Each year in fantasy leagues I take flyers on players that have the potential to earn rotation minutes or hoping that individual will start sooner than later.
Hits and Misses
Last year I took flyers on Donovan Mitchell and Lauri Markkanen. I received a championship last year. Thought I boast to you a bit, but I have also missed in previous seasons, I had Marquess Chriss pegged for big things. So my gut can be off from time to time.
Full disclosure, I did not think Mitchell would become this good, but nobody except for maybe Donovan’s mom knew. I projected that Markkanen would find success if given the opportunity and he exceeded expectations with 15.2 points and even more surprisingly, leading the team in rebounds (7.5). His efficiency and stocks need some work, but for a rookie seemingly off of the standard league radar, he was a solid hit.
Searching for Gems
Writers have been particularly fond of Luka Doncic and Deandre Ayton. Now don’t get me wrong by no means am I saying they won’t be good, in fact, they are about as guaranteed to be productive as any rookies in recent memory, but that’s low-hanging fruit. I like to look at players that aren’t getting all of the hype.
I like to look at players that aren’t getting all of the hype.
Wendell Carter Jr. is a gut call from me this year. Opportunity is there and Robin Lopez is no longer the answer. WCJ will be playing Power Forward and Center minutes this year. Markkanen being out 6-8 weeks only makes way for WJC to take hold of rotation minutes and at some point this year overtake Robin Lopez. Bulls will have a funky rotation with Portis and Parker playing Power forward also so that could be difficult for WCJ. Just anoint the guy at Center right?
Markkanen being out 6-8 weeks only makes way for WJC to take hold of rotation minutes and at some point this year overtake Robin Lopez.
Carter showed off an efficient and dynamic game in at Duke, contributing in multiple categories and generally looking like he could do whatever he wanted anytime he hit the court.
Per 40 minutes college stats
His summer league also turned heads, sending shots into the rafters, bringing the ball up, making smart passes, and hitting tough shots in traffic, managing 14.6/9.4 and 2.6 blocks.
Give me 20 minutes early this year I’ll be satisfied. If you can give me 27+ mins later in the season I will be excited what production he brings. Blocks and 3’s are not easy to come by these days and I’ll be happy to take him in a dynasty format inside the top 75.
3 Year Forecast
2018 year outlook inside top 125
2019 year outlook inside top 70
2020 year outlook inside top 50