Rudy Gobert Fantasy Outlook & Value 2019-2020

Rudy Gobert had a terrific individual season for the Utah Jazz, posting career best scoring numbers while once again winning the MVP. Unfortunately, it was all for naught, as the Jazz bowed out pretty quietly in the first round to the Houston Rockets. For Gobert, it must have been frustrating, as a sense of helplessness must have washed over him over how poor the Jazz’s offense performed. As much improved as Gobert has become offensively, he isn’t the type of guy who can get buckets for himself when it matters. Still, that’s not to say Gobert wasn’t effective at all in the playoffs. Despite some perception that he was played off the court by the Rockets’ guards in the playoffs, he was the lynchpin for the Jazz defensive system in the playoffs, and he did a pretty good job limiting Harden in their playoff series.


The Jazz made a couple notable moves to boost their scoring punch, most notably trading for Mike Conley and signing Bojan Bogdanovic. Both are players that averaged over 18 points a game last season, and for a team that just didn’t have enough offensive firepower last year, it’s a major upgrade. The west is much more open than before, and the Jazz are one of several teams attempting to take advantage of the power vacuum left behind by the Warriors. While they may rely on their trio of Conley, Donovan Mitchell, and Bogdanovic to keep their offense afloat, it’ll once again fall to Gobert to keep their defense elite. Given he’s won the past two defensive player of the year awards, you should probably expect him to do so.

Rudy Gobert Fantasy Stats

GP MPG PPG RPG APG FG% FT% 3PT% STL BLK TO FPPG
81 31.8 15.9 12.9 2.0 66.9 63.6 --- 0.8 2.3 1.6 42.0

Upside

Gobert has been the league’s best rim protector for a couple years now, but his progression on offense was very encouraging last year. He had career highs in points, free throw attempts, field goal percentage, and shot attempts. It’s true that Gobert still gets spoon fed a lot of his points, but it’s good to see his offensive role increase. With better playmakers on their way, maybe Gobert can put up another career high scoring season. As for defense, there’s little chance he doesn’t remain one of the best rim protectors in the league. His block totals should remain high as ever, and with Derrick Favors gone, he could increase his rebound total as well. Gobert’s ceiling next year is a season where he averages 17 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks a game.

Floor

One thing that’s nice about Gobert is that he has a pretty high floor. At this point in his career, he knows who he is, and he’s perfected the role he’s carved out. As such, it’s unlikely we see any major regression from him. He was mostly healthy last season, but he did get a little banged up in the 2017-2018 season, missing 26 games. Health isn’t a huge concern for Gobert, but should still be mentioned, nonetheless. Unless Gobert develops a three-point shot, it’s pretty likely this version of him will be his peak. Still, it’s a pretty solid place to peak at, and there are very few factors to suggest he’ll face a significant decline. His floor is still a season where he averages 13 points, 11 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 2 blocks a game.

What to Expect

Utah JazzRudy Gobert is currently ranked as the 6th best center in fantasy and the 24th best player overall. He’s expected to be drafted in the late second or early third round and holds an auction value of $29. Even if Gobert will likely be no more than a top-notch complementary player on your team, he’s still worth his price tag. His production is both consistent and predictable and he has a pretty high floor. Although he’ll never be a fantasy star, Gobert is a player that you won’t need to worry about underperforming.

The Jazz will be attempting to go on a title run this season. It won’t be easy but there are enough intriguing pieces to think they have a puncher’s chance. While the rest of the team will likely face some early struggles trying to adapt to each other, Gobert probably won’t. It helps that his role on his team is pretty simplified. However, just because it’s simplified doesn’t mean it isn’t crucial to their team success. The Jazz have been one of the best defensive teams in the last couple years and Gobert is the biggest reason why. I’m expecting another extremely solid season from Gobert where he averages 15 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2.5 blocks a game.

  
Despite being born in Orange County growing up as a die hard Lakers fan, his fandom is pretty diverse and extends as far as Syracuse University. Aside from sports journalism and analytics, he’s passionate about video games and critiquing movies. Eventual goals include ownership of the entire NBA and NFL.

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