2018 Outlook: Like many others, Gasol was infected with the 3-point bug in 2016-17, as he set a career-high in 3-point attempts … by the end of his fourth game! Usually a big man distancing himself from the rim is a bad fantasy omen due to a decrease in efficiency and rebound opportunity, but given that Gasol was never an elite rebounder and displayed reasonable touch from distance (38.8 percent), there is hope to be had. No, his 11 double-doubles are not exactly what you're looking for from someone who stands 7-foot-1, but if you build your roster accordingly, Gasol's well-rounded skill set (basically four assists and one steal per game over the past five seasons) has significant value at the center position.
2018 Outlook: Evans has now played a total of just 65 games over the past two seasons, which is a major issue. Yes, the 16.1 PPG and nearly 10 rebounds-plus-assists he has averaged for his career are impressive, but you've got to bake in the risk of missed time and the risk of playing in Sacramento. How much you are willing to invest in Evans depends greatly on your view of his jump shooting; he's a 29.5 percent career 3-point shooter, but he is converting at a 36.9 percent clip over the past two seasons. There is major risk involved here (both skills and health) … at which point are you willing to roll the dice?
2018 Outlook: Green was surprisingly effective in the second half of the 2015-16 season, and he was a fringe top-100 player in 2016-17, a level of improvement that you might have missed if you didn't own him. He started 75 times last season and should be in position for an increased role with Zach Randolph no longer in town. Green will give you a percentages bump, as he stays within himself, and given his nose for the offensive board (he averaged more offensive rebounds last season than DeMarcus Cousins), double-digit point production is a real possibility. Green displayed reasonable versatility by knocking down 38.2 percent of his 3s last season but continues to be underappreciated. Don't forget about him as you are plugging roster holes in the later rounds.
2018 Outlook: The Grizzlies didn't exactly get their money's worth in the first year of Parson's four-year deal, which will pay him in excess of $94 million, and it is difficult to see them (or you) getting significant return on investment anytime soon. At the right draft price, Parsons is worth the gamble (he was reporting full health at the end of June), but he has played fewer and fewer games each of his past four seasons and is coming off of yet another knee surgery. His stroke is unquestioned, but is the health risk really worth it in this era in which every team has multiple viable shooters?
2018 Outlook: Conley won't go soaring above the rim, and he has never recorded more than eight double-doubles in a season, but few fantasy owners have ever regretted drafting Conley, and there is no reason to think that changes this season. The Grizzlies' point guard had the best season of his career -- among point guards, only Isaiah Thomas, Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry and Chris Paul had a higher true shooting percentage -- and with his usage on the rise, there is only one real regression to worry about: Conley converted 56.9 percent of his shots inside of 8 feet in 2016-17, up 5.5 percentage points from his career rate. Even if the scoring is closer to his career average than it is to his 2016-17 figure, Conley is still a low-risk point guard who will help you in all of the expected categories.