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Nikola Mirotic | Forward

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 220

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Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points in 26 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday with six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.
He made 8-of-15 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line for an eight-category outing tonight. Mirotic has just been too good to take out of the lineup and his fantasy owners have to consider him as a must-own, must-start player. Mar 28 - 10:21 PM

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Nikola Mirotic was still able to play 28 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday with 15 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

Taj Gibson played just 14 minutes and Joakim Noah only played 28, so there was a lot of room for Mirotic. He's been just too good for coach Tom Thibodeau to take out of the lineup. He played 20 minutes at power forward tonight with eight minutes at small forward. For now, Mirotic has Wally Pipp'd Taj and looks like the better player to own. He has to be owned everywhere until he cools off -- if that even happens.
Mar 26 - 12:50 AM

Nikola Mirotic scored 28 points on 10-of-19 from the field with eight rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Hornets on Monday.

He played 32 minutes due to the Bulls resting Joakim Noah (general soreness). Coach Tim Thibodeau is really in a pickle here because the rookie is almost forcing him to play significant minutes. Before the injuries to Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson last month, Mirotic was only logging minutes in the mid-teens. Even though he could lose playing time, he's just too hot to drop until we actually see him fall off.
Mar 23 - 11:46 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored eight points with five boards, four assists and one 3-pointer on 1-of-8 from the field against the Pistons on Saturday.

He's a rookie. Mirotic wasn't at his best and lost some playing time to Taj Gibson. That could continue, but coach Tom Thibodeau saying he doesn't really care about seeding suggests he'll rest his guys here and there. Mirotic should be worth owning at least until Jimmy Butler is back (elbow), which could be this week. Unless there's a guy on the wire you really don't want someone else to have, hang in there with Mirotic for a little longer.
Mar 21 - 10:29 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 29 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, four blocks and three 3-pointers on 11-of-21 from the field against the Raptors on Friday.

No way coach Tom Thibodeau takes him out of the lineup, right? Well, it's possible. He did get most of his playing time at power forward, but it's still encouraging to see him get a handful of minutes at small forward. It's unclear how much he'll play once the Bulls get Jimmy Butler (elbow) back, but there's simply no way his fantasy owners can cut him while he's cruising like this.
Mar 21 - 1:33 AM

Nikola Mirotic filled the stat sheet against the Pacers on Wednesday with 25 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

The Bulls are starting to get healthy with Taj Gibson (ankle) and Jimmy Butler (elbow) possibly making it back within the next week. Mirotic has been on fire in his last five, averaging 20.2 points, 9.2 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.8 treys. Even though it's possible he loses value when Taj and Jimmy come back, there's no way his fantasy owners can drop him right now.
Mar 19 - 1:09 AM

Nikola Mirotic continued his terrific play on the offensive end during Sunday's loss to OKC, tallying 27 points on 8-of-18 shooting, with four rebounds, two 3-pointers, two steals, one assist, one block and two turnovers through 30 minutes of action.

Mirotic was also a perfect 9-of-9 from the charity stripe, and he has been absolutely fantastic during the month of March with averages of 19.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.6 three-pointers per game. His value will take a hit when Taj Gibson (ankle) is able to return to the lineup, but until then, he's a must-start guy in all leagues.
Mar 15 - 6:14 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 15 points with nine boards, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes during a 101-91 loss to the Hornets.

He's been money in his last three games, averaging 16.3 points, 11.0 boards, 3.0 dimes, 1.0 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.0 treys. Mirotic is a must-start player in all leagues right now. Additionally, he has the potential to be a fantasy monster once the Bulls get some contracts of their books.
Mar 13 - 10:16 PM

Nikola Mirotic started for the Bulls with Joakim Noah out (knee) and had 16 points, 12 boards, five assists, a block and two 3-pointers on 5-of-13 shooting.

Mirotic has been on fire lately, posting back-to-back double-doubles and averaging 17.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games. He was already in must-start territory before Noah went down, and with Taj Gibson also out, should be owned in all leagues and be in all lineups until further notice.
Mar 11 - 11:37 PM

Nikola Mirotic will draw the start in place of Joakim Noah (left knee soreness) on Wednesday vs. the 76ers.

With Taj Gibson (ankle) and Noah both out, Mirotic should get all the touches he can handle in a favorable matchup vs. the 76ers. Get Mirotic in all lineups tonight and don't think twice about it.
Mar 11 - 6:22 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with 12 rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes off the bench on Monday.

Mirotic is a must-start player for however long Taj Gibson (ankle) is out, and for now we don't know how long that will be.
Mar 10 - 12:04 AM

Nikola Mirotic bounced-back from Friday's disappointing 10-point effort on Sunday, scoring 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting (9-of-9 from the line), to go with three rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and four turnovers over 28 minutes of action.

Excluding Friday's game, Mirotic has been on an absolute tear over his last five outings, averaging 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers per game. Mirotic will continue to log significant minutes for Chicago for as long as Taj Gibson (ankle) is sidelined, and with Gibson still without an official return date, Mirotic needs to be owned in all leagues.
Mar 8 - 6:02 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting (0-for-6 from deep) with eight rebounds and two steals in 31 minutes off the bench on Friday.

Mirotic is going to be a must-start option at least until Taj Gibson returns and from there it's anybody's guess if he can keep it up. Just ride him until the wheels fall off, if they fall off.
Mar 6 - 11:26 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 26 points against the Thunder on Thursday with eight rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

He actually didn't play great tonight, making just 5-of-15 from the field. However, he attacked the basket and made 14-of-16 from the line, which launched his usage rate to 30.7 tonight. Mirotic has clearly earned his playing time and he's now scored at least 23 points in each of his last three. In that span, Mirotic averaged 26.0 points, 8.3 boards, 1.3 blocks, 2.3 treys and a 32.3 usage rate. He obviously has to be owned in every league.
Mar 5 - 11:16 PM

Nikola Mirotic (left shoulder) is probable to play against the Thunder on Thursday.

He almost has to play given how thin the Bulls are and a probable tag basically means he's a near lock to play. The vast majority of his minutes came at power forward on Tuesday, but he did play some at small forward, which is encouraging for his outlook in the event Taj Gibson (ankle) returns before Jimmy Butler (elbow). Mirotic should be owned in all leagues.
Mar 4 - 2:58 PM

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All Positions
PG1Derrick Rose
2Aaron Brooks
3Kirk Hinrich
4E'Twaun Moore
SG1Jimmy Butler
2Tony Snell
SF1Mike Dunleavy
2Doug McDermott
PF1Pau Gasol
2Taj Gibson
3Nikola Mirotic
4Cameron Bairstow
C1Joakim Noah
2Nazr Mohammed