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TYLER ZELLER (C)
  • Jul 23 2016, 08:29 AM

    Update: Zeller re-signed Saturday with the Celtics on a two-year, $16 million contract, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports.

    Analysis: Zeller ended up getting lost in the shuffle last season due to the Celtics' glut of big men, so it wasn't expected that he'd be retained heading into the offseason. However, with Jared Sullinger leaving for the Raptors and Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) unlikely to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season, Zeller will provide some veteran insurance in the frontcourt. Zeller averaged 6.1 points and 3.0 rebounds in 11.8 minutes per game over 60 appearances last season, and while he could see those figures spike while Olynyk is out, the big man will likely get buried on the depth chart when the roster returns to full strength.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 29 2016, 07:39 AM

    Update: Zeller scored eight points (4-6 FG) and added five rebounds across 12 minutes in Thursday's 104-92 Game 6 loss to the Hawks.

    Analysis: With the Celtics trailing by 21 points entering the fourth quarter, Zeller was given a chance to try to will the team back to victory, but his efforts ultimately proved futile in the season-ending loss. Though he entered the season in a starting role, Zeller ended up dropping steadily down the depth chart throughout the season and made appearances in just three of the six games in the first-round playoff series. Zeller will become a restricted free agent in the offseason, and given his limited role this past season along with the existing crowd in the Celtics' frontcourt, it would be surprising if he donned the green and white in 2016-17.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 09 2016, 04:20 AM

    Update: Zeller recorded 26 points (9-15 FG, 8-9 FT), four blocks, three rebounds, and two assists across 25 minutes during the Celtics' 124-109 win against the Bucks on Friday.

    Analysis: Zeller had scored 22 points in 61 minutes over his last five appearances. However, he wound up breaking Isaiah Thomas' streak of 17 games in a row as the team's leading scorer. Though Zeller was spectacular on Friday, Saturday's matchup with the Hawks has much greater stakes since home-court advantage in the first round is up in the air. As a result, it might not be reasonable to expect a repeat performance from Zeller.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 07 2016, 06:55 AM

    Update: Zeller scored three points (1-1 FG, 1-2 FT) while adding three rebounds and one assist in seven minutes during the Celtics' 104-97 win over the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Analysis: Zeller averaged 16 minutes per game in March, the most in any individual month during 2015-16. Still, he has been a healthy scratch from the rotation in four of the last eight matchups. The Celtics go small fairly often, plus the team possesses plenty of depth in terms of big men. Given the lack of certainty regarding his role, Zeller is not worth targeting in most leagues.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 22 2016, 05:12 AM

    Update: Zeller (coach's decision) didn't play in Monday's win versus the Magic, snapping his 11 game streak of 10 or more minutes per game.

    Analysis: Coach Brad Stevens stuck with small ball lineups versus Orlando's different three guard lineups. With Magic center Nikola Vucevic out due to a groin injury, Orlando gave big minutes to guards Brandon Jennings, Evan Fournier, Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton. It didn't work, as Boston led for most of the game, eliminating the need to insert Zeller. Celtic Amir Johnson, who reportedly is feeling better after some foot issues, played a season high 34 minutes. Look for Zeller to return to the court Wednesday versus the Raptors.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 17 2016, 09:48 AM

    Update: Zeller put up 16 points (5-9 FG, 6-6 FT), three rebounds, and two blocks over 18 minutes in Wednesday's 130-109 loss to the Thunder.

    Analysis: Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) returned to the rotation following an extended absence, but with the Thunder taking a commanding lead by the third quarter, Zeller still saw solid minutes. That's unlikely to continue now that the Celtics frontcourt is nearly back to full strength, so don't expect too many more double-digit scoring performances from Zeller with less than a month to go in the season.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 10 2016, 04:05 AM

    Update: Zeller scored nine points (3-4 FG, 3-3 FT) to go with seven rebounds, one assist, and one block in 26 minutes during the Celtics' 116-96 win versus the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Analysis: Zeller's minutes continue to increase, and he is averaging 9.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 assists, and 0.2 steals in 21 minutes per matchup over the last five games. February's 16 minutes per contest were the most he had seen in any individual month this season, but if the first four games of March are any indication, he is set to earn a more substantial role this month.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 01 2016, 05:34 AM

    Update: Zeller has settled into a solid reserve role for Boston, averaging 15 minutes per game over Boston's last 10 contests.

    Analysis: After a long stretch of DNP's, Zeller has returned to provide low-post defense and solid rebounding off the bench. The fourth year veteran is averaging 8.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.6 blocks over the past 10 games.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 08 2016, 05:05 AM

    Update: Zeller scored a season-high 17 points in Sunday's win versus the Kings.

    Analysis: Brad Stevens has woken the bearded sleeping giant. After three months of fantasy irrelevance, Zeller has now posted four straight productive games in February. Over that span, he's averaged 13.8 points, 6.5 boards and 1.3 blocks from 21 minutes per game, while shooting 69% from the field. While it's hard to expect this trend to continue for the rest of the season, Zeller now makes for a very intriguing daily fantasy play.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 06 2016, 04:32 AM

    Update: Zeller had 16 points (8-10 FG), four rebounds and an assist in 20 minutes on Friday in a win against the Cavaliers.

    Analysis: Zeller has been getting more run lately and that could continue going forward as Kelly Olynyk gets fewer minutes. This is now three productive outings in a row for Zeller and everything is trending in the right direction for him. It may be a little premature to add him to your season-long roster right now, but keep an eye on him in the next couple of games to get a true indicator of where his role lies with the Celtics. Zeller has a great matchup against Denver in the next game on Sunday, but again, his minutes are not set in stone.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 02 2016, 19:00 PM

    Update: Zeller had his best game of the season in Tuesday's 97-89 win over the Knicks, scoring a season-high 16 points (8-13 FG) with 10 rebounds during 27 minutes.

    Analysis: It was Zeller's first double-double since January 2015 as coach Brad Stevens played his bench extensively Tuesday. This resulted in a season-high 27 minutes in which Zeller killed the Knicks on the offensive glass. Right now it's safe to flag Zeller in 10- or 12-team leagues, but go ahead and take a chance on him in deeper formats.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Jan 28 2016, 06:22 AM

    Update: Zeller has averaged 10 minutes per game in the last five Celtic matches, after receiving seven DNP's in nine prior games.

    Analysis: Unfortunately, Zeller has yet to block a shot, grab more than four rebounds or score more than nine points in any of those past five games. Coach Stevens prefers the quicker pace of small-ball lineups, which has resulted in Zeller grabbing a lot of pine. He's unownable in most fantasy formats.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Jan 11 2016, 04:59 AM

    Update: Zeller (coach's decision) didn't play in Sunday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Analysis: Zeller hasn't played in three of the Celtics' past six games, an alarming trend for a player who opened the season in a starting role. The Celtics will likely have to pull of a trade of one or more of their other frontcourt options before Zeller's minutes change for the better.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Dec 22 2015, 08:37 AM

    Update: Zeller registered a season-high 14 points (7-10 FG), eight rebounds, and one blocked shot across 17 minutes in Monday's 113-99 win over the Timberwolves.

    Analysis: Zeller saw increased playing time Monday with Jared Sullinger (back spasms) and Amir Johnson (foot) out of the contest, but very nearly spoiled the opportunity after racking up three quick fouls in his first two minutes. However, coach Brad Stevens didn't hesitate to turn back to Zeller, who responded by hitting shots and grabbing boards before eventually fouling out. While the performance was fairly encouraging, Zeller still ranked behind Kelly Olynyk, David Lee, and Jonas Jerebko in minutes, and will likely see his playing time evaporate almost completely once either or both of Johnson and Sullinger return.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Dec 17 2015, 08:01 AM

    Update: Zeller scored a season-high 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-4 FT) with three rebounds and an assist through 10 minutes in a 119-116 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Analysis: Minutes have been hard to come by for the former Tar Heel, receiving a 'DNP Coach's Decision' designation in nine games this season. Zeller impressed Wednesday, however, in a bid to receive additional minutes over the likes of David Lee and Kelly Olynyk.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Dec 10 2015, 14:54 PM

    Update: Zeller didn't play due to coach's decision in Wednesday's win over the Bulls.

    Analysis: Zeller hasn't seen many minutes this season, playing more than seven minutes just five times on the year. Kelly Olynyk has done well as of late and those solid performances have coincided with less playing time for Zeller. Zeller remains a risky option in any format as he hasn't put up good or consistent numbers this season and likely won't any time soon.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Nov 17 2015, 09:02 AM

    Update: 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.

    Analysis: 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.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Nov 05 2015, 04:50 AM

    Update: Zeller, after being demoted to the bench for the first time this season, played only three minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Pacers.

    Analysis: 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.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Nov 04 2015, 14:54 PM

    Update: Zeller will move to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Analysis: 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.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Oct 30 2015, 15:26 PM

    Update: Zeller will remain in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Raptors, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports.

    Analysis: 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.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

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