Monk played extended minutes Saturday for the first time in five starts, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports. He scored four points (1-3 FG, 0-2 3PM, 2-3 FT) in 17 minutes before departing.
Monk has been a healthy scratch twice in the last seven games and has seen his playing time dwindle with the return of Michael Carter-Williams (knees). The 11th-overall pick in the 2017 draft had averaged 19 minutes per game over the Hornets' first 14 games, but has averaged fewer than eight minutes over the last five. It's been a challenging rookie season for Monk, who is being asked to play point guard after being a shooting guard last year for Kentucky.
Monk finished with 21 points (8-17 FG, 5-13 3Pt), three assists and two rebounds across 27 minutes during Tuesday's 118-113 loss to the Knicks.
Monk has made five threes in just one other game this season -- when he set his career-high 25 points against the Bucks on Nov. 1. He's still struggling to find consistency from the field, as he was hitting just 33.7 percent of his looks coming into Tuesday. For that reason, he makes for a high-risk/high-reward DFS option.
Monk accumulated a career-high 25 points (10-17 FG, 5-8 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist and one steal across 23 minutes during Wednesday's 126-121 win over the Bucks.
Monk has been up-and-down through the first eight games of his rookie campaign, but Wednesday certainly marked the highest point of his career thus far. While the shots haven't always been falling for Monk, he's averaging 12.6 field-goal attempts per game over the past five contests -- a mark high enough to warrant fantasy ownership in deeper (and daily) formats. It remains to be seen what his role will be once Michael Carter-Williams (knee) makes his team/season debut. But, for the time being, Monk is gaining some valuable experience and putting up respectable numbers as of late.
Monk managed 17 points (7-14 FG, 3-9 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 110-93 win over the Nuggets.
Monk finished with career highs in scoring, assists, steals, minutes, field goals made and attempted, and three-pointers made and attempted. He posted more points in this one than he had in the first three regular season contests combined, and Monk will likely have plenty of chances to solidify his role for a Hornets team that doesn't possess a ton of depth in the backcourt.
Monk finished with three points (1-9 FG, 1-6 3Pt) and one assist across 21 minutes during Wednesday's 102-90 loss to the Pistons.
With the Hornets dealing with a myriad of absences, Monk, as expected, was called upon to play rotational minutes Wednesday. Despite an impressive preseason, he underwhelmed in his first official NBA game. On the plus side, however, he took nine shots (six of which were from three), which is enough volume to be impactful in fantasy.
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