Description: Timberwolves rookie point guard Zach LaVine had a great shooting night versus the Celtics.
Insight: LaVine was 7-of-9 from the field, including 1-for-1 from the 3-point line. He was also 2-for-2 at the free-throw line. Perhaps he was excited to hear he will be participating in the slam dunk contest.
Description: Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin came off the bench and scored a game-high 21 points.
Insight: This is great news considering this was Martin's first game since November. Martin was 7-of-18 from the field, including 2-for-6 at the 3-point line. Martin also had four rebounds and an assist.
Description: Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin (wrist surgery) is expected to play Wednesday against the Celtics.
Insight: He is listed as questionable, so there is no guarantee, but Martin is expected to give it a go. He should eventually regain his starting role, which would push Andrew Wiggins to small forward.
Description: Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng grabbed 18 rebounds in a loss Monday versus Oklahoma City.
Insight: The good news for fantasy owners is that Dieng continues to start even with Nikola Pekovic back with the starters as well. Dieng also had six points, two assists, three blocks, one steal, and two turnovers in 36 minutes of action. He is still worthy of a roster spot.
Description: Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin (wrist surgery) has been downgraded to out for Monday's game, according to the team's site.
Insight: He's been listed as questionable for about a week and has yet to play a game so this shouldn't be a big surprise. Robbie Hummel had been getting the time, but he too is injured. Andrew Wiggins, Mo Williams and Thaddeus Young will get all the minutes they can handle.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic played a season-high 36 minutes in his return to the starting lineup on Sunday.
Insight: Pekovic finished with 15 points, three rebounds and an assist. It is safe to put Pekovic back into the lineup as he was very impressive in his first start since returning from his ankle injury.
Description: Timberwolves rookie point guard Zach LaVine missed Saturday's practice with an elbow injury and is questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Mo Williams has been playing most of the point guard minutes anyway and LaVine is not a fantasy option. Williams will be a fantasy option only until Ricky Rubio is ready to play and that should be pretty soon.
Description: Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin (wrist surgery) was a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Dallas (he did not play) and is questionable for Friday's game against New Orleans.
Insight: He's been gone since Nov. 19, so it would not be surprising to see him start with a minutes limit. He averaged 20.4 ppg. 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg for the first nine games this season.
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio will not play on Wednesday versus the Mavericks.
Insight: Rubio has been doing contact drills in practice and hopes to return late in January. Being that it's already the 21st, we are guessing that means next week. Mo Williams will continue to have the greatest spike in fantasy value as long as Rubio is out.
Description: Timberwolves guard Mo Williams scored a career-high 52 points during Tuesday's win against the Pacers.
Insight: No, that is not a misprint. Williams was unconscious, going 19-of-33 from the field, 8-of-9 from the line, and 6-of-11 from deep. He also had seven assists, four boards, and three turnovers. It was the game of Williams' life.
Description: Timberwolves forward Luc Mbah a Moute is questionable for Friday's game against Brooklyn with turf toe.
Insight: Mbah a Moute has missed two straight games with the injury, but had scored double-digits in his previous two outings. Robert Covington would get the start, though he's coming off a horrible 1-for-11 shooting night.
Description: Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng recorded a double-double versus the Nuggets on Monday.
Insight: Dieng scored 22 points, shooting 8-for-12, and grabbed 12 rebounds. He also shot 6-for-6 at the line. Dieng is a decent addition for any fantasy owner looking for shooting percentage and rebounding.
Description: Timberwolves forward Shabazz Muhammad scored a team-high 30 points against the Jazz.
Insight: Muhammad tends to have these scoring bursts on occasion. He scored 28 points on Dec. 14 and 26 points on Dec. 19. He also scored 28 points in a game back in November, but 30 points is a season-high. We still, however, don't see Muhammad repeating Tuesday's performance enough to become fantasy relevant. His 5-for-6 from the 3-point line led to the season-high and that will not be repeated routinely.
Description: Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young led the team in scoring on Saturday.
Insight: That's not saying much as Young scored 17 points and the Timberwolves lost, 110-97, to the Warriors. Young was efficient, though, shooting 63.6 percent from the field and had six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins had a big night with 22 points, five rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks..
Insight: Wiggins has put together two good games in a row, shooting 50 percent from the field which is well above his season's 39.7 average. Maybe his game is starting to catch up with his physical tools.
Description: Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young led the team with 23 points and added six rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals.
Insight: Young had a solid all-around fantasy day even his free-throw shooting (3-of-4). He's just a bit too inconsistent for fantasy owners as his last five scoring totals indicate (29, 13, 8, 13, 23).
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (wrist, ankle) hasn't played since Nov. 15.
Insight: Coach Flip Saunders gave us a four-week timetable in early December, so he should be returning in early January. Gorgui Dieng had a 20-10 game Tuesday, but is averaging 9.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.5 apg in 19 starts this season.
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins had a big night versus the team who drafted him.
Insight: Wiggins scored 27 points, shooting over 56 percent and making all three 3-pointer attempts versus the Cavaliers. That was nice to see because Wiggins did not reach double digits in scoring in any of the last three games.
Description: Timberwolves forward Shabazz Muhammad scored a team-high 26 points during Friday's loss to the Celtics.
Insight: He was 11-of-15 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the line. Muhammad also had five assists, five rebounds, two 3-pointers, and two turnovers. He needs to be owned everywhere with Corey Brewer being shipped to Houston.
Description: Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young led the team with 29 points, shooting a great 63.2 percent from the floor on Tuesday.
Insight: Young had a great all-around fantasy day except for his free-throw shooting. Young had four rebounds, two assists and two steals to go with his 29 points, but he shot 5-of-12 from the line. Even though free-throw percentage isn't very good this season (61.7 percent), he is rarely below 50 percent.
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins led the team with 21 points on Tuesday.
Insight: That is the most points Wiggins has scored since Nov. 22 when he had 29. Wiggins shot 8-of-19 from the field and added six rebounds and four assists. All of those numbers are well above his season averages.
Description: Timberwolves guard Mo Williams will miss Monday's game against Golden State with a sore back.
Insight: Zach LaVine will start again at point guard. He posted a 22-point, 10-rebound game Saturday after a 17-point, six-rebound, four-assist Friday. He's playing much better of late and has fantasy value as a starter.
Description: Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 points off the bench during Saturday's loss against San Antonio.
Insight: He did so on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, along with going 5-of-9 from the line. Muhammad also chipped in three rebounds and one 3-pointer. He is averaging 10.8 ppg and 3.4 rpg, making him a poor option.
Description: Timberwolves rookie point guard Zach LaVine recorded his first career double-double during Saturday's loss to the Spurs.
Insight: He had 22 points and 10 assists, along with three rebounds, two 3-pointers, two steals, and two turnovers. LaVine has started the past two games with Mo Williams sidelined, so it will be interesting to see if Minnesota rides the hot hand.
Description: Timberwolves guard Mo Williams has a sore back and will not play Friday night,
Insight: Williams had 14 points in a loss to the Sixers (that's the first time I've written that statement this season) and leaves Zach LeVone as the only point guard on the roster. Corey brewer is likely to spend time handling the ball.
Description: Timberwolves coach Flip Sainders confirmed to ESPN point guard Ricky Rubio will not return until January.
Insight: Rubio was hoping to play the day after Christmas, but that won't happen according to this latest report. Mo Williams and Zach LaVine will continue to be the point guards for Minnesota until at least January.
Description: The news is not good for Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (wrist, ankle).
Insight: His Monday evaluation came back and according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune he is "at least" 7-10 days away from playing. Gorgui Dieng gets his minutes and can give you plenty of rebounding, but is an inconsistent scorer.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (multiple health issues) is supposed to be re-evaluated this week which which means he's unlikely to go Monday.
Insight: He has not played since Nov. 15 due to a wrist, ankle and personal issues. He's averaging 11.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg this season. Gorgui Dieng gets his minutes and can give you plenty of rebounding, but is an inconsistent scorer.
Description: Timberwolves guard Mo Williams posted a double-double in Friday's win against the Lakers.
Insight: He shot 8-of-13 from the field, 3-of-3 from the line, and 6-of-8 from deep for 25 points, 11 assists, two steals, one rebound, and three turnovers. Williams will continue to hold value until Ricky Rubio returns.
Description: Timberwolves guard Mo Williams is questionable for Friday's game against the LA Clippers due to illness.
Insight: Williams has been sick for several days, so its a possibility rookie Zach LaVine gets another start on Friday. Williams had four consecutive double-digit scoring games before missing Wednesday's contest.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic is out for Friday's game against the LA Clippers while dealing with multiple health issues
Insight: He has not played since Nov. 15 due to a wrist, ankle and personal issues. He's averaging 11.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg this season, so whenever he returns he should go right back into the starting lineup. Gorgui Dieng gets his minutes.
Description: Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young practiced Monday and is on pace to return for Wednesday's game
Insight: Young missed time due to the passing of his mother. He's seeing almost 32 mpg and averaging 14.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.6 spg. That's not quite as good as last season, but its a new team and it takes time to adapt.
Description: Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin scored 37 points on Wednesday as Minnesota killed New York, 115-99.
Insight: Martin shot 14-of-20 from the field on his way to scoring a season-high 37 points. He was also 7-for-11 from the 3-point line as Minnesota shot well over 60 percent from downtown in the first half. The Timberwolves finished 11-for-22 from behind the arc.
Description: Timberwolves guard Mo Williams will start on Wednesday against the Knicks.
Insight: Williams takes over for Zach LaVine, who has started the last four games, all losses, for Minnesota. The Timberwolves are looking for someone to step up at point guard since Ricky Rubio will be out for several weeks.
Description: Timberwolves point guard Zach LaVine will start at point guard while Ricky Rubio is out with his ankle injury according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Insight: This is somewhat of a surprise because the rookie LaVine was picked over veteran Mo Williams for the starting role. Clearly, Minnesota is not interested in winning now. If there is a guy owners are willing to cut, taking a risk on LaVine is not a bad idea.
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins shot 3-of-9 from the field in Saturday's loss to the Heat.
Insight: He was 4-of-5 from the line, and had 10 points, two assists, one rebound, and one turnover. Wiggins is now averaging 9.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, and 1.2 spg, and will continue to be inconsistent, especially early on.
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio will be out indefinitely due to a severe ankle sprain.
Insight: The estimated recovery time is 7-to-8 weeks, which hurts owners a ton. Surprisingly Zach LaVine is starting on Saturday, but we still like Mo Williams as a waiver pickup, as he should still see 25-30 minutes per game.
Description: X-rays on Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio's ankle were negative according to Bleacher Report.
Insight: That is good news but coach Flip Saunders said the point guard is still expected to miss a good amount of time. He looks like the injury Rubio suffered on Friday was a high ankle sprain. This usually keeps players out for multiple weeks, which means fire up Mo Williams in standard fantasy leagues.
Description: Minnesota guard Mo Williams started the second half of Friday's game against the Magic.
Insight: Starting point guard Ricky Rubio left with an ankle sprain in the first half, and it looked serious. Williams should get more minutes with Rubio out, which makes Williams a likely addition to a lot of fantasy teams.
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio left Friday's game against the Magic with an ankle injury.
Insight: Rubio rolled his ankle while driving the lane for a layup. It looked like it could be a serious ankle sprain, but there are no official reports just yet. He had to be helped to the locker room. UPDATE: The Timberwolves are calling Rubio's injury an ankle sprain, and the point guard needs an X-ray.
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins had the best game of his young NBA career on Wednesday.
Insight: Wiggins scored 17 points against the Nets, shooting 7-for-12 from the field and making his one 3-point attempt. He shot 2-for-4 from the line as well. Before Wednesday, Wiggins' previous career-high in points was eight.
Description: Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young was tested for a concussion after colliding with Jimmy Butler in Saturday's game.
Insight: Young passed all his tests and should be ready to go. He's going to see a lot of minutes this season and should be a solid fantasy option. He's currently averaging 17.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.7 spg.
Description: Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin dropped 33 points to lead all scorers in Saturday's Bulls-Timberwolves game, but it wasn't enough for Minnesota.
Insight: Martin made 9-of-14 shots, including four 3-pointers, and all 11 free throws. He also had seven rebounds and two assists. Martin's problem has never been producing, it's always been staying on the court. If he can stay healthy, Martin must be owned in all standard fantasy leagues.
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love played well in the "Chris Bosh" role for his new team.
Insight: He had 19 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and made three 3-pointers. Expect a double-double from Love almost everytime out, but the 26.1 ppg from last season is likely to take a significant hit as we saw in Game 1.
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins continued his slow start to the season.
Insight: After having only six points on opening night, Wiggins followed that performance with eight more points, four rebounds, one assist, and one steal. There will be growing pains for the rookie, especially early on.
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins was a bit on the dull side in his NBA debut, scoring six points, three rebounds an assist and a pair of steals in 19 minutes.
Insight: Wiggins was dealing with a sore back so perhaps he didn't push it. Like most rookies, the first season will be filled with ups and downs and fantasy owners who pick him in non-dynasty leagues should be aware of the inconsistent nature of the selection.
Description: Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young looked fantastic in his team debut.
Insight: He was 10-of-18 , including two 3-pointers, for 26 points. Young also chipped in four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. It looks like he is picking up where he left off in Philadelphia, last season.
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins practiced yesterday and should be ready for the season opener.
Insight: Wiggins was dealing with a sore back. Like most rookies, the first season will be filled with ups and downs and fantasy owners who pick him in non-dynasty leagues should be aware of the inconsistent nature of the selection.
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is still a fantasy stud this season.
Insight: It can be argued that Love is no longer a top-five pick, but his ability to grab rebounds, score and shoot a high percentage makes him the top center in fantasy. He will take fewer shots this season with a better team, but his field goal percentage should go up. Some experts have speculated his rebound numbers could go down with LeBron James, but we doubt that. Cleveland traded for Love to have a dominanting presence on the boards to help King James.
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins looks like he will begin the season coming off the bench.
Insight: With Kevin Martin locked in as the starting shooting guard, Wiggins may need to prove he can play the small forward position as well, for owners to trust him on their fantasy teams. He is currently projected to go in the ninth round, but there are questions to how much playing rtime he is going to receive. We still love this kid's potential, but drafting him in the ninth round may be a little too rich for our taste.
Description: Minnesota guard Mo Williams will open up the season as Ricky Rubio's backup.
Insight: He played 24.8 minutes per game last season in Portland, his lowest average since his rookie season. In that time Williams averaged 9.7 points per game, 4.3 assists per game, and made 1.1 three-pointers per game. With Williams competing for playing time with fellow backup J.J. Barea, owners should target him late in drafts, or even leave him undrafted.
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio needs to take a step forward during his fourth NBA season.
Insight: He just has not broken out like many people have expected him to do. Rubio averaged 9.5 points per game, 8.6 assists per game, 2.3 steals per game, and shot .381 from the field last season. While his assist and steal numbers are good, Rubio has a career-average of 2.9 turnovers per game, and along with a poor field goal percentage, his current ADP in the late fourth round, is a little high for our liking.
Description: Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin continues to be an underrated player heading into the season.
Insight: He averaged 19.1 points per game, 1.0 steals per game, and made 1.7 three-pointers per game last season. Martin have a chance to increase those numbers this year, with no Kevin Love, and as a result owners should target him starting in the seventh round.
Description: Timberwolves small forward Corey Brewer is penciled in as the starting small forward to begin the season.
Insight: He started 81 games for Minnesota last season and put up some solid numbers (12.3 PPG, 1.9 SPG, 48% FG). Brewer does not have anyone pushing him for his starting spot, so he should be able to at least duplicate those numbers. Target him towards the end of your drafts.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic will look to stay healthy in 2014-15.
Insight: He played only 54 games last season, but was still productive (17.4 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 54% FG). With Kevin Love out of town, Pekovic will be one of the go-to guys for the Timberwolves, and will have a great chance to increase his numbers, all around.
Description: Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young will look to be a big-time player during his first year in Minnesota.
Insight: Young had a very nice season in Philadelphia in 2013-14, and will have the opportunity to duplicate his some of his numbers (17.9 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.1 SPG) with the Timberwolves. He should be targeted starting in the late fourth round.
Description: Guard Mo Williams had a great performance in a preseason game on Friday night.
Insight: Williams scored 19 points and had six rebounds, seven assists and three steals. He came off the bench in the game, but Flip Saunders has stated Williams could start in the backcourt with Ricky Rubio.
Description: The Timberwolves have acquired Thaddeus Young as part of a three-team trade with Cleveland and Philadelphia.
Insight: Minnesota did a good job to get Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Young for Kevin Love, who made it known that he was leaving in free agency anyway. Young was an underrated fantasy option last season, averaging 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.1 threes, 2.1 steals (third in the NBA) and 0.5 blocks per game. He'll start for the 'Wolves and should be the top offensive option as the team tries to replace Love's 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
Description: Anthony Bennett, the 2013 No. 1 overall pick, has been traded from the Cavaliers to the Timberwolves.
Insight: The initially rumored version of the three-team trade had Minnesota shipping Bennett to Philadelphia for Thaddeus Young, but the Timberwolves were able to snag Young for just Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute. Unfortunately, that means Bennett will be behind Young at power forward rather than starting for talent-starved Philadelphia. He should get his fair share of minutes but probably won't have much fantasy value.
Description: The three-team trade between the Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers is complete and 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins is now a member of Minnesota.
Insight: Wiggins' fantasy value gets a nice boost from the trade, as he'll have to carry a much larger offensive burden than he would have had in Cleveland. Minnesota's starting lineup to begin the season will likely include Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Wiggins, Thaddeus Young and Nikola Pekovic.
Description: Cleveland.com reports the Cleveland Cavaliers will officially trade No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins and former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett in a three-team trade for Kevin Love. The Timberwolves will receive 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young as part of the trade as well. The deal will be finalized at midnight on Saturday after Wiggins officially signs his rookie contract.
Insight: Love's fantasy value takes a slight hit as it is unlikely he can maintain last year's 26.1 points per game average playing alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. But his potential on the offensive and defensive glass playing with the King is tremendous. Combine that with the fact Love had a career high in assists per game last year (4.4), he remains one of the best options at his position. Wiggins and Bennett look to be quality mid-round targets.
Description: Guard Mo Williams has signed with the Timberwolves for one year and $3.75 million.
Insight: Williams was Portland's sixth man last season and averaged 24.8 minutes, 9.7 points, 4.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 74 games. While the 'Wolves roster isn't a finished product at the moment -- Kevin Love and Kevin Martin are on the block -- any trade would bring back players that will start ahead of Williams so he'll be a bench player regardless.
Description: The Cavs are unlikely to trade for Wolves forward Kevin Love. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Cross another one off the list. Cleveland has plenty of assets (the No. 1 pick in tomorrow's draft, Anthony Bennett and Dion Waiters) but Love doesn't have any interest in playing there. Unless Love has a change of heart and decides he'd sign an extension with Cleveland, it's difficult to see this trade happening. Meanwhile ESPN's Chris Broussard said Wednesday there's a 50 percent chance Love gets traded on draft night. Boston, Denver and Golden State seem to have the best chance of landing the three-time All-Star.
Description: The Warriors appear to be pulling out of the Kevin Love sweepstakes. SOURCE: Marc Stein, ESPN
Insight: Golden State is hesitant to include Klay Thompson in a trade and that's a deal breaker for Minnesota. The Nuggets and Celtics remain in the running though it's possible the T-Wolves could wait until the trade deadline to swap Love.
Description: There's a growing sense that Boston will land Kevin Love in a draft day deal with Minnesota.
Insight: According to ESPN's Chad Ford, the C's are prepared to offer Minnesota two first-round picks this year, a collection of future No. 1s and the Wolves' choice of either Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk. Ford believes it's the best offer the T-Wolves are going to get. Draft night is a week from Thursday. Stay tuned.
Description: Kevin Love is touring Boston this weekend to "check out the city and see what it's like." SOURCE: ESPN Boston
Insight: Love has been linked to the Celtics in trade rumors for quite a while and the interest seems to be mutual. Other teams interested in Love include Chicago, Golden State, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Sacramento.
Description: According to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, Boston could trade its first-round pick as part of a deal for Kevin Love.
Insight: It's an interesting idea but if Love really wants to play for a contender Boston probably isn't the right place for him. The Bulls, Celtics, Lakers, Knicks, Rockets, Suns and Warriors are all said to be interested in Love (26.1 ppg, 12.5 rpg in 2013-14) if Minnesota makes him available in a trade this summer.
Description: T-Wolves forward Kevin Love has requested a trade. SOURCE: Brett Pollakoff, NBC Sports
Insight: If he doesn't get it, Love is prepared to sign elsewhere when he becomes a free agent in 2015. None of this is surprising. Love has spent six seasons in Minnesota and has yet to appear in a playoff game. Trading Love is the best option for Minnesota as well, especially given the very real threat of him leaving as a free agent. Love has shown interest in playing for a number of different teams including the Bulls, Knicks, Lakers, Rockets and Warriors. The Wolves can work on a deal over the summer or they can wait until next year's trade deadline.
Description: T-Wolves shooting guard Kevin Martin (foot) is officially out Friday, according to Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune.
Insight: He's dealing with a sharp pain in his right heel and will sit out for the fifth straight time. Chase Budinger is also out so J.J. Barea should see a good amount of minutes at shooting guard as a backup to Robbie Hummel.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play Friday, according to Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune.
Insight: It's looking more and more like the season is over for Pekovic. Rookie Gorgui Dieng has averaged 11.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in April and 11.8 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his last 14 games.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) won't be available Wednesday.
Insight: This will be Pekovic's fifth straight absence and his 24th since Jan. 29 due to a right ankle injury. Rookie Gorgui Dieng has averaged 12 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals over his last 13 games and should be added in all leagues.
Description: Minnesota center Gorgui Dieng is quietly becoming a fantasy super-hero. Tuesday was his fourth 15-rebound game in his last 11 appearances.
Insight: Certainly none of this would be possible if Nikola Pekovic were healthy. But because he's not, the opportunistic Dieng (12 points, 15 rebounds on Tuesday) is quickly approaching must-start status. Give him a look Wednesday against Chicago.
Description: Minnesota power forward Dante Cunningham is active for Tuesday's matchup with San Antonio. Cunningham was released from jail Monday night.
Insight: According to Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Cunningham will not be charged with making terrorist threats against his ex-girlfriend. The Villanova alum has been arrested twice in the last week though he's only had to miss one game. He's scarcely owned in fantasy leagues.
Description: Ricky Rubio had 18 points, 10 assists and three steals for the shorthanded Timberwolves Saturday night at Orlando.
Insight: The Wolves started the game without Kevin Love, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic and lost Chase Budinger to an ankle sprain just one minute into the game, so Rubio had to attempt 18 shots. He has scored double-digit points in three straight games for the first time since Feb. 5-8.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will miss Saturday's game, according to Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: This will be Pekovic's third straight absence and his 22nd since Jan. 29 due to a right ankle injury. Rookie Gorgui Dieng has averaged 12.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals in eight starts this season and should be owned in all leagues.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic will take a seat Friday against the Heat. SOURCE: Jerry Zygoda, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Insight: Ankle issues have limited Pekovic to just ten games since the All-Star break. At this point in the season, there's no reason for Pekovic to come back and risk getting hurt again. Gorgui Dieng (3.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg) is the guy you want to own in fantasy.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (sore right ankle) did not play Wednesday and is doubtful Friday's game against Miami.
Insight: Pekovic missed 13 games in February, six more in March and the first game in April for the same reason. Gorgui Dieng has averaged 12.7 ppg, 14.0 rpg as a starter and should be added in all leagues.
Description: Timberwolves PF Kevin Love had another triple-double Wednesday against Memphis (24 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists).
Insight: That makes two in his last four games and three in his last 20. Love has been a 25-point, 12-rebound threat for a long time and added the assists to his game this season (career-high 4.4 apg).
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic left Monday's game due to renewed soreness in his right ankle, the team announced. He won't return.
Insight: Pekovic missed 13 games in February and six more in March for the same reason. Gorgui Dieng averaged 12.7 points, 14 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 steals in the six games Pek missed in March and should be added in all leagues.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) played 22 minutes and had 26 points and three rebounds Friday against the Lakers.
Insight: Pekovic missed the previous six games due to a nagging right ankle injury but he surprisingly returned to the lineup Friday. Gorgui Dieng was fantastic in Pekovic's place and had 14 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench Friday, but his playing time will shrink from here.
Description: Despite carrying a "doubtful" tag into Friday's game, Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will play after missing the last six games, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Backup center Gorgui Dieng has been brilliant recently, averaging 13 ppg and 14 rpg over his last six contests, but he'll split time with Pek on Friday and will only see his minutes shrink from here.
Description: T-Wolves center Gorgui Dieng was at it again Wednesday against the Hawks.
Insight: In 41 minutes, he compiled 15 points, 15 rebounds and two assists. The 24-year-old out of Louisville has collected ten or more boards in five of his last six contests. Until Nikola Pekovic returns from his ankle injury, Dieng should be starting in all fantasy leagues.
Description: As expected, Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic won't play Wednesday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Andy Greder, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: He's still bothered by a sore ankle. Backup center Gorgui Dieng has been brilliant recently, averaging 12.2 ppg and 13.8 rpg over his last five appearances. Make sure he's in your starting lineup.
Description: Wolves center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is not expected to play Wednesday against the Hawks, according to nba.com.
Insight: Pekovic missed 13 games in February with bursitis in his right ankle and will probably sit out for the sixth straight game Wednesday with soreness in that same ankle. Gorgui Dieng has averaged 12.2 points, 13.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 steals during the last five games and should be added in all leagues in case Pek remains out of the lineup.
Description: Minnesota center Gorgui Dieng continued his rebounding binge with 17 boards Monday in a loss to Memphis.
Insight: Dieng is making the most of his opportunity. In five games with Nikola Pekovic sidelined by an ankle injury, Dieng has averaged 12.2 ppg and 13.8 rpg. If he's still on the waiver wire in your league, now would be the time to pick him up.
Description: Minnesota point guard J.J. Barea is out with a sprained foot Monday against Memphis. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Insight: That should free up more minutes for Ricky Rubio (9.2 ppg, 8.6 apg, 4.5 rpg) and Alexey Shved (4.0 ppg) at point guard. Barea has only scored in double-digits once in his last five appearances.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Suns, according to Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Pekovic hasn't played since re-injuring his right ankle last Friday against the Bobcats. Gorgui Dieng has played well in his absence, averaging 14.7 points, 14.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals. Dieng is a must-add player with Pekovic's status unclear for Monday.
Description: Out of nowhere, Wolves center Gorgui Dieng came through with 22 points and 21 rebounds Thursday against Houston.
Insight: Dieng got the start at center in place of Nikola Pekovic (ankle). A 42.4 percent free throw shooter on the season, Dieng miraculously made 10-of-11 from the line on Thursday. His next game is Sunday against Phoenix.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic won't be in the lineup Thursday against Houston. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Pekovic hasn't played since injuring his ankle last Friday against the Bobcats. Gorgui Dieng has played well in his absence, averaging 11.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg and 3.0 bpg over his last two appearances.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (right ankle) will travel with the team on its upcoming two-game road trip but is not expected to play in either game, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Pekovic (17.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg) left Friday's game with soreness in his right ankle and missed 13 games in February with bursitis in that same ankle. With backup Ronny Turiaf still out, Gorgui Dieng started Sunday and had 12 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and two steals in 37 minutes.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (right ankle) did not play Sunday and is questionable for Wednesday against Dallas.
Insight: Pekovic (17.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg) left Fridays' game with soreness in his right ankle. He missed 13 games in February with bursitis in that same ankle and a return timetable has not been established.
Description: Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin led Minnesota to a two-point win over the Kings Sunday evening with 31 points.
Insight: Martin missed seven games with a broken thumb, but it he has been on fire since he returned to the lineup on March 1. Over his last eight games, the 31-year-old has averaged 22.5 ppg. He's also been swinging the FT% category by making 59-of-62 (.952) during that stretch (7.8 FTA per game).
Description: Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman is hopeful Nikola Pekovic's minutes restriction will be lifted at some point in the next week, according to Nate Sandell of 1500espn.com.
Insight: Minnesota hasn't played Pekovic more than seven minutes at a time since he returned from ankle bursitis. In six games since he rejoined the lineup, the center has averaged 27 minutes per game, but he still managed to produced 16.8 ppg and 8.7 rpg in that stretch.
Description: T-Wolves forward Kevin Love was on his game Tuesday against the Bucks.
Insight: Love came through with 27 points, ten boards and six assists. He's been insanely consistent, averaging 27 ppg, 11.7 rpg and 6.3 apg over his last three appearances. Despite winning seven of their last ten, the Wolves are still five games out of a playoff spot. They would be the seventh seed if they played in the Eastern Conference.
Description: Minnesota power forward Kevin Love was firing on all cylinders Friday against the Pistons.
Insight: Love netted 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting. He also posted 14 boards, five assists and two steals. Despite averaging only 2.3 apg for his career, Love has given out 37 helpers in his last seven contests (5.3 apg).
Description: Wolves guard Kevin Martin looked sharp in his return from a broken thumb Saturday against Sacramento.
Insight: Martin (26 points) couldn't find his three-point stroke (1-of-5) but he made eight of his 11 shots from inside the arc. He didn't seem to be on any kind of minutes restriction, logging 34 minutes in his return. Make sure Martin is in your lineup Monday versus the Nuggets.
Description: Kevin Love did Kevin Love things Saturday against Sacramento.
Insight: Love made up for a lackluster shooting night (4-of-12) by hitting almost all of his free throws (12-for-14). In the end, he had 22 points, ten rebounds, seven assists, one block and two steals in 38 minutes of court time. The T-Wolves' five-game road trip ends Monday night in Denver.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (ankle bursitis) scrimmaged Thursday and could play Saturday.
Insight: At 18.0 ppg, and 9.1 rpg, Pek has been a must start when available. With Ronny Turiaf also hurting Dante Cunningham has been getting most of the work at center and has averaged 11.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg over the last four contests.
Description: Minnesota forward Kevin Love was one assist away from his second career triple-double Tuesday against Phoenix.
Insight: Love finished the night with 33 points, 13 boards, nine assists and two blocks. He's averaged 36 ppg over the T-Wolves' last four victories. The three-time All-Star will take the court again Saturday versus Sacramento.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (ankle bursitis) will miss his 13th straight game Tuesday, according to Timberwolves announcer Alan Horton.
Insight: At 18.0 ppg, and 9.1 rpg, Pek has been a must start when available. With Ronny Turiaf also hurting Dante Cunningham has been getting most of the work at center and has averaged 11 ppg and 6.0 rpg over the last three contests.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (ankle bursitis) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Phoenix.
Insight: Play-by-play guy David Benz thinks he's close to returning. At 18.0 ppg, and 9.1 rpg, he's a must start when available. With Ronny Turiaf also hurting Dante Cunningham has been getting most of the work at center and has averaged 11 ppg and 6.0 rpg over the last three contests.
Description: Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love went off for 37 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists Saturday against the Jazz for the first triple-double of his career.
Insight: Love has been an unstoppable offensive force all season and especially since late January. Over his past 10 games, Love has averaged 33.1 points, 14.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.7 threes per game.
Description: Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin (broken thumb) said he'll be reevaluated next Monday in Los Angeles which means he won't play Saturday night.
Insight: Chase Budinger will continue to start in Martin's place while Martin recovers from his fractured left thumb. Alexey Shved, J.J. Barea and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute may see additional minutes as well.
Description: Ronny Turiaf's bone bruise could cost him up to three weeks. The T-Wolves center injured his knee Wednesday against the Pacers. SOURCE: Andy Greder, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: Minnesota is now down two centers and may resort to starting Gorgui Dieng (1.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg) at the five Saturday against Utah. The good news for Minnesota is that Nikola Pekovic (ankle injury) shouldn't be on the shelf for too much longer.
Description: Nobody could stop Minnesota power forward Kevin Love Wednesday against the Pacers.
Insight: Love made his presence felt with 42 points and 16 boards in his 37 minutes of action. The talented big man has now made 11 three-pointers over his last two contests (5-for-10 from long range on Wednesday).
Description: According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Mavericks and Lakers are both looking to trade for Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love.
Insight: The trouble is, Minnesota isn't that eager to part with its talented big man. We'll see how this plays out, though it might be in the Wolves' best interest to deal Love before he becomes a free agent in 2015.
Description: Minnesota PF/C Ronny Turiaf has grabbed at least 10 boards in three straight games.
Insight: Turiaf has rejected 22 shots in his last seven games (3.1 bpg) while playing 27.3 minutes per game in that span. He has been starting in place of Nikola Pekovic (out until after the All-Star break with ankle bursitis).
Description: Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin (broken thumb) said he'll be reevaluated next Friday, according to Mark Remme of timberwolves.com.
Insight: Chase Budinger will continue to start in Martin's place while Martin recovers from his fractured left thumb. Alexey Shved, J.J. Barea and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute may see additional minutes as well.
Description: Minnesota G/F Chase Budinger said Tuesday that he's starting to get some confidence back, according to nba.com. "Yeah, it's getting better," he said. "I feel like my legs are starting to come back, wind is getting a little better and I'm just really happy that I'm seeing improvements each week, each every two weeks I’m seeing improvements and that’s all I could really ask for right now."
Insight: Budinger missed Minnesota's first 34 games while recovering from a torn meniscus and played just 16 minutes per game his first 16 games back. With Kevin Martin out with a broken thumb, Budinger started in his place the last two games and averaged 28.5 minutes, 17 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 threes.
Description: Minnesota power forward Kevin Love was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup due to a left quad contusion and is questionable for Monday's game against Houston.
Insight: Love has been dealing with a variety of minor injuries lately but continues to throw up 25-13-4 with 2.2 threes every time he's on the court. Whenever he returns, make sure he's in your lineup.
Description: Minnesota G/F Chase Budinger started for the first time this season Saturday and had 19 points, five rebounds and three threes.
Insight: Budinger missed Minnesota's first 34 games while recovering from a torn meniscus and played just 16 minutes per game his first 16 games back. With Kevin Martin out with a broken thumb, Budinger started in his place and played 29 minutes Saturday.
Description: Wolves center Nikola Pekovic (ankle bursitis) is not expected to return to the lineup until after the All-Star break, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Pekovic (18.0 ppg, 9.1 rpg) is out of his walking boot but hasn't progressed to working out yet. Look for him to miss the remaining three games before the All-Star break, including Saturday against Milwaukee. Ronny Turiaf has been starting at center but isn't putting up fantasy-worthy numbers.
Description: Wolves power forward Kevin Love was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup due to a left quad contusion, according to timberwolves.com. He took a knee to his thigh from Greg Stiemsma Friday night.
Insight: Love has been dealing with a variety of minor injuries lately but continues to throw up 25-13 every time he's on the court. He should be back soon.
Description: Timberwolves small forward Corey Brewer's 26 points Saturday were his most since Nov. 13.
Insight: Brewer hadn't even scored 20 points since Nov. 23. Playing without three starters -- Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Martin -- the Wolves still managed to score 110 points in Saturday's loss due to Brewer's 26, Ricky Rubio's 25 and Chase Budinger's 19.
Description: Timberwolves forward Kevin Love didn't play in Wednesday's game versus Oklahoma City and is questionable for Friday's game against New Orleans.
Insight: He's got a stiff neck after taking a hard fall Tuesday against the Lakers. Dante Cunningham (5.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg) was solid in a replacement starter role with 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks.
Description: Timberwolves forward Kevin Love won't be available for Wednesday's game versus Oklahoma City. SOURCE: Jerry Zgoda, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Insight: He's out with a stiff neck after taking a hard fall Tuesday against the Lakers. Dante Cunningham (5.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg) will grab the start at power forward. Fantasy owners should consider Love day-to-day.
Description: Minnesota power forward Kevin Love has scored at least 28 points in five straight games.
Insight: In his latest performance, Love had 31 points, 17 rebounds, three assists and two threes. The 25-year-old has averaged 32.6 points, 14.8 boards, 2.6 assists and 1.8 threes his last five games.
Description: As expected, Wolves center Nikola Pekovic was not in the lineup Tuesday versus the Lakers. SOURCE: Nate Sandell, 1500 ESPN Twin Cities
Insight: He's now missed four games with ankle bursitis and there's still no clear timetable for when he'll be back. Pekovic (18.0 ppg, 9.1 rpg) did shed his walking boot on Tuesday, which is probably a good sign. Either way, it's doubtful we'll see him Wednesday against Oklahoma City.
Description: Minnesota power forward Kevin Love, a game-time decision on Saturday, was phenomenal in a loss to Atlanta.
Insight: The three-time All-Star posted 43 points on 12-of-22 shooting. An 81.3 percent free throw shooter coming into this game, Love was 17-for-18 from the line. He also led the team with 19 rebounds. The Wolves are now 0-4 in games when Love has scored 35 points or more this season.
Description: Wolves forward Kevin Love sprained his ankle Friday versus Memphis but he'll give it a go Saturday against the Hawks. SOURCE: Timberwolves PR on Twitter
Insight: Love played through the injury Friday and finished with 28 points on 12-for-20 shooting. Assuming he doesn't aggravate the injury, fantasy owners can expect similar numbers from Love tonight in Atlanta.