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Scott Brooks calls out Moritz Wagner after benching in Sunday’s loss to Clippers

Wizards big man’s ‘head wasn’t in the game,’ per head coach. We break down how to approach Wagner in fantasy basketball Tuesday night.

Miami Heat forward Meyers Leonard battles for control of a loose ball with Washington Wizards forward Moritz Wagner during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks was not pleased with second-year big man Moritz Wagner in the Wizards’ blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. Brooks claimed Wagner’s “head wasn’t in the game,” per NBC Sports Washington. The Wizards have been shorthanded in the front court with Thomas Bryant out, so Wagner had been stepping into a bigger role. He played 14 minutes in the first half vs. the Clips, but was benched for most of the second half. Wagner finished with seven points and six rebounds in 17 minutes, a lackluster performance.

Fantasy Basketball Analysis: Washington Wizards PF/C Moritz Wagner

Wagner is $6,000 on DraftKings tonight and I don’t mind him considering the short slate. I think if anything he’ll respond to the benching and perform in a much easily matchup vs. the Charlotte Hornets. Still, it’s concerning given the price tag that Moe could be benched again, so I’d say only GPPs. As for the fantasy basketball waiver wire, in season-long I’d still hold onto Wagner for now, so long as Bryant is sidelined. He’s a talented young player and we’re going to see erratic production, so don’t worry. I think he’s still worth scooping up tonight, but would be situational as a FLEX option moving forward.