March 7, 2020, 5:04 amCoby WhitePG, Chicago Bulls
Coby White finished Friday's loss to the Pacers with 26 points and six assists in 37 minutes.
White knows how to put the ball in the bucket, and he has put doubters to rest with his recent seven game stretch of torrid production. During that time, he ranks inside the top-20 on a per game basis and needs to be owned everywhere at this point. If he's still available, go snag him.
March 6, 2020, 7:27 pmDenzel ValentineSF, Chicago Bulls
Denzel Valentine will start against the Pacers on Friday.
This will be Valentine's fourth consecutive game for the Bulls, and he has been active from deep with 19 attempts from 3-point range. He will have some appeal as a 3-pointer streamer, but it's hard to imagine Valentine's role getting too large as long as Coby White, Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr. need to get touches. This team is only getting healthier.
Source: Chuck Swirsky on Twitter
March 6, 2020, 6:20 pmRyan ArcidiaconoPG, Chicago Bulls
Ryan Arcidiacono (right Achilles soreness) will be a game-time decision for Friday's matchup with the Pacers.
Coby White has surpassed Arcidiacono in the rotation with his offensive explosion making Arcidiacono a deep league choice. He's useful as a steals and 3-pointers streamer if that's what you're hunting around for.
Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter
March 6, 2020, 1:57 pmWendell Carter Jr.C, Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. (right ankle) is nearing a point of no minutes restrictions.
Carter has been back for three games but has played in 18, 23 and 25 minutes. More minutes means more stats, so Carter is going in the right direction even if he hasn't posted any truly impressive lines since returning. Just stay patient here, as WCJ has nice upside and a fairly safe top-100 floor.
Source: KC Johnson on Twitter
March 6, 2020, 1:56 pmOtto Porter Jr.SF, Chicago Bulls
Otto Porter and Lauri Markkanen will be moving up to 20-22 minutes on Friday night, per Jim Boylen.
Both players had been operating in the 15-18 range in their first games (two in Porter's case) back from lengthy absences. Markkanen needs to be rostered in all formats while Porter could reestablish his standard-league cred with a few good games. He's still a flier for the time being but has been bad even when healthy this season, albeit in a tiny 11-game sample. We'll see how long Thad Young can hold off the competition.
Source: KC Johnson on Twitter
March 6, 2020, 1:44 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine (left quad strain) will not play on Friday.
As was expected, with LaVine admitting that his injury was likely a week-long affair. With him missing his first game on Monday, it's possible that he's back on the court next week. Continue to monitor the situation as the rest of the active Bulls split up LaVine's massive usage.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 6, 2020, 1:43 pmRyan ArcidiaconoPG, Chicago Bulls
Ryan Arcidiacono (right Achilles soreness) is questionable to play on Friday.
It's a change from Arcidiacono usually being listed as probable for elbow and back issues, so we're going to consider this a real injury that puts him in jeopardy of missing time. Coby White's explosive play has limited Arcidiacono's upside anyway, and this news will only affect the deepest of leagues.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 4, 2020, 10:57 pmCoby WhitePG, Chicago Bulls
Coby White continued his scoring binge on Wednesday night, going 11-of-22 from the field en route to 26 points, six assists and two 3-pointers.
White continues to do damage off the bench, though he may be elevated soon with Zach LaVine out. No offense to tonight's starter Denzel Valentine (11 points, one steal, one triple in 18 minutes), but it's clear where the future lies in Chicago. White belongs in all lineups until this hot streak ends.
March 4, 2020, 10:55 pmWendell Carter Jr.C, Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. had six points, nine rebounds, a steal and a block in 25 minutes on Wednesday.
This limited usage is interesting amidst the backdrop of Carter viewing himself as a power forward, as well as the returns of both Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter. Even if he's not a perfect fit at the five, that's where WCJ will stay to wind down the season. Expect top-100 value, with clean middle-round upside should he get back towards 30 mpg.
March 4, 2020, 10:54 pmThaddeus YoungPF, Chicago Bulls
Thad Young was able to survive the presence of both Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter on Wednesday, turning in the best game of the bunch with 13 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 29 minutes off the bench.
Despite the increasing health of the Bulls, Young remains worth holding until Markkanen and Porter shake their minutes limits. Odds are he'll fall out of standard-league relevance in time but given his friendly schedule over the next 10 days, Thad is likely to maintain at least late-round value.
March 4, 2020, 10:46 pmOtto Porter Jr.SF, Chicago Bulls
Otto Porter had a rough go of it on Wednesday, scoring two points on 1-of-8 shooting in 18 minutes of action.
Porter added four rebounds, three assists and a block to salvage things somewhat, but this is a letdown after Porter checked in for 18 points in 17 minutes in his first game back on Monday. Some rust is to be expected and Porter is still a worthwhile flier in standard formats in case he rediscovers his old form. We wouldn't feel great about counting on him, but as the last guy on a bench he's a great lottery ticket.
March 4, 2020, 10:43 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen (right pelvic stress reaction) returned to the court on Wednesday, scoring 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting with four rebounds and a triple in 21 minutes of action.
Markkanen had missed the previous 15 games and was right at the ceiling of his minutes limit tonight, which bodes well for his productivity moving forward. Even better, the Bulls are one of the lucky few teams to have four games next week, so Markkanen would be a huge add for any teams advancing to next week. We'll see what his minutes cap looks like in the next game, but you can plug him back into lineups regardless.
March 4, 2020, 12:58 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen (pelvic stress reaction) will start Wednesday's game against the Wolves.
Thaddeus Young owners should expect a dip in value going forward. Markkanen has been out since January 22 but is averaging 15.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season. Jim Boylen just got Otto Porter Jr. back from a lengthy absence as well.
Source: Chicago Bulls on Twitter
March 4, 2020, 12:41 pmAdam MokokaG, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have sent Adam Mokoka to the Windy City Bulls of the G League.
Mokoka actually got some reasonable playing time off the bench, averaging 17.8 minutes in five NBA games since being recalled. He's not a fantasy factor, though.
Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter
March 4, 2020, 8:59 amWendell Carter Jr.C, Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. will continue doing whatever is asked of him, but again made it very clear that he’s always been a power forward and wants to discuss that with the coaches and the front office during the end-of-season exit meetings.
Carter grew up playing power forward, he played it in high school and he played the position during his one season at Duke, interchanging with fellow big man Marvin Bagley III. Since making him the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 draft, however, the Bulls have found Carter’s skills more suitable at center, in order to pair him with Lauri Markkanen. It has been a growing experience for the second-year forward who often finds himself mismatched against bigger and more athletic bigs. This looks like it’s going to be a long offseason for the Bulls and a lot of dominoes are expected to fall. In the meantime, Carter will look to remain healthy and finish the season on a positive note.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times