In-Season Strategy: Rookie Check-In
In-Season Strategy: Rookie Check-In

This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.

Midway through Week 4 of the fantasy basketball season, it's starting to become more clear which rookies can be counted on for nightly production.

With the exception of just a few players, most of the 2018 lottery class has already made an impact, with Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Trae Young and Wendell Carter, in particular, leading the way.

Of course, rookies tend to go through fairly drastic swings in production throughout the season -- that's part of the deal when you roster a 19 or 20-year-old. But on the whole, early returns on the 2018 class have been encouraging.

Beginning with the No. 1 pick in June, let's take a look at how the biggest names in the class have fared thus far:

Deandre Ayton, Suns
Ayton has been as good as advertised as a scorer (16.0 PPG) and rebounder (10.7 RPG), and perhaps even better than advertised as a passer. The 20-year-old didn't have a ton of playmaking opportunities at Arizona, so his

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