July 11, 2020, 6:01 pmRobert CovingtonSF, Houston Rockets
Robert Covington returned to form after an injury-riddled 2018-19 season, cruising to top-50/40 (8/9-cat) value and filling up box scores with 12.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers per game.
The cash counters are the elite of the elite, and Covington continued to go under the radar among casual fantasy players. A mid-season trade to Houston's small-ball petri dish didn't have a big effect on his value (as RoCo was around the top-40 mark any way you slice up his season) but it did change his stat profile somewhat. With the Rockets, Covington averaged 7.9 rebounds, 2.9 3-pointers, 1.1 steals and an absurd 2.5 blocks per contest. The ability for Covington to shift from the wing to more of a combo forward/center role drastically improved his rebounds and swats, and it seems likely that his steals would've swung upward had we seen more than a 14-game sample. Covington's fantasy game clearly travels and he's found a fantastic spot to produce as long as he can stay healthy.