Wendell Carter Jr.

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  • Thaddeus Young
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Thaddeus Young scored 11 points in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in three rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block in 35 minutes of game play.

    With both teammates Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. injured, Young is not only getting the start but also playing major minutes in their absences. He is definitely worth a look in the short-term as he is a nice source of defensive statistics while not fantasy owners in any particular area.

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (right ankle sprain) recently shared that his rehab has been progressing well and that he anticipates a return to the court on the early side of his initial 4-to-6 week timetable.

    Carter was initially injured on January 6th, so an early return would mean he plays shortly before the All-Star Game weekend. When asked when he'd expect to return relative to his timetable, Carter responded, “Definitely closer to the four. My progress has been really good lately, so definitely closer to the four than the six.’’ This is an encouraging sign, but keep in mind players have an incentive to feel optimistic about their rehab and the Bulls could still choose to hold him out through the All-Star weekend given if it gives him a few extra days to heal. Carter was hovering around top 100 value on the season, but his upside warrants rostering, particularly in leagues with an IL spot.

    Source: Chicago Sun-Times

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen (left ankle sprain), Ryan Arcidiacono (right elbow discomfort), Luke Kornet (right thumb sprain) and Tomáš Satoranský (sore left ankle) are all listed as probable ahead of Friday's contest vs. the Sixers.

    The Bulls have developed a reputation for listing most of their roster as probable on the official injury report but expect all four of these players to suit up for Friday's game. Markkanen and Satoranský are the only players worth rostering in standard leagues while Kornet might have streaming value with the injuries to Wendell Carter Jr. and Daniel Gafford.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Daniel Gafford
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Daniel Gafford will start against the Pacers on Friday.

    Gafford will draw the start on Friday for the injured Wendell Carter Jr. (right high ankle sprain). Thaddeus Young started in the first game without Carter Jr. and head coach Jim Boylen told the media that the starting center situation could be fluid moving forward. Expect the Bulls to start Gafford or Young based on matchups going forward.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (right high ankle sprain) addressed the media on Friday and informed them that his goal is to return before the All-Star break.

    Carter Jr. had an MRI done that showed the injury to be a high ankle sprain that would cost him several weeks. He said that "it’s devastating I’m not able to play.” The All-Star break is in seven weeks so it remains to be seen how long WCJ will remain out but their last game before the break will be against the Wizards on February 11th.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Shams Charania is reporting that an MRI revealed Wendell Carter Jr's injury to be a high right ankle sprain that will cost him multiple weeks.

    It was always expected that Carter would miss some time, but this is a significant loss for the Bulls and fantasy GMs. Thaddeus Young is a must-add in all leagues as it looks like he'll get the opportunity to start in Carter's place. He produced 18 points, six rebounds and three steals in 35 minutes last night. Daniel Gafford is also on the radar because of his blocks upside but will be much less consistent. He had four rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 16 minutes last night while coming off the bench.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen (left ankle sprain) will play and start against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Markkanen will start alongside Thaddeus Young on Wednesday as Wendell Carter Jr. had already been ruled out with an ankle injury. After a tough start to the season, Markkanen has produced 4th/2nd round value in 8/9-cat leagues over the past month.

    Source: Chuck Swirsky on Twitter

  • Thaddeus Young
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Thaddeus Young is expected to make his first start with the Bulls on Wednesday.

    With Wendell Carter Jr. out, the door is open for Young to slot into the starting lineup. Young has averaged 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.1 steal in only 21.8 minutes per game. Daniel Gafford should also see additional minutes while Carter cannot play.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (right ankle sprain) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game.

    WCJ was forced out of Monday's game and was in good spirits afterwards, but more missed time is very likely here. Daniel Gafford is a high-upside add because of his shot-blocking ability but Thaddeus Young could also pop on the 12-team radar. Gafford's got the small edge for now but we won't really know how it shakes out until the Bulls play some games sans Carter.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    X-rays were negative on Wendell Carter Jr.'s right ankle after he rolled it badly on Monday and he will not return to the game.

    Carter's night ends with six points, six rebounds, one steal and one block in 18 minutes. Be prepared for him to miss at least a few games.

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. was helped to the locker room after rolling his ankle and lying on the court in pain for a significant amount of time.

    Carter apparently landed on Dwight Powell's foot, rolled the ankle and eventually was seen in a wheelchair. So far, this doesn't sound like a day-to-day type of injury, but we should get a better idea of what to expect soon. Daniel Gafford replaced Carter in the game and he could be in line to block a few shots should Carter miss time.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (abdominal) double-doubled in Saturday's home loss to the Celtics, chipping in 11 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks.

    With exception of the sub-par shooting Carter Jr. contributed solidly across all other categories registering his third straight double-double. He had a combined five steal/blocks and has provided mid-round value for the season. He is continuing to find his footing on an injury-depleted Bulls team and contributes well on FG percentage and boards.

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (abdominal) will start for the Bulls on Saturday.

    WCJ will have a tough matchup against an offensively potent team in the Celtics tonight, but should be able to hold his own against their thin frontcourt.

    Source: Chuck Swirsky on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. tallied 18 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and a 3-pointer while going 7-of-12 from the field on Thursday night.

    Carter also played 36 minutes against Rudy Gobert and the Jazz, so this is a nice game in a tough spot from the youngster. WCJ is sitting right around the top-100 mark on the year, disappointing GMs who took him deeper in the middle rounds thanks to his top-50 upside. Carter's block rate has dipped after a promising 1.3 swats in 25.2 mpg as a rookie, and if that can rebound in the second half of the year then he'll cruise to top-70 returns. Keep the faith.

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (abdomen) will start for the Bulls on Thursday.

    WCJ is healthy enough to give a go, so the upgrade from probable to active is clearly a good sign. Slot him that active slot.

    Source: Chuck Swirsky on Twitter