The veteran split last season between the Bucks, Suns and Celtics, appearing in 51 total games and posting averages of 10.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.5 blocks per game. Monroe spent more than a month on the free agent market, but he'll head north to Toronto to join what was the best regular season team in the Eastern Conference last season. The Raptors have a decent amount of frontcourt depth in Jonas Valanciunas, Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam, but they did lose Jakob Poeltl as part of the Kawhi Leonard trade, and Monroe will likely step in and fill a sizable portion of the minutes vacated by Poeltl's departure. Monroe is just two years removed from averaging 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds with the Bucks in 2015-16, but at this point in his career he'll likely struggle to garner enough minutes to be more than a relatively middle-of-the-road fantasy commodity at center.
Monroe generated 15 points (4-12 FG, 7-10 FT), 12 rebounds and two assists across 23 minutes during Boston's 116-92 loss to the Bucks in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
The versatile big man led the second unit in scoring and paced the team in rebounds during extended run in the blowout loss. Monroe saw under 20 minutes in the first two games of the series, so Friday's 23-minute allotment won't necessarily be the norm moving forward. However, Monroe has repeatedly shown an ability to be highly efficient on both the scoreboard and glass in modest allotments of playing time, so he remains a viable DFS tournament viable play when the Celtics look to bounce back in Sunday's Game 4.
Monroe finished with 19 points (8-10 FG, 3-3 FT), 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one block in 27 minutes during Friday's 111-104 victory over the Bulls.
Monroe surprised everyone Friday, recording just the second triple-double of his career. A favorable matchup became even nicer for Monroe with Al Horford sitting out to rest and Marcus Morris getting himself ejected. Monroe will not be this good normally but has certainly carved out a nice role for himself and is in the discussion for standard league ownership.
Monroe had 17 points (4-7 FG, 9-9 FT), eight rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes during Wednesday's 96-78 loss to the Raptors.
Monroe had himself a nice outing Wednesday despite the loss. He failed to record any defensive stats but was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free-throw line. This game also broke a string of five consecutive single-digit games. The Celtics are now basically assured of the second seed and with the team so banged up, Monroe could have some short-term value as the coaches try to rest players to get them ready for the playoffs.
Monroe compiled eight points (2-10 FG, 4-6 FT), eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in 23 minutes during Wednesday's 97-94 victory over the Jazz.
Monroe saw 23 minutes of action Wednesday, coming close to a double-double in the process. His scoring and efficiency have both been down lately but he continues to rebound the ball well and the four steals here were very nice. He is one of the better big men when it comes to thievery, and with his current production, he is certainly worth a look in deeper leagues.
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