Rookie/Sophomore Report

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Fantasy playoff time has finally arrived. While some leagues won’t get their postseasons going until next week, that tends to be the exception rather than the rule. And there have been some key injuries on the landscape, with rookies and second-year players alike being impacted. This week’s Rookie/Sophomore Report will begin with Detroit losing its starting center to a knee injury, and how it will impact the rest of the team’s interior rotation.

Pistons lose Stewart to a knee injury

Isaiah Stewart, who has made 57 starts in the middle for Detroit this season, went down during the first quarter of Monday’s win over the Hawks with a bone bruise in his right knee. The Pistons have since announced that he’ll be re-evaluated in a week’s time, but there is no timeline for a return to game action. And with the franchise headed back to the draft lottery, it’s fair to wonder if Monday was the last that we’ll see of Stewart in an NBA game this season.

Averaging 8.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.3 steals, and 1.1 blocks in 25.8 minutes per game, Stewart was a 16th-round player in 9-cat formats (per Basketball Monster) at the time of his injury. While he was shooting 51.5{2236154dad3e2e5e52232f44259786ad55fa1ad43d7c7f04baaefdced4afc2cb} from the field, the combination of his being primarily a rebounds and blocks guy while shooting 67.9{2236154dad3e2e5e52232f44259786ad55fa1ad43d7c7f04baaefdced4afc2cb} from the foul line weighed down Stewart as far as his fantasy value was concerned. As for who will step up to fill the void left by “Beef Stew,” the obvious answer is Marvin Bagley, who has been close to a top-100 player over the last three weeks. Rostered in 40{2236154dad3e2e5e52232f44259786ad55fa1ad43d7c7f04baaefdced4afc2cb} of Yahoo leagues, he’s averaging 25.4 minutes per game during this stretch.

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Kelly Olynyk (36{2236154dad3e2e5e52232f44259786ad55fa1ad43d7c7f04baaefdced4afc2cb} rostered) has been a 12th-round player over the last three weeks, but he’s played no more than 18 minutes in any of Detroit’s last three games. One more name to watch…


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