Atlanta Hawks Forward Taurean Prince
Former 1st rd pick that will get an opportunity to get some run on a rebuilding team. Averaged 10.7 PPG in final 15 games. 3 and D player could be worth a late round flier.
Boston Celtics Shooting Guard Jaylen Brown
Top 3 pick last season will get to spread his wings this season. Shots could be tough to come by with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward added to the roster. Brown will average significantly more than the 17.2 MPG of last season. If Danny Ainge refused to trade him and opened up playing time, Jaylen Brown should be on your radar.
Brooklyn Nets Forward Caris LeVert
Projections are Nets will start Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell in the backcourt. Allen Crabbe was acquired this offseason in a trade. Following the money leads you to believe Crabbe will be a starter. LeVert has significantly more talent than Crabbe and I believe will be the starter at some point. LeVert is the highest upside stash on the rebuilding Nets.
Charlotte Bobcats Center Dwight Howard
Reunites with Steve Clifford in Charlotte. It’s amazing D12 is only 31 years old. Last season still averaged 13.5 PPG and 12.7 RPG. Cody Zeller has 4 years and $54 million dollars coming to him so Howard’s minutes may be scaled back. Howard will kill your teams FT percentage, but last seasons 63.3 FG% certainly is worth rostering. Howard may slide down draft boards a bit, but isn’t in the discard pile just yet.
Chicago Bulls Point Guard Kris Dunn
Looked lost and overmatched in 78 games with the Wolves in his rookie season. The Bulls are in a full rebuild mode led by the questionable duo of John Paxson and Gar Forman. Dunn has little competition for minutes with Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne. Usage rate should be fairly high despite playing next to Zach LaVine. Dunn may hurt your percentages at the start of the season, but is worth patiently rostering.
Cleveland Cavaliers Small Forward Jae Crowder
Will help fantasy owners in categories leagues with his percentages. Shot 40% last season from downtown and 81% from the charity stripe along with averaging a Steal-per-game.
Dallas Mavericks Point Guard Dennis Smith Jr.
Many analysts project Smith Jr. to be the Rookie-Of-The-Year. Fantasy owners should love the opportunity to run the show in Big D. Go up and get Smith Jr. early in drafts. It’s better to reach for a player and have him breakout on your roster instead of waiting and missing out on the breakout.
Denver Nuggets Point Guard/Shooting Guard Jamal Murray
Linked to quite a few trade rumors this offseason. Highlight of last season was winning Rookie Game MVP. Murray at the helm of the up-tempo Nuggets offense could be fantasy gold. Shot selection and getting teammates involved are aspects of the game this 2nd year player needs to work on. Emmanuel Mudiay seems behind Murray in the eyes of the organization at this stage. Worth it to spend the mid-round pick on Murray. I am strongly considering Murray as my keeper or a player I’ll have listed later on this list.
Detroit Pistons Small Forward Stanley Johnson
This 2015 first-round pick was drafted ahead of Justice Winslow, Myles Turner, and Devin Booker. The Pistons under SVG have a habit of burying their draft choices and not developing them. At some point that has to change, maybe it does in 2017-18.
Johnson is expected to play more Small Forward this season. Johnson is worth a late round lottery ticket to see if he breaks thru this season.
Golden State Warriors Power Forward Jordan Bell
As a Bulls fan I wasn’t thrilled that GarPax sold Bell at the draft. Bell has some work to do to crack into the rotation, but could be a player that contributes defensive stats to daily fantasy players.
Houston Rockets Center Clint Capela
Glue guy that will shoot a high percentage and grab rebounds. Last years 64% from the field was stellar the 53% from the charity stripe not so much. His 23.9 MPG last season should be able to go up a bit, but Nene Hilario will be there to steal some minutes. Capela’s overall value should increase a bit from last season.
Indiana Pacers Point Guard Darren Collison
Gets a 2nd tour of duty with the Pacers and returns as a much better 3-point shooter. Cory Joseph could force this to more of a timeshare. Categories league Fantasy Owners know what their getting with Collison’s percentages, but a move to Indiana could bump him up a bit.
Los Angeles Clippers Shooting Guard Austin Rivers
Did average 17.6 PPG and 4.5 APG in an extended run in January. Rivers has more offensive upside than Patrick Beverley and Milos Teodosic. Lou Williams will settle in as a Sixth Man. Disregard the last name and spend a late round pick.
Los Angeles Lakers Small Forward Brandon Ingram
Looked overmatched in 79 games last season as a 19 year-old. Effectiveness and efficiency should improve in Year 2. Fighting Luol Deng for minutes should be a thing of the past. Ingram has to grow into his body and is worth a later flier again this season in yearly leagues. Dynasty league owners will view Ingram differently.
Memphis Grizzles Power Forward JaMychal Green
Does a little bit of everything for the Grizzles. Shot 50% from the field, 38% from downtown, and 80% at the charity stripe. With Zach Randolph gone Green should get more run and provide more numbers for fantasy owners. Not a name brand player yet, but certainly helps fantasy owners.
Miami Heat Power Forward James Johnson
Significantly more valuable to categories leagues players due to his ability average a 3pt, STL, and BLK per game off the bench. Johnson averaged a career high 12.8 PPG last season. After signing a 4-year deal, this under-rated player should be locked into a significant role in Miami.
Milwaukee Bucks Power Forward/Center Thon Maker
Showed flashes in his rookie season. Added muscle to his 7’1” frame this offseason. Maker is athletic and has a shooting touch to hit shots from outside. Maker has the makings of a late round flier with upside as a backup big man. Dynasty league players will want to go after Maker sooner if available.
Minnesota Timberwolves Center Gorgui Dieng
10.7 PPG and 7.9 RPG last season. Dieng playing with more playmakers in the backcourt this season could lead to more easy baskets. Dieng shot 50% from the field and 81% at the free-throw line last season. Dieng has more value in daily categories leagues more so than weekly points scoring.
New Orleans Pelicans Point Guard/Shooting Guard Jrue Holiday
I’m not fearful of Holiday’s assist totals going down with the addition of Rajon Rondo. Holiday is the better player at this stage of their careers. Holiday may also pick up added Shooting Guard eligibility. Multiple position eligibility is something I consider a premium in fantasy basketball.
New York Knicks Center Willy Hernangomez
Solid inside scorer that should get plenty of run in the starting lineup for the rebuilding Knickerbockers. Averaged 11.4 and 9.2 RPG after the All-Star break. Fantasy owners should expect to see more scoring from Willy this season.
Oklahoma City Thunder Center Steven Adams
In his 4th season Adams set career highs in MPG, PPG, RPG, APG, and SPG. Adams at age 24 could take another step forward in 2017-18. Blocked shots are still lower than other Center’s but Adam’s is worth going up for this year.
Orlando Magic Shooting Guard Terrence Ross
Field goal attempts and scoring average went up to 12.5 PPG in Orlando. Ross looks to flourish in his first full season out of Toronto. With a guaranteed contract in Orlando thru 2018-19 Ross is a piece to build around. Fantasy owners looking for scoring in the later rounds may want to take a flier on Ross.
Philadelphia 76ers Power Forward Ben Simmons
His playing restrictions may be different than Joel Embiid went thru last season. Simmons can contribute in all categories
Phoenix Suns Power Forward Marquese Chriss
I love the upside of Chriss and am strongly considering keeping him over Jamal Murray. His percentages may hurt, but Chriss is certainly a player to target for his upside. On a bad Suns team Chriss should be able to provide stats across the board.
Portland Trail Blazers Center Jusuf Nurkic
Flourished with 15.2 PPG and 10.4 RPG since moving to Rip City. Nurkic is a stud on the upswing. Denver got fleeced in that deal. I view Nurkic as a top 7 Center in fantasy basketball, not sure casual fantasy basketball players do.
San Antonio Spurs PG Dejounte Murray
Should be able to get serious run with Tony Parker out to start the season. Murray struggled in Summer League and following training camp reports will be key to selecting Murray this season.
Sacramento Kings Center Willie Cauley-Stein
Started to turn the corner after DeMarcus Cousins trade. WCS plays a similar style to Clint Capela of the Rockets. Playing on a rebuilding team the Kings have every reason to see if WCS is a franchise building block.
Toronto Raptors Power Forward/ Center Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poetl
Both young bigs have flashed potential in Summer League action. Siakam and Poetl are blocked for minutes by Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka as training camp approaches. Both are stashes until Valanciunas is moved.
Utah Jazz Shooting Guard Rodney Hood
A lot of shots are open with Gordon Hayward in Boston. Ricky Rubio is a pass first point guard which will create a lot of shot opportunities. Hood looks to be past his knee injury of last season. 2015-16 saw Hood average 14.5 PPG. I would anticipate 17 PPG in this lineup.
Washington Wizards Small Forward Kelly Oubre
3rd year pro looks to take another step forward this season. His minutes doubled from Year 1 to Year 2. Oubre could see even more minutes this season if the Wizards try to play more small ball.