Markelle Fultz
Markelle Fultz
20-Year-Old GuardG
Philadelphia 76ers
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 12/25/2018
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A stellar freshman season at Washington earned Fultz the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft and immediately made him one of the more intriguing rookies to consider drafting for Fantasy leagues. However, the season didn't turn out like most had hoped and a handful of different issues kept Fultz off the floor for all but 14 games. Most notably was a sore right shoulder, which impacted his ability to shoot consistently and make plays for his teammates. Adding on to that, those issues also impacted Fultz's confidence and that mental hurdle itself was also a contributor in the youngster's extended stay on the sidelines. While it was essentially a lost season, there were at least a few things put on tape that Fultz will be able to build on, including a surprising 13-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double that he notched in the final game of the regular season. With an offseason to clear his mind and essentially start over, look for Fultz to become a regular contributor in the Sixers' rotation. He's reportedly rebuilt his jumper from scratch, which is always concerning for those considering taking a risk on him before seeing the final product. That said, the Sixers don't necessarily have a ton of quality depth in the backcourt, so Fultz seems likely to take over backup point guard duties right away if T.J. McConnell doesn't somehow hold him off. Look for Fultz to be a late-round flier in most Fantasy formats due to his overall upside, but there's definitely concerns about him staying on the court and having any sort of consistency while debuting a brand new shooting stroke. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $15.37 million contract with the 76ers in October of 2017. 76ers exercised $9.75 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Contract includes a $12.28 million team option for 2020-21.
Diagnosed with nerve-altering issue
GPhiladelphia 76ers
December 4, 2018
Fultz was diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome on Tuesday, an injury that impacts nerves between the neck and his right shoulder, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Fultz has been meeting with specialists for the past few weeks, and they've finally managed to make a diagnosis. This type of injury causes unusual movements and alters range of motion, which ultimately has been limiting Fultz's ability to shoot. However, TOS can be treated through physical therapy, which figures to be the next step. The 76ers are hopeful that Fultz will make a return in 3-to-6 weeks, but he's been ruled out indefinitely for now, per Wojnarowski.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Fultz played just one season at Washington, during which he finished sixth in the country in scoring with 23.2 points per game while shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and 41.3 percent from deep. He was a lone bright spot for team, as they won just nine games, and posted 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game in addition to his great scoring. One of the main reasons Fultz makes for an intriguing prospect is due to his size, boasting a 6-foot-9.75 wingspan as a 6-foot-4 point guard. Questions still remain about whether or not he can become a transcendent player, but when paired with the full potential of the 76ers, he should become a contributor from Day 1. In the past, the Sixers have stated that Ben Simmons will play point guard -- a plan that may or may not change with Fultz's selection, as he’s a capable off-ball player. Regardless, it seems like he could see a 30-plus minute workload during his rookie campaign and should make for an intriguing Fantasy option. As it stands, he should probably be worth a look in the mid rounds of most Fantasy leagues. Out of all the rookies, however, he may be one of the few worth reaching for considering his projected role, workload and usage.
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Meeting with more specialists
GPhiladelphia 76ers
November 30, 2018
Fultz (shoulder) will continue seeing specialists through early next week, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Set to meet with specialists
GPhiladelphia 76ers
November 26, 2018
Fultz (shoulder) will meet with specialists twice during the upcoming week, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Nursing wrist injury, wants trade
GPhiladelphia 76ers
November 21, 2018
Fultz (shoulder) is also dealing with a right wrist injury and would like to be traded, Sam Amick of The Athletic reports.
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Out at least one week
GPhiladelphia 76ers
November 20, 2018
Fultz will see a shoulder specialist early next week and will be away from the team until he is evaluated, David Aldridge of The Athetlic reports.
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Plays 14 minutes in Friday's win
GPhiladelphia 76ers
November 17, 2018
Fultz finished with six points (2-5 FG, 2-4 FT), three rebounds, and two assists in 14 minutes during Friday's 113-107 win over the Jazz.
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