Ryan Knaus explains why Atlanta Hawks' De'Andre Hunter has a huge upside and is worthy of being added, despite coming off knee surgery.
RYAN KNAUS: There is a strong case to be made for picking up De'Andre Hunter wherever he is available, which at the moment, is just under half of all Yahoo leagues. After all, before having right knee surgery, Hunter was cruising, with top 50 value in 9-Cat leagues behind across the board stats and extremely efficient scoring. 17.2 points on 50.9% field goals, and 87.7% free throws.
This is where I have to note a few asterisks. First, he'll be playing on a surgically repaired meniscus, and it could take them a while to ramp up toward the 32 minutes per game he was averaging before the injury. And second, he may not even reach that playing time or his previous stats, since they primarily came without Bogdan Bogdanovic and Danilo Gallinari, both of whom have since returned to action. Still, we've seen Hunter's upside. And unless your team is already stacked, there should be a bench spot you can clear to add him.
He recently resumed four on for work, and did not require a second PRP injection in his knee, so he's on pace to return in the second half of March. The Hawks have won five straight games, but they're still the number eight seed in the East, and they'll need Hunter playing at his early season level to resemble a legitimate threat in the playoffs. That gives Atlanta plenty of incentive to play him in the coming months, and it gives fantasy managers incentive to drive his roster rate closer to 100%.