Some fantasy basketball impacts are imminent as we near Miles Bridges’ return on November 17. This article analyzes some of the biggest fantasy questions, including how valuable Bridges will be for managers and how he affects the value of certain players on the Charlotte Hornets.
Analyzing the Fantasy Basketball Impact of Miles Bridges’ Return
The Burning Question: Should I Pick Up Miles Bridges?
Many people were divided on whether to draft Bridges or pick him up off the waivers. It’s important to note that rostering him doesn’t mean condoning his behaviour (but it is understandable to choose to leave him). Moreover, he hasn’t played for about a year and a half and reportedly still has some legal matters to sort out. So, is Bridges worthy of an add? The answer is yes.
He had a breakout season when he last played in 2021-22, averaging 20.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.9 3PM, 0.9 SPG, 0.8 BPG, and 1.9 TOV on 49/33/80 splits. While these numbers may not be replicable this year, head coach Steve Clifford announced that Bridges will have a “significant role right away.” This is very promising for the 25-year-old, indicating high usage and solid fantasy value. He’ll likely have a starting role, as he appeared in the first unit in all 80 games he played two seasons ago.
While managers are increasingly adding Bridges as his return date approaches, his roster percentage is not as high as it should be. He’s someone worth taking a chance on, as he has plenty of fantasy potential. Consider picking him up if he’s still available in your league.
What is Bridges’ Projected Fantasy Value?
Bridges has regularly practiced with the Hornets and is reportedly in great shape. He also signed a one-year contract in the offseason, which should motivate him to play well. These are all good signs, but he may be rusty for the first few weeks. He’s also unlikely to return to his fantasy glory from 2021-22, but he should crack the top 100. Bridges could average about 15 PPG, 5 RPG, 3 APG, 1.5 3PM, 0.5 SPG, and 0.5 BPG this season. If he doesn’t start right away, expect him to take on a sixth-man role.
Which Players on the Charlotte Hornets Will Be Affected the Most?
Bridges plays both forward spots but spent more time at the four in his most recent seasons. This year, the Hornets have used a combination of starting lineups with Hayward, Washington, and rookie Brandon Miller alongside Ball and Mark Williams. Two of these three forwards will likely move to the bench at some point in the season, if not immediately. Thus, the three Hornets who will be affected the most are Washington, Hayward, and Miller.
One of the most likely scenarios is that Bridges replaces Washington at power forward. Washington’s value is projected to take the biggest hit as a result. Hayward or Miller should start at small forward, with more signs pointing toward the former. Although, Hayward has struggled with injuries throughout his career, meaning a chance for more opportunities for Miller. There is also a possibility that Bridges could move to small forward, pushing Hayward and Miller to the bench and Washington into the other starting forward spot. These lineups could change throughout the season.
The Last Word
Ultimately, the Hornets have several lineup options to explore with Bridges’ return. The best thing to do is pick up Bridges if he’s available, as he will have solid fantasy value. Also, monitor how Washington, Hayward, and Miller’s usage and production are impacted. However, some of them are likely to be more valuable as streamers than holds.