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Gorgui Dieng pitched in eight points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3PT), four boards, and two assists in Friday night's close loss to Indiana.

Fantasy Impact: Dieng had been nothing short of impressive for the Wolves during Karl-Anthony Towns' 15 game absence. Fantasy owners surely enjoyed the ride, but with KAT seemingly back in action, it is probably the right time to cut ties with Dieng.

Category: Game Recaps


Josh Okogie compiled 15 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 3PT, 4-6 FT), four rebounds, and one steal in 24 minutes of play off the bench Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: It was a nice shooting performance for Okogie but his scoring has been incredibly inconsistent and he doesn't offer much in the way or peripheral stats. He's only worth consideration in the deepest of leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Jarrett Culver scored 12 points (4-11 FG, 1-5 3PT, 3-4 FT) with four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block across 35 minutes of the Wolves’ 116-114 loss to the Pacers Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Culver has been solid over his last six games averaging 30.4 minutes, 16 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.5 3PM per game over those last six games. Culver should be added everywhere, he should receive plenty of chances down the stretch and hopefully he can knock down more free throws.

Category: Game Recaps


Robert Covington scored nine points (3-11 FG, 3-8 3PT) with ten rebounds, two assists, and one steal across 34 minutes of Friday’s loss to the Pacers.

Fantasy Impact: Covington has been a consistent fantasy contributor all year returning top 50 value in category formats, averaging 12.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.7 steals, one block, and 2.2 3PM per game. Trade rumors will continue to swirl, but for fantasy purposes continue to deploy Covington as usual. Minnesota plays tomorrow against Toronto.

Category: Game Recaps


Shabazz Napier scored 12 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3PT, 2-2 FT) with two rebounds, nine assists, and one steal across 29 minutes of the Wolves’ loss to the Pacers Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Napier got the start at point guard with Jeff Teague traded to Atlanta, and over his last 14 games has averaged 26 minutes, 12 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.6 3PM per game over that span. With more minutes coming his way expect solid returns from Napier as long as he is starting at the point for Minnesota, pick him up if you haven’t already.

Category: Game Recaps


Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points (9-17 FG, 2-3 3PT, 2-3 FT) with two rebounds and four assists in Friday’s 116-114 loss in Indiana.

Fantasy Impact: Wiggins came into this game shooting 38 percent over his past 11 games and can be frustrating to own when he is not hitting his shots. He does not offer much in other categories, shoots 74 percent from the line, and averages 2.3 turnovers a game. For the season Wiggins is averaging 22.8 points, five rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals, one block, and two 3PM per game, good for a top 80 return in 9-category leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 points (9-21 FG, 3-9 3PT, 6-6 FT) with five rebounds and one assist in the Wolves’ 116-114 loss to the Pacers Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Towns returned after missing over a month, and things could not have gone much better after the long layoff. It is obviously safe to fire up Towns in all formats going forward.

Category: Game Recaps


Treveon Graham will miss Friday's matchup with San Antonio after being dealt to Atlanta on Thursday. (Source: Chris Kirschner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: His next chance to debut with his new club will come on Saturday, as Atlanta takes on Detroit in the second of a back-to-back. His role with the team is not yet known.

Category: Injury Updates


Jeff Teague will not play Friday against the Spurs after being traded to Atlanta on Thursday. (Source: Chris Kirschner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Teague won't be available Friday, just a day after being acquired by his former team. Atlanta has a quick turnaround and plays again Saturday, so it's not yet clear when Teague will make his 2019-20 Hawks debut.

Category: Injury Updates


Keita Bates-Diop compiled 15 points (4-10 FG, 2-3 3PT, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, three assists, and one block across 17 minutes of play off the bench Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Bates-Diop had his highest scoring output in over two weeks Wednesday night but he'll have to show a bit more consistency before he deserves consideration in most league formats.

Category: Game Recaps


Naz Reid scored 20 points, (7-13 FG, 4-8 3PT, 2-2 FT), 1 rebound, an assist, and a block during his 18 minutes of floor action off the bench against the Thunder.

Fantasy Impact: Reid scored career high 24 fantasy points against the Thunder and is averaging 14 fantasy points per game on the season. He remains a fantasy free-agent type player for season long fantasy owners.

Category: Game Recaps


Noah Vonleh (back) has been ruled out for Thursday’s contest against the Warriors. (Source: Danny Cunningham on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Vonleh will miss his third consecutive game due to a back injury. His next chance to return will be Sunday’s tilt against the Cavaliers. Vonleh is currently day-to-day.

Category: Injury Updates


Jake Layman (toe) will not play Thursday against the Warriors. (Source: NBA.com)

Fantasy Impact: Layman will miss his 19th consecutive game due to a left toe injury. He is currently day-to-day. Layman's next chance to return will be Sunday against the Cavaliers.

Category: Injury Updates


Martin totaled three points (1-7 FG, 1-5 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists and two block over 24 minutes in the Timberwolves’ 106-104 loss to the Bucks on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Martin made a second straight start Wednesday, providing minimal numbers across most categories. In his two appearances with the starting unit, he's averaged an unimpressive 6.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. He'll head back to the bench once guys start to get healthy, but he doesn't carry much fantasy value even in a starting role.

Category: Game Recaps


Jaylen Nowell finished with 12 points (4-11 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT), two rebounds and a block over 16 minutes in the Timberwolves’ 106-104 loss to the Bucks on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Nowell matched his season-high in minutes while pouring in a career-high point total in Wednesday's close loss. The rookie out of Washington has appeared in just five games for Minnesota this season, spending much of his time with the G League Iowa Wolves instead. He was able to secure some minutes off the bench Wednesday due to a litany of injuries, though he'll likely be sent back to Iowa or hit the bench in Minnesota as the team gets healthy.

Category: Game Recaps


Jordan McLaughlin finished with a career-high 19 points (7-for-13 FG, 3-for-6 3Pt, 2-for-2 FT), four assists, three steals, and two boards in 22 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: McLaughlin is an upside add in deeper leagues as the team will look to move Jeff Teague and maybe a few other complimentary pieces.

Category: Game Recaps


Jordan Bell (shoulder) has been ruled out for Monday’s game against the Jazz. (Source: Minnesota Timberwolves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bell will miss his fourth consecutive game Monday. It’s unclear at this time when he will return to action. Bell does not provide much fantasy value and should be left on the waiver wire in the majority of leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


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