Rookie Watch: Simmons Still King
Rookie Watch: Simmons Still King

Midway through Week 7 of the Fantasy season, Nick Whalen checks in on the NBA's top rookies.

Ben Simmons, 76ers
Simmons continues to be in a class of his own and should coast to Rookie of the Year honors, provided he stays even relatively healthy over the course of 82 games. He's coming off of arguably his worst game of the season Tuesday in Cleveland, a 10-point, eight-rebound, two-assist, three-steal, one-block effort that would be a solid night for just about any other rookie. Through 18 games, Simmons leads all first-year players in scoring (18.1), rebounding (9.1), assists (7.4) and steals (2.1) per game and has been the No. 7 overall Fantasy player under the NBA's new standard scoring system.

Lonzo Ball, Lakers
Shooting efficiency remains a major issue for the No. 2 pick. Ball has hit six three-pointers over his last three games, but those have come on 19 attempts, and he's shooting just 28.6 percent overall during that span. On the other hand, Ball continues to assist at a high rate (7.1 per game), and he's climbed to third among rookies in rebounding (7.1), behind only Simmons and Lauri Markkanen. It almost goes without saying, but Ball is significantly more valuable in leagues that don't count percentages. Under the standard scoring system, Ball is the league's 48th-best Fantasy player, ahead of names like Klay Thompson, Myles Turner and Jrue Holiday.

De'Aaron Fox, Kings
Fox had a nice run prior to Thanksgiving

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