Ryan Knaus explains what managers can expect from Malik Beasley as he fills in for Anthony Edwards who is in COVID protocols.
RYAN KNAUS: Malik Beasley's fantasy appeal is flawed at best. The plus side is that he is an electric scorer with a short term opportunity. Teammate Anthony Edwards is in the league's health and safety protocols, which he will not clear until December 27th at the earliest.
Beasley scored 17 points in his first game without Edwards last Friday, adding 4 boards, 4 dimes, and 2 steals in 32 minutes. Beasley's playing time and 18 field goal attempts both tied his second highest marks of the season. He heads toward the new year averaging 2.7 triples per game, but this bleeds into the negative side of his outlook.
Those 3 pointers are down compared to Beasley's past two seasons. They're the third most on his own team and they're 28th in the NBA. 2.7 3's is still a strong number, but it's not necessarily winning the category week-to-week. Perimeter specialists, like Patty Mills or Luke Kennard would serve you better from the arc.
Beasley is also hurt by the fact that Minnesota only plays twice in week 10. The Wolves play four times in weeks 11 and 12, but by then, Edwards should be back in the rotation. In his normal bench role, Beasley has been a fantasy liability with career worst 36% shooting from the field compounded by poor 73% shooting at the line. He adds a mere 3 boards, 1.7 dimes, and 0.6 steals. So when his shots aren't falling, he simply isn't helping most fantasy teams.