2017 Outlook: For a fifth straight season, his per game averages in minutes, points, and assists all rose while he set new career-highs in steals and free throw percentage. He is in a fantasy friendly spot, as he plays alongside a center in Rudy Gobert that will handle the risky defensive plays around the rim (Favors did block 1.5 shots per game for the fourth consecutive season, but by averaging just 2.4 fouls per game, he was able to stay on the court) without accounting for much of the front court offense. Look for the Jazz to continue to count on Favors, something fantasy owners should feel comfortable in doing as well.
2017 Outlook: Serge Ibaka became a fantasy darling as his game grew in addition to his elite rim protection and Gobert is following a very similar career trajectory. In Ibaka's third season, he averaged 9.1 points on 53.5-percent shooting, 7.5 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 3.7 blocks, and 0.5 steals. Last season, Gobert was good for 9.1 points on 55.9-percent shooting, 11.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 0.7 steals. The elite defensive numbers are safe and given that he was a Top 100 player despite missing 21 games and taking just 5.8 shots per game, it would seem that the floor is reasonably high. At 24 years of age, The Stifle Tower has plenty of upside to go along with the best nickname in the league.