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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Austin Rivers scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting Thursday, to go with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, five assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 38 minutes.

Rivers did help the Clippers go on a few runs to help keep the game competitive, and he should be looking at some increased opportunity while Avery Bradley (hernia) is out. Unfortunately, he also went just 2-of-6 from the charity stripe, and poor free throw shooting has been a major issue for him this season. He's a more attractive guy to own for those employing a free throw punting strategy.
Feb 23 - 2:14 AM

Milos Teodosic scored 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting Thursday, to go with four 3-pointers, one rebound, two assists, one steal and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

Teodosic got the start with Avery Bradley (athletic pubalgia) unavailable, but he was regularly roasted by Stephen Curry and came off the bench to begin the second half behind Tyrone Wallace. Wallace finished with eight points, three boards, three assists and two steals over 19 minutes of action, but neither of these guys are worth owning in 12-team leagues with 13 roster spots.
Feb 23 - 2:13 AM

Zaza Pachulia saw just seven minutes off the bench on Thursday, finishing with six points and one assist in a win over the Clippers.

Head coach Steve Kerr confirmed after the game that Pachulia would remain with the second unit for Saturday's game against the Thunder, so the reserve role wasn't simply a matchup-based move. He wasn't worth owning as a starter, anyway, but it seems there's a possibility that he could drop from the rotation entirely once Jordan Bell (ankle) gets back out there. Leave him on the wire.
Feb 23 - 2:12 AM

JaVale McGee brought some nice energy to the starting unit in Thursday's win over the Clippers, finishing with six points, four rebounds and one steal over 14 minutes.

Head coach Steve Kerr said his coaching staff crunched some numbers over the All-Star break and found that they were consistently getting off to bad starts with Zaza Pachulia as their starting five-man, so he switched things up by throwing McGee out there, and confirmed after the game that the trend would continue on Saturday against the Thunder. However, even as a starter, McGee is unlikely to get the sort of minutes he needs to churn out value in most leagues.
Feb 23 - 2:12 AM

Draymond Green scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting Thursday to go with eight rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

As per usual, Green did an excellent job of running the floor, picking his spots in the offense and he was absolutely locked in on defense, which was something Steve Kerr wanted them to focus on coming out of the All-Star break. Kerr also said prior to the game that he was "100 percent confident" that a strong Warriors run was on the way, and they appear to be headed in that direction picking up a win in their first game out of the break.
Feb 23 - 2:11 AM

Kevin Durant went 7-of-15 from the field and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe on his way to 24 points across 38 minutes in Thursday's win over the Clippers.

KD also added three rebounds, eight assists, two 3-pointers, two swats and two turnovers while he was out there, and he helped set the tone on defense, doing his part to make life difficult for Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari on the other end of the floor. He did spend a bit more time than usual playing the facilitator role with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson going bonkers, but he'll likely be more aggressive with his shot selection on Saturday against OKC.
Feb 23 - 2:11 AM

Klay Thompson scored 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting Thursday, to go with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, one block and two turnovers in 36 minutes.

Thompson was red hot to start the game, not missing his first shot until late in the second quarter, and he also became the 10th player in Dubs’ history to score 10,000 points in a Warriors’ uniform. Klay essentially roasted anyone who was in front of him, but the hot shooting was also a team-wide trend, as Golden State only missed 11 shots through the first half of action and they hit 62.6% of their shot attempts when all was said and done.
Feb 23 - 2:10 AM

Stephen Curry popped off for 44 points on 14-of-19 shooting in Thursday's 134-127 win over the Clippers, adding eight triples, nine dimes, six boards, two steals and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

The Dubs got off to an incredible start in this one, and Curry had his #StephGonSteph moment early, draining a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to end the first quarter of action. He was also a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, giving him a remarkable 94.2 true shooting percentage on the evening to accompany his 33.1 usage rate, and it looks like Steph has a decent chance of putting together yet another 50-40-90 season.
Feb 23 - 2:09 AM
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