Player News - Bulls

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Lauri Markkanen was terrific vs. Phoenix on Sunday, hitting 10-of-18 shots with four 3-pointers for 26 points, 13 rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes.

The Bulls' prized rookie has been an amazing value for fantasy owners, coming in with averages of 14.8 points, 2.5 triples, 7.6 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.6 blocks and just 1.3 turnovers. He's shot 82.4% from the line, which has made up for 43.7% from the field, and the sky is the limit if tonight's efficiency becomes a trend.
Nov 19 - 11:13 PM

Cristiano Felicio played 12 minutes on Sunday, finishing with three points, two assists and one rebound.

Felicio has played at least 10 minutes in every game this season, but he's nowhere near holding fantasy value -- even his 60.0 percent shooting is unimportant, because he's attempted a mere 3.1 shots per game. He's only worth a look in dynasty leagues.
Nov 19 - 11:12 PM

Robin Lopez bounced back on Sunday with 16 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes vs. the Suns, making 6-of-11 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs.

The veteran big man was an uncharacteristic 5-of-16 from the field in his previous two games, with more fouls (seven) than rebounds (five), so it was nice to see him return to form. The Suns' frontcourt isn't formidable defensively, of course, but RoLo gets another promising matchup vs. his brother in L.A. on Tuesday.
Nov 19 - 11:12 PM

Antonio Blakeney had seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes off Chicago's bench on Sunday.

Fred Hoiberg said after Wednesday's game that Blakeney had earned a spot in the rotation "for now," but he's still just a deep-league option. The clock is ticking with Zach LaVine (knee) expected to start practicing this week.
Nov 19 - 11:11 PM

Denzel Valentine started vs. Phoenix on Sunday, posting nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes of action.

The Bulls were coming off a win vs. Charlotte on Friday, but they fell in Phoenix tonight, 113-105. Zach LaVine (ACL surgery) is expected to begin full-contact practices this week, and his eventual return poses an obvious threat to guys like Valentine and Justin Holiday. That said, coach Fred Hoiberg praised Valentine's leadership before tonight's game, and he should maintain a solid role whether he's starting or coming off the bench.
Nov 19 - 11:10 PM

Kris Dunn followed up Friday's huge game with 17 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer, making 8-of-16 shots in 26 minutes of action.

Dunn had some awful turnovers and finished with four in the game, but he's doing enough to merit ownership in almost any format. The second-year PG made 10-of-16 shots for 22 points on Friday, adding seven assists, five boards and three steals, and he's in an ideal situation on a rebuilding Bulls team. If you can live with high turnovers and poor percentages, don't hesitate to grab him.
Nov 19 - 11:09 PM

Justin Holiday scored 13 points with three 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes on Sunday, but he shot just 5-of-20 from the field without any FT attempts.

David Nwaba (ankle) will "most likely" be out again vs. the Lakers on Tuesday, according to coach Fred Hoiberg, so Holiday's playing time should be safe in the short-term. That said, his heavily-weighted 35.9% shooting is dragging down his value in most fantasy formats, and the eventual return of Nwaba and Zach LaVine (knee) makes him an obvious sell-high player.
Nov 19 - 11:08 PM

Barring a setback, Zach LaVine (knee) will be cleared for full contact at Monday's practice.

He's scheduled to meet with a doctor before practice, so he'll be out there as long everything looks OK. While it's good to see LaVine making progress, there's been no indication that the Bulls will move up his timetable -- the goal is for LaVine to make a mid-December return. He'll be brought along slowly, but he's worth picking up if he's still on the wire.
Nov 19 - 11:31 AM

David Nwaba (ankle) has been ruled out of Sunday's game vs. Phoenix, and he will "most likely" sit out Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

Nwaba, who has missed five straight games since spraining his ankle back in early November, was hoping he'd be able to return this weekend, but the ankle did cooperate. He was averaging 9.2 points and 6.6 boards in 24.8 minutes in the five games he played before the injury. He'll have a chance to reclaim a spot in the starting lineup once he's healthy enough to return.
Nov 18 - 1:54 PM

Quincy Pondexter came off the bench and finished scoreless in 16 minutes with one rebound vs. the Hornets.

Pondexter was quiet in a start on Wednesday with four points and didn't help his case for more minutes tonight. He belongs on the wire pretty much everywhere.
Nov 18 - 12:24 AM

Kris Dunn scored a career-high 22 points vs. the Hornets on Friday with seven assists, five rebounds, three steals and two triples in 26 minutes.

He was back on the bench with Justin Holiday (personal) back in the lineup, but it seems like it's just a matter of time before he takes Jerian Grant's spot. Perhaps the most impressive part of this line was that he finished with one turnover, as he was averaging 3.4 TOs per game prior to Friday. He hit 10-of-16 shots and gets a great chance to build on this performance against the Suns on Sunday.
Nov 18 - 12:10 AM

Denzel Valentine started on Friday vs. the Hornets and scored a season-high 18 points with six assists, five rebounds, one block and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

Yeah, there's a good chance Valentine sticks in the first unit. The second-year wing hit 7-of-15 shots and was running the offense quite a bit, helping the Bulls record their third win of the season. Valentine could take a hit when Zach LaVine (knee) returns, but that's not until mid-December and the Bulls need offensive weapons right now. With an awesome matchup coming up against the Suns on Sunday, Valentine is on the radar as a pickup.
Nov 17 - 11:56 PM

Justin Holiday scored a season-high 27 points in Friday's 123-120 win over the Hornets, hitting 10-of-15 shots and 3-of-3 free throws.

He was returning from a one-game absence for personal reasons and finished two points shy of his career-high. Holiday nailed four triples in the win, adding three rebounds, three steals and one block in 36 minutes, Zach LaVine (knee) isn't expected back until mid-December, so there are more good times ahead for Holiday's owners.
Nov 17 - 11:47 PM

David Nwaba (ankle) is targeting a return on Sunday.

He will have to go through practice on Saturday without any setback, but he looks like he'll be his original timetable of 2-4 weeks back on Nov. 6. Nwaba was outstanding just before his injury and he'll have a chance to be a starter once he's back. He's a decent pickup in deeper leagues, but that could change if Denzel Valentine thrives tonight.
Nov 17 - 7:06 PM

Denzel Valentine will start against the Hornets on Friday night.

The Bulls are ranked dead last in offensive rating with their 92.9 offensive rating, so they need some changes. Valentine started the second half on Wednesday and did play 27 minutes, so he may have a chance to see minutes in the 30s. He hasn't exactly played well, but maybe the new role gets him going. Paul Zipser may not be in the rotation today.
Nov 17 - 6:20 PM


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