2018 Outlook: Towns added a 3-point shot to his repertoire in 2016-17 (he made 13 more than he attempted in 2015-16), but that didn't result in him settling for jumpers, as his average distance of FGA actually dropped. His venture out to the perimeter will likely continue, given the draft-day trade for Jimmy Butler (Zach LaVine shot 62 more 3-pointers than Butler last season despite playing 29 fewer games), but Towns seems focused on blending jump shots into his game, as opposed to relying on them. KAT is as reliable as any player in the league, considering that he has yet to miss a game in his NBA career and that he ranked behind only James Harden in double-doubles last season.
2018 Outlook: Butler simply can do it all, and joining the up-and-coming Timberwolves is a near perfect fit. By averaging 7.8 free throws per game over his past three seasons, Butler has displayed an ability to get to the rack, but with him connecting on more than 35 percent of his 3s over that stretch, what exactly are defenses supposed to do? Oh, and did we mention he is now playing alongside arguably the best big man in the game and an athletic force on the wing? There isn't a category he won't help you in, and a reunion with coach Tom Thibodeau should have him more than comfortable in his new city. Consider him with one of your first two picks, and feel great about your fantasy foundation.
2018 Outlook: Teague joined the Timberwolves this offseason and now is at the controls of one of the more promising offensive teams in the NBA. We know Teague can score for a point guard (more than 15 PPG in four straight seasons), and he figures to set a new career mark in assists, given the level of talent around him. He posted the best assist-to-turnover ratio of his career last season (2.96), despite opponents' labeling him as the second-most important player on his team to stop. It's possible that he is the fourth option on the Wolves this season, and that could well make him a nightly double-double threat.
2018 Outlook: The 32-year-old Gibson has traditionally been a player who holds more value for his NBA team than your fantasy team, and it is difficult to see that changing in the ninth season of his career. He lost more than six minutes per game after joining the Thunder last season, and though a move to Minnesota would seem like a nice fit given his grit, Tom Thibodeau has shown a willingness to ride his starting unit heavily, and that should once again be the case this season. Consider Gibson's underwhelming 2016-17 something of a baseline for 2017-18 with little room for upside.
2018 Outlook: As one of the league's most explosive athletes, Wiggins came into the NBA with massive fantasy expectations -- did we overdo it a bit? Yes, he has proved capable of scoring (20.4 PPG) and his ability to stay healthy makes that him a valuable asset for volume purposes, but what else is there? His average distance of shot increased by 10.5 percent last season, his free throw attempts dropped, and his shot attempts spiked -- statistical trends that point in the direction of a player willing to settle on the offensive end. We always rostered Carmelo Anthony for the points and dealt with the rest, and that may be the case here. Although through his first three seasons, Anthony averaged 2.4 more points, 0.6 more assists, and 1.5 more rebounds per game than Wiggins has.
2018 Outlook: The center position is not very deep, so the value placed on a player like Dieng is likely to vault him up cheat sheets. The fact that he has averaged at least 2.2 blocks-plus-steals in each of the last three seasons raises his production floor, but given that the Wolves have a "big three" of their own, Dieng's offensive stats can grow only so much. Look for a third straight season with very similar production, understanding that the range of potential outcomes is minimal.
2018 Outlook: Crawford has been arguably the league's most consistent microwave scorer for the better part of 15 years (remember he played for the Bulls back in the day?), but fantasy owners need to temper expectations in a big way now that he is in Minnesota. Not only has J-Crossover lost more than 1.5 points on his scoring average in each of the past three seasons, he is joining a Wolves team that is loaded with young talent and is headed by a coach that has traditionally relied heavily on his starting unit. Is Crawford a nice veteran presence on a team that is looking to make a playoff run? Sure. Is he a nice veteran presence on a fantasy team looking to make a playoff run? We aren't so sure.
2018 Outlook: Rose has seen his FGA average drop in each of the last five seasons, but thanks to an increase in efficiency, he was better than most realize in New York last season (18 PPG on 47.1 percent shooting). With Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis combining to launch 10.5 3-pointers per game last season, Rose played to his strengths and took a career-high 56.8 percent of his shots from within eight feet of the bucket, a trend that figures to continue in Cleveland. The increased aggression also had positive ramifications on his passing numbers, as Rose improved his assist-to-turnover ratio for a third consecutive season. The health concern goes without saying, but there is significant upside to be had here, especially if Kyrie Irving is traded, and it comes potentially at a very reasonable price on draft day.