July 19, 2020, 1:54 pmRichaun HolmesPF, Sacramento Kings
Richaun Holmes, Hoop-Ball's favorite son, was finally given a chance to play extended minutes in 2019-20, and it resulted in top-45/35 fantasy value (8/9-cat).
Holmes has always been a per-minute dynamo but could never find enough minutes to turn his skills into sustained fantasy numbers. Dewayne Dedmon's ineffectiveness and Marvin Bagley's injury opened the door for Holmes and he burst right on through, grabbing hold of the starting job and never looking back. His athleticism was a much-needed fit on both ends of the floor, as he gives De'Aaron Fox a serious rim-running threat in the pick-and-roll and covers up for defensive deficiencies on the other end with his rim protection. Holmes averaged 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.4 blocks on an absurd .654 mark from the field. Things had a chance to be even better before a shoulder strain cost him 25 games. A full year of healthy Bagley would probably hurt him a little bit but at this point Holmes has shown that he deserves as many minutes as he can handle, especially with his fit on this roster. No matter what happens, you won't be able to scoop him up for free in next season's fantasy leagues.