Throughout the long, 82 game NBA season many players go through ups and downs in play due to various reasons. Some players are currently running hot and will cool off soon, while others are bound to bounce back and help your fantasy roster.
As someone with an average draft position (ADP) of 30 in Yahoo fantasy basketball leagues, Mitchell Robinson has been a huge disappointment to those who roster him. Primed for a breakout sophomore year and to be featured more prominently on this year’s New York Knicks team according to analysts, Robinson is instead playing just 21.2 minutes per game.
That’s only 0.6 minutes per game more than his rookie year, partially due to the fact that he is averaging 3.4 fouls per game and also due to former Head Coach Dave Fizdale attempting to save his job and playing veterans Taj Gibson, Julius Randle, and Bobby Portis to try and steal some wins.
Interim Head Coach Mike Miller (no, not that Mike Miller) won’t be fighting for his job, however, and should be able to give Robinson more developmental minutes that will allow him to return to his form from last season and hopefully help him learn to contest and block shots without fouling.
If you have any faith that Robinson will indeed be able to cut down on the fouls and earn extra playing time in Mike Miller’s rotation, then his career averages of 4 blocks and 11.2 rebounds per 36 minutes make it important that you buy low while the opportunity is still there.
He’s begun to pick up his play as of late, averaging 15.5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks on 70 percent field goal and free throw shooting over the last week. Fantasy owners will need to move quick in order to get Robinson while he’s still a buy low candidate.
If not, you may have to face him when he has another 9 block (or more) game like last year.