5. Patrick Williams, SF, Chicago Bulls | Last Week: Unranked
Williams has seen his minutes consistently increase as the season has gone along, and he seems to be fulfilling the role the Bulls needed. He knocks down his jumpers at an efficient rate and plays intense defense against the opposing teams’ star. As for fantasy, Williams has been a huge contributor in the steals category, which is valuable for someone that is on the waiver wire aiming to pick up steals. Williams is also a prolific rebounder, as he posted eight boards in a recent loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. With Otto Porter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen missing time, Williams’ has the opportunity to impress coach Billy Donovan and earn a spot in the rotation.
4. Tyrese Maxey, PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers | Last Week: Unranked
Maxey benefitted from the Sixers decimated lineup due to COVID-19 protocols. He got the start at PG and put up 39 points, elevating his stats to an elite level. I wouldn’t expect this production for much longer as Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are returning, but his performances during last week earned him a top spot in my rookie rankings.
3. James Wiseman, C, Golden State Warriors | Last Week: 1
Wiseman has looked impressive during the opportunities he’s received; however, the Warriors seem tentative to trust him with no more than 25 minutes a game. Let’s remember that Wiseman’s college season was cut short due to suspension, so don’t be scared about his lack of minutes. Be happy with his current production, and be patient as the season goes along, he will receive more minutes and the stats will only improve.
2. Tyrese Haliburton, PG/SG, Sacramento Kings | Last Week: 3
Haliburton was the steal of the draft and might just be my new favorite NBA player, and he looks like the best player in Sacramento already. His assists-to-turnover ratio is that of a veteran point guard, but he’s only 19. He’s a stat goblin and fills it up for your fantasy team all over the board. I don’t expect Haliburton to slow down anytime soon; additionally, there have been some whispers regarding trades with Buddy Hield, which would give Haliburton an even greater role than he currently has.
1. LaMelo Ball, PG/SG, Charlotte Hornets | Last week: 2
Ball has been a dream come true for fantasy teams and it all culminated with him breaking the record for being the youngest player to record a triple-double. Ball will only continue to improve as head coach James Borrego will consistently increase his minutes as the season continues. I think that the young guard has figured out the NBA already, meaning he knows he has to score to be respected, but that hasn’t stopped him from filling it up as a rebounder or passer. Managers could cash in on Ball’s high value with a trade, or continue to ride him to victories.
6. Anthony Edwards, SG, Minnesota Timberwolves | Last Week: 4
7. Peyton Pritchard, PG, Boston Celtics | Last Week: 5
8. Cole Anthony, PG, Orlando Magic | Last Week: 6
9. Deni Avdija, SF, Washington Wizards | Last Week: 9
10. Isaac Okoro, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers | Last Week: Unranked