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De’Aaron Fox not held back in return from ankle sprain [UPDATE]

Kings point guard came off bench Tuesday vs. Hornets, but played 30 minutes in his first game since Nov. 8.

Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox and Atlanta Hawks guard DeAndre’ Bembry on the court in the third quarter at State Farm Arena. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Fox came off the bench and we were under the impression he wouldn’t really play much in his first game since suffering a severe ankle sprain back in November. Instead, Fox was let loose, scoring 19 points with eight assists and a pair of steals in 30 minutes for 37 DraftKings fantasy points. At $7,700, he didn’t come close to returning value, but let’s be real, his price should have been lower. Still, his minutes were up and his usage was up, so it’s only a matter of time before he gets back to 100%. I think it’s safe to roll Fox out in all season-long formats, though be careful, I could see a scenario in which Fox skips a game on a back-to-back for rest.

UPDATE: Fox will return to the lineup Tuesday night vs. the Hornets but will come off the bench.

So with Fox coming off the bench, I still think Hield and Joseph are viable plays tonight.

Sacramento Kings PG De’Aaron Fox is questionable to play Tuesday night vs. the Charlotte Hornets.

Fox, who is dealing with a severe ankle sprain, has been sidelined since Nov. 8. Kings coach Luke Walton said the plan was for Fox to return tonight, but for now that appears to be unclear. Still, we can speculate that Fox will be back in the lineup.

Fantasy Basketball Analysis: Sacramento Kings PG De’Aaron Fox

So if Fox is able to return, he’ll likely be on a minutes restriction. If that’s the case, then I can’t recommend rolling him out in DFS at $7,700 against the Hornets. It’s a good matchup, but if he’s only going to see 20-25 minutes, he’ll have a tough time returning value. Buddy Hield ($7,200) should be impacted a bit, but I think Fox’s return should only take some pressure off Hield. Cory Joseph ($3,800) should go back to the bench, so he isn’t really viable now.