Rookies & Post-Break Potential

Rookies & Post-Break Potential
Ryan Knaus explores rookie fantasy values during the 2017-18 season, and dives into post-break possibilities for the Suns, Kings and Mavericks.
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Rodney Hood played 27 minutes off the bench on Thursday but scored only eight points with two rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.

Hood didn't have any defensive stats and he didn't get the free-throw line, but the playing time was encouraging. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue went with a true 10-man rotation tonight, and Hood was the only bench player to log more than 19 minutes. He's not a particularly well-rounded fantasy option, but has been active enough offensively with the Cavs to hold in most fantasy scenarios.
Feb 22 - 11:17 PM

George Hill played 31 minutes on Thursday but couldn't get it going offensively, scoring six points on 2-of-10 shooting with an 0-of-4 mark from downtown.

Hill added three rebounds, three assists and one steal, while committing three turnovers. The minutes were solid and Hill has a respectable 20.9 usage rate in Cleveland, but he's erasing his fantasy value with awful shooting and nearly as many turnovers (2.0) as assists (2.7). He should improve as he gains familiarity with his new teammates.
Feb 22 - 11:16 PM

LeBron James racked up 32 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two steals in a tough loss vs. the Wizards on Thursday.

LBJ sank 13-of-18 field goals tonight, with one 3-pointer, but that was the extent of the Cavs' offensive efficiency -- his teammates shot a combined 29-of-66 from the field (43.9%). Cleveland's revamped lineup had won five straight prior to this loss, but the No. 3 seed Cavs are still just 2.5 games ahead of the No. 6 seed Bucks. With home-court advantage in the playoffs at stake, LeBron's fantasy value looks rock-solid.
Feb 22 - 11:16 PM

Tim Frazier returned to action on Thursday with two points, four rebounds and two assists in 12 minutes off the bench.

Frazier wore a face mask after missing some time before the break with a nasal fracture. The mask didn't seem to impact his play, but even without John Wall (knee), Frazier's fantasy value is very limited due to Tomas Satoransky thriving in the starting role. Leave him on the wire.
Feb 22 - 11:15 PM

Marcin Gortat struggled in 18 minutes on Thursday, scoring six points on 3-of-6 shooting with three rebounds.

The veteran didn't have any assists, steals or blocks, and he was outplayed by backup center Ian Mahinmi (eight points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal in 20 minutes). Gortat hasn't scored more than 11 points in a game since Jan. 13 and his owners should be inured to random duds -- if you've held him this long, you might as well see how he fares on Friday (vs. Charlotte) and Sunday (vs. Philly).
Feb 22 - 11:15 PM

Kelly Oubre stepped up during the Wizards' 110-103 road win on Thursday, scoring 17 points (6-of-12 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with five rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists and two steals.

The All-Star break appears to have rejuvenated Oubre, who logged 32 minutes, and he's worth a look if you need scoring, 3-pointers and FT percentage. He's available on most waiver wires in category-based leagues because of his atrocious slump prior to the break -- in his previous eight games, Oubre averaged 9.0 points on 28.6% shooting. That was among the most poisonous FG% in that stretch, alongside guys like Isaiah Thomas, Dennis Smith Jr. and Aaron Gordon.
Feb 22 - 11:11 PM

Jason Smith picked up another DNP-CD vs. the Cavaliers on Thursday.

Smith has battled a few ailments this season and he missed time before the break with an illness. He's healthy now and his exclusion from the rotation was simply due to coach Scott Brooks' rotations, so we're taking him off the injury report.
Feb 22 - 11:10 PM

Tomas Satoransky was terrific during Thursday's win in Cleveland, scoring 17 points on 6-of-7 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws in 31 minutes.

The 26-year-old guard added eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer without a single turnover. John Wall (knee surgery) recently got off crutches but he's unlikely to return before mid- to late-March, giving Satoransky at least a few weeks of unfettered minutes as the Wizards' starting PG. He's quietly emerged as one of the best waiver-wire additions this season, with past-month averages of 10.5 points (55.7% FGs, 100.0% FTs), 1.4 triples, 2.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.6 blocks.
Feb 22 - 11:09 PM
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