Washington Wizards Player News: All Positions

News: Mahinmi (rest) isn't included on the Wizards' injury report for Sunday's game against the Clippers.
Impact: Mahinmi sat out the Wizards' previous game Friday against the Heat, which was the second half of a back-to-back set. Washington may continue to rest the veteran occasionally throughout the season as a measure to manage his workload coming off an Achilles injury that sidelined him earlier in the campaign, but he looks poised to serve as the backup to Moritz Wagner in most games while Thomas Bryant (foot) is likely out through around mid-January.
News: Thomas (calf) will remain out Sunday against the Clippers.
Impact: Thomas will miss his third straight matchup due to a strained left calf. Ish Smith should continue starting in Thomas' stead.
News: Bonga had just seven points, three assists and two rebounds in 15 minutes during Friday's 112-103 loss to Miami.
Impact: Bonga played just 15 minutes as a member of the starting lineup, finishing with seven points and very little else. He is basically running with the starting unit in an attempt to get Troy Brown more confident moving forward. Despite the seemingly permanent move, Bonga is not worth looking at in most formats.
News: Smith amassed 15 points (6-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight assists, two rebounds and one steal in 33 minutes during Friday's 112-103 loss to Miami.
Impact: Smith replaced Isaiah Thomas (calf) in the starting lineup for the second straight game, ending with 15 points and eight assists. That makes two strong performances in a row for the veteran, demonstrating what he is capable of when given the minutes. Thomas' injury doesn't sound too serious, however, if he is forced to miss additional time, Smith could be worth a flier in 12-team leagues.
News: Bertans produced 19 points (7-20 FG, 5-13 3Pt), 10 rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 33 minutes during Friday's 112-103 loss to the Heat.
Impact: Bertans drilled another five three-pointers Friday, ending with a double-double in 33 minutes. Across his last 11 games, Bertans is connecting on almost five triples per game. Much like Mo Wagner, Bertans was a must roster player prior to Thomas Bryant (foot) going down. He is the 35th ranked player over the past two weeks and shouldn't be available anywhere.
News: Wagner tallied 19 points (7-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, two steals and one assist in 31 minutes during Friday's 112-103 loss to the Heat.
Impact: Wagner played a season-high 31 minutes Friday, falling just one rebound short of his third double-double of the season. Wagner is going to be the starting center for the Wizards for at least the next three weeks. He has been a 12-team asset even with Thomas Bryant (foot) on the floor and so the speculation is that he could be a mid-round player moving forward. Make sure he isn't available in your league.
News: Mahinmi was ruled out for Friday's game against the Heat to manage his Achilles injury.
Impact: The 33-year-old made his season debut in Thursday's win over the 76ers and had seven points and five rebounds in 13 minutes, but he apparently isn't ready to play both halves of a back-to-back set while coming off the Achilles injury. Moritz Wagner, Rui Hachimura and Davis Bertans figure to handle the bulk of the frontcourt work Friday for the Wizards, while Mahinmi will return to the fold Sunday versus the Clippers.
News: Thomas (calf) was ruled out for Friday's game at Miami.
Impact: Thomas missed Thursday's game due to the left calf strain, so it's not overly surprising to see him sitting out the second half of the back-to-back set, as well. The 30-year-old's next chance to take the court will be Sunday versus the Clippers. Ish Smith figures to receive another start at point guard in Thomas' absence.
News: Smith put up 19 points (7-11 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight assists and one rebound in 34 minutes Thursday in the Wizards' 119-113 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Pushed into the starting five after Isaiah Thomas (calf) was a late scratch ahead of the contest, Smith thrived against one of his former squads, racking up his most assists of the season while shooting efficiently from the field. While Smith's typically streaky shooting makes his scoring production difficult to trust, he should be able to put up some useful counting stats if Thomas ends up missing further action. Thomas is no lock to suit up Friday, when the Wizards wrap up a back-to-back set in Miami.
News: Mahinmi (Achilles) logged 13 minutes off the bench in Thursday's 119-113 win over the 76ers, finishing with seven points (2-5 FG, 3-4 FT) and five rebounds.
Impact: Mahinmi looked good in his first action of the season after an Achilles injury kept him sidelined for the first 19 games. He could see a slight uptick in playing time once the injury is further in the rear-view mirror, but the 7-13 Wizards will likely turn to Moritz Wagner to handle the bulk of the minutes at center while starter Thomas Bryant (foot) is sidelined into January. The Wizards will wrap up a back-to-back set Friday in Miami, so Mahinmi could be a candidate to sit out as part of a load-management program.
News: Brown scored eight points (3-5 FG, 2-3 FT), and accrued four rebounds, four assists and two steals in a win over the 76ers on Thursday.
Impact: Brown hasn't exactly been on the standard league radar this season. Most fantasy owners who were hoping for a second-year breakout have been disappointed thus far. If there's a bright spot, it's that Brown's per 36 numbers have been solid with 12.0 points, 8.7 boards, 3.3 assists and 2.2 steals. If the 20-year old somehow gets thrust into a larger role at some point this season, he could be a valuable pickup. For now, he's better served for the extra-deep leagues.
News: Hachimura dropped 27 points (11-18 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT) in a victory over the 76ers on Thursday, adding seven boards and two steals.
Impact: If it weren't for the rookie's 30-point explosion against the Clippers on Dec. 1, this would have been a season-high scoring performance. With Thomas Bryant (foot) out, and Moritz Wagner (ankle) missing time in their previous two games before returning in this one, Hachimura has recently seen playing time at the five. Even though Wagner has returned, it's possible that Hachimura continues to see a bit of run at the center spot as head coach Scott Brooks recently made a comment about how he'd like to see his rookie improve his screen-setting game.
News: Bertans put up 25 points (9-16 FG, 7-13 3Pt), one rebound and one steal in a win over the 76ers on Thursday.
Impact: Bertans saw his role grow in his previous game with Thomas Bryant absent with a foot injury and Moritz Wagner out with an ankle issue. Wagner returned in this one, but Bertans wasn't ready to have his role reduced as he came out hot, hitting 53.8 percent of his three-point attempts on his way to a season-high 25 points. With Bryant set to miss what looks like at least a few weeks, the 27-year old should be owned almost everywhere as he was a standard league option even before Bryant's injury. Bertans is in the midst of a career year, producing career-highs in every counting stat.
News: Beal scored 26 points (7-24 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 11-13 FT) in a win over the 76ers on Thursday, adding 10 boards and four assists.
Impact: It certainly wasn't the strongest of showings for the Wizards star as Philly's defense stifled him on numerous occasions. Beal has scored 30-plus points 10 times through 20 games this season, and 40-plus points four times, but just couldn't get his shot to fall in this one. Luckily, his 13 free throw attempts helped salvage his night. As the clear first option on this team, the 26-year old has played 38 minutes or more in 12 games so far this year. Concerns exist that Beal could be shut down later in the season when the Wizards are eliminated from playoff contention. If there's any glimmer of hope, it's that those same concerns arose last season, but Beal still saw the most minutes per game of any player in the league, and played all 82 games.
News: Wagner put up five points (2-6 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in a victory over the 76ers on Thursday.
Impact: As the only center option besides Ian Mahinmi on the roster while Thomas Bryant (foot) remains out for multiple weeks, Wagner could see a sizable role. Going into this game, the second-year big man was hitting an extraordinary amount of his two-point attempts, shooting 69.8 percent from two, and 60.8 percent from the field. He was also swishing 43.2 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. The shooting numbers seem unsustainable (as evidenced by his 0-of-4 showing from deep in this game), but even if they come down, Wagner is worth a look in almost all formats while Bryant is sidelined.
News: Smith is starting at point guard Thursday against the 76ers, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Isaiah Thomas (calf) was a late scratch, thrusting Smith into the starting lineup for the first time since Nov. 2. In five starts this season, Smith is averaging 8.6 points, 4.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 28.0 minutes per tilt.
News: Thomas will not play Thursday against the 76ers due to a left calf strain.
Impact: Ish Smith should join the starting lineup in place of Thomas, who apparently picked up the injury during pregame warmups, while Chris Chiozza could also see time as the backup point guard. The severity of the issue is not yet known, but with the Wizards playing a back-to-back set, there's a good chance Thomas misses at least two games as a result of the injury.
News: Mahinmi (Achilles) is available Thursday against the 76ers, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Mahinmi has been cleared to make his season debut after missing the first 19 games with an Achilles injury. He should serve as the team's backup center while Thomas Bryant (foot) is on the mend.
News: Wagner (ankle) will play Thursday against the 76ers, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: After practicing Wednesday with no issues, Wagner has been cleared to return following a two-game absence due to a sprained left ankle. With starting center Thomas Bryant (foot) unavailable, Wagner should be in line for a healthy dosage of minutes so long as his ankle holds up.
News: McRae underwent surgery to remove the pin in his right finger Thursday and will miss at least the next two weeks.
Impact: McRae originally had the pin inserted following an injury he sustained in October, and the procedure was apparently a precautionary measure to prevent infection. He'll be re-evaluated just before Christmas. In the meantime, Troy Brown is a candidate to see increased run in McRae's absence.
News: Mahinmi (Achilles) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the 76ers.
Impact: Mahinmi has yet to play this season due to a right Achilles strain, though he resumed practicing last week and appears to be nearing a return. His status should clear up closer to tip-off.
News: Coach Scott Brooks said Wagner's (ankle) status for Thursday's game against the 76ers is up in the air, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports. He is officially listed as questionable.
Impact: Wagner has missed the past two games due to a sprained left ankle, and while he was able to participate in Wednesday's light practice session, his availability for the team's upcoming back-to-back set remains in question.
News: Miles underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair ligament damage to his left wrist.
Impact: The Wizards haven't provided a timeline for Miles' recovery, but the swingman looks like he could be at risk of missing a good portion of what remains of the 2019-20 campaign. Miles' absence for the foreseeable future will free up more playing time on the wing for Jordan McRae, Isaac Bonga and Troy Brown.
News: Bonga is expected to remain in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bonga made his return to the starting five Tuesday night against the Magic and finished with two points, six rebounds and a steal in 17 minutes. In terms of fantasy upside, Bonga doesn't offer much, but it looks as though he'll be favored over second-year wing Troy Brown -- at least for the next few weeks while the Wizards deal with injuries up front, primarily to Thomas Bryant.
News: Thomas scored 20 points (8-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) in a loss to the Magic on Tuesday, adding seven dimes, five rebounds, one steal and one block.
Impact: Thomas started the season off hot, but has since cooled off, and proven to be inconsistent. While consistency is an issue for the 30-year old vet, he's averaging 12.6 points, 5.1 assists and 2.0 threes per game with an 80.0 free-throw percentage on the season. His lack of hustle stats weigh his value down, but if Thomas can find his rhythm and continue to raise one or two of those categories he's strong in, he could find himself on the fantasy radar of most leagues.
News: Beal posted 42 points (16-30 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 7-10 FT), six rebounds, four assists and one steal in a loss to the Magic on Tuesday.
Impact: After seeming to sprain his ankle in a blowout loss to the Clippers on Sunday, Beal looked no worse for wear in this one as he dropped a blistering 42 points on 53.3 percent from the field. The 26-year old is having another fantastic year, putting up similar value to that of last season, and even producing career-highs in points and assists. As the primary playmaker for this Wizards roster, his impressive number of assists are particularly important, currently sitting at 7.2 per game.
News: Bertans dropped 21 points (7-16 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five boards, two blocks and one steal in a loss to the Magic on Tuesday.
Impact: Bertans got his first start of the season in this one, and it went well as he managed to conjure up 21 points with four three-pointers and zero turnovers. Even as one of the more reliable players on this Wizards roster, Bertans is subject to ups and downs. Luckily, this outing was one of his "ups." Swishing 3.5 triples per game, Bertans' value is certainly bolstered by his deep-range stroke, but that's not to say he doesn't provide value in other areas as he contributes serviceable points and a solid free-throw percentage. The absence of Mortiz Wagner (ankle) didn't exactly correlate to a much larger role for Bertans, but the loss of Thomas Bryant (foot) did, as Bertans was forced into the starting lineup and given 40 minutes of playing time. With Wagner on the verge of a return, keep an eye on the situation to see if Bertans maintains anything remotely close to this 40-minute starting role he saw in this one.
News: Hachimura scored 15 points (6-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), and gathered six rebounds and four assists in a loss to the Magic on Tuesday.
Impact: After dropping a career-high 30 points against the Clippers on Sunday, Hachimura followed it up with another efficient, double-digit performance. It may not be as exciting as 30 points, but when you consider his perfect shooting from the charity stripe and just one turnover, it's still more than a serviceable outing for the 21-year old. Thomas Bryant (foot) and Moritz Wagner (ankle) were both out in this one, contributing to Hachimura surpassing the 30-minute mark in each of his last two games. Wagner doesn't appear to be in danger of missing much more time. Bryant's current timetable looks to be three weeks. Upon their respective returns, Hachimura's playing time will almost assuredly drop back down.
News: Bertans is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Magic.
Impact: The 27-year-old will enter the starting five for the first time this season after putting up 20 points and four rebounds Sunday against the Clippers. Bertans is averaging 13.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 27.6 minutes this season, but he figures to be more heavily relied up Wednesday with Moritz Wagner (ankle), Thomas Bryant (foot) and Ian Mahinmi (Achilles) unavailable.
News: Bonga is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Magic.
Impact: The 20-year-old will receive his first start since Nov. 6 with Moritz Wagner (ankle), Thomas Bryant (foot) and Ian Mahinmi (Achilles) all sidelined. Bonga is averaging 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 15.6 minutes this season, but he figures to see an expanded role Wednesday given Washington's lack of available frontcourt depth.
News: Brown will come off the bench Tuesday night against the Magic, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Brown had started the last 11 games heading into Tuesday's clash, but with the Wizards forced to adjust their lineup due to injury, he'll revert to a bench role. He's averaging 9.8 points, five rebounds and 1.5 assists in four games off the bench this season.
News: Hachimura will start at center Tuesday night against the Magic, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: The Wizards are without three centers due to injury, leaving Hachimura as the next man up. He'll slide over to center and is starting alongside Davis Bertans and Isaac Bonga in the frontcourt.
News: Wagner (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Orlando.
Impact: Washington will be without their top three centers Tuesday night, as Thomas Bryant (foot), Ian Mahinmi (Achilles) and Wagner have all been ruled out. There's a good chance Rui Hachimura sees a healthy dose of minutes at center as a result.
News: Bryant has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot and is set to be re-evaluated in three weeks.
Impact: Bryant has played in every game this season for Washington, so this news came out of the blue. He'll miss at least three weeks while rehabbing, though likely longer to get back into game shape. With Bryant out of commission, look for Davis Bertans, Moritz Wagner (ankle) and Isaac Bonga to get more minutes in the frontcourt.
News: Mahinmi (Achilles) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Orlando.
Impact: Mahinmi will miss another game while on the mend from a right Achilles strain. He resumed practicing with Capital City nearly one week ago and appears to be closing in on a return, though an exact timetable has yet to be revealed.
News: Wagner (ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Orlando.
Impact: Wagner was held out of Sunday's matchup due to a left ankle sprain, but he'll have a chance to get back out there Tuesday if all goes well leading up to tip. The team should have another update on his status in the near future.
News: Bertans recorded 20 points (7-10 FG, 6-9 3Pt), four rebounds, two steals, an assist and a blocked shot across 29 minutes in Sunday's 150-125 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Bertans has been remarkably effective in a reserve role for the Wizards, averaging 13.2 points and 4.4 rebounds over the first 18 games.
News: Beal generated 23 points (7-19 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 9-10 FT), 11 assists, five rebounds and two steals across 35 minutes in Sunday's 150-125 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Although Beal's price has become rather high in DFS formats, his potential for production makes him a worthy candidate relative to his cost. Beal's 11 assists are representative of his current results, as he's currently averaging the highest assist totals of his seven-year career through 18 games.
News: Hachimura tallied 30 points (13-23 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and a steal across 38 minutes in Sunday's 150-125 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Sunday's game was by far Hachimura's best of the season, and this is the kind of stat line the Wizards were looking for when they drafted the Gonzaga product in the first round. At 6-12, the Wizards are clearly in rebuilding mode, so they're going to give Hachimura every opportunity to establish himself as a future cornerstone of this franchise. Although his floor isn't reliable yet, he's an upside candidate worth rostering.
News: Wagner (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Clippers.
Impact: Wagner was considered questionable due to the left ankle sprain but won't be able to play Sunday. Isaac Bonga could see increased run with the Wizards now short on frontcourt depth.
News: Wagner is questionable for Sunday's contest against the Clippers due to a left ankle sprain, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Wagner has been playing superbly this season, posting double figures offensively in seven of the last nine games. However, it appears as though the center is experiencing left ankle pain and, as a result, is officially questionable for Sunday's matchup.
News: Miles will see a specialist Monday for further examination on his left wrist injury, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Miles will seek out additional help in assessing what the next steps for his recovery will entail. According to Buckner, however, there's a possibility that the veteran guard will require surgery to repair damaged wrist ligaments, in which case he'd be held out for the remainder of the season. Look for the team to clarify Miles' timeline at some point after Monday's meeting. In the event he misses extended time, Jordan McRae and Troy Brown are expected to be the main beneficiaries from the added workload.
News: Beal had 18 points (5-13 FG, 2-7 3PT, 6-6 FT), nine assists, three rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes during Friday's 125-103 loss at the Lakers.
Impact: Beal hasn't topped the 20-point mark in three of his last five games but he remains a fairly efficient scorer -- he is shooting 48.2 percent from the field during that span, an upgrade over his 47.2 percent from this season. The eight-year veteran continues to lead the Wizards on the offensive end of the court, and that shouldn't change ahead of another tough road matchup at the Clippers on Sunday.
News: Hachimura had 16 points (7-15 FG, 0-3 3PT, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes during Friday's 125-103 loss at the Lakers.
Impact: Hachimura hasn't registered a double-double since the first game of the season, and he has struggled with consistency in recent outings -- he has failed to reach the 10-point mark in seven of his last 14 games, but has scored at least 15 points in six of the remaining seven over that span. Given his recent shooting woes -- he is making 40.4 percent of his field goal attempts in his last five games -- his upside might not be very high ahead of a tough Sunday matchup on the road against the Clippers.
News: Smith had 13 points (6-14 FG, 1-4 3PT), three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes off the bench during Friday's 125-103 loss at the Lakers.
Impact: Smith topped Isaiah Thomas in minutes played, points scored, rebounds and assists for the second consecutive game. There hasn't been any announcement regarding Smith potentially moving to the starting unit, but he sudden rise on both his playing time and productivity should increase his value on a short-term basis. He is expected to come off the bench Sunday on the road against the Clippers.
News: Thomas had 12 points (5-12 FG, 2-6 3PT), five assists, three rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 140-132 win at Phoenix.
Impact: Thomas now has back-to-back poor performances, and this time he played fewer minutes and scored fewer points than backup point guard Ish Smith. That shouldn't affect Thomas' upside in the short term, but the fact that he is trending in the wrong direction should be worrisome. He is averaging 9.6 points and 4.0 assists while shooting just 37.5 percent from the field in 24.2 minutes across his last five starts.
News: Bryant had 23 points (9-11 FG, 2-2 3PT, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 140-132 win at Phoenix.
Impact: Bryant has scored in double digits in all but one game this season, although he topped the 20-point mark just for the second time in his last eight contests. He is not the Wizards' go-to guy on offense due to the presence of Beal, but his constant involvement on the offensive scheme gives him a decent amount of upside despite the opponent.
News: Beal had 35 points (11-18 FG, 4-6 3PT, 9-10 FT), six assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 140-132 win at Phoenix.
Impact: Beal saw his 12-game streak of scoring at least 20 points end during Tuesday's road matchup at Denver, but he bounced back with a strong effort in this one. He continues to be Washington's main scoring threat and averages a career-high 28.9 points per game while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from three-point range.
News: Smith had 21 points (8-11 FG, 2-3 3PT, 3-3 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and three steals in 26 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 140-132 win at Phoenix.
Impact: Smith was coming off scoring nine points combined in his last two games, but came out of nowhere to tie his best scoring output of the season. That being said, Isaiah Thomas has settled as Washington's starting point guard so Smith will continue coming off the bench for the foreseeable future, thus limiting his upside going forward.
News: Miles (wrist) will be held out for the next two games at a minimum according to coach Scott Brooks.
Impact: Miles' injury appears to be relatively severe as he's been preemptively ruled out until next Tuesday at the bare minimum. That said, until the team provides further details, it's difficult to anticipate how much time he'll end up missing in total. Look for Jordan McRae and Isaac Bonga to see expanded roles until Miles returns.
News: Miles has a ligament injury in his left wrist and was ruled out for Wednesday's game at Phoenix, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Miles apparently sustained the injury during Tuesday's game at Denver. The severity of the injury remains unclear, leaving the 32-year-old's status for Friday's game against the Lakers up in the air.
News: Mahinmi (Achilles) has been practicing with the G League's Capital City Go-Go this week amid Washington's two-game road trip, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Mahinmi is working back from a right Achilles' strain, which sidelined him for all of training camp, the preseason and the first month of the regular season. The 33-year-old is now nearing a return to the court, but due to the extensive time he missed, he may be sidelined for at least a few more contests while he aims to regain conditioning. Once cleared for his 2019-20 debut, Mahinmi will likely slot in as the third-string center behind Thomas Bryant and Moritz Wagner.
News: Bonga had two points (1-1 FG), one rebound and one assist in six minutes during Tuesday's 117-104 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Bonga has barely seen the floor since losing the starting small forward gig earlier this month. He hasn't reached double figures in scoring once through 10 appearances this season, and he has combined to play just 10 minutes across his last three tilts.
News: Thomas managed three points (1-8 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and two assists in 22 minutes during Tuesday's 117-104 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Thomas had a dreadful night, finishing with more turnovers (three) than assists while tossing up bricks galore. He has been limited to five points or less in two of the last three games, this after reaching double figures in nine of his first 10 appearances this season. The 30-year-old point guard will try to get back on track during Wednesday's matchup versus the Suns, who are expecting Ricky Rubio (back) to rejoin the rotation, but not Aron Baynes (hip).
News: Beal had 14 points (6-15 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 0-2 FT), six assists, four rebounds and one steal in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 117-104 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Beal had a poor game by his standards, finishing with nearly as many giveaways (four) as assists while struggling with his shot. He has been incredibly good thus far this season, so fantasy owners likely have to cut him some slack after this one. Beal will look to bounce back during Wednesday's matchup versus a Suns team that's expecting Ricky Rubio (back) to play but Aron Baynes (hip) to sit, and Phoenix has really struggled to get stops with Baynes out.
News: McRae compiled 21 points (9-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt), four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 117-104 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: McRae amassed season highs in scoring and threes while matching his season high in minutes. He has reached double figures in scoring in three straight games, this after combining for 17 points across his first five appearances here in November. Apart from Bradley Beal there hasn't been another wing who has established himself as a reliable option for the Wizards, which likely leaves the door open for McRae to earn a decent role if he keeps playing at a high level.
News: Hachimura posted seven points (2-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal in Sunday's 113-106 loss to the Kings.
Impact: After two 15-point games in a row, Hachimura had little impact against the Kings. The 21-year-old is averaging 10.9 points per game and has converted on 50 percent of his shots this season, though he has been inconsistent in his scoring in his recent games, with about half of his scoring totals under eight points. Even with the inconsistent numbers, Washington seems to be working on giving their prized rookie a larger role within the offense.
News: Wagner tallied 12 points (6-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt), 11 rebounds and four assists in Sunday's 113-106 loss to the Kings.
Impact: In five of his last six games, Wagner has reached double-digit scoring and two double-doubles. The 22-year-old's shooting has been terrific this season, and has converted on 63.2 percent of his field goals and 48.6 percent of his three-point shots. Due to his recent strong play, Wagner could work his way into more playing time, as he is currently averaging 18.9 minutes per game.
News: McRae posted 12 points (4-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four assists, three rebounds and one steal in Sunday's 113-106 loss to the Kings.
Impact: McRae notched his second double-digit scoring performance in a row, and has played 19 minutes per game in the last four games. The 28-year-old is likely seeing the jump in playing time as a result of his high shooting percentage (47.5 percent of field goals and 40 percent of three-point shots) as the Wizards continue to construct their rotation of the future.
News: Bryant had 14 points (7-10 FG, 0-2 FT), eight rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes during Sunday's 113-106 defeat against the Kings.
Impact: Bryant has grabbed double-digit rebounds just once in his last seven outings after opening the 2019-20 season with five double-doubles in his first seven games. His numbers have come down to earth after a stronger-than-expected start to the season, but he should remain as one of Washington's most productive players moving forward.
News: Beal had 20 points (8-18 FG, 2-6 3PT, 2-2 FT), eight assists, three rebounds and two turnovers in 41 minutes during Sunday's 113-106 defeat against the Kings.
Impact: Beal ended his streak of scoring 30 or more points at five games, but at the same time, he extended the one of scoring at least 20 points to 12 contests. The shooting guard has been Washington's main scoring threat this season, and that shouldn't change ahead of a road matchup Tuesday at the Nuggets.
News: Thomas had 17 points (6-11 FG, 4-7 3PT, 1-1 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one block in 29 minutes during Sunday's 113-106 defeat against the Kings.
Impact: Thomas has scored in double figures in all but two games this season and he has been remarkably consistent since he moved to the starting unit. Through nine starts this season, Thomas averages 11.6 points and 5.0 assists in 25.9 minutes per game. Those are not stellar numbers, but they are good enough to keep him fantasy relevant in most formats.
News: Brown (illness) doesn't appear on the Wizards' injury report for Sunday's game against the Kings.
Impact: Brown missed practice Saturday due to the ailment, but the Wizards apparently don't consider the illness to be anything that will jeopardize his status for Sunday. The second-year player should fill his usual role as the Wizards' starting small forward and will likely split time at the position with C.J. Miles.
News: Mahinmi (Achilles) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Kings.
Impact: Mahinmi has been sidelined since late September with a strained right Achilles' tendon and remains without a concrete timeline for a return. Even when he's healthy again, Mahinmi seems unlikely to be a regular member of coach Scott Brooks' rotation with Moritz Wagner thriving as the top backup to starting center Thomas Bryant.
News: Brown was absent from Saturday's practice due to an illness, and his status for Sunday's game against the Kings is currently uncertain, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports
Impact: Brown's availability for Sunday's game will likely come down to how he is feeling closer to tip-off. C.J. Miles and Isaac Bonga would presumably be in line for extra run if he is ultimately unable to give it a go.
News: Bertans had 20 points (7-13 FG, 6-11 3PT), eight rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes off the bench during Friday's 125-118 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Bertans has been one of Washington's most productive players off the bench, and the four-year veteran has scored at least 15 points in each of Washington's last three contests. He will aim to extend that solid run of play Sunday at home against the Kings.
News: Beal had 30 points (10-19 FG, 4-8 3PT, 6-7 FT), 12 assists and five rebounds in 42 minutes during Friday's 125-118 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Beal has scored 30 or more points in each of his last five outings, and the veteran shooting guard is currently averaging 37.0 points, 8.0 assists and 4.6 rebounds over that span. He will aim to extend that sizzling run of play Sunday at home against the Kings.
News: Bryant had 21 points (9-12 FG, 3-5 FT), 11 rebounds and one block in 34 minutes during Friday's 125-118 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Bryant posted his first double-double since early November while topping the 20-point mark just for the third time this season. Bryant is clearly a secondary scoring option in a team that also features Bradley Beal, Rui Hachimura and Isaiah Thomas, but he is producing more than enough to remain fantasy relevant going forward.
News: McRae had eight points (3-4 FG, 2-3 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one block in 13 minutes during Wednesday's 138-132 win over the Spurs.
Impact: McRae returned to the lineup following a one-game absence with an illness. Nevertheless, he earned the lowest share of minutes among the 10 Wizards who took the floor in this one. Barring an unexpected promotion, McRae is best reserved for use in the very deepest of leagues.
News: Bertans contributed 21 points (7-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, four assists and one steal in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 138-132 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Bertans had a heck of a night against his former team, this after scorching the Spurs for 23 points (7-7 FG, 5-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), two boards, one dime and one block in 32 minutes back on Oct. 26. Bertans has scored at least 20 points three times through 12 appearances, but he typically contributes minimally to the box score beyond scoring, threes and a few boards.
News: Smith supplied 21 points (9-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT), four rebounds, four assists and one block in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 138-132 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Smith has had by far his two best showings against the Spurs this season, combining for 40 points (17-25 FG, 5-7 3Pt), nine boards, eight dimes, one steal and one block across 53 minutes. However, he hasn't exceeded seven points in any of his other 10 appearances here in 2019-20, and apart from those two games he has combined to sink just three treys all year. Still, the next two matchups versus the Hornets (Friday) and Kings (Sunday) are both fairly friendly for fantasy purposes.
News: Bryant tallied 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt), six assists and five rebounds in 22 minutes during Wednesday's 138-132 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Bryant finished with a career high assist total and turned in a fairly well-rounded stat line. However, backup big man Moritz Wagner ended up earning more minutes (26) and had a decent night as well. Bryant continues to provide steady production across multiple categories, and he has taken his game to another level here in 2019-20 after flashing an impressive skillset in smaller doses last season.
News: McRae (illness) is not listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.
Impact: McRae is feeling better after missing Sunday's game against the Magic due to an illness. The 28-year-old guard has seen more than 10 minutes in three games this season, posting averages of 6.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 17.7 minutes in those appearances.
News: Miles amassed 21 points (6-10 FG, 6-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), an assist and a steal in 20 minutes in Sunday's 125-121 loss to the Magic.
Impact: Miles caught fire from behind the arc on his way to a season-high 21 points. It was a good turnaround for the veteran guard, who had failed to score in two of his past three appearances. In his 15th season, Miles finds himself in a steady bench role for the Wizards and is providing 9.3 points, 1.8 triples and 1.7 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per contest.
News: Beal supplied 34 points (12-26 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 5-6 FT), eight assists, six rebounds and a steal across 39 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Magic.
Impact: Beal surpassed the 30 point plateau for the sixth time this season as he continues to score at an astounding pace. Moreover, he provided solid supplementary offensive statistics, dishing out eight assists a feat he's matched in five other games so far. Over his past three contests, Beal's pace has accelerated as he's averaging a whopping 40.7 points, 8.0 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 38.3 minutes.
News: McRae (illness) will not play Sunday against Orlando.
Impact: McRae is simply nursing an illness, so he should be considered day-to-day heading in Week 5. The good news for Washington is Sunday's game is followed by a pair of off days, so McRae should have a good chance to return for Wednesday's matchup with the Spurs.
News: Bryant (hip) will play Sunday against the Magic.
Impact: Bryant was on the injury report with a hip injury, but he was denoted as probable earlier in the day, so there was never much of an expectation that he'd miss time. Expect the Indiana product to start at his usual center spot. He's coming off of a 12-point, nine-rebound, two-assist effort in 23 minutes Friday versus Minnesota.
News: McRae is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Magic with an illness.
Impact: Unless McRae's condition takes a dramatic turn for the better leading up to the 6 p.m. ET tipoff, he'll likely sit out the contest. McRae has held a minor role off the bench for the Wizards this season, averaging 4.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 12.8 minutes per game.
News: The Wizards have upgraded Bryant (hip) to probable for Sunday's game against the Magic, Zach Rosen of the Wizards' official site reports.
Impact: After taking a hard fall in Friday's 137-116 win over the Timberwolves, Bryant was labeled questionable on the Wizards' initial injury report for Sunday's game. The team's decision to upgrade Bryant's status implied he made it through morning shootaround no worse for the wear, so expect him to fill his usual duties as the Wizards' starting center when the 6 p.m. ET tipoff arrives.
News: Bryant (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Magic, Zach Rosen of the Wizards' official site reports.
Impact: Bryant took a hard fall Friday against the Wolves. Moritz Wagner would see an expanded role at center should Bryant be unable to play.
News: Brown finished with 11 points (5-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in 26 minutes during Friday's win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Brown was excellent in his complementary role, topping double-figures for the third time this season and shooting well when called upon. The second-year wing isn't expected to take on too much offensively, as the Wizards are primarily oriented around Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant and Rui Hachimura, so Brown's value hinges on making the most of his limited opportunities. Brown's carved out a starting role for himself and, in three starts this season, is averaging 7.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 24.0 minutes.
News: Wagner generated 30 points (13-15 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 0-2 FT), 15 rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 25 minutes during Friday's win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Wagner's career night came on the back of unsustainable shooting from the field and three-point range, but he's been excellent in both areas on the whole during his first season in Washington. The big man is shooting 63.2 percent from the floor and 47.8 percent from distance, allowing him to quickly emerge as a force on the second unit. Wagner is still averaging under 20 minutes per game this season, but the huge outing Friday could prompt coach Scott Brooks to give the second-year center more playing time at the expense of starter Thomas Bryant.
News: Beal provided 44 points (15-22 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 13-14 FT), 10 assists, three rebounds, two steals and a block in 36 minutes during Friday's win over Minnesota.
Impact: Beal remained scorchingly hot from the field, finishing with 44 points for the second-straight game. He's made an unprecedented 32-of-49 shots from the field over the past two games, bringing his season-long field goal percentage up by nearly two full percentage points in that span. The 26-year-old has been dominant this season as Friday's effort was his third 40-plus point performance and second double-double of the year. Beal's well on his way to having a career year and, through 10 games, is averaging 29.7 points, 6.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 36.2 minutes.
News: Beal had 44 points (17-27 FG, 4-6 3PT, 6-8 FT), six assists, five rebounds and one steal in 39 minutes during Wednesday's 140-133 loss at Boston.
Impact: Beal is on a seven-game streak of scoring 20-plus points, although he has reached the 30-point mark four times and the 40-point plateau twice over that span. One of the top scoring threats in the league right now, Beal is trading volume per efficiency this season -- his 43.4 percent from the field would be his lowest mark in the last five seasons, while his 32.1 percent mark from three-point range would be a career-low for him.
News: Thomas chipped in with 18 points (7-14 FG, 3-6 3PT, 1-1 FT), seven assists, one rebound and two turnovers in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 140-133 loss at Boston.
Impact: Thomas notched his best scoring output of the season against his former team, and seems to have settled as the team's starting point guard moving forward. During his four starts, Thomas averages 12.0 points and 5.5 assists per game.
News: Hachimura registered 21 points (9-12 FG, 0-1 3PT, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 140-133 loss at Boston.
Impact: The rookie bounced back from a zero-point effort last week with back-to-back 21-point performances. Hachimura scored 20-plus points just once in his first seven appearances, but seems to have taken a bigger role on the Wizards' offensive scheme of late. He will aim to extend his solid run of play Friday at Minnesota.
News: Mahinmi (Achilles) is listed as out for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.
Impact: Mahinmi was cleared to resume practicing in limited fashion earlier this month, but the Wizards haven't provided many further updates on his status since then. The veteran center thus remains without a clear timeline for a return and seems destined to miss at least a few more games while he recovers from a strained right Achilles' tendon.
News: Robinson was assigned to the Capital City Go-Go on Saturday.
Impact: Robinson will venture to the G League for the third time this season in order to pick up extra reps. The rookie has played sparingly for the Wizards this year and is averaging 1.7 points and 1.0 rebounds in 4.0 minutes across three games.
News: Schofield was assigned to Capital City on Saturday.
Impact: The rookie forward will join the Wizard's G-league affiliate in order to get extra reps. Through five games, Schoefield's averaging 4.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.2 minutes, while shooting an astounding 70.0 percent from the field. He'll likely oscillate between the G-League and NBA throughout the season.
News: Beal scored 20 points (8-21 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding nine assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes during Friday's 113-100 loss to the Cavaliers.
Impact: The 26-year-old hasn't been as efficient as usual this season without John Wall (Achilles) delivering the ball to him, but Beal has made up for it with increased usage and volume as the only established scoring option in the Wizards' lineup. He's scored at least 20 points in six straight games, and while it's early, he's also on pace for a career high in assists (6.5 per game).
News: Hachimura scored 21 points (10-13 FG, 1-2 FT) while adding seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 35 minutes during Friday's 113-100 loss to the Cavaliers.
Impact: One game after missing every shot he attempted, Hachimura put together an extremely efficient offensive performance en route to scoring 20 or more points for the second time in eight contests. The 21-year-old rookie has had early growing pains, but the 2-6 Wizards will be patient with him in what's shaping up to be a rebuilding season.
News: Bryant scored 23 points (11-16 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 34 minutes during Friday's 113-100 loss to the Cavaliers.
Impact: He led all scorers on the night as one of three Wizards to hit for 20 or more points, but the rest of the roster did very little. Bryant is coming off a solid sophomore season, but the 22-year-old seems poised for a true breakout while handling a full starter's workload for Washington.
News: Brown will start Friday's game against the Cavaliers, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Brown will be making his first start of the season as Isaac Bonga heads to the bench. Brown saw 30 minutes two games ago, posting 14 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals. He made 10 starts last season, averaging 10.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists across 30.3 minutes.
News: Robinson was recalled by the Wizards for Friday's game against the Cavaliers.
Impact: Robinson returns to Washington after being sent to the G League on Tuesday. He's appeared in three games for the Wizards this season, playing 12 total minutes.
News: Schofield was recalled from the G League ahead of Friday's game against Cleveland.
Impact: Schofield has appeared in five games for the Wizards this season, though his impact has generally been small. He did put up 15 points against Minnesota on Nov. 2 but has averaged just 4.4 points in 10.2 minutes across his five appearances.
News: Bonga will not start Friday's game against the Cavaliers, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Coach Scott Brooks won't divulge who is getting the nod in Bonga's stead, though it's likely either Troy Brown or C.J. Miles. Bonga has started every game so far this season, averaging 4.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steal in 21.4 minutes.
News: McRae (finger) grabbed one rebound in two minutes during Wednesday's 121-106 loss to the Pacers.
Impact: McRae had been sidelined since the season opener due to a fractured right ring finger, which he had surgery on Oct. 24. He didn't see the floor for long in this one, and with Troy Brown no longer on a minutes limit, McRae may have a tough time carving out a considerable load of playing time going forward.
News: Hachimura had zero points (0-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt), eight rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes during Wednesday's 121-106 loss to the Pacers.
Impact: Hachimura couldn't buy a bucket but did tally quite a few boards given his limited minutes. After averaging 18.0 points across the first four games, Hachimura has combined for 16 in the last three. The 21-year-old rookie will likely remain inconsistent throughout the majority of the season, but Friday's contest against a poor Cavaliers defense gives him a good chance to snap out of this rut.
News: Bryant totaled 20 points (6-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 11 rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 121-106 loss to the Pacers.
Impact: Bryant was highly efficient offensively while cleaning up on the glass. He has now logged four double-doubles through seven tilts, plus he's chipping in decent counting stats across every category. Friday's contest against a weak Cavaliers defense provides another chance for Bryant to blow up the box score.
News: Beal compiled 30 points (12-29 FG, 1-12 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five rebounds and five assists in 41 minutes during Wednesday's 121-106 loss to the Pacers.
Impact: Beal struggled from beyond the arc but thrived inside it, scoring 30 or more for the third time in the last four games. Furthermore, Beal continues to provide solid production in the rebounding, assists, steals and three-point shooting columns, making him one of the top options across all fantasy formats. Friday's matchup versus a porous Cavaliers defense represents another prime opportunity for the 26-year-old guard to fill up the stat sheet.