 last season. He did appear to tweak his back and left wrist in overtime, but stayed in the game and attempted the free throws. We'll leave him off the injury report unless the Wizards give us reason to be concerned.
Nov 22 - 10:42 PM

Mike Scott returned to the rotation on Wednesday with 13 points, four rebounds and one turnover in 19 minutes of action.

Scott made 5-of-7 shots, including a 3-of-5 mark from downtown, but this comes on the heels of a DNP-CD on Monday. He's a matchup-based special and there's too much risk to even try streaming him.
Nov 22 - 10:41 PM

Otto Porter was quiet on Wednesday with 12 points, four rebounds, one assist and a pair of 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

Porter's stats are down across the board this month, after a scorching October, but he's still putting up mid-round value -- and he has demonstrated his top-30 upside in roto leagues. Wizards coach Scott Brooks put it best earlier this week, saying, "If you don’t love Otto, you are the problem."
Nov 22 - 10:41 PM

Marcin Gortat made 4-of-4 shots for eight points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 37 minutes vs. Charlotte on Wednesday.

Dwight Howard has been a rebounding machine this year, so give Gortat credit here -- he was coming off a streak of three consecutive double-doubles, and just missed his fourth. This was also his third multi-block game in November, so hopefully we'll see him swat more shots, but as long as he's getting sufficient minutes (34.3 over his past three games), fantasy owners have to be satisfied.
Nov 22 - 10:40 PM

John Wall notched 31 points, 11 assists, one rebound, one steal and one block during an OT load loss on Wednesday, making 13-of-26 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs in 41 minutes.

Wall is playing a lot of isolation sets offensively this year, which is one reason his FG percentage has dipped to 42.8%, so it was nice to see him make half his attempts tonight. The best news for fantasy owners is that Wall's recent knee swelling doesn't seem like a lingering issue, and he gets a few days to rest before hosting the Blazers on Saturday.
Nov 22 - 10:40 PM

Kelly Oubre scored 18 points with four rebounds and three 3-pointers on Monday vs. the Bucks.

He did all of his damage in just 23 minutes, hitting 6-of-8 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line. His minutes have been trending down since Markieff Morris returned, and he's only averaging 10.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.4 triples in 23.4 minutes per game over his last five. If Bradley Beal, Otto Porter or Morris ever need to miss time, that would make Oubre appealing again.
Nov 20 - 11:46 PM

Tim Frazier returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Bucks and scored two points with three assists and two rebounds in 17 minutes.

John Wall (knee) played 31 minutes in his return, but he'll likely be closer to 35 once he's 100 percent. That only leaves a handful of minutes for Frazier, so he's nothing but an insurance policy for Wall's owners in very deep leagues.
Nov 20 - 11:42 PM

John Wall (knee) returned from a one-game absence in Monday's 99-88 win over the Bucks, scoring 15 points (5-of-13 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) with six assists, one rebound and one triple in 31 minutes.

Wall played a few less minutes than normal, but that was all part of coach Scott Brooks' plan. Depending on how Wall's knee responds over the next 48 hours, he could see his normal allotment of minutes on Wednesday vs. Charlotte.
Nov 20 - 11:37 PM

Otto Porter (hand) double-doubled vs. the Bucks on Monday, notching 12 points(5-of-12 FGs) with 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two triples in 39 minutes.

Even a swollen hand can't stop this fantasy dynamo. An MRI on his hand came back negative and he was never in danger of missing this one, and it obviously didn't have a negative impact on his play. He finished a game-high +22 and played outstanding defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo, helping the Wizards get back on track after a two-game losing streak.
Nov 20 - 11:29 PM

Otto Porter had an MRI on his swollen right hand, but the results were negative.

It sounds like the MRI was precautionary, and it's important to note that Porter has maintained that his status for Monday's game vs. the Bucks wasn't in doubt. Plug him into your season-long lineups, but check back after the game to see how he holds up.
Nov 20 - 6:46 PM

Tim Frazier will head back to the bench on Monday vs. the Bucks.

John Wall (knee) is good to go and has no restrictions, so Frazier can be dropped to the wire in most leagues.
Nov 20 - 6:42 PM

John Wall (knee) will return to the starting five for Monday's matchup in Milwaukee, sending Tim Frazier back to the bench.

Scott Brooks said that Wall had a "great chance" of returning to the floor tonight, so it's not all that surprising to see him out there and it looks as though his one-game absence was more precautionary than anything else with this being the second game of a back-to-back set. With Wall back in action, Bradley Beal won't see quite as many playmaking opportunities, and Frazier will likely be looking at minutes in the teens. Brooks did say he'd like to keep Wall's minutes in the low-30s tonight, but that's still plenty of time for him to offer up a robust stat line.
Nov 20 - 6:42 PM

Otto Porter is dealing with a swollen right hand, but he said it wouldn't prevent him from playing on Monday vs. the Bucks.

Porter had a large bag of ice wrapped around his right hand after Sunday's game and said he noticed that it started to swell up during the fourth quarter. "I didn’t start thinking about it until I came out of the game," Porter said. "‘This thing is really bothering me right now.’" He added that it's something he'll keep a close eye on, and while he's expecting to play, we'll put him on the injury report to be safe.
Nov 20 - 11:13 AM

Otto Porter went 6-of-13 from the field and 1-of-3 from the stripe on Sunday, finishing with 15 points, six rebounds, two 3-pointers and one steal in 33 minutes.

Porter gets a lot of his buckets on drive-and-kicks from John Wall (knee), so when Wall isn't out there, Porter's efficiency somewhat suffers. In fact, Wall has been the No. 1 assister to Porter this season and by a wide margin with 32 FGM coming directly from a Wall pass, with Porter converting on just 11 of Bradley Beal's passes. This was still a solid stat line for Porter, but we can expect an uptick in efficiency if Wall is able to get back out there on Monday night.
Nov 19 - 6:28 PM

Bradley Beal scored 27 points on 11-of-23 shooting Sunday, to go with five 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist, one block and an unfortunate five turnovers in 37 minutes.

Beal set the tone early for Washington, playing the entire first quarter while posting a 37.8 usage rate through the first half of action, but the Raptors started bringing double and triple-teams during the second half which really slowed down his production. If John Wall (knee) is again forced to the sidelines on Monday night, look for Beal to continue to operate with a heightened usage rate while taking on some increased playmaking responsibilities.
Nov 19 - 6:22 PM


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