2017 Outlook: The 76ers mystery man is 22 years old and comes with his fair share of question marks. He's an aggressive rebounder with plus-court vision, two very appealing traits in today's game. That said, there are questions about his lateral quickness and strength, two traits that could limit his minutes in a big way. Some of the hype surrounding him in 2014 was due to his ability to satisfy the "point forward" role that is taking over the NBA, but Philadelphia brought in a better version of that in Ben Simmons this offseason. If you want to take a flier, fine. Just be aware that ESPN standard leagues only offer three bench spots, making a patient approach a difficult one.
2017 Outlook: We are fantasy owners ... we'd rather not "trust the process". Simmons is going to be a very good NBA player down the road a little bit, but he could be a very god fantasy producer from day one. His scoring is a major question mark, but generally speaking, you can find volume scorers easier than you can find any other single category stat stuffer. If the Sixers utilize him as a point guard, it's possible that he ranks as a Top 5 forward eligible player in assists and Top 115 in rebounding. Of course, you're paying for upside with this selection, but the floor seems to be higher than most rookies, making him a worthwhile investment.
2017 Outlook: You probably don't realize just how valuable he was last season unless you owned him. No player averaged more 3PM and rebounds than him last season. Not a one. He also ranked inside the Top 25 thieves in the league last season. Not too shabby for a player that averaged fewer minutes than Matt Barnes and Jerryd Bayless. It's unclear how the 76ers plan to use Ben Simmons to open the season, but if he shifts to the backcourt and Covington is penciled in as a starter, there is extreme value to be had.