News: As expected, Suns center Marcin Gortat (foot) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, reports the Arizona Republic. According to the report, Gortat has not had enough time to get himself back into basketball shape. He has been sidelined since March 8 due to sprained right foot.
Analysis: Gortat -- like most of his teammates -- has been a disappointment this season. The 29-year-old really struggled with his consistency as he averaged just 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds, which is way below his production during his first full year in Phoenix. Clearly, the loss of Steve Nash had something to do with scoring drop off, but we still expected more from the sixth-year man. However, with center being such a thin position, owners should plan on targeting Gortat in the middle rounds in most draft formats next fall in the hopes of him turning in a bounce-back campaign.
News: The Arizona Republic reports that Suns center Marcin Gortat said he will have the walking boot removed from his sprained right foot by the end of the week and hopes to play in the final two or three games of the season. He has been biking, lifting weights and exercising daily. Right now, Im just trying to learn to walk again because its difficult to put that foot on the ground, Gortat said. I definitely would like to touch the court and make sure that Im going to go for holiday back home 100 percent healthy.
Analysis: It would be nice to see Gortat return to the court before the end of the year to give Fantasy owners some comfort that heading into 2013-14 he can be fine without any setbacks. Most likely his Fantasy season has ended, but he should return next year as a No. 1 Fantasy center in all leagues.
News: Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter said it's doubtful that injured center Marcin Gortat (foot) will return before the end of the season, the Arizona Republic reports. Gortat has been sidelined since March 6 with a sprained right foot and remains in a walking boot.
Analysis: With the Suns clearly out of playoff contention -- they own the worst record in the Western Conference -- the team has little reason to bring Gortat back for the final eight games of the season. After a breakout campaign a year ago, the 29-year-old seemingly took a step backward this season and averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Gortat should remain untouched in all seasonal Fantasy formats at this point.
News: The Arizona Republic reports Tuesday that Suns center Marcin Gortat (foot) has ditched the protective cast covering his injury but remains in a walking boot. Gortat cut the cast off himself on Sunday. There are still several hurdles before Gortat is able to get back on the court for Phoenix.
Analysis: The good news is that Gortat is free of his cast. The bad news is that there still is no real timetable for his return to action. The 29-year-old is averaging 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds this season and is a solid Fantasy option in most formats, when healthy.
News: It appears Phoenix center Marcin Gortat (foot) doesn't want to go down without a fight. Gortat told reporters Saturday that he wants to "finish the season playing" despite being sidelined at least three to four weeks after suffering a sprained right foot during last Wednesday's game against Toronto. It's a different stance for Gortat as he said after the outing he would rather stay sidelined instead of returning for "one or two games."
Analysis: Gortat's timetable would mean he could conceivably be back before the end of the regular season, but with the need for conditioning and the Suns out of playoff contention there is little urgency for a quick return. The 29-year-old is averaging 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds this season and has appeared in 182 consecutive games for Phoenix -- every game since he came to the Suns on Dec. 18, 2010. Fantasy owners should monitor his progress, but he should probably be dropped in shallow formats for healthier options at this point.
News: The Suns announced Thursday that center Marcin Gortat will miss 3-4 weeks because of a sprained right foot suffered Wednesday against the Raptors. Via the Arizona Republic, Gortat will have the foot put in a cast and actually doubts he'll play again this season. The Suns only have about six weeks left in their season and without much to play for, withholding Gortat is a safe move. "Im definitely not going to work all this just to come back for one or two games," he said. "Id rather just miss the rest of the year."
Analysis: Gortat, 29, is averaging 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds on the season. Without him, the Suns will likely start Hamed Haddadi or go small with Luis Scola at center as veteran Jermaine O'Neal is currently away from the team tending to a family matter. Fantasy owners making a playoff push or in season-long Rotisserie leagues might hold out hope that Gortat can return in time to help down the stretch, but in reality his Fantasy season is likely over. If you need a roster spot you can consider cutting Gortat for a player who can help you now.
News: Phoenix center Marcin Gortat suffered an injury to his right foot on Wednesday during the first quarter of a game against the Raptors. Gortat went to the locker room and could not return after playing 11 minutes. He underwent an X-ray, which came back negative and he'll have an MRI on Thursday, reports the Arizona Republic. Gortat scored eight points on 4 of 6 shooting prior to leaving and added four boards.
Analysis: Gortat doesn't always hit his shots but he's been rebounding well of late and the center is definitely an important part of the Suns roster. Fantasy owners use him at a thin position for his blocked shots and rebounds and any scoring is a bonus. Gortat will undergo an MRI and owners will have to check back for results. He is a solid option in most formats, when healthy.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortats up-and-down season hit a new low Friday against the Hawks, as he hit just one shot in 21 minutes of action. Gortat shot 1 of 6 from the field in the game and finished with just two points and two rebounds, in a 92-87 win. Jermaine ONeal played 7 more minutes than him in the game.
Analysis: Gortat has been fighting ONeal off for weeks now, and it looks like this is going to continue. Gortat averaged a season-low 27.9 minutes per game in the month of February, while ONeal averaged 21.7 per game. Gortat should still consistently see more playing time at the center spot, but he has had some issues with the coaching staff all year. We expected Gortat to take a minor step back this season without Steve Nash around, but he has been less effective than we anticipated. He is averaging 11.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game on the season, and should be considered more of a low-end Fantasy option in most formats.
News: Suns cener Marcin Gortat had a solid game Tuesday against the Trail Blazers, after a trio of games in which he scored just 12 points total. Gortat scored 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting over 28 minutes, while snagging five rebounds, to lead the starting lineup. He added one assist and filled up the box score with a block and a steal in a 102-98 win.
Analysis: Gortat has been unable to find any level of consistency this season, and that has been the case recently. He has scored in double figures four times in eight games in the month of February, while averaging 9.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He remains a low-end starting option at center, making him one of the more disappointing Fantasy options around this season.
News: After scoring just two points against the Thunder on Friday night, Suns center Marcin Gortat was not much better when he faced the Western Conference foe again Sunday. He finished with six points on 3-of-8 shooting in the 97-69 loss. Gortat posted seven rebounds and blocked two shots while playing 23 minutes.
Analysis: Gortat has scored in single digits three times in the last five games and is averaging 9.2 points with seven rebounds in those contests. He is shooting close to 57 percent during that stretch, however, so his numbers should increase sooner rather than later. The 28-year-old has been a bit of a disappointment after averaging a double-double last season but can still be considered a viable Fantasy option in the majority of formats.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat was able to play through an illness during Friday's contest against the Mavericks. Gortat finished with 16 points in the 109-99 defeat on 6 of 13 shooting from the field. He made four of his five free-throw attempts and also added seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks, while logging 31 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Gortat has been scoring the ball a bit better of late as he is averaging 12.4 points over his last five games. He is shooting 50 percent from the field over that span to go along with 9.4 rebounds and a block. While Gortat has failed to live up to his lofty expectations thus far, he has been productive enough to remain active in all formats moving forward.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat missed practice Thursday because of an illness, according to Arizona Sports 620. He was sent home and is now questionable for Friday's game vs. Dallas.
Analysis: Gortat finished with a double-double for just the second time in seven games Wednesday vs. L.A. Lakers. Gortat finished with 14 points, as he went 7 of 13 from the field, and grabbed 12 rebounds to complete the double-double performance. He added three assists, one steal and one turnover. Gortat is averaging 11.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in five games since Lindsey Hunter has taken over as coach. Gortat hasn't really seen a major change in performance since Hunter took over as head coach. He is averaging 11.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game this season, so he continues to play at the same level. We were hoping for a major change in production, but that hasn't happened yet. Gortat is still doing enough to remain a viable Fantasy center in most formats, but he is still lacking behind the level he was playing at last season.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat finished with a double-double for just the second time in seven games Wednesday vs. L.A. Lakers. Gortat finished with 14 points, as he went 7 of 13 from the field, and grabbed 12 rebounds to complete the double-double performance. He added three assists, one steal and one turnover. Gortat is averaging 11.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in five games since Lindsey Hunter has taken over as coach.
Analysis: Gortat hasn't really seen a major change in performance since Hunter took over as head coach. He is averaging 11.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game this season, so he continues to play at the same level. We were hoping for a major change in production, but that hasn't happened yet. Gortat is still doing enough to remain a viable Fantasy center in most formats, but he is still lacking behind the level he was playing at last season.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat tallied nine points and 12 rebounds during Phoenix's 108-99 loss to San Antonio on Saturday night. Gortat finished with double figures in rebounds for the first time in the past four games, but sank just 4 of his 12 attempts from the field for a meager 33.3 field-goal percentage. He also contributed one assist and a steal for the fourth consecutive game while logging 30 minutes of playing time.
Analysis: In his past seven games, Gortat has netted more than 10 points only three times as his accuracy from the field has taken a tumble compared to his strong start to the month of January. The 33.3 percent clip he posted Saturday marked the third time in the past five outings he failed to connect on half of his shots, and he's hitting just 45.5 percent in that span. Gortat has also swayed on the glass, which has limited him to just one double-double since Jan. 11. He is still worth starting in the majority of Fantasy formats, but hopefully he can regain his consistency.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat had his best scoring performance since late November on Monday against the Thunder. He finished with 19 points and hauled in 15 rebounds in the 102-90 loss. He went 7 for 16 from the field and made 5 of 7 free throws while playing 46 minutes. Gortat also posted an assist and a block in the defeat.
Analysis: After a breakout campaign a year ago, Gortat has not been nearly as productive so far this season but has started to look better of late. He is averaging 12.8 points with 12.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in the previous five contests while shooting 50 percent during that stretch. The 28-year-old will be a free agent this offseason and should garner some serious interest so keep an eye on his progress going forward. Owners that had benched Gortat during his prolonged slump might want to get him active again in the majority of Fantasy formats.
News: CSNNE.com reports while Celtics fans have expressed their want for the team to acquire Suns center Marcin Gortat, the 6-11 center has no intentions to force his way off a struggling Suns roster. "Basically I just don't want to feel like a loser and escape," he said. "The team needs you and then all of a sudden you escape because you said you wanted to be traded or you asked for a trade? It's not like that. If someone's going to decide to trade me, it is a business. I'll understand that. But now I'm on the Phoenix Suns and I'm going to help."
Analysis:The Arizona Repbulic reported Gortat, who will be a free agent after the 2013-14 season, turned down a multi-year extension in October, which is probably why his name has been mentioned in trade rumors. Obviously, the Suns don't have to deal Gortat this season, but it's worth keeping tabs on the trade rumblings as the deadline gets closer. Gortat has been on a good run lately, recording a double-double in five of his last six games. He is averaging 13.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in that span. Gortat remains a viable Fantasy play in all formats.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat had another strong performance Tuesday against the Bucks, as he earned his fourth double-double in five games. He scored 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting, while dominating the boards with a game-high 14 rebounds. He added three assists, but turned the ball over four times in a 108-99 loss. Gortat threw in one blocked shot in 35 minutes.
Analysis: Gortat has struggled at times this season, but he seems to have snapped out of whatever funk he was in earlier. The big man from Poland is averaging 13.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game over the last five, with 1.6 blocks as well. His rebounding and scoring are both down from a year ago, as his shots are down on the season. He remains productive, if a bit disappointing overall. Consider him a starting Fantasy option in most formats.
News: Phoenix center Marcin Gortat recorded a big double-double on Wednesday night in a win over Philadelphia. Gortat scored 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double. He was 5 of 8 from the field and added two steals, a block and three assists.
Analysis: Gortat has three double-doubles in his last five games and is averaging 12 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over that span. He can fill it up for Phoenix at the center position and should be active in most Fantasy formats.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat recorded his fourth double-double of December on Friday night against the Pacers. He scored 15 points and hauled in 10 rebounds in the 97-91 loss. He went 6 for 9 from the field and made 3 of 4 free throws while playing 33 minutes. Gortat also posted two assists and a steal in the defeat.
Analysis: Gortat has seen a dip in his scoring and rebounding so far this season but has been playing better of late. He is averaging 12.4 points with 9.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in the previous five contests while shooting 58 percent over that span. The 28-year-old has the potential to post a double-double on a nightly basis so keep Gortat active in the majority of Fantasy formats.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat seems to have plateaued in an up and down season, scoring in double figures in three games in a row after Fridays 99-84 win over the Spurs. Gortat scored 12 points on 5 of 12 shooting, with 14 rebounds in 33 minutes. He added three assists and a pair of blocks.
Analysis: Gortats production has left much to be desired this season, so any signs of life are encouraging. Gortat is averaging just 10.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in December, and it is not clear that his production is going to increase moving forward. As a result, he remains more of a low-end starting option in most Fantasy formats.
News: Following the finest season of his career, Phoenix center Marcin Gortat has been unable to duplicate that performance during the early part of the 2012-13 campaign. Gortat is averaging just 11.0 points per game this year and tallied less than five points in three outings. He had only four such occasions last season when he posted a career-high 15.3 points per game. "I'm not doing well right now," Gortat told the Orlando Sentinel on Sunday. "The only thing I'm caring about right now is just coming back to playing good basketball. That's the only thing I care about, and hopefully we'll get some wins."
Analysis: Gortat's struggled have also brought a drop in playing time as he has not topped 32 minutes in each of his past three games. Part of the reason for his stumble is that he is not attempting as many shots as he did last season and is averaging three fewer attempts than a year ago. Gortat is still shooting an efficient 53.4 percent from the field, but will have to increase his chances in order to return to solid scoring level. Fantasy owners should consider leaving Gortat on the bench in shallow formats for Week 7 (Dec. 10-18) as the Suns only play twice during the period.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds in an overtime loss at Memphis on Tuesday. Gortat played 35 minutes in the game and shot 3 for 4 from the field with a blocked shot. He added four assists and a steal.
Analysis: Gortat recorded a double-double in the game prior with 18 points and 10 rebounds and is averaging almost 12 points and a little over eight boards per game. With 2.1 blocks, Gortat can be active in just about all Fantasy formats.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat's struggles continued during Wednesday's contest against the Pistons. Gortat finished with just six points in the 117-77 defeat, on 1 of 6 shooting from the field. He also added four rebounds to his stat line, while logging just 20 minutes of game action. Gortat is averaging 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds over his last five games.
Analysis: Gortat went from a daily double-double threat to one of the most inconsistent big men in the game in a matter of weeks it seems. The 28-year-old has been alternating between productive and stinker performances over the past two weeks now and is streaky play has forced to give veteran Jermaine O'Neal some extra run. While we don't expect Gortat's struggles to linger much longer, it might to time to sit him down if he continues to struggle.
News: Phoenix center Marcin Gortat admitted Tuesday that he's not yet in the best basketball shape, reports the Arizona Republic. "Im just going to work on it," he said. "First of all, Im not in the best (basketball) shape right now. Physically, Im in great shape. Im not making shots that I usually make. Ive just got to work on it. Thats it."
Analysis: Gortat has scored a grand total of 10 points with 14 rebounds in his last two games combined so he's got to work himself into better basketball shape as he says. Still, he's already shown flashes this season and is averaging very close to a double-double per game. He should remain active in most Fantasy formats and his numbers will definitely improve.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat played big minutes yet again Wednesday against the Bulls, but he was still somewhat limited offensively. Gortat scored just 11 points in 37 minutes, but he shot 4 of 8 from the field and 3 of 3 from the free-throw line. Gortat also had eight rebounds, a block and no turnovers, in a 112-106 loss.
Analysis: Gortat has scored more than 14 points just twice in the first nine games of the season, and his scoring is down to 12.3 points per game. He is still shooting 52.8 percent from the field, but he is attempting almost two fewer field goals per game than a year ago. Gortat is still posting 10.4 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game, so he continues to have consistent Fantasy value, but the drop in scoring is disappointing. The loss of Steve Nash, his pick and roll partner, is affecting his game, but Gortat remains a high-end Fantasy option in all formats.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat threw a block party for the Bobcats during Phoenix's 117-110 win over Charlotte Wednesday night. Gortat blocked a career-high seven shots in the victory and has now racked up 21 blocks over his first five games (4.2bpg), which ranks tops in the NBA. He also registered his fourth straight double-double as he finished with a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds on 10 of 14 shooting from the field. Gortat added a pair of assists and one steal to his stat line, while logging 38 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Gortat has been as good as advertised thus far as he is averaging an impressive 15 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.2 blocks over his first five contests and is shooting 59 percent from the field. However, the biggest surprise about Gortat's production thus far has been his blocked shots. The 28-year-old has never averaged more than 1.5 blocks in a single season but has been wrecking havoc in the paint so far. While we would expect that number to fall a bit closer to his career average as the season progresses, Gortat should continue to be viewed as a must-start Fantasy center in all formats at this point in the season.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat had another productive night from the floor and notched his first double-double of the season against the Pistons Friday. Gortat finished with a team-high 16 points and snatched up 16 rebounds in a 92-89 victory. He shot 7 of 13 from the floor and converted both of his free throw attempts and chipped in with three blocks and a steal in 36 minutes of action.
Analysis: Gortat has been know to be a solid source for rebounds throughout his career and has already picked up 25 rebounds through his first two games. He is shooting 12 of 23 after two games and is off to a decent start this season. Fantasy owners should continue to leave him active in all formats moving forward.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat notched his 27th double-double of the season during Tuesday night's contest against the Kings. Gortat finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the 109-100 win, on 7 of 11 shooting from the field. He went 6 of 7 from the free-throw line and also added two steals and two rebounds to his stat line, while logging 32 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Gortat continues to fill up the basket for the Suns, but his rebounding numbers have been on the decline over the last month. The 28-year-old has only pulled down double-digit rebounding totals in three of his last 11 games and is averaging 8.2 boards during the month of March. However, Gortat's overall production on the season has been more than adequate, so Fantasy owners should leave him active in all formats heading into the final few weeks of the season.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat is looking to get his rebounding numbers back on track. Gortat, who has only posted one double-digit rebounding game over his last 10, is currently tied for eighth in the NBA, averaging 9.9 rebounds per game. The only thing Im missing is my rebounding right now, Gortat told the Arizona Republic. My timing is a little bit off. I cant let young guys like Tristan Thomspon, who is very athletic and a talented kid, come and take the ball out of my hands. Ive got to secure the ball and get back to the way I was rebounding at the beginning of the season.
Analysis: Gortat's eight-rebound effort on Sunday against the Cavaliers brought his season average into single digits for the first time all season and he was not happy about it. However, he seems committed to getting himself back on track in that area, which hopefully will result in an increase in production. Despite his recent rebound funk, Gortat has put together a solid breakout campaign with the Suns this season, so continue to view him as a No. 1 Fantasy center in all formats over the final few weeks of the season.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat was able to re-discover his scoring touch during Friday night's contest against the Pacers. Gortat, who scored just four points in his last game, finished with 23 against Indiana on 8 of 13 shooting from the field. He went 7 of 11 from the free-throw line and also added eight rebounds, two assists and one steal, while logging 33 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Gortat has been slumping a bit offensively of late, so it was nice to see the 28-year-old get his scoring back into the 20s. Despite his recent struggles, Gortat has put together a breakout season with the Suns thus far and is still averaging a double-double on the season. Leave him active in all formats heading into Fantasy Week 14 (March 26-April 1).
News: There have been some bumps in the road recently, however Suns center Marcin Gortat continues to be one of the top centers in the league, as he put up his 25th double-double of the season on Sunday against the Rockets. He scored 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds in just 31 minutes, as the Suns took down the Rockets, 99-86. Gortats 25th double-double establishes a new career-high.
Analysis: Gortat is sliding a little bit recently, as his rebounding average is down to 8.9 per game in the month of March. Despite that, he still has five double-doubles in the month. He remains one of the most valuable Fantasy options at the center position so continue to start him in all leagues.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat recorded his 24th double-double of the season on Thursday night against the Mavericks, matching his career high from last year. Gortat finished the game with 16 points and 12 boards. He shot 7 for 14 from the field and hit both his foul shots. Gortat added two assists and a block in his 33 minutes of action. The Suns would hold off the Mavs for the 96-94 win.
Analysis: Gortat continues to play well for the Suns and has recorded four straight double-doubles. He's averaging 18.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game over his last five outings, while shooting 53.8 percent from the field. Gortat is having another solid season in Phoenix and should be considered a No. 1 center option moving forward.
News: Thursday against the Timberwolves was a rare night for Suns center Marcin Gortat, as he was not able to grab a double-double for just the 14th time this season. Still, he was able to score 17 points on just 10 field goal attempts, making six of them while going perfect on five attempts from the free-throw stripe as well. He did manage to grab six rebounds, an unusually low number for Gortat, who has been almost an automatic double-double this season. Gortat also added a steal and two blocks in 35 minutes in the Suns 104-95 win over the Timberwolves.
Analysis: Gortat ranks seventh in the NBA this season with 20 double-doubles, so dont be too concerned that he didnt get one on Thursday, as hell probably make up for it the next time he plays. Gortat has been about as consistent as they come this season, averaging 15.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game this season. He remains a dominant pick and roll option with Steve Nash, and as long as that remains the case, Gortat should be considered a No. 1 Fantasy center.
News: Phoenix center Marcin Gortat registered 21 points and 15 rebounds during the Suns' 102-90 victory over the Lakers on Sunday night. Gortat drained an efficient 9 of 15 attempts from the field and 3 of 5 at the free-throw line as he posted his second straight double-double. He now has 19 overall double-doubles as he continues to shine during his first full season with Phoenix. Gortat played all but six minutes against Los Angeles.
Analysis: After being under-appreciated in Orlando, Gortat has developed into a strong scoring option with the Suns and topped 20 points in three of his past five outings. He entered Sunday's game averaging an impressive 15.4 points a night while hovering around 35-40 minutes per contest. Fantasy owners should expect Gortat to remain a nightly threat for a double-double and continue to consider him a must-start in all formats.
News: Suns C Marcin Gortat was able to record his first double-double since Feb. 4 on Monday night against the Warriors. He scored a season-high 25 points and hauled in 12 rebounds, including four on the offensive glass, in the 102-96 loss. He went 11 for 17 from the floor and made 3 of 6 free throws while playing 37 minutes. Gortat also chipped in with two blocked shots in the defeat.
Analysis: Gortat is having a career campaign in his first full season with the Suns as he has been the perfect compliment for Steve Nash and the pick-and-roll offense. He is averaging 17 points with 9.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in his last five contests, and is shooting 58 percent over that span. There are few players that can average a double-double on a nightly basis like the 27-year-old does so continue to roll with Gortat as a must-start Fantasy C in all formats.
News: Phoenix C Marcin Gortat finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds during the Suns' 95-89 victory over Charlotte on Saturday night. It was the fifth consecutive double-double for Gortat and his 15th overall of the season -- good for third most in the NBA behind Minnesota's Kevin Love (22) and Orlando's Dwight Howard (18). Gortat also contributed three assists and a block while logging 28 minutes of playing time for Phoenix.
Analysis: Gortat continues to churn out double-doubles and remains one of the most dominant big men in the league this season. He has amassed double digit in rebounds during 15 consecutive games, matching Lowe's league season-high streak. Gortat also has blocked a shot in a league-best 12 straight games and entered Saturday's game averaging 1.8 blocks a night. Fantasy owners should keep rolling in all formats.
News: After recording 12 double-doubles in the month of January, Suns C Marcin Gortat started February with another one on Wednesday night against the Hornets. He scored 23 points and hauled in 11 rebounds in the 120-103 win. He went 6 for 10 from the floor and made 11 of 14 free throws while playing 38 minutes. Gortat also posted two assists, a steal and a block in the victory.
Analysis: Gortat is having the best campaign of his career in his first full season in Phoenix as he fits perfectly in their pick-and-roll offense. He and Steve Nash have developed a solid rapport and there is no telling how productive he could end up being. The 27-year-old is averaging 16.4 points with 11 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his last five contests, and is shooting 47 percent over that span. Gortat has become an elite option in Fanatsy so keep him active in all formats going forward.
News: After having his double-double streak snapped against the Trail Blazers, Suns C Marcin Gortat was able to get himself back on track during Saturday night's contest against the Grizzlies. Gortat notched his 11th double-double of the season in the 86-84 victory, finishing with 13 points and 12 rebounds. He shot just 6 of 17 from the field, although he did add one block and a rebound to his stat line, while logging 44 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Gortat is finally starting to play at the level most thought he would prior to the season after getting off to a bit of a slow start. He has recorded a double-double in 11 of his last 12 contests and is shooting a whooping 58 percent from the field on the season. He is also averaging 1.7 blocks per game, which makes him a high-end Fantasy option in all formats heading into Fantasy Week 6 (Jan. 30-Feb. 5). Phoenix will take on the Mavericks, Hornets, Rockets and Bobcats in the upcoming scoring period.
News: Phoenix C Marcin Gortat played well on Monday night in a loss at Dallas. Gortat came up huge with a big-time double-double as he scored 19 points to tie for the team lead. Gortat added 17 rebounds and three blocked shots in the performance. He played 37 minutes and shot 8 of 15 from the field, despite the Suns losing to the Mavericks.
Analysis: Gortat is not yet up to a double-double per game on the season, but he's extremely close. He's been absolutely crazy good lately with 18.4 points, 14.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game over his last five. Gortat should be active in all Fantasy leagues and formats right now.
News: Suns C Marcin Gortat was able to notch his fifth straight double-double during Tuesday night's contest against the Bulls. Gortat finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds in the 118-98 loss, on 5 of 7 shooting from the field. He went 4 for 5 from the charity stripe and also chipped in with one block and an assist, while logging 31 minutes of game action.
Analysis: After struggling with a thumb injury during the first week of the season, Gortat has finally starting producing the way most though he would entering the season. The 27-year-old has turned into a double-double machine for Phoenix of late and he is averaging 17.6 points and 12.4 rebounds over his last five contests. He is also shooting 61 percent from the field over that stretch, so owners should make sure Gortat remains active in the majority of formats, while he is playing so well.
News: Suns C Marcin Gortat is shooting 70.9 percent (22 of 31) in three games since losing the splint on his right thumb he wore the first six games because of a hairline fracture. Gortat said he is pain-free, according to The Arizona Republic. "I appreciate what I have now, and that's two hands," Gortat said. "I have the right rhythm. I feel good now. I feel great playing without the splint. I'm not going to say I'm going to keep shooting like this the rest of the season but I'm just going to try to keep going as hard as possible. Actually, my biggest focus is rebounding because our team is suffering on rebounds."
Analysis: Gortat definitely seems to be taking his game to another level now that he is healthy. He is averaging 17 points and 9.3 rebounds in his last four games. Those numbers are solid in any Fantasy format. Now is the time to start getting Gortat active in all Fantasy formats.
News: Suns C Marcin Gortat entered Sunday's game against Bucks with a 59 percent shooting percentage on the season. He was able to raise that number as he went 9 for 10 from the field and finished with 18 points in the 109-93 win. Gortat, who played 28 minutes, also posted seven rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals.
Analysis: Gortat has been able to pick up his rebounding recently and is shooting a solid 63 percent from the floor thus far. He is also putting up over a block per game and is stealing more passes this season. While his thumb injury has slowed him a bit, he is still a highly-productive option in Fantasy, especially at a thin position, so keep Gortat active in most formats heading into Week 3 (Jan. 9-15).
News: Phoenix C Marcin Gortat said he will shed the brace protecting his broken right thumb during the Suns' next game on Friday. Gortat said he has full range of motion in his thumb and will have the area taped up against Portland. He has not missed any playing time with the issue.
Analysis: Gortat didn't appear to be limited by the thumb issue during Wednesday's loss at Dallas and netted a season-high 22 points and 10 rebounds. It was his first double-double of the season and an encouraging sign he could be close to 100 percent. Fantasy owners should continue to be patient with Gortat while he deals with the issue as he could average close to a double-double this season. Keep him active in most formats for now.
News: Suns C Marcin Gortat, playing through a broken thumb, saw 18 minutes on Monday in a win over the Warriors. Gortat scored five points with three rebounds and a blocked shot. He shot 2 of 6 from the field. Gortat hopes to be able to remove the thumb brace he's been playing with in the next few days.
Analysis: Gortat is averaging just over 10 points per game on the season to go with 6.5 rebounds, but the thumb is clearly limiting him. He has a lot of potential this season for the Suns, but he's going to have to heal up first. He should only be active in deeper Fantasy leagues at the moment.
News: Suns C Marcin Gortat got the start in Monday's season opener against the Hornets despite dealing with a broken thumb. He scored 13 points and hauled in five rebounds in the 85-84 loss. He went 6 for 9 from the field and made 1 of 3 field goals while playing 21 minutes. Gortat also had a steal in the defeat.
Analysis: Gortat has a lot of promise as a Fantasy center this season for the Suns. This injury will likely slow him a bit so keep an eye on his progress going forward. Still, as long as Gortat is playing, feel free to keep Gortat active in many Fantasy leagues.
News: The Arizona Republic reports that Phoenix C Marcin Gortat said he is "quite sure" he'll play in the Suns' season opener Monday against New Orleans. "It's actually not that bad from the shooting standpoint," Gortat said of his thumb. "Battling for position, trying to push someone and hold your ground is really difficult. Defensively, it's going bother me. I can't dunk the ball. But it's not as terrible as thought it would be."
Analysis: Gortat has a lot of promise as a Fantasy center this season for the Suns. Unfortunately, this injury is going to limit him slightly and won't let him achieve his highest value until it heals up a bit. Still, as long as Gortat is playing, feel free to start him in many Fantasy leagues.
News: Suns C Marcin Gortat, who suffered a hairline fracture in his right thumb in Phoenix's preseason opener, is expected to play through the injury while it heals. Gortat suffered what the Arizona Republic described as "a slight non-displaced fracture on the top of his right thumb." The injury is expected to heal in two-to-three weeks.
Analysis: While it may take a few weeks for Gortat to round into form with the injury bothering him, as soon as he gets healthy, he'll be one of the better centers in the league. We expect him to be one of the better breakout candidates in the NBA, especially playing in the pick-and-roll game with Steve Nash. It's encouraging that he isn't expected to miss much, if any time, so don't be afraid to grab him in the early-to-mid rounds on Draft Day.
News: Suns C Marcin Gortat suffered a hairline fracture in his right thumb in Phoenix's preseason opener against the Nuggets on Tuesday. Gortat sustained the injury sometime in the second half, but still wound up finishing with 14 points and eight rebounds while logging 25 minutes. He is being considered day to day at this point.
Analysis: The Suns didn't offer many details about his injury after the game, saying only Gortat is not expected to miss much time if any with his ailment. Still, his injury bares monitoring, so Fantasy owners should keep an eye on his status moving forward. There are a ton of expectations surrounding the 27-year-old entering the season and we like him as a possible breakout candidate, especially play in alongside pick-and-roll specialist Steve Nash. As long as he can get back on the court by opening day, Gortat can be considered an early- to mid-round selection on Draft Day.
News: The Arizona Republic reports that Suns center Marcin Gortat said he is going to Houston to work out with Hakeem Olajuwon for a week. Gortat is looking to add some offense to his game as he will enter 2011-12 as the starting center for the Suns. Last year, Gortat averaged 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest during the regular season.
Analysis: Gortat played well last year once he joined the Suns from Orlando. He finished in the Top 20 for centers in terms of scoring in standard CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues. He compiled 24 double-doubles on the year and that number should increase. Fantasy owners should view Gortat as an early- to mid-round selection on Draft Day.
News:Marcin Gortat would have loved to be in the playoffs, but is content with getting a break. Gortat and the Suns failed to make the postseason, a long season took it's toll on him. He played in 80 games this year and saw around 25 minutes of action per outing. "I'm going to try to relax and recover. I'm playing 30-plus minutes and it's having a big impact body. I really feel tired right now," Gortat told The Arizona Republic. I have to change my whole routine. Every morning when I stand up, I feel the 30 minutes from the night before. It's going to be a long, long summer." Gortat added that he plans to work out and try to improve his post game, jump shot and core strength during the offseason. "I definitely look forward to come back strong, be one of this team's leaders and be a guy who is the future of this team for a couple years," Gortat said. Gortat averaged 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest during the regular season.
Analysis: Gortat saw a huge increase in minutes and production once he joined the Suns back in December. He stepped out of Dwight Howard's shadow and shown bright in Phoenix. He tried to join Dallas last offseason, but the Magic matched the Mavericks offer sheet retaining the rights to the big man. Gortat finished in the top-20 for centers in terms of scoring in standard CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues. He compiled 24 double-doubles on the year and that number should increase if he is the starting center in Phoenix in 2011-12. If he's named a starter, Fantasy owners should view Gortat as an early- to mid-round selection on Draft Day.
News: Despite missing shootaround on Friday with an illness, Phoenix center Marcin Gortat was able to record a double-double versus Los Angeles. He shot 50 percent from the floor and connected on 2 of his 4 foul shots. Gortat finished with 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. He also blocked two shots in his 33 minutes on the court. The Suns would go on to beat the Clippers --- without Steve Nash -- 111-98.
Analysis: Gortat has taken his game to another level since joining Phoenix. Over his last five games he's averaging 14.8 points and 11.4 rebounds, while shooting 51.7 percent from the field. Seeing how he isn't playing behind Dwight Howard in Orlando, Gortat is a viable center option in all Fantasy formats. Continue to roll with the big man.
News: The Arizona Republic reports that Suns center Marcin Gortat missed shootaround Friday due to illness, but he is expected to play Friday night against the Clippers.
Analysis: Fantasy owners in daily leagues should plan on starting Gortat as long as he's cleared to play since he's been a stellar Fantasy option of late. Keep an eye on his status prior to game time, but if he's active then Fantasy owners should start him in all scoring formats.
News: Phoenix center Marcin Gortat tallied 20 points and 15 rebounds in the Suns' 91-83 loss to Dallas on Sunday night. Gortat, who was inserted into the starting lineup for the ineffective Robin Lopez, nailed 8 of 13 attempts from the field and was a perfect 4 for 4 from the free-throw line to post his second 20-point outing in his last four games. The 6-foot-11 Gortat also missed his lone 3-point attempt -- just his second try of the season. He contributed three blocks and an assist while logging 41 minutes of playing time.
Analysis: Gortat played with only tape over his broken nose, an injury he sustained banging into the back of Steve Nash's head in the third quarter of Friday's loss to New Orleans. He had already been receiving starter's minutes off the bench and Sunday marked the seventh time in his last eight games he has surpassed 30 minutes in an outing. Gortat has been playing well recently, averaging 18.8 points and 12.4 rebounds in his last five games. As long as he's receiving plenty of minutes, keep him active in all Fantasy formats.
News: Suns coach Alvin Gentry confirmed to The Arizona Republic that Marcin Gortat would play in Sunday's game against Dallas despite suffering a broken nose on Friday. He was also inserted into the starting lineup over Robin Lopez.
Analysis: The important news here is that Gortat will play. He has been playing starter's minutes off the bench and a move into the starting lineup will not change much in that regard. He has emerged as a No. 1 caliber center in Phoenix and is averaging 18.4 points with 11.2 rebounds over his last five appearances. Barring a setback, he should remain active any Fantasy format. Monitor him to see if the nose injury forces him to play with any level of tentativeness.
News: The Suns announced that team doctors "manipulated" center Marcin Gortat's broken nose back into place on Saturday and he is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Mavericks. The Suns' center sustained a nasal fracture when his nose banged in to the back of teammate Steve Nash's head in the fourth quarter of Friday night's loss to the Hornets. Gortat, blood gushing from his nose, left the game for good after scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Analysis: Gortat is officially being considered questionable for Sunday's game. so owners in daily formats will have to monitor his status leading up to tipoff. If he doesn't play, Gortat will then be an injury risk heading into the very important Fantasy Week 23 (March 28-April 3). The Polish Hammer has thrived ever since being dealt to the Suns and can be considered a No. 1 Fantasy center in all formats, when healthy.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat left Friday's game in the third quarter after suffering a broken nose. Gortat sustained the injury when he collided with Steve Nash. He was taken back to the locker room and did not return in the 106-100 contest. Gortat finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds prior to leaving with the injury. "I know I am dizzy right now and I definitely feel weird," Gortat told Fox Sports Arizona after the game.
Analysis: Gortat's injury looked pretty painful, and it remains unknown at this point how much time if any he will miss because of it. Fantasy owners in daily formats will have to monitor his status moving forward. Gortat has thrived ever since being traded to Phoenix and should be considered a No. 1 Fantasy center in all formats, when healthy.
News: After a brief four-game lull, Suns C Marcin Gortat is back in the double-double role after Sunday's solid performance off of the bench. He scored 17 points against the Clippers, shooting 7 of 10 from the floor. Gortat controlled the paint against Blake Griffin and company, securing a game-high 13 rebounds including a pair at the offensive end of the floor. "I was just standing there, and I hoped he wasn't going to crush my face,"Gortat said. "I think it was a good charge. I think it was the right call." He added an assist in 36 minutes of playing time.
Analysis: Gortat has thrived both as a starter and in his current reserve role in the middle for the Suns. He's averaging a double-double in March, pouring in 13.9 points and 10.0 rebounds in the 10-game span. The Polish big man is even chipping in a pair of assists and blocks each night in the span. With numbers like that, if he can continue to produce that way, Gortat becomes a solid mid-range Fantasy option with continues upside for the rest of the season.
News: Suns C Marcin Gortat continues to thrive as a reserve in Phoenix's wide-open system, and the double-doubles are pouring in. He added another notch to the belt in Tuesday's win over the Rockets, going for 13 and 16. Gortat shot 6 of 15 from the floor and added a free-throw for 13 points. He pulled down four rebounds and assisted on a pair of baskets on the offensive end while adding 12 boards and three blocks defensively. The Polish big man played 36 minutes in the win, tripling the amount of starting center Robin Lopez (12 minutes).
Analysis: Gortat has been the man in the middle for Phoenix, and his career is on the upswing in the desert just as so many others have experienced while playing with Steve Nash over the last handful of years. Gortat has defended well too, blocking three shots in three of the last four games with a pair of double-doubles in the span. He should continue to thrive with the Suns as long as the nucleus of the team remains healthy. Fantasy owners should consider Gortat to be a viable option in all formats.
News: Suns C Marcin Gortat once again had a productive game off the bench on Sunday in an overtime win at Indiana. He played 38 minutes and contributed 17 points to go with 11 rebounds to give him three straight double-doubles. In fact, Gortat matched his point and rebound totals from his previous game in Toronto.
Analysis: Gortat is averaging 13.4 points and 9.4 rebounds over his last five games. He has been a steady source for that type of production over the past month despite continuing to come off the bench. In reality, he is the team's primary center. Fantasy owners can trust him for double-double caliber production now on a pretty consistent basis. He also offers about a block and a steal per game with an excellent shooting percentage.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat continues to be the most productive big man for Phoenix. After posting two so-so games prior to the All-Star break, Gortat came out of the gate with a double-double. He now has 10 on the year after Wednesday's 13 point and 12 rebound performance against the Hawks. Gortat also had an assist in the Suns 105-97 win.
Analysis: Gortat has registered a double-double in three of his last five games. He's averaging 13.0 points, 9.4 boards and 1.2 blocks over that span, while shooting 56.5 percent from the floor. While Gortat remains a bench player, he continues to log more minutes than starter Robin Lopez. It seems coach Alvin Gentry likes what Gortat brings to the table. Fantasy owners should keep tabs on this situation as the season goes on, but Gortat should be viewed as a viable center option in deeper Fantasy leagues.
News: Phoenix center Marcin Gortat registered nine points and six rebounds in the Suns' 112-106 loss to Dallas on Wednesday night. Gortat connected on an efficient 4 for 7 from the floor, but played just 17 minutes -- his lowest total since Jan. 24 against Philadelphia (10). It was also just the seventh time he has logged less than 20 minutes since he joined Phoenix from Orlando in mid-December.
Analysis: Gortat can't seem to rediscover that consistent form he displayed in late January and finished with less than 10 points for only the third occasion in his last 11 outings. His chief competition for playing time, Robin Lopez, collected 25 minutes Thursday -- his highest total in the last 19 games. Gortat has been shooting well and has now drained 50 percent of his shots in four straight games. Fantasy owners should monitor the playing time between the two centers after the All-Star break, and consider Gortat a mid-range option in deeper Fantasy leagues.
News: Phoenix center Marcin Gortat led the Suns with 10 rebounds on Friday night against Utah. The backup center saw 31 minutes of action, but outperformed starter Robin Lopez again. Gortat shot 60 percent from the field, finishing with 12 points. The big man added an assist, a steal and two blocks for the Suns. Phoenix continued Utah's struggles as they went on to win the game, 95-83.
Analysis: Gortat may be coming off the bench still, but he's seeing the bulk of the minutes for the Suns. Over his last five games he's averaging just under a double-double per contest -- 11.0 points and 9.4 boards. He's also making 1.0 steal per outing and shooting 50 percent from the floor over that span. Fantasy owners should pick Gortat up in deeper leagues if he's available. Any player that can produce close to a double-double per outing is worth using. Consider him a low-end center option in most Fantasy formats.
News: For the fifth straight game and eight in nine tries Friday night against the Thunder, Suns center Marcin Gortat reached double-figures in scoring. Again coming off of the bench, he scored 10 points on just 3 of 10 shooting. Gortat continued to crash the boards, pulling down another eight rebounds while stealing a pass and assisting on two buckets. He played 28 minutes in the loss, seeing more than 24 for the fifth straight game.
Analysis: Gortat continues to play starter minutes for the Suns, although he continues to come off of the bench. With Robin Lopez often-injured, Gortat should continue to see solid playing time moving forward as Phoenix chases a playoff spot. Even with the somewhat average night compared to is career-best games in the last week, owners should continue to roll with the Polish Hammer moving forward. Gortat is still available in 19 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, so there's still room to pick up the center.
News: After dropping a career-high 19 points and 17 rebounds in Friday's game against the Celtics, Suns center Marcin Gortat set a new career best in Sunday's 104-102 win over the Hornets. Gortat finished with 25 points in the contest on 9 of 10 shooting from the field. He also grabbed 11 rebounds in the contest and became the first Phoenix reserve since Tony Delk in 2001 to have at least 25 points and 11 rebounds. Hampered by foul trouble early on, Gortat did all of his scoring in the second half. "After the first half I had three fouls and a lot of frustration and anger for a lot of different people on the court," Gortat said. "I'm just proud of myself, I handled that situation pretty well."
Analysis: Gortat continues to thrive in Phoenix and has been outperforming starting center Robin Lopez even though he is coming off the bench. However, he has made it perfectly clear that he is more than happy with his current role. Not too sure the same can be said about Fantasy owners who are clamoring for him to inserted into the starting lineup. Still, as long as he continues to see significant minutes, Gortat should be able to produce in the Suns free-flowing offense. He is currently only owned in 63 percent of all CBSSports.com leagues, so owners who need help at the center position, should picking him up for Fantasy Week 15 (Jan. 31-Feb. 6).
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat had a career night in Friday's 88-71 win over the Celtics. Gortat finished with a career-best 19 points and 17 rebounds in the contest to help the Suns snap a three-game losing streak. He shot 8 of 13 from the field and also added a block to his stat line while logging 30 minutes. Gortat has managed 10 games in double figures with the Suns compared to just two with Orlando and has now recorded a three double-doubles over his last five games.
Analysis: Gortat continues to thrive in Phoenix and has been outperforming starting center Robin Lopez even though he is coming off the bench. Gortat continues to see around 26 minutes a game with Phoenix and said he is more than happy with his current role with the team. The same can't be said about Fantasy owners however, as many have been clamoring for Gortat to be pushed into the starting role. Still, as long as he continues to see significant minutes, Gortat should be able to produce in the Suns free-flowing offense. Owners who need help at the center position may want to think about picking him up heading into Fantasy Week 15 (Jan. 31- Feb. 6).
News: Since arriving in a trade from Orlando, Phoenix center Marcin Gortat has substantially improved his play and is averaging nearly 10 points per game in his 17 games with the Suns. Gortat, who served as the backup center to star Dwight Howard with the Magic, brings a physical presence to the paint that Phoenix has severely missed this season. Gortat has managed nine games in double figures with the Suns compared to just two with Orlando in a limited role. In addition, Gortat has posted three double-doubles in his last five games. "The experienced guys are going to bring different things to the table, but the young guys, they need to bring energy and focus," Gortat told The Arizona Republic. Analysis: Gortat has been outperforming starting center Brook Lopez and could find himself in the starting lineup if he continues his sterling play. Lopez may be starting but Gortat is receiving more playing time and his 23.9 minutes per game with the Suns is a significant increase than his time with Orlando when he did not top 16 minutes in his three-plus seasons. Gortat said he "honestly don't care about starting" and is content with his current role with the team. "I believe that one day I'm going to get the chance to play as a starter, and I'm going to be more productive," he told the newspaper. "It's different when you're playing with the first unit." Fantasy owners should track the battle between Gortat and Lopez and be ready to pounce on Gortat if he earns a spot in the starting lineup.
News: Phoenix center Marcin Gortat notched 16 points for the third time this season, yet again tying his career-high. But this time he did it all in the first half. Gortat failed to notch a single point in the final two quarters of the loss, taking just one shot in the process. He shot 6 of 10 from the floor on the night and was a perfect 4 of 4 from the charity stripe. Gortat contributed seven rebounds and a block in 29 minutes off of the bench.
Analysis: Gortat continues to play the best basketball of his young career. Finally out of Dwight Howard's shadow, he has put together three double-doubles in his last five games while scoring in double figures in four of those games. While he's playing this well, Gortat needs to be active as a low-end Fantasy option in most formats with upside. Keep in mind that he took a nasty spill late in Wednesday's loss, though it did not keep him down for long.
News: Phoenix center Marcin Gortat registered 11 points and a team-high 13 rebounds in the Suns' 75-74 loss at Detroit on Saturday night. Gortat connected of 5 of 7 shots from the field to complete his third consecutive double-double. Gortat also added a block in his 33 minutes of playing time off the bench.
Analysis: With starting center Robin Lopez continuing to struggle, Gortat logged his most minutes since Jan. 5 against the Lakers. He has been sensational during his double-double streak and has played at least 27 minutes in the stretch. Gortat has now reached double figures in points in three consecutive games -- the first occasion since being acquired from Orlando in mid-December. He remains a quality Fantasy option in deeper leagues.
News: Phoenix only gave center Marcin Gortat a few more minutes than usual on Wednesday in Cleveland. With Robin Lopez playing just nine minutes, Gortat was called upon for 26. He responded by scoring 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting and grabbing 12 rebounds with three blocked shots. Gortat had not scored more than eight points in his three previous games with at most seven rebounds.
Analysis: Gortat and Lopez continue to play a seesaw battle for minutes and Gortat definitely took Wednesday's battle. Unfortunately, neither player has really stood out consistently yet in Fantasy. If Gortat can continue posting lines like Wednesday's that will, of course, change. For now, Gortat remains worthy of use only in deeper Fantasy leagues.
News: Phoenix C Robin Lopez played 17 minutes as the starter on Monday in a win over the Knicks. Lopez shared his minutes with Marcin Gortat, who played 16 minutes. Meanwhile, Mickael Pietrus didn't get into the game. Gortat shot 3 for 7 from the field and scored six points with seven rebounds in the win. He added a steal and two assists.
Analysis: Gortat is getting around 17 minutes per game for the Suns and is averaging 6.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and a block per game over his last five. We think that is the upper echelon of what he's capable of and don't consider him much of a Fantasy option outside the deepest of leagues.
News: Phoenix will start big men Channing Frye and Robin Lopez for at least the next 10 games, reports the Arizona Republic on Sunday. This comes according to coach Alvin Gentry. Frye and Lopez will join Steve Nash, Vince Carter and Grant Hill as starters with newcomers Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus coming off the bench.
Analysis: Gortat had started some while first joining the Suns but on Friday played just 13 minutes and failed to score. He did grab five rebounds and is averaging 6.8 boards per game over his last five with 9.0 points and 1.4 blocks. Still, with fewer minutes, he'll only have low-end Fantasy value in Week 12 (Jan. 10-16) as the Suns play three games.
News: Phoenix center Marcin Gortat is taking full advantage of his new surroundings. The big man is finally getting some quality minutes and has been starting for the Suns recently too. He shot 4 for 7 from the field and 4 for 6 from the foul line on Wednesday night against the Lakers. Gortat would finish with 12 points, nine rebounds, one block and a steal in his 35 minutes of action. His missed his two foul shots late in the fourth quarter as the Suns were trying to rally, but after taking a hard foul couldn't connect on the freebies. The Suns would go on to lose the game, 99-95.
Analysis: Gortat has been playing well since he got traded from Orlando to Phoenix. Over his last five games he's averaging 11.2 points, 6.8 boards and 1.4 blocks in around 32 minutes of action. Those numbers are better than he's ever produced in his career, because he's not playing behind Dwight Howard. Now that Gortat isn't in anyone's shadow, his Fantasy value has gone up. Owners in deeper formats should view Gortat as a low-end center option, with an upside. Consider adding him off waivers in deeper category-based leagues.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat had his best game so far with Phoenix in Wednesday's loss to Philadelphia. Gortat shot 5 for 7 from the field and hit 3 of his 4 foul shots, finishing with 13 points. He also had six rebounds, two blocks and two assists -- all highs since joining the Suns. His efforts wouldn't be enough to get the Suns the win as they would lose to the 76ers, 123-110. "There are so many things we are doing bad and I just can't find an explanation," Gortat said. "I'm trying to get some rebounds and stops but when a team is scoring 120 points there aren't that many things for me to rebound."
Analysis: Gortat's season best was a 14 point and 11 rebound effort while with Orlando. Gortat doesn't have a center like Dwight Howard ahead of him in Phoenix, so he could continue to see an increase in minutes and production. This is a scenario Fantasy owners should watch closely as Gortat could be a nice waiver wire pickup in deeper category-based leagues.
News: Suns center Marcin Gortat had to wait until Thursday to make his debut with his new team. He produced four points and four rebounds in his 18 minutes of action for the Suns. Gortat shot 2 for 5 from the field, and would contribute little else in Phoenix's 95-83 loss to Miami.
Analysis: Gortat was part of the trade with Orlando that landed him, Mickael Pietrus and Vince Carter in Phoenix. Gortat could see an increase in minutes as the other big man in Phoenix is Robin Lopez. Ironically, Gortat produced around his season numbers in Orlando in his debut for the Suns -- 4.0 points and 4.7 boards. Fantasy owners hoping that Gortat's numbers increase better keep their fingers crossed after Thursday's outing. He could be a contributor on the glass, but should only be a Fantasy option in the deepest of category-based formats for now. Until he finds his niche with the Suns it'd be best to keep him reserved.
News:The Arizona Republic reports that Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus underwent physicals in Phoenix on Monday. The Suns said that it is "unlikely" that they will travel to San Antonio for Monday night's game.
Analysis: This means that Gortat will only be in line for two games in Week 9 (Dec. 20-26). He will have to earn his playing time in Phoenix, but the Suns have been desperate for size up front and we do anticipate a minutes boost for Gortat with the possibility of a significantly increased role. He is a sleeper off the waiver wire for help at center -- especially in larger leagues. Don't expect him to be much of a scorer, but he may be a sleeper for boards and blocks going forward. Keep him reserved for now.
News: The Orlando Magic traded guard Vince Carter to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, league sources confirmed to CBSSports.com. The Magic also traded Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus to the Suns and receive SF Earl Clark, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu in return. Orlando also traded for Gilbert Arenas from Washington and sent Rashard Lewis to the Wizards. Orlando also sends a 2011 first-round pick and cash to Phoenix.
Analysis: Gortat was averaging 4.0 points and 4.7 rebounds with almost a block per game in 16 minutes over 25 games with the Magic. He will have to earn his playing time in Phoenix, but the Suns have been desperate for size up front and we do anticipate a minutes boost for Gortat with the possibility of a significantly increased role. He is a sleeper off the waiver wire for help at center -- especially in larger leagues. Don't expect him to be much of a scorer, but he may be a sleeper for boards and blocks going forward.
News: Magic center Marcin Gortat, who was making his first start of the season, recorded his first double-double of the season against the Pistons. Gortat got start in place of Dwight Howard, who is back in Orlando dealing with the flu. He scored 14 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the floor and grabbed 11 rebounds and three blocks in the victory.
Analysis: Gortat is averaging about 14 minutes a game behind Howard, but will likely start on Saturday with Howard back in Orlando. Owners in daily leagues might want to think about picking him up until Howard returns. However, Gortat usually doesn't play enough to be worth using in most Fantasy leagues.
News: Magic C Marcin Gortat continued to see solid playing time off the bench on Saturday night against the Nets. He played 21 minutes, scoring five points and hauling in seven rebounds in the 91-90 win. He shot 2 for 6 from the field and made his lone free throw-attempt. Gortat also had an assist in the victory.
Analysis: Gortat is averaging 16.7 minutes per game this season while chipping in with 5.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. He has proven to be a viable backup to Dwight Howard but his Fantasy value remains limited. Gortat should only be active as a low-end center option in the deepest of category-based Fantasy leagues heading into Week 4 (Nov. 15-21).
News: Orlando center Marcin Gortat grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in Wednesday's 104-94 loss to Utah. His 10 boards led the team -- one more than starter Dwight Howard. He shot 75 percent from the field, finishing with six points. He added one steal for the Magic in his 21 minutes of court time.
Analysis: Gortat is the backup to one of the best players in the league, so his playing time will be limited on a nightly basis. If Stan Van Gundy plays Gortat and Howard together more, Gortat could be worth more in Fantasy leagues. But at this time he just a low-end center option in the deepest of category-based Fantasy leagues.
News: Orlando C Marcin Gortat got a season high for minutes on Wednesday with the Magic blowing away Minnesota. Gortat, who has run his mouth multiple times already this season on various topics, let his play do the talking on Wednesday as he shot 6 of 7 from the field over 24 minutes. He scored a season-high 12 points and added seven rebounds and three blocks.
Analysis: The 6-foot-11 Polish center had done more talking than scoring this season but has averaged seven rebounds per game over just 19 minutes. He's also averaging 1.3 blocks. If Fantasy owners need a cheap source of those two categories, look no further.
News: Orlando center Marcin Gortat pulled down seven rebounds for the second straight night on Friday in a blowout loss to the Heat. He finished the night with just two points on a couple of free throws after not attempting a shot. Gortat made more of an impact on defense with the rebounding, he also added a steal and a blocked shot in the loss. He also turned the ball over one time.
Analysis: Gortat has pulled down 14 boards in the first two games of the season as we expected. Offensively, he has had a drop off from night to night after scoring eight points on Thursday and managing just two on Friday. Still, Gortat makes his mark on the defensive end behind Dwight Howard so his value remains fairly low. He continues to be a low-end Fantasy option fit for a deep league.
News: Orlando center Marcin Gortat scored three points and grabbed one rebound in his 14 minutes of action in Wednesday's preseason win over Dallas. He blocked one shot and committed three turnovers. Gortat was averaging 9.2 points, 6.8 boards and 1.8 blocks per game through the first five preseason contests.
Analysis: Gortat averaged 3.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in his 81 games for the Magic last year. He played in a career best 81 games for 1,088 minutes, but is Dwight Howard's backup. His Fantasy value is pretty low and should be considered a low-end center in the deepest of leagues on Draft Day.
News: Orlando C Marcin Gortat grabbed 10 rebounds Wednesday in a win over the Spurs. He played 22 minute and scored seven points on 3 for 5 shooting. He added a steal and a blocked shot.
Analysis: Gortat is averaging 6.8 rebounds per game over his last five with 4.4 points and 1.4 blocks. The blocks and boards gives him low-end appeal in the deeper Fantasy leagues. The scoring leaves something to be desired.
News: Orlando C Marcin Gortat grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds on Saturday as the Magic defeated Atlanta. Gortat saw 25 minutes off the bench and shot 2 for 6 to amass five points. He did add four blocked shots.
Analysis: Gortat only gives you 3.9 rebounds per game and didn't have more than eight in any game this season before Saturday. He also is not an overly consistent shot blocker, either. He will have an occasional solid game when the Magic increase his minutes but that doesn't happen often enough to warrant much Fantasy ownership. Center eligibility is pretty much all he has going for him. Don't use him in any Fantasy leagues but the very deepest of formats.
News: Orlando C Marcin Gortat (flu) was able to get back on the court on Wednesday against the Thunder. He played 24 minutes and shot 3 of 5 to score 10 points. He added four rebounds and two blocks.
Analysis: Gortat missed only one game against Charlotte with the flu. Over his last four games, he's averaging 5.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per night. If you are desperate for blocks, think of him. Otherwise, he really only needs to be on rosters in the deepest of Fantasy leagues.
News: Magic C Marcin Gortat has tested positive for the flu. Coach Stan Van Gundy made the announcement after Gortat missed Orlando's 97-91 win over the Bobcats on Monday. A Magic spokesman says the team's medical staff sent a sample swab from Gortat to health officials to test for swine flu. That test could take up to two weeks. Gortat is day to day. The reserve is averaging 4.4 points and 4.8 rebounds.
Analysis: Gortat gets a few minutes each game in relief of Dwight Howard, but unless an injury befalls the All-Star center, he won't get enough playing time to matter in Fantasy. Leave him for the deepest of leagues.
News: The Orlando Magic have retained backup center Marcin Gortat, matching the $34 million, five-year deal offered by the Dallas Mavericks to the restricted free agent. The Magic made the announcement Monday.
Analysis: The team would not be able to trade him until Dec. 15, at the earliest, if that's what the team wants to do, meaning that Gortat would continue to back up Dwight Howard in Orlando. He'll also have to compete for playing time with newly acquired Brandon Bass. So while this move is good for the Magic and their frontcourt depth, it is not good news for Gortat's Fantasy appeal considering he could have claimed a bigger role in Dallas or elsewhere.
News: The Orlando Sentinel reports that an NBA source says the Magic will match the five-year, $34-million offer sheet extended by the Dallas Mavericks to Marcin Gortat and thus retain him.
Analysis: The team would not be able to trade him until Dec. 15, at the earliest, if that's what the team wants to do, meaning that Gortat would continue to back up Dwight Howard in Orlando. He'll also have to compete for playing time with newly acquired Brandon Bass. So while this move is good for the Magic and their frontcourt depth, it is not good news for Gortat's Fantasy appeal considering he could have claimed a bigger role in Dallas or elsewhere.
News: Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey showed up at Marcin Gortat's home in Orlando just after midnight (Eastern time) Wednesday, virtually the minute teams were officially allowed to begin negotiating with free agents. The 6-foot-11 Gortat averaged 3.8 points and 4.5 rebounds backing up Dwight Howard last season as the Magic reached the NBA finals. He's a restricted free agent, meaning the Magic can match any offer from another team to keep the player.
Analysis: The Rockets are urgently looking for a center as they await definitive information on Yao Ming's future. A team doctor said Monday that the hairline fracture in Yao's left foot could potentially threaten his career. Gortat could play a prominent role for Houston next season and would become an interesting sleeper option among Fantasy centers.
News: The New York Post reports the Knicks might target Orlando center Marcin Gortat as a free agent this summer. The Knicks had no interior defensive presence, and that's Gortat's strength. He also blocks shots and rebounds. Gortat, who originally was drafted by coach Mike D'Antoni's Suns in the second round of 2005, isn't expected to return to the Magic because his play has made him too expensive as a backup center to Dwight Howard. Gortat said the Knicks could be an ideal spot. Magic GM Otis Smith can match any offer since Gortat is a restricted free agent, but said he knows it will be a financial challenge to retain Gortat. "He's got the best job in America, playing behind my best player, playing 8 to 10 minutes," Smith said. "He goes out and does his job and probably has the best work ethic of anyone in the locker room. Can he start for another team? Yeah he can. I'll just deal with it and the market will dictate where he goes. I would like to keep him on our team, but it depends if someone wants to make him a starter and figures out what's my breaking point. I'm sure teams will make a run for him."
Analysis: Gortat averaged 12 minutes, scoring 3.8 points and 4.5 rebounds. In New York, Gortat could emerge as a No. 2 Fantasy center if he got enough minutes since he's a good candidate for rebounds and can score in the Knicks' up-tempo offense. This is a move that would help Gortat's Fantasy value if it came to fruition.
News: Magic forward Marcin Gortat filled in for Dwight Howard on Monday at Milwaukee with Howard resting. Gortat had 10 points, 18 rebounds and two assists.
Analysis: Maybe it's the Magic's system that helps Howard succeed, which is why Gortat did so well. Or maybe Gortat just had a good game. Regardless, Gortat has minimal Fantasy value because Howard usually doesn't miss much time. Ignore Gortat in all leagues.
News: Orlando PF Marcin Gortat scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds on Wednesday in a win over Milwaukee. Gortat played 15 minutes and was 4-for-4 from the field.
Analysis: Gortat doesn't get minutes often enough to consider for Fantasy purposes. He takes advantage of the minutes he gets, though, as he's averaging seven points and seven boards over only 13 minutes per game in his last five contests.
News: Magic PF Marcin Gortat had eight points and 12 rebounds against the Hawks on Friday. It was the third time this season that he was able to reach the double-digit plateau in rebounds. It was also the first time in five games that he has scored more than two points.
Analysis: With a healthy Dwight Howard, Gortat is not going to put up very bug numbers. This big performance from him came in a blowout of the Hawks and not the norm from him. Continue leaving him on waivers so long as Howard is good to go.
News: Magic forward Marcin Gortat, starting in place of the injured Dwight Howard, recorded his second career double-double with career bests of 16 points and 13 rebounds Monday at Golden State.
Analysis: Keep an eye on Howard's knee injury and how long he will be out. If he is out for an extended period of time, Gortat could be a great Fantasy option in deeper leagues, especially if he plays like this. Continue to monitor Howard's injury before adding Gortat in your league.
News:The Sports Xchange notes that the Magic this season, in an effort to be more physical, are expected to carry four centers on the roster, using Adonal Foyle, Marcin Gortat and Tony Battie all behind Dwight Howard.
Analysis: While Gortat has a great chance of making the team, his playing time behind Dwight Howard will be limited. That's especially true if he's splitting time with two other backups.
News: The Magic sent C Marcin Gortat, a rookie from Poland, to their developmental league team in Anaheim, Calif, according to The Sports Xchange. Gortat had not played in a regular season game this season.
Analysis: Obviously, Gortat has no Fantasy value at this time.
News: Orlando Magic forward Tony Battie will undergo rotator cuff surgery likely to end his season, the team said Wednesday. He partially tore a ligament a few weeks ago in a pickup game. He had an arm on center Dwight Howard as Howard backed toward the bucket and felt the shoulder give.
Analysis: Battie has averaged 6.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in 10 years with Denver, Boston, Cleveland and the Magic. With the 6-foot-10 Battie out, offseason acquisition Adonal Foyle and rookie Marcin Gortat could be called to fill the post beside Howard. Gortat was drafted in 2005 but has stayed overseas, playing only in the NBA summer league. Gortat's appeal remains limited.