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Naz Reid accounted for 17 points (8-12 FG, 0-3 3PT, 1-2 FT), one rebound, three assists, one steal, one block, and one turnover in Saturday's defeat to the Wizards.

Fantasy Impact: Reid has repeatedly shown his ability to produce even with Karl-Anthony Towns back in the mix, such as in tonight's contest despite another loss. However, he remains rostering only in deeper leagues for now due to his inconsistency.

Category: Game Recaps

Jarred Vanderbilt tallied 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-5 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and three turnovers in Saturday's loss to the Wizards.

Fantasy Impact: Vanderbilt was able to register a second straight double-figure scoring performance and pull down a team-high 12 rebounds tonight. His stock could be on the rise, especially with Malik Beasley set to miss 11 more games, so fantasy managers in deeper leagues could take a flier on the 21-year-old.

Category: Game Recaps

Karl-Anthony Towns contributed 23 points (7-19 FG, 2-6 3PT, 7-9 FT), 11 rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and five turnovers in Saturday night's defeat to Washington.

Fantasy Impact: Towns was uncharacteristically cold from the field tonight, as he shot only 36.8%. He otherwise recorded another typical stat line despite the Wolves dropping their seventh straight game. Towns will get Deandre Ayton and the Suns on Sunday night.

Category: Game Recaps

The NBA has suspended Timberwolves G Malik Beasley 12 games for conduct stemming from charges during the offseason. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Last September, T-Wolves G Malik Beasley was arrested and subsequently charged with fifth-degree drug possession and a threat of violence. Now, the NBA has finally handed down its suspension: 12 games. This is a huge loss for Minnesota, as Beasley has been having one of the best seasons of his young career. So much so, in fact, there has been league-wide rumblings of Beasley being a Most Improved Player candidate. In his absence, fantasy managers should expect to see Jarrett Culver and Josh Okogie to see expanded roles.

Anthony Edwards provided 21 points (7-20 FG, 3-9 3PT, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, and three turnovers in Wednesday's overtime defeat to Chicago.

Fantasy Impact: By no means did Edwards have an efficient shooting night, but fantasy owners might take it, considering he averaged an abysmal 22.6% from the field across his previous four games. On the flip side, his nine boards and six dimes accounted for career-highs. If he can continue producing all-around performances, his field-goal shooting becomes far more forgivable.

Category: Game Recaps

Minnesota's Jarrett Culver will be available to play in Wednesday's matchup against the Bulls. (Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tonight's game will be the first game action Culver has seen since January 25th. Understandably, Culver will be on a 15 minute restriction on Wednesday. With a head coach change, as well as positive contributions from young players like Anthony Edwards, fantasy managers should take a "wait and see" approach with Culver, making sure his role is one that remains worthwhile for fantasy purposes.

Category: Injury Updates

Ricky Rubio tallied 18 points (7-12 FG, 3-5 3PT, 1-3 FT), six assists, one steal, and one turnover in Sunday's loss to the Knicks.

Fantasy Impact: Rubio had an off night last game against the Raptors, but has otherwise filled in very nicely for D'Angelo Russell. He's been able to score in double figures in four of the last five contests, though his assist totals could climb back up, as he averages only five dimes across his past two games. Rubio will get the Bucks on Tuesday night.

Category: Game Recaps

Jordan McLaughlin contributed 11 points (5-8 FG, 0-2 3PT, 1-1 FT), two boards, seven assists, and one steal in Friday night's loss to the Raptors.

Fantasy Impact: McLaughlin notched his second double-figure scoring performance in the last three games. However, he hasn't been consistent enough to warrant a roster spot on fantasy teams. At best, McLaughlin could be an assist specialist in deeper leagues, but fantasy managers hopefully already snagged Ricky Rubio off the waiver wire.

Category: Game Recaps

Minnesota Timberwolves G D’Angelo Russell will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on his left knee and is expected to be sidelined four-to-six weeks, sources tell ESPN. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This a major blow for fantasy managers and Minnesota fans. Russell has missed four of the last five games with a knee issue and he’ll have surgery to repair the loose bodies in his left knee. News of Russell’s absence should propel rookie Anthony Edwards into the starting lineup and expect Ricky Rubio to see an uptick in minutes as well. Malik Beasley is and Karl-Anthony Towns remain the top scoring threats for the Timberwolves with Russell out of the lineup.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions, Rumors

Josh Okogie recorded 11 points (3-3 FG, 1-1 3PT, 4-4 FT), two rebounds, one assist, and one block in Monday's defeat to Dallas.

Fantasy Impact: Okogie has had a miserable year shooting the ball, as he's currently at 35.7% from the field and 20.0% from beyond the arc. Tonight, he was perfect from the field and the charity stripe. This was a nice game for Okogie, but he remains off the fantasy radar.

Category: Game Recaps

Juancho Hernangomez (conditioning) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Mavericks.

Fantasy Impact: Hernangomez is looking to make his return following a lengthy time in the league's health and safety protocol, but his conditioning is still in question for tonight's game. If he is to miss again, Jarred Vanderbilt would be in line to play more minutes.

Category: Game Recaps

Jake Layman contributed 16 points (6-9 FG, 2-5 3PT, 2-3 FT), two rebounds, one assist, and five steals in Saturday's loss to the Thunder.

Fantasy Impact: Layman has now scored in double-figures in each of his last three games. In addition, his five steals accounted for a career-high. However, Layman is only worth picking up if the Wolves are ravaged with injuries, as he simply doesn't see enough action on the court.

Category: Game Recaps

Jaylen Nowell pitched in 14 points (6-12 FG, 2-5 3PT) and two rebounds in Friday night's win versus Oklahoma City.

Fantasy Impact: Nowell has actually scored in double-figures in six straight games now. While he hasn't offered much else on the stat sheet, his scoring production can no longer be ignored, especially given how effective he's been in just 16 minutes per game this season. Nowell should be rostered in deeper leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Jaden McDaniels produced 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3PT), eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, and three blocks in Wednesday night's defeat to the Magic.

Fantasy Impact: McDaniels saw a very healthy 26 minutes of action tonight, after getting slightly over 10 minutes in each of his previous two games. He additionally recorded a team-high +/- of +19, despite the tough loss. It's too early to recommend managers in deeper leagues to pick up McDaniels, but he should be on watchlists.

Category: Game Recaps

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was released by the Timberwolves as part of the organization's strategy to maintain roster and financial flexibility. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Hollis-Jefferson, even in a shortened preseason, was able to make a noticeable impact on a Timberwolves team that lacked the grit and defensive prowess necessary to remain competitive in a stacked Western Conference. Across three preseason games, he averaged 11.7 minutes of playing time, 7.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.7 blocks while shooting 88.9 percent from the floor. Being on a non-guaranteed one-year minimum-salary contract, Hollis-Jefferson can be claimed off waivers; however, if unclaimed he will return to the free-agent market. If he does join a club, it would be best only to consider deploying Hollis-Jefferson as a deep flier option in DFS tournament formats, given the uncertainty of his role in the rotation.

Category: Transactions

According to Shams Charania, forward James Johnson is being dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of the Ricky Rubio trade that took place on Wednesday. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although the deal was finalized on Wednesday, it took some time for all of the dust to settle and for the full terms to become clear. Johnson will now look to add some playmaking and scoring off of the Thunder bench, though it may be smart to stay away in fantasy draft until his true role is revealed. The 33-year-old vet averaged 8.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game during the 2019-2020 campaign.

Category: Transactions