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It’s time to take the Cedi Knight’s rise seriously

Cedi Osman

Cedi Osman

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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On an eight game Monday, we saw players seize opportunities with starters sidelined, which allowed us to learn about rotations for the rest of the season. A lot of stars may have shined brightly, but here’s the list of guys that aren’t heavily rostered that are worth roster consideration.

Cedi Osman- 6%

With Caris LeVert still out, Cedi had another big game off the bench. During this back-to-back, Osman scored at least 20 in both, including 23 on Monday on 8-for-10 shooting with three triples. Lamar Stevens is the starter, but Osman has been the best fantasy option off the bench recently with Kevin Love struggling. As long as LeVert is out, riding the Cedi wave seems like a safe bet.

A.J. Griffin- 3%

Griffin has slowly earned a larger role, and he got the start on Monday with De’Andre Hunter out with an illness. He finished with 17 points, three triples and three steals in a loss to Cleveland. He was given the task of defending Donovan Mitchell at times, and while he wasn’t great, he was still able to be productive defensively from a fantasy perspective. Hunter will likely return in their next game, but Griffin should still be valuable over the rest of the season. If Hunter were to miss another game in the future, Griffin would become a must-start immediately.

Isaiah Hartenstein- 46%, Jericho Sims- 9%

In Mitchell Robinson‘s second game back, he left the game early with knee soreness. If Robinson ends up missing more time, both Sims and Hartenstein proved that they were serviceable in fantasy during his recent absence.

Talen Horton-Tucker- 9%

With Mike Conley set to be re-evaluated on Tuesday, Collin Sexton started in his place on Monday. However, THT was much better in this game, finishing with a line of 14/2/2/2/2 with two triples. It wouldn’t be shocking to see his role increase even more after that performance, especially if Conley remains sidelined.

Pat Connaughton- 4%

Connaughton played his first game of the season on Monday, finishing with seven points, one triple and two steals in 16 minutes off the bench. Connaughton was a top-150 asset in fantasy hoops last season, so he’s definitely worth a look before he returns to his normal role.

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Coby White- 3%, Alex Caruso- 42%

Goran Dragić exited this game briefly with a shoulder injury, but he ended up returning and playing a total of seven minutes. If this injury lingers, White and Caruso should play larger roles off the bench behind Ayo Dosunmu.

Darius Bazley- 5%

Bazley returned from nearly a two week absence and played 18 minutes off the bench, recording three blocks. He’s only worth a look in deeper leagues, since he doesn’t provide much aside from blocks.

Quentin Grimes- 12%

Grimes didn’t have a great game on Monday, but he started in place of the injured Cam Reddish. He should start as long as Reddish is sidelined, and he should be able to provide triples in future games.

A few other notes:

- There wasn’t much to take from the Golden State-New Orleans game, since it was a blowout and GSW rested their starters.

- Miami is still playing with basically eight players, so they’ll all see big minutes. If you’re in a deep enough league that you’re just looking for someone that plays, every healthy Heat player will suffice.

- The 76ers will be without Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey and James Harden for Ben Simmons’ return to Philadelphia on Tuesday. The game itself may not be super exciting, but the drama of his return should be enough to make it worth tuning in for.