August 23, 2019, 4:49 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Total Value: 21 / 18 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 9 / 7 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 60
2018-19 Review: There were tons of questions about Leonard entering last season. How would he look after only playing nine games because of a quad injury we knew precious little about? Would he even show up in Toronto? Would he give it an honest effort or just kill time until free agency? Leonard answered all of those questions emphatically, posting career-highs in points and rebounds while racking up a Finals MVP as he stomped all over the rest of the East. He missed 22 games in the regular season as a result of knee issues and load management, but the payoff was worth it.
This Year: Leonard lorded over the entire offseason and shook the league to its core when he forced the Clippers to acquire Paul George in order for him to depart Toronto. He’s now the centerpiece of his own team, in his home city, and will be as dominant as ever. The only question is how many games he’ll miss.
Injury History: It was that infamous right quad tendinopathy that led to a nine-game year and his exit from San Antonio, and the Raptors were diligent about keeping him fresh and healthy, even going so far as to give him a full week off in the middle of the year.
Of his 22 absences last season, two were because of a jammed left foot, two from a bruised right hip, two for left knee soreness, one for a personal reason and 15 for rest or load management – which was a thorn in the side of fantasy owners despite his elite production whenever he did play. He also dealt with left knee tendinitis in the playoffs and another undisclosed right leg injury, and was noticeably hobbled at times over the last two rounds. He’s going to miss some time, and the hope is that it will be for precautionary reasons rather than an actual injury.
Outlook: Leonard is an inevitable force and is a first-round fantasy lock for as long as he’s on the floor. That’s where the issue is, as there’s no telling how many games he misses this season. With the way the Western Conference has become a meat grinder it’s possible that the Clippers can’t afford to be as open to extra load management as the Raptors were, and may not need to now that Leonard has put in a full-ish season of work after the injury, but they also don’t figure to be close enough to the bubble to care all that much.
If your leaguemates are scared off by the specter of missed games then Leonard might come at a minuscule discount but the reality is that you’re going to draft him in the first round and just hope his absences aren’t timed inconveniently.LeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
Total Value: 49 / 65 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 16 / 24 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 55
2018-19 Review: James’ first season in Los Angeles didn’t go as planned, as a dumb roster couldn’t complement LeBron’s strengths and he suffered the first significant injury of his career. Even so, the Lakers were in comfortable playoff position before he got hurt and just collapsed without him, with too many good teams to hurdle in too little time. LeBron shot .510 from the field, his worst mark in four years, and was a career-worst .665 at the line. He was a second-round player and failed to deliver on his lofty ADP.
This Year: The Lakers seemed to figure it out and stuffed the roster with shooting wings. Oh, and Anthony Davis.
Injury History: James suffered the first serious injury of his career, a left groin strain that shelved him for 17 straight games and ultimately led to him playing in just 55 contests thanks to rest and load management the rest of the way. The King has an unmatched record of health given his workload, and even though he’s getting up there in years we’re not going to assign him much risk level. It’s just not zero like it used to be.
Outlook: LeBron is coming off a letdown of a season, but he also received his first extended rest in about a decade and is paying attention to all the talk that he might be washed up. A fully-rested James with a legitimate chip on his shoulder is a scary thought and he should return to his first-round glory.Paul GeorgeSG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers
Total Value: 2 / 2 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 4 / 3 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 77
2018-19 Review: George cemented his status as one of the league’s best players last season, earning MVP consideration and shattering previous bests in points, rebounds, steals and threes. Shoulder injuries prevented him from playing at full strength in the playoffs but it was a massive success of a year for PG.
This Year: George requested a trade to the Clippers when a team-up with Kawhi hit the table, and the Thunder got a historic haul in the process. LA now boasts the game’s top two-way players at premium positions and will lean heavily on their superstars. There are questions as to whether George will be ready to start the year after undergoing procedures on both shoulders, but at full health the Clippers might be the best team in the league.
Injury History: George had surgery in June to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and address an issue in his left rotator cuff, and it’s already been speculated that he’ll miss all of the preseason. In 2017-18 he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in May and also had a procedure to clear up a blood sac in his elbow. It’s been five years since his horrific leg injury with Team USA, and the shoulders are the new problem area.
Outlook: George should see some decline in his scoring and rebounding numbers, but the threes and steals will remain elite and it would take a surprising step backwards for him to fall out of first-round value. The only thing that would give fantasy managers pause is his shoulder issues, as he would have to be moved down draft boards if we learn that George is guaranteed to miss time at the start of the season.Otto PorterSF, Chicago Bulls
Total Value: 113 / 102 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 60 / 39 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 56
2018-19 Review: Porter was dealt to the Bulls as Washington wanted to clear its cap sheet moving forward, and OP blossomed as a featured offensive player. From the trade through the end of the season (which includes a bunch of absences), Porter was a top-35 player regardless of format and averaged 4.9 more points per game than with the Wizards on a shooting line of .483/.488/.906 from the field, 3-point range and the free throw line.
Porter was a top-70/50 option (8/9-cat) prior to that as he scuffled out of the gate in Washington, and while that’s not terrible it’s amazing what a difference four extra minutes, three extra shots and three points of usage can make.
This Year: Porter will start at small forward for a Bulls team that’s hoping to make some noise. There’s going to be a lot of things to work out as Chicago gets all of its core players back healthy and on the floor at the same time, but Porter’s game means he can comfortably slide from headliner to complementary piece without causing a huge fuss. Getting even a few minutes as a primary option must feel like a whole new world after all that he put up with in Washington.
Injury History: Porter had dealt with some recurring hip injuries prior to last season. That didn’t hit him again but he missed one game with a left big toe contusion, 10 games with a right knee strain, one with a lower left leg strain and the final 11 games of the season with a right shoulder problem. It’s been speculated that Porter could’ve returned had the Bulls not been playing the lottery odds, so while Porter isn’t likely to play a full season, he’s also not a big risk for anything chronic.
Outlook: Porter, like the rest of the Bulls, might need a couple weeks to settle on a pecking order as the team (hopefully) starts the season out fully healthy. His shooting percentage is also due for a little bit of regression after a hot run to open his Chicago tenure. Even so, he’s safe middle-round guy for 8-cat leagues and a borderline early-round play in 9-cat formats because his fantasy production isn’t directly tied to scoring and usage. OPJ does a little bit of everything at a high level, which steels him from some of the changes he’ll face.DeMar DeRozanSG/SF, San Antonio Spurs
Total Value: 25 / 33 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 38 / 43 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 77
2018-19 Review: DeRozan used his surprising trade from Toronto as motivation last season and came out of the kitchen as a more complete player. He set career-highs with 6.0 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 0.5 blocks, taking full advantage of San Antonio’s empty point guard depth chart to open the season. He was still the Spurs’ primary shot-taker and attempted 17.1 shots per game this season while also shooting the second-highest percentage of his entire career at 48.1 percent from the field. The major negative was that DeRozan completely abandoned the 3-point line this past season, averaging 0.1 per game on an ugly 15.6 percent. He’s never going to be an elite floor-spacer but that prevented him from posting third-round value, though the trade-off with efficiency is probably a good one with how abundant threes are in the modern NBA.
This Year: DeRozan will probably be the player most hurt by the health of Dejounte Murray and Derrick White, as the duo will take a good chunk of playmaking out of his hands — not to mention they’re both strong rebounders out of the backcourt. Depending on how coach Pop lines everyone up we may also see DeRozan play a lot more small forward than shooting guard, which would almost surely force him into more 3-pointers. He’ll still be one of the top two offensive options but his secondary roles might change.
Injury History: DeRozan missed three games with left knee soreness and another for rest purposes. There was also one game where he was a late scratch for assumed rest, though he did hit the injury report with left ankle soreness after the fact. In 2016-17 he missed seven games with a sprained ankle but has a strong track record of good health.
Outlook: While Deebo is going to see dips in rebounds and assists we bet that he’ll get back to shooting some threes while keeping his percentages high. He’s fine to pick in the early middle-rounds but will have a pretty hard cap at that level unless he busts out something we’ve never seen before.Khris MiddletonSG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks
Total Value: 41 / 47 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 57 / 63 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 77
2018-19 Review: This was the lowest value (top-65 in 9-cat formats) that Middleton has posted since the 2013-2014 season (top-110 in 9-cat formats). He still averaged 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists with 2.3 triples per game on 44.1 percent shooting, but his steals fell from 1.5 to 1.0 and his shooting was below his career .451 average — especially disappointing after he shot .466 in 2017-18. He also shot a career-worst .837 from the line, though that’s still quite good.
Middleton seemed to struggle at times as the Bucks changed his role under coach Bud’s system, and his playing time fell from 36.4 to 31.1 mpg as the team was simply good enough to steamroll opponents without asking Middleton to play huge minutes.
This Year: Middleton’s minutes aren’t likely to surge past 35 a night again, though he could be getting a little more playing time next season. Now that he’s got a max contract, we would expect that he won’t come across the same role-related frustrations, either.
Injury History: Middleton missed two games with left groin soreness and one with a sprained finger, also picking up a rest day and a personal day. Aside from the hamstring tear that limited him to 29 games in 2016-17, he’s been pretty healthy throughout his career.
Outlook: Middleton was undervalued for years, only for him to veer off the tracks a bit after everyone finally caught on (ADP of 35/29 last season). He’s primed for a return to form with some regression coming in his shooting percentages and if his steals get back on their expected trajectory then there’s nothing keeping Middleton from top-40 value. He’s worth a middle-round selection.Robert CovingtonSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Total Value: 174 / 155 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 24 / 18 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 35
2018-19 Review: Covington was once again outperforming his ADP as an elite, 3-and-D force in fantasy before a history of big workloads caught up to him. He was actually posting better numbers in Minnesota than he was in Philly before a right knee bone bruise took him out of action. It eventually required surgery, ending Covington’s season with averages of 13.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.4 threes per game on a career-high .431 from the field.
This Year: Covington’s name has popped up in trade rumors but he probably won’t be moved until the Wolves can show other teams that he’s healthy. In the meantime, RoCo is tabbed for a starting forward spot. Minnesota’s offseason decisions leave the power forward spot vacant and that could be his new home. He’ll likely take the toughest defensive matchup no matter where he lines up but it could have impacts on his offensive numbers. If that comes to pass, of course.
Injury History: Prior to his season-ending right knee bone bruise, Covington had missed one game with right knee soreness and two because of his trade to Minnesota. After the 2017-18 season he underwent offseason surgery to repair the extensor tendon in his left middle finger after suffering the injury back on December 28. Covington had previously dealt with knee problems (including arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus), a left knee sprain and a nasty concussion. That right knee is clearly a problem spot and will make Covington a solid injury risk until he racks up a few healthy seasons to calm our nerves.
Outlook: Coming off a serious knee problem, it would be stunning if the Thibodeau-less Wolves dared to trot out Covington for 35 mpg again. That’s going to have predictable effects on his elite counting stats, and he may also see some regression in his efficiency coming off surgery. The stat set here is just phenomenal, so some small steps back won’t be a death knell, but between the expected decline and the injury risk, it’s best to treat Covington like a middle-round player. If you can get him after round six it should be good business.Jayson TatumSF/PF, Boston Celtics
Total Value: 50 / 40 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 67 / 59 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 79
2018-19 Review: Tatum got some work in with Kobe Bryant last summer but seemed to take the wrong lessons from the sessions, changing his style of play and embracing a lot of isolation and long twos. As a rookie, Tatum was at his best when he was making quick, decisive moves and keeping things flowing, but it looked like he was too fixated on getting himself buckets at all costs last season.
A promising rookie campaign was followed up by a season that saw a notable decline in efficiency, as Tatum went from .475 to .450 from the field and .434 to .373 from 3-point range. He did manage career-highs in points, threes (thanks to extra volume), rebounds, assists and steals, however, which led to a small jump up the fantasy rankings. It wasn’t enough to match his insane ADP, but Tatum couldn’t do anything about that side of the equation anyway.
This Year: Tatum’s standing hasn’t changed as the premier piece of Boston’s future, but some of the moving and shaking around him will help clear the deck. With a number of shoot-first players out of the picture, Tatum won’t have to battle nearly as hard to get his shots up. The roster turnover should also help Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown find their roles faster, and that in turn will give Tatum some more breathing room. There’s extra usage available and Tatum won’t be as easily lost in the shuffle.
Injury History: Tatum has only missed a total of five regular season games through his first two seasons, and doesn’t figure to have any sort of injury risk heading into his third one. For the sake of being thorough, his three absences came because of a back injury, a left shin contusion and a shoulder problem last season.
Outlook: Tatum got too much hype last season and was put in some very tough circumstances, especially as off-court dynamics loomed over everything that the Celtics did. This year should be a breath of fresh air and we’re expecting Tatum to start pushing towards the 20 ppg mark after there were too many mouths at the trough last year. It would be surprising if his shooting dipped substantially, and additional points and threes could very well see Tatum climb up into the top-40 neighborhood. Any additions in the other categories would be gravy.Tobias HarrisSF/PF, Philadelphia Sixers
Total Value: 22 / 20 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 42 / 35 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 82
2018-19 Review: Despite a mid-season trade that transformed him from top dog on the Clippers to third or fourth option on the Sixers, Harris came away with his second consecutive career year. He set new career-highs with 20.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and a .487 shooting percentage. The only real drawback was that Harris’ defensive numbers of 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks were uninspiring, but he still beat his ADP. It’s worth noting that he was a top-25 option with the Clippers and “only” a top-40 player with Philly, though it’s not like that was a huge problem.
This Year: Harris re-upped with the Sixers on a five-year, $180 million dollar deal. He will move from power forward to small forward thanks to the Al Horford acquisition but has the shooting chops to make that work without much trouble. We’d expect that to adversely affect his rebounds but the roster changes should also result in more points and threes.
Injury History: Having missed two games in three seasons, Harris isn’t an injury risk. He had some ankle problems at one point but that’s now four seasons ago.
Outlook: Harris is pretty steady and should be treated as a top-45 asset with a little bit of extra ceiling in 9-cat formats. His rebounds are probably coming down but his steals should increase after he posted the worst steals rate of his career with the Sixers, and he should find more scoring opportunities headed his way on the new-look Sixers.Gordon HaywardSG/SF, Boston Celtics
Total Value: 117 / 114 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 131 / 131 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 72
2018-19 Review: Hayward wasn’t quite at the center of Boston’s issues last season, but he wasn’t at the fringes, either. Reports came out that other Celtics were upset by Hayward’s seemingly bulletproof place in the pecking order despite the understandable rust he needed to shake off after 2017’s brutal injury. He seemed to get more leash than others, and although he ended up with 25.9 mpg and 18 starts, both career-lows aside from his rookie season, the Celtics forced stronger performers to sacrifice in an effort to get Hayward back up to speed. It’s not hard to see where either side is coming from, but it was not a tenable situation.
Hayward’s 11.5 points per game were his fewest since his rookie campaign, though he actually had strong per-minute numbers in rebounds, assists and steals. He made for an easy scapegoat and was put into an impossible position by the coaching staff, though the statistical returns weren’t that far off despite lower totals.
This Year: Hayward, like most of the other Celtics, is going to benefit from decluttering the roster. Without having to look over his shoulder, Hayward should return to the starting small forward spot and will hopefully look more like his old self with another year of distance from his injury. It’s almost a certainty that his role and minutes will expand.
Injury History: Hayward had a solid bounce-back season health-wise following his devastating ankle injury in 2017. He missed 10 games due to a rolled ankle, illness and a concussion. Proving to be fairly durable in his return, Hayward should be considered far less risky than he was regarded last season.
Outlook: The disappointment of last season might make Hayward undervalued in the public eye, as this could be the year for a bounceback after people were simply too aggressive in that forecast a year ago.
Last season’s usage of 19.0 should increase, as he hadn’t been below 22.1 since his sophomore campaign back in 2011-12. Projecting a return to the 20 ppg days is a bit aggressive, but if Hayward can get back to the mid-teens as a scorer and keep up last season’s well-rounded play in the secondary stats, he’ll fit in seamlessly. There’s solid middle-round potential and the fantasy community may be gun-shy enough to leave lots of profit margin.Bojan BogdanovicSF, Utah Jazz
Total Value: 62 / 62 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 94 / 93 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 81
2018-19 Review: It was a year to remember for Bogdanovic, who took on added responsibilities for the Pacers in the wake of Victor Oladipo’s injury. The 30-year-old forward produced career-bests in points (18.0), rebounds (4.1), assists (1.9), steals (0.9), 3-pointers (2.0), field goal percentage (.497) and 3-point percentage (.425). He became the team’s primary scorer and also ended the season with a career-high 13.0 field goal attempts per game.
This Year: A hot commodity in free agency, Bogdanovic received a four-year, $73 million deal from the Jazz. He gives Utah an elite floor-spacer and a capable perimeter defender that can switch across wing positions. Bogdanovic’s ability to knock down the three ball efficiently will give them a new dynamic after they occasionally suffered for spacing in recent years. Where exactly he lines up is still up for debate but there’s little question about what he brings to the table, even if he takes on a less prominent role on a better team.
Injury History: Bogdanovic has missed 11 games in five years with last season’s absence coming in the form of a rest day, so he’s a pretty dependable guy.
Outlook: He’s likely going to get less usage with the Jazz than he did in Indiana last season, but top-90 numbers are certainly still possible given how efficiently he does his scoring. Aside from points, there’s nothing else in Bogey’s profile that looks ready for a dip.Joe HarrisSG/SF, Brooklyn Nets
Total Value: 96 / 106 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 117 / 120 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 76
2018-19 Review: Harris was quietly excellent in 2017-18 and took another step forward last season, setting new career-highs across the board with the exception of blocks. He led the league with a blistering .474 mark from deep and won the 3-point contest at All-Star weekend, and his full line of 13.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.2 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers was a nice return on his ADP. What really set Harris apart, as you might imagine, is his efficiency. He shot an even .500 from the field, with 51.6 percent of his shots coming from behind the arc, and emerged as Brooklyn’s most trusted two-way wing.
This Year: Harris’ playing time was going to be safe no matter what, but there’s some potential for a small increase given the players that left and the players that were brought in this summer.
Injury History: Harris missed a small amount of games last season due to left adductor tightness, right hip soreness and right foot soreness, none of which were very serious. He’s been fairly durable over the last two seasons, and should be seen as such again heading into this one.
Outlook: Harris’ combo of elite 3-point shooting on fantastic percentages means that he’s going to be a steady top-120 option. Unfortunately, his lack of defensive stats really limits his ceiling as well, and it’s unlikely that he commands enough usage to make a big jump in the scoring department. Even accounting for some regression in his efficiency, Harris’ unique points of production make him a quality late-round selection.Andrew WigginsSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Total Value: 125 / 146 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 147 / 170 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 73
2018-19 Review: More of the same from Wiggins, who was a volume scorer masquerading as a middle-round fantasy pick. The same deficiencies we saw in his game three years ago still persist, and yet his ADP remained in the 60-80 range. He set career-highs in rebounds, assists, blocks and threes, but undid all that by shooting a career-worst .412 from the field on 16.6 shots and went .699 from the charity stripe. One day we’ll just copy/paste this section and see who notices.
This Year: Wiggins might get some more usage as the Wolves try to figure out their next steps after the Jimmy Butler quick-fix blew up, but that might not be a good thing for fantasy purposes given his efficiency issues.
Injury History: Wiggins missed three games with a left quad contusion, two with an illness and four with a right quad contusion. He had only missed one game across his first four seasons prior to this year, so Wiggins shouldn’t be considered an injury risk.
Outlook: The issue with Wiggins is simple. Unless he suddenly starts racking up steals, blocks or threes or scores on a better clip from the field, he’s going to under-deliver for fantasy purposes. A Butler-less system could mean an uptick in scoring, and if he can drag his field goal percentage back up towards his .440 career average he might actually emerge as a top-125 guy. That’s usable, especially in punt-percentages builds, but the fact is that Wiggins is likely to carry an ADP that far overstates his production.Miles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Total Value: 156 / 137 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 213 / 194 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 80
2018-19 Review: Bridges was part of a committee approach for most of the season but hit the jets after the All-Star break, averaging 9.6 points, 5.3 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.1 threes in 26.2 mpg while shooting 49.0 percent from the field. That was good for easy top-100 value, though his overall output is clouded by his more limited work from early in the year. Bridges saw 19.1 mpg through the end of January and didn’t really burst onto the scene until he was given a larger role.
This Year: James Borrego has discussed the need for Bridges to play a lot this upcoming season, and the team has identified power forward as his spot on the roster. It’s looking increasingly likely that Bridges will start at four. He is a streaky shooter and lacks the ball skills to create for his teammates, but Bridges is quick enough to stick with most guards and his rare strength and leaping ability suggest he’s best utilized near the rim and as a helper on defense. That sounds like a power forward to us.
Injury History: Bridges made it through his rookie season without any injury issues.
Outlook: With Charlotte’s new youthful direction, Bridges should improve upon the 26.2 mpg he saw in last season’s second half. That means that he’ll be operating with a late-middle round floor, though it remains to be seen how much extra he’ll play and whether the extra volume to a mediocre shooter will undo the volume gains he makes in the counting stats. Still, Bridges looks capable of producing a top-100 season without much trouble, and you can bump him up a good chunk in 9-cat formats too.Justise WinslowPG/SF/PF, Miami Heat
Total Value: 146 / 169 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 131 / 160 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 66
2018-19 Review: Winslow entered the year as a man without a position but found his groove as the team’s point guard when Goran Dragic went hurt. He’s always had the attributes to defend across multiple spots but putting the ball in his hands to create for others seemed to be a lightbulb going off for Winslow’s offensive game. He doubled his threes (1.5) and assists (4.3) in just five more minutes per game compared to the year before. Even at his best, Winslow was a low-end option because of poor percentages and increased turnovers.
This Year: The Heat still have to pin down Winslow’s position, and the point guard work should be harder to come by with Dragic back healthy and Jimmy Butler capable of being a primary ball-handler. He will see minutes at as many as four positions but it’s hard to see how his usage can increase — he’ll need to improve his game in minutes when he isn’t a point guard. The Heat did lose two players from the wing group, however, which means there will be minutes available.
Injury History: Winslow remains a moderate injury risk after he suffered an ankle injury in January and a right thigh bruise in March. A left knee injury caused Winslow’s 14 absences 2017-18 while in 2016-17 he missed most of the year with a torn labrum but also sat out 16 games with a wrist injury.
Outlook: Winslow brings an interesting case to the table. It’s expected that he does less ball-handling this season, but his minutes should increase with Josh Richardson and Dwyane Wade leaving. He isn’t thought of as a great shooter but he has two straight seasons north of .375 from deep. If that continues, Winslow, despite his warts, could become a legitimate top-125 player if the threes keep coming in and he turns extra playing time into more steals and rebounds.Cedi OsmanSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Total Value: 129 / 134 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 162 / 171 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 76
2018-19 Review: Osman was thrust into a large role in his second season, mostly because the Cavs didn’t have anyone else that could’ve turned into something interesting on the wing. He predictably posted career-highs almost everywhere — as you should when you get an extra 20 minutes per game — but his shooting was a negative, checking in at .427 on 11 attempts per night. His line offered some interesting multi-cat appeal with 13.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.7 threes, but inconsistency and inefficiency were big issues.
This Year: The Cavs didn’t do much in the way of adding to the roster, and the return of Kevin Love might help Osman out by pushing him down a spot in the pecking order to a more natural role. There’s also some natural development that should happen, too. Osman is ticketed for heavy minutes once again.
Injury History: Osman missed a four-game stretch in early February with a right ankle sprain and two games with back spasms in November but was mostly healthy beyond that. He does not carry much injury concern. The only thing on record from his rookie year is a two-week hip injury.
Outlook: Osman floated on and off rosters in 12-team leagues last season because he would follow up strong games with total duds. This season, if Osman can take small steps forward, he’ll definitely put himself into consistent late-round territory. Assuming some improvement in shooting, Osman will net more threes and points, and a marginal increase in playing time there should be more rebounds and steals. It won’t be a big jump since Osman already logged 32.2 mpg a year ago, but if he gets closer to 35 then he could threaten top-110 value.Kelly OubreSF, Phoenix Suns
Total Value: 98 / 95 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 92 / 88 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 69
2018-19 Review: Oubre got strapped to a rocket ship with his mid-season deal to the Suns, taking full advantage of an open spot on the wings and putting up huge lines en route to top-50 value in Phoenix. He had averages of 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.7 3s on .453 shooting, which would’ve all been career-highs over the course of a full season — though his overall numbers in those categories were all career-bests aside from assists and threes, which only tied previous highs.
This Year: Oubre re-signed with the Suns in free agency and will look to build off last season’s success as one of the team’s top options on the wing. He’s right on the cusp of being considered a core piece and should have plenty on his plate.
Injury History: KO sustained a concussion in his rookie season and then received a PRP injection in his right knee after the end of the 2016-17 campaign. Last season was cut short by a left thumb sprain that eventually required surgery. Aside from that 11-game absence, Oubre was entirely healthy, only missing two games as a result of his trade.
Outlook: Oubre is set to stick around 30 mpg, which makes most of his Suns numbers look fairly repeatable. The one potential weak spot is efficiency, as he was a .412 guy prior to last season, but if that decline is only marginal then there’s nothing stopping Oubre from delivering comfortable middle-round value.Joe InglesSG/SF, Utah Jazz
Total Value: 44 / 57 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 75 / 97 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 82
2018-19 Review: Ingles started slow but hit the gas pedal in March to save his bacon while operating as Utah’s secondary everything again. His well-rounded line of 12.1 points, 2.3 triples, 4.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.2 steals included career-highs in points and assists, though some dips in efficiency (.467 to .448 from the field and a career-low .707 from the line) and increased turnovers (1.9 to 2.4) bumped him from the top-60 neighborhood we were hoping for.
This Year: There are whispers that Ingles will move to the bench with the signing of Bojan Bogdanovic, and the decision basically comes down to whether or not the Jazz want to put Bogey at power forward after he’s spent his entire career as a shooting guard/small forward. Ingles’ playmaking could bolster a bench unit that often struggles for offense and either way he’ll still be near the top of the board in playing time, but it’s something to watch for.
Injury History: Joe’s been Jinglin’ for all 82 in three straight years.
Outlook: If Ingles sticks in the starting five we should be looking at another 30-plus mpg season, with a bounce-back in efficiency and some extra threes on the table. That would push him even further into middle-round territory even as his assists come down. If Ingles does become Utah’s sixth man then we’ll have to downgrade him a couple rounds, but he should still be able to pump out a top-100 campaign given his versatile game.Jeremy LambSG/SF, Indiana Pacers
Total Value: 55 / 38 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 78 / 55 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 79
2018-19 Review: Lamb, a Hoop Ball favorite, came through in a big way last season, delivering career-highs in minutes, shot attempts, 3-point attempts, rebounds, steals and points. He became Charlotte’s second offensive option behind Kemba Walker and predictably blossomed. A top-25 finish over the last couple of weeks was especially sweet for fantasy players.
This Year: All that makes it strange that the Hornets didn’t even try to re-sign Lamb this summer, instead letting him move to the Pacers on an affordable three-year, $31.5 million deal. Much like last season, Lamb figures to enter the year as a starting shooting guard but eventually move to the bench, though this season’s circumstances are injury-related and the Pacers actually have enough team depth to bump Lamb out of minutes with players who might deserve them.
Injury History: Lamb stayed healthy despite the new workload, hitting the injury report with groin issues, hamstring (on two occasions) injuries and an ankle sprain, though all three of his absences came as a result of one of those hamstring strains. In 2016-17 he missed 11 games with a hamstring strain and nine with foot soreness, and he dealt with a sprained toe a year before that, but he doesn’t look to be a major injury risk by any stretch.
Outlook: Lamb didn’t necessarily land in a bad spot, but the Pacers’ depth of players who can handle both guard spots, and the glut of big men that will push T.J. Warren to small forward, limit Lamb’s path to playing time. A repeat of this doesn’t look to be in the cards, but the ever-undervalued Lamb should still maintain top-100 standing even with some dips in the counting stats.Kyle AndersonSG/SF, Memphis Grizzlies
Total Value: 207 / 203 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 110 / 109 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 43
2018-19 Review: Anderson was a guy we really liked heading into last season because of a stat set that can really shine in extended minutes. Unfortunately he was dogged by health issues all year, and a slow start probably left a bad taste in the mouths of his fantasy managers despite a decent finish to the year that had him on track to meet initial expectations. All told SloMo appeared in 43 games and averaged 8.0 points, 0.2 threes, 5.9 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks per game in 29.8 mpg on a career-best .543 from the field, though he did mix in a career-worst .578 from the line.
This Year: If Anderson can enter the season healthy then we’re looking at a player who could definitely fly under the radar. His lack of flash already helps that cause, but the Grizzlies didn’t go out and add anyone that can threaten him for small forward minutes and he’ll be handling a big defensive workload to keep him on the floor.
Injury History: In 2017-18 Anderson stepped into an extensive role to fill Kawhi Leonard’s minutes and ended up missing eight games with a sprained MCL. This past season was a whole different beast, however. Anderson missed most of the preseason with left heel soreness, one in December with a left ankle sprain and then eight in January because of a Grade 2 left ankle sprain. He would return for just two games before dealing with right shoulder soreness that would end his season.
SloMo sat out the final 30 games of the year after he visited multiple specialists and received an anesthetic injection. A week after the season ended he underwent successful thoracic outlet decompression surgery, with the Grizzlies expecting him to be ready for training camp. The shoulder issues are troubling and Anderson has to be considered a moderate risk given how persistent they were last season.
Outlook: Consider Anderson a solid selection in the late-middle rounds, though be aware that his quiet but effective campaign from last season might push his ADP closer to the “late” side of things. He’ll never be a guy that absorbs a lot of usage on offense but as long as he’s scoring efficiently and racking up the defensive numbers the value will be there. It’s worth pointing out that his free throws were way out of whack last year (he’s a career .706 shooter, even including last year’s work) and he also tied his career-low in steals percentage, so he could definitely find himself pushing the top-90 if a couple things go his way.Kent BazemoreSG/SF, Portland Trail Blazers
Total Value: 140 / 157 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 144 / 162 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 67
2018-19 Review: Bazemore started off strong but fell victim to Atlanta’s developmental edicts, ceding time to Kevin Huerter after getting hurt and never really catching back up on an unlevel playing field. He was cooking up top-65 numbers prior to that but only averaged 21.4 mpg in his last 32 games after getting 27.4 before the injury. He was just a top-250 guy after returning and his shooting also went into the gutter as he went a horrific .354 from the field and .667 from the line over that span.
This Year: The Hawks finally moved on from Bazemore and traded him to Portland, where he’ll have a chance at claiming the starting small forward spot. He and Rodney Hood will soak up most of the minutes on the wings between the three and whatever C.J. McCollum leaves behind at the shooting guard spot, and whichever player gains the upper hand in the timeshare could be the only one to emerge with fantasy value intact.
Injury History: Bazemore’s season was undone by a right ankle sprain that cost him 14 games and his starting spot. He also missed one game at the end of the year with a left adductor strain. In 2017-18 his season was cut short by a right knee bone bruise, and Baze had hit the injury report with right knee issues for multiple seasons prior to that. He’s a mid-level injury risk.
Outlook: There’s great bounce-back potential here. We’re operating under the assumption that Bazemore can outplay Rodney Hood, but a lot of fantasy managers have probably forgotten about that early-season run where he was a middle-round player in under 28 minutes a night. While he might find scoring opportunities harder to come by with the Blazers, Bazemore’s going to produce quality steals and 3-pointers at a minimum. If the shooting gets back in line with career norms then there’s top-100 potential here. Bazemore is shaping up as a nice value pick in the late rounds.Harrison BarnesSF/PF, Sacramento Kings
Total Value: 113 / 113 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 144 / 137 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 77
2018-19 Review: Barnes and his contract were pushed to the periphery in Dallas as Luka Doncic took over and the Mavs were able to offload him to Sacramento at the deadline. His usage declined (marginally in Dallas and significantly with the Kings) and Barnes saw notable drops in points, rebounds, assists and field goal percentage, where he set a five-year low by going just .420 from the field. He did set a career-high with 2.3 threes per game but this stat set was too hollow to withstand hits to volume. Barnes was outside the top-200 over the last couple weeks of the year.
This Year: It came as a shock when Barnes declined his $25 million player option but he and the Kings quickly came to an agreement on a four-year deal worth $85 million. It might not be wise but the Kings view him as their starting small forward and he figures to be one of the primary scoring options whenever he’s on the floor. That said, the Kings do have a three talented youngsters who might be better served with the scoring burden than Barnes, as well as a few capable bench players who can push him for minutes. We’d be surprised if he got the same 33.9 mpg that he received as a King last season.
Injury History: Barnes suffered a right hamstring injury in late September and ended up missing the first four games of the season, though that was it as far as absences go. He’s been pretty durable with a 16-game absence due to a sprained left ankle in 2015-16 the only injury that has cost him significant time.
Outlook: Top-130 numbers from a player with a middle-round ADP. Catch the excitement. There’s room in standard leagues for a player who can put up points but Barnes is trending down as less of a featured player and more of a support piece for the young Kings.T.J. WarrenSF, Indiana Pacers
Total Value: 169 / 153 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 61 / 45 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 43
2018-19 Review: Warren was on an absolute tear to start the year, averaging 18.0 points, 1.8 3s, 1.2 steals and 0.7 blocks on .486 shooting in 43 games. That was a huge relief after it looked like he might get bumped from the starting five as Phoenix added lots of wings, and the big change was that Warren, a .283 3-point shooter through his first four years, shot .428 from deep on nearly triple his previous career-high in volume.
This Year: The Pacers acquired Warren for a song and he should start at small forward. That could have a negative effect on his shot profile as he’ll need to take more threes, and he’ll also be pushed for shots and minutes on a team that’s actually got NBA-caliber alternatives at the forward spots.
Injury History: Although you can usually take injuries on a tanking team with a grain of salt, Warren’s durability is fair to question. He missed the final 33 games of the season with right ankle soreness, though the team never announced any sort of possible return timeline and didn’t technically shut him down. He also missed five games earlier in the season with right ankle soreness, so it wasn’t an invented problem.
In 2017-18 Warren’s season was ended by a sprained left knee sustained on March 18 that forced him out of the final 11 games of the year. He also missed two games earlier that month with back spasms and one game at the end of February with a tailbone injury (ischial tuberosity contusion if you’re fancy). Warren underwent right foot surgery in 2016 and missed about a month with a head injury in 2016-17. He’s at least a moderate injury risk.
Outlook: While Warren will give the Pacers some great secondary scoring, he’s primed for a step back in fantasy leagues. His minutes and usage are likely to come down, which means fewer opportunities for a guy whose main counting stats are points, rebounds, steals and threes — and last season’s threes are built on a percentage that could easily be an outlier. Warren will continue to provide late-middle round value but looks like a player that will land in the top-100 neighborhood rather than the top-60 again.Brandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Total Value: 204 / 252 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 161 / 222 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 52
2018-19 Review: Ingram scored a career-high 18.3 points per game on a solid .497 from the field but still fell outside the 12-team usability range. He did go on a great scoring run when LeBron was sidelined by his groin injury, but even that month with 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game on .509 from the field could only get him inside the top-140 in 8-cat leagues. The LeBron addition probably didn’t help from a pure development standpoint but he still posted career-highs in playing time and usage. Ingram’s issues remain tied to his stat set, as 0.5 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers per game and a .675 mark from the line (plus 2.5 turnovers a night) tell the disappointing story.
This Year: Ingram was traded to the Pelicans as part of the Anthony Davis deal, and he looks to be starting at the three spot for a team that could get good in a hurry. The Pels went from having extremely limited depth to a rotation that could be one of the league’s most complicated, so nothing is guaranteed, though Ingram should operate as one of the team’s top scoring options whenever he’s on the floor.
Injury History: The former top pick was healthy as a rookie but struggled in his second year, missing 13 games in March with a left groin strain, a two-in-three stretch with a sprained left ankle in January, two in December with a left quad contusion and right quad tendinitis, and the final seven games of the year with a concussion.
Last season brought more serious issues to the fore as Ingram lost four games to suspension, missed seven games with a left ankle sprain and sat out the final 19 games of the season after being diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in his right arm and undergoing surgery. It’s expected that he’ll be good to go for the season, but two straight years of spotty health make Ingram a moderate risk.
Outlook: Ingram remains a late-round flier on the chance that this change of scenery allows him to find the next level of his game. He’s likely looking at a dip in minutes but can overcome that by improving his efficiency and defensive numbers. He’s still a deep-league choice in 9-cat formats but if you want to take a shot on Ingram in the last round of your 8-cat leagues, go for it. It seems unlikely that Ingram will stick on draft boards that long, however, which means he’s likely to be overdrafted once again. He’s a popcorn player.Taurean PrinceSF, Brooklyn Nets
Total Value: 163 / 176 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 114 / 129 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 55
2018-19 Review: Prince was unable to build upon his top-50 campaign from 2017-18, as he slid down the pecking order on offense and was no longer a primary option. Left to fight for secondary touches with Kent Bazemore, Kevin Huerter and DeAndre’ Bembry, Prince saw his scoring, rebounds, assists and blocks all decline, though he did improve his efficiency for the second straight year.
A lengthy left ankle injury did him no favors either, as Prince’s six or so weeks on the sidelines allowed his competitors to find some rhythm and the Hawks to establish a pecking order without him. Despite all that Prince still delivered late-round value, but it wasn’t good enough considering his ADP and the expectations for another step forward.
This Year: Prince was dealt to the Nets and is going to have a great opportunity with Kevin Durant out for the season. The competition for the power forward spot is going to come down to Prince and Kurucs, with Brooklyn’s tempo a nice place for a bounce-back season. Though he’s unlikely to see a big usage spike, Prince’s improvements in efficiency are encouraging, and if they persist then last season would look to represent his floor.
Injury History: Heading into last season, Prince had been fairly durable to start his NBA career but that changed in 2018-19. He missed 18 straight games with a left ankle injury that included a ligament sprain, bone bruise and soft tissue inflammation, and a handful of others with other foot ailments. He shouldn’t be viewed as too much of an injury risk in this upcoming season, but he does have ankle and foot issues on his record now.
Outlook: Unfortunately Prince is only looking at one year with the door wide open, as Durant’s eventual return is going to account for most of the minutes at his positions. That said, Prince still has a wonderful stat set and a clean bill of health should help substantially. Without mid-season minutes restrictions and lengthy absences, Prince may be able to see some positive regression in his rebound and assist rates. A split between 2017-18’s top-50 campaign and last year’s top-120 performance seems about right.Mikal BridgesSG/SF, Phoenix Suns
Total Value: 86 / 69 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 134 / 105 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 82
2018-19 Review: Bridges came in as a polished rookie that could hang on the defensive end, which helped him stay on the court through flaky offense. He finished the season with as a late-middle-round player thanks to his 1.3 3s, 1.6 steals and 0.5 blocks, though his .335 mark from deep was a bit of a disappointment and his 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists weren’t all that impressive. Bridges was able to close the year on a top-90/70 burst, however, which portends good things for the future.
This Year: The Suns seemed to figure out what they have in Bridges towards the end of the season, and hopefully that means they’ll start him somewhere. Even if they don’t, Bridges looks like the team’s sixth man and is in line for starter’s minutes one way or another.
Injury History: The injury history here is squeaky clean.
Outlook: Assuming the Suns don’t botch this and keep Bridges close to 30 mpg, there’s no reason he can’t post middle-round numbers thanks to his diverse stat set.Troy Brown Jr.SG/SF, Washington Wizards
Total Value: 331 / 330 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 393 / 390 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 52
2018-19 Review: Brown spent most of the season on the outside looking in but he did deliver top-175 value over the last couple of weeks. That came in 31 minutes per game and it was good to see Brown run with his chance after spending most of his season playing garbage time minutes.
This Year: The Wizards didn’t do anything to address the small forward spot so as it stands we’re looking at Brown in the starting lineup. There was a lot going on at the end of last season that helped Brown log so many minutes, so that’s not likely to continue, but we are expecting further development and better numbers thanks to staying in rhythm rather than catching a boatload of minutes right at the end of the year.
Injury History: Brown missed about three weeks with a left ankle sprain but that’s it.
Outlook: There’s a huge usage vacuum in Washington and there aren’t any viable challengers to threaten Brown’s long-term spot at the small forward position, so he could have a mini-breakout of sorts. He’s definitely worth a roll of the dice in 16-team formats.
Update: Brown suffered a left calf strain in late September, which is expected to sideline him for four weeks. That will cost him a chance to start on opening night but we do think he’ll insert himself into that conversation as soon as he’s ready to return. Whether that takes him out of draft consideration depends on the size of your league.Trevor ArizaSF, Sacramento Kings
Total Value: 111 / 97 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 124 / 98 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 72
2018-19 Review: Ariza made the strange decision to sign with the Suns and their cramped forward group but ended up getting dealt to the Wizards in their ill-fated playoff push, so no harm no foul really. He’s certainly in the decline phase of his career and saw his 3-point effectiveness dip to just .334 from behind the arc, though he still more or less delivered for fantasy owners with 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.1 triples per game. It does have to be noted that some of those numbers were juiced by a big usage jump in Washington (up to 18.2 from 13.8 in Phoenix).
This Year: Ariza landed a two-year, $25 million deal with Sacramento and this could finally be the year where he slips out of the top-150. The Kings have Marvin Bagley to take the power forward spot (plus Harry Giles, who is supposedly ready to take the next step) and Harrison Barnes and Bogdan Bogdanovic to man the small forward spot, so Ariza will have to squeeze in there somehow. It would be a stunner if he got too far north of 30 mpg, if even that high, though the Kings could always botch it.
Injury History: Ariza sat out 10 of the final 11 games because of a left groin strain. In 2017-18 he lost 11 games to a sprained foot and sore leg plus four games for other reasons (two each to suspension and rest). Further back in time, Ariza has dealt with a broken foot and MCL surgery, but he’s been fairly durable over the last handful of seasons. The most recent two have seen him check in under 70 games, however, which makes him a moderate injury risk going forward.
Outlook: Ariza’s fantasy value is predicated on threes and steals and while his game isn’t eroding at a crazy rate, it looks like he’ll struggle to get the requisite playing time this season. He needed 34.0 mpg to finish with top-125/100 value last season and would probably land below the cut line if he dips near the 28-minute mark. There’s always going to be a couple extra rounds of value for Ariza in 9-cat formats but he’s just a late-round pick this season after a lengthy run of being underrated.DeAndre’ BembrySF, Atlanta Hawks
Total Value: 119 / 136 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 170 / 199 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 82
2018-19 Review: Bembry finally stayed healthy and put together a career season for a Hawks team that opened up lots of minutes all over the roster, establishing personal bests in minutes (23.5), starts (15), points (8.4), rebounds (4.4), assists (2.5), steals (1.3) and 3-pointers (0.6). He became a nice source of secondary playmaking in bench groups, and wore a number of hats for a Hawks team that had a lot of roles up for grabs. His free throw shooting (.640 — a career-high, still) and turnovers (1.7) remained problems, but Bembry emerged as a contributor moving forward.
This Year: Lloyd Pierce has already praised Bembry’s defensive versatility, and despite the influx of guys who could theoretically eat away at his workload, it doesn’t sound as though Bembry will fall by the wayside.
There’s still room for improvement, though as Bembry’s free throws (.640) and 3-point shooting (.289) are obvious weak spots that will limit his playing time. That sort of stuff might keep him off the floor late in games but Bembry looks to be in the driver’s seat for backup minutes at a few spots.
Injury History: Before last season, Bembry was labeled as a perennial injury risk after failing to play in half of his games in both of his first two seasons due to multiple wrist injuries, an abdominal strain and issues with his groin. He did a great deal to shed that label this past year after suiting up for all 82 games. His history still can’t be ignored, but he has now proven that he is capable of staying healthy for the majority of a season.
Outlook: If Bembry’s playing time increases as expected, then we should definitely be looking at more rebounds and assists. Should his steals remain in the same neighborhood as last season, there’s definite standard-league potential. Bembry has the looks of a worthwhile late-round flier that can sneak up on a lot of more casual players, and at the very least he should be able to provide quality steals with non-insignificant output in boards and dimes. If Bembry can continue to improve from the charity stripe and get at least close to 70 percent, a top-150 season in 8-cat formats could be in the cards. Knock him down 20 spots or so for 9-cat formats.Josh JacksonSG/SF, Memphis Grizzlies
Total Value: 146 / 190 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 196 / 261 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 79
2018-19 Review: Jackson put up a pretty good cover of his rookie season, doing little of note early before jumping on the tank and riding huge playing time to gaudy counting stats with poor efficiency. He has no filter on shot selection, but he did improve his 3-point shooting from .263 to .324 which is better than nothing.
This Year: The Suns gave up on Jackson, trading him to Memphis in what looks like a dump of an unwanted player for an extra roster spot. The Andre Iguodala situation is currently a roadblock but when that gets resolved Jackson should be one of the primary backups at the forward spots. He was also arrested at a Miami music festival but shouldn’t face further discipline after entering a plea deal.
Injury History: Jackson has missed eight games over two years, with a couple of those coming under dubious, tank-related circumstances. Last season he missed three games with a right ankle sprain.
Outlook: Jackson can rack up the counting stats with the best of them but he needs substantial playing time to do so, which is something he’s unlikely to find in Memphis. They might push him further north of 25 mpg than the Suns were willing to but it won’t be enough unless someone else gets traded. Jackson remains a deep-league option for fantasy managers that are punting the percentages, as well as the occasional pickup when injuries strike around him.
Update: Jackson and the Grizzlies have reached an agreement where he’ll skip training camp and report to the G-League Memphis Hustle. While it sounds as though he’ll get called up eventually, this takes him off the board in all redraft leagues until that happens. The Grizzlies should be trying to find as many young contributors as they can, so this is definitely not a good sign for Jackson’s career outlook.Andre IguodalaSG/SF, Memphis Grizzlies
Total Value: 160 / 142 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 179 / 153 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 68
2018-19 Review: The Warriors didn’t ask Iguodala to hit the gas until the playoffs and he was a less prominent fixture in the regular season, setting near-career-lows or actual career-lows in several stats. In 13 starts he averaged 4.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 turnovers while shooting 47 percent from the field and 75 percent from the line. You can see how he was able to grind out borderline 12-team value thanks to a well-rounded game but he still wasn’t really worth deploying in most H2H leagues.
This Year: Iguodala was dealt to the Grizzlies as the Warriors chipped away at their dynasty apart to accommodate the D’Angelo Russell sign-and-trade. It’s been expected that the Grizz will move on from Iguodala eventually, though they’ve been saying that they’re willing to enter the season with him in the mix in an effort to force teams into offering better trade packages. If that does come to pass, Iguodala will be the backup small forward but will take on a less important role for the rebuilding Grizzlies than he had in Golden State.
Injury History: While many of Iguodala’s absences over the last few years can be attributed to minor issues and rest days, last season saw him miss time in the playoffs with left leg issues. He’s also been dealing with knee and back problems over the last few years and should be expected to miss several games in an effort to stay fresh for the postseason.
Outlook: There probably isn’t any use in projecting Iguodala as a member of the Grizzlies considering the likelihood that he ends up on another roster, so it’s sort of fitting that he won’t be a very attractive fantasy asset until he ends up on another roster. We’d bet against a repeat of last season’s 14-team appeal and view the veteran as more of a top-200 player unless he lands in a perfect situation.Maurice HarklessSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Total Value: 176 / 154 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 159 / 134 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 60
2018-19 Review: Harkless had trouble shaking off knee problems for much of the year, though he did have a nice run of standard-league usability over the season’s last third. Over the final 36 games, of which Harkless played in and started 34, he ranked 133/111 in per-game value (8/9-cat). His well-rounded game (7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 0.9 blocks and 0.6 threes) gives him an easy pathway to value even if it isn’t always exciting.
This Year: Harkless was dealt to the Clippers via Miami and will fit right into the new forward group as a switchable, versatile defender. He’ll be in the mix to start at one of the forward spots but should still handle a solid role even if he ends up as a reserve.
Injury History: Harkless’ season featured lots of trouble related to his knee, as he missed 12 games with a left knee injury and then plenty of rest days and one-game absences. It was an extension from the end of his 2017-18, where Harkless missed three games in early March with a sore left knee before missing the final 10 of the regular season with more soreness that led to arthroscopic surgery.
Outlook: The stat set means that Harkless is always going to be a deep-league option but the depth at his position in LA means that he’s probably off the 12-team radar. Fantasy players looking to hunt cash counters can consider him a worthwhile selection late in 16-team drafts, and unless his minutes completely cave he should be able to post top-200 numbers.Royce O’NealeSF, Utah Jazz
Total Value: 179 / 179 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 253 / 247 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 82
2018-19 Review: O’Neale’s growth has been slow and steady and last year he became a valuable role player for the Jazz. He ended up making 16 starts and while his averages of 5.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks and 0.8 triples in 20.4 minutes per game aren’t anything spectacular, add in his .475 shooting and you can start to see how O’Neale can be of interest in a pinch. He continued to earn the trust of the coaching staff and was a solid contributor in a bench unit that wasn’t always clicking.
This Year: At minimum, O’Neale is looking at another bench gig with minutes in the low twenties. The speculation that Bojan Bogdanovic will start at small forward and push Joe Ingles to the bench would leave the starting power forward spot there for the taking, however, and a few Jazz writers have mused that O’Neale could be the favorite to start in such a scenario. He would need to beat out Jeff Green if that were the case but a starting job would probably push O’Neale closer to 25 mpg and give us a chance to see how those steals, blocks and threes would grow in extra space.
Injury History: We didn’t find anything of note on O’Neale.
Outlook: There is sleeper potential with O’Neale but the role and playing time will have to thread the needle a bit. Continued development probably gets him near the top-200 even as a reserve, and he’s a late-round flier in 16-teamers on the expectation that his role expands even if he doesn’t end up starting.Michael Porter Jr. (R)SF, Denver Nuggets
2018-19 Review: Porter, who was said to have top-of-the-draft talent, fell to the Nuggets at No. 14 because of serious injury concerns. He ended up redshirting his entire rookie season and then suffered a left knee sprain that held him out of Summer League.
This Year: Fans have been dying to see MPJ take the floor and it was expected that he’d crack the rotation once he got healthy, but the addition of Jerami Grant and the growth of Denver’s wing group makes that an increasingly tough task.
Injury History: Porter underwent L3-L4 microdisectomy in November of 2017 to treat herniated disks in his back. Basically, there were some small tears in the outer layer of his vertebral disks that allowed lubricating fluid to leak out, causing discomfort. While it sounds intimidating, it’s not an outpatient surgery and Porter wasn’t bedridden as a result. That comes later in the story.
He would undergo lumbar spine surgery in the following June and had to cancel some pre-draft workouts, reportedly because of spasms so bad that he couldn’t get out of bed. On draft night Jonathan Givony reported that MPJ was sliding because of concerns about his back and hip, with other reports circulating that Porter might have to sit out the entire season.
While there’s a certain stigma around back injuries that can overstate their significance to an extent, the fact that Porter is dealing with a repetitive stress-type ailment at age 20 is pretty concerning. Add in the left knee sprain and the risk is significant. Oh, he also developed a case of drop foot because of the back issues.
Outlook: Porter is going to have a tough time cracking the rotation unless he really is 100 percent healthy and lives up to his reported talent level. Even so, it would take some positive reports about his knee for most managers to feel comfortable drafting him. Porter remains an intriguing dynasty option and this could be the end of his buy-low window, but redraft players should probably steer clear outside of deep leagues.Matisse Thybulle (R)SG/SF, Philadelphia Sixers
2018-19 Review: Thybulle was named the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year and took home the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, using his 6’5″ frame and 7’0″ wingspan to disrupt opponents all over the court. He led the nation with 3.5 steals per game and ranked 18th with 2.3 blocks while becoming the only D-1 player in the last 20 years with 100 steals and 70 swats in a season. His offensive game could use some work as he shot just .305 from behind the arc, though he was a career .358 shooter in his four years at Washington.
This Year: Philadelphia certainly revealed its type this summer, as Thybulle fits right in on a team that looks to be assembling a lethal collection of defensive talent. He’s capable of guarding multiple positions and will be looking to carve out steady reserve minutes despite his limited offensive limitations.
Injury History: Thybulle has no injuries of note in his record.
Outlook: Standard-league value is probably out of the question in his first season but Thybulle offers great upside for any fantasy players looking for steals and out-of-position blocks late in deeper-league drafts. He’s going to be a hot commodity in dynasty formats and we’ll be watching to see what his minutes look like in the preseason. If he ends up seeing something like 25 mpg (unlikely but not impossible) then we could see him notching over three cash counters a night, which would definitely put him on the map in shallower leagues.Reggie BullockSG/SF, New York Knicks
Total Value: 184 / 180 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 184 / 174 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 63
2018-19 Review: Bullock was on his way to a career year in Detroit despite a big dip in his efficiency from .489 to .413, posting career-highs in playing time, scoring, threes, rebounds and assists. He was traded to the Lakers but saw his numbers suffer with 9.3 points and a 34.3 percent mark from behind the arc in 17 games with LA. It was a tough situation to jump right into and Bullock ended the season on a sour note after continuing to float around the 12-team usability mark.
This Year: Bullock initially agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal with the Knicks but had to rework that to a two-year deal worth less than the $4.7 million room exception after his neck injury hit the radar. When healthy, he’ll be part of a messy rotation and give the Knicks 3-and-D minutes in whatever quantity David Fizdale fancies on that day.
Injury History: Bullock is expected to miss at least the first month of the season after undergoing surgery for a cervical disc herniation in mid July. He missed the final four games of the season with neck stiffness, as well as four with right plantar fasciitis, eight with a left ankle sprain across three stints and one with an illness. Bullock has had hip and back problems in the past in addition to surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, but the back/neck surgery will be the key thing to watch.
Outlook: The rotation in New York is going to be a huge source of frustration, and Bullock’s injury doesn’t help matters. He can easily post top-200 numbers in 25 mpg but the juice might not be worth the squeeze, particularly in H2H formats where night-to-night output is crucial. Consider him a late pick in 16-team formats if you’re willing to wait for his return to the court, otherwise you can bump Bullock down another rung on the ladder.Andre RobersonSG/SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
2018-19 Review: Roberson was trying to return to the court after suffering a torn patellar tendon in the 2017-18 season but suffered setbacks in October and November.
This Year: Current word is that Roberson will be ready for the start of the season, though we can’t imagine that he’ll jump right back into his starting role after a year and a half on the shelf. He could move into the starting lineup once he shakes off the rust, but we’re a long way from that point.
Injury History: Roberson suffered a ruptured left patellar tendon in late January of 2018. He underwent a knee scope that March and was hoping to return around December before he suffered a pair of setbacks, including an avulsion fracture in his left knee. He’s a significant injury risk.
Outlook: The last time we saw a healthy Roberson, he delivered top-200/180 per-game value in 26.6 mpg thanks to 1.2 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. That should be viewed as the best-case scenario and if he can get through the preseason completely healthy the defensive stopper can be treated as a late-round flier in 20-team formats and a watch-list specialist type in 16-teamers.James EnnisSG/SF, Philadelphia Sixers
Total Value: 233 / 215 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 262 / 246 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 58
2018-19 Review: Ennis never gained traction as a member of the Rockets but found his footing in Philadelphia, where he became one of the few bench contributors on a top-heavy roster and hit his stride in the postseason. Even though his on-court contributions improved over time, his fantasy numbers did not; Ennis shot worse at all three levels and scored and stole less after signing with the Sixers.
This Year: Ennis returns to Philly on a two-year deal with a player option, which means he’ll be playing for his next deal in what could be a weak free agent class. He will continue to operate as the team’s primary backup at the forward spots and will be asked to deliver 3-and-D minutes.
Injury History: Ennis suffered a right quad contusion at the end of the season that kept him out for a little over a week, though it also cost him a pair of games in late March. Earlier in the season he missed a game with a left calf laceration, 10 in December with a right hamstring strain and three in late October with another right hamstring strain. He dealt with right calf issues in the previous two seasons but he’s still just a low-level risk.
Outlook: If he can get his shot back on track and get something like 22 mpg, Ennis will have a chance at landing near the top-200. Even so, he offers up a plodding, low-end 3-and-D game so he can be left on the wire outside of 20-team formats to start.E’Twaun MooreSG/SF, New Orleans Pelicans
Total Value: 223 / 216 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 160 / 182 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 53
2018-19 Review: Moore got off to a nice start with top-100 value over the first 20 games or so before succumbing to a series of left leg issues. He was forced into a sizable role given the team’s lack of depth on the wings and was able to produce when healthy, but unfortunately he wasn’t on the court long enough to make a serious impact.
This Year: After emerging as a starter by default last season, Moore is going to be fighting for reserve minutes after all of the team’s offseason moves. It’s a great situation for the Pelicans but bad for Moore.
Injury History: Last season saw Moore sit out one game with a left tibial contusion, two with a lower left leg strain, two with a left quad contusion, three for rest, three with a bruised left quad, two more for rest and then the final 15 with another left quad contusion. There are hamstring, back, heel, toe and ankle problems from multiple seasons ago but the left leg is the one to watch for in the near future.
Outlook: Moore has always been a cheap, reliable source of 3-and-D numbers on solid percentages but won’t play enough to make ripples outside of deep leagues this year.Kevin KnoxSF, New York Knicks
Total Value: 224 / 261 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 266 / 319 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 75
2018-19 Review: After he boosted expectations with a big showing in Summer League, Knox had one of the tougher rookie seasons in recent memory. He averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 threes on .370 from the field in 28.8 mpg while grading out as one of the worst players in the league by several advanced metrics, though that probably shouldn’t be held against him considering the rest of the roster.
This Year: It’s expected that Knox serves as the backup small forward behind R.J. Barrett, though it’s possible that he starts. Either way, it would be surprising if he led the team in minutes again and if he doesn’t start to do his damage more efficiently and focus up on the defensive end then the Knicks will have to start dialing back on his time.
Injury History: Knox missed seven games early in the season with a left ankle sprain but was healthy otherwise. He tweaked a hamstring prior to his rookie season but isn’t an injury risk.
Outlook: There’s too many holes in Knox’s stat set for us to consider him more than a deep-league source of points and threes. There should be some natural progression that keeps him moving up the rankings to an extent but it’s tough to see him taking a big step forward in fantasy leagues given the impending playing time crunch. He’s a 20-team option for now.OG AnunobySF, Toronto Raptors
Total Value: 251 / 247 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 293 / 287 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 67
2018-19 Review: Anunoby, like Pascal Siakam, is tracking as a core piece in the next era of Toronto basketball. Last season was a trying one, as he had to deal with the passing of his father early in the season and then a number of injuries over the course of the year. It resulted in what looked like stagnant development, as Anunoby couldn’t earn more playing time and shot worse from all three levels, with particular dips in 3-point shooting (.371 to .332) and free throw shooting (.629 to .581). He gets a pass because of all the trips out of the lineup but it wasn’t an encouraging season.
This Year: Since OG was set to start at small forward before the whole Kawhi thing, he’s a solid bet to return to that role after a one-year detour. His 3-and-D game is a nice complement to Siakam and the two can handle most defensive matchups without stumbling into an unworkable mismatch. The Raptors have quietly encouraged Anunoby to operate with a scorer’s mentality in low-leverage moments and exhibition contests, so we’ll see if that work can lead to some surprising numbers this season.
Injury History: Beyond the personal absences, Anunoby missed three games with a right wrist sprain and four with concussion-like symptoms before undergoing an emergency appendectomy on the eve of the playoffs. Complications from the surgery led to significant weight loss that prevented him from playing at all in the postseason, but he’s expected to be at full strength for next year.
Anunoby tore his ACL in college and missed eight games with an ankle sprain as a rookie but he’s still just short of being classified a moderate risk to us.
Outlook: The Raptors will try and toe the line of staying competitive while hitting the gas on development for players like Anunoby, so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the new load. He’s only been a top-300 guy in each of his first two seasons so we can’t imagine that he becomes more than a top-200 option this year, even if he gets a big bump in playing time. There are better fliers to take in 16-teamers but the expanded role makes him worth a roll of the dice in anything deeper.Rondae Hollis-JeffersonSF/PF, Toronto Raptors
Total Value: 276 / 296 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 302 / 330 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 59
2018-19 Review: Hollis-Jefferson posted the worst season of his career last season, which was especially dispiriting because he was coming off a career year and looked to be an important piece of a Nets team on the rise. He ended up struggling with groin injuries and never seemed to catch up with his teammates, eventually falling out of the rotation. RHJ shot a career-low .411 from the field and .685 from the line while also setting a career-low with just 0.7 steals and 0.5 blocks per contest. His playing time fell from 28.2 to 20.9 mpg in a year where nothing went right.
This Year: The Raptors scooped Hollis-Jefferson up off the secondary market and theoretically he’ll fit into the organization’s ethos as a lengthy athlete and solid defender. He’s going to be in the mix for backup minutes at both forward spots, and while the Raptors have some long-term pieces in place at the three and the four we’d expect RHJ to get more minutes than he did last season. Expect the team’s development staff to spend time trying to fix that flaky jumper, but even if that never comes around Hollis-Jefferson has found a nice landing spot to try and rehab his value with a team that is looking for his baseline skills.
Injury History: Hollis-Jefferson sustained a right adductor strain playing in Jeremy Lin’s summertime charity game, and it really took the wind from his sails. After sustaining the injury in August he ended up missing the entire preseason and the first three games of the year (two were listed for personal reasons, one for the groin). He later suffered a right adductor strain and missed seven games. The rest of his absences were DNPs aside from a one-game ankle issues, though he played through a left shoulder strain.
In 2017-18 he missed 11 games with a groin strain, though he also missed one because of a right hip contusion and two with a right ankle sprain. Previously he has dealt with right hip tendonitis and a right ankle sprain, and his rookie year was cut short by non-displaced fracture of the posterior talus in his right ankle. There’s definite risk with RHJ, who has topped 70 games just once in four tries.
Outlook: Hollis-Jefferson isn’t that far removed from being a top-100 fantasy player, even if it feels like it. He may never come around as a shooter but if he can end up with 25 mpg there’s top-200 potential. It would take better shooting and some more steals, both of which seem likely after RHJ had his worst season ever in those departments, and it helps that the Raptors can give him a clearly defined role that plays right to his strengths. Hollis-Jefferson makes for a flier in 16-team formats.Stanley JohnsonSG/SF, Toronto Raptors
Total Value: 234 / 246 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 262 / 284 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 66
2018-19 Review: Dwane Casey was blowing smoke in the preseason but this was the year where Detroit finally gave up on Johnson, who was traded to the Pelicans at the deadline. He received only 20 minutes a night with the Pistons and saw only 14 with New Orleans as he wasn’t a priority in either locale. He managed 0.9 steals in his 18.3 mpg overall but Johnson continues to struggle on offense, hitting .288 from deep and .389 from the field overall (though that’s a career-high).
This Year: Johnson signed with the Raptors as a free agent, and he’ll be part of the committee that makes up for the minutes vacated by Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. He fits the profile of what Toronto looks for in terms of being a strong defender, and the hope is that the development crew can help coax a workable jumper out of him. He figures to be the primary backup at small forward and will face competition for minutes from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, among others.
Injury History: Johnson sprained his right shoulder as a rookie and missed 11 games with hip soreness in his third year. Last season Johnson missed three games with a left ankle contusion, one with a left leg contusion and one with a toe injury. He’s not a risk to miss significant time.
Outlook: There’s steals appeal and it’s always worth keeping an eye on a raw talent entering a strong program with good opportunity in front of him, but Johnson shouldn’t be a draft consideration outside of 20-team formats.Rodions KurucsSF, Brooklyn Nets
Total Value: 218 / 227 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 226 / 244 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 63
2018-19 Review: Kurucs went from second-round pick to starting power forward amidst Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s struggles. The coaching staff liked his energy, and Kurucs displayed a versatile game that resulted in 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.9 threes per contest in 20.5 mpg. The playoffs were a struggle and Kurucs also had fouling issues at times, but it’s still a successful season out of a player that many expected to be brought along slowly.
This Year: Kurucs has a fantastic opportunity ahead of him with Kevin Durant done for the year. Taurean Prince and Wilson Chandler are his main competitors for minutes at the forward spots, and in a true meritocracy he’d leave Chandler in the dust. Should his playing time increase, Kurucs has a chance to be the type of moderately efficient player who can grab 2.5 cash counters per game, which would definitely get him on the radar in 16-team formats.
Injury History: Kurucs missed some time during the first couple of months of last season due to left ankle and right knee injuries, but stayed mostly healthy thereafter. He should be tagged with minimal injury risk heading into year two. There’s a meniscus tear from 2017 on his record as well.
Outlook: There’s definite sleeper potential with Kurucs and his stat set, but we’d leave him for leagues in the 16-team range unless we hear that he’s named the starting power forward early in camp. His minutes should be increasing regardless, and his ability to pick up threes, steals and blocks gives him the ability to quickly leapfrog over a lot of other deep-league options could things go his way.Evan TurnerSG/SF, Atlanta Hawks
Total Value: 201 / 234 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 255 / 299 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 73
2018-19 Review: Turner was nothing much to write home about last season, though he probably delivered some fantasy trophies with back-to-back triple-doubles later in the year when C.J. McCollum was out. Although his rebounds and assists improved, Turner set a new career-low in scoring and saw his minutes cut from 25.7 to to a flat 22.0.
This Year: Portland dealt Turner to the Hawks in exchange for Kent Bazemore, with Atanta looking to clear minutes for its wing players while gaining some extra cash. As such, it’s hard to envision Turner seeing a significant increase in playing time with where the Hawks are at as an organization. He will be given a few minutes as a primary ball-handler and will factor into the backup point guard equation, but Turner’s going to be a low priority.
Injury History: Turner missed a handful of games with a left knee injury after the All-Star break last year. He’s a decently durable player though, having played in no fewer than 65 games in each of his nine NBA seasons.
Outlook: Turner was only a top-300 player last season, and despite the prospect of him handling some minutes as a point guard, there’s no need to give him much thought until you get to 20-team formats.Cameron Johnson (R)SF, Phoenix Suns
2018-19 Review: Johnson wrapped up his fifth college season by averaging 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.3 blocks and 2.7 threes per game, including a remarkable .457 mark from behind the 3-point line. He was regarded as the best shooter in the draft class but the rest of his profile suggested a role-player ceiling.
This Year: The Suns got ripped for taking Johnson at 11th overall, going way off draft boards to take a 23-year-old whose most notable attribute is 3-point shooting. He doesn’t offer great length despite some solid defensive effort, and he’s going to have to hit his shots to stay on the floor. He’ll be in the mix for backup minutes at the forward spots.
Injury History: Johnson was forced to redshirt most of his freshman year at Pitt, only appearing in eight games because of a shoulder problem, but has been injury-free since then.
Outlook: Johnson’s got chops as a 3-point specialist but he’s unlikely to play enough in year one to make waves outside of deep leagues. His stat set doesn’t paint him as a player you should spend a pick on, though there are worse choices to make after the first 250 guys come off the draft board.DeMarre CarrollSF/PF, San Antonio Spurs
Total Value: 215 / 221 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 242 / 250 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 67
2018-19 Review: Carroll felt the squeeze last season, getting hurt right before the opening bell and then returning to a bench role. In 2017-18 he started in each of his 73 games with the Nets and played 29.9 mpg, but last season he made just eight starts with 25.4 minutes per contest over 67 appearances. Brooklyn got great play from its other wing options, which made DC less of a focus. All his counting stats fell, he posted a career-worst steal percentage and his shooting dipped below 40 percent.
This Year: Carroll signed a three-year deal with the Spurs where he’ll provide 3-and-D play in a bench capacity. He might be the first forward off the bench but between DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay and a little LaMarcus Aldridge, there may not be a ton of minutes left over at the forward spots. We’ll give Carroll a leg up on Trey Lyles but the 25 mpg neighborhood feels right, and might be a little on the high side.
Injury History: The big absence last season came as a result of right ankle surgery in mid-October, which cost Carroll the first 11 games of the season. Beyond that there were single-game absences for a right wrist sprain, a left knee hyperextension and left knee soreness (twice).
The knee stuff is troubling but not unexpected after Carroll’s hyperextended his left knee in the 2014-15 playoffs and underwent surgery in January 2016. He’s also dealt with toe and hip problems but the left knee and right ankle are the most pressing concerns.
Outlook: If Carroll’s steal rate gets back in line then he’ll have a shot at top-200 value, though it’s going to be a tight fit with his expected workload as a bench player for the Spurs. He’s only a late-round option in 16-teamers, if that.Kenrich WilliamsSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Total Value: 264 / 249 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 208 / 198 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 46
2018-19 Review: Williams came out of nowhere to post top-120 numbers over the final couple months of the season, thriving as the Pelicans pumped the brakes around the trade deadline. At his peak he was delivering around three cash counters per night but on the full season he posted relevant numbers of 6.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.1 threes in 23.5 mpg.
This Year: Despite the promising finish to the year, Williams will be a victim of the Pelicans’ added depth. There’s certainly minutes available as a reserve forward but they won’t come as easy, and Williams isn’t a lock to be in the rotation — he’s likely to make the grade because of his high-energy style, but it isn’t a sure thing.
Injury History: Williams didn’t hit the injury report in his rookie season.
Outlook: Williams is a name to keep in mind if you’re searching for rebounds, steals, threes and some occasional blocks in 20-team formats, with obvious upside if he can play his way into a larger role. He’s a late-round flier in that 20-team neighborhood.Derrick Jones Jr.SF/PF, Miami Heat
Total Value: 259 / 242 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 252 / 242 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 60
2018-19 Review: Jones had stretches of standard-league value amidst all of Miami’s injuries thanks to his per-minute steals and blocks. He ended up with a sneaky useful line of 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.6 threes in 19.6 minutes per game.
This Year: The Heat didn’t want to include Jones in any summertime trades, which is telling since they needed to shed salary in order to acquire Jimmy Butler. DJJ can play two through four and his athleticism makes him tough to handle, especially in transition. Still just 21, Jones has a great base to build from and will find steady work on a depleted roster.
Injury History: Illnesses, migraines, a right knee bone bruise and a hamstring injury limited Jones to 60 games last season. The bone bruise was by far the most serious ailment and caused him to miss eight straight games from the end of January to mid-February. Barring more knee troubles, he shouldn’t be viewed as a particularly high-risk.
Outlook: All fantasy players should be snagging Jones in the late rounds of drafts. He’s a multi-cat player on a roster that will need everyone to pitch in, and Jones is the sort of versatile talent that should outshine the older, one-dimensional alternatives on the bench. He’s one of the best dart throws on the board and will sneak up on a lot of casual players.Alfonzo McKinnieSF/PF, Golden State Warriors
Total Value: 299 / 293 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 390 / 376 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 72
2018-19 Review: McKinnie came over from the Raptors and was a surprising rotation presence, making 74 appearances and even getting the starting nod at times in the playoffs. His fantasy line left a lot to be desired, especially with a .563 mark at the free throw line, but he tried hard on defense and shot .356 from deep.
This Year: McKinnie should be in the driver’s seat for a big wing role considering the work he put in last season. There will be a starting spot available until Klay Thompson gets back on the court and although McKinnie will be pushed by Jacob Evans and Glenn Robinson III, he has to be considered the favorite.
Injury History: McKinnie’s injury history doesn’t feature anything significant that concerns us going forward.
Outlook: There’s a great opportunity awaiting someone at small forward, and McKinnie looks most likely to get the first crack at it. His stat set isn’t great, however, and unless his steals rate makes an unexpected leap McKinnie will be doing the heavy lifting with threes and rebounds. You can consider him a flier in 20-teamers if we know he has the starting job at the start of the year.Darius MillerSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Total Value: 203 / 198 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 240 / 233 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 69
2018-19 Review: Miller continued to chip in at the forward spots, making 15 starts and setting career-bests with 25.5 minutes, 8.2 points, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.9 threes per game. Unfortunately the fact that he shot just .390 from the field means that he was a one-note fantasy option, and really only good in a category that’s become increasingly abundant these days.
This Year: The Pels re-signed Miller in free agency and he’ll provide spacing in a reserve capacity. If he makes 15 starts or plays 25 minutes per night again, it will likely mean that something has gone terribly wrong.
Injury History: Miller missed a little time with a right ankle sprain and a right quad contusion and missed the final five games because of a Grade 1 left adductor strain. He’s been injury-free otherwise.
Outlook: Miller will have his 3-point value in deep leagues and could grind out enough stats in decreasing minutes to hold some roto appeal in very deep leagues. Treat him as a top-300 type and catch the excitement.
Update: Miller has torn his right Achilles and will miss the entire season, taking him off draft boards entirely.Torrey CraigSF, Denver Nuggets
Total Value: 210 / 197 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 277 / 260 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 75
2018-19 Review: Craig was a player who we’ve liked for a couple years now, and his high-energy playstyle and defensive prowess made him a big part of Mike Malone’s rotation. Though he will never be tasked with a big offensive role, Craig is often given the toughest defensive assignment and chips in 3-and-D numbers along the way.
This Year: The fact that Craig is the team’s most accomplished wing defender means he’ll hold a spot in the rotation, though he’s going to be part of the glut of wings and is likely to lose playing time.
Injury History: Craig hit the injury report with a minor left shoulder injury and also suffered a nose injury in the postseason but he’s not an injury risk.
Outlook: Craig can grind out steals, blocks and threes, but not in quantities that will catch your attention outside of 20-team formats or streaming scenarios.Gerald GreenSG/SF, Houston Rockets
Total Value: 201 / 189 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 247 / 239 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 73
2018-19 Review: Green did his usual thing, coming in off the bench ready to rise and fire. He had some additional opportunities with all the injuries that hit this season but Green was going to sling triples no matter what.
This Year: The Rockets re-signed Green to sling triples no matter what. He could be in line for more minutes depending on how Mike D’Antoni lines everyone up next season but there won’t be any significant changes to his game.
Injury History: Green missed four games with separate right ankle issues and five with a strained right adductor. He’s not really an injury risk.
Outlook: Green’s going to check in with the bomb doors open and makes for a fine 3-point specialist in deeper leagues.Keita Bates-DiopSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Total Value: 371 / 363 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 349 / 332 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 30
2018-19 Review: Bates-Diop was picked with the 48th selection in the 2018 draft but didn’t see much playing time until the other Wolves started dropping like flies. It continued an up-and-down trend for KBD that dates back to his college days. He struggled to play much as a freshman and ended up missing all but nine games in his junior season thanks to a stress fracture in his leg. Bates-Diop capped off his college career with a big campaign and was named the unanimous Big 10 Player of the Year.
This Year: The wide-open power forward spot is Bates-Diop’s ticket to playing time, with 20 minutes a night sitting right there for the taking. Ryan Saunders is far more likely to elevate his younger charges so KBD should be a steady, consistent part of the rotation.
Injury History: Bates-Diop was healthy last season, and the leg stress fracture is the only thing that’s an issue. That’s two years in the past but it still isn’t something you can just sweep under the rug.
Outlook: Bates-Diop might end up cracking the 20-team value range if his minutes increase enough but his stat set makes him look like a points and rebounds guy, with a shot at steals and blocks if his minutes spike to an unexpected extent.Thabo SefoloshaSF, Houston Rockets
Total Value: 311 / 301 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 320 / 298 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 50
2018-19 Review: Sefolosha gave the Jazz some minutes as a defensive presence but he was injured down the stretch. He was able to score efficiently (.477) on extremely low volume but his 0.9 steals in 12.2 mpg were really the bulk of his fantasy appeal.
This Year: The Rockets picked Sefolosha up in late September, and he figures to slot into a similar defensive stopper role. It’s a pretty good spot with Houston’s championship aspirations and top-heavy roster, as his skill set will be needed and he’ll have an easier path to playing time.
Injury History: Sefolosha missed over a month with a right hamstring strain last season, as well as five games due to suspension. In 2017-18 he missed a big chunk of time with a sprained right MCL and later underwent surgery. The year before that he dealt with groin and knee issues, and he also has a broken leg in his history courtesy of the NYPD. He’s a moderate injury risk even in a limited role.
Outlook: Sefolosha should be looking at more playing time this season, which puts him on the board as a deep-league steals specialist. After shooting .407 from deep in his two years with Utah, perhaps he emerges as a source of threes as well. Consider him an option for cash counters in 20-team formats, with top-225 upside if everything goes his way.David NwabaSG/SF, Brooklyn Nets
Total Value: 296 / 278 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 294 / 269 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 51
2018-19 Review: Despite ending up on a Cavs team that was bereft of talent and guys who could defend, Nwaba, and his positive impact metrics, only averaged 19.3 mpg and missed a lot of time with injuries. It was a missed opportunity and the Cavs let him dip in free agency.
This Year: Nwaba is the sort of hard-nosed, two-way player that fits right into Brooklyn’s culture, though he figures to be at the end of the rotation and probably won’t receive meaningful minutes unless someone above him gets hurt. Still, there is a place for a low-maintenance forward who gives big effort on the defensive end.
Injury History: Last season Nwaba missed 18 straight games to a left ankle sprain and a handful more to right knee soreness. He missed around a month due to a right ankle sprain in the season prior as well. It would appear that he has a moderate risk for injury in that area as he heads into his fourth season.
Outlook: Nwaba has some intriguing per-minute numbers and could be a guy that helps with rebounds and steals, plus the occasional block and 3-pointer, over time, but he hasn’t found a spot where he can really put it all together and shouldn’t find that opportunity in Brooklyn given the team’s depth. He can be ignored outside of 30-team leagues.De’Andre Hunter (R)SF, Atlanta Hawks
2018-19 Review: Hunter rocketed up draft boards last season with averages of 15.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 threes per game while shooting .520 from the field. Those numbers don’t tell the whole story, as despite the middling steals and blocks Hunter came away with ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
This Year: The Hawks have already said that they expect Hunter to play a sizable role for them this season, including some playmaking responsibility, and it sounds like the rookie will be starting at small forward on opening night. Finding how Hunter fits next to Trae Young and John Collins is going to be critical to the future after Atlanta dealt three picks for him. As such, it’s fair to expect that Hunter will be an important piece of the puzzle this season, substantially raising the floor on his fantasy outlook.
Injury History: Hunter suffered a broken wrist in the 2018 ACC tournament, which ended up sidelining him for that year’s NCAA tournament and ultimately led him to return to Virginia for one more season. Hunter has remained off the injury report since then, and shouldn’t be seen as a risk heading into his rookie season.
Outlook: Hunter’s efficiency was perhaps the most surprising thing about his college numbers, as his 1.2 combined defensive stats are a little below par from someone who is expected to be a top-end two-way player. Virginia’s more conservative defensive scheme might have limited some of his defensive numbers in college, so there is definitely room for Hunter to increase his numbers given his length, athleticism and smarts. It’s important to remember that rookies are generally not worth the trouble in standard leagues, but Hunter makes for a fine gamble in the back quarter of drafts.Dorian Finney-SmithSF, Dallas Mavericks
Total Value: 161 / 153 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 205 / 201 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 81
2018-19 Review: Finney-Smith has become a Carlisle favorite in Dallas, but his minutes have never yielded anything too interesting for fantasy purposes. He’s a quality swingman with good defensive instincts and a high motor, which solidifies his floor as someone who will always get minutes, but his averages of 7.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.0 threes meant he was a plodding option for deep leagues.
This Year: Look for Finney-Smith to fill that same low-usage role off the bench this season. The Mavs were motivated to re-sign him to a three-year, $12 million deal, and he’s clearly a trusted hand.
Injury History: DFS stayed healthy last season after missing three and a half months with a bad bout of left knee/quad tendonitis the year prior. While that will always be something to look out for, Finney-Smith shouldn’t be treated as a serious risk after playing in 81 games.
Outlook: Finney-Smith does just enough to grind out stats that can be helpful in the long-run in 20-team formats, but the journey won’t be very fun. He offers far more to the Mavs than fantasy owners.Pat ConnaughtonSG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks
Total Value: 210 / 189 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 216 / 192 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 61
2018-19 Review: Connaughton’s athleticism filled an important void for the Bucks, and fantasy owners found him valuable down the stretch as he posted top-80 value when Milawukee was resting its starters more frequently. It was a career season for Connaughton but he didn’t really stand out in any one area beyond out-of-position rebounds (4.2).
This Year: Connaughton will have to contend with Wes Matthews, Kyle Korver and a returning Donte DiVincenzo for minutes but his play last season should put him on the inside track for starter’s minutes.
Injury History: There were some small issues, including a minor left MCL sprain, but Connaughton’s absences were mostly DNPs early in the year. He’s not an injury risk.
Outlook: Connaughton can hang around the top-200 in 20 minutes a night, and that’s a fair expectation moving forward.Zhaire SmithSG/SF, Philadelphia Sixers
Total Value: 453 / 450 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 328 / 356 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 6
2018-19 Review: Smith started his career the way you would expect from a Sixers rookie, with a broken foot and a reaction to an undiscovered sesame allergy that caused him to lose 20 pounds and undergo a thoracoscopy. He was able to return to the court at the end of the season and had some nice games in silly season, but just getting back to game action counts as a win.
This Year: Smith’s athleticism was on full display at Summer League and he’ll be in the mix for backup minutes on the wing. It’s good to see that the foot problem from last year didn’t have a huge drag on his explosiveness. If Smith is to carve out a steady role it’ll be on the back of strong defense and finishing ability.
Injury History: Prior to the Jones fracture in his left foot, Smith hadn’t popped up with any serious injuries. We’re not expecting the thoracoscopy to have lingering effects.
Outlook: Smith brings highlight-reel potential every time he takes the floor but he is unlikely to get enough minutes to matter in the majority of fantasy formats. He can be treated as a fun dynasty target and a late-round flier in 20-teamers.Kyle KorverSG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks
Total Value: 231 / 223 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 273 / 268 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 70
2018-19 Review: Korver started showing signs of decline, even though he’s great at the things everyone knows him for. He was starting to lag behind the action in the postseason and ended the year shooting .416 from the field, which is his lowest mark since a .352 showing as a rookie back when dinosaurs roamed Earth in 2003-04. He did hit 2.0 threes in under 20 mpg, however, so he did what was expected.
This Year: Korver got traded a couple times and ended up with the Bucks, where he’ll fit right in with a 3-happy playing style. He’ll be filling the same bench role that he’s been playing for a few years now.
Injury History: Right knee soreness caused Korver to miss the last six games of the season, as well as two games way back in November. He had ankle and elbow surgeries in 2015 and dealt with foot soreness and a sore knee dogged him in 2016-17. There’s a history of foot issues but he shouldn’t be playing enough to exacerbate the problem.
Outlook: Korver will be a deep-league 3-point specialist until he decides to retire.Doug McDermottSF, Indiana Pacers
Total Value: 257 / 244 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 336 / 323 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 77
2018-19 Review: McDermott didn’t play a large factor, or even a medium factor for the Pacers last season. His 17.4 mpg was his lowest since his rookie season, and that limited playing time means that fantasy owners couldn’t really extract value out of a guy who shot .408 from deep and .491 overall.
This Year: McDermott is a power forward these days — not that he’d find a lot of minutes available on the wings anyway — and the Pacers seem committed to having Domantas Sabonis replace Thad Young, so the playing time could be sparse despite the possibility of McDermott earning the backup job.
Injury History: McDermott’s collection of injuries through five seasons is minor, with lots of nicks and bumps (knee, a sprained finger, elbow, concussion, shin) but nothing that’s forced a significant absence.
Outlook: McDermott’s efficiency makes him a potential value play if he ever gets enough time to start knocking down threes in volume, but that doesn’t seem likely to happen. He’s a top-300 guy at best.Justin JacksonSF, Dallas Mavericks
Total Value: 222 / 194 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 307 / 271 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 81
2018-19 Review: Jackson continued to exist as one of the more anonymous players in the league, averaging about 20 minutes per game and offering up the usual boring production. He set a career-high with 1.1 threes per game but didn’t have any other stats of note. Jackson was flipped to the Mavs in the mid-season Harrison Barnes trade.
This Year: A healthy Tim Hardaway Jr. plus the addition of Delon Wright could have some ripple effects on the small forward rotation, not that Jackson was looking at serious minutes anyway.
Injury History: Zero.
Outlook: Jackson might be able to stick in the top-300 on the back of showing up and clocking in for 15 minutes a night, but his extremely low upside means he isn’t a recommended draft target outside of the very deepest of leagues.Mario HezonjaSF, Portland Trail Blazers
Total Value: 248 / 268 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 230 / 267 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 58
2018-19 Review: Hezonja took a step back after a breakout season in Orlando, getting sporadic playing time under David Fizdale. It resulted in a season where all of his numbers declined aside from career-bests in rebounds and assists (4.1 and 1.5, respectively). There was a short stretch of impactful games when the Knicks allowed Hezonja to run the point, and he did manage to post near top-110 in 9-cat and top-50 value in 8-cat over his last two weeks, but ultimately he failed to deliver in a situation that should’ve been kinder.
This Year: Super Mario lands in a similar spot with a smaller paycheck. The Blazers, like the Knicks last season, have some questions to answer at the forward spots and Hezonja could certainly be part of the solution. Whether he makes the most of his chances — or plays well enough to earn them in the first place — is the question.
Injury History: Hezonja got plenty of DNPs but did miss 12 games with a left leg contusion. That’s really the only injury of note in his career, so we won’t assign much risk.
Outlook: We’ve seen flashes of serious fantasy production from Hezonja but it’s pretty much all come in extremely favorable circumstances. There’s opportunity for him with Portland’s unsettled depth chart at the three and four spots but Hezonja hasn’t proven that he can grab the brass ring until a few things break his way. Playing with a more functional organization should help him out and he could conceivably crack the top-200 if he becomes the primary backup power forward. He’s a late-round flier in 16-team formats but there are probably still better upside picks to make in that range. Anything deeper and Hezonja’s worth a lottery ticket.Nassir Little (R)SF, Portland Trail Blazers
2018-19 Review: Little was more of a role player than a star in his lone year at UNC, producing 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.4 threes in 18.2 mpg. Even so, his fall to No. 25 in the draft was a minor surprise and he’s earned praise for his length, athleticism and ability to guard multiple positions. At 6’6″ with a 7’1″ wingspan, Little has the proper build to make it as a forward in the modern NBA.
This Year: Portland’s turnover at the forward spots gives Little a chance at minutes from the jump, though he’s unlikely to log enough playing time to make an impact in fantasy leagues. It could be a year of limited action, which is what the Blazers did with their rookies last season, though the unsettled nature of the depth chart leaves the door ajar.
Injury History: Little suffered a right ankle injury in college and had his Summer League cut short by a left shoulder issue, but we’re not counting him as an injury risk entering his first NBA season.
Outlook: Little’s physical attributes should intrigue dynasty players but there are a lot of questions left to be answered after he was forced into a sixth man role in college. If he can carve out 20 mpg there might be room for top-300 value but we aren’t expecting anything exciting in year one.Darius Bazley (R)SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
2018-19 Review: Bazley enters the league from one of the most unique development paths in history, having decided to skip college hoops and then pass up on the G-League so he could train on his own and take an internship at New Balance. A former top-20 prospect out of high school, Bazley has been lauded for his size, length and skill and offers interesting ball-handling capabilities from the wing.
This Year: Bazley is another player who could force himself into the conversation as the Thunder blew their shooting guard and small forward positions wide open this summer. There’s a ton of unknowns at play here but Bazley could rise to a backup role, which could at least generate some deep-league buzz.
Injury History: Hard to get hurt when you’re heading into the office instead of playing basketball.
Outlook: Given Bazley’s development track, he makes for one of the more enigmatic picks on the board in dynasty leagues. Redraft players can probably steer clear but if you want to roll the dice in the last round of an extremely deep league, we won’t stop you. The scouting pedigree is there but without any track record of production against top-level competition it’s tough to guess what we’ll see from Bazley this year.Jared DudleySF, Los Angeles Lakers
Total Value: 281 / 273 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 309 / 302 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 59
2018-19 Review: Dudley emerged with a larger role than anyone expected in Brooklyn, though his occasional starts and stretch four minutes only yielded value in 30-teamers. He was a great teammate and did a nice job ticking off the Sixers in the playoffs, though, so if those were categories in your league then he was golden.
This Year: Dudley heads to the Lakers, where he should struggle to repeat last season’s 20.7 mpg.
Injury History: Dudley underwent surgery to repair a partially torn ligament in his left big toe in the summer of 2017 but most of his injuries since have been the minor type that often give end-of-bench veterans the day off. Last season he missed 11 games with a left hamstring strain but got DNPs otherwise.
Outlook: Dudley can be ignored in all but the deepest of leagues.Dylan Windler (R)SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
2018-19 Review: Windler wrapped up an accomplished four-year career at Belmont by averaging 21.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers per game as a senior. After becoming one of the most effective wings in the college ranks, the Cavs took the plunge at pick No. 26.
This Year: He’s not the strongest or quickest guy around but his shooting will travel, and he’s a savvy player who knows how to get to his spots and provide an outlet for ball-handlers. Windler’s at a position of limited depth and will be a valuable floor-spacer.
Injury History: There’s nothing serious on Windler’s injury record.
Outlook: Windler came out of college as a .406 3-point shooter, and his efficiency actually increased as his volume spiked. Between that and his quality rebounding, Windler already has a good idea of what roles he’ll fill. It is unlikely to lead to more than 3-point specialist value in year one but he’s a sharp player whose on-court benefit to the team could open up more opportunities. Windler’s only a deep-league flier.
Update: Windler is set to be out into mid-October after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left tibia. His stock slips accordingly, though the potential for mid-season value remains depending on how the trade deadline goes.Denzel ValentineSG/SF, Chicago Bulls
2018-19 Review: Valentine missed all of last season after undergoing surgery to treat instability in his left ankle. The soreness was first reported in September and he was never able to get right.
This Year: If Valentine is healthy then he’ll be an option to provide backup minutes at shooting guard and small forward, though his chance at playing a significant role for the Bulls may be gone. It’s going to be an uphill climb to prove that he’s 100 percent and stake claim to a consistent gig.
Injury History: The surgery for left ankle instability is the big one, though Valentine’s troublesome history extends back to college. He had arthroscopic knee surgery while at Michigan State and dealt with ankle problems as a rookie before going under the knife the following summer, and then missed the final five games of his sophomore season after undergoing another left knee surgery.
Outlook: The wing depth chart looks very different than it did when Valentine first got hurt, and he’s facing tough odds at playing a significant role. The Bulls could probably stand to give him a chance to see what he can bring to the table alongside the new core but there isn’t a ton of utility in the role he’s likely to hold. Valentine can be viewed as a top-250 option in the best of scenarios.Chandler HutchisonSF, Chicago Bulls
Total Value: 332 / 327 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 358 / 348 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 44
2018-19 Review: The 22nd pick in the 2018 draft, Hutchison played a limited role for most of last season before making 11 starts that preceded his season-ending injury. They only resulted in top-200ish value, however, and there wasn’t a ton to like about Hutch’s stat set in year one.
This Year: Otto Porter is going to dominate minutes at small forward, and while Hutchison may have an easier time simply getting minutes this season, he’s also going to have a much more difficult time climbing the ladder to earn more.
Injury History: Hutchison saw his season ended in January by a sesamoid bone injury in his right foot. He was able to return for Summer League and should be fully healthy going into this season.
Outlook: Hutchison had the looks of a points and boards type in his run last season, and while there’s potential for his game to round out the playing time that he’ll need for fantasy appeal probably won’t be there. He’s not someone to consider outside the very deepest of leagues.Glenn Robinson IIISF, Golden State Warriors
Total Value: 372 / 367 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 431 / 427 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 47
2018-19 Review: Robinson was in and out of the rotation in Detroit, which is hardly a ringing endorsement since the team struggled to get consistent production out of its wing players. He averaged 13.0 mpg and shot only .290 from behind the arc, well below his .361 career average.
This Year: Robinson signed a two-year deal with the Warriors, with a player option on the second season. It’s a low-risk gamble for Golden State, who will need to cobble together a wing rotation until Klay Thompson returns from his ACL tear.
Injury History: Last season, Robinson missed a couple of weeks with a left ankle sprain but was healthy otherwise. In 2017 Robinson suffered a nasty high left ankle sprain that would eventually require surgery, keeping him out until February 23. In the prior season he missed 11 games with calf soreness. The left ankle is an obvious problem spot.
Outlook: If GR3 enters the year fully healthy, he’ll have an opportunity to get back on track. If he cracks the rotation and finds his old shooting form, he’ll be good for a slow stream of 3-pointers. He’s a fine addition for the depleted Warriors, but that’s a lot of “ifs” for a guy whose fantasy appeal probably tops out in 20-team formats in a perfect world.William Howard (R)SF, Utah Jazz
2018-19 Review: Howard is a 25-year-old from Montbrison, France who spent the last two seasons with Limoges in France’s LNB Pro A. He averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 threes per game, shooting .411 from the field in 24.9 mpg last season. Funnily enough, his per-minute stats look kind of like teammate Royce O’Neale’s in his last European season.
This Year: The small forward minutes are very much accounted for, but Howard could see spot duty in certain lineups. He has solid defensive abilities and a jumper that comes and goes so we wouldn’t expect much from his first taste of NBA action, but the Jazz have shown that they’re able to find diamonds in the rough and create role players out of thin air.
Injury History: Howard hit the injury report at Summer League due to right groin soreness but it isn’t expected to be a lasting issue.
Outlook: If you’re in a 30-team league it’s good to at least read up on Howard a little bit so he doesn’t sneak up on you entirely, but we don’t imagine you’ll need to spend a draft pick to acquire him.Dzanan MusaSF, Brooklyn Nets
Total Value: 501 / 514 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 507 / 515 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 9
2018-19 Review: Musa needed some seasoning after being picked in the first round, as his fearlessness and scoring chops far exceeded the other facets of his game. A mid-season shoulder separation removed any chance of Musa cracking the rotation, though he did average 19.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.3 triples in 36 G-League games.
This Year: The Nets have cleared the deck on the wings a bit but Musa still looks like he’ll be on the outside looking in on the rotation. He had some nice games in Summer League but faces an uphill battle for minutes, though his path will be slightly less arduous than it was last season.
Injury History: Musa’s development during his rookie season was likely derailed by a right ankle injury he endured while playing for Bosnia during last year’s World Cup Qualifiers and a separated left shoulder he suffered while playing in the G-League, the latter of which kept him out for over five weeks of the season. It’s hard to call him a significant injury risk but you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on that shoulder for any lingering issues.
Outlook: If Musa cracks the rotation he’ll be a target in super deep leagues for some scoring punch. Odds are that he’ll be at the end of Brooklyn’s bench and only make occasional appearances, however, which means he won’t need to be on draft radars.Vince CarterSG/SF, Atlanta Hawks
Total Value: 200 / 185 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 258 / 241 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 76
2018-19 Review: Carter avoided the ring-chasing that so many veterans engage in, choosing to saddle up with a bad Hawks team that could offer him a chance at legitimate minutes. He ended up starting on opening night and was a season-long member of the forward rotation, though his biggest contributions may have come off the court as he was able to mentor Atlanta’s youngsters.
This Year: Carter is coming back for one final season and the Hawks were happy to bring him back given that he’s more than a pure nostalgia act. We’ll see if he hits the trade or buyout market this season with this looking like his last chance at a ring, but as long as he’s with ATL then we can expect minutes in the teens.
Injury History: Carter only missed six games last season despite averaging 17.5 mpg as the oldest player in the league, and he’s not likely to get hurt playing a limited role in what is expected to be his final season.
Outlook: Carter might hit the 20-team radar as a guy who can knock down his threes and grab the occasional steal, but this season will be more about saying goodbye to a legend than thinking about his minimal fantasy appeal.Melvin FrazierSF, Orlando Magic
Total Value: 530 / 530 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 527 / 525 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 10
2018-19 Review: Frazier saw extremely limited minutes (4.4 mpg) in his rookie season, though he fits Orlando’s type as a good wing defender with an improving offensive game and shooting touch. He averaged 12.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.2 blocks and 0.8 threes in 18 G-League contests.
This Year: The roster hasn’t changed enough for Frazier to suddenly become a lock for the rotation, though he could at least take some minutes from Wes Iwundu with a strong preseason.
Injury History: There was a chest contusion in college but that’s all.
Outlook: Frazier is only on the board in deep dynasty formats though his steals output last year gives fantasy players something to look forward to down the line.KZ Okpala (R)SF, Miami Heat
2018-19 Review: Okpala averaged 16.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.1 threes in 32.7 minutes as a sophomore at Stanford last season. That was good enough to earn him 2018-19 All-Pac-12 First Team honors and the Heat traded up to get him at No. 32. Okpala has solid defensive instincts and a great physical profile, so the Heat will help him to continue improving as a shooter while adding to his offensive repertoire.
This Year: Okpala looks to be operating as the team’s third small forward, which means he’s likely to do a lot of observing in his first season.
Injury History: There’s nothing of note in Okpala’s injury record.
Outlook: Okpala is a nice long-term project for the Heat’s development staff but he figures to be on the outside looking in on the rotation this year. His fantasy impact will be minimal.Ignas BrazdeikisSF, New York Knicks
2018-19 Review: Brazdeikis earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and honorable mention All-American votes after averaging 14.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He also connected on 1.5 threes per game while shooting .392 from behind the arc and impressed with some big scoring performances at Summer League.
This Year: Although he played power forward at Michigan, Brazdeikis is likely to play the wing in the NBA given his 6’7″ frame. He’ll be in a very crowded rotation but should see more playing time as the year progresses.
Injury History: Iggy doesn’t have any injuries of note.
Outlook: Brazdeikis’ shooting and scoring ability makes him a potential target in deep dynasty leagues but there’s not going to be much fantasy appeal this season.Sekou Doumbouya (R)SF, Detroit Pistons
2018-19 Review: Doumbouya was mocked as high as the top-10 by outlets, which made his slide to 15th all the more surprising. The Pistons quickly snapped up the youngest player in the draft, who is coming off a year where he averaged 7.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and shot 34.3 percent from 3-point range (23-for-67) in 19 minutes per game for Limoges in France.
This Year: Doumbouya is thought to have the prototypical physical profile for a modern forward at 6’9″, 230 lbs with a 6’11″ wingspan. He’s got great fluidity and agility and could see some minutes at the forward spots as soon as this season, though the Pistons might also choose to bring him on slowly as the youngest player in the league this year.
Injury History: Doumbouya missed a couple Summer League games with a right hamstring injury but it isn’t anything serious. He did hit the sidelines with a right thumb injury that required last season, spending about a month on the sidelines.
Outlook: Doubmouya has all the raw tools one would want in a prospect and makes for a great dynasty target. How quickly he gets it all together to contribute at the NBA level is a different question, however, and the Pistons are unlikely to rush him into minutes that he just isn’t ready for. The potential means you can’t cross him off draft lists in crazy deep leagues, but most fantasy managers can watch his development from afar this season.Tony SnellSG/SF, Detroit Pistons
Total Value: 253 / 222 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 319 / 282 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 74
2018-19 Review: Snell got bumped from the starting five as Milwaukee took a big leap forward and then fell out of favor as an overpaid wing who wasn’t up to par with the talent around him. Though he played in 74 games, he set a five-year low with just 17.6 mpg
This Year: Though Snell’s Bucks career ended quietly, he still shot .398 from behind the arc last year. That was more than enough to get the Pistons interested in a deal, especially with a first-rounder attached and Jon Leuer getting sent back the other direction. The shooting skill is going to make him a threat to start at shooting guard and will almost surely land him a spot in the wing committee.
Injury History: Snell missed the final eight games of the season with a left ankle sprain but has been mostly healthy. In 2017-18 he dealt with some left knee tendinitis and a right quad contusion but there’s nothing big to worry about.
Outlook: Snell might get back to top-250 numbers if he wins the starting job. If that gets you fired up, have fun with it.Jarred VanderbiltSF, Denver Nuggets
Total Value: 455 / 462 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 476 / 483 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 17
2018-19 Review: Vanderbilt spent most of his rookie campaign recovering from offseason foot surgery. He was a beast at 2019 Summer League, though, and his numbers of 7.9 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 0.8 blocks in just 17.9 mpg over 14 contests in his last college season reveal solid upside.
This Year: Vanderbilt is going to be buried on the depth chart but is one of the top rebounders on the roster, so we could see him used situationally.
Injury History: Vanderbilt underwent right foot surgery prior to his rookie season but didn’t appear to suffer any setbacks last year. He also suffered multiple injuries to his left foot in college.
Outlook: Vanderbilt has great potential as a voracious rebounder but he’s not someone that needs to be considered outside of 30-team leagues.Joe JohnsonSF, Detroit Pistons
2018-19 Review: Johnson was out of the league but probably made his way onto your TV screens during random weekend afternoons, winning MVP in the Big 3 while cooking a bunch of players whose names you forgot over the years.
This Year: His run was enough to attract NBA attention and he signed on with the Pistons, who will give Iso Joe a chance to win the final roster spot in camp. If Johnson takes on a serious role this season it probably means something has gone wrong.
Injury History: Johnson missed 21 games with a right wrist injury in 2017-18 and has some smaller issues from earlier in his lengthy career.
Outlook: Johnson might lure in some 30-team managers looking for scoring punch, but he’s a low-upside target in any format.Admiral Schofield (R)SF, Washington Wizards
2018-19 Review: Schofield profiles as a 3-and-D player who has hit over 40 percent of his threes in each of the last two seasons while bringing consistent intensity at the other end of the court. Though he’s a bit of a tweener at the forward spots, Schofield does clock in at 240 lbs so he should be able to handle the physicality of the next level.
This Year: Schofield’s ticket to minutes will be playing hard and using his strength to defend physically, and there are enough minutes open on the wing for him to make an impression. We have concerns about his ability to rack up more than threes and rebounds, however.
Injury History: There’s no major injuries from Schofield’s college days.
Outlook: The stat set is weak but Schofield could grind out 20-team value if he grabs a rotation role from day one. It won’t be very exciting, though.Ryan BroekhoffSF, Dallas Mavericks
Total Value: 380 / 378 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 422 / 415 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 42
2018-19 Review: Broekhoff logged 42 appearances in his first NBA season, getting his most consistent run from February onward. A depth forward with occasional shooting touch, the Aussie’s impact was limited.
This Year: The Mavs have plans to get back in the playoff hunt and Broekhoff is unlikely to see an expanded role.
Injury History: Nothing.
Outlook: Broekhoff will be a fantasy afterthought this season.Stanton Kidd (R)SF, Utah Jazz
2018-19 Review: Kidd’s done a lot of bouncing around between playing overseas in Belgium, Turkey and Germany and playing at three different colleges. We first shone the light on Kidd in July of 2018, when international hoops expert Dio Nikiforos said, “Kidd is another intriguing two-way player with legit size and athleticism who can shoot with confidence. He moves well without the ball and finds a way to get himself open but more importantly he has the tenacity and quickness to guard multiple positions, whether it’s locking down on an opponent along the perimeter or in the post.”
This Year: The Jazz liked what they saw from the 27-year-old in Summer League and signed him to a contract shortly thereafter. He’ll be in the mix as the third or fourth reserve in the forward corps and will be competing with William Howard and Georges Niang for playing time.
Injury History: We didn’t dig anything up on Kidd.
Outlook: Kidd won’t be an option in any drafts but if you’re in a crazy deep league he might pop up here and there over the course of the season.Talen Horton-Tucker (R)SF, Los Angeles Lakers
2018-19 Review: The Iowa State freshman had a solid season with 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He was a member of the Big-12 All-Freshman team and selected 46th overall by the Lakers.
This Year: Horton-Tucker will be at the end of the bench, chipping in minutes in garbage time or if the Lakers get bitten by the injury bug.
Injury History: Horton-Tucker missed all of Summer League with a stress reaction in his right foot, which is something to watch going forward.
Outlook: THT will likely be MIA for fantasy purposes and doesn’t need to be tracked at all during draft season.
Update: The Lakers announced that Horton-Tucker will be limited throughout training camp and at this rate we’d be surprised if he was ready for the regular season.Cody Martin (R)SF, Charlotte Hornets
2018-19 Review: Martin made nice strides as a shooter in his senior season of college, jumping up from .294 to .358 from behind the arc and delivering a well-rounded line of 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 threes per game while shooting .505 from the field.
This Year: There are minutes up for grabs on the wing and Martin’s sneaky stat-magnet profile means he’s someone to keep an eye on in dynasty formats, but the Hornets are likely to give him lots of run in the G-League this season.
Injury History: Martin is injury-free heading into his NBA career.
Outlook: It’ll be a while before he’s relevant in almost any league.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.
Keldon Johnson (R)SF, San Antonio Spurs
2018-19 Review: Johnson put up 13.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks and 1.2 triples in 30.7 minutes per night for Kentucky last season, making 36 starts in 37 appearances as a freshman. Most of his scoring wasn’t the result of Johnson creating his own shots, though he is a tremendous athlete and can attack closeouts very effectively.
This Year: Picked 29th by the Spurs, Johnson is going to try and earn reserve minutes at the small forward spot. It’s not likely to happen, and his college numbers raise concerns about his stat set and whether minutes would even yield fantasy value at this level.
Injury History: Johnson suffered an ankle injury in college but it wasn’t anything serious.
Outlook: Johnson can be left undrafted outside of deep dynasty leagues.Vlatko Cancar (R)SF, Denver Nuggets
2018-19 Review: Playing in Spain last season, Cancar put up 10.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. He played a large role at Summer League and was signed to a multi-year deal.
This Year: The Nuggets made a concerted effort to bring Cancar stateside this summer but it probably has more to do with developing him themselves rather than letting him continue to play in Spain.
Injury History: Cancar suffered a minor ankle sprain at the onset of Summer League but was able to play in Vegas, so no risks here.
Outlook: Cancar isn’t on the fantasy radar in any formats and will likely do most of his work in the G-League.Terance Mann (R)SF, Los Angeles Clippers
2018-19 Review: Mann is a mature prospect, coming off his senior year with a pretty complete set of scoring skills highlighted by his ability to finish at the rim. He averaged 11.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks and 0.8 threes in his final season at Florida State.
This Year: Mann’s status as a 23-year-old rookie might put him closer to emergency depth territory than a younger player but he still shouldn’t be expected to play much this year.
Injury History: Mann was healthy throughout college.
Outlook: There’s no need to draft Mann in any fantasy leagues.Solomon HillSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Total Value: 330 / 328 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 342 / 350 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 44
2018-19 Review: The Pelicans quickly realized their mistake in handing Hill a four-year, $48 million deal during the first cap spike but had to wait three years to trade him, rerouting him to the Hawks, who then included him in a deal that saw the Grizzlies offload Chandler Parsons. Hill hit double-digits just four times in 44 tries despite averaging 20.0 mpg and making 15 starts. He spun one playoff series of hot 3-point shooting into a huge deal. Can’t knock the hustle.
This Year: Hill’s biggest value to the Grizzlies may come in the fact that he’s on an expiring deal that features an easier salary to move out than Parsons’ did. If he logs more than garbage time minutes for Memphis it will mean that something has gone wrong.
Injury History: Hill had no injuries to speak of last season but missed most of the 2017-18 season after tearing his right hamstring.
Outlook: You can ignore Hill in leagues of any depth.Chandler ParsonsSF/PF, Atlanta Hawks
Total Value: 327 / 339 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 376 / 385 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 25
2018-19 Review: Parsons spent another year doing a lot of watching, and has logged only 95 appearances over the last three seasons as knee injuries have completely tanked his career. Last season the team made him a healthy inactive from December to February. Memphis did trot Parsons out for 21 of their final 22 games, but even then he was only able to produce top-275 value.
This Year: Parsons and the Grizzlies couldn’t come to a buyout agreement, and they ended up trading him to Atlanta for two of the Hawks’ unwanted contracts. Fresh off Regenokine treatment on his knees, Parsons says he’s healthy and ready to contribute. Even so, he’s going to be behind John Collins and Jabari Parker at power forward, at minimum.
Injury History: Parsons’ career has been derailed by knee injuries over his last few seasons, and it played a role in why he was mostly left off the court in Memphis last season. Though he says he’s healthy and ready to contribute again, he is one of the riskiest players in all of fantasy hoops to bet on from a health perspective.
Outlook: Parsons will need to prove he’s healthy before fantasy managers even consider him an option. Even if he checks that box, Parsons just doesn’t fit in with Atlanta’s timeline and is unlikely to be in the regular rotation unless someone above him on the depth chart gets hurt. It would be great to see Parsons get right and return to form, but fantasy players don’t need to pay attention to him until he starts earning back some goodwill.Thanasis AntetokounmpoSF, Milwaukee Bucks
2018-19 Review: Antetokounmpo played for Panathinaikos last season, averaging 4.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks and 0.3 triples in only 12.9 mpg across 55 contests. They aren’t numbers that scream “NBA comeback,” but alas.
This Year: Look who’s back. Antetokounmpo has just two NBA appearances to his name, both coming back in 2016 with the Knicks, but earned a two-year deal from Milwaukee this summer. He is unlikely to play a major role for the team but will be spending some quality time with his little brother, which is nice.
Injury History: The 27-year-old doesn’t have any significant injuries on record.
Outlook: Unless your league as a category for “MVP brothers” you can leave Thanasis undrafted everywhere.Jaylen Hoard (R)SF, Portland Trail Blazers
2018-19 Review: Hoard, originally from France, averaged 13.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.4 triples at Wake Forest last season. He shouldered a big burden as their main frontcourt option — he even operated as the primary playmaker at times –and displayed impressive footwork on the defensive perimeter.
This Year: Hoard man got paid with a two-way contract for the Blazers. While he played power forward and center in college, he figures to shift more of a combo forward role at the next level. There’s some openings there after all of Portland’s offseason maneuvering but it would be surprising to see Hoard carve out a role right away.
Injury History: Our look at Hoard’s injury history didn’t turn anything up.
Outlook: The stat set could use a little bit of work but Hoard has solid defensive potential and could grow into a fantasy asset in time. He’s only on the board for deep dynasty owners who are willing to be patient.Louis King (R)SF, Detroit Pistons
2018-19 Review: King averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.9 triples at Oregon last season, leaning on sold length and fluidity. The Pistons inked him to a two-way contract after he went undrafted and he’ll look to make an impression as a long and versatile defender that can knock down his shots in the flow of the game.
This Year: Detroit doesn’t have a murderer’s row of names lined up at small forward but King is facing long odds as a two-way contract guy. If he stands out in camp then he could ramp up quickly but it won’t be easy.
Injury History: King tore a meniscus as a high school senior but was able to play in 31 games in his lone year at Oregon, so he didn’t have to miss too much of the season.
Outlook: King’s skill set gives him a shot at establishing an NBA role eventually but he’s not a fantasy option in year one.Yuta WatanabeSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Total Value: 462 / 471 (8/9-cat)
Per-Game Value: 487 / 489 (8/9-cat)
Games Played: 15
2018-19 Review: Watanabe emerged as a rotation player late in his rookie season, filling in when the Grizzlies were at their tankiest. He combined for 14 points between his three 20-minute outings and shot .294 from the field across his 15 appearances, which tells you most of what you need to know.
This Year: Watanabe remains on a two-way contract and will likely spend most of his year in the G-League. He might crack the wing rotation at times but he’ll be at the very end of the bench during his 45 NBA days.
Injury History: Watanabe dealt with left shoulder soreness and left ankle soreness last season. He reportedly suffered a left ankle injury while training for the World Cup and was spotted on crutches so he might miss some time in camp and the preseason, though we’ll wait for an update from the Grizzlies before speculating further.
Outlook: While Watanabe got into some games last season amid the tank, things could be tougher for him this time around given the added depth. He’s not a recommended fantasy option in leagues of any depth.Kris Wilkes (R)SF/SG, New York Knicks
2018-19 Review: Wilkes averaged 17.4 points per game in his second and final season at UCLA, though he shot just .433 from the field and .671 from the line. Outside of 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 threes per game, there wasn’t much in his stat profile to get excited about. Wilkes is a solid athlete with great explosiveness but his game needs some rounding-out.
This Year: On a two-way contract, Wilkes will likely need to impress with Westchester before seeing minutes with the Knicks. He could get in the mix after the deadline but that’s a long way off.
Injury History: There was nothing major that Wilkes sustained in college.
Outlook: Leave Wilkes undrafted in all formats.
Update: An illness had the Knicks questioning whether or not Wilkes would be ready for the season and while they remain interested in him going forward, they have backed out of the verbal agreement on a two-way contract.Charlie Brown Jr. (R)SF/SG, Atlanta Hawks
2018-19 Review: Brown bounced back from a season on the shelf to score 19.0 points per game for St. Joe’s, also chipping in with 6.2 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.0 threes a night. He led the Atlantic-10 in scoring and his shooting ability should help space the floor at the next level, while his length helps him guard multiple positions defensively.
This Year: The Hawks signed Brown to a two-way deal after he averaged 14.7 points per game at Summer League. The wing situation is pretty crowded so we’d expect him to spend most of his year in the G-League.
Injury History: Brown suffered a fractured left wrist in college that forced him out of the entire 2017-18 season but has recovered fully.
Outlook: Consider Brown off the radar as sad Peanuts music plays.Amir Coffey (R)SF, Los Angeles Clippers
2018-19 Review: Coffey led the Gophers in minutes and scoring in his third season, putting up 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks and 1.1 threes in 35.2 mpg. A wonky jumper didn’t preclude him from putting up points, though it is something that will need adjustments at the next level.
This Year: Coffey agreed to a two-way contract with the Clippers and is going to see most of his team with G-League Agua Caliente.
Injury History: Coffey underwent surgery on his right shoulder as a sophomore, which limited him to 18 games in the 2017-18 season.
Outlook: Coffey’s not up for consideration in fantasy leagues this season.Robert Franks (R)SF, Charlotte Hornets
2018-19 Review: Franks put up a monstrous season as a senior at Washington State, averaging 21.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 2.8 threes in 34.4 mpg while shooting .493 from the field and .399 from deep on 7.0 attempts a night. A strong catch-and-shoot player with good size at 6’9”, Franks is a worthwhile development project.
This Year: The Hornets gave Franks one of their two-way contract slots. He figures to spend his year in the G-League with the way that the Hornets have played it slow with their first-round picks, let alone UDFAs, but the team’s rebuild and weak wing depth might give him some chances to play.
Injury History: Franks missed some time in college with a hip contusion as a senior and a left foot injury as a junior.
Outlook: The shooting stroke looks good and the Hornets certainly need some secondary scoring punch down the line but Franks isn’t a fantasy option this year.