Yogi Ferrell
Yogi Ferrell
27-Year-Old GuardG
Sacramento Kings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In his first season with the Kings, Ferrell most commonly operated as breakout star point guard De'Aaron Fox's backup. He appeared in 71 contests for Sacramento, averaging 5.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists across 15.0 minutes per game. He also shot a career-high 43.5 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from behind the arc. While Ferrell has established himself as a quality backup point guard in this league, the Kings, looking to make a strong push towards the postseason, went ahead and signed Cory Joseph to a three-year contract this offseason, which puts Ferrell's role with the team in jeopardy. Joseph has made a living as one of the league's most reliable backup point guards since he was drafted by the Spurs back in 2011. With that, the Kings likely signed Joseph as a more reliable option behind Fox, so Ferrell, barring injury, may spend most of the season on the outside of the rotation or playing very limited minutes. As the backup to a high-usage guard like Fox, Ferrell's fantasy value was already rather low, but the addition of Joseph takes it to a level where Ferrell, for the most part, can be safely avoided. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.15 million contract with the Kings in July of 2018.
Personal Bio

Kevin Duane "Yogi" Ferrell Jr. was born in 1993 in Indianapolis. He is the son of Kevin Ferrell Sr. and Lydia Ferrell. His mother Lydia nicknamed him "Yogi" as a child because he was always eating like the cartoon character Yogi Bear. Ferrell has one brother and two sisters. For high school, the speedy guard attended and played basketball at Park Tudor in Indianapolis. During his last two seasons there, he led the school to back-to-back 2A IHSAA State Championships. During his senior year, he averaged 18.5 points, 6.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. Ferrell was named a McDonald's All-American and was runner-up to Gary Harris for Indiana Mr. Basketball honors. Ferrell then attended Indiana University. As a pro, the six-foot guard started the Ferrell Family Foundation while with the Mavericks. The mission of the foundation is to bring awareness and support to the foster care system. Fans can follow the Indiana native on Twitter (@YogiFerrell11) and Instagram (@YogiFerre11).

College/International Summary

Yogi Ferrell attended Indiana University from 2012 to 2016. Over four years as a Hoosier, the Indianapolis native started all 137 games in which he appeared for Indiana. As a freshman (2012-13), Ferrell averaged 7.6 points and 4.1 assists per game on his way to earning Big Ten All-Freshman honors. His stats increased nicely as a sophomore, as Ferrell delivered a team-leading 17.3 points, 3.9 assists and 2.8 three-pointers per game while shooting 40.0 percent from three-point range. Ferrell was named to the All-Big Ten first team in his junior (2014-15) and senior season (2015-16). As a senior, he led the Hoosiers to the 2016 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen before falling to North Carolina. For the 2016-17 season, along with leading Indiana in assists per game (5.6), Ferrell led the Hoosiers in points (17.3), and field goals (5.6) per game and was second on the squad in three points (2.3) and steals (1.1) per game for the 15-16 season. When his four years at Indiana concluded, Ferrell was ninth all time in the Big Ten in career assists with 633. And he held the Indiana University career mark in games played and started at 137.

Scores eight in four minutes
GSacramento Kings
August 9, 2020
Ferrell chipped in eight points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and one assist in four minutes during Sunday's 129-112 loss to the Rockets.
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Ferrell made the most of his playing time, but there's only so much that can be accomplished in such limited minutes. Ferrell could be in line for a few more minutes going forward given that the team has been eliminated from playoff contention. Still, Ferrell will likely continue to have limited appeal for fantasy purposes.
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The 2019-20 shortened-season was Ferrell's fourth in the Association and his second with the Kings. The quick guard played in 44 of a possible 64 games for Sacramento and averaged 11.0 minutes per contest. The 26-year-old delivered per-game averages of 4.2 points, 1.3 assists, 1.1 rebounds, 0.4 three-pointers and 0.3 steals. In four different games, Ferrell dished a season-high four assists. On Dec. 2, over 20 minutes of run, Ferrell posted nine points, four assists, two steals and one three-pointer during a home loss to the Bulls. On Dec. 26, Ferrell scored a season-high 17 points, with three assists, during a 1-point loss at San Antonio. On Jan. 15, the Indiana product drained a season high three three-pointers during at home versus the Mavericks. For the season, Ferrell scored in double-digits three times and had 16 games with at least one made three-pointer. He had 14 games with at least two assists. He also shot an impressive 86.5 percent from the charity stripe.

2018

The 2018-19 campaign was Ferrell's first season in Sacramento, and he averaged 15.0 points, 1.9 assists, and 1.5 rebounds in 71 games (three starts) for the Kings. He began the season with a 12-point outing against the Jazz. He scored his 1,500 career point on January 14 against Portland. The third-year pro shot 43.5 percent from the field, including 48.8 percent from two-point range -- both career highs. Those numbers included several standout performances. He scored 17 points and added six assists in a 141-130 win against Minnesota on Dec. 12. He made all four of his three-point attempts in that game, while shooting 5-for-6 from the field. The 25-year-old scored a season-best 19 points in a 127-112 win against San Antonio on Feb. 4. He recorded a season-high six assists and seven rebounds against Toronto on Jan. 22 in a game where he also scored 10 points. Also of note is that Ferrell finished the year with a career-best .896 free throw percentage.

2017

Ferrell enjoyed a productive campaign in his first full season in Dallas. The former Indiana Hooiser played in all 82 games for the Mavericks and made 21 starts. He set new career highs with 27.8 minutes and 10.2 points per contest. Ferrell also set a career high with 3.0 rebounds per game and chipped in 2.5 assists per night. Not surprisingly, he upped those averages as a starter. In his 21 starts, Ferrell averaged 33.3 minutes, 12.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest. He scored a season-high 24 points in a start against Denver on Mar. 6. Ferrell made 6-of-7 from 3-point range in that contest, and for the season, he shot 37.3 percent from deep on a career-high 4.4 attempts per game. Ferrell had 17 games in which he scored 15 points or more. He had a season-high 12 assists in a game against his former team, the Brooklyn Nets, on Mar. 17. Ferrell also scored 12 points in that contest for one of his three double-doubles on the season.

2016

Ferrell was undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, but joined the Brooklyn Nets for Summer League and preseason action. On Nov. 1, the speedy point guard joined the D-League Long Island Nets, but rejoined Brooklyn on Nov. 9. That night he made his NBA debut and posted five points, three assists, one rebound and one steal over 14 minutes of run. From Nov. 9 to Dec. 1, the Indiana product played in 10 of the Nets' 11 games and averaged 5.4 points, 1.7 assists, 1.2 rebounds and 0.8 three-pointers in 15.1 minutes per game. In fact, on Dec. 1, the rookie appeared in both a Brooklyn Nets game (3 minutes) and a D-League Nets game (38 minutes) at the Barclay's Center. Ferrell stayed with Long Island and appeared in 18 December and January D-League games. Over that span, he averaged 18.7 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 2.7 three-pointers and 1.6 steals per D-League contest. On Jan. 28, Ferrell signed a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks. The next night he made his Mavs debut during a win at San Antonio and delivered nine points, seven dimes and two steals. Ferrell then started six of Dallas' next eight games and impressed management with 16.0 points, 4.5 assists and 2.5 three-pointers per contest. On Feb. 7, the rookie signed a two-year agreement with Dallas. Ferrell wound up playing in Dallas' last 36 games, with 29 starts, and generated 11.3 points, 4.3 assists, 1.7 three-pointers and 1.1 steals over 29.0 minutes per NBA contest.

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Transaction History
  • July 22, 2016
    Signed a one-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • October 21, 2016
    Waived by the Brooklyn Nets.
  • November 9, 2016
    Signed a two-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • December 8, 2016
    Waived by the Brooklyn Nets.
  • January 28, 2017
    Signed a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
  • February 7, 2017
    Signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks which included a team option for 2017-18, which was exercised.
  • July 23, 2018
    Signed a two-year contract as a free agent with the Sacramento Kings.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Ferrell played all 82 games last year for the Mavericks, including 21 starts. Coach Rick Carlisle placed him in a sixth-man role where he saw 27.8 minutes. In that time, the second-year guard averaged 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He also shot well from beyond the arc, hitting 1.6 threes per tilt at 37.3 percent. However, with the Mavericks drafting Luka Doncic, the backcourt was going to be too crowded for Ferrell to see significant run, so he opted to sign with Sacramento, where he was also offered more money. Still, it may be tough for Ferrell to crack the workload he saw last season, as he'll be backing up starting point guard De’Aaron Fox.
Despite being an undrafted free agent, Ferrell saw plenty of interest going into the 2016-17 season. He spent training camp with the Nets and despite not making the regular-season roster initially, Ferrell was eventually signed by Brooklyn in early November for backcourt depth. However, after just 10 games with the Nets, he was eventually let go, which cleared the way for him to sign multiple 10-day contracts with the Mavericks. After liking what they saw, Ferrell was eventually signed for the rest of the season and with injuries galore in the backcourt, he earned 29 starts in the 36 games he played in. Ferrell finished the season averaging 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.1 steals across 29.1 minutes with the Mavericks. That established him as a legitimate NBA player and a potential starter with Deron Williams no longer in the picture. However, the Mavericks went ahead and selected Dennis Smith with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, bringing in one of the elite point guards from the college ranks. That's absolutely devastating for Ferrell's value, as Smith should open the season as the team's starting point guard and will get all the minutes he can handle. That should push Ferrell to a bench role, where he'll fight for minutes with the likes of Seth Curry and J.J. Barea. With a significant drop in playing time and production expected, Ferrell likely won't be worth a look in anything but the deepest of leagues.
An undrafted free agent out of Indiana, Ferrell signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Nets in the summer and will attempt to make the team out of camp. The undersized Ferrell, a celebrated recruit in the 2012 high school class, steadily improved each year at Indiana, capping off his career with a strong senior season, during which he averaged 17.3 points, 5.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals en route to unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten honors. Despite Ferrell's stellar college career, making the final roster won't be an easy task. Brooklyn already has 15 guaranteed contracts on the ledger, so it would have to part ways with one of those players in order to accommodate Ferrell.
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Rejoins rotation
GSacramento Kings
February 28, 2020
Ferrell failed to score (0-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and contributed two rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes off the bench in Thursday's 112-108 loss to the Thunder.
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Contributes nine points in loss
GSacramento Kings
January 16, 2020
Ferrell scored nine points (3-5 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 0-0 FT) and added an assist in 15 minutes during Wednesday's 127-123 loss to Dallas.
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Bumped from rotation
GSacramento Kings
December 18, 2019
Ferrell (coach's decision) didn't see the floor Tuesday in the Kings' 110-102 loss to the Hornets.
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Scores season-high 17 points
GSacramento Kings
December 7, 2019
Ferrell put up 17 points (6-11 FG, 0-1 3PT, 5-5 FT), three assists and one steal in 23 minutes off the bench during Friday's 105-104 overtime loss at the Spurs.
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Scores 13 points off bench
GSacramento Kings
December 5, 2019
Ferrell posted 13 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three assists, one rebound and one steal in Wednesday's 127-116 loss to the Trail Blazers.
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