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Malik Monk has to be rostered until he cools off

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Brad Stonebraker studies Los Angeles Lakers G Malik Monk's recent stretch of games that have seen him return second-round fantasy value and whether he should be rostered.

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BRAD STONEBRAKER: It's becoming quite clear that when Lakers' wing Malik Monk plays well, the Lakers are generally far more successful. Monk was sidelined for five games due to entering the health and safety protocols in mid-December and LA lost all five of those. But once Monk returned, they were able to go 5 and 2 over their past seven games, as of Sunday afternoon, and Monk has contributed nicely in all of them.

In that seven-game stretch, starting on Christmas Day, Monk's averages come out to 21.9 points on 56.3% from the field to go along with 3.9 3-pointers, 0.9 steals, and 1 block per game-- good for second-round value over that time span.

The Lakers were truly desperate for another scorer and Monk has quickly become that guy. And it's also translated very well for fantasy purposes. You shouldn't expect a ton of counting stats as he's averaging just 5 combined rebounds and assists per game. But the defensive stats are trending up in a hurry, of course, along with the scoring.

Monk has emerged as the second best offensive weapon on this team behind none other than 37-year-old LeBron James. And he's making this oft-struggling Lakers team far more competitive. While we maybe can't expect 20 points from Monk every night, he has to be rostered for now, at least until he cools off.