Tyler Zeller
Tyler Zeller
28-Year-Old CenterC
Milwaukee Bucks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Tyler Zeller in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a two-year, $3.64 million contract with the Nets in September of 2017. Traded to the Bucks in February of 2018.
Coming off bench for Game 6
CMilwaukee Bucks
April 26, 2018
Zeller is coming off the bench for Thursday's Game 6 against the Celtics.
Thon Maker, who had two impressive performances during the Bucks' two previous home games in the series, will draw the start. Despite starting, Zeller had only been averaging 13.3 minutes per game, so his role may not change too much despite the switch.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Zeller suffered the consequences of playing on one of the league's deepest teams last season, as he finished with averages of 6.1 points and 3.0 rebounds in just 11.8 minutes per game, by far a career low. After beginning the year as the Celtics' starting center, Zeller quickly moved to a bench role, at times falling out of the rotation altogether as coach Brad Stevens opted to roll with Amir Johnson as the primary center. Zeller saw regular playing time off the bench after the All-Star break, but topped 20 minutes on only four occasions. While his per-minute numbers were on par with those of his previous season, the drastic decline in court time limited Zeller's utility in most fantasy formats. Given the role reduction, most assumed Zeller would head elsewhere in free agency, but he opted to re-sign with the Celtics in July for $16 million over two years. Zeller remains a solid option off the bench, but he's unlikely to take on much larger of a role in 2016-17 after the Celtics added Al Horford in free agency.
In moving from Cleveland to Boston last summer, Zeller had his best season in his short three-year career. The former Tar Heel played in all 82 games and increased his scoring (5.7 to 10.2 points per game), free throw shooting (72 to 82 percent) and rebounding (4.0 to 5.7 per game). He also started 59 games due to the Celtics' desperate need for even moderate rim protection. Zeller's modest 0.6 blocks per game ranked second on the team. The concern is that Zeller's 2014-15 season may be his ceiling. This season, Zeller will face stiffer competition for minutes due to the Celtics' offseason acquisitions of David Lee and Amir Johnson. Expect coach Brad Stevens to continuously mix and match frontcourt lineups that will include a healthy dose of Zeller, Lee, Johnson, Jared Sullinger, and Kelly Olynyk. Stevens does a great job of changing lineups to frustrate opponents, but the approach also frustrates fantasy players. Expect Zeller to rotate in and out of the starting lineup and see his 21 minutes per game drop. Likewise, the Celtic rotation will probably again change drastically at the February trade deadline, whn GM Danny Ainge could leverages his bevy of assets to upgrade the roster. Where that will leave Zeller for the second half of the season is yet to be determined.
After the Celtics flirted with trading for Kevin Love in the offseason, Zeller's acquisition is what could be called an underwhelming consolation prize. But the former Cavalier gives Boston much-needed size at center and is positioned to be their non-draft acquisition with the most impact. The Celtics were starving for a center last season, often using Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk out of position. In Zeller, the 17th overall pick in the 2012 draft, they get a big who can run the floor, shoot, and defend the rim. The Cavs weren't looking to get rid of him until it became clear they needed the space to sign LeBron James. In 70 games for Cleveland last season, Zeller averaged 5.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks in 15 minutes per game. He's a serviceable young player that wouldn't start for every team but will have the opportunity to compete for the top spot in Boston. Though he's a bit raw, the Celtics can afford to give him the space needed to develop, even as a backup to Sullinger.
Zeller had a solid career at North Carolina before being chosen with the 17th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by Dallas before being sent to Cleveland. Zeller has size but despite that fact, he only averaged 9.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game his senior season. His upside is limited, but most folks think he can become a respectable starting center in this league. He will get enough playing time to pull down a handful of rebounds per game while swatting the occasional shot, but his points totals should not be all that special.
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Starting Friday
CMilwaukee Bucks
April 20, 2018
Zeller will get the start at center for Friday's Game 3 against the Celtics, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.
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Eight points in loss
CMilwaukee Bucks
April 6, 2018
Zeller mustered eight points (4-5 FG) and two rebounds during the Bucks' 119-111 home loss to Brooklyn.
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Starting at center Friday
CMilwaukee Bucks
March 30, 2018
Zeller will start at center for Friday's game against the Lakers.
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Cleared to play Wednesday
CMilwaukee Bucks
March 21, 2018
Zeller (back) has been cleared to play Wednesday against the Clippers, Matt Velazquez of the Journal Sentinel reports.
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Ruled out Monday
CMilwaukee Bucks
March 19, 2018
Zeller (back) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Cavaliers, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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