Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker is coming off of an All-Star season, but he continues to be bothered by a lingering knee injury. With Walker expected to be miss at least some game time in the early part of the season, it gives a huge boost to Marcus Smart's fantasy outlook.
Kemba Walker Fantasy Outlook
2019-20 was a down year for Walker in fantasy, which was expected given the Celtics' loaded roster. The point guard still put up 20.4 points, 4.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game, but he didn't reach the eye-popping scoring outputs that he was capable of as a one-man show with the Charlotte Hornets.
Walker is an excellent draft-and-stash pick for your team's injured list, as the point guard will figure prominently in the Celtics' offense when he does return, but exercise caution since a star player dealing with a lingering knee injury is never a great sign.
Marcus Smart Fantasy Outlook
With Walker out of the lineup, Smart stands to benefit most. The former Oklahoma State star is coming off of a career year, posting 12.9 PPG while making the most 3s of any season so far (137). Smart also edged Walker for the team high in assists (4.9 per game).
While Walker gets more attention as an offensive scorer, Smart only slightly trailed his teammate in fantasy points (1842.4 vs. 1639.5), signaling that Smart knows how to stuff the stat sheet in other ways besides scoring.
Smart won't be one of the first point guards selected in a fantasy draft since other PGs have less competition for looks on their respective rosters, but he could be a sneaky mid-draft selection for any fantasy manager. And his career-high 32.2 minutes per game last year show that he'll have a sizable role even when Walker does return.
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