|15th October, 2017||NBA||Minnesota exercised 2018/19 team option.|
December 1, 2017
It has been one of the surprises of the season to see how well Tyus Jones has done in his short starting stint. In the four Jeff Teague-less games, Jones is averaging a staggering 38.9 fantasy points, doing so with a full stat sheet including many high value defensive statistics, something he is not previously known for.
Teague is listed as “questionable” and “day to day” at the time of writing, so he might play, but his injury is of the type that only truly heals with an extended period of rest. With Jones playing like this, there is no reason for Teague to rush back.
November 29, 2017
Jones has featured in this list before each of his last two games, and has paid immense dividends each time. He followed his giant 51.3 fantasy point outing two games ago with a 30.3 outing last night, and while Jeff Teague (who at least warmed up last night before being a late scratch with his Achilles problem) may return tonight, Jones is doing enough to enjoy a big role even if he should return, should Tom Thibodeau’s rotations permit it. He seems to have massively improved defensively.
November 28, 2017
We suggested Jones as a fantasy value pick before the last Timberwolves game, so it was vindicating to then watch Evans have an enormous career night. With a remarkable seven steals and two blocks to go alongside nine points, seven assists and four rebounds, Jones recorded a whopping 51.3 fantasy points overall, for an average of 42.5 over his last two. Notwithstanding his limitations in the halfcourt offence that could see him revert to being a near-nothing in fantasy at any time, buy him, for that is obscenely good for this price.
November 26, 2017
Given a big responsibility in the absence of Mike Conley, Chalmers is responding with big fantasy performances. Even when his shot is off, as it was in a 2-11 shooting performance two games ago, the 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals he posted still made for a 28.4 fantasy point performance. With six consecutive 20+ fantasy point performances and an average of 28.5 across that time, Chalmers is still a good fantasy value pick even with the recent spike in his price. Get it while it lasts.
Along the same lines, albeit to a much lesser degree, you might also want to consider Tyus Jones in tonight’s game. Jones, the regular backup point guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves, played the bulk of their last game in the absence of regular starter Jeff Teague, even though third stringer Aaron Brooks started the game. Starting the third string player in the absence of the starter to keep the regular backup in their regular role is a common enough practice as to be repeated, and Jones played 32 minutes, equivalent to starter’s minutes, despite this arrangement. And in those minutes, Jones had a career night, recording 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 32.2 fantasy points. That number is an enormous outlier, but, with Teague likely to miss tonight as well, Jones is automatically in line to do something for only a paltry $6.3 million.
June 29, 2017
PG, 6’2, 195lbs, 21 years old, 2 years of experience
Good improvements over the last season. Shot more efficiently from all areas, turned it over less, upped the assist numbers, and although he is occasionally completely overwhelmed defensively, he will always give it a go. Although he does not have Dunn’s potential, Jones did play better than him this past season, and may well be worthy of a full-time back-up spot, to see if he makes it.
Player Plan: Two years of rookie scale salary remaining. At this stage, he might develop into a regular back-up point, or he might not; give him next season to find out.