Minnesota may have lost the nail bitter 100-98 to the Portland Trail Blazers, but Rubio was absolutely masterful in the contest. Rubio was one-on-one with rookie sensation, Damian Lillard, and it was certainly a battle between two of the best young place setters in the sport. While Lillard may have scored 21 points and got his team the victory, Rubio still had the better all-around fantasy performance.
Rubio finished the game with 15 points and handed out a career-high 14 assists. He also finished the game 7-8 from the charity stripe, while only managing to turn the ball over four times in 33 minutes of work. This was the best fantasy showing of his short career and Rubio has finally given fantasy owners something to be excited about.
After tearing his ACL last season, Rubio’s rehab took a little longer than fantasy owners expected. He has also had numerous other injuries throughout his career, so his health will always be something for fantasy owners to be concerned with. However, Rubio is playing great right now and should be active in all fantasy formats from here on out.
Rubio was drafted very high this off-season in fantasy drafts, so it is nice to see him finally putting up some real fantasy numbers. He will be a reliable second point guard for the remainder of the fantasy season, just as long as he can stay on the court.