2017 Outlook: He missed 19 games in 2014 and another 27 in 2015, a major concern that will likely have him at a bit of a discount in your draft. Is he worth the risk? When he's been healthy, his numbers have been relatively consistent (16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal) and his three point shooting has the potential to make him an appealing option for those who spend an early pick on a non-shooter. The upside is certainly there with his sweet stroke and elite running mate in John Wall, so don't let him fall (even while battling injuries, he scored at least 24 points in 24-percent of his games last season).
2017 Outlook: Fantasy teams, much like NBA teams, have a use for "3-and-D" players and that's exactly what Bradley is. For the fifth consecutive season, he made more three pointers and played more minutes on a per game basis than the season prior. A hamstring injury ended his season, so his recovery bears watching, but with Marcus Smart unable to establish himself as a superior guard alongside Isaiah Thomas, Bradley is a good bet to repeat his 2015 stat line. That said, those numbers essentially represent his ceiling as well, so don't expect major growth.
2017 Outlook: A guard that doesn't offer much in the way of assists requires a certain roster construction around him, but Clarkson has looked the part of a viable fantasy option with a high ceiling. His 6'5" frame will allow him to continue to put up strong rebounding numbers for his position and the significant shooting strides he made last season are encouraging. Grab a solid assist-driven guard with one of your first two picks and Clarkson makes for a very appealing option a handful of rounds later.
2017 Outlook: "PB and J"J. Redick is a nickname we are working on and it fits his fantasy profile. When was the last time you went to the grocery store looking for only the ingredients to make a great PBJ sandwich? Probably never, but when was the last time you came home with those ingredients and thought it was a bad investment? Also, never. Take your 16 points, 2.5 3PM, and solid percentages and put them in the pantry ... you'll be happy they are there when you need them.
2017 Outlook: For the better part of a decade, his calling card has been his ability to get you points in bunches while providing strong assist and steal numbers (20.8 points, 5.1 assists, and 1.8 steals from 2007-2015), so the scoring dip (13.8 points per game) that occurred in Indiana last season is a major concern. The Pacers made plenty of moves this offseason to bolster their depth, and while that'll make them a better NBA team, it can only hurt Ellis' fantasy stock. On the plus side, it's difficult to find a proven skill set with elite availability (three missed games over the last four seasons) at this point in the draft. Let the draft come to you, but there's a chance he falls into your lap at a very reasonable price.
2017 Outlook: He was a sheer volume play last season (you're winning bets with the knowledge that he played rank fourth in minutes per game last season with 36.7), and while he doesn't have to apologize for that, it's going to be difficult to count on that again this season. The additions of Tobias Harris and Ish Smith along with continued growth Stanley Johnson figure to cut into both his minutes and production, leaving him as little more than a "3-and-D" option. Is it possible that he thrives in year four? Sure, but counting on significant strides is major risk.
2017 Outlook: He is in this league to get buckets and Houston is as good a landing spot to do that as there is in the league. While he can score, he can't really do it all that efficiently and staying healthy is a skill he simply does not possess. If you want to bolster your 3PM, Gordon is a fine option, just make sure you are happy with your lineup prior to the selection, as a full-season of games is a long shot.
2017 Outlook: The oft-injured Evans is still just 27 years of age and has the skill set that has significant value if his body can hold up. He appeared in only 25 games last season, but he was the versatile monster that we have come to know and love (over one steal per game in addition to over 9.5 rebounds-plus-steals for the fifth time in seven years). The drafting of Buddy Hield would have tempered our expectations a bit, but with the status of Jrue Holiday very much up in the air, you are looking at an across the board contributor whose only weakness is his three point shooting, a stat that is easier than ever to acquire elsewhere.
2017 Outlook: With Eric Gordon out of town, there is a need for instant offense in New Orleans and Hield is just that. In fact, why wouldn't the nearly identically built Hield be able to come in and essentially be able to produce the roughly 16 points, two 3PM, and six rebounds-plus-assists that Gordon offered up but without the significant injury risk? There is no obvious threat to his playing time/role in this backcourt, making Hield a safe bet to be heavily used from day one.
2017 Outlook: The Jazz have depth as a team, but Hood figures to be very much in the mix when it comes to starting and getting serious playing time. Joe Johnson is aging quickly and when you consider that 40-percent of their starting lineup can't be counted on for consistent scoring, Hood's volume shooting style makes him an asset in points and 3PM. His rebounding numbers aren't bad for a guard and it's possible that with an improved team around him, that his assist numbers improve as well.
2017 Outlook: If you're strong in the scoring stats, Turner is a name worth considering. Portland's backcourt might be the most heavily used in all of basketball this season and Al-Farouq Aminu is next in line when it comes to shot distribution, but don't take that as a reason to ignore Turner. While in Boston, he averaged nearly five assists, five rebounds, and one steal per game, a nice well-rounded skill set that can help any fantasy team. It's not a flashy pick, but it is one that comes with interesting category upside and very limited downside.
2017 Outlook: Matthews benefited from sheer volume in 2015 (78 games played and nearly 34 minutes a night) and despite the addition of Harrison Barnes, it is difficult to envision a different story line in 2016. Dirk Nowitzki's usage isn't a major obstacle and with Barnes attracting plenty of defensive attention, a natural born scorer in Matthews could see his shot count reach an all-time high. He's not going to give you a ton elsewhere, but in the right spot, Matthews is a valuable piece.
2017 Outlook: He made great strides in his sophomore campaign as a starter, but there are a few more obstacles this season. A healthy (for now) Danilo Gallinari is going to chew into Harris' offensive potential and Jamal Murray was drafted with the intention to heavily involve him heavily sooner than later. Harris is a nice talent, but look at last season's break out as more of a ceiling than an upward trend that'll continue.
2017 Outlook: Green is what he is and the Spurs are going to rely heavily on their front court for production, but is there a better scoring option in this backcourt? Green is too good a shooter to repeat 2015, so expect a bounce back campaign that more closely resembles his career numbers.