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Fantasy Basketball/DFS Rookie Rater: Week 8

Every week during the fantasy basketball season, we’ll take a look at the top rookies in the NBA and how they can affect your team.

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5. James Wiseman, C, Golden State Warriors; Last Week: 4
Wiseman is still injured, but his return is imminent, so he will stay within the top five of my rankings. My hope is that once he returns from injury the Warriors will ramp up his minutes. However, I don’t think that will be the case. 

4. Cole Anthony, PG, Orlando Magic; Last Week: 6
Anthony has found his footing in the Magic starting lineup and it’s translated to some great performances. The North Carolina product averaged 15 PPG over the last week, and he has shot the three-ball efficiently. I think he will be a consistent producer for the rest of the season. 

3. Anthony Edwardsk, SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves; Last Week: 3
Edwards just put together two back-to-back 20-plus point performances to cap off what has been an impressive run. Edwards has become much more efficient, and he’s averaging a steady 14 PPG. He’s also contributing as a passer as he put together five assists in the T-Wolves’ last game. 

2. Tyrese Haliburton, PG/SG, Sacramento Kings; Last Week: 2
Haliburton continues to be steady for fantasy teams and especially the Kings’ organization. He is indisputably the steal of the draft because he knows how to play winning basketball. In fact, Haliburton leads the entire league in 3-point percentage in the 4th quarter with 63 percent. If not for LaMelo Ball’s impressive season, Haliburton would be the favorite for the NBA Rookie of the Year award. 

1. LaMelo Ball, PG, Charlotte Hornets; Last Week: 1
Ball popped off with seven threes Monday night in the Hornets game against the Washington Wizards. The third overall pick is beginning to flex his muscles as a scorer. His efficiency from three has been the real impressive mark as he shot 7/12 from deep. 

6. Immanuel Quickley, PG/SG, New Yorks Knicks; Last Week: 5
7. Patrick Williams, SF, Chicago Bulls; Last Week : 8
8. Desmond Bane, SG, Memphis Grizzlies; Last Week: Unranked
9. Isaac Okoro, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers; Last Week: 9
10. Xavier Tillman, PF, Memphis Grizzlies; Last Week: 10

Heisen is currently a journalism major at the University of Oregon and was part of the SemiPro Media team as a Co-Assistant Editor and Staff Writer. He has a passion for fantasy football and a knack for the analytical statistics behind football. Heisen roots for a football team that epitomizes choking: The Los Angeles Chargers.

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