Michael Carter-Williams

#10 PG / Charlotte Hornets / EXP: 4YRS Height: 6-6 Weight: 190 lb Age: 26 College: Syracuse

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  • Carter-Williams will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Magic. Carter-Williams started the last two games for the Hornets with Kemba Walker (shoulder) out, averaging 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists across 30.0 minutes during that span. However, Walker has been cleared to make his return to the top unit, so Carter-Williams will head back to the bench and will likely see minutes much closer to the 18.3 he's averaged thus far this season. That should take him off the radar in the majority of fantasy leagues.

  • Hornets head coach said Carter-Williams will start at point guard Wednesday against the Raptors. Kemba Walker (shoulder) is set to miss his first game of the season, which should clear the way for Carter-Williams, who is averaging just 15.4 minutes over eight appearances in 2017-18, to see his largest workload of the campaign. That could be enough to make the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year an appealing punt play in DFS contests, though it's possible that Malik Monk and Julyan Stone (hamstring) could cut into Carter-Williams' playing time if he struggles in the early going.

  • Carter-Williams made his season debut Sunday against Minnesota, finishing scoreless with one rebound, one assist, one block and one steal in eight minutes of action. The backup point guard missed the first two-plus weeks of the season with a knee injury, but he returned to active duty over the weekend and was eased back into action as the Hornets suffered a second straight loss. Look for Charlotte to continue to bring Carter-Williams along gradually, but he could eventually be the primary backup to Kemba Walker. The 26-year-old is coming off of a disastrous 2016-17 season with the Bulls, in which he averaged just 6.6 points and 2.5 assists per game while shooting a career-worst 36.6 percent from the field.

  • Carter-Williams (knee) will be active for Friday's game against the Spurs. Technically, Carter-Williams has been cleared to play after missing the first two-plus weeks of the season with a knee injury, but coach Steve Clifford said the point guard is not expected to see the floor Friday. That implies that he still may need to work his way back into game shape, so Carter-Williams is best avoided in fantasy until his long-term role becomes more clear.

  • Carter-Williams (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Spurs. The Hornets announced on Wednesday that Carter-Williams was unlikely to play in their upcoming four-game road trip, so despite being listed as questionable, he's fully expected to sit out Friday's contest. That said, there's always the chance Carter-Williams makes some unexpected improvement and another update should be provided after the team's morning shootaround.

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