5. Cole Anthony, PG/SG, Orlando Magic; Last Week: 8
Anthony started the week on the highest of notes, hitting a game-winning fade-away three against the Minnesota Timberwolves. His usage has skyrocketed since Markelle Fultz’s injury, yet that usage hadn’t turned into efficient production. That changed this week for Anthony, as he has averaged 14.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 2.5 3PM. He was a great value in DraftKings and has become a solidified starter for redraft teams that were able to scoop him up.
4. Anthony Edwards, SG, Minnesota Timberwolves; Last Week: 4
Edwards has had a very up-and-down start to his NBA career marked by inconsistent scoring performances. His last two games, however, have been promising as he put up 18 against the New Orleans Pelicans and 15 against the Golden State Warriors. If he continues to provide a scoring floor then he will retain his spot in many managers’ lineups.
3. Tyrese Haliburton, PG/SG, Sacramento Kings; Last Week: 2
Haliburton finally came back to earth with a few of his performances posting a two-point performance and a five-point performance. However, the rookie ended the week on a high note before the Kings’ game was postponed on Sunday, with 16 points, five rebounds, and four blocks. Haliburton will continue to impress this season, and this is the lowest he’s been in my rankings, but I think it would be tough for him to fall out of the top three.
2. James Wiseman, C, Golden State Warriors; Last Week: 3
In a questionable move, the Warriors moved Wiseman to the bench and granted Kevon Looney the start against Minnesota. Wiseman showed out in his limited minutes, coming off the bench, and he has been consistently producing at a high-level despite his apparent minute restriction. Over this last week, Wiseman has put up 15.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG, and 1 BLK, all impressive numbers, and just imagine if he were played 32 minutes a game rather than 24.
1. LaMelo Ball, PG, Charlotte Hornets; Last Week: 1
Ball continues his steady run and remains at the top of my rookie rankings. However, this week was not as impressive as past weeks as Ball’s minutes were reduced and he only cracked double-digit points one time. That being said, he still contributed in the assists and steals category, so there’s nothing that leads me to believe he will be in jeopardy of losing his spot in the rotation. Managers of Ball should bite the bullets when they come because patience will prevail in the end.