23/24 Feb. 25th Box Score Analysis (11 Games)

Trae Young injury: Young is out for at least four weeks with a finger ligament tear. His absence will likely extend beyond that as he’s set to be re-evaluated in four weeks and players rarely come back immediately after being re-evaluated. In Roto leagues, he’s a hold since you can just bench him and wait for him to get healthy. It’s possible Trae returns in April and you get a few big games from the point guard. In H2H leagues, he’s a drop unless your league plays to the buzzer. He’s fine to hold in an IL spot in other leagues in case we get a surprise, but the second you need that spot for another player, send Young packing. Trae being out will lead to a bump in touches and dimes for Dejounte Murray. Expect the Hawks’ new starting point guard to be a top-30 player down the stretch. Bogdan Bogdanovic is also a big winner. His minutes should jump from the high-20s into the mid-30s. That should lead to top-50 production. Young’s injury should solidify both Saddiq Bey and DeAndre Hunter as 12-team options. Both players should get 30 minutes going forward. Bey is the slightly better bet of the two since his game is a better fit for category leagues. Hunter is points, threes, and not much else which is a line that is always available on a 12-team wire. Jalen Johnson should also see a small boost in minutes and usage. Garrison Matthews could become a decent threes streamer if he starts playing 20 MPG. Kobe Bufkin should be in the rotation down the stretch, but he’s just a watch in all leagues. With the Hawks still hoping to make the playoffs, Bufkin probably won’t get a ton of run unless Atlanta runs into more injury issues. Before last night, Bufkin had appeared in just five games for the Hawks and had played more than three minutes in a game just once.

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February 25th Box Score Analysis