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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Kemba Walker scored 31 points with seven assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Nets on Thursday.

Coach Steve Clifford did use Michael Carter-Williams as a secondary ball-handler, so maybe the Hornets are slightly trying to dial back Walker's workload. Either way, he's a capable off-ball player, he did get to 35 minutes and he'll be a fantasy stud as long as he's in the lineup.
Feb 22 - 9:50 PM

Bismack Biyombo shifted to the bench on Thursday and had two points, five rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes, going 0-of-4 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line.

Biyombo had some nice stretches as a fill-in starter while Nikola Vucevic (hand) was out, but his averages over the past 10 games were lackluster -- 8.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.9 blocks and 0.6 steals. Vuc returned to the starting lineup tonight, and Orlando reportedly hopes to find minutes for Khem Birch in the center rotation, which makes Biyombo expendable outside of very deep leagues.
Feb 22 - 9:50 PM

Jonathon Simmons rolled his right ankle on Thursday, but he returned to finish with 12 points (5-of-10 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), five assists and four rebounds in 30 minutes.

Simmons' ankle has been a nagging issue since Feb. 6, so it's discouraging to see him aggravate the injury in the first game after the break. He's as tough as they come and did return after spending some time in the locker room, fortunately, but as a precaution we'll list him as questionable for Saturday's road game. Mario Hezonja and Wesley Iwundu stand to gain the most if Simmons misses any time.
Feb 22 - 9:49 PM

Frank Kaminsky scored four points with seven rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Nets on Thursday.

His playing time took a big hit on Feb. 14 and it may have been because of his defense against the Magic. Kaminsky really needs a lot of volume to have value in fantasy leagues, so he's not really worth adding while Dwight Howard and Marvin Williams are active.
Feb 22 - 9:47 PM

Malik Monk played one minute with two points against the Nets on Thursday.

He was out there for garbage time and that's it. The Hornets could play Monk more in March, but frankly he hasn't played well enough to be added in almost any fantasy league.
Feb 22 - 9:45 PM

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
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