At this point, you probably know about the Ben Simmons of the world, but maybe you were kind of surprised to see someone play Dillon Brooks or John Collins against you. This article is designed to get you up to speed on the rookies in the NBA and their DFS impact.
Let’s start with Ben Simmons.
He leads all rookies in points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes played. He also leads all rookies in fantasy points per minute. He’s legit but probably won’t get a ton better in terms of fp/min this season as his number seemed to stabilize pretty quickly and hasn’t moved around a ton.
Noticeable players impacted on the 76ers:
1) Joel Embiid: Although he’s still great, his production per minute is down about 3% this season. Although he seems to be playing better, his usage has gone down slightly as has his fantasy points per minute since Simmons arrival.
2) Robert Covington: Although not the way you might think, his production is up almost 10% this year. He’s getting more open looks, and Simmons ability to pass the ball makes Covington’s cutting ability much more effective.
3) Dario Saric: This poor guy. He’s nearly 30% worse on a fantasy point per minute basis. His production is very limited in the role he has on the team right now. However, in the few games that he started this season, his numbers were way up. It appears that he needs volume to get going and Simmons addition is Saric’s subtraction.
John Collins- PF Atlanta Hawks.
Selected 19th out of Wake Forest you might not know who this 20-year-old is. He’s got the second highest fantasy points per minute of any NBA rookie (only behind Simmons). Just to put in perspective it’s higher than Jayson Tatum, Dennis Smith, and Lauri Markkanen. He has a high motor and plays really fast, which leads to the only downfall in his game thus far: Foul Trouble. He’s racked up the highest foul rate per 48 minutes in the NBA and because of this, he hasn’t stayed on the court as much as Atlanta would like. His good is really good. In 28 minutes against the Rockets, he had 8 points 12 rebounds 4 blocks & two steals going for 38 on Fanduel. A week later had picked up 4 fouls in the first half and finished with only 8 Fanduel points in a disappointing 15 minutes of play.
Collins presence doesn’t really affect anyone on the Hawks current roster. The subtraction of Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap has opened up a lot of opportunities for newer players and right now the two players taking the most advantage are Collins (rookie) and Dennis Schroeder whose overall usage and fp/m are up about 7% this season.