Fantasy Basketball Mailbag: Was Devonte Graham's early form a fluke?

We are at the pointy end of the fantasy season and each move is doubly important, so I took your questions from Twitter and Instagram to try and help you make the most of your fantasy team. Let’s get to it.

@bradfriedman15: Was Devonte’ Graham a fluke early season or do you think he can pick it up for the playoffs?

Graham surprised everyone to begin the year and pushed his way into the Hornets’ starting lineup early on.

Across October and November, Graham shot 42% from the field and 41% from three and he was the frontrunner for Most Improved Player.

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He paired that with 7.4 assists and was the waiver wire pickup of the year.

Since then, it’s been rough, as Graham has shot just 35% from the field and 34% from three. His scoring is also down to just 15.2 points in February and he has seen his usage fall as well.

Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte Graham was one of the breakout players this season, but his fantasy production has tailed off in recent weeks. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

Do we believe a six-week stretch, or three months plus his rookie season?

Given that Graham is still a top 75 player over the last two months, despite the struggles, he is providing value for fantasy leagues, but expecting that shooting to elevate again feels like a wish that won’t be granted.

@kwokyu: How do you see Thomas Bryant’s role as he is eased back into more minutes?

Bryant was the Wizards starting centre before suffering a foot stress issue.

He missed more than a month, then returned and experienced foot soreness which put him out until the All-Star break, immediately after playing 29 minutes.

Since he has been back, Bryant has not eclipsed 20 minutes. Given what happened the last time Scott Brooks ramped up his minutes, and the fact that Moe Wagner, Ian Mahinmi, Rui Hachimura and Davis Bertans have pretty much all the centre and power forward minutes locked down, I can’t see Washington foolishly playing Bryant in excess of 25 minutes for the rest of the season.

The chances of Bryant’s minutes going up has also taken a hit thanks to Washington’s diminishing playoff hopes.

But, in saying that, Bryant has been elevated to start in Monday’s game and that could be a good sign for his role the rest of the season.

@iceee_w: Should we pick up Otto Porter Jr.?

We haven’t seen Otto Porter since November 6th after the doctors misdiagnosed his foot issue, which was actually a fracture.

He is on the verge of returning, but with the Bulls winning only one game out of their last ten contests, their chances of the playoffs appear to have vanished.

The Bulls, who had Porter on a minutes restriction even before he was hurt, are unlikely to rush him back just to risk a further complication.

In a points league, Porter’s production is not that valuable, especially so if he is only playing minutes in the low to mid 20s, as I expect him to.

I would consider Porter, but I am not tripping over myself racing to add him for what could be a disappointing stretch of games.

@andre_mascarenhas: Can Daniel Theis be expected to keep up this rate of production?

I don’t see why not. Theis is a top 100 player over the last two months and he seems to be getting better, averaging 32.34 fantasy points in his last five games.

Neither Enes Kanter nor Robert Williams III is coming to take his minutes as Theis is a key piece of the Celtics rotation and is making them one of the best teams in the league.

If Theis is on your waiver wire, you should rectify that.

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