2017 Outlook: It's difficult to find a player who blends hustle stats with offensive upside, but that is what you have in Noel. He has averaged 3.5 steals-plus-blocks through his first two seasons and showed glimpses of strong interior play on the offensive end (he shot 59.8-percent from the field from December-February). At the very worst, you have a nightly double double threat that can be the basis for your defensive stats. That's not a major risk when you consider the ceiling in what could be a much improved Philadelphia offense (dead last in efficiency last season).
2017 Outlook: The scoring he showed off in his rookie season is real (17.5 points per game on 50.8-percent shooting), but that's about all offered last season. His defensive numbers were nothing to write home about and his rebounding on a per minute basis ranked in the Kendrick Perkins/Brook Lopez class. Yikes. Joel Embiid, for now, is healthy which crowds this front court and could limit the fantasy value of all involved. Okafor came out of Duke as a polished scorer and you can count on that: we just aren't sure that he is going to have the opportunity to be an asset elsewhere.
2017 Outlook: Be aware that the 76ers are going to be cautious with him (they've already expressed interest in sitting him for back-to-backs), but the third overall pick of the 2014 draft is finally ready to show us what he's got. If you play in a weekly lineup lock format, Embiid probably isn't worth a pick, but in leagues where you can adjust on a nightly basis, Embiid should be a double double threat with strong defensive upside when he suits up.