2019 Draft Guide Player Profiles: Point Guards

  • Stephen Curry
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    Total Value: 9 / 8 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 5 / 4 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 69

    2018-19 Review: There isn’t much to say about Curry, who just rolled right along to elite fantasy value with averages of 27.3 points, 5.1 threes (league-best), 5.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game on .472 shooting. He put up some truly phenomenal games in the playoffs and was great from start to finish, as expected.

    This Year: The Warriors enter a brave new world next season with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn. In the 30 regular season games that Curry has played in without Durant over the past three seasons, he has boasted averages of 28.6 points, 5.5 boards, 6.7 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.3 blocks and 3.2 turnovers per game while shooting 47.8% from the field and 89.8% from the stripe. Add in the fact that Klay Thompson will miss a good chunk of the season, and it’s fair to wonder just how much Curry can possibly improve on those stellar numbers. We look forward to finding out.

    Injury History: It was a fairly clean injury year for Steph, who missed 11 games with a right adductor strain. He also dislocated his left middle finger and sprained his right ankle in the playoffs but was able to play through it. In 2017-18, Curry spent 11 games on the sidelines with an ankle sprain and suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain shortly after returning to action. There’s the knee injury from the 2015-16 playoffs on record as well as the series of terrible ankle issues early in his career, and you’ll always want to take ankle issues more serious than anything else with Curry.

    Outlook: Curry was already a top-flight fantasy pick and will spend at least half the season without two of his highest-usage teammates from the last few years. Even accounting for whatever D’Angelo Russell will soak up, Chef Curry will be cooking early and often. As long as he’s healthy he’s going to threaten for fantasy’s top spot. It would be shocking to see him drafted anywhere after the third pick this season.

    Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Total Value: 7 / 6 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 12 / 12 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 80

    2018-19 Review: Lillard authored one of the league’s signature moments in blowing the Thunder to pieces last season, which was the cherry atop the sundae as Dame rattled off another outstanding campaign. Even though his free throw volume fell from 7.4 to 6.4 attempts per game, Lillard was still second in the league in free throw impact with a .912 mark at the stripe and also set a new career-high with 6.9 assists per game while tying his previous best by shooting .444 from the field. It was really, really good.

    This Year: There shouldn’t be much change with Lillard next season, even after he inked a five-year, $196 million supermax extension. He’s not the sort of guy to put his feet up and will be eager to challenge for a title without building a superteam. Fantasy players can look forward to Lillard on a mission, as always.

    Injury History: Last season makes it four of seven with 80 or more games for Lillard, who is about as durable as it gets in the first round of fantasy drafts. In 2017-18 he missed seven games with a right hamstring strain, two with a right calf strain and one game with a left ankle injury, and he has also dealt with ankle sprains and some plantar fasciitis but really nothing substantial.

    Outlook: Lillard is a superstar you can set your watch to and he’ll be worth taking at the tail end of the first round. If he slips past pick No. 15 then you’re doing it wrong.

    Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Total Value: 15 / 14 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 10 / 9 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 67

    2018-19 Review: Irving stepped out from LeBron’s shadow to be the leader of his own team. That’s all well and good, only the team found its stride without him and nearly made the Finals, and then couldn’t adjust to the return of two stars in Kyrie and Gordon Hayward. Irving’s leadership was horrific, as he was equal parts disinterested and willing to throw teammates under the bus when things went wrong. Kyrie said that he didn’t see anyone beating the Celtics in seven games in the playoffs, and he was right — Milwaukee did the job in five.

    The sad thing is that Irving will be remembered for his poor leadership when he put together the finest season of his career on the court. Uncle Drew established new career-highs in rebounds, assists and blocks while tying his previous best in steals. His full line of 23.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.6 threes on .487 from the field was good for top-10 value.

    This Year: Irving bailed on an increasingly volatile situation in Boston and will team up with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn, though KD is going to miss next season with an Achilles injury. The Nets are a fun environment for fantasy purposes and will look to assert themselves as one of the East’s top teams behind Irving’s star power. Expect more of the same on-court brilliance from Kyrie, and perhaps his second run as a team leader will go better too.

    Injury History: Irving has never played a full season in his career, missing an average of 19 games per year. He is susceptible to various tweaks and sprains to his quad, knee, hip, and shoulder and was also subject to load management last season as well. All told, Irving missed time with knee, back, hip, quad, shoulder and eye injuries last year, though no absence was longer than two games.

    He carries a fair amount of injury risk, and the knee problems are concerning considering he’s undergone a pair of knee surgeries in his career.

    Uncle Drew suffered facial fractures after taking an elbow to the face in late September but he won’t miss time.

    Outlook: The only thing that should give anyone pause about taking Irving in the second round is the injury risk, as he shouldn’t be expected to log close to a full season — especially with the Nets now in a comfortable enough position to dabble with load management. The rebounds and steals could be primed for a slight step back as well, but it would take a real collapse for Irving to fall outside the top-20.

    Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Total Value: 11 / 13 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 18 / 17 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 82

    2018-19 Review: Walker’s heroics weren’t enough to get Charlotte in the playoffs, though they took it right down to the wire and Kemba dropped 43 points in his final game as a Hornet. He was absolute dynamite to begin the year, hit a bit of a lull in the middle — his lulls are still pretty darn good — and then cranked up the heat to finish the season in an effort to drag his teammates into the postseason. Walker set career-highs in scoring and threes, tied his career-high in rebounds and posted the second-best assist numbers of his career.

    This Year: Walker left Charlotte when the team didn’t pony up anything close to a supermax offer in an effort to dodge the luxury tax. He went right to Boston at the start of free agency to fill Kyrie Irving’s role, and it’ll be fun to see Kemba with a supporting cast that can match his talent level. If there’s one thing to watch for in his stat profile it’s his efficiency, as Walker shot .434 from the field despite watching his 3-point percentage dip from .384 to .356 thanks to a career-best .494 from inside the arc.

    Injury History: Walker is as durable as they come, missing a total of six regular season games in his last four seasons. No injury concerns here, which is a big relief after Kemba underwent three knee surgeries before turning 28.

    Outlook: Walker is about as consistent as they come and is finally getting recognized as one of the top players at a loaded fantasy position. There will be an adjustment period to contend with, however, as Walker has never played with so many (or maybe even any, period) players who are capable of keeping pace on offense. His usage might slide back a bit, but even if that leads to some dips in scoring it’s hard to see how Kemba slides out of top-25 value.

    Russell Westbrook
    PG/SG, Houston Rockets

    Total Value: 12 / 29 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 15 / 31 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 73

    2018-19 Review: It was more of the same from Westbrook, who averaged another triple-double but saw his fantasy value lag behind because of woeful efficiency issues. He was able to set new personal bests in rebounds and assists while seeing increases in steals, blocks and threes, but shooting .428 on over 20 shots a game and going .656 at the line on 5.6 attempts is pretty much a death knell to the efficiency categories. Westbrook’s free throw shooting has taken a pretty sharp downturn out of nowhere, and at this point it’s just part of the shiny, albeit flawed, package.

    This Year: When Paul George was traded to the Clippers the Thunder quickly met with Westbrook to discuss his future, and both sides seemed to agree that there was no sense in having him preside over a rebuild. Thus, Westbrook is now a Houston Rocket, where he’ll form a dynamic duo with James Harden. The Brodie will see his usage come down but things may get a bit easier for him. He’ll have the best spacing he’s ever had and could find himself the recipient of better shots playing off of Harden — at the very least he should take fewer pull-ups.

    Injury History: Westbrook was able to stay mostly healthy last season but he did need to undergo a procedure following their run in playoffs to repair a torn ligament in his finger and a minor procedure to help clean up his right knee, which has bothered him for years. That knee underwent arthroscopic surgery in September and cost Westbrook the first two games of the regular season, and he also missed six games with a left ankle sprain in November.

    Going back further, Westbrook suffered a lateral meniscus tear in 2013, dealt with a fractured hand in 2014 and a cheek fracture in 2015. He’s a moderate injury risk but that’s more as a result of cumulative wear and tear rather than anything serious in his recent past.

    Outlook: The big hope for Westbrook is that the move to Houston results in more 3-pointers and better efficiency by virtue of getting cleaner looks, though realistically he could get himself back into the first-round discussion (in 8-cat leagues) with a rebound in his free throw shooting. At this point you’re just throwing darts there but he should at least get back into the low seventies.

    The on-court fit is actually solid despite the early takes, and Westbrook could be in line for a small step up the rankings. Look for him to land around but outside the top-10 in 8-cat, with top-25 numbers in 9-cat.

    Jrue Holiday
    PG/SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Total Value: 20 / 25 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 17 / 22 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 67

    2018-19 Review: Holiday was superb last season, emerging as New Orleans’ real leader when Anthony Davis derailed the season. He set career-highs in scoring and rebounds for the second straight season while setting a five-year high in assists and matching personal bests in steals and blocks. Holiday also managed a new high with 1.8 threes per game despite a dip in efficiency. He was excellent and the Pelicans are ready to give him the keys to the car as the torch passes from AD to Zion.

    This Year: The Pels will lean heavily on Holiday in this transition year, and he’ll be tasked with running the offense and playing lock-down defense on the opponents’ best perimeter options. New Orleans’ improved depth might take some of the burden off Holiday as well, and the hope is that some dips in the counting stats will be accompanied by an improvement in efficiency.

    Injury History: Holiday missed the final 14 games of the season with what was listed as a lower abdominal strain. While that was originally attributed to tanking, he did undergo core muscle surgery in late March. That isn’t expected to affect him for this season, so fantasy managers shouldn’t fret unless we hear about setbacks. Holiday has also been afflicted a stress fracture in his tibia in 2013-14 and a stress reaction in 2014-15, with an orbital fracture the year after that. He’s a moderate injury risk but not someone that should be expected to miss big chunks of time, if that makes sense to you.

    Outlook: While Holiday will be the unquestioned team leader, the fact that the Pelicans have done such a nice job adding to the roster means that he’s likely due for a step back in fantasy leagues. Assuming modest declines in the counting stats as touches and shots go to other players, Holiday shouldn’t be viewed as the second-round player he was last year. Still, the overall package is so strong that he probably won’t be on draft boards past round three — an acquisition cost we have no issues with.

    Ben Simmons
    PG/SG/SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Total Value: 23 / 44 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 39 / 70 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 76

    2018-19 Review: Simmons took a small step backwards in fantasy despite increases in shooting percentage (.545 to .563) and free throw percentage (.560 to.600). His assists, steals and blocks all decreased, and though his free throws improved the fact that he took 5.4 of those per game didn’t exactly help since he’s still a negative. Add in the 3.5 turnovers per game and fantasy managers were basically punting three of nine categories by selecting Simmons at his second-round ADP.

    This Year: The Sixers gave Simmons a five-year, $170 million max extension so he’ll clearly be part of things moving forward. A working jumper would give Simmons one of the most diverse skill sets in the league but he’s already a matchup nightmare without it. The departure of Jimmy Butler should give him more time with the ball in his hands and more of a scoring burden, and Philly’s offseason moves suggest that ball movement may be more of a pressure point than it was in years past. That’s good news for playmakers like Simmons, who is completely useless when stationed on the perimeter without the ball.

    Injury History: After missing his whole rookie year because of a Jones fracture, Simmons has now missed four games in the last two seasons combined. He only missed one game because of a sore elbow in his first season and sat out for rest, gastroenteritis and a sore back this past season. He’s not an injury risk despite a tough start to his career.

    Outlook: We’ll go on record and say that this is the year Simmons makes threes. He could see his rebounds and assists dip a little bit given Philly’s new personnel but the scoring and percentages should continue to trend upwards while his defensive stats are bound for some positive regression. If Simmons can get back closer to 2.0 steals per game than 1.5 he’ll have a shot at delivering a top-25 season. He’s fine to take in the third or fourth rounds of 8-cat drafts, and you can downgrade him a couple rounds in 9-cat.

    Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Total Value: 49 / 47 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 20 / 22 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 58

    2018-19 Review: Paul saw his quickness and burst continue to fade, though the basketball IQ and fantasy numbers were still more than acceptable. He logged 58 games for the second straight season but was at least able to stay healthy for the stretch run, getting his yearly absence out of the way early. The steals, assists and threes remained strong but Paul shot a career-worst .419 from the field, which prevented him from delivering on his ADP (from a per-game perspective).

    This Year: It feels like a million years ago, but the offseason started with rumors that Paul wanted out of Houston, only for everyone to pump out denials with fervor. Paul was then traded to the Thunder, and though he could still be flipped again, it’s been expected that he at least opens the season in OKC. The Thunder might be good enough to contend for a playoff spot even as they retool around this weird core, but it’s also expected that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander slowly takes over most of the point guard work. CP3 has a wide range of outcomes this season, which isn’t something that we’ve been able to say about him for quite some time.

    Injury History: Paul’s big absence was a 17-game stretch on the sidelines because of a Grade 2 left hamstring strain, though he missed three games earlier in the year with left hamstring soreness. He memorably missed the end of the Western Conference Finals in 2017-18 because of a Grade 2 right hamstring strain, and he also missed basically a month with bruised left knee while sitting out a few games here and there for hamstring, groin and hip issues.

    Going back further reveals more of CP3’s extensive injury history. Back in 2016-17, surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb cost him 14 games and a hamstring injury cost him seven. He fractured his right hand in the first round of the playoffs in 2015-16, separated his right shoulder in 2014, and had surgery to remove his meniscus in his left knee in 2010. He’s a definite injury risk.

    Outlook: Where you’re willing to draft Paul pretty much comes down to how much you want to bet on his health. Most guys don’t get healthier as they get older but the last three seasons make up three of the worst four in Paul’s 14-year career in terms of games played, so there could be a little increase back north of 60 with some good luck.

    Beyond that, he is in line for some serious shooting regression and will be able to orchestrate the Thunder offense on his own after having to coexist with James Harden for a couple years, even with SGA looming. A mid-season trade is unlikely to hurt too much, so the worst-case scenario would be him riding out the full year on a Thunder team that’s quickly out of the race.

    The injury concerns could push his ADP down and open up some nice profit margin, as Paul could easily get back inside the top-20. He’s about as good a bet for a bounce-back as you can find that high up on the draft board.

    Kyle Lowry
    PG/SG, Toronto Raptors

    Total Value: 40 / 49 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 25 / 36 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 65

    2018-19 Review: Lowry got off to a blistering start to the season, leading the league in assists for most of the first month of action and shooting .496 over his first 10 games. He would then go through a lengthy shooting slump that would result in a six-year low in field goal percentage (411). He’s fully embraced facilitator mode and was the connective tissue that connected the team’s wide range of offensive styles but it resulted in a slight step back for fantasy purposes as Lowry saw declines in scoring, rebounding, threes and percentages.

    This Year: Lowry enters what could be an uncomfortable year. He’s cemented his legacy as the best Raptor ever but is in the final year of his expensive contract, and the team looks ready to pivot to younger alternatives shortly. It’s expected that his minutes get dialed back a little bit, but the team is still too good to go straight into the lottery and we’re not too worried about him dealing with a significant role change. Look for Lowry to take on more of a scoring role when he is on the floor this season.

    Injury History: Lowry battled back problems (eight games over three separate stints, including pain-relieving injections), a thigh contusion (four games) and injuries to both ankles (two games apiece). He also suffered a left thumb dislocation in the playoffs and underwent offseason surgery but that isn’t expected to affect his regular season.

    In 2017-18 he missed only three games after landing hard on his tailbone but the year before that he missed 21 games after undergoing surgery to remove “loose bodies” in his shooting wrist and then sprained his ankle in the playoffs. Lowry’s no spring chicken anymore, so you can expect him to spend a chunk of games in street clothes.

    Outlook: While Lowry should be absorbing some extra usage, the Raptors might not want to ask him to take on his old role knowing that he could be gone after this season. His shooting has been in decline for three years now (but we don’t imagine he’ll go much lower than last year’s mark) and any cuts in playing time will have corresponding effects in his money stats. Lowry’s probably more of a fourth/fifth-round guy after posting top-30 value for these past few campaigns.

    Trae Young
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Total Value: 36 / 81 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 58 / 124 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 81

    2018-19 Review: Young was faced with tough circumstances in his rookie season and the Hawks were getting grilled for choosing him instead of Luka Doncic, setting some tough expectations right out of the gate. As Doncic burst onto the scene in Dallas and Young struggled the criticism only increased, but the second half of Young’s rookie campaign was a true breakout.

    Prior to the All-Star break, Young averaged 16.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.7 threes per contest while shooting a disappointing .406/.312/.798 (FG/3P/FT), not to mention an unsightly 3.9 turnovers a night. After the break, however, Young took off, closing his season with 24.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 9.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 2.4 threes and 3.4 turnovers per game on .442/.348/.878 shooting splits. That’s not all one hot streak either, as his numbers steadily increased from January through the end of the year.

    Young began his season with 58 games of top-90/200 value and ended it with 23 games of top-20/35 play. Despite his issues on the defensive side of the ball, Young’s mid-season adjustments resulted in a rookie campaign that was full of high notes and he quickly became one of the most fun players to watch in all of the NBA.

    This Year: Defenses were already willing to throw Young extra pressure last season, even during (and potentially the cause of) his slow start, so it’ll be interesting to see how they ramp up the intensity after his big finish and incredible growth. There’s no doubt that Young is Atlanta’s centerpiece moving forward and he can expect to be guarded as such, and how he navigates traps and doubles will go a long way towards Atlanta’s on-court success this season.

    It’s worth watching to see how much and how well Young plays off the ball, as it’s a skill he’ll need to improve. His shooting gravity should help the Hawks immensely, though defensive issues with two-guard groups might test Lloyd Pierce’s patience.

    Injury History: Young has no injury history as a pro, missing the penultimate game of the year for rest purposes.

    Outlook: Young has a great setup in Atlanta on a fast-paced team that will still need to outscore most of its problems, and he can put up some gaudy numbers in that sort of pinball environment.

    Young will always be a better option in 8-cat, but if he can keep his turnovers closer to 3.0 than 4.0 it would make a huge difference.

    The key to his fantasy value will be efficiency, as we saw last year that the rest of his game is already in place. The fact that Young was able to improve through the very end of the season despite extra defensive attention is a fantastic sign, and if he can keep his field goal percentage in the mid-.400s then there’s nothing stopping him from becoming a perennial early-round option.

    Mike Conley Jr.
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Total Value: 35 / 27 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 27 / 27 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 70

    2018-19 Review: Conley bounced back beautifully from a 12-game campaign, turning in third-round value in all permutations while logging 70 appearances with averages of 21.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.3 blocks and 2.2 turnovers while shooting .438 from the field. He was able to play through trade rumors and cemented himself as one of the top guards in the league, even if he’ll always be underrated.

    This Year: The Grizzlies cleared out the last vestige of the Grit and Grind era by trading Conley to the Jazz this summer — a pair that was deep in talks during the season. He’ll give Utah the sort of elite guard that they haven’t had since Deron Williams was at his peak and immediately bumps the Jazz up into the top tier of contenders, even in a stacked conference. He might see a small hit to his usage but Conley’s game will travel.

    Injury History: Last season, Conley sat out the final six games with left ankle soreness, one game with left thigh soreness, one with left knee soreness and one with left hamstring soreness. He also met acclaimed war hero General Soreness a couple times and really didn’t miss time until the tank was on, so it was a good return to form. Conley’s disastrous season in 2017-18 was the result of a January surgery to smooth a bone protrusion in his left heel that caused long bouts of Achilles soreness. An Achilles problem also limited him to 56 games back in 2015-16 too, so hopefully he’s good going forward.

    Outlook: Conley’s got a solid all-around game and will be a core part of the Jazz in their efforts to get over the hump. We might see him take some minor steps back in points and assists playing next to Donovan Mitchell — his first quality perimeter teammate in a long time — but top-40 value is still well within reach.

    De’Aaron Fox
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Total Value: 31 / 43 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 53 / 70 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 81

    2018-19 Review: Fox made a massive leap in his second season, jumping into middle-round value after finishing as a top-300 player in his rookie campaign. He made statistical jumps in pretty much every area, and often by significant margins despite an increase of only four minutes per game. Perhaps the most important leap was in efficiency, as Fox went from .412 to .458 with an increase of nearly three shots per game. As a percentage of his overall shots this season compared to last, four percent more came at the rim, nine percent fewer came from mid-range and long twos, and two percent more came from beyond the arc. The only areas of weakness were free throws and turnovers but it still can’t take any shine off Fox’s huge season.

    This Year: We’re curious to see how much farther Fox can climb, though it’s clear that he boasts star potential in this league. His quickness gives him an edge over any opponent and the Kings have begun to tailor their game to leverage that advantage. The third-year guard is locked into big minutes for a Kings team that aims to contend for the postseason and will be a hot commodity in fantasy drafts.

    Injury History: Fox stayed out of injury trouble last season after he had a six-game absence with a partial tear in his right quad as a rookie. There have been minor instances of back, ankle and knee issues dating back to college but we’re not treating Fox as a serious injury risk.

    Outlook: After such an impressive campaign, Fox is going to have limited avenues for improvement. The big one will be efficiency but between the fact that the Kings seem to have understood how to open things up for him and the wonderful progression in his shot profile, it’s certainly on the board. We’re big fans of Fox and we’d be happy to draft him at last year’s landing spot while feeling comfortable about that yielding a tidy profit, too.

    Eric Bledsoe
    PG/SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Total Value: 29 / 30 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 45 / 43 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 78

    2018-19 Review: Bledsoe’s efficiency increased as he went a career-high .484 from the field, but his usage decline and his second year with the Bucks couldn’t quite live up to his first impression. Unfortunately the steals, which is what most fantasy players were counting on, fell from 2.0 to 1.5 per game.

    This Year: After a disappointing performance in the playoffs, Bledsoe will be returning to his role and might have a chip on his shoulder. The departure of Malcolm Brogdon should give him a little extra security, though it’s not like he’s at risk of ending up in a timeshare situation.

    Injury History: Bledsoe missed one game with back soreness and another with a sore left Achilles, continuing his run of good health since season-ending knee surgery back in 2015-16.

    Outlook: It’s beginning to look like Bledsoe’s 2.0-steal season is an outlier. It’s a feat he’s accomplished twice (though one year it came on extended minutes in limited games) but the majority of his career he’s been a 1.4-1.7-steal player. There’s not a ton out of whack with the rest of Bledsoe’s numbers for last season, so barring an unexpected spike in steals top-50 numbers are a reasonable expectation moving forward.

    D’Angelo Russell
    PG/SG, Golden State Warriors

    Total Value: 19/ 35 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 37 / 57(8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 81

    2018-19 Review: Russell earned his first All-Star nod in a breakout campaign with the Nets. After his early career was mired by Lakers dysfunction and injuries, he got a healthy season of leadership and trust from his team en route to career-highs in usage, scoring, 3-pointers, assists, field goal percentage and free throw percentage. He was a steal for fantasy managers and exceeded even the most aggressive of expectations.

    This Year: The Nets had to clear the deck to bring in their two supermax guys, and Russell was moved to the Warriors in a sign-and-trade. He’s going to start at shooting guard this season (even when Klay Thompson returns, allegedly) and the Warriors have shut down rumors that they’re looking to trade him (though they can’t really say anything else). It’s going to be an interesting fit on defense and Russell will have to cut out some of the tunnel vision and bad reads that still seep into his game, but the Warriors are making a bet on talent to figure it out as they embark on their next era.

    Injury History: Russell did well to stay healthy last season but we’re still too close to his knee problems to declare him in the clear. He hurt both knees in 2016-17 (including a sprained MCL) and needed a PRP injection on his left knee early that year. The 2017-18 season saw him miss one October game with a sore knee before he was sidelined for two months as a result of a left knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies. He’s moving in the right direction but it’s a lot of issues for such a young player.

    Outlook: From a fantasy perspective, Russell landed in a pretty nice spot. He won’t get the opponent’s top perimeter defender and has teammates that are capable of moving the ball in their sleep, so really all Russell has to do is pay attention and get to the right spots. He’s also found a roster with almost no wing depth for half of the season, if not more, which means his playing time should increase. The on-court issues will still be there but D’Lo might be in line for yet another step forward this season, and he could start to scrape his top-30/50 ceiling (8/9-cat).

    Jamal Murray
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    Total Value: 57 / 61 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 66 / 75 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 75

    2018-19 Review: Murray didn’t live up to the hype last season, though some of that really isn’t his fault after he was handed great expectations. Though he did increase his points and assists, Murray lost fantasy value as his steals declined (1.0 to 0.9) and his percentages (.451 to .437 FG, .905 to .848 FT) tanked. The free throw shooting in particular was a surprise, as Murray entered last season as an .898 guy at the charity stripe.

    This Year: Despite some inconsistencies, Murray did make positive strides on the court and the Nuggets rewarded him with a five-year, $170 million contract. He is cemented as part of Denver’s core and should shoulder a similar load as he did last season.

    Injury History: Murray played through a right thigh injury in the postseason but was mostly healthy in the regular season, with a six-game absence because of a sprained left ankle the only injury on record. He did play through a sports hernia as a rookie but has only missed eight games in three seasons, so he’s not an injury risk. Murray did withdraw from the World Cup because of an ankle sprain but he’s expected to be fine for camp.

    Outlook: Some bounce-back in the percentages should get Murray back up to where his ADP was last season. The rest of his stat set looks fairly locked-in given Denver’s continuity, and if Murray can simply pull his shooting back into the .440s and hit his freebies in the high .800s he would be back on track for top-50 value.

    Luka Doncic
    PG/SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Total Value: 50 / 102 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 55 / 98 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 72

    2018-19 Review: Doncic delivered on all the hype in his rookie season, picking up ROY honors with ease despite a big finish from Trae Young. His well-rounded game was on full display with averages of 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.3 blocks and 2.3 triples per contest. There’s definite room for improvement in his percentages, as Doncic hit only .427 from the field and a dispiriting .713 from the line. The 3.4 turnovers per night really hurt him in 9-cat leagues too, but those are the typical problem spots for rookies and Doncic was miles ahead of the curve everywhere else. He won Rookie of the Month five times and racked up eight triple-doubles.

    This Year: Short bit on this year’s situation; on-court, fit, etc

    Injury History: Doncic suffered a sprained ankle in 2017 and a thigh injury in his last EuroLeague season. In his first NBA year he missed one game with a hip strain, one with a sore left ankle, two with a sore right ankle, one with a right knee contusion and five of the season’s final seven contests with a right thigh contusion. He’s a moderate injury risk.

    Outlook: Doncic will continue to improve and now has a capable running-mate in Kristaps Porzingis to help take some of the offensive burden. That should manifest in improved field goal percentage, and Luka’s on track to make marginal improvements in all the counting stats as well. The team is being built around him, which can only mean good things for fantasy numbers. 8-cat players will probably need to take Doncic in the third or fourth round of drafts, while 9-cat players can treat him more as a top-75 type.

    Malcolm Brogdon
    PG/SG, Indiana Pacers

    Total Value: 99 / 88 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 74 / 64 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 64

    2018-19 Review: Brogdon was a key part of a league-best Milwaukee squad, and coach Bud arguably blew the ECF by not plugging Brogdon back into the starting lineup sooner. This year saw him elevated to a full-time starter, and he responded with career-highs in scoring (15.6), rebounds (4.5), threes (1.6), field goal percentage (.505) and free throw percentage (a league-best .925). He just brings a solid, consistent package of stats.

    This Year: Brogdon was dealt to the Pacers in Milwaukee’s cap crunch, where he’s looking at the starting point guard role and career-highs in playing time and usage. It’s worth noting that Brogdon, a top-75 and top-100 player in the last two seasons, has yet to eclipse 30 mpg in a season.

    Injury History: Brogdon missed 21 games — 13 regular season, eight playoff — after suffering a partial tear of his right plantar fascia in mid-March. The fact that he returned to action and was excellent deep in the playoffs diminishes our worries, and he only missed three games to injury prior to that (one with a sternal contusion, two with a sore hamstring). That said, Brogdon has dealt with a significant injury in two consecutive years as he missed 30 games with a partially torn left quad tendon in 2017-18. He also missed seven games with back soreness as a rookie, so there will almost certainly be some absences.

    Outlook: The stars are aligning for Brogdon this season. He’s almost a lock to get career-highs in minutes, usage and field goal attempts, which should yield corresponding jumps in points, threes, assists and steals. Even if the efficiency dips, Brogdon’s going to have himself a stroll up the rankings. He’s a player that Hoop Ball readers will get the jump on.

    Ja Morant (R)
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    2018-19 Review: Morant burst onto the scene as one of the best players in the nation last season, averaging 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.7 threes while shooting .499 from the field and .813 from the line. An electrifying, explosive guard with tremendous offensive skills, Morant also exhibits great unselfishness and a willingness and aptitude to create for his teammates. He led the nation in assists, won the Bob Cousy Award as the top PG in the nation and was a consensus First Team All-American. He was a no-brainer pick at No. 2 overall.

    This Year: The Grizzlies pretty much settled on Morant from the second the draft lottery ended and opened things up for him by trading Mike Conley this summer. He’s the point guard of the future, except the future is now. Morant will get the keys to the car this year and Memphis is going to spend the next season or two finding out which players fit with him and acquiring others who do to replace anyone that doesn’t.

    Injury History: Morant underwent a minor surgery to remove loose bodies from his right knee in June. It kept him out of Summer League but he declared himself 100 percent healthy in mid-August, so we’re not stressing about Morant’s health.

    Outlook: Fantasy managers are often scared off of high-volume rookie guards, and they’re proven right more often than not. Morant seems different, however, as he can toggle between attack mode and facilitator mode with ease and has shown an ability to do his damage efficiently because he can get to his spots with ease and doesn’t force the action. He’s going to come off draft boards in the middle rounds and top-50 upside is there in 8-cat leagues.

    Terry Rozier
    PG/SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Total Value: 142 / 130 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 195 / 176 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 79

    2018-19 Review: Rozier got hit hard by Boston’s return to health and wasn’t shy about pointing it out, complaining as his playing time fell from 25.9 (and 36.6 in the playoffs) to 22.7 mpg. He went from playoff hero to eighth man and sacrificed a chance to showcase himself for free agent suitors as a result, and his fantasy value predictably dipped given his reliance on volume to produce.

    This Year: Rozier got his wish and will handle a heavy workload in Charlotte, replacing the departed Kemba Walker with no serious threats to his playing time. It’s worth remembering the last time that Rozier got huge minutes he went on a top-70 sprint with averages of 14.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.6 triples and 1.2 steals in over 33 minutes per contest. That was when both Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart were out, and that fantasy value also accounts for Rozier shooting a ghastly .365 in that time.

    Injury History: Rozier missed one game with a left knee problem and two with illness last season, so he’s not an injury risk moving forward.

    Outlook: Rozier is going to get enough playing time to deliver the volume that we know he’s capable of, and this looks like a textbook case of a guy racking up stats on a bad team. He’s going to help fantasy managers with points, rebounds, assists, steals and threes, and although his field goal percentage is going to be atrocious (and potentially punt-worthy), there is middle-round appeal. Rozier also generally does a good job limiting turnovers, which gives him top-75 upside in both 8- and 9-cat formats.

    Jeff Teague
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Total Value: 197 / 209 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 97 / 120 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 42

    2018-19 Review: It was a trying year for Teague, who set eight-year lows in points, threes and field goal percentage as he set a career-best in assists while moving in and out of the lineup due to constant foot troubles. His health woes made it tough to get in rhythm, as did the fact that Tom Thibodeau loved him some Derrick Rose. Between Rose and Jimmy Butler, the Wolves had players ready and empowered to take on extra ball-handling work for the stretches where Teague was healthy. That he set a new high in dimes is a nice silver lining in an otherwise disappointing year.

    This Year: Teague is back, hopefully healthy, and should have no problems holding off the competition now that Butler, Rose and Tyus Jones are out of the picture. Shabazz Napier was brought in to be the new backup but the potential crunch is not the same significant threat it was this time a year ago. He also opted in to his deal for one final season and could be playing for the last big contract of his career, if that does anything for you.

    Injury History: Teague had been fairly healthy throughout his career prior to last season, never appearing in fewer than 70 games aside from the lockout year in which he had perfect attendance through 66 games. Last season he sat out for chunks of six, nine and eight games with left ankle and left foot problem before he got shut down in mid-March. In 2017-18 he missed time with Achilles soreness and a left knee issue and looking back further in his career (all from the Atlanta days, so three-plus years ago) he played through a partially torn patellar tendon and deal with a handful of ankle issues. He’s not exactly high-risk considering how out-of-left-field last season was, but he is becoming dicier as he gets older. NBA players are just like us.

    Outlook: Teague was already undervalued as the most unassuming of the second/third tier of fantasy point guards, but now he’s coming off a season where he was only half present on a team that found every excuse to play his backups. He’ll return to a setup with almost no competition, and as long as he’s healthy there will be plenty of statistical returns to form. Let the ADP guide you but Teague is certainly capable of jumping right back into middle-round value.

    Delon Wright
    PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks

    Total Value: 131 / 118 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 164 / 142 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 75

    2018-19 Review: It was a tale of two seasons for Wright, who saw his stock skyrocket when he was traded from a deep Raptors squad to the Grizzlies. He received lead-guard minutes for the first time in his career and responded with a huge finish, posting top-50 value over the last month of the season, three triple-doubles in his last four games and an overall line of 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 threes on .434 from the field in 30.8 mpg as a Grizzly.

    This Year: Memphis landed Ja Morant in the draft and decided to flip RFA Wright to Dallas for future picks. It’s expected that he’ll start at point guard for Dallas, though he won’t fit the traditional point guard mold — not that he ever really has — as the Mavs have Luka Doncic to handle a lot of the ball-handling. His versatility means he can play at small forward for stretches as well, and the fact that he can bounce around off the ball means he has lower turnovers than most PGs.

    Injury History: Wright missed five of the first six games of the year after suffering a left adductor strain in the preseason but avoided shoulder injuries for the first time in his career. In 2017-18 he missed 12 games after dislocating his right shoulder, and in 2016-17 he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in the same shoulder. That puts him on the radar as a potential risk but we’re not overly concerned.

    Outlook: The fit next to Doncic is likely going to affect Wright’s assists and rebounds, and he’s probably not going to see north of 30 minutes a night again. That said, his ability to rack up steals, threes and blocks won’t change, and if Wright sees above 25 mpg it’s going to result in top-100 numbers. The ADP is going to determine where you make moves on Wright but he’s in line for a nice season and is someone that we’re comfortable reaching on as long as he’s being selected in a reasonable range.

    Lou Williams
    PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Total Value: 64 / 82 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 77 / 101 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 75

    2018-19 Review: Williams surpassed Jamal Crawford for the most bench points in league history en route to his third Sixth Man of the Year award. He was predictably over-drafted in fantasy as players chased production that was achieved in perfect circumstances, though at the end of the day he still helped out where he was supposed to with 20.0 points, 5.4 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.4 threes and an .876 free throw percentage — it just wasn’t quite as much as people were hoping for.

    This Year: Williams is locked into his role as one of the best bench players of all time, but we would be stunned if he maintained his 32.4 usage from last season, or even his 29.8 usage from the year before that. The Clippers will always have time for Sweet Lou’s scoring punch, but they will no longer need him to single-handedly carry that load for stretches upon the addition of two of the league’s elite bucket-getters.

    Injury History: Lou Will missed a couple weeks with a hamstring strain but was in the clear otherwise. A torn right knee ligament cost him portions of two seasons (2012-13 and 2013-14) and he missed 15 games with groin and ankle issues back in 2015-16 but he’s been relatively durable ever since.

    Outlook: Williams is primed for another step back as the new Clippers take sizable bites out of his scoring opportunities. He’ll be of great real-life utility to the team and could even feast on secondary defensive matchups, but ultimately it’s tough to see him averaging 20 points per game again. We’d treat Williams as a top-100 option this season, and a likely decline in turnovers should help narrow the gap between his 8- and 9-cat standings.

    Ricky Rubio
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Total Value: 94 / 124 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 88 / 128 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 68

    2018-19 Review: It became increasingly apparent that Rubio was not in Utah’s long-term plans and trade rumors swirled around the deadline as the Jazz tried to find themselves a point guard upgrade. His playing time fell to a career-low 27.9 mpg and although his assists rose to 6.1 per game, dips in rebounds (4.6 to a career-low 3.6), steals (1.6 to a career-low 1.3) and shooting percentage (.418 to .404) did him in.

    This Year: Speculation had Rubio landing with the Pacers but a last-second swerve saw him sign with the Suns on a three-year deal. Phoenix has been lacking a true point guard for several seasons now and hopefully Rubio’s cerebral game can keep things functional on the floor. He’s going to be low on the totem pole in terms of offense, though, and the Suns did add a couple of young rookie guards who they’re hoping can be long-term contributors.

    Injury History: His career got off to a rocky start as ankle and ACL injuries took substantial chunks out of three of his first five seasons. Rubio had been relatively healthy since, playing 76, 75 and 77 games over the following three years. That said, he dealt with hip, Achilles and a big hamstring tear that knocked him out of the playoffs in the 2017-18 season.

    Last year was a step backward because of a left quad contusion (four games), right hamstring tightness (one game), left hip tightness (two games), left hamstring tightness (one game), a right hamstring strain (six games) and back and left knee issues stemming from a hard fall (one game). Rubio can be considered a moderate injury risk.

    Outlook: It would appear that Rubio is settling in as a 28 mpg player and as such we can’t expect him to return to the middle-round heights of his Minnesota days. There’s an outside chance that his assist numbers climb after they took a nosedive in Utah but either way it’s tough to make the case for Rubio as more than a late-round selection. He has the looks of a top-100/150 player moving forward barring a dramatic spike in his shooting or dimes.

    Dejounte Murray
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    2018-19 Review: Murray was primed for a big season but didn’t suit up at all after suffering a torn right ACL in October. He was rocking with crazy high ADPs before getting hurt, so we’ll see where the hype train picks back up. The last time he played he was a top-180/200 per-game player with averages of 8.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.1 threes with .443 / .265 / .709 shooting splits in 21.5 mpg.

    This Year: With how important Murray was shaping up to be and the fact that he’s already been cleared by the docs, he could very well take back his starting point guard spot on opening night. On the other hand, the Spurs got excellent play out of Derrick White and can’t just give him reserve minutes in the teens, so things are a bit more crowded than when Murray left the picture. The Spurs also don’t seem like a team that will throw him right back in the deep end, so playing time in the high twenties feels like the best outcome.

    Injury History: Obviously there’s the torn right ACL. In 2017-18 Murray missed just one game with a sprained left ankle. As a rookie he sat out two games with a sprained ankle and then 16 after sustaining a groin injury.

    Outlook: Murray has a lot of questions surrounding him but we’re big believers in his game. The roster has changed enough in his absence that we aren’t expecting a ton of improvements outside of the bread-and-butter categories just yet, but Murray is likely to provide strong rebounding and blocks numbers for a point guard to go with elite steals. It’s a package that should land him around the top-100, with upside for more if he catches a couple breaks.

    Derrick White
    PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs

    Total Value: 123 / 124 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 122 / 121 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 67

    2018-19 Review: White stepped up to the plate and delivered with Dejounte Murray out, giving the Spurs another excellent perimeter defender and flashing lots of skills that most people didn’t know he had. Playing around two separate injuries, White ended the year with averages of 9.9 points (.479 shooting), 3.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 threes in 25.8 mpg. There were stretches of more significant value during the season but nobody can complain about top-125 numbers from a waiver pickup.

    This Year: The Spurs will have to find a way to get White and Murray the appropriate minutes now that both are healthy, and one option could be to start the pair at the expense of spacing. The alternative is to pick one to start at point guard and have the other operate as a high-minute reserve, but we’re confident that both can see minutes in the high twenties.

    Injury History: White’s breakout season was slowed by a partial tear in his right plantar fascia that forced him to miss the first nine games of the year, and he would later miss six games with right heel soreness.

    Outlook: While White may not start, he does offer better spacing than Murray for a team that’s already looking a bit cramped. He’s shaping up as a player that will likely go undervalued because of Murray’s return, and with a modest boost in playing time White could definitely get into triple-one territory. A combined three steals, blocks and triples per night would be some serious contribution and White scores efficiently enough out of the backcourt (not to mention the chip-in rebounds and assists) to offer up top-100 upside. Considering the likely ADP, we’ll be happy to endorse White for use in all formats.

    Patrick Beverley
    PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Total Value: 101 / 125 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 142 / 101 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 78

    2018-19 Review: Through the season’s first two months Beverley couldn’t hit anything, shooting a pedestrian 35% from the floor and cementing himself outside of top-210 value. However, as injuries piled up and Bev found more consistency, he ended up returning to the fantasy form he had become renowned for in Hoop Ball circles, finishing with top-70/75 value in 9/8-cat over the last two months of the season.

    This Year: Beverley found his footing in LA’s three-guard lineups, as his toughness often allowed him to guard bigger players. There’s obviously no need for that anymore, so it’ll be interesting to see how Bev fares in a more traditional point guard role — one he struggled in to begin last season.

    Injury History: Beverley set a career-high with 78 games last season, only missing four games at the end of the regular season with a right hip pointer. It was a great bounceback after a right knee microfracture and meniscus injury limited him to 11 games the year prior. In 2016-17 he underwent a left knee scope that caused him to miss 11 games. In 2015-16, he picked up a hamstring injury in the postseason in addition to a left ankle injury and a concussion in the regular season after beginning the season with a groin problem. There’s definite injury risk, even after a healthy season last year.

    Outlook: Beverley is another player who benefitted from extra opportunities down the stretch last season; the kind that simply won’t be available to him this year. He’s still going to be an elite source of steals but his other counting stats figure to drop. Fantasy players should view Beverley as a top-125ish player (with a boost in 9-cat) whose defensive stats out of the backcourt give him a standard-league floor.

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    PG/SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Total Value: 83 / 103 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 134 / 141 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 82

    2018-19 Review: Gilgeous-Alexander’s NBA value was out in front of his fantasy value for most of the season, as he rose to the starting lineup but was stuck between the 160-200 range in fantasy. After the initial culture shock wore off, SGA broke out by almost doubling his (still low) 3-point output, increasing his steals and efficiency. He closed the season with top-90/100 value in 9/8-cat value over the last two months and ended up with top-130/140 value for the season. SGA ranked in the top ten for guards in combined STL and BLK per 36 minutes, a testament to his lanky frame and quick instincts.

    This Year: Usually per-36s aren’t the most meaningful metrics, but Gilgeous-Alexander looks to be the Thunder’s new franchise player after their huge summertime trade and should be in line for big minutes, even with Chris Paul in the mix. His continued development will be OKC’s top priority, which could mean big things for fantasy players.

    Injury History: SGA doesn’t have any injuries on file and is as risk-free as you can get in this unpredictable world.

    Outlook: Gilgeous-Alexander’s strong finish to the season was just the beginning for him. He’s got the skills and instincts to become an elite defensive stat-collector from the backcourt while scoring efficiently on the other end of the floor. SGA is likely to present a great value at his ADP and is a player that Hoop Ballers will be on before everyone else.

    D.J. Augustin
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Total Value: 82 / 91 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 128 / 136 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 81

    2018-19 Review: While everyone was calling for the Magic to add a point guard, Augustin kept his head down and delivered a productive season. Most of his value came from 5.3 assists and 1.6 threes per game as well as an .870 mark from the charity stripe and a career-high .470 conversion rate from the field. His shooting was a world of difference from the Elfrid Payton era and DJA cemented himself as a guy who can handle a starting role on a good team.

    This Year: It still seems like the Magic are searching for a longer-term answer, however, which means that Augustin is only a transitional player. Markelle Fultz could start chipping away at that starting job if he shows up healthy and ready to go, but it’s expected that Augustin will at least enter the season as the starter.

    Injury History: Augustin has a pretty strong track record of health over his 11 seasons, with a seven-game absence in 2017-18 due to a hamstring issue the only thing that sticks out over the last few years.

    Outlook: If Fultz ever gets it figured out then Augustin could definitely start bleeding minutes, but he’s established himself as a steady distributor and floor-spacer that can keep the offense organized. As long as he avoids a big cut to his playing time he’ll be on the board as a low-end point guard for late-round consideration. He’s not someone that needs to be drafted in every 12-team league, though.

    Dennis Schroder
    PG/SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Total Value: 106 / 135 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 148 / 182 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 80

    2018-19 Review: Schroder certainly gave the Thunder a level of backup guard play they haven’t had in a while, but he didn’t do much of note for fantasy managers. The fact that his shooting plummeted to .414, the lowest Schroder’s posted since becoming a full-time player, took the shine off a career-high in threes (1.6 per night). Typically volume-dependent, Schroder managed to post serviceable numbers in points, assists and steals, though his decline was largely expected given his move from Hawks starter to Thunder sixth man.

    This Year: Things figure to open up a bit this season (assuming Schroder isn’t traded) as the Thunder are likely to want to trade Chris Paul. Even with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander waiting in the wings for when that happens, the trade of Paul George opens up ample shots and minutes at the shooting guard position. The Thunder might have to roll with more two-PG groups out of necessity, which would be a big development for Schroder.

    Injury History: Schroder was completely healthy last season, missing one game because of a suspension and two for a personal matter. The year before was a different story as his 2017-18 was marred by a nine-game absence with a medial bone bruise and left ankle sprain. He also missed three throughout the year due to left ankle soreness, one with a sprained left elbow and one more with a tight back. Still, Schroder has missed more than five games just once in the last five seasons.

    Outlook: A ton of usage opened up in Oklahoma City, and while the Thunder brought back a number of capable players they’re not likely to fill that vacuum entirely given the way they play. That’s a very positive sign for a scoring guard like Schroder, who figures to be a prominent member of the rotation as OKC tries to cobble new lineups together to patch over their lacking wing depth. With his shooting percentage looking primed for a bounce-back and a ball-dominant point guard out of the picture, Schroder is looking at increases across the board. There’s middle-round upside at what’s likely to be a late-round price tag.

    Lonzo Ball
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Total Value: 185 / 200 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 103 / 132 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 47

    2018-19 Review: Ball struggled last season between injuries and the arrival of LeBron James giving the Lakers a more capable playmaker and distributor. Made a bit duplicative, Ball was forced to adjust to playing more of an off-ball role when he was healthy while also having to hold off Rajon Rondo in one of LA’s foolish win-now decisions. While it has to be noted that Ball’s presence on the floor had a major positive impact on the Lakers’ defense, fantasy owners had to deal with expected declines in rebounds and assists plus another big chunk of time on the sidelines.

    This Year: Ball was sent to New Orleans, where he’ll be given the sort of prominence that was impossible to earn in LeBron’s shadow. While the Pels have a present leader and a face of the franchise already on the roster, developing Ball and turning him into a long-term answer at point guard should be a priority. The crunch for minutes will be real, however, though the possibility of Ball and Jrue Holiday becoming an elite defensive backcourt does raise the ceiling a bit. Even so, with Holiday and J.J. Redick manning the two spot and needing lots of minutes, Ball figures to be subject to limited minutes.

    Injury History: Injuries have played a large role in Ball’s early career, logging 52 and 47 games in his first two seasons. As a rookie, he missed 15 games with a sprained left MCL, six games with a left shoulder sprain and the final eight games of the season with a left knee contusion. Ball underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee that summer which left him behind the eight ball to enter the season, meaning he ceded more work to Rondo than he should’ve.

    Ball missed the final 35 games of this past season because of a Grade 3 left ankle sprain and bone bruise that he suffered in January. He says he’ll be ready to go for the season and we’re inclined to believe him, but official word from the team would sure be nice to hear.

    Outlook: Ball is in a much better situation with an organization that can afford to play the long game in his development, but it’s unlikely that he delivers on his fantasy promise this year. The Holiday-Redick duo will command too many minutes for Ball to really thrive but he’s capable of posting over three combined cash counters with elite steals and steady rebounds and assists, even in something like 28 mpg. A decrease in turnovers should also drag his 8- and 9-cat rankings closer together, and even with fewer minutes Ball is capable of returning top-100/125 value.

    Tomas Satoransky
    PG/SG, Chicago Bulls

    Total Value: 90 / 100 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 138 / 138 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 80

    2018-19 Review: Satoransky grabbed the bull by the horns last season, emerging as a fantasy force after John Wall suffered his season-ending injury. In the final 47 games of the season where Wall was hurt, Satoransky averaged 11.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.2 blocks and 1.0 threes on .479 from the field, which was good for top-80/100 value in 8/9-cat leagues.

    This Year: Despite the fact that Wall will miss all of this upcoming season, the Wizards still chose to deal Sato to Chicago, where early word is that he’ll be given a chance to start. That’s all well and good, but as things stand the Bulls still have Kris Dunn, top pick Coby White and steady hand Ryan Arcidiacono on the roster. Even if he starts it’s going to be tough to replicate last season’s 27.1 mpg — and a trade of Dunn might not even improve his odds by all that much.

    Injury History: Satoransky has dealt with minor nicks and bruises over the years but has no injuries of significance on his record.

    Outlook: Satoransky was moved from a great fantasy situation to one that looks like a headache. While it’s clear that he has a stat set that can support standard-league value, the playing time just doesn’t figure to be there. We wouldn’t recommend chasing last season’s production in ideal circumstances, and Satoransky may settle into top-175 standing this season given the logjam at his position.

    Spencer Dinwiddie
    PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Total Value: 122 / 148 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 121 / 154 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 68

    2018-19 Review: Dinwiddie took a step back last season, as was to be expected when his numbers took a dip in 2017-18 when he and D’Angelo Russell were both healthy. It must be pointed out that he was actually playing D’Lo through December, and Dinwiddie’s 14-game absence in February helped kickstart the Russell breakout that ultimately helped get Brooklyn into the postseason. Silver lining, maybe?

    Dinwiddie emerged as the leader of Brooklyn’s second unit and still saw borderline starter’s minutes as a key cog (especially defensively). Statistically, however, Dinwiddie’s big jumps in efficiency (from .387 to .442) and scoring (12.6 to 16.8) were betrayed by notable declines in assists (6.6 to 4.6) and steals (0.9 to 0.6) as his playmaking duties were diminished next to a healthy Russell. His turnovers also spiked as he saw extra usage, which meant that Dinwiddie slipped into late-round territory despite a successful real-life season.

    This Year: It’s clear that Dinwiddie is at the best with the ball in his hands, and the swap of Russell for Kyrie Irving should be a positive move in that direction given Irving’s ability to play off the ball for stretches. The real key to his fantasy value will be a rebound in his steals numbers and last season’s look like an aberration. Expect Brooklyn to use Dinwiddie as their top defensive point guard, second-unit leader and secondary facilitator. It’s going to be similar to last season, just alongside a guard who doesn’t need the ball in his hands 100 percent of the time.

    Injury History: Dinwiddie missed over a month of action recovering from right thumb surgery last season. Aside from that he has had no significant injury history, and shouldn’t be considered a risk heading into this season.

    Outlook: Dinwiddie should benefit from Russell’s departure a bit, and between that and some expected improvement in the steals department it’s not unreasonable to think that Dinwiddie could get back into the top-100 neighborhood, though he’ll still be a better play in 8-cat than 9-cat. If Dinwiddie’s shooting percentage stays in the neighborhood there should be enough incremental improvements in the rest of his profile to result in a bounce-back season and some nice profit for fantasy players at the back end of drafts.

    Goran Dragic
    PG/SG, Miami Heat

    Total Value: 277 / 292 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 156 / 183 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 36

    2018-19 Review: Dragic’s season will be remembered for his knee troubles, but he was off his game long before getting hurt. The Dragon averaged 14.7 points per game, his lowest mark in six years, and had the second-worst field goal percentage of his career at .413, which only bested the .393 mark he put up in 55 low-minute games as a rookie. Dwindling playing time masked the fact that Dragic’s per-minute assist and steals numbers actually improved from their 2017-18 levels, but that’s cold comfort to fantasy players.

    This Year: Unsurprisingly, he exercised his player option for $19.2 million and was reportedly traded to the Mavs, though that ended up being an early report amid miscommunication between the teams. Dragic wasn’t happy about the development but he will return to Miami as the starting point guard. The Heat have other capable playmakers on staff but nobody else who fits the traditional PG mold.

    Injury History: Dragic was held to just 36 games due to a left calf strain and right knee surgery last season. He had been pretty consistent in terms of missing no more than 10 games for his entire career but the wheels just fell off. He has to be considered a moderate risk given his age and mileage.

    Outlook: Dragic could be in line for a nice bounce-back season should he return to 30 mpg. We’re going to bet that the knee problems caused a lot of the issues last year, whether that was limiting performance when he was on the court early on or limiting minutes after he returned, and some positive regression in shooting percentage coupled with some upticks in assists and scoring should make Dragic a top-125 player again. His middle-round days are likely done but there’s still value to be had. His ADP will do a lot of the decision-making for you.

    Reggie Jackson
    PG/SG, Detroit Pistons

    Total Value: 87 / 107 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 132 / 144 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 82

    2018-19 Review: Jackson posted averages of 15.4 points, 2.6 boards, 4.2 assists and 0.7 steals per game on .421 from the field, though he blew away his previous bests in the 3-point arena with 2.1 makes per contest on .369 shooting. The best development, however, was the fact that he played in all 82 games after appearing in 97 games over the previous two seasons combined.

    This Year: Expect Jackson’s assist numbers to be depressed as the Pistons retool things around Blake Griffin, and the addition of Derrick Rose also gives them a better full-time replacement should Jackson struggle. Rose’s presence may also have slight effects on Jackson’s playing time, though it’s expected that the two spend a lot of time on the court together rather than fight directly for minutes.

    Injury History: A healthy season was a sight for sore eyes after a Grade 3 ankle sprain knocked Jackson out of 37 games in 2017-18 and he missed the first 21 games with knee tendinitis in 2016-17. He’s still a moderate risk but is much less of a concern than he was this time a year ago.

    Outlook: Jackson should hold steady as a boring, late-round point guard. The holes in his game don’t look like they’ll change at this point, which means you’re going to be looking for points, steals and threes on poor efficiency with limited contributions elsewhere. If adding another perimeter scoring threat improves Jackson’s shooting percentage even marginally, he could become a top-125 player in 8-cat.

    Collin Sexton
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Total Value: 125 / 174 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 177 / 240 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 82

    2018-19 Review: Sexton got a lot of burn as a rookie, but our concerns about his stat set proved to be well-founded. In his defense, the Cavs didn’t have a great setup last year and Sexton wasn’t given a great spot in which to succeed. He looked like an inefficient hollow scorer for a good chunk of the year but did turn up the heat after the break, averaging 20.8 points, 3.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.4 threes on .477 from the field over the final 24 games of the year. That was good for top-100/135 value, though the fact that he ended up shooting .430 on the whole season only serves to underscore how tough things were before the strong finish.

    This Year: Sexton showed some solid growth in tough circumstances last season, so the addition of Darius Garland isn’t really throwing us off too much. There was enough to make you think that Sexton is the guy they drafted him to be, and how he takes the next step in his development is going to be key to his fantasy value. There’s no reason to think that he’ll be taken out of the starting point guard spot. He may also find the sledding easier if Kevin Love can stay healthy, as he’ll have someone who can take on most of the scoring load and generally take the burden off everyone else on the floor.

    Injury History: Sexton had a clean bill of health in his first NBA season, so there shouldn’t be much to fret over heading into year two.

    Outlook: Sexton’s quality finish to last season gives us some hope for his second campaign. There’s an obvious 8-cat lean and he’ll hold additional value to punt-FG% builds, but with some marginal improvements in points, assists and steals, Sexton could become a top-100 guy in 8-cat leagues. He’ll still be more of a late-round player in 9-cat formats, but as long as Sexton can start to round out his game by adding some more steals and assists he’s going to make a nice jump up the rankings.

    Fred VanVleet
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Total Value: 143 / 137 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 140 / 130 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 64

    2018-19 Review: VanVleet was critical to Toronto’s championship with the way he played against Milwaukee and then Steph Curry and the Warriors, even drawing a vote for Finals MVP. He’s become invaluable to the Raptors over the last two years and delivered career-highs in points (11.0), rebounds (2.6), assists (4.8) and 3-pointers (1.8) in 27.5 mpg.

    This Year: With Kyle Lowry on an expiring deal, VanVleet, who is also on an expiring deal, will be given a chance to prove that he can be Toronto’s point guard moving forward. He already logs significant minutes as the team’s sixth man and fill-in starter of choice but we could see FVV get even closer to 30 mpg between the big-picture personnel decisions and the minutes left behind by Danny Green — the Raptors love two-PG lineups and now have more excuses to run them.

    Injury History: VanVleet is starting to rack up some injuries. Last season he missed 12 straight games after undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage in his left thumb around the All-Star break, and he also missed four games with a sprained left big toe and one apiece for back and thigh issues. After the season VanVleet revealed that he dealt with back issues for much of the year and a hip pointer in the postseason, in addition to stitches and a chipped tooth, but none of that forced him out of action.

    In 2017-18 he spent time on the sidelines due to a right hand contusion, a tight back and a right knee contusion, as well as a shoulder strain on the last night of the regular season that limited him in the playoffs. There’s no one major issue there but it’s a lot of nicks and bumps.

    Outlook: VanVleet is trending up, and though his game is rarely flashy we expect to see increases in points, threes, assists and steals as he gets a little bit more of the spotlight. He’s a great late-round target in all leagues and has top-100 upside, with the added bonus of limited turnovers from a guard slot for 9-cat players.

    Tyus Jones
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Total Value: 168 / 151 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 193 / 168 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 68

    2018-19 Review: Jones withdrew a trade request on the promise that he’d get more opportunities in Minnesota, which was almost immediately followed by Tom Thibodeau adding Derrick Rose to the roster. The injuries to Rose and Jeff Teague gave Jones a chance to start but he suffered some poorly-timed injuries himself, which meant that we saw another season of almost-breakthroughs. He was able to post top-100/120 value once he became a full-time starter, averaging 7.2 assists and 1.1 steals over that span, but his overall averages of 6.9 points, 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals left hopeful managers a little bit let down.

    This Year: The Grizzlies swooped in to rescue Jones via offer sheet, and he looks like the guy that will be splitting time with Ja Morant. While Morant obviously takes priority, Jones isn’t an old vet in his own right and is another player that the Grizz should be trying to develop. He figures to be more of a straight backup than a potential timeshare candidate, but it should be an upgrade on last season’s 22.9 mpg.

    Injury History: Jones dealt with the first serious injury of his NBA career last season, missing 13 straight games because of a left ankle sprain. He shouldn’t be viewed as a serious injury risk this year.

    Outlook: If Jones can get 25 mpg (which would rely on the Grizzlies using two-PG lineups), he could get inside the top-150. He makes for a decent roll of the dice in standard-league drafts, particularly if you need assists and steals late. Jones isn’t likely to produce a lot of exciting games but he has his first legitimate chance at standalone fantasy value.

    Ish Smith
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Total Value: 262 / 262 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 259 / 271 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 56

    2018-19 Review: Smith kicked off his Pistons career with two solid seasons, but his final campaign in Detroit featured Smith’s first significant injury as well as a bounceback year from Reggie Jackson. All of his fantasy-relevant stats fell besides 3-pointers (he doubled his output because he doubled his attempts, though he still shot just .326) and free throw percentage, with the harmful dips coming in field goal percentage (.486 to .419), assists (4.4 to 3.6) and steals (0.8 to 0.5).

    This Year: Smith signed a two-year deal with the Wizards in free agency, where he’ll be competing with Isaiah Thomas for the starting point guard job. We saw in Detroit that Smith gets a little exposed as a starter but things might go better with an actual threat next to him on the perimeter. Expect Smith and IT to battle back and forth, with Ish likely to be the steadier hand — at least early on. News of Thomas’ hand surgery has gifted Ish the starting role for the first couple weeks of the year, and certainly increases his draft stock.

    Injury History: Smith missed about two months with a right adductor strain last season but didn’t get hurt at all in the two seasons prior, so he shouldn’t be considered a significant injury risk.

    Outlook: If Smith earns the starting job we could be looking at a low-end point guard for use in standard leagues. If he remains a high-minute backup, then he should be good to post top-200 numbers. His poor efficiency and limitations outside of assists mean that the ceiling is pretty low here but Smith can be viewed as a last-round flier in 12-teamers if he fits your roster build. Just don’t cling too tight, as he’s likely to float around (and mostly below) the top-150 cut line for most of the season.

    Isaiah Thomas
    PG/SG, Washington Wizards

    Total Value: 456 / 506 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 453 / 501 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 12

    2018-19 Review: Thomas had another tough go of it last season, working hard to return from injury but ultimately getting confronted by the reality that he wasn’t good enough to crack Denver’s rotation as they eyed a deep playoff run. He took the demotion well and was by all accounts a good teammate, though it was most definitely frustrating from a guy who really doesn’t deserve the bad breaks that have gone his way over the last few years.

    This Year: IT says he’s 100 percent healthy and has been insistent that he just wants a chance, which is something he should have in an open Wizards backcourt. It’s one of the best landing spots available for Thomas, who will only need to outplay Ish Smith to earn the lion’s share of PG minutes. Smith isn’t a pushover but Thomas has a great chance to prove himself all over again.

    Injury History: Thomas didn’t take the court until February 14 as he rehabbed from hip surgery that went down in March of 2018. The hip bothered him as far back as the playoffs in 2017 and has basically robbed him of two full seasons at this point. There’s heavy risk associated with IT.

    Outlook: The opportunity in front of Thomas is a great one. It’s probably too much nostalgia and wishful thinking, but if you want to take a shot on him in the final rounds of standard-league drafts then go right ahead. Thomas should be allowed to play through the rust on a lottery-bound Wizards team and if he can get even close to his old form we’re looking at a top-100 guy.

    Update: Thomas underwent left hand surgery in September, and he’ll open the season on the shelf. Luckily it has nothing to do with his troublesome hip and this should actually crack open the door for some profit, as IT was beginning to gain a little steam as a flier. With late-middle round numbers well within reach, Thomas is still a nice get at the end of drafts as long as you’re willing to wait a couple weeks.

    Derrick Rose
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Total Value: 167 / 173 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 106 / 108 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 51

    2018-19 Review: Rose found a perfect storm last season, ending up playing for a coach that loves him on a team that had an injury-prone starting point guard, with that aforementioned coach shy about giving minutes to younger players. It resulted in a comeback campaign in which Rose averaged 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.1 threes on .481 from the field.

    Do not be fooled, though — Rose built most of his fantasy value early in the year. Over his first 32 games, Rose hit an insane .462 from behind the arc, propping up his scoring and efficiency and resulting in top-75 value. He shot an abhorrent .125 from deep over his last 19 games of the season and was only a top-175 player from January onward.

    This Year: Rose signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Pistons, where he’ll fill a combo guard role and look to punch up the scoring efforts on Detroit’s bench. He could push Reggie Jackson for minutes and will probably allow Dwane Casey to trot out two-PG lineups but we can’t imagine that he gets the same level of control over the offense as he did in Minnesota.

    Injury History: The knee injuries that derailed Rose’s MVP can’t be ignored, though last season saw a few new issues pop up. His season was ended in early March by bone chips in his right elbow (he underwent offseason surgery) and Rose also missed time with right ankle soreness (six games), a right ankle sprain (seven games), a left ankle problem (one game), left knee soreness (one game) and a right quad contusion (one game). He hasn’t topped 66 games since 2010-11.

    Outlook: Please don’t chase last season’s output, as Rose’s 3-point numbers are bound for collapse and he’s likely to lose some points and assists as well. He’s a low-end guard that can be counted on in 16-team formats and could pop up inside the top-150 during hot streaks, but Rose won’t be worth a pick in standard-sized leagues.

    Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Total Value: 197 / 256 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 153 / 236 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 53

    2018-19 Review: Smith had a rough season both in Dallas and in New York. As a Knick, the second year guard averaged 14.7 points, 5.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game, but was tanked by his abysmal shooting (.413 FG%, .568 FT%) which accounts for his top-250 (9-cat) value both over the course of the season and as a member of the Knicks (he was top-200 in 8-cat, so big whoop). He was shooting a respectably .440 with Dallas and it led to top-125/210 value but the counting stats weren’t as high as hoped. The Mavs seemed to give up this year and a move out of the Luka Doncic shadow could’ve been a breath of fresh air, but DSJ’s inefficiencies continued to haunt him.

    This Year: Smith has reportedly been working on his jumper this summer, which shouldn’t really qualify as news, and he’ll try to rebuild his prospect stock and become the point guard of the future in New York. The Knicks did add Elfrid Payton so Smith can’t just chuck with impunity and he may be pushed a bit for playing time anyway. The clock is very much ticking.

    Injury History: DSJ missed nine games in an 11-game stretch with a sore lower back at the end of the season, three more with back soreness as a member of the Mavs, 10-of-11 with a right wrist sprain, another with an earlier right wrist sprain and one with an ankle injury. As a rookie, Smith missed two games with a sore knee, six with a hip injury in December and late-season ankle sprain costing him two more. He also has a torn ACL in his history but that hasn’t emerged as a major concern. Smith has the looks of a moderate injury risk moving forward.

    Outlook: Smith surfaces as a top-150 option in 8-cat in the best case scenario, as he should start the season with enough minutes to rack up points and dimes if he can score reasonably efficiently. If he lets Payton gain any footholds, however, it’s going to be a tough campaign. Smith is an upside gamble in the final rounds of 12-team, 8-cat drafts but is probably best viewed as a scoring asset for teams that are punting the percentages. He can generally be left undrafted in standard-sized formats.

    Monte Morris
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    Total Value: 115 / 97 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 166 / 138 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 82

    2018-19 Review: Morris only logged 25 minutes in his rookie season but completely broke out last year, making 82 appearances and asserting himself as one of the best backups in the league. His averages of 10.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.1 threes on .493 from the field kept him in the late-round conversation all season, and his minuscule 0.6 turnovers in 24.0 mpg made him a huge asset in 9-cat formats.

    This Year: Morris is the clear-cut backup for Jamal Murray and the two will share the court when Murray moves over to SG. The biggest threat is likely to be the return of Gary Harris and Will Barton, who will limit the opportunities of two-point guard lineups.

    Injury History: Morris’ injury record as a pro is clean.

    Outlook: A decline in minutes probably pushes Morris down closer to the top-200 neighborhood, though he’ll still have a few rounds of extra value in 9-cat given how well he takes care of the ball. He’s a nice option, and frankly a rare one, for any players looking for a guy that can dish assists while scoring efficiently and limiting turnovers, but his bench role means he’s more enjoyable to roster in roto leagues.

    Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Total Value: 195 / 218 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 90 / 134 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 42

    2018-19 Review: Payton looked like a good fit in a fast-paced Pelicans offense but dealt with enough injuries to derail his season. He did remind everyone of his potential with a streak of five straight triple-doubles down the stretch but overall it was more inconsistencies from a player who can’t seem to get it all together at once. You’ll have to take the strong numbers with a grain of salt too since they came when Jrue Holiday’s minutes were reduced.

    This Year: Payton signed with the Knicks in free agency, where he’ll be competing with Dennis Smith Jr. for playing time. It’s likely that DSJ starts but Payton still gets good minutes, which means we could have a frustrating timeshare on our hands.

    Injury History: Last season had a number of tough breaks on the health front, including a nine-game absence because of a sprained right ankle and a 22-game absence after undergoing surgery for a broken left pinky — which occurred in his return game from another right ankle sprain that also cost him nine games. Payton missed the final seven games of the 2017-18 season after developing left knee tendinopathy though some of that might’ve been tank-related in Phoenix. He also sat out eight games with a left hamstring strain that year. Aside from the ankle, the bulk of his absences last season came from a fluky injury. Consider Payton a moderate injury risk this year.

    Outlook: Payton has tantalized fantasy players for years now, essentially topping out as a top-100/130 guy outside of outlier hot streaks. Since that’s come with a career-low of 28.7 mpg, it’s fair to question whether he’ll even be worth a shot in 12-team leagues given his battle for playing time. Payton has an outside chance at top-150 8-cat numbers if he can outplay Smith but we’re basically looking at watered down Rajon Rondo with playing time concerns. There’s upside but he’s better left for deeper formats.

    Tyler Johnson
    PG/SG, Phoenix Suns

    Total Value: 189 / 193 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 167 / 172 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 57

    2018-19 Review: Johnson found some late-season appeal because the Suns basically force-fed him minutes to the tune of 31.2 mpg, though he shot just .368 with Phoenix and posted modest counting averages of 11.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.4 threes. Even with the poor percentages he was able to post top-130 numbers with the Suns — not great, but definitely a step up from being crowded out in Miami.

    This Year: Johnson unsurprisingly exercised his player option and will be back with the Suns in a combo guard capacity, though he won’t start unless Ricky Rubio gets hurt and probably won’t break 30 mpg again with the way the Suns have added to the backcourt mix. It sort of sounds like what happened with the Heat.

    Injury History: Johnson sat out the last 13 games of the season with right knee soreness and underwent arthroscopic surgery in early April, though he’s expected to be ready for camp. He also missed one game with left calf soreness and six with a right hamstring strain.

    Johnson had left shoulder surgery back in 2016 and proceeded to miss time with a sprained left shoulder and shoulder soreness in 2016-17. In 2017-18 he missed games with a thigh contusion, a sprained left ankle, an illness, migraines and left shoulder soreness and also underwent offseason surgery on the UCL in his right thumb.

    Outlook: With the way that Phoenix has altered their backcourt group, Johnson shouldn’t be viewed as more than a top-200 fantasy player. Things could change if he gets traded but fantasy managers shouldn’t be spending more than a late-round pick in 16-teamers, if that.

    Markelle Fultz
    PG/SG, Orlando Magic

    Total Value: 393 / 395 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 285 / 321 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 21

    2018-19 Review: Fultz suffered another lost season and has now played in only 35 games through two seasons. When he was on the court he was the victim of an ugly fit next to Ben Simmons, though he was at least able to increase his efficiency in a limited sample. He was traded to Orlando for basically nothing at the deadline, as the whole situation in Philly became too much to handle for the player and organization.

    This Year: If Fultz is healthy — the Magic haven’t given a timetable yet — then he could push D.J. Augustin for minutes on a team where he’ll actually be allowed to function as a primary ball-handler. Until we see him on the court, however, Fultz is just a big question mark.

    Injury History: Fultz was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome last season after an initial diagnosis of ‘shoulder soreness’ led to big disagreements between his camp and the Sixers. He suffered a muscular imbalance in his shoulder in year one, and it looks as though Fultz has yet to get that back to full strength. Rightly or wrongly, with all the secrecy surrounding the condition, the notion that Fultz is suffering from a case of the yips and a busted jumper is gaining popularity.

    Outlook: Fultz was worth a shot at the end of 12-team drafts last season to see what happened and he crashed and burned. The setup in Orlando would be better for him in multiple ways but until we know that he’s healthy you can pretty much ignore him in leagues with fewer than 20 teams. The talent’s still there, so Fultz is someone to tuck onto watch lists once he’s good to go.

    George Hill
    PG/SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Total Value: 228 / 212 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 223 / 215 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 60

    2018-19 Review: Hill wasn’t much to write home about in the regular season but proved his worth in the playoffs, helping pick up the slack for a struggling Eric Bledsoe while giving the Bucks a capable 3-point shooter and perimeter defender.

    This Year: The departure of Malcolm Brogdon will open up plenty of work as a secondary playmaker behind Bledsoe, and the Bucks made Hill a priority in free agency. He’s in line for an increase in playing time and was a borderline 12-team player in 2017-18, when he received 27.0 mpg. Just something to think about.

    Injury History: Hill missed 10 games with a left groin strain and 11 with a sprained left shoulder, marking the third straight year where he’s played fewer than 70 games. In 2017-18 he missed four games with a sprained ankle and dealt with back issues in the postseason, while 2016-17 was particularly troublesome with a left big toe injury, a concussion, a groin strain and a thumb sprain keeping him under 50 appearances.

    Outlook: If Hill is to become a fantasy asset again, he’ll need to deliver in steals, assists and threes while shooting efficiently for a guard. It’s definitely not impossible, as we saw in the playoffs, but Hill’s playing time probably won’t be high enough for him to do more than flirt with top-150 numbers. A bounce-back should be expected to some extent, however, which makes Hill a potential option in the 14-16-team range.

    Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Total Value: 183 / 214 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 100 / 150 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 46

    2018-19 Review: Lonzo Ball’s injury allowed Rondo to open the season as the starting point guard, and injury-aided opportunities were the name of the game. With Ball and LeBron out over the course of the year, Rondo got his chance to run the offense and finished the season averaging 8.0 assists. Not only that, but the 29.8 minutes per game were the most he played since the 2014-2015 season and he actually managed to knock down 1.1 triples per game. It was a profitable season for 8-cat players, as nobody expected him to play that much or handle that much playmaking responsibility.

    This Year: Rondo returns to play backup point guard behind LeBron James, though he’ll have his moments as the leader of the second unit. He has experience orchestrating things with an Anthony Davis-DeMarcus Cousins frontcourt, too, but he’ll need injuries to open things up in order to play as much as he did last season.

    Injury History: Rondo missed two big chunks of time this season: 17 games after undergoing surgery for a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand and 14 games for a right ring finger sprain that eventually required surgery to repair a torn ligament. In 2017-18 he missed the first 13 games of the year as he recovered from offseason sports hernia surgery and later sat out two games with a right wrist sprain. He tore his right ACL back in 2013 and has sustained pretty much any nagging injury you can think of over the course of his career. Don’t expect a full season, even in a backup role.

    Outlook: Considering Rondo’s stat set and how fortunate he was to see the Lakers’ top two playmakers each miss significant time last season, we are expecting a notable drop in production. There’s still assist-specialist appeal in 8-cat formats but he shouldn’t be drafted outside of the last round in 12-team formats, and that’s entirely dependent on your team build.

    Emmanuel Mudiay
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Total Value: 181 / 214 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 155 / 202 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 59

    2018-19 Review: Mudiay was given the chance to start last season and delivered the finest campaign of his career with 14.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers per game on .446 from the field across 59 contests. The biggest development was the efficiency, as his previous career-best was an ugly .388 mark.

    This Year: Unfortunately for him, there won’t be nearly as many minutes available on a strong Jazz team. Mudiay should function as Utah’s primary backup but will see a notable cut from last season’s 27.2 mpg.

    Injury History: Mudiay missed the first six games of the year with a sprained right ankle, 12 games in January with a left shoulder strain and the final four games of the season with more left shoulder soreness. Previous years saw him avoid injury aside from some smaller ankle issues, so he’s not a serious injury risk, especially as his minutes decline.

    Outlook: Last season featured fleeting standard-league relevance but it was nice to know that Mudiay could at least get to that level after a disappointing start to his career. He’s a Mike Conley handcuff this season, however, and can pretty much be ignored unless your league’s player pool is approaching 300.

    Quinn Cook
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Total Value: 261 / 255 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 332 / 332 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 74

    2018-19 Review: Cook saw his minutes dip to just 14.3 per contest last season, though he was able to average 11.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.9 threes and 0.5 steals per game in 28.4 mpg across 10 starts. That was only good enough to make him a short-term add, though.

    This Year: Cook moves to the Lakers, where his 3-point shooting will give the team a situational bench weapon. The point guard depth chart is pretty full, however, so Cook isn’t even a lock to be in the rotation every night.

    Injury History: Cook shouldn’t be thought of as an injury risk given his limited workload.

    Outlook: It would take a preseason injury to another point guard to get Cook close to the radar in any format.

    Jordan Clarkson
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Total Value: 107 / 119 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 142 / 147 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 81

    2018-19 Review: Clarkson was one of Cleveland’s most consistent players last season and took advantage of a career-high in usage, putting up a career-high 16.8 points per game with 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.8 threes on .445 from the field. That consistency wasn’t necessarily great for fantasy players, but Clarkson settled into a sixth man role rather nicely and was able to deliver top-150 value.

    This Year: Clarkson will face stiffer competition for minutes with Darius Garland on board, though it’s not as though the Cavs brought in a ton of guys that are going to really crowd the rotation. He’s already being mentioned as a trade candidate, but until that comes to pass he’ll be one of Cleveland’s top scoring options and the leader of the second unit.

    Injury History: Clarkson has missed five games over the last four seasons, so he’s all good.

    Outlook: Clarkson’s fantasy value shouldn’t change too much. He’ll remain a late-round option that makes sense for anyone that’s looking for scoring punch at the end of drafts.

    Seth Curry
    PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks

    Total Value: 227 / 217 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 282 / 276 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 74

    2018-19 Review: Curry had a great comeback season after missing all of 2017-18 with a left tibia stress fracture. He finished third in the league in 3-point percentage at a cool. 450 and helped ease the scoring burden for a Portland bench group that had struggled mightily in that area in recent seasons.

    This Year: Curry returns to Dallas where was a top-90 player in 2016-17, but most of those numbers came when he was given an expanding role on a bad Mavs team. He’s probably going to handle the combo guard minutes this year and is going to see steady work as an elite floor-spacer, and he could see an uptick from last season’s 18.9 mpg.

    Injury History: The left tibia stress fracture is the big one, though Curry only missed one game with left tibia soreness last season and set a career-high in games played, so we’re willing to say that he’s in good shape there. He also missed four games with a right knee bruise but emerged from last season about as healthy as you could expect.

    Outlook: Curry’s going to hold deep-league appeal as a 3-point specialist, and perhaps he sees enough minutes as a distributor to regain some assists too. Even so, we wouldn’t feel compelled to spend a draft pick on the sharpshooter until the 16-team range.

    Kris Dunn
    PG/SG, Chicago Bulls

    Total Value: 178 / 187 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 85 / 112 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 46

    2018-19 Review: Dunn was supposed to build on a top-50/80 season in 2017-18 but was forced to play catch-up from an early injury and returned to a different role. His usage fell from 24.7 to 20.1, which led to a dip in scoring, and his steals fell from 2.0 to 1.5 despite an increase in playing time. A career-high at the free throw line couldn’t counteract Dunn’s bread-and-butter stat declining by 25 percent, and a guy with middle-round upside fell on the lower half of his projection curve.

    This Year: Everything the Bulls have been saying since last season makes you think they’re trying to get out of the Kris Dunn business, but until they do we have to project him as part of an ugly logjam with four guards who should all be seeing minutes, plus a shooting guard who can serve as a primary ball-handler.

    Injury History: He missed most of the first seven weeks due to a sprained MCL and was shut down for the final eight games due to a back injury. That follows a season in which Dunn missed four games with a dislocated finger, 11 because of a concussion and 14 with a sprained toe. There’s a definite injury risk with Dunn, even accounting for some tank maneuvering.

    Outlook: Dunn would’ve been a fine bounce-back candidate had the Bulls ran it back, but they added a starting-caliber point guard and drafted another who could be their long-term future at the position. There is no chance Dunn comes close to repeating last season’s 30.2 mpg without injury help, and since his fantasy value is buoyed by elite steals he could be in for a slide down the ranks. It’s probably best to treat him as a steals and dimes specialist while he’s a member of the Bulls, because with the way things are configured now he’ll struggle to deliver top-150 numbers.

    Cory Joseph
    PG/SG, Sacramento Kings

    Total Value: 133 / 125 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 192 / 175 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 82

    2018-19 Review: Joseph continued to do his thing for the Pacers last season, basically taking half the minutes at point guard and keeping the house in order with his steady style of play. Even so it wasn’t anything of note for fantasy players as Joseph had the worst statistical year since his rookie campaign back in 2012. He only shot .412 from the field compared to his career average of .444 and only made .698 percent of his free throws when his career average is .761. Career-highs of 3.9 assists and 1.1 steals were helpful but unimpressive.

    This Year: The Kings inked Joseph to bolster their backcourt depth. It’s a smart signing in a vacuum but will end up being hilariously stupid if it at all impacts De’Aaron Fox’s minutes, though we would expect common sense to prevail. The veteran will help prop up the second unit and can allow Fox to play off-ball a little bit more if that’s what the Kings would like.

    Injury History: CoJo hasn’t missed a game in two seasons and had only missed seven games over the three seasons before that. He’s not one to worry about.

    Outlook: Joseph’s been able to grind out value in the 14-16-team range over the past few years by simply showing up, though the decline in playing time that should be coming given Sacramento’s young backcourt means that fantasy players shouldn’t invest a top-200 selection here.

    Frank Jackson
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Total Value: 303 / 307 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 365 / 373 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 61

    2018-19 Review: Jackson was able to capitalize on injuries last season, which is a nice twist of fate after foot troubles forced him to sit out his first year. He enjoyed a ten-game streak of averaging over 17 points per game to end his season, which made him a fantasy option despite flighty efficiency in that stretch.

    This Year: Jackson was looking good in Summer League and will be battling for backup point guard minutes, with his scoring game giving him a chance at logging shooting guard minutes too. Unfortunately, those are positions where the Pels have added multiple rotation players, meaning that Jackson is facing an uphill battle in his quest for playing time.

    Injury History: Jackson suffered a stress fracture in his right foot back in May of 2017 and underwent surgery, only to break the same foot in an August workout. Later in the year he underwent a third surgery to remove scar tissue and a debridement. Last season, he missed the final six games with a concussion and dealt with some minor right ankle stuff. As long as he’s not injuring his right foot we’re not too concerned.

    Outlook: Jackson can give the Pels some scoring punch in the backcourt but will have to settle for backup work in a best-case scenario. He’s not a recommended fantasy target but should be able to get closer to the top-300 than he did last season.

    T.J. McConnell
    PG/SG, Indiana Pacers

    Total Value: 153 / 160 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 204 / 208 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 76

    2018-19 Review: McConnell looked ready to become a steady rotation member once again after more Markelle Fultz issues, but he ended up taking a back seat when Jimmy Butler proved capable of handling backup point guard minutes. TJMC still did his thing, returning low-end value with 3.4 assists and 1.0 steals per night on .525 from the field.

    This Year: McConnell heads to Indiana, where there are lots of minutes opened up at point guard with Darren Collison and Cory Joseph gone and Victor Oladipo hurt. Malcolm Brogdon, Aaron Holiday and Edmond Sumner are the main competitors for minutes, though there could be enough shuffling between the two backcourt spots that McConnell carves out a role.

    Injury History: McConnell was fully healthy last season, only getting six DNPs when Markelle Fultz was still a thing. He missed five games the year prior season thanks to a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder and has minor sprains to both ankles and his left wrist also on record, though he’s missed 14 games in four years, with half of those coming as a result of personal absences or DNPs.

    Outlook: McConnell only needs 20 minutes to carve out bottom-barrel value in 16-teamers as a guy who can pick up assists and steals without hurting your efficiency. Whether he gets that remains to be seen, but there’s a top-250 floor and the best-case scenario would be a top-180 finish. Draft accordingly.

    De’Anthony Melton
    PG/SG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Total Value: 236 / 246 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 190 / 210 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 50

    2018-19 Review: Melton started 31 games (50 appearances) for the Suns last season and flashed his defensive prowess with 1.4 steals and 0.5 blocks in 19.7 mpg, but he has a long way to go on the offensive end. He’ll need to become more assertive on offense and improving his jump shot wouldn’t hurt, but Melton showed why he generated so much buzz as a defender. There’s a feasible path to fantasy value here.

    This Year: Melton was traded to the Grizzlies in the Josh Jackson deal, and he’s a terrific gamble for a Memphis team that’s assembling as many young players as possible in an effort to find long-term solutions. Look for Melton to chip in as a third point guard with cameos at other positions given his ability to defend longer players.

    Injury History: Melton missed nine games with a sprained right ankle but doesn’t have anything to discuss beyond that.

    Outlook: It might be tough for Morant to improve on last season’s playing time given the presence of Ja Morant and Tyus Jones, but he has a bankable skill in his back pocket and looks like one of the guys that will be called upon to stop the bleeding when other teams get on a roll — the Grizz don’t look like an elite defensive unit just yet. He’ll be on the deep-league radar for his steals and blocks but we’d be pleasantly surprised if he became more than a specialist. There are worse risks to take in the last rounds of 20-team drafts.

    Update: Melton has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his back as of September 26 and will miss 4-to-8 weeks. That sucks the wind from his sails, and although he remains a 30-team flier for when he does get healthy, managers in shallower leagues can probably avoid spending a draft pick. It also gives players like Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen a little more breathing room.

    Coby White (R)
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    2018-19 Review: White was picked seventh overall by the Bulls after a season in which he averaged 16.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.4 threes per game on 43.1 percent shooting. He flashed a bit more playmaking from a combo guard role than initially anticipated and was eager to get out and run in transition.

    This Year: White looks more like a floor-spacer, natural scorer, and secondary wing facilitator than a true point guard of the future, but the Bulls will take their time to figure it out. Initially they talked about two-PG lineups with White and then said that he’d develop at his own pace without getting pushed too soon, so Chicago could play this out in a couple of ways. We’d expect him to get minutes from the jump, but White shouldn’t be in charge of orchestrating the offense. Expect some sheltered run as a rookie.

    Injury History: White tweaked his ankle at Summer League but didn’t miss time and shouldn’t be considered an injury risk this year.

    Outlook: White initially had the looks of a flier pick, but the addition of Tomas Satoransky squashes that appeal. He’s still a strong dynasty target but between playing time concerns and his struggles with efficiency, White isn’t a great bet for redraft leagues until the player pool expands past 200.

    Emmanuel Mudiay
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Total Value: 181 / 214 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 155 / 202 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 59

    2018-19 Review: Mudiay was given the chance to start last season and delivered the finest campaign of his career with 14.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers per game on .446 from the field across 59 contests. The biggest development was the efficiency, as his previous career-best was an ugly .388 mark.

    This Year: Unfortunately for him, there won’t be nearly as many minutes available on a strong Jazz team. Mudiay should function as Utah’s primary backup but will see a notable cut from last season’s 27.2 mpg.

    Injury History: Mudiay missed the first six games of the year with a sprained right ankle, 12 games in January with a left shoulder strain and the final four games of the season with more left shoulder soreness. Previous years saw him avoid injury aside from some smaller ankle issues, so he’s not a serious injury risk, especially as his minutes decline.

    Outlook: Last season featured fleeting standard-league relevance but it was nice to know that Mudiay could at least get to that level after a disappointing start to his career. He’s a Mike Conley handcuff this season, however, and can pretty much be ignored unless your league’s player pool is approaching 300.

    Trey Burke
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Total Value: 260 / 245 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 245 / 240 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 58

    2018-19 Review: Burke began the year as New York’s starting point guard but was moved to the bench after five games. He offered up little besides decent scoring numbers and a strong free throw percentage, though he did pop with a few big games from time to time. After getting traded to the Mavs, Burke’s minutes and production predictably fell.

    This Year: Burke signed with the Sixers, who have assembled a diverse cast of options to back up Ben Simmons. He’ll likely be used in situations that call for more offense but isn’t exactly the frontrunner to win the backup job outright.

    Injury History: Burke hit the injury report with a few illnesses but the notable injury was a sprained right MCL that cost him six games. He dealt with back and neck problems back in 2015 but hasn’t dealt with too many health issues in his career.

    Outlook: Burke’s going to be competing with Raul Neto and Shake Milton for backup point guard work, and if anything all three are helped out by their very different skills. Look for Burke to get the nod when Philly needs scoring punch. He’s not a lock to be in the rotation, which means fantasy players should be able to do better in the vast majority of leagues.

    Michael Carter-Williams
    PG/SG, Orlando Magic

    Total Value: 371 / 369 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 332 / 338 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 28

    2018-19 Review: Carter-Williams began the year as a Daryl Morey reclamation project but never got it going in Houston, eventually signing with Orlando on 10-day deals. As a member of the Magic, he delivered 5.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.3 triples in 18.6 mpg. Carter-Williams was a top-200 value over those 12 contests, displaying the sort of defensive abilities that the Magic built their team on, but it wasn’t much for fantasy players. He might’ve saved his career, at least, and that’s certainly an accomplishment.

    This Year: If Markelle Fultz is ready to go, MCW will fall to third on the point guard depth chart and may not be in the rotation regularly. Until that happens, Carter-Williams can be viewed as a low-end source of defensive stats in deeper formats.

    Injury History: Carter-Williams dealt with left knee soreness in the preseason, which put him behind the eight ball as a member of the Rockets. In 2017-18 MCW missed the first nine games due to offseason surgery on both knees and had his season ended in March after undergoing surgery to repair a posterior labral tear. The year prior he missed 28 games with a knee injury and another four with patellar tendinitis.

    Outlook: There’s no need to think about the former Rookie of the Year unless we get close to preseason and Fultz is still MIA. Even then, Carter-Williams only offers deep-league appeal for his defensive stats and light popcorn numbers.

    Raul Neto
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Total Value: 342 / 352 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 331 / 355 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 37

    2018-19 Review: Neto posted averages of 5.3 points, 2.5 assists on .460 shooting in 12.8 minutes per game as Utah’s third point guard, though he was occasionally elevated into larger roles due to injuries (when he was healthy himself).

    This Year: After being waived by the Jazz, Neto inked a one-year deal with the Sixers. He fits the mold of the departed T.J. McConnell, which means he will be on the edges of the rotation.

    Injury History: It was another season full of injuries for Neto, who struggled with thigh soreness, a pulled groin, hamstring issues, concussions, lip lacerations and ankle soreness. To get more specific, left ankle soreness cost him the last four games of the year while he missed six with left hamstring tightness, 12 with a right groin strain, and 18 with right hamstring soreness.

    In 2017-18 he missed 13 games with a fractured left wrist as well as three games with an ankle injury and 15 games with a knee sprain and concussion. He’s safe to pencil in for some missed time, even in a limited role.

    Outlook: Neto figures to be mired in a timeshare situation behind Ben Simmons, and the best-case scenario is that he ends up as an assists specialist who finishes around the top-300.

    Frank Ntilikina
    PG/SG, New York Knicks

    Total Value: 325 / 344 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 313 / 364 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 43

    2018-19 Review: Ntilikina continued to disappoint, though the Knicks have hardly done him any favors through the first two years of his career. Ntilikina saw his playing time fall from 21.9 to 21.0 mpg this year as well as statistical declines in everything besides blocks and free throw percentage. His name began to pop up in trade rumors and while the Knicks tried to move him away from the point guard spot to make use of his defensive abilities, Ntilikina looks like he is in dire need of a change of scenery.

    This Year: Even though New York couldn’t get a big-name point guard, they still have Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton and added a handful of players to absorb minutes on the wings. We’d expect the Knicks to accept the first deal that meets their asking price but until then Ntilikina looks like a defensive specialist on the wings.

    Injury History: Ntilikina ended up missing 32 of the season’s final 34 games because of a groin injury but also sat out with a strained left ankle tendon (three games). There were four DNPs, too. Frankie Smokes was largely healthy before that, having missed Summer League in his rookie season because of a right knee injury and then parts of the following Summer League with a groin injury. Some minor ankle problems caused four absences as a rookie but there isn’t anything worth tracking beyond the groin issues.

    Outlook: Ntilikina can be treated as a flier in 30-team formats but it looks like the team has already moved on from a player they once tabbed as their point guard of the future. There could be an intriguing buy-low window for dynasty players but redrafters can safely look at alternatives.

    Shake Milton
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Total Value: 409 / 403 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 388 / 360 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 20

    2018-19 Review: Milton’s rookie season was derailed by injuries and he ended up averaging 13.3 mpg in his 20 contests. He slid in the draft because of health problems but the Sixers love that he’s a 6’5″ point guard who can defend multiple positions because of his 7’0″ wingspan.

    This Year: The Sixers signed Milton to a four-year contract despite his limited action as a rookie, which suggests he’ll have the chance to earn backup minutes at one of the guard spots. His defensive versatility gives him a leg up on the competition in some regards but there’s no telling how much Milton will play this season.

    Injury History: Milton came down with spondylolysis, which is a stress fracture in the vertebral arch, in the pre-draft process after missing a good chunk of his final college season with a fractured right hand. He fractured a finger in his right hand in February and missed about six weeks. A minor ankle injury prevented Milton from finishing Summer League this year, so he’s riskier than most sophomores.

    Outlook: For all the talk about his upside and physical profile, Milton averaged 0.4 steals and 0.4 blocks last season while shooting .318 from deep. He’s only a late-round gamble in the deepest of leagues until we see him get minutes near the 20s.

    Shabazz Napier
    PG/SG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Total Value: 239 / 240 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 221 / 235 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 56

    2018-19 Review: Napier left his primary backup spot in Portland to be the third point guard in Brooklyn, and his production and opportunities dipped as you might expect.

    This Year: The Wolves acquired Napier as part of the D’Angelo Russell sign-and-trade, and he’ll slot in as the backup point guard, and one of only two true PGs on the roster overall.

    Injury History: Napier missed some time with a right hamstring issue last season — that occurred over multiple instances, including as far back as the preseason — but we’re not overly worried moving forward. He had hernia surgery back in 2015 but there’s nothing too concerning.

    Outlook: The role suggests that Napier can return to his 2017-18 days, when he was the only backup for Dame Lillard in Portland. That yielded top-205 value, so Bazz is on the board in 20-team formats but lacks the upside to be worth a shot in anything shallower unless you’re hunting for a Jeff Teague handcuff.

    Jalen Brunson
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    Total Value: 218 / 231 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 255 / 275 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 73

    2018-19 Review: Brunson, the 33rd pick in the 2018 draft, had a few moments to shine when he was elevated into a starting role after the Mavs’ guard group thinned out mid-season. He hung around the top-150 after the All-Star break by virtue of 14.5 points, 4.6 assists, 1.3 triples and unsustainable .508 shooting, though the fact that that package put him right at the 12-team cut line is illustrative in and of itself.

    This Year: The Mavs have added two players that figure to immediately jump Brunson in the rotation, so he’ll slide back to a third point guard role.

    Injury History: Nothing to see here.

    Outlook: Brunson isn’t a fantasy target but is worth knowing in case other players get injured.

    Tim Frazier
    PG/SG, Detroit Pistons

    Total Value: 255 / 264 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 267 / 293 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 59

    2018-19 Review: Once again, Frazier bounced around between teams during the season. He started out with New Orleans and ended up in Milwaukee, where he was virtually invisible until he dropped a couple massive performances at the end of the year when the Bucks benched all their other guards.

    This Year: Frazier will be battling with Derrick Rose, Bruce Brown and maybe even Luke Kennard for minutes as a ball-handler in reserve groups. His experience might give him the edge but at this point it’s clear that Frazier is best suited as a third guard who can step up in a pinch rather than a backup who has to carry a load every night.

    Injury History: Frazier missed a week after undergoing nasal surgery with the Wizards back in 2017 but shouldn’t be considered an injury risk given his minimal role.

    Outlook: If Frazier is the clear backup to Reggie Jackson then there will be deep-league utility in his assists, but that’s about the only scenario in which he returns fantasy value of any kind.

    Aaron Holiday
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Total Value: 322 / 322 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 351 / 361 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 50

    2018-19 Review: Holiday came to the Pacers as one of the more well-regarded prospects that didn’t get taken in the lottery, but he did a lot of watching as the Pacers had strong backcourt depth. The rookie only averaged 12.9 minutes in his 50 games. There were flashes of promise when other players got hurt but never anything that persisted.

    This Year: Holiday is expected to be in the rotation this year and is the frontrunner to land the backup point guard spot. His stat set still needs work but getting playing time is the first step.

    Injury History: Holiday sat out some Summer League games with a left hip issue but isn’t an injury risk.

    Outlook: Should Holiday get more than 20 mpg, he’s going to have a chance to post deep-league value. It’s going to be limited unless Holiday increases his steal rate, but he should be a low-end source of threes and assists if nothing else. There’s untapped upside but we’d be surprised if Holiday moved too far into the top-250.

    Brandon Knight
    PG/SG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Total Value: 347 / 350 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 357 / 362 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 39

    2018-19 Review: Knight started last summer as the frontrunner to start at point guard in Phoenix. Right when he hit the map as a worthwhile dart throw, he was traded to the Rockets and rendered a complete non-factor. A move to the Cavs opened the window for him a bit, and he did make 26 starts in 27 games, but his Cleveland averages of 8.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.3 triples on .413 shooting didn’t do much to salvage his fantasy appeal.

    This Year: Knight’s biggest obstacles to playing time are a new coaching staff and Darius Garland. Although he’s the most accomplished of the team’s starting options in the backcourt, the fact remains that Knight just doesn’t fit with Cleveland’s timeline. It’s possible that the Cavs pump him up to trade him, at least. The best case scenario is that Knight is completely healthy and gets enough usage that he can score and hit threes.

    Injury History: Knight’s career has been completely derailed by a torn ACL and ongoing issues with his knee over the last few years. Last season did, however, did represent a move in the right direction for him as he was able to suit up for all of the Cavs’ remaining 27 games after missing the majority of the season up to that point dealing with his knee issues. For the time being, Knight appears healthy and ready to play. It goes without saying that he still carries a pretty big injury risk moving forward.

    Outlook: If Knight resumes his starting role he can be a deep-league option for points and threes at the expense of efficiency. He is clearly not a top priority for the Cavs, however, and could be subject to decreases in playing time over the course of the season.

    Dante Exum
    PG/SG, Utah Jazz

    Total Value: 337 / 360 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 366 / 406 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 42

    2018-19 Review: Exum had yet another season cut short by injury, this time succumbing to a partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee. Up to that point he was only seeing 15.8 minutes per game, though it’s worth noting that he was starting to move around the wing positions so the Jazz could make full use of his length on the defensive end.

    This Year: The signing of Emmanuel Mudiay suggests that the Jazz may not view Exum as a point guard going forward, and when he’s healthy it’s expected that he’ll see minutes as a point guard, shooting guard and small forward depending on the defensive matchups.

    Injury History: It’s extensive, and sad. Last season saw Exum miss 25 games with a left ankle sprain and bone bruise, only to return for three games before partially tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee. The surgery for that happened at the end of March but Exum decided to skip the upcoming World Cup so he can focus on getting healthy before the NBA season. He missed most of the 2017-18 season with a separated left shoulder and then suffered a hamstring strain in the postseason. He sat out the 2015-16 season with a torn ACL and missed time in the 2016-17 season due to knee issues. Exum carries immense injury risk for a 24-year-old.

    Outlook: To this point nothing in Exum’s stat set suggests that he can have a fantasy breakthrough unless he starts getting 25-plus minutes a night, though he’s never really been healthy enough to find a rhythm. Between the health risks, rust concerns and playing time limitations, Exum’s only a late-round guy in 30-teamers.

    Brad Wanamaker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Total Value: 375 / 371 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 398 / 398 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 36

    2018-19 Review: Wanamaker came over after a standout career in Europe but was buried behind Boston’s backcourt depth.

    This Year: Though it was initially reported that Wanamaker was considering lucrative offers from overseason, he ended up re-signing with the Celtics and should fill a similar role to the one he held last season, even with the departure of Terry Rozier.

    Injury History: Wanamaker has had no significant injuries as a professional.

    Outlook: It would take a significant injury further up the depth chart to get Wanamaker on the fantasy radar.

    Devonte Graham
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    Total Value: 343 / 348 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 391 / 394 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 46

    2018-19 Review: Graham was the 34th pick in the 2018 draft and logged 46 games with the Hornets last season, averaging 4.7 points, 2.6 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.7 threes in 14.7 mpg.

    This Year: Charlotte’s point guard group has undergone a complete makeover and Graham is expected to be the backup to Terry Rozier. A minutes increase is probably coming, but it would be surprising of Graham approached 20 mpg.

    Injury History: Graham sustained a knee injury (condylar lesion) that knocked him out of Summer League as a rookie but stayed off the injury radar last season.

    Outlook: There’s very little reason to draft Graham in fantasy, though managers in super deep leagues should at least know the name.

    J.J. Barea
    PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks

    Total Value: 304 / 324 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 222 / 284 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 38

    2018-19 Review: Barea averaged 10.9 points, 1.0 treys, 2.5 boards and 5.6 assists in 19.8 mpg across 38 games before suffering a torn right Achilles. When he was on the court he remained a deep-league source of assists, as usual.

    This Year: Barea expects to be ready for the season but will be competing with Jalen Brunson and Seth Curry for minutes behind Delon Wright, to say nothing of minutes where non-gaurds take on the playmaking duties. He might be in the veteran presence portion of his career.

    Injury History: Barea’s racked up plenty of bumps and bruises in his lengthy career but they’re all overshadowed by his torn right Achilles. That’s a red flag for anyone, let alone a guy entering his age-35 season.

    Outlook: Barea’s coming off a serious injury and got bumped down the depth chart a bit with the way Dallas added to the backcourt this summer. He’s not a fantasy option.

    Shaquille Harrison
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Total Value: 190 / 182 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 234 / 222 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 73

    2018-19 Review: Harrison had a chance at opening the year as Phoenix’s starting point guard, so of course they waived him shortly before the season began. He found a nice landing spot in Chicago and gave the team some extra defensive acumen in the backcourt, though his length enabled him to play small forward in certain lineups. The steals (1.2 per game) are the most fantasy-friendly part of his game, but Harrison did average 12.2 points, 0.5 threes, 5.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.1 turnovers in 30.9 minutes on 44.9 percent over the final 11 games of the season (all starts), which yielded top-90/80 value.

    This Year: Harrison will return to the Bulls on a one-year deal, though it’s not a given that he makes the final roster with the team’s new depth at point guard. His best bet may be sticking out as a strong wing defender, but even then he’s blocked by big-minute players.

    Injury History: Harrison doesn’t have any injuries to speak of in his past.

    Outlook: There’s too much depth to treat Harrison as a serious fantasy asset, though he will always be a steals streamer as long as he’s in the rotation.

    Elie Okobo
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Total Value: 304 / 320 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 322 / 376 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 53

    2018-19 Review: Okobo generated some buzz heading into draft season but fell to the Suns in the second round, and they never seemed all that interested in having him develop as they bounced around between PG options. He did make 18 starts on the year but only posted 5.7 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.7 threes in 18.1 mpg across his 53 games.

    This Year: It looks like the Suns are already one-foot-out-the-door on Okobo, as they traded for first-round point guard Ty Jerome while signing Ricky Rubio. Those aren’t the moves of a team that believes in the young guards on the roster. He’ll be battling for backup minutes with a couple players.

    Injury History: There were no injuries to speak of as the absences were a result of Okobo getting DNP-CDs or playing in the G-League.

    Outlook: Okobo can be ignored outside of 30-team formats and might need a change of scenery to resuscitate his dynasty stock, though there’s no telling how quickly the Suns could change their minds again.

    Ryan Arcidiacono
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Total Value: 149 / 133 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 209 / 197 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 81

    2018-19 Review: Arcidiacono quietly took some steps forward in his second NBA season. He held low-end value in his run as a starter on the back of steals, assists and 3-pointers and ended up with career-highs across the board. His performance was enough to earn a three-year, $9 million contract this summer.

    This Year: Arcidiacono is best suited as a third point guard who can play up in a pinch, but as things stand there are three point guards above him on the roster. He’s likely going to serve as emergency depth to start out, though he should find modest playing time after Kris Dunn is moved.

    Injury History: Arcidiacono’s injury records are clean.

    Outlook: If the Bulls deal with lots of backcourt injuries then Arcidiacono should hold value as a guy who can chip in assists and steals. Until that happens, however, he’s a non-factor with Chicago’s increased depth.

    Yogi Ferrell
    PG/SG, Sacramento Kings

    Total Value: 257 / 241 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 319 / 302 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 71

    2018-19 Review: Ferrell couldn’t stand out in a crowded rotation, averaging career-lows in all the counting stats as he saw his minutes nearly halved from 27.8 to a flat 15.0 per game. He set new bests from the field and line but on low volume it wasn’t enough to matter.

    This Year: The Kings let Frank Mason go but also added Cory Joseph, so we’re looking at another year of third-PG work for Yogi.

    Injury History: Ferrell sprained his right thumb last preseason and also had a right ankle sprain pop up during the year but neither forced any significant absence. That’s pretty much it as far as his injury history goes.

    Outlook: Ferrell is stuck behind an elite young backcourt and the Kings went out and added a high-quality backup point guard. He’s off the radar until someone above him gets hurt.

    Edmond Sumner
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Total Value: 432 / 433 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 461 / 457 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 23

    2018-19 Review: Sumner got some NBA run last season and did shine with a 17-point and a 22-point outing, but the majority of his games didn’t feature anything exciting. He posted 22.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.1 threes in the G-League.

    This Year: The Pacers opted to extend Sumner for three years which is a nice show of faith in his abilities. He is in the mix for reserve point guard work though it’s hard to see how he ends up higher than third on the depth chart.

    Injury History: Sumner suffered a torn left ACL in March of 2017 but rushed back to get himself drafted in the second round that year. He also underwent shoulder surgery in May of 2017. Those are the big injuries, though he’s hit the report with very minor issues including groin soreness, a bruised knee and a sprained left ankle. He missed Summer League with a sore left foot but it isn’t considered serious.

    Outlook: Sumner’s stat set looks interesting but he’s not going to get enough minutes to be a serious fantasy option, even in deep leagues.

    Kendrick Nunn
    PG, Miami Heat

    2018-19 Review: Nunn finished second in the nation in scoring with 25.9 points per game in his senior season at Oakland and he also led the entire NCAA in 3-pointers with 4.47 per contest. He spent last season with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G-League, where he averaged 19.3 points (.473 shooting), 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.7 3-pointers. Nunn signed with Miami on the last day of the season but didn’t appear in the NBA.

    This Year: Nunn put up 21.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.5 steals in Las Vegas and was named to the Summer League First Team for his efforts. He’ll look to make the final roster as the backup point guard, even if most of the true backup work will go to players who are classified as other positions.

    Injury History: Nunn missed a couple months after undergoing surgery for a thumb injury back in 2015, but hasn’t been hit with anything serious since.

    Outlook: Nunn’s track record of efficient scoring is stacking up, even if he hasn’t done it at the NBA level. That makes him a name to file away in 30-team formats in case he does crack the rotation, and if he can somehow end up with 20 mpg then he might be worth a look in 20-teamers eventually — not that you’d need to spend a draft pick here.

    John Wall
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Total Value: 198 / 233 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 31 / 73 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 32

    2018-19 Review: It was another frustrating season for Wall in Washington, as the Kentucky product averaged 8.7 dimes per game — a six-year low. Wall also shot a ghastly .697 from the free throw line, and he’s now spent the last two seasons below 73 percent from the line after going 76 percent or better in each of his first seven years. Those big drops were more than enough to counteract his improvement from the field (.444, up from .420 a year prior) as he failed to deliver on second-round ADP. Wall dealt with heel problems throughout his season before undergoing season-ending surgery and then tearing his Achilles.

    This Year: Wall is fully expected to miss all of next season as he recovers from his injury.

    Injury History: Wall played through bone spurs in his left heel for much of the season and although that’s been a multi-year issue this is the season where they became too much to bear. He underwent season-ending surgery on his left heel and was hit with a 6-to-8 month timetable, only to suffer a torn left Achilles in a home accident.

    He also had to get knee surgery for a cartilage tear after the 2017-18 season and has more problems in his history beyond that, including missing a big chunk of 2012-13 after he was found to have “early stages of a stress injury” in his left knee and a left hand/wrist injury in 2014-15. In 2016 he underwent surgery for left knee tendinosis and dealt with a sore quad and a left foot sprain.

    Outlook: Wall is not a fantasy option this season and we’re left to wonder how this devastating injury will affect a player who was so reliant on quickness and explosiveness.

    Jordan Bone (R)
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    2018-19 Review: Bone was selected 57th overall after averaging 13.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.4 3-pointers as a junior for Tennessee. His offensive game still needs some work but he has strong basketball IQ and shows well as a defender. Bone is quick and smart, and the fact that he limits his mistakes will make him popular with coaches.

    This Year: Bone is on a two-way contract so he’ll probably do his work with Grand Rapids in the G-League. The Pistons don’t have any long-term answers at point guard on their roster, however, so he could quickly rise the ranks if he develops according to plan.

    Injury History: Bone was healthy in college and has no injury history of note.

    Outlook: Bone won’t need to be drafted in any fantasy leagues this season but is a guy to watch out for in the G-League if you’re in a deep dynasty format.

    Ty Jerome (R)
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    2018-19 Review: Jerome’s athleticism wasn’t anything to write home about be he shone as a passer and floor general in leading Virginia to a title. He averaged 13.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.1 triples per game as a junior and was selected to the All-Final Four Team.

    This Year: The Suns traded to get Jerome at the No. 24 slot and he’s going to fill a long-term position of need. His steady all-around play means he’ll fit nicely as a shooter, passer and general facilitator. The vibe seems to be that he’s already surpassed Elie Okobo as the new hotness and could be in the mix for the backup point guard role, so keep an eye out.

    Injury History: Jerome enters the NBA injury-free.

    Outlook: Despite a strong all-around game, Jerome strikes us as the type of player who is going to need heavy minutes to make a dent in the fantasy landscape. Even if he wins the backup job this season, he’s unlikely to get substantial playing time. There’s some deep-league potential for steals and assists but most fantasy owners can watch this action from afar.

    Cameron Payne
    PG/SG, Toronto Raptors

    Total Value: 319 / 319 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 279 / 295 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 40

    2018-19 Review: Payne opened the season as Chicago’s backup point guard but eventually got waived, landing with the Cavs on a pair of 10-day contracts. He played well in nine games and one start for Cleveland with a 49.1 field goal percentage and averaged 8.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.0 triples in 19.6 minutes. Still, he couldn’t find a long-term landing spot and continued to bounce around the league.

    This Year: Payne had some solid games in Summer League with Dallas, which was enough to earn a deal from the Raptors. He’ll sit third on the depth chart and isn’t a lock to be in the rotation when everyone’s at full strength — more of a Jeremy Lin situation than a Delon Wright one.

    Injury History: Payne’s got multiple foot fractures under his belt and was shut down with right foot soreness in 2016-17, though last season he only missed time with a calf issue.

    Outlook: Payne will try to hold down the third-PG spot for the Raptors but it’s going to take an injury to get him anywhere near the fantasy radar.

    Jevon Carter
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Total Value: 348 / 354 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 369 / 380 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 39

    2018-19 Review: Carter didn’t quite live up to the NBA-ready tag he got during draft season, failing to impress in limited minutes and shooting an ugly .303 from the field in 14.8 mpg. He did bring solid effort and tenacity on the defensive end but the fantasy aspects of his game need work. The fact that he posted 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks and 0.9 threes in that workload does give him hope.

    This Year: The Grizzlies flipped Carter to Phoenix this summer, where he’ll be competing with Tyler Johnson and rookie first-rounder Ty Jerome for backup point guard minutes behind Ricky Rubio. It’s not a great spot given Jerome’s draft pedigree and Johnson’s play last season (or the Suns’ potential desire to showcase him for trade purposes).

    Injury History: Aside from a thumb ligament injury sustained in a preseason workout prior to last season, there’s nothing noteworthy.

    Outlook: Carter’s off the fantasy radar as the third or fourth point guard.

    Frank Mason
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Total Value: 374 / 390 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 404 / 434 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 38

    2018-19 Review: Mason took a step back in his sophomore season, falling from 18.9 to 11.4 mpg and from 52 to 38 games. The Kings’ improved play at point guard crowded him out of the rotation more often than not, though he was at least able to average 5.1 points, 2.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.4 threes in his short time on the floor.

    This Year: The Kings waived Mason right before Summer League kicked off and he landed with the Bucks on a two-way contract. There isn’t much room for him to crack the rotation without an injury aiding his cause.

    Injury History: Mason missed Summer League with a sore right hip, and he’s got more injuries than one would expect to see from a fringe player. Mason struggled with foot injuries as a rookie, missing six weeks with a partial tear of the plantar fasciitis tendon in his right heel before getting diagnosed with a sore left heel that later turned out to be a partial tear of the plantar fascia. Mase did make it back in time to play in 2018 Summer League but sustained an ankle injury – just like he did in the 2017 summer session.

    Outlook: Mason isn’t someone to target in your fantasy drafts, regardless of league size.

    Jalen Lecque (R)
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    2018-19 Review: Lecque took the prep-to-pro route, forgoing college at NC State to jump right into the draft. The scouting reports give Lecque props for his strength, length and bounce and he’s both an excellent finisher and strong rebounder from a guard spot.

    This Year: Despite going undrafted, Lecque received a four-year deal from the Suns. It would be surprising if he played much at the NBA level as a rookie, but Phoenix does have a history of throwing a lot at the wall to see what sticks.

    Injury History: Nothing of note.

    Outlook: Lecque has too many obstacles to fantasy value this season and we wouldn’t recommend spending a draft pick outside of dynasty formats. He might be worth a midseason pickup depending on what the Suns decide to do behind Ricky Rubio but we can react to that when it happens.

    Matthew Dellavedova
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Total Value: 317 / 338 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 324 / 383 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 48

    2018-19 Review: Dellavedova was in and out of the rotation in Milwaukee before being traded to Cleveland, where he was a big nostalgia hit and emerged as a deep-league specialist with 4.2 assists and 1.1 threes per game.

    This Year: Dellavedova will have to contend with Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, Brandon Knight and Jordan Clarkson for backcourt minutes, and there’s no reason for him to get minutes ahead of anyone there unless he can grift the coaching staff into wanting grit and toughness.

    Injury History: Dellavedova missed the final 17 games of the season with a concussion and has been injured for long chunks in each of the last two seasons after playing in only 38 games in 2017-18 because of left knee tendinitis and a bad ankle sprain.

    Outlook: The Cavs keep adding guards, which keeps chipping away at Dellavedova’s already-minimal fantasy appeal. There’s no need to draft him.

    Tremont Waters (R)
    PG, Boston Celtics

    2018-19 Review: What Waters lacks in size (5’11” with a 6’2” wingspan) he makes up for in speed, quickness and vision — and he was All-SEC and SEC All-Defense for the 2018-19 season. He was actually the Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year. One of the top pure point guards in the nation last season, Waters averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9 steals and 1.7 threes in 32.4 mpg in his second and final season at LSU.

    This Year: Waters inked a two-way deal with the Celtics after being selected 51st overall in the draft. He averaged 11.2 points, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals in five contests and will look to get in the mix as an emergency point guard. Boston has terrific backcourt depth, however, so Waters is going to spend most of his season with the Maine Red Claws.

    Injury History: Waters broke his nose in college and suffered a minor ankle injury in the pre-draft process. He’s not an injury risk heading into his first year.

    Outlook: The Celtics have enough other point guards to make Waters irrelevant in fantasy this season, though you can see his path to value long-term given his proven ability to rack up assists and steals.

    Shamorie Ponds
    PG, Houston Rockets

    2018-19 Review: Ponds was one of the more notable undrafted names after a successful year at St. John’s in which he averaged 19.7 points, 4.1 boards, 5.1 dimes, 2.6 steals and 2.0 treys. He enters the league as a smooth and creative scorer.

    This Year: After attending Summer League with the Rockets, Ponds had his training camp deal upgraded to a two-way contract in September. He’ll likely serve as the team’s third point guard during his NBA days.

    Injury History: Ponds dealt with a lower back strain last season and suffered a right knee injury in 2017, though neither is considered to be serious.

    Outlook: Houston’s lack of point guard depth means that Ponds could get onto the deep-league radar with some help but he won’t need to be drafted.

    Nigel Williams-Goss (R)
    PG, Utah Jazz

    2018-19 Review: Williams-Goss was the 55th overall pick of the Jazz in 2017 and makes his way back to the States after playing a year in Serbia, winning the Serbian Cup with MVP honors and then a season in Greece for David Blatt’s Olympiacos. He averaged 10.1 points, 4.4 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.1 threes per game last season.

    This Year: The Jazz will look for Williams-Goss to give them emergency depth in the Raul Neto mold, though we aren’t expecting to see him frequently considering he’s fourth on the depth chart.

    Injury History: Williams-Goss dealt with some ankle troubles in college but didn’t appear to suffer any injuries while playing in Europe.

    Outlook: NWG isn’t a fantasy option.

    Jared Harper (R)
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    2018-19 Review: Harper was one of Auburn’s leaders on their run to the final four, proving tough to contain while operating as the Tigers’ lead guard. He averaged 15.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.5 threes per game in his third and final college campaign.

    This Year: Harper landed a two-way deal after averaging 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game across four Summer League contests. He’ll be added to the mix of point guard prospects that Phoenix hopes will pan out, though they tend to change their minds about those guys at breakneck speed. That might be good for the guy at the bottom of the pile, at least.

    Injury History: Harper picked up a sprained right ankle in February but there’s no need to worry about that heading into this season.

    Outlook: Harper’s off the fantasy radar to start but he could be a 30-team attraction if the Suns do their usual thing of switching point guards every couple of weeks.

    Ky Bowman (R)
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    2018-19 Review: Bowman spent three seasons at Boston College and put up his finest season in his last year at BC, averaging 19.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.8 threes per game. He has a 6’7” wingspan, which put him third amongst point guards at the NBA combine, and also has great strength as a result of a great high school football career. Bowman is an excellent pick-and-roll player and has a quick-release jumper as well as a variety of moves that help him finish from the mid-range to the rim.

    This Year: On a two-way contract, Bowman is going to spend most of his season in Santa Cruz. His skills are a great description of what the Warriors seem to want, however, and it’s worth noting that their point guard group is completely new and relatively unproven behind Steph Curry.

    Injury History: In 2017 Bowman needed surgery to fix a right leg injury but has been healthy since.

    Outlook: Bowman shouldn’t be a consideration in fantasy leagues, though he’s definitely a watch-list guy in extremely deep redraft formats if he gets off to a good start at either the NBA or G-League level. There isn’t a ton of imposing competition for minutes behind Curry, and it’s not crazy to think that Bowman could play his way up the depth chart.

    Brandon Goodwin
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Total Value: 494 / 498 (8/9-cat)

    Per-Game Value: 510 / 510 (8/9-cat)

    Games Played: 16

    2018-19 Review: Goodwin made his NBA debut with the Nuggets when they were dealing with a number of injuries, but at 3.6 mpg he wasn’t much of a factor.

    This Year: Goodwin took the floor with Denver in Summer League and had a great run, averaging 18.5 points, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game, earning a two-way deal from the Hawks. Atlanta seems to be leaning towards non-traditional PGs getting the backup minutes but Goodwin will be trying to change their mind with a strong preseason.

    Injury History: Nothing of note.

    Outlook: Your attention is better spent elsewhere as we approach draft season.

    Kyle Guy (R)
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    2018-19 Review: Guy was a key member of Virginia’s championship squad, averaging 15.4 points and 3.2 triples per contest while going a blistering .426 from behind the arc. He’s a fundamentally sound defender but his shot-making is what got him into the NBA.

    This Year: Guy has a narrower lane than fellow high-scoring rookie Justin James, though his capability from 3-point range probably gives him a better shot at helping out right away. Regardless, we’re not expecting to see Guy play much for the Kings this season.

    Injury History: Guy returned from a right ankle injury scare in the Elite Eight to catch fire from the field and lead UVA to the Final Four, so he’s all clear.

    Outlook: Guy is only worth a look in extensive dynasty leagues.

    William McDowell-White
    PG, Houston Rockets

    2018-19 Review: McDowell-White has hit the European circuit after being ruled academically ineligible to play for Fresno State in 2016. The Australian played for the Sydney Kings the following season and has spent the last two playing in Germany in the Brose Bamberg system. Last year he averaged 6.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.5 3-pointers in 15.6 mpg across 12 contests as he dealt with a foot injury for most of the season and then left to prepare for the draft.

    This Year: The Rockets converted McDowell-White’s training camp contract into a two-way deal, and the 6’5” guard figures to spend the year in the G-League.

    Injury History: McDowell-White was limited to 12 games last season because of a foot injury before leaving the team in February.

    Outlook: There’s no need to have McDowell-White on your radar this season.

    Update: McDowell-White has been waived by the Rockets and remains well off the fantasy radar.

    Josh Gray
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    2018-19 Review: After five games with the Suns in 2017-18 (6.4 points and 1.6 steals in 17.2 minutes) and some solid work in the G-League (19.4 points, 6.4 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.7 triples per game ), Gray spent last season with the LG Sakers in Korea.

    This Year: Gray signed a two-way deal with the Pelicans this summer. He’s going to do pretty much all of his work in the G-League given the backcourt depth in New Orleans.

    Injury History: Gray’s injury history is pretty clean.

    Outlook: There’s no need to look at Gray in any fantasy leagues.

    Josh Magette
    PG, Orlando Magic

    2018-19 Review: Magette was out of the NBA last season, playing with KK Cedevita in Croatia. In 2017-18 he checked into 18 games with the Hawks, averaging 3.2 assists and 0.4 steals in 12.0 minutes a night. He did lead the D-League in assists back in the 2015-16 year.

    This Year: The Magic signed Magette to a two-way contract. Even if point guard is their long-term position of need, it’d be surprising if Orlando called on Magette for significant minutes at any point.

    Injury History: Magette doesn’t have any injuries worth discussing in his history.

    Outlook: It’d take a disturbingly deep league to be interested in Magette on draft day.

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