This article is part of our Numbers Game series.
Perhaps we should have expected that rookies would have a down year – last summer's draft was widely considered amongst the weakest in years, and the No. 1 pick has yet to play a game. On the other hand, this year's rookie class is bolstered by some promising additions from recent classes (Embiid and Dario Saric were drafted in 2014) and some "NBA ready prospects" were drafted onto teams that seemed like great fits for their skill set (Buddy Heild on the Pelicans).
Fantasy wise, the story is the same. This year's rookie class has been a low-impact disappointment. Embiid is the only rookie who is in fantasy lineups every time he takes the court.
But we are only one month in, and we are talking about people who, by definition, have no NBA experience. When we are talking about rookies, how meaningful is the first month of a nearly six-month season?
Rookies are Rarely Fantasy Standouts
Rookies get a lot