Player News - Bulls

Date: Team: Pos:

Denzel Valentine (knee) didn’t practice on Friday.

That's not a good sign and he is questionable for Saturday against the Spurs. Valentine played both wing spots off the bench with 26 total minutes, so he would be a key piece for this rotation. If he can't go, backup point guard Kay Felder would be busy in his time while David Nwaba would probably pick up most of the backup wing minutes.
Oct 20 - 3:26 PM

Lauri Markkanen made his NBA debut during a 117-100 loss to the Raptors on Thursday, scoring 17 points with eight rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

He wasn't supposed to be the starter this soon, but that's just the way it worked out for the Bulls. Markkanen ran the floor well and he attempted six shots from deep, so he'll keep getting minutes if he can do well in those aspects. Everything is setting up for the Bulls to put their lottery pick in the best position to thrive, so he should be owned in all standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 10:24 PM

Justin Holiday made 5-of-16 from the field for 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

He is the trigger man and attempted a whopping 12 treys in this game. Holiday is a career 34.2 percent shooter from deep, but he did light it up with the Bulls at 43.3 percent on 60 attempts two seasons ago. The minutes are clearly going to be there and the offense is suited for him, so Holiday should be owned in all standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 10:17 PM

Jerian Grant scored seven points with two rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

It's pretty clear that coach Fred Hoiberg wants his point guards to get in the lane and find open shooters or cutters. Grant's usage rate and attempts from deep continue to drop with this game and the preseason, so he'll probably be closer to 10 points than 15 to go with dimes in the 6-8 range most nights. He did play somewhat well today and maybe he can keep Kris Dunn (finger) at bay, so he's an option for PG-needy owners.
Oct 19 - 10:16 PM

David Nwaba scored four points with four rebounds and one assist in 13 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

He had himself a sneaky April on a very thin Lakers roster with 10.2 points and 1.0 steals per game, so maybe he can find himself some minutes. Tonight, Nwaba even saw some minutes defending fours, so getting minutes at potentially three spots could help him. All that said, he's not a fantasy add almost anywhere.
Oct 19 - 10:15 PM

Paul Zipser scored seven points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers in 24 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

He's really just going to be the 3-and-D guy for the Bulls and he did guard DeMar DeRozan to start this game. Zipser should still find himself getting some minutes and this actually wasn't a bad start for him, but he's still only an option in very deep leagues.
Oct 19 - 10:14 PM

Ryan Arcidiacono had one assist in five minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

In the first quarter, he was the backup point guard. By the end of this game, he was out of the rotation in favor of Kay Feldern. With Kris Dunn (finger) possibly back next week, Arcidiacono could be bumped down to the fourth PG on the roster.
Oct 19 - 10:12 PM

Denzel Valentine scored 12 points with two rebounds and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

He checked in for Paul Zipser in the first quarter and he played next to Zip in the fourth, so Valentine is going to be used at multiple positions. He's easily the best shooter in the second unit and it's not outlandish to say he's a better passer than anyone else in that unit, as well. While he may not start, Valentine has enough per-minute upside to be owned in standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 10:06 PM

Quincy Pondexter scored eight points with two rebounds and two steals in 12 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

It took over two years, but Pondexter is finally back. The Bulls only have one healthy power forward on their roster, so Pondexter was the backup to Lauri Markkanen in this game. He may not play much once Bobby Portis' suspension is up, but staying healthy would be a great start for QP.
Oct 19 - 10:05 PM

Cristiano Felicio scored four points with two rebounds and three turnovers in 16 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

He played directly behind Robin Lopez for all the backup center minutes. We've seen Felicio get hot and even close some games, but he won't have much upside in most leagues, especially with how durable Lopez has been in his career.
Oct 19 - 10:04 PM

Kay Felder played 16 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday, scoring six points with two rebounds, six assists and four turnovers.

He started the game as the third-string point, but some energy with an up-tempo style helped him leapfrog Ryan Arcidiacono. Felder is probably just keeping the seat warm for Kris Dunn (finger) next week, but he could get 15-20 minutes behind Jerian Grant this week.
Oct 19 - 10:04 PM

Robin Lopez scored 18 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 32 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

That's a lot of usage for RoLo. Only six games last year resulted in more than 15 attempts from the field -- he didn't go to the line more than two times in any of those, too. The Bulls are dying for offense, and all those 3-pointers from teammates could help him get more offensive boards -- four tonight. Lopez won't be a fantasy savior, but he could be a top 100-125 guy in standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 10:04 PM

Kris Dunn (finger) had his stitches removed and could be cleared for live contact in 4-5 days according to Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg.

His initial timetable had him returning to the court in early November, so he has a chance to beat that. The Bulls probably want him to get in a couple practices before returning to game action, so Jerian Grant still has a chance to run away with the starting job.
Oct 19 - 12:19 PM

Paul Zipser (back) will start Thursday vs. Toronto.

Zipser missed Chicago's preseason finale with a minor back issue, but he's gone through a couple full practices and he won't have any restrictions in Thursday's regular-season opener. Joining Zipser in the starting five will be Jerian Grant, Justin Holiday, Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez, and with both Bobby Portis (suspension) and Nikola Mirotic (face) unavailable, Zipser figures to earn some minutes at the four-spot as well. Still, he's an unattractive option in most formats.

Lauri Markkanen will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's season opener against Toronto.

This was the obvious move with both Bobby Portis (suspension) and Nikola Mirotic (face) out until mid-November, and Markkanen should be getting all the run he can handle with very little depth behind him. He played very well at the EuroBasket tournament and was effective through three preseason games with averages of 11.7 points, 5.0 boards and 2.3 triples in just 24.8 minutes per contest, so he's worth swooping up in most settings.
Oct 18 - 1:34 PM


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