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Zach LaVine | Guard

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (19) / 3/10/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 183
College: UCLA
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Zach LaVine started at PG ahead of Mo Williams again on Tuesday, finishing with six points, six assists, four steals and three turnovers in 26 minutes of action.
LaVine has an atrocious Player Efficiency Rating of 8.5, with an assist rate (21.1 percent) nearly as high as his turnover rate (19.8 percent). He's had a few nice games but is nowhere near being a reliable fantasy asset, and whatever value he might still have will be crushed by the return of Ricky Rubio (ankle) in January. Dec 23 - 10:57 PM

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Zach LaVine's downward trajectory continued on Sunday with nine points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 16 minutes vs. the Pacers.

He started the game but quickly ceded the court to Mo Williams, who finished with a team-high 24 points off the bench. A healthy Williams is enough reason to avoid LaVine, whose outlook should get even bleaker with Ricky Rubio (ankle) targeting a January return.
Dec 21 - 10:31 PM

Zach LaVine hit just 3-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points, three rebounds and eight assists in another start on Tuesday.

It wasn't a great night for LaVine and most of them aren't. But he's still starting and saw solid minutes despite the return of Mo Williams tonight. However, Ricky Rubio is getting closer to a return and once it happens, LaVine's fantasy value is going to take a severe hit.
Dec 16 - 9:51 PM

Timberwolves' rookie Zach LaVine finished Sunday's narrow loss to the Lakers with 10 points, five rebounds, six assists and four turnovers, while shooting 4-of-15 from the field.

He missed all three of his 3-point attempts and is a combined 9-of-39 beyond the arc this season (23.1 percent), which is reminiscent of injured starter Ricky Rubio (ankle). Veteran Mo Williams is day-to-day with a back injury and could displace LaVine as a starter as soon as Tuesday vs. the Wizards, and LaVine's fantasy contributions aren't significant enough for use in most 12-team leagues.
Dec 14 - 10:20 PM

Zach LaVine scored 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting (1-of-4 from deep, 4-of-6 from the line) with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks over 32 minutes on Friday.

LaVine's efficiency will always be a question mark and from there it's anybody's guess which categories he's going to fill up. He's worth a look whenever Mo Williams is out but don't cut anybody of real value to do it.
Dec 13 - 1:35 AM

Zach LaVine was all over the board in Monday's loss to the Warriors, hitting just 4-of-16 shots for nine points, four rebounds, eight assists, three steals and six turnovers in 41 minutes.

Mo Williams is unreliable from a durability standpoint and there could be plenty of LaVine action like this for the next month or so. Predicting when or how it's going to go down could very well be a mess, and owners need to be cognizant of how he can wreck a good line quickly in a handful of categories.
Dec 9 - 1:42 AM

Zach LaVine had his second impressive game as a pro against the Spurs on Saturday with 22 points, three rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

He was fantastic in transition and held his own against the Spurs defense. LaVine made 8-of-15 from the field and he didn't take nearly as many bad shots as usual. Mo Williams (back) didn't even travel for this game, so there's a good chance he's not going to play on Monday. LaVine should have nice short-term value in standard leagues and the Wolves certainly won't be playing Mo more than 28 minutes once he's back.
Dec 7 - 12:33 AM

Zach LaVine played well in his start against the Rockets on Friday with 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

He was a ghost in the first half, but came on in the second half. LaVine is going to get another start against Cory Joseph and the Spurs on Saturday, so he should have your attention in daily leagues. He should have some nice short-term value because Mo Williams (back) did not even travel and looks like he'll miss a few more.
Dec 6 - 12:49 AM

Zach LaVine will start in place of Mo Williams (back) on Friday against the Rockets.

LaVine has really fallen off since his 28-point explosion at Staples Center on Friday, averaging just 5.0 points, 0.5 dimes and 0.5 steals on 28.9 percent from the field. He should see close to 38 minutes tonight and will likely score at least double-digits. Plus, the Rockets not having Pat Beverley (hamstring) also helps his chances for a good game. Give him a look with the Wolves playing in a back-to-back set on Saturday and due to how injury prone Williams has been in the past.
Dec 5 - 3:55 PM

Zach LaVine posted a lackluster line in Monday's garbage-time affair, scoring 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting with two rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

It's not fair to pile on LaVine when everybody stunk for the Wolves tonight, but his margin for error was practically nil heading into tonight. Owners should keep an eye on him, especially if Mo Williams (seven points, seven assists) starts to get banged up, but in standard formats this action can be watched from the wire.
Dec 2 - 1:19 AM

Zach LaVine followed up Friday's 28-point game with a dud on Sunday, going scoreless on 0-of-3 shooting in just 11 minutes off the bench.

The rookie's eruption on Friday came against the Lakers, who routinely yield impressive performances, so it's not surprising to see him disappear vs. a superior team two nights later. LaVine looks more comfortable at SG and he's failed to establish reliable value despite the absence of Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin, so his season outlook is rather bleak for fantasy purposes.
Nov 30 - 11:45 PM

Rookie Zach LaVine scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-14 shooting (including two threes) with one rebound and five assists in 26 minutes off the bench on Friday.

LaVine did this against the defenseless Lakers and for that reason it should be viewed skeptically, but perhaps we were a bit too harsh on him given his extremely limited experience. If he can roll this into some momentum there is a big window with Ricky Rubio out for over a month, and Mo Williams (25 and 11) isn't exactly the world's most durable player. Still, LaVine basically struck out in his first opportunity and he will likely be all over the board in terms of production, assuming he can get enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. If you want to take a flier after tonight, though, we couldn't blame you.
Nov 29 - 4:14 AM

Zach LaVine started in place on Mo Williams (illness) on Wednesday against the Bucks during a 103-86 loss, scoring 12 points with three rebounds, four assists, two steals, three turnovers and five fouls in 37 minutes.

Williams is not expected to be out much longer and will travel with the team. LaVine hasn't really done much to warrant more than 22 minutes per game and there are just going to be too many negatives to his fantasy value. Additionally, tonight was the first time in NBA history four teenagers, LaVine, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, were on the court at the same time.
Nov 27 - 2:36 AM

Zach LaVine will start at PG for the Wolves on Wednesday due to Mo Williams' absence with an illness.

LaVine has started four games this season and his averages are a cautionary tale for fantasy owners -- 7.5 points on 34.4 percent shooting, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.3 steals and 3.3 turnovers. Williams is day-to-day and LaVine is best left untouched in standard formats.
Nov 26 - 6:45 PM

Zach LaVine scored seven points with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

He had three turnovers tonight and has an assist:turnover ratio below one in his last four games. Plus, he's shooting just 33 percent on the season. LaVine has a lot to learn and is not worth owning in almost any league.
Nov 21 - 11:26 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Zach LaVine
3Mo Williams
SG1Kevin Martin
2Chase Budinger
3Troy Daniels
SF1Andrew Wiggins
2Shabazz Muhammad
3Robbie Hummel
4Glenn Robinson III
PF1Thaddeus Young
2Anthony Bennett
3Jeff Adrien
C1Nikola Pekovic
2Gorgui Dieng