Rookie Check-In: LaMelo Ball and Tyrese Haliburton Lead the Way

Rookie Check-In: LaMelo Ball and Tyrese Haliburton Lead the Way

We're about 10 percent of the way through the NBA season, which seems like an appropriate time to check in one the rookies who have the most fantasy relevance, or have at least warranted discussion in some way. It's important to remember that it's rare for rookies to have great fantasy value, and there's currently only two top-100 rookies: LaMelo Ball and Tyrese Haliburton.

James Wiseman, Golden State Warriors

The current favorite to win Rookie of the Year, Wiseman has passed the eye test more than the stats test, though his numbers are deflated by a stretch of three games where he was both in foul trouble and struggling with his shot. Wiseman is ranked just 154 in eight-category leagues, but fantasy managers should be encouraged by the Warriors looking coherent since Draymond Green returned, which should lead to easier looks for Wiseman. So far, Wiseman's most promising skills have been finishing at the rim (74%) and shot-blocking (2.8 BLK per 36 minutes). He's also 41.2 percent on threes, but that's on just 12 attempts, so there's not a ton to glean there yet considering he's also just 2-for-9 on long-mid-rangers. In terms of on/off court numbers, Wiseman is a +1.0, which is pretty good for a rookie on a struggling team.

LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets

The highest-ranked rookie in fantasy, Ball is beginning to prove cynics wrong while being a threat to steal Devonte' Graham's starting spot. He has the best single-game performance among all

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Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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