April 11, 2019, 12:51 pmLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen (rapid heart rate) has been cleared to resume all basketball activities.
Markkanen was experiencing rapid heart rate and fatigue towards the end of a game back on March 26 versus the Raptors before subsequently being shut down. After undergoing testing it seems that Markkanen was given a clean bill of health and should be expected to play under no restrictions heading into the 2019-20 season.
Source: Cody Westerlund on twitter
April 10, 2019, 10:55 pmLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen battled through elbow and hip injuries, along with extreme fatigue at the end of the season which caused him to only play 52 games.
Despite only 52 games, Markkanen took a step forward in his second season averaging 18.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.3 3-pointers. He'll finish just outside the top-50 in 8-cat and just inside the top-50 in 9-cat. It looks like the Bulls have a special young player that should continue to grow his game.
April 7, 2019, 9:23 amLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Since being shut down for the season, all tests done on Lauri Markkanen (rapid heart rate) have come back negative.
These sorts of ailments are taken very seriously so it's great to hear that Markkanen has received good news on that front since getting his diagnosis. While he isn't returning this year, it seems like he's on track to play once next season opens up.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times
March 27, 2019, 10:26 pmLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
The Bulls are shutting down Lauri Markkanen (illness/fatigue) for the remainder of the season according to Shams Charania of The Athletic
The Bulls announced that he had an episode of a rapid heartbeat, and are looking to take precaution with their franchise cornerstone. This comes as a surprise and will be a huge blow to any teams that were hoping for his return for this last stretch of the fantasy playoffs. Brandon Sampson started in place of Markkanen tonight, but he won't fill the void on his own. Robin Lopez is must-start moving forward while others like Wayne Selden and Cristiano Felicio will have extended run to fill his role in the offense.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 27, 2019, 2:25 pmLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
The Bulls are listing Lauri Markkanen (illness) as out for Wednesday's matchup against the Blazers.
With Markkanen out Robin Lopez, Cristiano Felicio are going to get almost all of the big man minutes. Felicio has been playing decent lately with 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds over the last week, and looks to be a nice dart throw as someone is going to have to provide an inside scoring punch tonight for the depleted Bulls.
Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter
March 26, 2019, 8:57 pmLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen (illness) is questionable to return to Tuesday's game.
Brandon Sampson started the second half in Markkanen's place, and now we know why. If the Raptors continue to add to their lead we can't imagine that Markkanen would return. His night would end with 10 points, nine rebounds, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer with a 2-of-10 shooting line in 16 minutes if he doesn't come back.
Source: Chicago Bulls on Twitter
March 21, 2019, 12:58 amLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen went off for 32 points and 13 rebounds on 12-of-21 shooting in 38 minutes in a 126-120 win over the Wizards on Wednesday.
He added five assists and five 3-pointers to his monstrous stat line. He should easily carry middle-round value due to his scoring and rebounding alone. Although he has slowed down over the past two weeks, he should turn it round and have a strong finish to the season.
March 19, 2019, 12:25 amLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen scored 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting to go with nine rebounds, two assists, a 3-pointer and two blocks on Monday.
Markkanen finally broke through his slump tonight and it was only a matter of time before it happened. The 1-for-4 mark from deep is still a bit low, but he went 6-for-11 from 2-point range and focused more on getting buckets closer to the basket to establish a rhythm. He'll look to carry his momentum on Wednesday against the Wizards.
March 16, 2019, 1:19 amLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen was once again slowed by foul trouble and was limited to 10 points (3-of-8 shooting) with eight rebounds, two triples and one assist in 28 minutes on Friday.
Fouls have been bane as of late, with Markkanen averaging 3.6 fouls per game over his last five. Hopefully, with Zach LaVine now back to take some of that pressure off, Markkanen can get into a flow once again.
March 12, 2019, 11:04 pmLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen shot just 4-for-17 from the field for 11 points and five rebounds in a loss on Tuesday.
He missed all eight of his 3-point attempts tonight, so the fact that they weren't falling explains just about everything. Markkanen has been hot, and could get even more usage if Zach LaVine isn't on the floor with him.
March 8, 2019, 11:07 pmLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen had a quiet night in Friday’s 112-104 loss to the surging Pistons, scoring 18 points to go with two 3s, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Markkanen’s had two off-games in a row but owners shouldn’t panic. He’s still returning top-40 value over the last two months and he should be back to his double-doubles and high 3-point output soon.
March 7, 2019, 12:10 amLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen only managed 11 points with eight rebounds on 4-of-9 shooting in a win over the Sixers on Wednesday.
He was in foul trouble, but still saw 30 minutes of action and had a sub-par game. He has been dominating as of late, so expect him to bounce back with an early-round type of performance next game. Robin Lopez took the spotlight in this game with 19 points and nine rebounds on 7-of-13 shooting.
March 1, 2019, 11:18 pmLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen overcame a slow start to finish Friday’s thrilling quadruple-overtime win over the Hawks with 31 points, three 3s, 17 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one turnover in 54 minutes.
Markkanen has been absolutely rolling lately, bringing back top-10 value in 9-cat over the past month while significantly helping owners in points, rebounds, 3s and all three efficiency cats. Good job if you stashed him early on because it’s clearly paying dividends as we approach the fantasy playoffs.
February 25, 2019, 11:18 pmLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen led the Bulls in scoring in their 106-117 loss to the Bucks on Monday with 26 points on 11-of-22 shooting while hauling in 12 rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers.
Markkanen is arguably the best player on the Bulls' roster and he's been the best fantasy player over the past month. In the last 12 games he's averaged 24.3 points, 2.6 triples, 13.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.6 steals on .462 shooting. The rebounding numbers have really bolstered his value and it was actually one of the knocks on his game coming out of college.