Zeller saw 14 minutes in Monday's 111-95 win over the Rockets. He contributed nine points (3-6 FG, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, and one steal. Zeller cracked double digits in the minutes column for the first time since Oct. 30, when he was still being utilized in the starting lineup. He had taken DNPs in three of the Celtics' previous four games, and Monday's relatively ample minutes load can likely be attributed to the team pulling away from the Rockets by the end of the third quarter. Don't expect Zeller to reemerge as a regular rotation option for the Celtics in the near future.
Zeller, after being demoted to the bench for the first time this season, played only three minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Pacers. That's two straight games of single digit minutes, two shots and zero points for Boston's Zeller. He is now clearly behind Jared Sullinger, Amir Johnson, David Lee and even Kelly Olynyk in coach Brad Stevens' big man pecking order. That said, Stevens will experiment with lineups throughout the season. For now, Zeller's fantasy value is very low.
Zeller will move to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Pacers. Zeller and David Lee will make way for Jared Sullinger and Amir Johnson on Wednesday, even though Zeller and Lee started the first three games of the season. It appears that coach Brad Stevens wants to switch things up in preparation for the long season ahead, which hurts the value of all Boston's frontcourt players while Stevens tinkers with his lineup.
Zeller will remain in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Raptors, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports. Despite the staunch competition in Boston's frontcourt, Zeller will continue to start over the likes of Jared Sullinger, Amir Johnson, and Kelly Olynyk despite getting pulled off the court early in the opener against Philadelphia, resulting in just 11 total minutes of action. The depth threatens his viability and those who have a vested interest in Zeller should be aware of his potential for shortened minutes, even though he continues to start.
Zeller will start in Wednesday's season opener against Philadelphia, Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo! Sports reports. Zeller has seemingly edged out Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger for a starting spot in the frontcourt alongside David Lee, although fellow contender Kelly Olynyk is suspended Wednesday for his rough play against Kevin Love in last year's playoffs. Assuming that Zeller continues to start over Olynyk moving forward, all frontcourt players will likely struggle for fantasy relevancy as they split up the workload under coach Brad Stevens.
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