August 23, 2019, 4:50 amJames HardenPG/SG, Houston Rockets
Total Value: 1 / 1 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 1 / 1 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 78
2018-19 Review: The Rockets got off to a slow start last season but were carried through the storm by Harden, who at one point scored 30-plus in 32 consecutive games and had a span of 20 games where he averaged 42.8 points. His final line reads 36.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 2.1 steals, 0.7 blocks and 4.8 3s on .442 shooting from the floor and .878 shooting at the line on 11.0 attempts a game. Someone turn the difficulty sliders up.
This Year: Harden might sacrifice a bit of usage to accommodate Russell Westbrook, though we’re just as intrigued with the benefits he might reap by playing off-ball next to a violent driver. They’re both ball-dominant but it might end up being a better fit than Chris Paul was, as Westbrook seems more liable to be down with running and gunning rather than methodically setting things up.
Injury History: The Beard missed three games with a left hamstring strain and one with a neck problem but was otherwise healthy, memorably playing through an eye injury in the postseason. The season before last saw him miss seven games with a Grade 2 hamstring strain but Harden has been incredibly healthy considering how much he has to handle.
Outlook: Harden’s going to be right at the top of the fantasy rankings as usual and is the presumptive No. 1 pick in all formats.Jimmy ButlerSG/SF, Miami Heat
Total Value: 39 / 24 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 22 / 15 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 65
2018-19 Review: It was a tumultuous season where Butler pouted his way out of Minnesota but established himself as a top player and a big-game star during Philadelphia’s playoff run. Though he was a big on-court producer, the move to a Sixers team with three other big offensive weapons hurt Butler’s stats, as his scoring and shot attempts declined notably. Last season was the first in the last five where Jimmy Buckets averaged fewer than 20 points per game.
This Year: Butler declared that he wanted to head to Miami despite a big push to re-sign him from the Sixers. He’ll now be the unquestioned top dog on a team whose culture fits Butler’s no-nonsense, obsessive basketball personality.
Injury History: Butler is tough as nails but is starting to rack up injuries. Last season he missed a handful of games with back tightness, three with a sprained right wrist, two with an illness and two with a groin strain.
That’s small potatoes compared to 2017-18, when Butler injured his right knee right after the All Star break and underwent a scope to get everything cleared up, resulting in 17 games on the sidelines. He also hurt his wrist in the last game of the regular season and underwent an elective hand surgery in the offseason.
Looking back further he suffered a notable left knee injury in 2015-16 and has a number of smaller incidents including heel calf, shoulder, thumb, ribs, quad and turf toe issues.
Outlook: Even with some less-than-ideal circumstances, Butler returned second-round value in fantasy leagues and was a borderline first-rounder in 9-cat. That’s a fair expectation for next season in Miami, and we’d be a little wary of making a move on him inside the top-20.Bradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Total Value: 8 / 10 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 13 / 14 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 82
2018-19 Review: Beal was a revelation last season, playing through an injury to his star backcourt partner and hitting the gas pedal on the way to a career season. He answered every question about whether he could shoulder a true superstar workload and came out on the other side without a scratch, even with a big bump in usage as a result of John Wall’s injury. Beal set career-highs with 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. His threes (2.5), field goal percentage (.475) and free throw percentage (.808) were all the second-best marks of his career.
This Year: The Wizards weren’t exactly active this summer, at least in terms of adding impact players. This is undoubtedly Beal’s team and he has a shot at breaking the 30.0 threshold in usage. We’d be a little wary of potential dips in efficiency and some of the counting stats but it would be a surprise if Beal didn’t set a new career-high in scoring.
Injury History: In the past Beal has dealt with sprains to both ankles, injuries to both wrists (including surgery for a non-displaced fracture) and a wonky right fibula that was followed by a stress reaction in his right leg, but he just completed his second straight 82-game season. It’s probably not smart to count on a third but he’s done extremely well to reverse the injury-prone narrative.
Outlook: If you want in on Beal this season it’s going to cost a second-round pick. We’re good with that.Devin BookerPG/SG, Phoenix Suns
Total Value: 34 / 56 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 19 / 38 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 64
2018-19 Review: While he remains an imperfect player, Booker continued to show developments in his playmaking abilities as he finished the season averaging 6.8 assists. His scoring numbers also ticked up at 26.6 points and 2.1 triples per game on .467 shooting. The biggest jump came inside the arc (particularly in the mid-range) as Booker went from .460 to an absurd .536 from 2-point range, which covered up for lackluster .330 shooting from deep. The efficiency propelled him into top-55-35 value and if you played in head-to-head leagues then you got to enjoy the best three-game scoring stretch by any player this season during the fantasy playoffs, where Booker scored 59, 50 and 48 points in consecutive games.
This Year: A lot of those numbers were generated by Booker having the ball in his hands constantly, and we’d expect that to change a bit this year with the Suns going out and signing a real NBA-caliber point guard to help run the show. That might actually help him sort out shot-selection issues at the expense of assists, which is a worthwhile exchange considering the role that scoring plays in Booker’s game.
Injury History: Booker missed the last three games of the season because of a left ankle sprain, also sitting out two games with right hamstring tightness, three with back spasms, a seven-in-eight stretch with a left hamstring issue in early December and three more in November with another left hamstring problem. He underwent right hand surgery in September but was able to start the season on time.
Going back further, in 2017-18 Booker missed a game in November with right big toe inflammation, eight December games with a strained left adductor, one in January with a right rib contusion, four February games with a left hip pointer, one game in March with a triceps issue and the final 12 games of the year with a right hand sprain/contusion. Before that it was just minor ankle problems, but Booker still can’t be counted on to play a full season.
Outlook: If Booker’s shooting percentage can stay in this range with some 2-point efficiency exchanged for more triples, then Booker could continue to climb the fantasy rankings. We’re looking forward to him playing with a legit point guard and he should benefit from getting to focus on playing one position this season. Booker has cemented himself as an early-round player and we’re fine with taking him in the back half of the second round. You’ll want to wait until the third or fourth to make a move in 9-cat formats.Klay ThompsonSG/SF, Golden State Warriors
Total Value: 28 / 22 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 44 / 30 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 78
2018-19 Review: Thompson finished right on the cusp of early-round value thanks to his 3.1 treys per game and solid .468 shooting from the field. Klay was one of fantasy’s more reliable sources of 3-point shooting while not really hurting you anywhere. He did noticeably suffer a bit down the stretch when DeMarcus Cousins ate into some of the regular starters’ usage but was able to still remain a pillar of stability – just Klay being Klay.
He was on his way to a Finals MVP award had the Warriors come back against the Raptors but suffered a torn left ACL in Game 6, meaning he’ll likely be out through the All-Star break.
This Year: Thompson has said that he doesn’t expect to return before February’s All-Star break, and when he does return he may be playing out of position at small forward to accommodate D’Angelo Russell. It’s going to be a very different situation when Klay does get back, and the Warriors figure to ease him into action so he hits 100 percent for the postseason.
Injury History: Years of long seasons and intense runs finally caught up to the Warriors. Thompson missed his first ever postseason game in Game 3 of the Finals because of a left hamstring injury before tearing his left ACL in Game 6. He also played through a sprained right ankle in the second round.
The year before, Thompson suffered a left knee strain in the WCF and a high left ankle sprain during the Finals. He also missed eight games in March because of a fractured right thumb. He’s played through a lot in his career so far, but he’ll be cautious in his return from this ACL injury.
Outlook: It’s going to be the waiting game with Thompson, and it might not be worth playing. If the All-Star break is his earliest possible return, that would give him about 25 games to play. Factor in minutes restrictions and load management, and we might get 18-20 games of full Klay, and maybe 10-15 of him at his peak. That could be a major difference-maker if they all come in the fantasy playoffs, but that’s going to be a very long time to wait, especially with him burning a roster spot that whole time. Thompson is good enough to stash but the math is fuzzy on whether or not it’ll pay off.Victor OladipoPG/SG, Indiana Pacers
Total Value: 194 / 199 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 51 / 53 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 51
2018-19 Review: While Oladipo’s season will be defined by his ruptured right quad tendon, he was already on the way to a disappointing fantasy campaign. A year after leading the league in steals with 2.4 per contest, Dipo had fallen back to the realm of the mortals with 1.7 swipes a night. His shooting also declined at all three levels, falling from .477/.799/.371 to .423/.730/.343.
This Year: The expectation is that Oladipo could return sometime around the start of 2020, and possibly as early as December. He’ll step back into his old role once he gets up to speed though there will obviously be a ramp-up period.
Injury History: Oladipo dealt with knee soreness for a few weeks before suffering a ruptured right quad tendon in his right knee on January 23. In 2017-18 his longest absence was four games due to right knee soreness. Before that, Oladipo had sustained facial fractures, a sprained right MCL, a concussion, a sprained wrist and back spasms. The right knee sticks out as an obvious area of concern.
Outlook: If Oladipo gets back to the court in January, he’ll probably be shaking off the rust and dealing with load management up through the All-Star break, which would create about 25 games of “peak Dipo” to end the season. That begs the question of what peak Dipo is, as his career season features a couple of key numbers that are starting to look like major outliers. As a stash candidate who should probably be treated like a top-35 player whenever he does get back, Oladipo shouldn’t start coming off draft boards until the end of the middle rounds, if not later.Donovan MitchellPG/SG, Utah Jazz
Total Value: 30 / 42 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 41 / 54 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 77
2018-19 Review: Mitchell’s outstanding rookie campaign pushed the bar very high and he was unable to meet them in his second year. He struggled with his efficiency on-and-off for most of the season’s first half but did shoot .461 from the field after the All-Star break to help right the ship. He improved his points, rebounds and assists and turned in a fine campaign; he just wasn’t able to take the next steps that were expected of him in terms of efficiency.
This Year: Mitchell took on the go-to scoring role for Utah out of necessity, and there were several nights where he needed to keep jacking up shots with nobody else on the roster really capable of creating their own looks with consistency. That changes this year with Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic. Between the extra spacing and the fact that both are competent perimeter scorers, we’ll be watching to see if Mitchell’s diet of shots changes at all.
Injury History: Mitchell missed a couple games with a rib contusion, one with a hamstring injury and one with a left ankle injury. He was slowed by a left foot injury towards the end of the playoff run in his rookie season but there isn’t much in the way of significant risk here.
Outlook: Mitchell should find things a little easier this season. He now has a year of experience as being the premier option for defenses to focus on and should benefit from a more open floor. If he can get his efficiency closer to league average then we could see him become a top-35 guy instead of a top-50 option.Zach LaVinePG/SG, Chicago Bulls
Total Value: 60 / 93 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 35 / 61 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 63
2018-19 Review: LaVine was great last season, looking fully recovered from his torn ACL and producing career-highs with 23.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 0.4 blocks. Most impressively, LaVine cruised to a career-high .467 mark from a field despite taking 18 shots per game, nearly three attempts more than his previous personal high.
There were some questions about the deal Chicago forked over but LaVine certainly looked to be worth it in his first (mostly) full season as a team’s top option. His name wasn’t necessarily included as part of the core when Chicago was mentioned in trade rumors, but it’s more of a situation where the Bulls would listen to offers rather than one where they’re dangling him.
This Year: Although LaVine earns full marks for his on-court play, he was given a great opportunity to produce with so many other important Bulls in and out of the lineup over the course of the year. Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter all missed chunks of the season, which opened up plenty of usage.
Obviously LaVine is going to function as Chicago’s top scorer and handle the heaviest offensive burden, but he may find touches slightly harder to come by.
Injury History: LaVine missed a couple weeks with a sprained deltoid tendon in his left ankle in December, one game with a right ankle sprain in January, two games with a right patellar tendon strain in March and the final 10 games with a right thigh contusion and another knee injury, though that last batch was heavily influenced by Chicago’s tanking.
The torn left ACL from 2017 is still the most concerning thing in his history, though it would appear that the lower body injuries are starting to pile up.
Outlook: LaVine should remain a solid source of points, threes, rebounds, assists and steals, and the only question is how well he shoots from the field. Considering LaVine has shot north of .450 in three of the last four seasons, with the lone exception being the one where he returned from the ACL tear, it’s reasonable to expect that LaVine’s mark won’t plummet even on high volume. There’s solid top-40 potential in 8-cat leagues and top-60 appeal in 9-cat formats.Buddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Total Value: 23 / 23 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 45 / 39 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 82
2018-19 Review: Hield was sensational last year and quickly became one of the more effective shooting guards in the entire league, let alone one of the most underrated. He finished fourth in the league in made triples (278) and averages of 20.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 3.4 3-pointers per game landed him with fourth-round value. Those were all comfortable career-highs aside from steals, as was his sterling .886 mark at the line.
This Year: A tireless worker and one of the most consistent players around, Hield could be in line for another step forward this season. As a shooting guard he should be clear of Sacramento mucking up things at the forward spots and he and De’Aaron Fox have formed the backbone of the Kings’ next era. He’s been dynamite aside from the first couple months of his career in New Orleans and the Kings seem to recognize that they have a budding star on their hands.
Injury History: Hield has missed two games in three seasons, both in 2017-18 as the result of a right ankle sprain.
Outlook: We’d be surprised if most fantasy players knew just how good Hield was last season. Nothing about his numbers looks like an outlier given the way his career has progressed so far, and he could actually be in line for more output in the steals department.Josh RichardsonSG/SF, Philadelphia Sixers
Total Value: 80 / 70 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 71 / 64 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 73
2018-19 Review: Richardson roared out of the gates last season but cooled as the season wore on. He finished with solid averages of 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.2 threes with a 41.2 field goal percentage. That’s obviously nothing to get upset about, but the changes in J-Rich’s profile probably forced fantasy players to adjust on the fly. Although he made strides with points, assists and threes, he regressed in steals, blocks and field goal percentage — two of which happened to be his bread-and-butter, standout categories.
This Year: Richardson was included in the Jimmy Butler deal and is a nice acquisition for the Sixers, who get a young, two-way wing that can space the floor and doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective. He’ll have to adjust to being a secondary or tertiary option given Philly’s starting five, but his fantasy value has always been derived from things beyond the scoring column anyway.
Injury History: Last season saw Richardson miss one game with a shoulder injury before a bruised left heel (three games) and a groin strain (four games) kept him off the floor for seven of Miami’s final eight games, which was pretty much the nail in the coffin for their playoff hopes. After logging 81 games two years ago, he missed the first four games of the 2016-17 season with knee soreness, six because of an ankle injury in December and 19 with left foot soreness. He’s not a major injury risk but will probably miss a few games here and there.
Outlook: Richardson’s steals and blocks are set for a bounce-back after they both hit career-low rates last season, and that alone should get him close to the top-50. A return to form in his shooting percentage (he’s gone .452 – .394 – .451 – .412 so far) would certainly be enough to make up for impending declines in scoring and assists. Consider Richardson a solid middle-round selection and you might find some nice profit margin in his ADP considering how routinely underrated he’s been to this point in his career.C.J. McCollumPG/SG, Portland Trail Blazers
Total Value: 70 / 68 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 68 / 59 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 70
2018-19 Review: McCollum posted a steady middle-round season, albeit one that couldn’t live up to his ADP. Slight downticks in his scoring, assists and steals look to be the main culprits, though CJM did manage to pump his shooting up from .443 to .459 and match his personal best in rebounds.
This Year: There isn’t a ton of change for Portland’s star backcourt, though the departure of Seth Curry might give McCollum more opportunities to handle backup point guard minutes and bring his assists back up a shade.
Injury History: McCollum had been pretty clear over the last three seasons after dealing with foot injuries for his first two years in the league but broke his streak of 80-plus games at three in 2018-19. He missed about a month with a left knee popliteus strain but we’re not considering him an injury risk moving forward.
Outlook: It’s become increasingly clear that McCollum’s breakout, early-round season in 2016-17 is an outlier performance. This past season proved that he can still deliver middle-round value while really only returning positive value in points, threes and free throws, so we have a good sense of what his floor is. McCollum might be due some regression in efficiency after a standout year inside the arc but we can’t imagine that he’ll fall far below fifth or sixth round value.Kevin HuerterSG, Atlanta Hawks
Total Value: 138 / 145 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 169 / 181 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 75
2018-19 Review: Huerter was thought to be one of the more NBA-ready rookies when he was drafted and proved the pundits right, grabbing hold of a starting role in December and never letting go. Of his 75 games, only two saw him play less than 11:30. His averages as a starter were predictably better than his numbers as a reserve, and he was able to sit right on the standard-league borderline with top-150/160 value in that time.
This Year: This season Huerter won’t need to outplay anyone to earn a starting role and should see additional playing time as the Hawks continue to align things for the future. Last season he proved that he could hang, and his sneaky all-around game is a nice fit.
Injury History: Last year Huerter missed most of his rookie offseason following hand surgery and missed a handful of games to a minor ankle sprain and back pain. None of those figures to be a long-term concern for him.
Outlook: Last season’s numbers as a starter seems like Huerter’s absolute floor, and if he’s able to improve upon last season’s .419 mark from the field then there’s interesting potential here. His ability to chip in some rebounds and assists along with threes and the occasional steal give Huerter late-middle round potential, and it’s unlikely that people will have to make a move on him until the tail ends of drafts. Given his expected ADP, we’d be surprised if Huerter doesn’t turn a profit for fantasy managers.Caris LeVertSG/SF, Brooklyn Nets
Total Value: 160 / 177 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 258 / 264 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 40
2018-19 Review: LeVert got lots of hype from the organization and got off to a blazing start, returning top-75 value over his first 13 games before being sidelined with what looked like a season-ending injury. He’s another player that fills multiple roles for the Nets as a combo guard with playmaking chops, and he shook off late-season rust to emerge as one of the team’s best performers in the playoffs. It was a season book-ended by successes, and the fact that he returned at all counts as a major win.
This Year: LeVert will look to keep that positive momentum going and should take on more of a featured role. He is currently penciled in as a starter but could be used in a high-minute bench capacity like Spencer Dinwiddie depending on how Kenny Atkinson lines everything up. Either way, LeVert will remain a secondary scorer and playmaker that can rise to the occasion when he needs to.
Injury History: A scary left foot dislocation kept LeVert off the floor for over two months last season, but he managed to exceed expectations and make it back for Brooklyn’s playoff run. He has missed time in the past due to a right knee sprain and a concussion. He has moderate injury risk heading into this season, but as long as there aren’t foot issues he should be alright.
Outlook: While LeVert only returned top-160/180 value last season, there are a few things that should be in his favor this year. First is an expected increase in playing time, which will help his scoring, assists and steals numbers. Second is an expected correction in his percentages, as LeVert shot a career-low from both the field (.429) and the line (.691) last season. Given his on-court improvement, expanding role and increasingly well-rounded stat set, LeVert should be able to deliver for fantasy players who take a shot on him in the late rounds.Nicolas BatumSG/SF, Charlotte Hornets
Total Value: 84 / 85 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 103 / 103 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 75
2018-19 Review: A lot of fantasy players would be shocked to know that Batum somehow finished with borderline top-100 value given how quiet his typical lines were.
The Frenchman had the worst scoring campaign of his career (9.4 points per game) since his rookie season. He set a seven-year low in assists (3.3 per game) and seemed to fade into the background on offense, only attempting 7.5 field goals and 1.2 free throws per game. Those numbers haven’t been that low since 2009-10 and 2008-09 when he was playing 24.8 and 18.4 minutes per game, respectively. He also posted a career-low in usage of 13.2, a sharp drop from 18.3 the season prior.
Batum’s saving grace was his improved efficiency, as he knocked down 45% of his shots from the floor – his highest number since 2013-14 – 38.9% of his threes – his highest number since 2011-12 – and 86.5% of his free throws – a career best. Still, it was a frustrating season for fantasy managers that were counting on Batum’s well-rounded suite of stats.
This Year: Batum should be forced back into a larger role with Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb out of town, which bodes well for his usage and counting stats, but likely spells trouble for his efficiency. That’s nothing that fantasy players haven’t seen before, and frankly there’s more value in Batum pushing back up around five dimes a night instead of shooting better on decreasing volume.
Injury History: Batum’s 2017-18 was defined by persistent elbow problems after he tore his UCL in the preseason, but he escaped last season unscathed. He missed one game with a right eye abrasion, three with an illness and was then surprisingly bounced from the rotation for a few contests. He’s a moderate injury risk given the mileage but nothing from last season spells danger.
Outlook: Batum’s days as a top-50 asset are in the rearview mirror, but he’s set up well for a bounceback campaign given the state of Charlotte’s roster. He’s going to have a chance to reestablish himself as more of a scoring threat as well as one of the team’s top playmakers, and even if that has a negative effect on his efficiency and turnovers the corresponding increases in points, threes and assists should keep him in the top-100 zone.Marcus SmartPG/SG, Boston Celtics
Total Value: 58 / 51 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 87 / 85 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 80
2018-19 Review: Smart was a shining beacon amidst Boston’s chaotic season, making on-court strides while establishing himself as the heart and soul of the Celtics. He finished with averages of 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers on .422 from the field. The steals, 3-pointers and field goal percentage were all career-highs by considerable margins – this was the first year that Smart ever shot north of 40 percent – and they carried him to a top-90 finish despite decreases in scoring, assists and rebounds.
This Year: Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier are gone, and even with Kemba Walker joining the squad there should be more room for Smart to operate. Last season saw Smart’s playing time dip to a three-year low despite good health, and we’d expect him to get back closer to 30 mpg than 25. The key will be efficiency and if Smart, a career-.310 3-point shooter, can come close to repeating last year’s .364 mark, he’ll be in line for another excellent season.
Injury History: Smart played virtually all of last season, though he did suffer a torn oblique in the second to last game of the season, keeping him out for about a month of the playoffs. For the most part though, Smart has been fairly durable throughout his career and shouldn’t be more than a moderate injury risk. The right thumb tendon he tore in 2017-18 didn’t look to be a problem at all.
Outlook: Smart’s always a steady source of assists and steals, and if his playing time ticks up as expected we should see more rebounds and points out of him this season. The delicate dance will occur with his percentages and 3-pointers, as the two will be tied together given his shot profile — volume alone won’t save him. Still, an increase in opportunity and a steadier role should make Smart a steady, middle-round option. A small step forward from last season seems reasonable.Terrence RossSG/SF, Orlando Magic
Total Value: 73 / 61 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 108 / 91 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 81
2018-19 Review: The true Scary Terry — Scarrence Terrence? — was one of the league’s best bench players last season, taking full advantage of a score-first role to deliver a career season. Ross averaged 14.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.7 3-pointers per contest. He was also a non-zero on defense with 0.9 steals and 0.4 blocks per contest, and his ability to get hot in a hurry saved Orlando more than a handful of times this year.
This Year: Ross re-signed with the Magic, as did just about everyone else, so his role seems pretty safe. Orlando still needs his bench scoring in a bad way and he’ll be free to chuck away.
Injury History: This was a great bounce-back season after Ross was limited to 24 games in 2017-18 after suffering a sprained right MCL and non-displaced fracture in his right leg. He’s been mostly healthy otherwise, with a career-low of 73 games aside from that terrible break.
Outlook: Look for Ross to come off draft boards in the late-middle rounds, though we’d be a little shy about taking him before the 10th to preserve some profit margin while building in some slack for any potential dip in percentages.J.J. RedickSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Total Value: 79 / 72 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 90 / 90 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 76
2018-19 Review: Even as Redick got pushed down in the pecking order, he remained a vital part of Philadelphia’s roster. His shooting was the one thing that kept the floor spaced at all and he delivered career-highs with 18.1 points, 3.2 threes and 31.3 minutes per game. Not bad for your age-34 season.
This Year: The Sixers couldn’t afford to bring Redick back again and he landed with the Pelicans, who could certainly use an elite floor-spacer. They have much better backcourt depth — as well as guys who can actually shoot in their own right — which means that Redick is in line for fewer minutes and a less-important role. He should still play substantial minutes as the likely sixth man, but the Pelicans shouldn’t ask Redick to change his on-court game at all.
Injury History: Redick continued his strong run of health, only hitting the sidelines with back tightness (four games for two occurrences), an illness and a rest day . In 2017-18 he sustained a bone edema and small cortical crack in the fibular head of his left leg. It was never thought to be serious despite all those big fancy medicine words and he ended up missing seven games. There are minor hamstring and ankle injuries in his past but the sharpshooter hasn’t played fewer than 70 games since 2011-12.
Outlook: While Redick will always hold a standard-league floor, he’s primed for some steps back this season. A decrease in playing time will mean fewer points, threes, rebounds and assists — his defensive contributions were already negligible, anyway. A dip to 2.5 threes a night would still hold obvious appeal in 12-team formats, but Redick is looking more like a true late-round pick than the sneaky top-100 option he’s been as a heavily featured player in Philly.Will BartonSG/SF, Denver Nuggets
Total Value: 265 / 274 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 190 / 211 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 43
2018-19 Review: Barton received a big contract and was set to assume a larger role, rising from dynamic sixth man to starting small forward. Unfortunately he had to be stretchered off the court after suffering a hip/core injury in the second game of the year and missed three months. Upon returning Barton dealt with minutes restrictions and couldn’t find his shooting touch, going under 40 percent from the field from February onward.
This Year: Barton’s in a similar boat as Gary Harris, as their injuries allowed the team to discover their capable wing depth, which only crowds the rotation going further. It’s going to be difficult for Barton to repeat the 33.1 mpg he played in his breakout season as the Nuggets now need to find time for Malik Beasley and Torrey Craig.
Injury History: Last season’s core/hip muscle injury is Barton’s biggest career injury. In 2016-17 he missed a month with a foot injury and 10 games with a left ankle problem. He doesn’t look to be an injury risk but last season’s problem could have effects on Barton’s athleticism.
Outlook: Middle-round expectations are off the table for Barton, though that upside does exist if he can somehow climb back into 33 mpg. We’re anticipating him playing a similar workload to last year, i.e. just shy of 30 minutes, though some positive regression in his efficiency and steals will put him in the top-120 conversation.Danny GreenSG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers
Total Value: 71 / 54 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 107 / 83 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 80
2018-19 Review: Green was huge for the Raptors, posting a four-year high in scoring as well as career-highs in threes made and 3-point percentage (.455) and the second-best shooting percentage of his career. He looked fully recovered from a groin injury that he said the Spurs misdiagnosed and helped the Raptors win the championship with some big shooting performances in the Finals. It was a big bounce-back year after Green had dipped into late-round territory over the previous few.
This Year: Green agreed to a two-year, $30 million deal with the Lakers, and he’s expected to start at shooting guard and give the Lakers a 3-and-D presence they sorely lacked last season.
Injury History: Last season saw Green miss one game for a left knee bruise and another for rest. In 2017-18 he was sidelined by groin strains and tightness for 10 games while the year prior he missed 14 games with two quad issues. He shouldn’t be considered a risk to miss much time.
Outlook: Green’s in line for a dip between some expected regression in his percentages, a move to a system that’s a little less friendly with its ball movement and the Lakers’ depth on the wings. Though he could be close to the top-150 line, his roto-friendly stat set makes him a late-round selection, with bonus value in 9-cat.Evan FournierSG/SF, Orlando Magic
Total Value: 87 / 108 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 125 / 145 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 81
2018-19 Review: Fournier was a source of frustration for fantasy managers last season, combining inconsistency with statistical declines overall. Like many of his teammates, Fournier did rise to the challenge of becoming a better playmaker and defender, averaging a career-high 3.6 assists in the process, but the rest of his numbers fell enough to bump him firmly into late-round territory. He did finish the year on a middle-round kick thanks to some hot shooting but that only serves to underscore how rough the early going was. In an interesting and likely meaningless tidbit, Fournier has now shot .440-.462-.439-.459-.438 in his five seasons since joining the Magic, which might be something to keep in mind for next year.
This Year: There are some questions about how Fournier fits long-term on a team that seems to be collecting versatile and athletic defenders, but he’s a fine shooting guard to trot out until the right prospect comes along. He’s looking at a similar role again next season.
Injury History: Fournier set a career-high in games played after logging only two seasons with 70-plus games in his first six tries. In 2017-18 Fournier missed eight games with a sprained right ankle and the final 17 because of a sprained left MCL. he previous year he missed 14 games with heel and foot problems. Back in 2014-15, his first year with the Magic, a groin strain forced him to the sidelines for 21 games. Expecting him to log another 81 games seems unwise.
Outlook: If Fournier starts shooting around 46 percent again he’ll be a solid top-100 player. If he settles into the low 40s, then he can still manage top-150 numbers. You shouldn’t be paying for his upside, obviously, which makes Fournier a passable late-round choice in standard formats.Gary HarrisSG/SF, Denver Nuggets
Total Value: 192 / 187 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 170 / 163 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 57
2018-19 Review: Much was expected of Harris last season but his early-round breakout wasn’t meant to be. He missed 25 games for the second time in the last three seasons (the third season featured 15 absences) and had a hard time regaining his form as Denver’s bench pieces provided quality play in the interim, meaning he didn’t get to jump back into a big role. Harris, needing to play his way into rhythm while the Nuggets were battling for seeding, saw his shooting collapse from .485 to .424 and his 3-point shooting dip from .396 to .339. It’s worth noting that he got off to a strong start to the year before he couldn’t find his footing after returning from injuries.
This Year: While a healthy Harris has a good chance at a bounce-back season, there are two things standing in his way: his track record of poor health, and the fact that last season’s absence allowed Monte Morris, Malik Beasley and Torrey Craig to establish themselves as legitimate contributors. While Harris will log more than last year’s 28.8 mpg, between the depth and the need to keep him healthy, he might not push too high over 30 moving forward.
Injury History: Harris missed seven games due to a right adductor strain, and he might’ve been saved from more absences by the fact that it led right into the All-Star break and a week off. He also missed five games with a left hamstring strain, 11 games with a right hip injury and two games with left ankle soreness.
In 2017-18 he sat out 11 games down the stretch with a knee injury, and the season prior he missed the beginning of the year with a groin injury and then four weeks because of a right foot problem. There’s definite injury risk, and fantasy managers just have to hope that Harris isn’t sidelined for too long at any one time.
Outlook: Harris was one of fantasy’s biggest disappointments last season, looking like a shell of himself even after he returned from lengthy absences. The worst part was that his strong start left plenty of hope for a return to form, meaning many fantasy owners were hanging onto a player that wasn’t standard-league material down the stretch. This season we’re expecting some correction in his efficiency and steals, but Harris’ injuries allowed for serious competition on the wings. The playing time crunch will adversely affect him, and Harris should be viewed as more of a middle-round or late-middle round player until he proves he can stay healthy for a full year.Eric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Total Value: 144 / 142 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 152 / 146 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 68
2018-19 Review: Gordon’s shot was way off to start the season, and he was a big drag by shooting .320 on 8.5 3-point attempts per game up through the All-Star break, which dragged his overall shooting down to 39.2 percent overall. He picked it up after the break, hitting 43.1 percent of 9.4 triples per night, shooting .449 from the field. Even so, the damage he did in the first half was irreparable and the big finish only got him to cut-line territory in 12-team formats. The fact that so much of his value is derived from one category meant that he was hard to cut as an elite specialist, but it wasn’t a fun time.
This Year: The calculus changes a bit this year as Gordon probably won’t get as many starts, nor will he handle as large a scoring burden with Russell Westbrook replacing CP3. He’s still going to lead Houston’s bench group and will see plenty of time with the starters, however, so there’s no real need to panic.
Injury History: Gordon missed eight games with a right knee contusion and three with a right adductor strain as his chunk absences this season, though he missed two other games as a result of knee soreness. In 2017-18 he got dinged up with knee, back, calf and ankle injuries and Gordon also has two finger fractures, a torn labrum and a litany of knee problems from earlier in his career on record. He shouldn’t be counted on for more than 70 games, if that.
Outlook: There isn’t a ton to think about with Gordon since he fills a specialized role for the Rockets and fantasy players alike. There might be a small hit to his scoring and threes, but his treys still figure to be elite and he should be due for a little improvement in shooting as long as he can avoid another historically terrible start. Gordon’s stat set isn’t great but his strong points are super strong and the opportunity will be there, so late-round value with marginal improvement on this past year seems fair.Tim Hardaway Jr.SG/SF, Dallas Mavericks
Total Value: 153 / 159 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 139 / 140 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 65
2018-19 Review: Hardaway got off to a strong start to his season in New York but really hit the brakes after getting traded to Dallas. Even before the deal THJ was only delivering top-125 returns because of his inefficiency, and extra points and threes couldn’t prop up a big drop in shooting percentage and smaller dips in steals and assists. Hardaway was a top-200 player in Dallas despite hanging on in the top-120 for February and was shut down with a stress reaction in his left leg with 11 games to go.
This Year: Hardaway, who is expected to be good to go for the upcoming season, will be competing for minutes on the wings and should be able to hold a starting spot. Dallas could use his floor-spacing but he’ll need to shift to more of a complementary role after getting the green light in New York for a couple of seasons.
Injury History: Hardaway underwent surgery for a stress reaction in his left tibia, though he is expected to be ready for camp. That’s doubly concerning since a stress reaction in the same leg cost him 20 games in the season prior, and it’s an obvious problem spot to look out for.
Outlook: Hardaway is a points and threes guy who is going to lose usage, which isn’t a great mix. His .393 field goal percentage from last year is due for a rebound, but there’s a late-round ceiling for THJ given how reliant he is on getting shots. Go into the year with top-150 expectations but don’t be too surprised if there’s a slide up or down a few spots.Jaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Total Value: 148 / 152 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 180 / 184 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 74
2018-19 Review: Brown drew the short straw last season, moving to the bench and making only 25 starts after starting in all 70 of his games as a sophomore. Despite an increase in usage Brown’s stats suffered because of a five-minute drop in playing time, and his points, rebounds, assists, steals and threes all decreased.
He got off to a very slow start to the season, shooting just .398 from the field through the end of November before picking it up the rest of the way. Even so, Boston’s crowded wing group meant that Brown’s improved play didn’t result in extra playing time. That said, Brown generally performed well when given a larger role as other Celtics missed time with injury, and did have runs of top-100 play.
This Year: Brown should return to the starting lineup even though Boston found some success with him coming off the bench. He’s too important to the team’s future to pigeonhole into a sixth man role and should be a more critical part of the offense moving forward. Look for him to climb back above 30 mpg as the Celtics have removed enough players from the wings and backcourt to open up minutes.
Injury History: Brown has had small bouts of back issues over the past couple of seasons: some bruises and occasional spasms. They have not kept him out very long and do not represent a long-term injury concern, but the degree to which they’ve reappeared means you should at least be aware of them. Last season he missed six games with back issues (two three-game stints), one for illness and one for a sore foot.
Outlook: Brown could be looking at a substantial increase in playing time after being pushed down to 25.9 mpg last season. That alone will be enough to elevate his counting stats, and the hope is that he can also improve his steal percentage a shade so he isn’t relying on pure volume alone. The last missing piece is his free throw shooting, though at .658 through three seasons, that’s beginning to look locked-in.
Brown’s top-130/150 campaign as a sophomore seems like a conservative rebound scenario, and there is late-middle round upside depending on minutes and the extent of Brown’s development from year three to year four.Josh OkogieSG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Total Value: 189 / 183 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 233 / 227 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 74
2018-19 Review: Okogie was immediately labeled a draft night steal as the Wolves landed one of the draft’s most athletic, defensively-capable prospects. It was a slow start, as one would expect given the coaching staff, but after averaging under 17 mpg in November and December Okogie consistently saw over 25 mpg the rest of the way, with some dips coming in the meaningless final days. He rode some waves of steals and blocks to standard-league value at times but his game wasn’t well-rounded enough to attract more casual fantasy players.
This Year: Okogie’s window of opportunity was blasted open when Robert Covington got hurt, so he may not see the same level of peak minutes this season. That said, his floor is also higher, and he’ll have a good chance to assert himself as the long-term answer at shooting guard. Some offensive development will be key and we would expect Minnesota to encourage him to improve on that front.
Injury History: Okogie was healthy last season, sustaining a left hip pointer but playing through it. He also missed the Summer League title game with a left shin/ankle injury but that’s not of concern.
Outlook: Okogie’s affinity for steals gives him a very easy pathway to standard-league specialist appeal, especially given the likelihood that his role will be increasing. Add in his threes and out-of-position blocks, and Okogie has a chance at returning top-125 value even with an offensive package that’s almost non-existent. Target him in the final rounds of all standard-league drafts.Josh HartSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Total Value: 181 / 175 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 200 / 186 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 67
2018-19 Review: Hart took home Summer League MVP honors, dominating competition that he should’ve. It rolled into a strong start to the year as Hart filled a number of roles for a Lakers team that needed him to wear multiple hats, and for a while he was worth deploying in 12-team leagues. Knee troubles took the wind from his sails in the second half, and even though he played through a lot of issues he just wasn’t the same. Hart still proved to be a solid deep-league contributor with 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 triples per game, though his points, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and rebounds all dropped despite an increase in playing time.
This Year: The Lakers traded Hart to New Orleans, where he’ll fill a similar role as a do-it-all reserve. Unfortunately, the Pelicans have fewer holes than the Lakers did, and Hart is unlikely to be tasked with backup point guard work barring injury. They also have capable players to handle the shooting guard minutes, so it will be more strict reserve work than super-sub minutes this season.
Injury History: As a rookie Hart was sidelined by a broken left hand. Last season was far more trying, as he dealt with tendinitis in both knees and received a PRP injection before eventually undergoing surgery on his right knee. Those knee problems were the source of all of Hart’s absences, and he was given a 12-week timetable after surgery on March 28 so he should be ready for this upcoming season.
Outlook: Hart’s efficiency is due for a bounce-back this season, but his blocks are likely to return to standard guard territory after he doubled his swats per game output last year. He can be considered a late-round option in 20-team formats with upside for more if one of the Pelicans’ several backcourt options gets hurt.Landry ShametPG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers
Total Value: 188 / 171 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 245 / 217 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 79
2018-19 Review: Shamet’s shooting became an important part of Philadelphia’s bench groups, and he had extra chances to produce as J.J. Redick picked up a few bumps and bruises. After being traded to the Clippers he quickly ascended to the starting lineup where he produced an impressive 2.7 3-pointers while averaging nearly 28 minutes per contest.
This Year: Shamet is a candidate to start unless the Clippers opt to move Paul George to shooting guard and keep Kawhi Leonard at the three, though the sophomore’s skill set means he’ll play a consistent role no matter where he begins the game. Knock-down shooters tend to find their way on the floor.
Injury History: The sharpshooter was mostly healthy as a rookie but looking back in his record he missed 2018 Summer League with a right ankle sprain. More troubling are a left foot fracture that forced him to redshirt his freshman year and a fractured right foot in July of 2017. Still, he’s not much of a risk heading forward unless he starts dealing with more foot troubles.
Outlook: Shamet’s stat set isn’t overly impressive but we can see him being near the top of the leaderboard in threes as long as he’s above 25 mpg. That would bring a marginal increase to rebounds and steals too, which should be enough to make him a top-150 player and a fine pick in the final rounds of 12-team drafts for teams in search of triples.Bogdan BogdanovicSG/SF, Sacramento Kings
Total Value: 117 / 120 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 116 / 120 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 70
2018-19 Review: Bogdanovic seemed to be the forgotten man last season as Sacramento’s starting backcourt took off like a rocket. He was either forced into a pure backup role or into out-of-position minutes as a small forward. Despite Bogdanovic’s versatile game, he’s caught in no man’s land a bit as the Kings are clearly at their strongest when things run through other players. BB8 was able to post a new career-high in scoring with 14.8 points per game, but he also sacrificed efficiency in a big way as he fell from .446 to .418 from the field. Minor increases in rebounds, assists, steals and threes brought him into the top-120 area but it wasn’t the big jump that he’s capable of. He’s a solid sixth man but it just isn’t the role that will allow him to hit his peak.
This Year: Unfortunately for Bogdanovic, the Kings have only crowded things further. The additions of Trevor Ariza and Cory Joseph will push him from both sides of the positional spectrum and Harrison Barnes’ move to small forward takes away even more minutes. He may still be the first player off the bench but he’s now got competition as a second ball-handler and scorer, especially with Marvin Bagley set to assume a larger role as well.
Injury History: After undergoing a procedure to repair a “slight” tear of his left meniscus in April 2018, Bogdanovic underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee in September that forced him to miss the first 10 games of the year (plus a precautionary rest day in Game No. 12). During the season he missed one game with right foot soreness but was otherwise healthy. As a rookie he missed three games with a right ankle sprain and one with a back problem, and he did miss over 20 games with a left ankle sprain playing in Europe in 2016. We’re not too concerned about Bogey missing time, even with the surgeries mounting and his left knee beginning to look like a sore spot.
Outlook: Bogdanovic might have trouble cracking 12-team value this season with so many things working against him. We have no doubts about his skills but the Kings don’t look at all committed to finding him big minutes with the way they have added to their roster this summer. A dip from his career 27.9 mpg is expected, and it’s probably going to make Bogdanovic more of a 14-16-team fantasy player.Justin HolidaySG/SF, Indiana Pacers
Total Value: 72 / 69 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 111 / 105 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 82
2018-19 Review: Holiday was turning a huge profit for fantasy managers last season while playing with the Bulls, delivering top-65/45 numbers despite shooting an ugly .386 from the field — 11.6 points, 4.4 points, 2.2 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.6 threes in 34.9 mpg. Unfortunately the tanking Bulls flipped Holiday to the soon-to-be-tanking Grizzlies, where he struggled to carve out playing time for a couple months before finishing the season on a standard-league run. He averaged 29.1 minutes a night in 44 Memphis games, though he only saw 24.4 mpg in his first 10 games after the trade. It was a slow climb back up from there and Holiday’s volume numbers suffered accordingly, resulting in top-175 numbers as a Grizzly overall. A top-110 finish is nice considering the ADP but he was originally looking like one of the best value picks in the entire league.
This Year: Somewhat surprisingly Holiday faced a very cool market in free agency and ended up with the Pacers on a one-year deal, where he’ll play alongside brother Aaron. Indiana obviously has Victor Oladipo and Malcolm Brogdon in the backcourt, but the departure of Bojan Bogdanovic could give Holiday a run of solid playing time before Oladipo returns mid-season. The Pacers might struggle for spacing a bit given their new forward lineup and Holiday can help alleviate those concerns a bit, though we don’t expect him to come close to the lofty minutes that carried big fantasy value in Chicago.
Injury History: Last season marked the second straight in which Holiday suited up 82 times, so there’s no risk at play.
Outlook: Holiday probably won’t top 30 mpg this season, even with Oladipo out for the first couple months. He does fill a role for the Pacers and has a chance to make the most of his chances, however, which means something in the 25-29 neighborhood is a reasonable expectation with wiggle room for injuries. Holiday is a great threes-and-steals option late in 14-16-team drafts.Wesley MatthewsSG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks
Total Value: 162 / 170 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 182 / 188 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 69
2018-19 Review: Matthews really hit his decline last season, as his shooting continued to dip and his steals dwindled. Despite logging over 30 minutes a game, the former 3-and-D stud could only muster 0.8 swipes per contest. It was thought that he could find his way into late-round value after landing with the Pacers, who had a starting role and lots of minutes available, but he averaged 10.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.9 steals while shooting .386 from the field and .369 from three in 31.5 mpg, good for only top-190 value.
This Year: Matthews moved onto the next playoff hopeful, signing a two-year deal with Milwaukee. He’s going to be in the mix to start at shooting guard but probably won’t be counted on for 30-plus mpg.
Injury History: Matthews missed a couple games with a right hamstring strain, two for right foot soreness and four with a left hamstring strain. His 2017-18 season was ended by a stress fracture in his right fibula and he does have that Achilles tear from 2014-15 on file.
Outlook: Matthews’ shooting hasn’t recovered after his Achilles injury and as his steals continue to erode, he’s basically a 3-point specialist. A bounce-back in the swipes department might put him inside the top-150 but his upside is low enough that you won’t need to treat him as a serious draft candidate in 12- or 14-team leagues.Luke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Total Value: 225 / 215 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 234 / 230 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 63
2018-19 Review: Kennard took a nice leap post-All-Star break to become, on and off, a reliable source of threes and points without getting mugged in the field goal percentage category. The trade of Reggie Bullock opened up some additional opportunities and Kennard flirted with top-150 play for stretches, though he did end with top-175 value in the second half overall.
This Year: There was talk last year of Kennard taking on some point guard work but that’s probably done now, so he’ll need to make his money out of the shooting guard spot. Kennard looks like the frontrunner for the vacant starting spot at the two but he’ll need to beat out Tony Snell and Bruce Brown, who held the role last year prior to Wayne Ellington’s arrival and had a strong Summer League. Kennard offers more offensive upside at the expense of Brown’s defense, though you’d imagine that the Pistons will eventually want to challenge their former lottery pick to take on more of a featured role.
Injury History: Kennard dealt with an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder in October but dodged serious injury thereafter. He’s not a big injury risk but you will want to be wary if that shoulder continues to cause problems.
Outlook: If Kennard gets 25 mpg he’s capable of repeating the numbers he posted down the stretch last season, though we would expect his shooting percentage to dip a bit into the .440s range in that scenario. If we get word that Kennard will start at shooting guard then he enters the last-round flier conversation in 12-teamers, but a top-200 floor and top-175 projection seems more reasonable with the way things stand now.Darius Garland (R)PG/SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
2018-19 Review: Garland suffered a torn meniscus in college, meaning NBA teams only saw him suit up for five games at Vanderbilt. He averaged 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.2 threes in that limited sample, going 11-of-23 from behind the arc and hitting 53.7 percent of his shots overall.
This Year: The statline makes him look like a different version of Collin Sexton, with better shooting touch and less of a pure scoring game. The Cavs have already discussed running Sexton and Garland in the lineup together, and while Garland might be the more willing passer of the two he’s also the far superior shooter and probably makes more sense as the guy who plays off-ball more frequently. Either way, he should get legitimate run in his first season.
Injury History: Garland’s well-documented meniscus injury kept him out for virtually the entire NCAA season. It also kept him out for Summer League even though reports indicated that he was fully healthy by that point. All signs seem to point to him being ready for the start of the season, but there is an obvious reason to want to wait and see what his injury outlook will be as a pro.
Outlook: Garland’s shooting makes him a potential source of volume scoring and threes right from the jump, and the small sample size from college doesn’t dissuade expectations that his percentages should be an issue as he adjusts to the NBA. He’s a late-round flier if he starts, but there’s a very narrow pathway to fantasy value. Garland seems likely to be slightly overdrafted.Kentavious Caldwell-PopeSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Total Value: 121 / 109 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 174 / 151 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 82
2018-19 Review: KCP was a mediocre performer for most of the season but timed things right, pushing a lot of owners to fantasy titles with a top 60/40 (8/9-cat) run over the last 16 games of the season with other Lakers sidelined. The 24.8 minutes per game was the fewest he’s played since his rookie year after playing at least 31.5 minutes in each of his other seasons, and the corresponding drop in threes and steals pretty much did him in as a standard-league guy.
This Year: Caldwell-Pope is back with the Lakers on a two-year deal but will see far more competition for minutes than he ever has with the additions of Danny Green and
Injury History:Caldwell-Pope was entirely healthy last season and has only hit the injury report for minor instances of Achilles soreness, groin and shoulder injuries. He’s pretty safe.
Outlook: There’s too many bodies in his way to consider KCP an option in standard-leagues. He should still do enough in steals and threes to land around the top-200 if that floats your boat.Norman PowellSG/SF, Toronto Raptors
Total Value: 230 / 228 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 224 / 233 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 60
2018-19 Review: Powell’s season looked like it was swirling the drain when a shoulder injury knocked him out of 21 games, but he returned with renewed verve and became a key bench contributor down the stretch and in the playoffs. The Raptors do not beat Milwaukee without him. The big change in Powell’s game this year was him hitting nearly 40 percent from deep, as he is only a .344 career 3-point shooter. A player who generally leans on confidence, Norm gets marks for fighting through a tough start and then riding the good vibes to another big postseason effort.
This Year: As it stands, Powell looks to be the favorite to start at shooting guard. His promotion has been delayed for a couple seasons now, first as OG Anunoby took his spot and then as Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green showed up, but the deck is now cleared enough to declare that this will actually be the year where Powell becomes a full-time starter. A career-high in minutes is a safe bet, though he’s unlikely to be a 30-minute type.
Injury History: Powell missed 21 games because of a left shoulder subluxation last season. It was his first real injury, as the year prior saw him miss four games with a hip pointer and get a few DNP-CDs. He rebounded well enough from the injury for us to count him as low-risk.
Outlook: If Norm was able to post top-230 numbers in under 20 mpg, it’s conceivable that he gets at least to the top-175 with 25 minutes a night and the added usage that’ll come with them. His shooting is probably due for regression, which stops us short of calling him a 12-team flier, but Powell should be able to notch double-digit scoring with six-plus combined rebounds and assists and something like 2.5 cash counters a night. He’s worth a late shot in 14-teamers and we’d excuse you for taking a chance in smaller leagues.R.J. Barrett (R)SG/SF, New York Knicks
2018-19 Review: Barrett was considered a top-of-the-lottery talent after posting 22.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.9 threes in 35.3 per game in his lone season at Duke. He’s an instinctive scorer with a frame that suggests he can defend across multiple positions at the next level, and he’s helped by a strong basketball IQ. Barrett shot just 45.4/30.8/66.5 in college and is not yet a top-flight shooter or ball-handler but that didn’t stop him from racking up the honors: The Jerry West Award (top NCAA shooting guard), All-America First Team and National Player of the Year from USA Today.
This Year: The new beacon of hope in New York, hopefully Barrett’s tenure goes better than the last few guys to get that title. He’s going to start somewhere, whether that’s at shooting guard or small forward, and figures to get plenty of opportunity to work through any kinks in his game. The Knicks don’t exactly have a primary scorer on board and you can expect Barrett to get a big slice of the pie as long as he doesn’t look totally lost.
Injury History: Barrett sustained a left calf injury that led him to withdraw from Team Canada in the upcoming FIBA World Cup but it’s not expected to affect his availability for the NBA season.
Outlook: Barrett will get plenty of minutes and shots but we’re concerned about efficiency troubles, especially if the Knicks do allow him to shoot freely. There is enough upside in his game to consider Barrett a late-round flier in standard leagues but he seems likely to be overdrafted. His stat set is decent but the lack of defensive numbers won’t help his case either, and it looks like he’ll need tons of minutes to rack up meaningful counting stats outside of the popcorn categories.Malik BeasleyPG/SG, Denver Nuggets
Total Value: 132 / 116 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 187 / 161 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 81
2018-19 Review: Beasley took full advantage of the injuries that took Gary Harris and Will Barton out of the lineup, setting career-highs across the board in his first chance at a legitimate rotation role. He was found money for Denver and had stretches of standard-league value, posting 15.9 points on 55 percent shooting with three triples, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.7 steals in his 18 games as a starter.
This Year: The rotation is about to get crowded, so while Beasley has assured himself of a role going forward he’s going to have a very hard time logging 23.2 mpg again. The Nuggets have great wing depth and Beasley will be a solid fill-in in case of injuries, but he won’t be as prominent a player as he was a year ago.
Injury History: Beasley underwent surgery for a fractured right leg back in his freshman year of college but hasn’t popped up on our radar since.
Outlook: There’s deep-league appeal for threes and the occasional steal, though Beasley may also be subject to a dip in shooting since he’s been all over the .400s for the first three years of his career — two of those featured limited samples. Beasley can be ignored in drafts until 20-team territory.Allen CrabbeSG, Atlanta Hawks
Total Value: 298 / 303 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 247 / 259 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 43
2018-19 Review: Crabbe just couldn’t stay healthy last season, missing over a month of time with right knee issues and eventually undergoing surgery. He was leapfrogged by Brooklyn’s deep cast of wings and was simply outplayed even when he was healthy. Crabbe chipped in his usual shooting with 2.3 triples per contest, but every other fantasy category saw him take a step back, and his field goal percentage plummeted to an ugly .367 mark.
This Year: Crabbe and his $18.5 million were dealt to Atlanta as the Nets needed to clear the books for their spending spree. It’s possible that Crabbe helps make up for some of the minutes that Kent Bazemore used to hold, but it’s clear that he won’t be jockeying for time with Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter as much as he’ll be picking up the leftovers. Crabbe’s shooting is valuable and he’s only a year removed from borderline top-100 fantasy output, but he’s unlikely to play enough to recapture that old glory.
On an expiring deal, perhaps Crabbe gets dangled at the trade deadline.
Injury History: Crabbe had been fairly injury-free during the previous three seasons, two in Portland and one in Brooklyn, but was mired with issues during his second season as a Net. He was hobbled by a left ankle sprain and a right knee injury, the latter of which shut him down for the season. Crabbe suffered from a bruised fat pad in his right heel that led to knee problems, and he underwent arthroscopic surgery on April 4. He should be viewed with fresh skepticism as an injury risk for his first season in Atlanta.
Outlook: Crabbe has the looks of a deep-league 3-point specialist and a worthwhile streamer, but it’s going to be hard for him to get near the 30 mpg area that helped sustain fantasy value in Brooklyn. A top-200 season isn’t out of the question if he returns fully healthy, and a top-150 season isn’t a crazy thought if he can get around 27 minutes a night, but most fantasy players should probably opt for higher upside with late-round picks.
Update: Crabbe is slated to miss the entire preseason after undergoing a right knee arthroscopy on April 4. He is now off the board in 12-team leagues and this should allow players like Kevin Huerter, DeAndre’ Bembry, De’Andre Hunter and Evan Turner to log more time in the early going.Wayne EllingtonSG/SF, New York Knicks
Total Value: 219 / 201 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 185 / 158 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 53
2018-19 Review: Ellington was standard-league-relevant in 2017-18 but fell out of favor in Miami last season, eventually getting waived by the Suns after a salary dump trade and signing with the Pistons for the stretch run. He opted to pursue playing time over title odds and it worked out well as he put up career-highs in points and steals and made 2.9 3-pointers a game as a near full-time starter for the first time in his career. He was a great find for a Detroit team that badly needed spacing and frankly it’s a wonder that he fell out of the rotation with the Heat.
This Year: Despite his steady contributions at a position of need, Ellington again passed up chances to sign with contenders and chose the Knicks. He will be counted on as the most consistent source of floor-spacing on the roster and could even start at shooting guard, though he may be just as likely to be at the end of the bench. The Knicks could very well tilt the playing time scales towards younger players over the course of the year and Reggie Bullock’s return from neck surgery will throw a wrench into things, but Ellington should have at least a month to put his stamp on a rotation role.
Injury History: Ellington missed a handful of games at the start of the season due to left ankle soreness but was otherwise healthy. In 2017-18 he missed four games with a quad contusion and one with shoulder soreness. He separated his shoulder back in 2015 and also dealt with quad and hamstring strains in 2016-17.
Outlook: The first month could be good to Ellington, who can land inside the top-150 if he starts the year out hot from the field. He’ll always hold value as a 3-point specialist and excellent streaming option, but he’s only a late-round flier given the way he’s likely to decline over time. We’d grade him as a passable last-round selection in 16-teamers while selecting players with more upside in shallower leagues.Malik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Total Value: 216 / 231 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 274 / 288 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 73
2018-19 Review: Monk’s career has gotten off to a terrible start, as the player regarded as one of the best shooters in his draft class has racked up a .376 mark from the field in his first 136 games. Last season he did set new career-bests with 17.2 minutes, 8.9 points, 0.5 steals, 1.5 threes and a .387 mark from the field, but that’s really nothing to write home about.
This Year: If Monk is ever going to figure it out in Charlotte, this might have to be the season. Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb are gone, with only Terry Rozier brought in to fill some of those vacated backcourt minutes. The doors are open for Monk to establish himself as a key member of the rotation and the Hornets would be wise to give him a real shot at it.
Injury History: Monk hasn’t dealt with any injuries of note in his NBA career, with most of his absences over the last two years coming as DNP-CDs.
Outlook: Despite the opportunity facing Monk, he doesn’t have much to offer as a fantasy contributor barring a crazy improvement in his shooting percentage. There’s deep-league appeal for points and threes but most fantasy players will be able to take a wait-and-see approach rather than burn a pick on Monk.Rodney HoodSG/SF, Portland Trail Blazers
Total Value: 166 / 155 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 202 / 178 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 72
2018-19 Review: Rodney Hood was generally up to no good this season. He started the season with the Cavs and saw 27.4 mpg, though it yielded inconsistent production that averaged out to 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 threes on .427 from the field. A trade to the Blazers didn’t help him at all as his minutes and counting stats fell except for blocks, which were still insignificant. There were some strong playoff moments but Hood didn’t turn a great opportunity in Cleveland into anything to capture our attention.
This Year: There was some question as to whether the Blazers could afford to bring Hood back after his playoff run but they managed to work something out. He’ll be battling with Kent Bazemore for time on the wings and could end up starting, though we’d guess that Hood sticks as the first man off the bench for Portland.
Injury History: In 2017-18 Hood missed time with a sore left ankle, a strained left calf, a lower left leg contusion, back soreness and a sore left Achilles. The year prior he was felled by a sore hamstring, a sore knee and later a right knee hyperextension and right knee soreness even later. This past season saw him miss one game with a sore right hip, seven in a nine-game stretch with left Achilles soreness and one with a sore right toe. Consider Hood a safe bet to miss a few games over the course of the year.
Outlook: The fact that Hood’s top-200/180 season featured him making 45 starts for a team with limited scoring options doesn’t bode well for his outlook. He might slide a couple rounds down the rankings and is only a flier candidate in 16-team leagues. If he ends up starting then he could have a shot at 14-team value but Hood’s just not a fantasy player to get worked up about.Anfernee SimonsSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Total Value: 458 / 474 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 493 / 502 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 20
2018-19 Review: The Blazers knew that Simons wouldn’t be tasked with much in his first year after selecting out of IMG Academy, and he was limited to 7.0 mpg — and that includes the season finale where Simons exploded for 37 points in 48 minutes. One of the youngest players in the entire league, last year was all about observing the NBA game up close and developing skills outside of game action.
This Year: Simons could be thrust into an important role this season as Portland let Seth Curry walk in free agency and didn’t bring in any other ball-handlers. That leaves the backup point guard job there for the taking, and Simons looks like the only obvious fit for that role on the roster. He’ll look to build off a strong Summer League, where he was named to the SL Second Team.
Injury History: Simons suffered a Grade 1 right ankle sprain in Summer League but isn’t expected to miss time.
Outlook: While expectations need to be kept in check, especially for a guy who only appeared in 24 NBA / G-League games last season, Simons could sneak up on a few deep-league managers this season. He obviously has scoring chops and could get into the top-250 if he absorbs a good chunk of the 18.9 mpg that Curry left behind. Consider him a flier in leagues with more than 20 teams.Gary Trent Jr.SG, Portland Trail Blazers
Total Value: 502 / 520 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 516 / 516 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 15
2018-19 Review: Like fellow rookie Anfernee Simons, Trent did a lot of watching in his first year. He only averaged 7.4 minutes in his 15 games and shot .320 from the field in that time, so it’s safe to say that he didn’t make much of limited opportunities.
This Year: Unlike Simons, there doesn’t appear to be an easy path for Trent to earn minutes after the Blazers added Kent Bazemore and re-signed Rodney Hood. Trent will fill a third SG role on a team that has some solid depth on the wings.
Injury History: Nothing to worry about on the injury front, though he did miss a little time last preseason with a right quad injury.
Outlook: Trent can be ignored in just about all fantasy formats, and certainly all redraft leagues.Bryn ForbesSG, San Antonio Spurs
Total Value: 125 / 116 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 179 / 165 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 82
2018-19 Review: Forbes’ shooting proved invaluable for a team that was committed to the mid-range game. He set career-highs across the board, and 28.0 mpg as an 81-game starter allowed him to put up 11.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 2.1 threes per night while shooting .456 from the field.
This Year: The return of Dejounte Murray is going to hurt as the Spurs suddenly have even more of a logjam at the guard spots. Forbes brings something that none of his main competition does, however, which means he still has a good chance to start. Either way we’d expect his minutes to go down.
Injury History: Nothing here but tumbleweeds.
Outlook: Forbes’ stat set is a little light for our liking but he’s a steady hand that’s perfectly fine to use for threes and relatively efficient scoring out of a backcourt slot in deep leagues. Consider Forbes a potential late-round guy in 16-teamers.Patty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Total Value: 139 / 140 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 197 / 199 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 82
2018-19 Review: Mills kept on doing his thing last season, though he surprisingly saw a decrease in playing time despite Dejounte Murray’s absence. Other than that it was pretty much the same season that Mills has turned in for the last three.
This Year: With Murray back and Derrick White emerging as a serious player, Mills is at risk of seeing even fewer minutes next year. His institutional knowledge is of value to the Spurs’ on-court efforts but it wouldn’t be surprising if Mills was pushed down even closer to 20 mpg.
Injury History: Mills underwent shoulder surgery back in 2014-15 but has missed three games in four seasons since, so he’s all good.
Outlook: Fantasy players can treat Mills as a player with a top-250 floor and a top-200 ceiling, though his general consistency might hold additional appeal if you’re willing to roll with a low-end plodder.Marco BelinelliSG, San Antonio Spurs
Total Value: 173 / 172 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 226 / 216 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 79
2018-19 Review: Belinelli’s shooting percentage took a dive from .441 to .413, but luckily that mostly came inside the arc — he still hit 37.2 percent of his threes and 1.9 per night. Beyond that, the only notable change was in steals, as Belinelli managed just 0.4 per night after averaging 0.8 in 2017-18. Those two things were enough to knock Belinelli from 14-team territory all the way to the top-225, which is just part of the deal when you’re walking the tightrope with his stat set.
This Year: The Spurs need shooters on their bench, and although Belinelli will continue to slide down the pecking order he still has a role to fill. It’s probably going to take an injury for him to get over 20 mpg though.
Injury History: Last season saw Belinelli hit the sidelines with left hip soreness, a left knee contusion and neck stiffness. In 2016-17 he had a left ankle injury that cost him a few weeks and a finger injury down the stretch. As a member of the Kings in 2015-16 he dealt with a foot issue and he had a groin injury cost him multiple games the year before with the Spurs. He’s not a major injury risk.
Outlook: Belinelli is a deep-league 3-point specialist. Treat him as a top-250 player with a little wiggle room to slide either way.Lonnie Walker IVSG, San Antonio Spurs
Total Value: 443 / 439 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 457 / 450 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 17
2018-19 Review: It was sort of a lost season for Walker, who lost any shot at contributing after he tore his right meniscus in early October. He only averaged 6.9 minutes a night and while there were flashes of the dynamic player he was at Miami, there just wasn’t enough time for Walker to make a splash. In his lone college season he averaged 11.5 points, 0.9 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.8 threes per game in 27.8 mpg, though his .415 shooting takes some shine off what could be a promising stat set.
This Year: Walker was cooking in Vegas and was selected to the Summer League’s Second Team, so hopefully he can carry that into his regular season. He’ll be part of a deep wing group and is going to be battling Marco Belinelli and to a lesser extent, Patty Mills and Bryn Forbes for minutes.
Injury History: Walker tore his right meniscus back in college and suffered the same injury prior to his first NBA season. He also missed a couple games with a right ankle sprain but the knees are what you’ll want to pay attention to.
Outlook: If you’re into upside gambles then you could certainly do worse than Walker, but it’s tough to see how he can be of legitimate value in leagues with fewer than 20 teams unless someone else gets hurt.Jarrett Culver (R)SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
2018-19 Review: The Wolves traded up to draft Culver, who is possibly the most versatile rookie in the class. That’s great news since he’s on a team that has almost nothing set long-term aside from Karl-Anthony Towns, and we’d expect Culver to see minutes across at least three positions. He enters the NBA as a second-team All-American, Big 12 Player of the Year and first-team All-Big 12. He led Texas Tech in points, rebounds, assists, field goals, 3s and free throws. Culver was the best player on the best defensive team in the league and his IQ on that end of the floor stands out along with the physical tools.
This Year: Culver’s ability to do the little things correctly while staying in his lane is refreshing to see in a rookie, and he will be able to stay on the floor because of his defensive prowess. The jumper needs work but Minnesota’s going to figure out where Culver fits.
Injury History: Culver played through a partially torn labrum in high school but that’s about it.
Outlook: Culver’s stat set is very interesting down the line (18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.3 triples in 32.5 mpg last year) but his best bet in year one is hitting some threes and grabbing steals. He’s a flier in 12-team formats but expectations should be tempered.Damyean DotsonSG, New York Knicks
Total Value: 177 / 176 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 200 / 199 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 73
2018-19 Review: Dotson showed improvement in his second season, putting up career-highs across the board while averaging 10.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.7 triples per game, clocking him in around top-200 value on the year. He jumped up to .368 from behind the arc and rose to the starting lineup as the Knicks flailed around the bottom of the standings, emerging as a solid rotation player in the wake of the Tim Haradaway Jr. trade.
This Year: The Knicks didn’t reshape the backcourt as they had hoped, but they did manage to add a few capable wings to clog up the mix. Dotson should be given a rotation spot after they way he played last season but the starting spot isn’t guaranteed and he’s unlikely to hit 27.5 mpg again.
Injury History: Dotson underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in mid-May but should be ready for camp. During the season he missed three games with a sore/bruised right shoulder and had six DNP-CDs. Keep an eye on the shoulder but don’t treat Dotson as a major health risk.
Outlook: There’s too much competition on the wings to project another top-200 season out of Dotson, but he can be viewed as a boring, top-250 type of player. Draft accordingly but be aware that the Knicks rotation could vary wildly from night to night, which brings both good and bad to the table.Terrance FergusonSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Total Value: 237 / 226 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 301 / 285 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 74
2018-19 Review: Ferguson became a full-time starter in his second season and turned in a career year with unassuming averages of 6.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.2 blocks and 1.4 threes on .429 shooting in 26.6 minutes per game. He can still stand to add some muscle but Ferguson is growing into the 3-and-D role OKC envisioned when they took him in the first round two drafts ago.
This Year: All of the Thunder’s offseason maneuvering opened up minutes at small forward and shooting guard, which is good news for Fergy. He should stick in the starting five and could see additional offensive opportunities headed his way with the team likely setting its sights on the future.
Injury History: Ferguson missed one game with back spasms and four with a left ankle sprain. His other absences were for illness and personal reasons.
Outlook: Ferguson is in line for more minutes and shots this season, and he could be worth a flier at the back end of 12-team drafts. He’s not going to be a very exciting fantasy player but he should threaten 2.0 threes and 1.0 steals per night, with minimal turnovers giving him a boost in 9-cat formats.C.J. MilesSG/SF, Washington Wizards
Total Value: 318 / 310 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 348 / 340 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 53
2018-19 Review: Miles struggled mightily to start the year with the Raptors, only working his 3-point percentage up to .314 with a late surge. He played his way out of the rotation at one point but did find a little bit of a groove in Memphis, where he saw action in 13 games as a reserve for the Grizzlies and averaged 9.3 points and 1.8 threes in 22.6 minutes.
This Year: The Grizzlies flipped Miles to Washington, where he has a chance at holding a rotation job thanks to the Wizards’ lack of depth on the wings. As a 14-year veteran he probably won’t be a priority for the organization but Miles will offer some on-court utility and help open things up for others. Barring another ugly slump, of course.
Injury History: Injuries started to catch up with Miles last season as he dealt with numerous bouts of hip soreness/bursitis as well as a right adductor strain. Things got worse at the end of the year as Miles missed the final 12 games thanks to a stress reaction in his left foot. He underwent left foot surgery in late July and was given a six-week timetable, so we’ll have to wait for word on whether he’ll be ready to go for training camp. Calf, knee and shoulder issues can be found further back in his record.
Outlook: Miles’ surgery hurts his chances of opening the season in a sizable role, which isn’t good news for a player who figures to be phased out over time on a young team. The lack of depth overall means he could hit the deep-league radar as a 3-point specialist but we’re talking 20 teams and beyond with the way last season went.Patrick McCawPG, Toronto Raptors
Total Value: 382 / 378 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 377 / 363 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 29
2018-19 Review: McCaw had one of the stranger years in recent memory, refusing to sign his qualifying offer from the Warriors and waiting for an offer sheet that never really came. He ended up making a pit stop in Cleveland when the Warriors gave up the ghost, and McCaw ended up with the Raptors. It was an odd fit since many assumed he was looking for playing time and McCaw was on the fringe of the rotation for most of the year.
This Year: The Raptors re-signed McCaw and he gives them another long wing player to work with. He was laughably passive on offense last season and it’ll be up to the organization’s development staff to sort out the kinks on that side of the floor. The defensive potential is there, however, and McCaw is going to be battling for minutes on the wings. He’s probably going to be in the rotation but we don’t envision him landing a big role.
Injury History: McCaw didn’t log a full season but still managed to get hurt. A left thumb sprain kept him out for about three weeks, though it was a big step up on his 2017-18 campaign. That year he missed two games with a concussion in December, two with a mid-back strain in January, sprained his left thumb, sprained his right wrist and then sustained a fracture in his left wrist. There was of course the scary back injury (a lumbosacral bone bruise) he sustained on March 31 when he was undercut going for a dunk that kept him out until deep into the playoffs.
Outlook: We haven’t seen enough in McCaw’s offensive game to project him as more than a top-300 option, even if a full summer with a team will do a world of good following last year’s debacle.Tyler Herro (R)SG, Miami Heat
2018-19 Review: Herro was selected 13th in the draft and was regarded as one of the top shooters available. There’s plenty of room to grow, as he only hit 1.6 threes and shot .355 from deep in his only season at Kentucky, but his sterling .935 mark at the charity stripe suggests that he’s got the tools and form needed to deliver on that promise. He’s a little undersized and will face questions about his defense, but Herro can get buckets in a variety of ways and has serious range.
This Year: The Heat were reportedly reluctant to include Herro in any trade talks this summer, which means he could be ticketed for a solid role in year one. His limited length means that he’s probably going to be stuck at shooting guard and won’t move around a ton, but as long as he’s hitting jumpers and stretching the floor the Heat will develop the rest of his game slowly.
Injury History: Herro suffered a very minor ankle injury in college and a calf injury in high school, so he’s not an injury risk coming into this season.
Outlook: Although the Heat have a need for a knock-down shooter and some minutes open on the wings, Herro’s going to go through some growing pains this season. The most likely fantasy outcome is that he becomes a deep-league 3-point specialist and a boost to free throw percentage on low volume, but that isn’t necessarily someone that you should be rushing to draft in redraft formats. Dynasty managers can get a bit more aggressive.Allonzo TrierSG, New York Knicks
Total Value: 238 / 273 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 244 / 303 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 64
2018-19 Review: Trier quickly rose through the ranks, signing as an undrafted free agent, working his way to a two-way deal and then becoming a rotation fixture. He impressed the coaching staff with his effort and showcased his natural scoring ability, though the “Iso Zo” moniker he earned isn’t a 100 percent positive thing. In the end, Trier averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers in 22.2 mpg with brief stints of standard-league usability.
This Year: Trier is the other main candidate to start at shooting guard, though his score-first game probably works best off the bench. He shot .394 from deep on 2.1 attempts per game and there is definitely a space for him to stand out from the crowd as more of a pure scorer than his spot-up competitors, but he’ll have to earn any increases in playing time.
Injury History: A left calf strain cost Trier the final 11 games of the season while he also sat out seven because of a left hamstring strain. He’s a low-level risk.
Outlook: Trier can be left undrafted outside of 20-team formats given the amount of competition he’ll face for minutes and his hollow stat set.Wes IwunduSG/SF, Orlando Magic
Total Value: 286 / 280 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 357 / 352 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 68
2018-19 Review: Iwundu had additional minutes headed his way after the Magic dumped Jonathon Simmons at the trade deadline, and he was able to stick in the rotation as a lanky defender. His shooting is suspect and the defensive effort doesn’t lead to a ton of defensive numbers, however, so it was a largely anonymous fantasy season despite some good progress in terms of his NBA career.
This Year: Iwundu should start a rung higher on the depth chart but barring some changes to his stat set it’s going to be fairly meaningless for fantasy purposes.
Injury History: Nothing significant.
Outlook: Iwundu is a late-round option for 30-team formats.Avery BradleyPG/SG, Los Angeles Lakers
Total Value: 212 / 231 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 222 / 253 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 63
2018-19 Review: Bradley was left for dead until a trade to a decimated roster gave him some juice. He saw his usage rate fall to the lowest point of his career in the 55 games that he played for the Clippers. The trade to the Grizzlies was great for Bradley’s fantasy outlook as he was at his peak fantasy performance in the 14 games he played and started for the team. He averaged 16.1 points on 46.3 percent from the field and had a career high 4.0 assists per game, posting top-80 value over his last 13 games.
This Year: Bradley is a fitting pickup for the Lakers since his reputation exceeds his contributions these days, but he’ll be asked to defend like a madman on the perimeter and hit the occasional three in a reserve capacity. The team’s need for perimeter defenders will give him steady minutes, but definitely not the 30.2 mpg he received last season.
Injury History: Bradley’s injury history continued to grow. He sat out the last 12 games of the year with a right shin contusion (possibly tank-aided) and missed a six-game stretch in November with a left ankle sprain. Bradley also hit the report with right knee and wrist issues.
It was better than his ugly 2017-18, where he missed seven games with the Pistons because of a strained adductor and appeared in only six games with the Clippers before a groin/sports hernia injury ended his year. Bradley then underwent surgery to repair the adductor and rectus abdominis muscles in March and ended up sitting out the season’s final 26 games. Previously he’s had ankle and elbow injuries in addition to a strained Achilles and a broken thumb.
Outlook: Bradley was outside the top-200 even after his middle-round burst in Memphis, and his playing time is set to decline. Don’t overthink it.Hamidou DialloSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Total Value: 379 / 389 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 450 / 451 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 51
2018-19 Review: Diallo was viewed as a project coming out of the draft but his athleticism was impossible to ignore and he ended up making 51 appearances in his first season. It wasn’t particularly notable, with a Slam Dunk Contest trophy the only accolade of note.
This Year: Minutes have opened up on the wings this summer but Diallo will need to outplay Terrance Ferguson and the returning Andre Roberson to carve out a larger chunk than the 10.3 mpg he had last season. He looked fairly raw last season so we’ll see what his summertime work has meant for his development.
Injury History: Diallo missed about a week with a left ankle sprain during the season, though the initial fall made it look far worse. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in April but was already back on the court at Summer League.
Outlook: It would take a big leap to get Diallo on the fantasy radar, and even with the extra minutes available he’s not an inspiring fantasy pick. You can probably leave Diallo undrafted outside of 30-team leagues.Danuel HouseSG/SF, Houston Rockets
Total Value: 288 / 273 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 200 / 189 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 39
2018-19 Review: House was a solid surprise for the Rockets, stepping up amidst early injuries and looking like a player that could provide competent minutes on the wing. His shooting completely fell apart in the playoffs, however, and House also had a weird contract standoff after he ran out of NBA days on his two-way deal. Still, he delivered 9.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.9 threes in 25.1 mpg.
This Year: Houston’s depth chart is fairly light at the moment, and House looks primed to be a second-stringer at one position or another. He’ll stay on the floor for as long as his corner threes are dropping, but he showed enough to be considered a complementary piece rather than an emergency call-up.
Injury History: House hit the injury report with left knee issues briefly but didn’t miss significant time.
Outlook: Assuming House can get mid-twenties minutes, his versatile game could definitely result in another season of top-200 value. It’s fair to question whether last season’s 3-point shooting was a fluke, however, so you’d be forgiven for chasing someone with higher upside or a steadier floor at the end of deep-league drafts.Dwayne BaconSG, Charlotte Hornets
Total Value: 332 / 324 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 346 / 324 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 43
2018-19 Review: Bacon played 43 games last season, down from 53 as a rookie, though he also requested some trips to the G-League to get playing time. He had a two-game stretch where he put up 45 points but there wasn’t much else to get excited about.
This Year: Bacon could be a big part of the committee that will replace Jeremy Lamb, though his stat set makes him a longshot to hold any sort of fantasy value unless he starts racking up steals at double his career rate.
Injury History: Bacon missed some time with a right ankle sprain in his rookie year but that’s it.
Outlook: Bacon seems to have fans in the organization and should see more minutes this season, but he’s not going to register on the radar outside of 30-team formats. Perhaps he plays his way into 20-team consideration but you shouldn’t have to spend a draft pick to find out.Alex CarusoSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Total Value: 326 / 329 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 175 / 203 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 25
2018-19 Review: Caruso went from two-way contract holder to cult hero, emerging as a fan-favorite and a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing year for the Lakers. He improved his points and field goal percentage while becoming a drastically better 3-point shooter, going from the 30.2 percent from behind the arc he shot last year all the way up to 48.0 percent. Caruso finished just outside of the top-100 for the last 2-3 weeks of the season, and when you looked at his 25 games on the year he was a top 175-200 guy (8/9 cat) in just 21.2 mpg. Not half bad.
This Year: There were hopes that Caruso would elevate into a more consistent, serious role but the re-signing of Rajon Rondo, the additions of Danny Green, Avery Bradley and Quinn Cook and LeBron’s move to point guard really crowd the backcourt.
Injury History: Caruso isn’t an injury risk.
Outlook: While the stat set remains intriguing, it would take some injuries to put Caruso on the map this year. It’s possible that he lands above Quinn Cook on the depth chart but even then he’s looking at third point guard minutes.Austin RiversPG/SG, Houston Rockets
Total Value: 240 / 242 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 308 / 313 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 76
2018-19 Review: Rivers was rescued from a sinking ship in Washington and gave the Rockets some steady minutes when Chris Paul was out, though his blend of counting stats on poor efficiency wasn’t enough for him to crack the top-200 in that time. Still, he was a dependable presence on a bench that lacked proven contributors for much of the year.
This Year: The Rockets brought Rivers back on a two-year deal and he’ll operate in a similar combo guard role.
Injury History: Rivers stayed out of the infirmary last season, which was a nice change of pace from his recent history. In 2017-18 he missed 18 games with a right Achilles strain, two with a concussion and one with a strained elbow. In 2016-17 he missed eight games with a left hamstring injury plus some time with ankle and groin injuries plus another concussion. Rivers suffered fractures in both hands in the two years prior to that.
Outlook: Rivers’ 3-point shooting went in the tank unexpectedly last season but even if that corrects he’s going to offer extremely limited utility. He’s only ever really popped in fantasy when other players have been hurt, and that’s going to be the case again this year.Alec BurksPG/SG, Golden State Warriors
Total Value: 212 / 211 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 229 / 230 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 64
2018-19 Review: Burks started the season with Utah before being dealt to Cleveland, where he was given a chance to start and log heavy minutes. He had fleeting fantasy relevance and did deliver top-100 value over a short stretch, averaging 11.6 points and career-highs with 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 triples in 28.8 mpg as a Cav overall, but Burks’ fantasy season was effectively ended by a trade to the Kings. He fell out of the rotation and only saw 9.8 mpg with the Kings.
This Year: Burks heads to a team that needs help at the two and three spots, reneging on a deal with the Thunder to do so, and could find himself in a 20-minute role. He’s a nice option as a bucket-getter and should help prop up a weak bench.
Injury History: Burks’ career hit a big speed bump in 2016 when he fractured his fibula. Since then he’s undergone ankle (twice) and knee surgeries. Burks has been largely healthy in the time since, however, and only missed time with a left hand chip fracture this past November (four games). He’s still a moderate risk as his workload increases.
Outlook: There’s some deep-league appeal in Burks, assuming he lands a solid role as a leader in the second unit. He can produce points, rebounds and threes, and could do so at a level that would deliver top-250 production. It’s nothing crazy but it’s also not nothing.Rodney McGruderSG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers
Total Value: 248 / 251 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 289 / 284 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 66
2018-19 Review: McGruder was a must-start player during a big start to the season but he quickly succumbed to Miami’s depth and predictably fell way off the radar. It was fun while it lasted.
This Year: Miami’s cap crunch forced them to waive McGruder towards the end of the season and he was promptly picked up by the Clippers, who signed him to a three-year, $15 million deal. He’ll be battling for backup minutes at the forward spots this year.
Injury History: McGruder missed eight games with left knee soreness at the end of last season, also spending time on the sidelines with a bruised knee and a migraine. In 2017-18 he only logged 18 games as a result of a stress fracture in his left tibia.
Outlook: McGruder is great depth for the Clippers but would need a couple of injuries to pop on the fantasy radar.Dion WaitersSG, Miami Heat
Total Value: 279 / 285 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 199 / 223 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 44
2018-19 Review: Waiters returned to action on January 2, 2019, marking his first game action since December 22, 2017. He had a few nice stretches of quality scoring and really increased his 3-point output late in the year when the Heat were missing bodies, but his shooting struggles made him a punt-build player.
This Year: Waiters is going to be in the mix for reserve work at shooting guard, though he’ll need to hold off sharpshooter Tyler Herro and the athletic Derrick Jones Jr., among others, in a rotation that has some question marks.
Injury History: Waiters left ankle kept him out for over a calendar year, so while he was able to return and not miss any games, he has to be considered a moderate injury risk. Earlier in his career he hyperextended his left knee (five years ago) and had loose cartilage discovered in 2013, plus more left ankle issues back in 2012. He also missed 20 games with ankle soreness in 2016-17.
Outlook: Waiter’s stat set is problematic, and if not for that late 3-point barrage it would’ve been a much uglier season. He needs volume to produce and shouldn’t be getting more than last season’s 25.6 mpg. The fact that he’ll enter the season healthy and in shape could help him out but he’s best left for deep-league managers in need of scoring punch.Troy DanielsSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Total Value: 320 / 311 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 344 / 335 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 51
2018-19 Review: Daniels comes into the game and chucks up shots. He finished the season shooting .415 from the floor on 5.4 attempts but .385 from behind the arc on 3.8 attempts per game. There was some streaming appeal for threes but little else.
This Year: Daniels heads to the Lakers and will give them extra shooting depth, much like he did for Phoenix.
Injury History: Daniels was healthy last season, only popping up with a short stint in the concussion protocol. He missed the end of 2017-18 with an ankle sprain but that probably had a bit to do with lottery odds.
Outlook: Daniels is going to have a tough time cracking the rotation but will be the same 3-point streamer he always has been when he’s on the floor.Matt Thomas (R)SG, Toronto Raptors
2018-19 Review: Thomas, a 24-year-old who went to college at Iowa State, has spent the last couple of years playing in Spain. Last season he shot a blistering .485 from behind the arc and was a big part of Valencia’s EuroCup title. In his two years in Spain, Thomas has hit 47 percent of his threes on 4.9 attempts per game.
This Year: Well we know what role Thomas is coming to play. Aside from Danny Green the Raptors lacked a true sniper from the outside, and Thomas is going to get in the backup shooting guard mix. He’ll have to answer questions about his defense but the shooting should travel.
Injury History: Nada.
Outlook: Deep-leaguers in need of triples can feel free to roll the dice with Thomas, who figures to go under the radar for more casual fantasy players.Terence Davis (R)SG, Toronto Raptors
2018-19 Review: Davis went undrafted after four years at Ole Miss where he averaged 15.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers in his senior season while shooting .444 from the field and a career-best .371 from deep. At 6’5″ with a 6’9″ wingspan, the Nuggets invited the combo guard in for Summer League. He made one appearance before the Raptors offered a two-year deal.
This Year: The first year of said deal is fully guaranteed, which makes Davis one of the fastest-rising UDFAs in recent history. He had a couple of multi-cat lines while playing with the Raptors at Summer League and could be in the mix for minutes as a third point guard or shooting guard. He has great defensive tools and plays with some physicality, which will help him fit in with the program.
Injury History: Davis enters the NBA injury-free.
Outlook: Most rookies don’t amount to anything out of the gate for fantasy purposes, but Davis brings an interesting mix of skills and circumstance to the table. His skills suggest a player that can chip in across the box score and the Raptors have some open spots where he can help out. He’s on the board as a 30-team flier that could get inside the top-300 with some luck.Furkan KorkmazSG, Philadelphia Sixers
Total Value: 321 / 312 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 335 / 319 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 48
2018-19 Review: Korkmaz couldn’t build on a strong Summer League performance and floated in and out of the rotation before getting hurt.
This Year: There were rumors that Korkmaz would head overseas but he ended up sticking with the Sixers on a two-year deal. Shooting could be at more of a premium this season with J.J. Redick gone, which gives him a chance, but Korkmaz will need to beat out Zhaire Smith for reserve minutes at the shooting guard spot.
Injury History: Korkmaz suffered a Lisfranc injury in his left foot as a rookie that sidelined him for about three months. This past year he suffered a torn right meniscus and missed about two months of action.
Outlook: If he ends up with a rotation spot Korkmaz can be considered a 3-point specialist for deep-league use, but he would need a few things to go his way to end up with top-250 value.Dillon BrooksSG, Memphis Grizzlies
Total Value: 314 / 308 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 411 / 416 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 18
2018-19 Review: The most memorable part of Brooks’ season is when the Suns got crossed up about Dillon and MarShon and it killed an entire trade. Other than that, a volume-dependent Brooks saw his minutes cut from 28.7 to 18.3 and lost his starting job while missing significant time with injuries. Not great.
This Year: Brooks is back and the changes in personnel around him leave the starting shooting guard spot open. It could be a strange mix of bodies at that spot but Brooks does have a track record, and the organization will want to see how he bounces back from his health troubles after they were high on him during his rookie season. Still, he’s unlikely to recoup all that playing time unless he comes out of the gates hot.
Injury History: Brooks missed the final 43 games of the season with a right toe injury that eventually required surgery, but also missed 21 games because of a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee. He also suffered a Jones fracture in college and should be considered a moderate injury risk.
Outlook: Brooks was a top-250 guy in his rookie season in 28.7 mpg because of a weak stat set and flaky shooting. Though he almost has to be better this year than last, Brooks shouldn’t repeat that first-season opportunity and shouldn’t be expected to deliver more than top-300 numbers.Sterling BrownSG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks
Total Value: 285 / 276 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 306 / 301 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 58
2018-19 Review: Brown became a player that coach Bud could call on for some defensive matchups and he did make seven spot starts, but his modest career season didn’t mean anything for fantasy.
This Year: Brown will play a similar role this year, with the potential for him to potentially become a 20 mpg player with a strong showing in the preseason.
Injury History: Brown missed about a month with a right wrist sprain but that’s really the first injury of any note he’s encountered in the NBA.
Outlook: Brown’s development will be an underreported storyline for the Bucks, who are getting to the point where they need some of their homegrown players to provide inexpensive, productive bench minutes. That said, he’s got a long way to go to capture the hearts and minds of fantasy players and should only be on draft boards in 30-team leagues.Garrett TempleSG/SF, Brooklyn Nets
Total Value: 165 / 161 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 211 / 205 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 75
2018-19 Review: Temple opened last season as a starter for the Grizzlies and posted top-175 value up through the trade deadline, built almost entirely upon steals and threes. After being traded to a deep Clippers squad, his playing time plummeted from 31.2 to 19.6 mpg and he fell outside of fantasy’s top-250.
This Year: Temple joined the Nets, where his greatest contribution may come as a locker-room presence on a team whose young core just experienced some major upheaval and will now be burdened with big expectations. He’ll get minutes in Brooklyn’s deep rotation and can fill a 3-and-D role, but it’ll be closer to L.A. than Memphis.
Injury History: Temple only missed a handful of games last season due to a left shoulder sprain that kept him out for about a week and a half. Temple hasn’t had many long-term injury scares over the last few years and doesn’t carry much concern moving forward.
Outlook: Temple’s steals have held up well, and he’s been about a league-average 3-point shooter aside from a strange lull after getting traded last season. It’s a combination that lends itself to deep-league value but you can probably do better in leagues with fewer than 20 teams.Cam Reddish (R)SG/SF, Atlanta Hawks
2018-19 Review: Reddish came into Duke with rave reviews and scouting reports, but his college numbers left more questions than answers. He got dinged by playing with Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett, suppressing his offensive totals — 13.5 points on 12.0 shots per game. Despite standing 6’8″, Reddish only came away with 3.7 rebounds per contest, again crowded out by his big-name teammates. The high school point guard had massive issues in college, averaging 1.9 assists to 2.7 turnovers. Most pressingly, he was horribly inefficient, shooting .356 overall, going under 40 percent from both 3- and 2-point range.
There were still positives though, and chief among them are Reddish’s 1.6 steals per game and 2.9 percent steals rate. His free throw numbers were solid and mean that there are good mechanics under the hood, and Reddish measured well as a pick-and-roll player. The Hawks took the plunge on a talented player who just couldn’t get it all together last season.
This Year: The Hawks have already identified Reddish as someone who will play a lot, and perhaps getting out from under two high-usage guys like Zion and Barrett will help him find his footing. The steals numbers are a nice base to work from, and Reddish has been tabbed for work as a backup point guard as well. His frame suggests long-term versatility, so expect Reddish to bounce between roles in his rookie season as the Hawks try to find good fits for a guy that could stand to be propped up by his teammates rather than pushed to the background.
Injury History: Reddish underwent surgery on his core muscle during the pre-draft process but his timetable should have him ready by training camp. The rookie doesn’t figure to have any injury risk.
Outlook: Reddish is as much of an enigma for fantasy purposes as he was in the draft, but the big stat set issues from college make it tough to treat him as a standard-league asset in his first season. It’s possible that he puts it all together, and he could hold value as a steals specialist no matter what, but between the turnovers and inefficiency Reddish can’t be viewed as more than a late flier. We’d leave him to deep redraft leagues and keeper and dynasty formats.Donte DiVincenzoSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Total Value: 383 / 384 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 354 / 357 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 27
2018-19 Review: DiVincenzo’s season was derailed by constant heel issues, and they prevented him from ever finding a rhythm or making headway on carving out more minutes. He also shot just .265 from deep, so it’s not like he was making the most of his limited action anyway. From January onward, DiVincenzo played in five of a possible 46 games.
This Year: DiVincenzo will be part of the group competing for minutes on the wing and will need to prove that he’s healthy in order to be a serious consideration.
Injury History: DiVincenzo hit the injury report with bilateral heel soreness in both feet and was officially shut down at the end of March. He broke a bone in his right foot ahead of his freshman season at Villanova (2015-16) and already has a concerning list of foot issues.
Outlook: DiVincenzo has to get on the court before fantasy players consider him more than a dart throw in the deepest of leagues. We might reevaluate his case if he looks like he’s gaining ground in the preseason but even then his appeal will be limited.Grayson AllenSG, Memphis Grizzlies
Total Value: 403 / 429 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 456 / 475 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 38
2018-19 Review: Allen came into the season as a potentially NBA-ready prospect who could help the Jazz from the jump, but he spent most of his time watching on a competitive Jazz team that didn’t have time to develop an undersized player, even one with a strong shooting stroke.
This Year: The Jazz traded Allen to Memphis, where he’ll be in the mix for backup wing minutes. The Grizzlies are rebuilding around Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant, so Allen has a chance at minutes while the team figures out who complements their young core.
Injury History: Allen missed over a month due to a nasty right ankle sprain but the bulk of his absences were DNPs. He strained a hand muscle in college and picked up some minor bumps and bruises but isn’t a real injury risk.
Outlook: Allen should have a better chance at producing for a Memphis team that’s building for the future but looks like he’ll be locked into a backup shooting guard role. He’s a flier in 20-teamers, but not necessarily a great one.Jacob EvansSG, Golden State Warriors
Total Value: 444 / 448 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 491 / 491 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 30
2018-19 Review: Evans was touted as an NBA-ready player who could help ease the burden on the wings last season, but he ended up seeing nothing but garbage time as a rookie.
This Year: Evans played well in Summer League and there’s talk of him potentially absorbing backup point guard work. That’s a definite hole on the roster, but Evans is going to see an increased workload whether he wins that job or not.
Injury History: Evans broke his leg in high school and dealt with an ankle injury the following year but that’s everything important that happened, and it’s all before college. He hit the reports with left pelvic soreness and left leg soreness but those aren’t major issues.
Outlook: Evans has 3-and-D upside and could find himself with something like 20 minutes a night on the wing, though it would take something drastic to make him relevant in leagues with fewer than 20 teams.Bruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Total Value: 267 / 261 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 344 / 344 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 74
2018-19 Review: Brown seemed to rise to the starting lineup by default last season, and his energy and defense were enough to keep him there until Wayne Ellington hit the open market. It was a low-usage role and he didn’t log the lion’s share of minutes despite starting, though numbers of 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.3 triples in 19.6 mpg are probably where his pathway to fantasy value lies.
This Year: Brown spent a lot of time running point guard this summer and was fabulous in Summer League, which creates an interesting wrinkle should the Pistons want someone to take on more of a pure facilitator role that will allow Derrick Rose to spend more time off the ball. Even so, there’s a lot of room for improvement in Brown’s fantasy profile. Getting usage would be a big first step but there’s a lot to work through thereafter.
Injury History: Brown underwent left foot surgery in February of his last year at college but didn’t seem to show any effects of it last season, only missing one game due to a right ankle sprain in addition to some early DNPs.
Outlook: The fact that Brown can play point guard and excel against fringe NBA competition is a good sign, though there are enough questions about his role to have us looking elsewhere in the vast majority of fantasy leagues. He’s a flier in 20-team formats on the off chance he actually does pick up backup PG minutes but will be safe to ignore otherwise.Marko GuduricSG, Memphis Grizzlies
2018-19 Review: Guduric comes to the Grizzlies after a successful career overseas. The 24-year-old Serbian native spent last season with Fenerbahce, where he averaged 9.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 threes in 22.9 mpg while shooting .508 from the field in 75 contests. He also shot .412 from deep, though he was at .477 in the 36 games that made up his EuroLeague season. There are concerns about Guduric’s athleticism, especially defensively, but he is a superb shooter and strong offensive threat overall.
This Year: The Grizzlies could certainly use a certified floor-spacer, even if it’s in a limited capacity. Guduric will be competing for minutes at the shooting guard spot and will need to outscore his defensive woes to stay on the floor. He’s a worthwhile gamble for Memphis to take.
Injury History: Guduric hit the injury report with a right ankle injury last season but it wasn’t anything serious.
Outlook: If Guduric can carve out minutes in the teens then he’ll have a shot at value as a points and threes option in very deep leagues. He’ll have to earn his way into the rotation, however, and that’s probably an aggressive guess at his minutes, so the import can be left undrafted unless you want to roll the dice late in a 30-team format.Treveon GrahamSG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Total Value: 368 / 359 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 383 / 368 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 35
2018-19 Review: Graham is the sort of player that most fantasy owners dislike. He can’t do anything but fire off threes that other players have to create for him but he tries hard enough on defense that coaches give him minutes — and starts — over more intriguing fantasy players. It was more of the same in Brooklyn last season.
This Year: Despite the ire, Graham is a nice role player and will be tasked with logging minutes on the wing in Minnesota. Things could open up if the Wolves somehow find a taker for Andrew Wiggins but there isn’t anything exciting available as it stands now.
Injury History: Graham missed two months with a left hamstring tear and then five games in March with back soreness. The year prior he missed time with a thigh contusion (nine games), a concussion (five), back spasms (three) and a sore quad (one).
Outlook: Graham isn’t a fantasy target, as top-300 value seems like a best-case situation.Jerome RobinsonSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Total Value: 405 / 405 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 446 / 440 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 33
2018-19 Review: The first-year guard out of Boston College failed to see his named called for the majority of his rookie season, spending most of it in stints in the G-League, nursing foot strains or just generally buried under the Clippers’ deep rotation of guards.
This Year: Robinson was tabbed as a scorer and floor-spacer who could grow into a long-term piece for the Clippers, but their timeline has changed significantly and they have a guy who is ready to help now in Landry Shamet. Rotation minutes feel like a longshot.
Injury History: Robinson was on the injury report with right foot issues last season but wasn’t playing enough for any fantasy managers to feel any sort of impact. We’re not assigning him much risk going forward.
Outlook: Robinson should only be considered in deep dynasty formats this year.Tyrone WallaceSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Total Value: 390 / 407 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 472 / 480 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 62
2018-19 Review: After a promising first taste of the NBA in 2017-18, Wallace got buried in the Clippers’ deep cast of guards. He averaged 10.1 minutes a night, well down from the 28.1 he got as a rookie.
This Year: Minnesota claimed Wallace off waivers and will probably have him fill an emergency combo guard role. We’ve seen that Wallace is capable of chipping in solid minutes but there isn’t a huge need for him.
Injury History: Nothing doing here.
Outlook: Wallace isn’t a lock to be in the rotation but is a name to file away if you’re playing in a 30-teamer.Courtney LeeSG, Dallas Mavericks
Total Value: 383 / 377 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 393 / 379 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 34
2018-19 Review: Lee struggled to get on the court last season as a mysterious neck injury kept him on the shelf until December 3. He set new career-lows with just 34 games played and only 12.6 minutes per game. It was quite a fall from grace after Lee started for the Knicks in 2017-18 and posted top-115/100 value.
This Year: Lee had the entire summer to get healthy and will try to carve out a spot on the wings. He’s unlikely to win that battle given the players that Dallas has added, but should make for an above-average insurance policy.
Injury History: Lee had been remarkably healthy up until his neck issue last season, playing 76 games or more in each season all the way back to 2011-12. He’s not a big injury risk despite the serious ailment that derailed him last year.
Outlook: Lee can be ignored in just about all formats and will only pop on the deep-league radar even if he finds a consistent role.Nickeil Alexander-Walker (R)PG/SG, New Orleans Pelicans
2018-19 Review: Alexander-Walker emerged as one of the most intriguing combo guards in the nation last season because of his athleticism, scoring ability and defensive instincts. He put up 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.9 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.7 threes per contest as a sophomore at Virginia Tech and was superb at Summer League, finishing third in scoring with 24.3 points per game and earning First Team honors behind a handful of games that flashed across-the-board production.
This Year: The performance at Summer League greatly improved Alexander-Walker’s chances of cracking the rotation this year, though significant minutes may be too much to ask for with the depth that New Orleans boasts at the guard spots.
Injury History: Nothing to report.
Outlook: Alexander-Walker is unlikely to hold standard-league value this season but did a ton to help his dynasty stock. His playing time is likely to be determined by how New Orleans fancies its playoff chances, so there is potential for a second-half surge if the standings portend another lottery season. It’s going to be a complicated rotation, and while NAW has the talent to make it work, most fantasy players can hold off on spending a draft pick until the dust settles.Antonio BlakeneySG, Chicago Bulls
Total Value: 355 / 364 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 433 / 440 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 57
2018-19 Review: Blakeney, after assembling a track record of torching the G-League, spent most of his season with the big club. He had a few 20-point games but didn’t generate much else as a good old fashioned chucker.
This Year: The Bulls added some guard depth, so while Blakeney’s microwave game still holds situation appeal, we’re not likely to see it very often.
Injury History: List of injuries
Outlook: If you find yourself desperate for some scoring in the final rounds of your 30-team drafts, knock yourself out.
Update: Blakeney and the Bulls agreed to a buyout and he’s now a free agent. That won’t affect his fantasy outlook.Romeo Langford (R)SG, Boston Celtics
2018-19 Review: Langford averaged 16.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.1 threes per game on 44.8 percent from the field in his lone season at Indiana. He got to the free throw line at a great clip (6.1 attempts per game) and displayed strong instincts as a scorer and finisher despite some issues with his jumper. At 6’6″ with a 6’11″ wingspan, the Celtics took a shot on what they hope is a prototypical wing with the 14th pick in the draft.
This Year: Langford may be playing some catch-up after his missed Summer League because of right thumb surgery (A ligament injury he suffered early in the season may also explain his subpar .272 mark from deep). He doesn’t have a ton of competition for minutes at shooting guard, though the players that are there are already established and are key parts of the roster. Langford’s potentially dynamic game as a fit on the roster, but he will be in an uphill battle to earn significant minutes as a rookie.
Injury History: Langford had right thumb surgery to address a ligament issue he played with throughout his rookie season at Indiana. He should be ready for training camp and injury-free for the regular season.
Outlook: Langford’s length means that he could make for a quality scorer and solid potential triple-one guy in time, but he’s just not likely to hit that level in the immediate future. Deep-league players can consider him a flier once he proves himself fully healthy because his dribble-drive game is already among the best on the roster, but expectations should be kept low considering his biggest rivals for playing time are Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart.Carsen Edwards (R)SG, Boston Celtics
2018-19 Review: Edwards earned consensus All-American honors last season after averaging 24.3 points and 3.4 triples per game for Purdue, also leading them on a memorable NCAA tournament run that featured some big scoring nights. The Celtics selected Edwards, who stands 6’1″ with a 6’6″ wingspan, 33rd overall.
This Year: Three years of college showed that Edwards, despite being listed as a point guard because of his height, is just not a distributor. He has deep range and tremendous scoring ability, however, so it’s entirely possible that Edwards cracks the rotation as a microwave scorer and spark plug. If he fills a role as a designated floor-spacer who competes on defense despite the height disadvantage, there’s potential for Edwards to quickly find a niche in the NBA.
Injury History: Edwards dealt with some back soreness during his last season with Purdue, but not to the level that it should be a concern for him as a pro.
Outlook: Edwards averaged 18 points on 52 percent shooting at Summer League and looked every bit the scoring threat that he did in college. The Celtics can certainly use some offensive punch off the bench, and perhaps Edwards is the guy to give it to them. There’s some deep-league potential as a guy who can rack up points in a hurry, but Edwards’ most consistent output is likely to come in the 3-point category. A top-250 season would be a nice first step, but it’s easy to see how the Celtics can see Edwards fitting in long-term.Jordan Poole (R)SG, Golden State Warriors
2018-19 Review: Poole’s stats at Michigan were modest (12.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.1 steals, 2.0 threes) but he comes to the Warriors as a versatile offensive player with deep range and a track record of rising to the moment in high-leverage spots.
This Year: Poole offers some scoring upside at a shooting guard spot that isn’t the deepest, though he is likely to be brought along at the necessary pace rather than forced into minutes that he isn’t prepared to take.
Injury History: Poole comes to the NBA with a clean bill of health.
Outlook: While Poole’s abilities as a scorer make him an interesting player to track in the long term, they don’t seem likely to yield much fantasy value in year one. The team has already asked him to work on shot selection and defensive effort, so this season should be one of fundamental development. He’s only a deep dynasty target for now.Isaac BongaSG/SF, Washington Wizards
Total Value: 456 / 453 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value:496 / 488 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 22
2018-19 Review: Bonga was the 39th pick in the draft and somewhat surprisingly stayed stateside after his brief stint in Germany revealed plenty of room for further seasoning. He ended up averaging 5.5 minutes in 22 NBA appearances but averaged 11.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 threes on .432 from the field in the G-League.
This Year: The Wizards acquired Bonga this summer and will look to mold him into a capable defensive wing. Originally coming up as a lead guard, Bonga’s length has pushed him to more of a forward role at the next level. Small forward has plenty of questions for the Wizards so perhaps Bonga’s defensive prowess can distinguish him from the competition.
Injury History: We didn’t find anything of note in Bonga’s past.
Outlook: The cash counter production at the G-League makes Bonga an interesting roll of the dice in dynasty formats, especially considering Washington’s roster at the moment, but it would take a strong preseason to make him more than a 30-team flier in redraft formats.Jemerrio JonesSG, Washington Wizards
Total Value: 429 / 419 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 150 / 120 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 6
2018-19 Review: Jones was a total non-factor until silly season, taking on the Andre Ingram mantle and finishing absurdly high in per-game value as a late-season story for a lottery-bound Lakers team. He averaged 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks over 23.9 mpg in six games. In the G-League he delivered 9.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and 0.3 triples in only 24.7 minutes while shooting 54.4 percent from the field.
This Year: Jones was dealt to the Wizards and will have a chance to compete for minutes behind Bradley Beal. It’s not the easiest path to minutes but the competition isn’t all that impressive and he showed well in limited opportunities last season, so who knows.
Injury History: Nothing to see here.
Outlook: Jones can be considered a late-round pick in deep dynasty formats where upside players get snapped up in a hurry, but he’s a wait-and-see player in all but the deepest of redraft leagues.
Langston GallowayPG/SG, Detroit Pistons
Total Value: 220 / 190 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 303 / 265 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 80
2018-19 Review: Even amidst Detroit’s shooting problems and lack of depth on the wings, Galloway could only muster top-300 value. There was a short stretch where he was absolutely on fire — an 11-game period in March where he hit 31 threes and shot .512 — but that was really the only time where he became a viable fantasy option.
This Year: Galloway is where he began last season: battling for minutes in a busy wing rotation that doesn’t feature a runaway favorite. He helped himself out last season, playing in 80 games after making only 58 appearances the season prior, but Galloway doesn’t seem like he’ll be more than the ninth man, if that.
Injury History: Galloway’s injury history is pretty clear after five years in the league.
Outlook: There’s 20-team appeal if you’re chasing 3-pointers but otherwise there’s not much to see with Galloway barring a wild change in the rotation.Kevin Porter Jr. (R)SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
2018-19 Review: Porter is a 6’6″ wing with a 6’9″ wingspan that boasts impressive athleticism, strong scoring instincts and good one-on-one game. His averages at USC aren’t all that impressive at 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 triples, but he really impressed the Cavs with his performance at the Nike Hoops Summit and they locked in on him ever since.
This Year: Porter is someone that the Cavs really love but he’s going to be stuck in a big mishmash of players competing for minutes at shooting guard. If the Cavs want to go a little smaller and use KPJ at small forward, that would give him a better shot at minutes, but realistically they should be looking to open up minutes for the young players any way they can.
Injury History: Porter sustained a quad contusion that cost him nine games, and he was suspended two more for personal conduct issues. He also suffered a hip flexor injury in the pre-draft process, but we’re not overly worried about him heading into year one.
Outlook: Porter’s athleticism is going to give him a leg up, as will the fact that the Cavs traded assets to get him, but unless we know that he’s a second-string player rather than a third-stringer, he’s going to be tough to draft in most formats. Dynasty managers can definitely feel free to take a shot on Porter but most redraft players should hold off unless we hear that he’s going to play a significant role in the rotation.Ben McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Total Value: 433 / 428 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 440 / 432 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 19
2018-19 Review: After 2017-18 was looking promising with a potential starting job on the table, McLemore got hurt, became an afterthought and was traded back to the Kings in the offseason. He played in 19 games before being waived and ended the year without a job despite a brief flirtation with the Raptors.
This Year: McLemore signed a partially-guaranteed, two-year deal with the Rockets. Normally that wouldn’t be enough to warrant a write-up but the Rockets are very low on roster players and will give any theoretical 3-point shooter a try if injuries strike. He’s going to be at the end of the bench should he make the team but Houston’s bench isn’t that long.
Injury History: A Jones fracture in his right foot pretty much washed his 2017-18 campaign away when it looked like he might start at SG for the Grizzlies. McLemore also broke a finger on his left hand four seasons ago.
Outlook: There isn’t much to work with here, though if the Rockets don’t add more NBA-caliber depth then McLemore might warrant a look in 30-team formats.
Marial Shayok (R)
2018-19 Review: Shayok, already 25, completed his college career as a 38 percent 3-point shooter, which is what attracted the Sixers at pick No. 54. After transferring from Virginia, he closed his four-year NCAA run at Iowa State by averaging 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 threes per game on .386 from behind the arc.
This Year: The rookie will be part of the committee that’s looking to fill the J.J. Redick shooting void, though the fact that he’s on a two-way contract means he’ll need to seriously outplay his competition to earn a promotion. He was solid in Summer League but will still have to outduel guys like Furkan Korkmaz in camp.
Injury History: A left knee injury knocked Shayok out of the end of Summer League but it isn’t expected to be serious.
Outlook: There’s rarely a need to spend a fantasy draft pick on a two-way contract player, and Shayok is no exception.Theo PinsonSG, Brooklyn Nets
Total Value: 425 / 435 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 414 / 450 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 18
2018-19 Review: Pinson signed a two-way deal with the Nets after going undrafted and quickly improved his standing with the organization, playing well in the G-League (20.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 3.1 threes per game) and becoming Brooklyn’s bench-celebration captain later in the year.
This Year: Pinson was briefly released in a move to give Brooklyn a little extra cap space but there was little doubt that he’d re-sign as soon as the math sorted itself out. Look for Pinson to hold down third-PG work on a team that has an elite top pair.
Injury History: Pinson has no injuries of note on his record.
Outlook: It would take multiple injuries to get Pinson anywhere near the fantasy radar.Jordan McRaeSG, Washington Wizards
Total Value: 385 / 379 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 360 / 347 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 27
2018-19 Review: McRae was back in the league after spending all of 2017-18 elsewhere and averaged 12.3 minutes a night across 27 contests. There were a couple 20-point games but nothing too spectacular, though he did make the G-League All-Star team as a member of the Capital City Go-Go. He put up 30.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.7 blocks and 2.0 threes per game for CCGG.
This Year: McRae is on a non-guaranteed contract but will have a chance to earn a spot on the roster in training camp. The Wizards don’t have a lot of depth on the wings and McRae is still young enough that he might get a shot over an older alternative.
Injury History: McRae missed time throughout the year with some left Achilles soreness but he isn’t going to play enough to enter injury risk territory.
Outlook: If McRae gets into the rotation he might hit the deep-league radar as a scoring specialist. He’s got to make the team first, though.Khyri ThomasSG, Detroit Pistons
Total Value: 442 / 436 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 481 / 466 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 26
2018-19 Review: There was only room for one 3-and-D rookie prospect on the Pistons last year, and Thomas lost out to Bruce Brown. He ended up averaging 7.5 minutes in 26 appearances but shot 43.8 percent from deep on 6.8 attempts per game and 50 percent from the floor overall in the G-League.
This Year: Thomas is once again facing an uphill battle to earn minutes in Detroit this season, though it’s not impossible for him to make some waves throughout camp and the preseason with a few roles still unsettled.
Injury History: Thomas isn’t an injury risk.
Outlook: Thomas will be a long-term, 3-and-D project for Detroit, and even if he’s on the opening night roster we’d bet against him holding down a consistent rotation spot. He’s not on the fantasy radar.Deonte BurtonSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Total Value: 428 / 425 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 473 / 463 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 32
2018-19 Review: Burton initially signed a two-way contract with the Thunder but had his contract converted into a standard deal in March. He had a career high 18-point, three-block, three-triple game in February but only scored more than 10 points twice all season as the last man in the wing rotation.
This Year: Once again, Burton figures to be at the end of the bench, but OKC’s personnel moves at least give him a shot at playing more consistently.
Injury History: We couldn’t dig up anything.
Outlook: Burton should be closer to the top-300 this year if that means anything to you.Jaylen Nowell (R)SG, Minnesota Timberwolves
2018-19 Review: The 43rd pick in the draft, Nowell has offensive talent and averaged 16 points, five boards and three assists per game for the Huskies last season. He’s got some defensive limitations but he boasts a strong jumper and solid athleticism. Nowell was named the 2018-19 Pac-12 Player of the Year for his efforts.
This Year: Nowell joins a Wolves squad that has a lot of guys jockeying for time on the wings so it’ll probably take an injury or trade for him to get on the court for more than spot minutes this year. Minnesota did sign him to a four-year deal, however, which suggests that they’re going to develop him at whatever pace he needs.
Injury History: Nowell missed time in Summer League with a right quad contusion but it’s said to be minor.
Outlook: Nowell shouldn’t be considered a fantasy option this year.Miye Oni (R)SG, Utah Jazz
2018-19 Review: Oni, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, was selected 58th overall in the draft after averaging 17.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.3 blocks and 1.9 threes per game in his third season at Yale. He checks in at 6’6” but has an elite 6’11” wingspan, which helps explain all those blocks from a wing position. He’s a solid athlete and shooter with good vision and great defensive instincts, but still faced questions about being a big fish in the small Ivy League pond.
This Year: Oni was able to average 8.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.6 blocks in 25.4 mpg at Summer League and is likely destined for G-League work this year. The defensive tools are there, so he’ll be a name to file away for the prospect junkies.
Injury History: Oni enters the league with no significant injuries on record.
Outlook: Oni isn’t on the radar this season but his college numbers and defensive game give him hope as a dynasty prospect.Sindarius ThornwellSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Total Value: 410 / 417 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 495 / 490 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 64
2018-19 Review: Thornwell made a surprising 64 appearances with the Clippers last season, though his averages were what you’d expect in 4.9 minutes per game.
This Year: He joins a backcourt in Cleveland that’s filled up with rotation pieces, so Thornwell isn’t really close to playing time.
Injury History: Thornwell’s injury history is clean.
Outlook: There’s no need to look Thornwell’s direction on draft day.Svi MykhailiukSG, Detroit Pistons
Total Value: 406 / 410 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 468 / 467 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 42
2018-19 Review: Mykhailiuk generated some buzz after a strong Summer League performance for a Lakers team that needed shooters, but he was only a fleeting part of the rotation and then traded to Detroit as the urgency to make the playoffs encouraged hasty decisions.
This Year: Mykhailiuk once again had a strong Summer League, so hopefully it’s not a pure repeat of last season. He’ll be in the mix for minutes as a floor-spacer on a Detroit team that figures to operate on a cramped floor in the half-court, though there’s enough bodies that Svi is unlikely to carve out significant time on a consistent basis.
Injury History: Mykhailiuk’s rookie season ended with a fractured left index finger in April but he was able to return for Summer League and shouldn’t be considered particularly risky moving forward.
Outlook: If Mykhailiuk wins a spot on the wings he’ll be on the map as a 3-point guy in deeper leagues. He’s not an overly appealing target.Vanja Marinkovic (R)SG, Sacramento Kings
2018-19 Review: Mr. Irrelevant 2019, Marinkovic was one of the top shooters in Serbia and is coming off a season where he averaged 11.7 points for KK Partizan. His frame isn’t anything special but he plays with a good motor and can be an off-ball asset.
This Year: The Kings are reportedly inquiring about a buyout of Marinkovic’s contract, so he’s likely to be in the organization this year. There won’t be much playing time for him at the top level but having one surefire skill does at least create a pathway to opportunity.
Injury History: Zilch.
Outlook: Marinkovic would be a 3-point specialist in 30-team leagues in a best-case scenario, so he’s not on the fantasy radar.Zach Norvell Jr. (R)SG, Los Angeles Lakers
2018-19 Review: Norvell finished his second season at Gonzaga averaging 14.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.6 threes per game, shooting .370 from behind the arc on 7.0 attempts per game while leading the WCC in triples. He was able to play with and without the ball, giving the Bulldogs great spacing while still having the wherewithal to keep things moving and find better shots for teammates when his own looks weren’t there.
This Year: Unfortunately for Norvell, whose ability to hit tough shots and stretch the floor give him role-player potential from the jump, the Lakers didn’t sign another max-level player and were able to round out their roster with a number of depth signings. He’s going to do most of his work in the G-League.
Injury History: Norvell redshirted his first year at Gonzaga following surgery for a torn meniscus at the end of his high school career.
Outlook: While Norvell has the looks of a solid flier for the Lakers in the long-term, fantasy managers can look elsewhere for production this upcoming season.Damion LeeSG, Golden State Warriors
Total Value: 372 / 367 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 381 / 370 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 32
2018-19 Review: Lee originally made his name in Atlanta, stepping up with some interesting games amidst the Hawks’ tank in 2017-18. It got him a two-way deal with the Warriors last season and he would make 32 appearances, averaging 4.9 points in 11.7 minutes per game.
This Year: Lee’s back with the Dubs on the same arrangement, though there will be more chances to get into the mix with Klay Thompson out for a few months. He’s got decent length on the wings but will need to outplay Alec Burks and Jacob Evans, among others.
Injury History: A stomach illness, but nothing we’re worried about.
Outlook: Lee’s a potential flier in 30-team leagues given the state of the Warriors at shooting guard but we’re not expecting much.Justin Wright-Foreman (R)SG, Utah Jazz
2018-19 Review: Wright-Foreman wrapped up a four-year career at Hofstra by averaging 27.7 points per game as a senior, hitting 3.1 triples per night and shooting .511 from the field on over 18 attempts. The rest of his stat line was fairly empty but some of that had to do with him scoring out of necessity, and it’s clearly a role he can fill capably.
This Year: The Jazz signed Wright-Foreman to a two-way deal after making him the 53rd pick in the draft. We’ll keep an eye out for any scoring explosions at the G-League level.
Injury History: Wright-Foreman dealt with right knee soreness and right hamstring tightness in Summer League before leaving the team for personal reasons. He didn’t surface with any notable injuries in college.
Outlook: Wright-Foreman won’t affect the fantasy landscape this season.Quinndary Weatherspoon (R)SG, San Antonio Spurs
2018-19 Review: Weatherspoon improved in each of his seasons at Mississippi State, capping it off by making the All-SEC team in his senior season after averaging 18.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. He earned praise for his smarts and overall feel for the game, which certainly makes him an on-brand selection for the Spurs.
This Year: San Antonio is pretty loaded up at the guard spots and Weatherspoon, who signed a two-way contract, is likely to see most of his playing time at the G-League level.
Injury History: We didn’t dig anything up.
Outlook: Weatherspoon is off the fantasy radar this season, though his strong play at Summer League (15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 23.7 minutes through the first three games) paints a picture of a scoring combo guard down the line.John Konchar (R)SG, Memphis Grizzlies
2018-19 Review: Konchar was dominant in four years at Purdue – Fort Wayne, making the Summit Conference’s First Team in every season. He was the first player in NCAA Division I history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 assists and 200 steals. Last season Konchar averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.6 threes per game while shooting .581 from the field.
This Year: The Grizzlies inked Konchar to a two-way deal after he went undrafted. While the statline is impressive, we’d expect him to spend his year in the G-League. He might get a few looks if that goes well or if Memphis makes some trades.
Injury History: Konchar missed a Summer League game with an unspecified injury but it shouldn’t affect his availability going forward.
Outlook: As a two-way contract player it’s safe to leave Konchar undrafted in all leagues this season. His NCAA numbers are delightful but we’d like to see him repeat it at the G-League level before endorsing him as a dynasty flier given the level of competition he faced.Kadeem AllenSG, New York Knicks
Total Value: 355 / 355 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 177 / 192 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 19
2018-19 Review: Allen was one of the bright spots for New York last season, joining the Knicks towards the end of January and giving them some solid minutes across his 19 contests. He quickly pinged on the deep-league radar with averages of 9.9 points, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.9 threes per game while shooting .461 from the field in 21.9 mpg.
This Year: The Knicks haven’t made a move on Allen’s contract yet, though he was one of their two-way players last season and played well enough to earn a second crack at it.
Injury History: Allen missed a few games with a concussion at the end of last season.
Outlook: Should Allen ink another two-way deal in New York, he’ll be greeted with a deeper rotation in the backcourt than he dealt with last season. Finding a new team might be his best bet at fantasy appeal.Luguentz Dort (R)SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
2018-19 Review: Dort was one of the top prospects in Canada in his senior year of high school and ended up at Arizona State. Though he did get named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year thanks to 16.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.6 threes per game, he also shot just .405 from the field and .700 from the charity stripe. The combo guard is an explosive driver but still hasn’t found his shooting touch, though he also earned praise for his ability to defend up a position.
This Year: In a minor surprise, Dort went undrafted (he reportedly turned down draft-and-stash offers) but quickly signed a two-way contract with the Thunder. He’s got a solid base of skills with a wonky jumper, which sounds like a lot of the other young wings the Thunder have rolled with in the past. He might have an easier time finding minutes than most two-way contract guys but we’d still keep expectations in check.
Injury History: Nothing of note here.
Outlook: Normally we don’t think too hard about two-way contract guys but Dort’s skills and the roster around him leave the door open a crack. He’s still not a redraft option but deep dynasty players can give Dort a look at the end of drafts if they’re feeling lucky.Adam Mokoka (R)SG, Chicago Bulls
2018-19 Review: Mokoka plays an athletic, physical game as a combo guard. He stands 6’5” with a 6’10” wingspan and was able to tilt the court with his athleticism and vision, finishing strong and pushing the pace in transition. He played a large role for KK Bemax, where he averaged 11.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.3 triples per contest in 28.4 minutes. Our first coverage of Mokoka came back in the summer of 2018 before he withdrew from that year’s draft.
This Year: It was a minor surprise that a player with Mokoka’s defensive potential went undrafted but the Bulls were the lucky winners who got to sign him to a two-way deal. Unfortunately, Chicago has plenty of backcourt depth, which means that Mokoka will need to put together a very strong showing in camp if he wants minutes early in the season.
Injury History: We didn’t find anything of significance in Mokoka’s history.
Outlook: The defensive potential makes Mokoka a name to remember in deep dynasty formats but his appeal this season is minimal, and he’s unlikely to hit the radar until mid-season.Josh Reaves (R)SG, Dallas Mavericks
2018-19 Review: Reaves put together a solid four-year career at Penn State, emerging as a quality wing defender and 3-and-D prospect. As a senior he mustered averages of 10.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.5 triples per contest. Though he’s certainly improved his jumper, it’s the one thing that sticks out in an otherwise intriguing profile.
This Year: While Reaves’ defense should play up, expect him to spend most of the season working on his offensive tools at the G-League level. It would take some injuries to get Reaves into the mix regularly in Dallas.
Injury History: Reaves missed a few games in his sophomore season because of a lower left leg injury but has been fine since.
Outlook: The defensive numbers pique our interest, and Reaves sort of looks like a potential Andre Roberson-type, albeit with a better baseline as a shooter. He’s off the board this season but deep-league dynasty managers should keep an eye on him.Kelan Martin (R)SG, Minnesota Timberwolves
2018-19 Review: Martin played in the Bundesliga last season after appearing with the Jazz in Summer League. He averaged 21.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in his last college season at Butler but there are questions about his athleticism despite solid length.
This Year: While Martin prompted a two-way contract offer from Minnesota after a few big games as a scorer at Summer League, he might need to change his approach in order to carve out an NBA career. Scoring is certainly valuable but his easiest path to minutes will be paved by elevating his teammates rather than hunting for buckets. There’s not a ton of depth at the shooting guard spots but we still don’t anticipate seeing much of Martin this year.
Injury History: Martin broke a bone in his hand at the end of his year in Germany but shouldn’t be viewed as an injury risk.
Outlook: There’s deep-league scoring pop but Martin’s not going to get enough minutes to warrant attention on draft day.Justin James (R)SG/SF, Sacramento Kings
2018-19 Review: James was an All-MWC Conference player in the 2018-19 season after averaging 22.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 steals and 1.6 threes per game, though he shot just .409 from the field and .296 from deep. He was Wyoming’s leader and rarely left the floor, coupling a high-effort defensive game with his scoring prowess.
This Year: James looks headed for the G-League this year and it would be a shock if he saw significant playing time before silly season.
Injury History: A right knee strain cut James’ Summer League short but he’s not an injury risk heading into the year.
Outlook: There’s no need to give James a look outside of extremely deep dynasty formats.Ahmed Hill (R)SG, Charlotte Hornets
2018-19 Review: Hill concluded a strong four-year career at Virginia Tech by averaging 13.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.1 3-pointers per game as a senior. That 3-point prowess showed up over the course of his college run, as he shot a clean .390 from behind the arc over his four seasons.
This Year: Hill shot 41 percent from deep in Summer League with the Nets and was signed to a two-way contract by the Hornets. He offers role-player potential because of his one elite skill but most of his work should come with G-League Greensboro.
Injury History: Hill suffered a partially torn left patellar tendon in 2015 and missed a chunk of time in his sophomore season.
Outlook: Leave Hill on the wire in all formats, though he could stumble into 3-point specialist value in 30-team formats.Naz Mitrou-LongSG, Indiana Pacers
Total Value: 424 / 414 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 473 / 491 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 14
2018-19 Review: Mitrou-Long made 14 appearances for the Jazz last season when they were dealing with a heavy dose of backcourt injuries, though he only averaged six minutes per game. In the G-League he was able to produce 18.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers per contest.
This Year: Mitrou-Long stood out for the Cavs at Summer League but ended up signing a two-way contract with the Pacers. Though they lost their two primary point guards from last season, they added Malcolm Brogdon and T.J. McConnell while Aaron Holiday is set to take on a larger role. It’s going to be tough to see Mitrou-Long taking on a significant role.
Injury History: We didn’t find anything serious in NML’s injury records.
Outlook: Mitrou-Long can be left undrafted in all formats.Max Strus (R)SG, Boston Celtics
2018-19 Review: Strus wrapped up a two-year career at DePaul with a reputation as a catch-and-shoot threat on the wing. In 37.4 mpg he averaged 20.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.5 blocks and 3.2 3-pointers while shooting .429 from the field. He took 8.9 threes per game while attempting 15.5 shots overall. It was quite a rise as Strus initially started his college career at D-II Lewis University.
This Year: The Celtics and Strus agreed on a two-way contract shortly after the draft. Look for him to provide shooting depth and step up when the Celtics lose a perimeter player to injury, though that will be fleeting and he’ll do most of his work in the G-League.
Injury History: Strus has no major injuries on record.
Outlook: There’s 3-point specialist appeal in the future but no reason to draft Strus in the present.C.J. WilliamsSG, Brooklyn Nets
Total Value: 446 / 442 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 414 / 450 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 15
2018-19 Review: Williams appeared in 15 games with the Wolves that were largely inconsequential.
This Year: The Nets signed Williams in September and he’ll try to crack the roster and give Kenny Atkinson some emergency backcourt depth.
Injury History: Nada.
Outlook: Williams isn’t in the mix for fantasy drafts.Brian Bowen II (R)SG/SF, Indiana Pacers
2018-19 Review: Bowen spent last season playing for the Sydney Kings after he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA after his father accepted money from Louisville. Thought to be a potential first-round pick before the scandal, Bowen instead had to settle for a two-way contract with the Pacers. His scouting report details strong athleticism and scoring instincts, though a year as a role player in Australia depressed his stats and made him understand how to be productive without owning the ball.
This Year: If Bowen is to make waves, he’ll probably need to do so before Victor Oladipo returns from injury. There’s a lot of backcourt depth to get through, however, so we’d expect Indiana to stash him in the G-League and give him more of a featured role.
Injury History: A quick look at Bowen’s injury history didn’t yield anything.
Outlook: Bowen’s not on the fantasy radar.Cameron ReynoldsSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Total Value: 412 / 404 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 384 / 351 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 19
2018-19 Review: After going undrafted out of Tulane, Reynolds was out of the picture before signing a 10-day contract with the Wolves at the end of February. He would parlay that into a rest-of-season deal and wound up appearing in 19 games, averaging 5.0 points and 1.1 threes in 13.6 minutes. In 33 G-League games with Stockton he put up 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 3.0 triples in 28.0 mpg.
This Year: Reynolds signed a two-way contract with the Bucks, where he’ll look to provide scoring punch in his minutes whenever he does see the floor. Shooting guard is probably the weakest position on Milwaukee’s roster but it’s still unlikely for Reynolds to leapfrog any of his competitors.
Injury History: Nothing we could find.
Outlook: Reynolds might hold appeal as a points specialist in 30-team leagues if he gets into the rotation, but that’s dependent on a lot of things — enough for him to be off the fantasy radar entering draft season.C.J. WilcoxSG, Indiana Pacers
2018-19 Review: Wilcox signed a two-way contract with the Pacers but suffered a torn right Achilles in September. After contemplating retirement, Wilcox ended up rehabbing with Indiana. His last competitive action came in the G-League in 2017-18, where he averaged 9.5 points, 0.8 steals and 2.0 triples in 19.2 mpg.
This Year: Wilcox signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the Pacers and will try to make the team as a 3-point threat.
Injury History: Prior to the torn right Achilles, Wilcox underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in 2017.
Outlook: Wilcox isn’t on the fantasy radar but he’s easy to root for given all the health problems.Antonius ClevelandSG, Dallas Mavericks
2018-19 Review: After short stints with the Mavs and Hawks in 2017-18, Cleveland spent all of last year in the G-League, where he averaged 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 threes in 26.5 mpg for the Santa Cruz Warriors.
This Year: Cleveland signed a two-way contract with the Mavs, who also signed him way back in November 2017. He had some big lines at Summer League and will be around as emergency wing depth for a team that looks pretty set at the position.
Injury History: Cleveland only in four games as a Hawk two seasons ago, spending most of his Atlanta stint rehabbing a left ankle injury. He has been injury-free since, to our knowledge, and shouldn’t be considered an injury risk heading into this year.
Outlook: Leave Cleveland on the waiver wire in all formats.Garrison Mathews (R)SG, Washington Wizards
2018-19 Review: Mathews played his fourth and final season with the Lipscomb Bisons. He averaged more than 20 points and five rebounds for the final three seasons of his college career and also worked his way up from behind the arc, making steady improvement each year and cracking the 40 percent mark as a senior.
This Year: Mathews will likely spend most of his year with the Capital City Go-Go, as the two-way contract holder is unlikely to find many minutes waiting for him with the Wizards. Some trades could open things up but he’ll need to round out his game a bit before seeing significant NBA minutes.
Injury History: Mathews missed one game with a leg injury last season but that’s all.
Outlook: Mathews is not on the fantasy radar.