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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D'Angelo Russell made his first start of 2018 during a 111-96 loss to the Hornets on Thursday, scoring 19 points with four rebounds, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

Besides Russell trying to make plays that weren't there, it was about all you could ask in his first game after the break. He was very aggressive -- almost to a fault -- and he was able to drive past defenders throughout the game. Russell's minutes limit looks to be basically gone right now, but he still really needs to lock in to keep his mistakes down. He'll have a decent ceiling most nights.
Feb 22 - 9:42 PM

Paul Zipser (left foot pain) will not return on Thursday against the 76ers.

He doesn't have a history of foot injuries, but getting ruled out isn't a great sign. The Bulls were expected to give him more minutes going forward, but now that playing time could go to Denzel Valentine and David Nwaba.
Feb 22 - 9:36 PM

Zach Randolph will start Thursday's game vs. the Thunder.

Skal Labissiere (shoulder) is probable but he hasn't played in weeks, so it will be Z-Bo starting alongside Willie Cauley-Stein in the frontcourt tonight. Randolph was a healthy DNP-CD in the Kings' last game before the All-Star break and that's a trend that should only be amplified over Sacramento's final 25 games.
Feb 22 - 9:30 PM

Justin Jackson, Zach Randolph, Willie Cauley-Stein, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Garrett Temple will start against the Thunder on Thursday.

The Kings won't be starting Frank Mason III in his return tonight and the minutes restriction could be why. Temple could find himself getting more consistent minutes, but the Kings do have a lot of options they can use 1-3. He's more of a spot-start player to use in deep leagues when you know he'll be out there.
Feb 22 - 9:30 PM

DeMarre Carroll scored six points with five rebounds, two assists, one block and one turnover in 32 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

He was having himself a nice February before the break, averaging 14.6 points, 6.7 boards, 2.1 dimes and 2.7 treys. Carroll did start at power forward today and it's possible he gets bumped to the second unit with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson nearing a return. He probably only has late-round upside going forward.
Feb 22 - 9:28 PM
Joe Harris - G/F - Nets

Joe Harris scored 12 points in 29 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday, adding two rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

The playing time didn't drop too much today, but it certainly could next week because the Nets wouldn't go with as many small-ball lineups like they did today. Now that D'Angelo Russell's minutes are back up, Harris is likely going to trend down.
Feb 22 - 9:24 PM
Quincy Acy - F/C - Nets

Quincy Acy scored three points with five boards, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

He continues to play more center, but this time coach Kenny Atkinson gave Jarrett Allen some leash. Acy's playing time will likely drop more next week with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson possibly returning, so he's more of a drop than an add in deeper leagues.
Feb 22 - 9:22 PM

Updating a previous item, Tyrone Wallace will come off the bench against the Warriors on Thursday.

In an interesting twist, Wallace had to fly to San Francisco today and missed shootaround because of car service mixup. He should still be in the rotatoin and get minutes in the teens. He won't have much value in fantasy off the bench.
Feb 22 - 9:20 PM
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