April 11, 2019, 2:34 amRobert CovingtonF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Robert Covington was on his way to another monstrous fantasy season with averages of 13.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.4 threes per game on a career-high .431 from the field before going down with a right knee bone bruise that required surgery.
The steals and blocks also go down as career-highs for the defensive dynamo. Covington was playing 34.4 minutes a night this year — a heavy load for anyone, let alone a player who is leaned on so heavily defensively with some knee issues in his past. RoCo posted better numbers with the Wolves than he did in Philly and was able to deliver top-25/20 value in the 35 games that he did play, though all the absences result in top-175/155 total value. We're mildly concerned about how his knee holds up going forward, but Covington's game was basically built with fantasy numbers in mind. If he can return at 100 percent, he's going to flirt with early-round value once again, even if the Wolves dial back on his minutes somewhat. Keep an eye out for updates on his recovery this summer.