July 8, 2020, 2:46 pmWendell Carter Jr.C, Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. produced top-110 value for owners in 8-category leagues while averaging 11.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over the course of the season.
Carter missed 22 games with an ankle sprain. He started strong, with averages of 13.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks during October. While it would be unfair to term the campaign a disappointment, Carter didn’t take a major step forward from his rookie season. The rebounds and field goal percentage rose, but his blocked shots plummeted from 1.3 to 0.8 per night despite Carter receiving more playing time.
July 8, 2020, 2:28 pmThaddeus YoungPF, Chicago Bulls
Thaddeus Young took advantage of a depleted Bulls roster to manage top-140 value in 8-category leagues during 2019-20.
This campaign marked the end of a four-season stretch during which Young started every game he played. Despite coming off the bench in all but 16 games, Young averaged 10.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.4 steals. He was especially potent in February when he had averages of 14.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.7 steals. However, the 58.3 percent free throw shooting was a far cry from a career average of 67.0 percent and Young’s field-goal percentage was a career-low 44.8 percent.
July 8, 2020, 2:13 pmDaniel GaffordPF, Chicago Bulls
Daniel Gafford posted top-300 value in 8-category leagues as a rookie while averaging 5.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 14.2 minutes per game.
He finished with top-290 production in 9-category formats. Gafford won't hold a ton of value while playing sparingly, but the blocked shots allowed him a bit of streaming appeal. On December 13 against the Hornets, Gafford posted a career best six swats.
July 8, 2020, 1:34 pmZach LaVineSG, Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine ended the season with top-30 value in 8-category leagues while averaging 25.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals.
LaVine's season finished on February 29 due to a quad injury, but it made sense for the Bulls to be careful with their top player. He managed to increase his scoring average from 23.7 points per game in 2018-19. LaVine also averaged 3.1 made 3-pointers compared to 1.9 makes the season before, while his conversion rate rose to 38 percent. LaVine finished just outside the top 40 in 9-category formats, but he may not be available on next season's draft boards by the fourth round.
July 8, 2020, 1:13 pmShaquille HarrisonPG, Chicago Bulls
Shaq Harrison held top-290 value in 8-category leagues (top-270 in 9-category) while averaging 4.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.8 steals in just 11.3 minutes per game in 2019-20.
Harrison made the most of some starts down the stretch with averages of 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.6 blocks during five games in March. His defensive stats would make him worth owning if he maintained a regular role in the lineup. However, many of Harrison's big nights occurred with Zach LaVine out of action.
July 8, 2020, 12:52 pmMax StrusPG, Chicago Bulls
Max Strus played only two games for the Bulls in 2019-20 before sustaining a season-ending injury at the G League Winter Showcase in December.
The rookie from DePaul went undrafted and was released by the Celtics before being signed by the Bulls. Strus scored 18.2 points per game in the G League, then averaged 2.5 points and 0.5 rebounds in his brief stint with the Bulls. All told, Strus could miss a full year or more due to the torn ACL.
July 8, 2020, 11:46 amLuke KornetPF-C, Chicago Bulls
Luke Kornet played in 36 games and averaged 6.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.9 triples, 0.9 assists and 0.7 blocks, good for 311/291 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats, before going down with a a severely sprained left ankle and a fifth metatarsal fracture.
Kornet took advantage of the many injuries in the frontcourt, providing the Bulls with some much needed shot-blocking while remaining a threat from deep. He shot a career-high .439 from the field but struggled from the 3-point line hitting just .287 from his shots, mainly due to his inconsistent playing time. The UniKornet has proved to be an appealing fantasy option when given the minutes but it’s unlikely that he earns much playing time as long as Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. remain healthy.
July 8, 2020, 11:26 amOtto Porter Jr.SF, Chicago Bulls
In his second year with the Bulls, Otto Porter Jr. averaged 11.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.7 triples and 1.1 steals but in just 14 games and 23.6 minutes per contest, returning 162/135 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
Porter was one of the biggest disappointments of the year in the fantasy community missing 51 games due to a left foot fracture. He looked good upon his return but he never justified the mid-round or higher pick that managers spent on him and his absence was crucial to the Bulls missing the playoffs for another year. Porter is hopefully fully healed and ready to go for next season and with a $28,500,000 player-option it’s almost certain that he remains in Chicago.
July 8, 2020, 10:46 amRyan ArcidiaconoPG, Chicago Bulls
In his third season with the Bulls, Ryan Arcidiacono played in 58 games, averaging 4.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 triples and 0.5 steals, returning 348/345 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
The minutes were available for a Bulls squad that was decimated by injuries this season and Arcidiacono made the most out of it, even though he missed the last few games with Achilles soreness. A fan favorite and an energetic guard who Jim Boylen really liked, his fantasy game has some appeal but the minutes are still not there to guarantee any consideration in standard leagues.
July 8, 2020, 10:18 amChandler HutchisonSF, Chicago Bulls
Chandler Hutchison played in just 28 games, averaging 7.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 steal, good for 308/315 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats, before undergoing season-ending arthroscopic surgery in March.
Hutchison had a few good games throughout the year but constant injuries didn’t help him secure a more prominent role. It’s really unfortunate because the Bulls were also missing Otto Porter Jr. and Denzel Valentine for the majority of the season, forcing Jim Boylen to go with Kris Dunn as the starting small forward. Hutchison is hopefully progressing well with his recovery and he should be a part of the rotation once he puts all the injury woes in the past.
July 8, 2020, 10:04 amAdam MokokaG, Chicago Bulls
In his first year with the Bulls, French guard Adam Mokoka appeared in just 11 contests, scoring 2.9 points in 10.2 minutes per game, good for 436/424 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
The 21-year-old guard signed a two-way contract last summer and spent most of his 2019-20 campaign with the Windy City Bulls in the G League, averaging 10.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 triples and 1.4 steals. He is someone the Bulls really liked since the 2019 Draft and he proved he can be a defensive minded guard who can shoot from long range. It’s likely that he remains with the Bulls next year as well, but we’ll have to wait and see whether he has impressed the coaching staff enough to get a promotion to the first team.
July 8, 2020, 9:45 amCristiano FelicioC, Chicago Bulls
Cristiano Felicio failed to crack the rotation consistently and had another underwhelming season for the Bulls, averaging just 3.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 17.5 minutes and 22 games, returning 316/317 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
Felicio missed about a month due to a right wrist fracture but even when he was healthy he failed to capitalize on the opportunity presented due to the injuries of Wendell Carter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen. His stat set is very limited and even though he shot a career-high .783 percent from the charity line, his fantasy impact is always going to be limited.
July 8, 2020, 9:21 amTomas SatoranskyPG, Chicago Bulls
Tomas Satoransky established himself as the starter in Chicago while averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 triples in 65 games with the Bulls, good for 105/128 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
Sato beat Kris Dunn and Coby White for the starting job and had an excellent year up until after the All-Star break when he struggled with his shot and eventually moved to the bench. The Czech guard was coming off a summer where he played with his national team in the China World Cup and it’s certain that the COVID-19 unfortunate pause, as well as the upcoming offseason, will help him be ready for next year. The Bulls seem to be turning the page and it’s unclear what his role is going to be moving forward, but Sato proved to be a valuable Swiss army knife posting career highs in points, assists, steals and triples this season.
July 8, 2020, 8:54 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen struggled in his third year with the Bulls, scoring only 14.7 points to go with 6.3 rebounds, 2.2 triples, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks on .425/.344/.824 splits, returning 100/104 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
Markkanen missed 15 games due to a pelvis injury but the truth of the matter is that he never seemed to be confortable in Jim Boylen’s system, becoming one of the most frustrating and inconsistent fantasy players of the year. The Finnish forward was reportedly unhappy with the Bulls management but the recent reshuffle in their front office, with Arturas Karnisovas as the new VP of Basketball Operations, is only good news for him. The Bulls have not made a decision about their head coach position yet but it’s possible that they move on from Boylen and managers in dynasty leagues should try to buy-low on Markkanen if they can.
July 8, 2020, 8:36 amKris DunnPG, Chicago Bulls
Even though Kris Dunn forfeited his starting job at the point for the Bulls, he still managed to average 7.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals, good for 98/88 value in 8/9-cat formats.
Dunn filled in the void at the small forward position after Otto Porter Jr. and Denzel Valentine went down with injuries. He made 32 starts and was a key piece of a young Bulls team that tried to make a push for the playoffs. Still, the defensive minded guard struggled with his 3-point shot making just 0.6 triples per game on a career-low .259 percent and it’s uncertain where he ends up next year as he is a restricted free agent.