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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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

Joel Embiid filled it up during a 116-115 win over the Bulls on Thursday, scoring 30 points with 13 rebounds, five assists, three steals, four blocks, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

Hello, Mr. Process. This was about as close to a 5x5 as he's been in his career. Embiid's minutes were starting to trend down earlier this month at just 29.7 in his previous February games, so getting up to 35 makes it seem like he could be closer to the 32.5 per game he played back in January. The 76ers are rolling with a six-game winning streak and they now have a 98 percent chance to make the playoffs, per FiveThirtyEight.com. The 76ers also have one of the easiest remaining schedules in the NBA, so playoff fever in Philly looks like it'll go beyond February.
Feb 22 - 11:07 PM

Ben Simmons scored a career-high 32 points with seven rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

He was very good from the field at 13-of-18, but he did make just 6-of-11 from the line. His free throw shooting has been an Achilles heel, but he knocked down two huge ones with six seconds left to help the 76ers earn their sixth straight win. Plus, coach Fred Hoiberg said the Bulls wanted to foul Simmons on the previous possession, but the 76ers got the ball to J.J. Redick, who made both with eight second left. Simmons and Joel Embiid play very well off each other and the sky is the limit with this duo.
Feb 22 - 11:01 PM

Robert Covington scored eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

He's not having his best stretch and a cold spell is nothing new for Lord RoCo. In his last 12 games, he's made just 34.5 percent from the field with averages of 9.9 points, 4.6 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.7 treys. He still continues to see minutes in the 30s most nights because of his defense, but it'll be interesting to see what happens when the 76ers have to play from behind because Marco Belinelli could steal run. Regardless, RoCo still has to be owned in all leagues.
Feb 22 - 10:52 PM

Bobby Portis went berserk off the bench against the 76ers on Thursday, scoring a career-high 38 points with eight rebounds, two assists and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

Those 3-pointers were a career-high and he only turned the ball over one time while taking a whopping 26 shots from the field. Portis is likely going to stay on the bench for the foreseeable future, but that's OK as this gem ranks second for points off the bench in a single game behind 6MOY favorite Lou Williams (40, twice). Portis needs to be owned in all leagues.
Feb 22 - 10:48 PM

Zach LaVine scored 23 points with three rebounds, four assists and five 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

He's looked great in all aspects of scoring with his season-high triples in this game and a career-high 10 free throws back on Feb. 9. The Bulls have not decided if LaVine will be cleared for back-to-back sets, but he is certainly playing like a guy that shouldn't have limitations right now. Coach Fred Hoiberg already confirmed this lineup will start again on Saturday.
Feb 22 - 10:45 PM

Cameron Payne scored seven points with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

He said he wanted to go 25-0 the rest of the way, but that won't be happening after an epic collapse in the final minute -- Payne wasn't on the floor for that, though. Payne is going to continue to see around 20 minutes behind Kris Dunn, and this was a solid season debut for him on the whole. He's still more of a stream in deep leagues.
Feb 22 - 10:43 PM

Kris Dunn made 2-of-11 from the field for five points with four rebounds, five assists and two steals in 28 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

He had some defensive issues against Ben Simmons and he did make just 2-of-10 from two-point range. Dunn is not going to be on a minutes limit going forward and chances are Cameron Payne won't eat into his playing time too much. Dunn should still be viewed as a must-start player in standard leagues.
Feb 22 - 10:42 PM
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