Tyler Zeller
Tyler Zeller
29-Year-Old CenterC
Denver Nuggets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Tyler Zeller in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a training camp contract with the Nuggets in September of 2019.
Gets camp deal with Nuggets
CDenver Nuggets
September 19, 2019
Zeller and the Nuggets have agreed to a training camp contract, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
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Zeller has played for four different teams across the past two seasons, spending time with Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Memphis. Across this stretch, he's averaging 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds across 16.7 minutes. Given the depth of the Nuggets' roster, it would be surprising if he made the final cut.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Tyler Zeller
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191 days ago
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April 20, 2018
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February 27, 2018
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February 25, 2018
February 25, 2018
Juan Carlos Blanco gives his picks for a modest four-game slate Sunday, with Ben Simmons being a strong play against the Wizards.
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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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To bench Wednesday
CMemphis Grizzlies
April 10, 2019
Zeller will come off the bench Wednesday against Golden State, Phillip Dean of Fox Sports South reports.
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Excellent per minute production
CMemphis Grizzlies
April 9, 2019
Zeller finished with 13 points (4-7 FG, 5-6 FT), six rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 19 minutes during Tuesday's loss to Detroit.
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Starting vs. Pistons
CMemphis Grizzlies
April 9, 2019
Zeller will start Tuesday's game against the Pistons, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
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Scores 15 points in 26 minutes
CMemphis Grizzlies
April 7, 2019
Zeller provided 15 points (6-9 FG, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, and one block in 26 minutes during Sunday's 129-127 overtime loss to the Mavericks.
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Signs with Grizzlies
CMemphis Grizzlies
April 5, 2019
Zeller will sign with the Grizzlies for the remainder of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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