Marcin Gortat, who's seen at least 29 minutes per game since 2011-12, continued to be a league staple at the center spot least season. On the year, the bruising rebounder and pick-and-roll man posted 10.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 31.2 minutes per game while shooting 57.9 percent from the field. The 33-year-old also managed to stay healthy, per usual, playing in all 82 games. Over the past four years, Gortat has missed just eight contests. While he doesn't post eye-popping numbers, his consistent health and workload significantly boosts his Fantasy value at a position that can be prone to injury. Considering the Wizards' roster has changed very little, and will seemingly roll out the same starting five, it seems safe to bank on Gortat playing nearly the exact same role heading into next season as he did during 2016-17. As a result, he's a good center to target in the mid-rounds of most Fantasy drafts, and is always a candidate to be a top-15 center.
Gortat registered eight points (3-5 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, and one assist in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 117-115 loss to the Heat. Gortat's role remains unchanged. He's their unquestioned starting center, and the favorite screener of their guards in the pick-and-roll game. Assuming Ian Mahinmi is healthier than he was last year, Gortat could see his minutes dip a bit. Nevertheless, he has proven his worth with the Wizards, with averages of 12.4 points (on 56.2 percent from the field), 9.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 0.6 steals in 31.0 minutes while missing just eight games in four seasons in Washington.
Gortat accumulated 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-1 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists and one block across 31 minutes during Thursday's 116-89 Game 3 victory over the Celtics. Gortat has recorded a double-double in each of the Wizards' first three contests this round of the postseason, with seemingly no one on the Celtics, a notably poor rebounding squad, being able to keep him off the glass. Also of note, he saw just 31 minutes of action Thursday -- a good sign for Gortat and the Wizards as he had logged an average of 40.5 minutes per game over Games 1 and 2, likely fatiguing the big man. Not only did the Wizards' blowout victory allow for Gortat to catch his breath, but the return of Ian Mahinmi to the rotation takes some of the burden off Gortat's shoulders moving forward in the playoffs. While the Polish Hammer may not see 40-minute workloads moving forward, he's still a viable fantasy option, as he is no stranger to racking up double-doubles -- averaging 10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds across 31.2 minutes per game in the regular season.
Gortat recorded 16 points (7-13 FG, 2-5 FT), 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 39 minutes during Sunday's 123-111 loss to the Celtics in Game 1. Gortat posted his third double-double of these playoffs, bouncing back on offense after managing only 11 points in the last four games combined. Backup center Ian Mahinmi (calf) is still without a timetable for return, so Gortat will likely continue playing heavy minutes given the Wizards' lack of depth at the position.
Gortat will have his minutes limited Wednesday against the Heat, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports. For the second straight game, Gortat will have his minutes monitored as the Wizards turn their attention toward the postseason, which begins this weekend. Expect the center to start and play roughly 20 minutes, meaning his upside as a DFS play will be relatively limited.
Gortat will see limited minutes in Monday's game against the Pistons, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports. Coach Scott Brooks will be taking a cautious approach with his starting five over the next two games with the team having already locked up the No. 4 seed in the East. With a cap on Gortat's minutes, he is a very risky DFS play Monday night, while Ian Mahinmi is in line to potentially see 25-plus minutes at center against Detroit.
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