Denzel Valentine
Denzel Valentine
25-Year-Old GuardG
Chicago Bulls
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 7/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The 14th overall pick in 2016, Valentine drew starts (37) for the first time in his career last season and saw 27.2 minutes per tilt. In that time, the Michigan State product averaged 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He was also a reliable from beyond the arc, drilling 1.9 threes per game at 38.6 percent. Though still struggling with consistency, Valentine managed to secure five double-doubles and even registered a 30-point game. However, his path to playing time is tougher this season, as the Bulls re-signed Zach LaVine, added Jabari Parker through free agency, and retained Justin Holiday. That said, if any wing player on the Bulls goes down with injury, Valentine is seemingly first in line to garner extended run. So, while he can be avoided in most Fantasy formats come draft day, keeping tabs on him through the waiver wire could pay off. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.28 million contract with the Bulls in July of 2016. Bulls exercised $2.28 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017. Bulls exercised $3.38 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018.
Missing rest of season
GChicago Bulls
November 28, 2018
Valentine underwent a left ankle stabilization procedure Tuesday and will be out for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
The Bulls hope that Valentine can return to full basketball activities in approximately six months and that he will be ready for next season. He hasn't previously played this season but his continued absence should allow players like Justin Holiday, Ryan Arcidiacono and Antonio Blakeney to stay firmly within the Bulls' rotation.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Valentine played a relatively small role off the bench as a rookie and was limited to just 57 games because of a few recurring ankle injuries. He averaged 17.1 minutes for the entire season, though there was a 16-game stretch from early March through early April where he saw 26.4 minutes per game in extended run off the bench. Still Valentine's role eventually declined as the season wound down and he finished with averages of just 5.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.3 three-pointers, while shooting 35.4 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from deep. Valentine should be looking at a slightly larger role going into the 2017-18 season. The Bulls traded away superstar Jimmy Butler and there's been rumors of a potential buyout with Dwyane Wade as well. That means Valentine will likely be battling with Justin Holiday and Paul Zipser for minutes at both shooting guard and small forward. Look for Valentine to see more playing time in the Bulls' rebuild attempt, especially considering he's just 23 years old, so he shouldn't have trouble surpassing the 17.1 he averaged as a rookie.
Valentine capped a stellar four-year career at Michigan State by averaging 19.2 points, 7.8 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game as a senior. The All-American was selected with the 14th overall pick in the draft under the pretense that he'd be able to step in as an immediate contributor in the Bulls' backcourt. While Valentine will surely be a rotational player as a rookie, the arrivals of Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade mean his role will be smaller than initially anticipated. Valentine's ability to play both on and off the ball is valuable, but the minutes totals for both Rondo and Wade are likely to be large enough to prevent Valentine from holding substantial fantasy value as a rookie. It also remains to be seen how Valentine will adjust to the pro game. His all-around production at the college level is what made him such an intriguing prospect, but he'll no longer play in an offense completely tailored around his playmaking. Valentine is a strong enough shooter (he hit 44.4% of his attempts from downtown last season) to survive, but his assist numbers, especially, could drop off significantly as he spends more time working as a secondary guard.
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Surgery planned for Tuesday
GChicago Bulls
November 27, 2018
Valentine is scheduled to undergo reconstructive left ankle surgery Tuesday in Green Bay, Wis., K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Out 4-to-6 months following surgery
GChicago Bulls
November 19, 2018
Valentine is scheduled to undergo reconstructive ankle surgery and will miss the next four-to-six months as a result.
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Out indefinitely
GChicago Bulls
November 7, 2018
Valentine (ankle) has been ruled out indefinitely, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Will increase workload
GChicago Bulls
November 2, 2018
Valentine (ankle) has been cleared to increase his workload but still remains without a timetable for a return, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Out at least two more weeks
GChicago Bulls
October 20, 2018
Valentine (ankle) will remain out for at least two more weeks, Cody Westerlund of 670 The Score reports.
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