2014 Outlook: A prototypical fantasy shooting guard who can score, create steals and knock down 3-pointers in bunches, Matthews fought through some injuries to post 14.8 points, 1.3 steals and 2.4 3-pointers in 34.8 minutes per game last season. It remains to be seen just how much newcomers Mo Williams, C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe will impact Matthews' playing time, but Matthews should remain the starter in the suddenly deep Blazers backcourt. He should still earn 30-plus minutes per night where he'll certainly have mid-round value for his scoring, steals and 3-pointers.
2014 Outlook: Oladipo is a genuine athletic freak of nature who should sport a terrific FG percentage right away by finishing well around the rim. He should also chip in an excellent steal rate and crash the glass well. There really is just one question when it comes to his fantasy expectations as a rookie: Can he bang down jumpers? If he does, Oladipo should score at least in the low teens and be a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year. If he doesn't, his other production will still help fantasy owners, but his scoring could limit his overall impact. Oladipo has a tremendous motor, though, so it's hard to doubt that he will make a big impact right away.
2014 Outlook: Once upon a time, Mayo was an 18.5-PPG scorer, who averaged 1.8 3s. That was his rookie campaign five seasons ago, and both of those averages remain career highs for the guard. Fast forward to 2013-14, and Mayo finally is in position to match or even exceed that level of production. The Bucks stripped their roster down to bare bones, which likely will put them in the mix for Andrew Wiggins while giving Mayo the chance to lead the team in scoring. He's sported a 40 FG percentage before and that might be the case again this season, but he could well top 20 PPG and 2.0 3-PPG.
2014 Outlook: Let's just cut to the chase on Granger: His days as a fantasy stud are over, so we need to reassess his situation anew. He essentially missed '12-13 because of his knee problem, which eventually required surgery. He's now 30, and 23-year-old Paul George does everything he does but better. In other words there is little upside and likely plenty of headaches ahead for his fantasy owners. Let someone else stock up on the aspirin.
2014 Outlook: Green's playoff success didn't come as a complete shock to the fantasy world after he posted a career-high 10.5 points, 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers in only 27.5 minutes per game in the 2012-13 regular season. A deadly sharpshooter, Green has shot an impressive 42.4 percent from downtown in his career. He's a perfect fit for this Spurs team, as their passing and ball movement plays well to his strength as a spot-up shooter and hides his inability to put the ball on the floor to create his own shot. Green, along with Kahwi Leonard, will continue to take on a bigger role for San Antonio's offense as Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan age.
2014 Outlook: An underrated fantasy talent, Hayward was a solid investment for fantasy owners last season, particularly in the second half. Averaging 15.1 points, 1.0 steals and 1.8 3-pointers while shooting 83.5 percent from the line after the All-Star break, Hayward has the ability to contribute in multiple fantasy categories. The young and rebuilding Jazz will rely heavily on Hayward on the offensive end, and it would not be surprising to see him post career highs in nearly every category this season.
2014 Outlook: Even if you never believed the hype that came with Turner being the No. 2 overall pick in 2010, that doesn't mean you shouldn't be paying close attention to the fourth-year pro this season. That's because the Sixers have gone from having a deep and often redundant roster to one of the thinnest in the league. In other words, the Sixers will have no choice but to lean heavily on Turner, who can pile up good numbers in scoring, rebounds and assists. He likely will sport an ugly FG percentage and shoddy FT percentage, but Turner should be a quality points-league option with plenty of upside in roto leagues.
2014 Outlook: With Marco Belinelli and Rip Hamilton out of the way, the starting 2-guard job is all Butler's, which means he's poised for a breakout season. The big question now is just how high he can go statistically. His postseason production of 13.3 PPG, 2.7 APG, 5.2 RPG, 1.3 3-PPG and 1.3 SPG, as well as 43.5 FG% (9.6 FGA) and 81.8 FT% (4.6 FTA), shows his potential and isn't an unreasonable expectation for 2013-14. However, he did that without Derrick Rose and largely without Luol Deng in the mix, so it remains unclear how many touches and shots he'll get this season with both of them in tow. Expect quality boards, 3-pointers, FG%, FT% and big steals, and scoring in the teens would be a nice bonus.
2014 Outlook: The Pistons handled Knight with kid gloves, as they attempted to determine exactly what they had in him. In the end, he never really got comfortable at PG or SG, but don't forget that he's just 21. On the Bucks, he should be turned loose to prove he can handle the starting PG job, though we can expect O.J. Mayo to handle the rock a lot, too, which will allow Knight to shoot plenty. If he steps up, he could offer scoring in the mid-to-upper teens with a lot of 3s and maybe 4-5 dimes, though he'll likely sport a FG% in the low 40s. You should be skeptical about whether he will take the step, though.
2014 Outlook: A perennial Sixth Man of the Year candidate, Crawford looked great in his first year in L.A., with 16.5 points, 1.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers in 29.3 minutes per game off the bench. With J.J. Redick and Darren Collison joining the roster, the Clippers have a much deeper backcourt this season, but that shouldn't stop Crawford from getting his numbers. After 13 campaigns in the NBA, we know exactly what to expect from Crawford: scoring and 3-point shooting off the bench, with a handful of steals per game.
2014 Outlook: Ideally, JJ is the new Ray, canning long-distance J after long-distance J alongside PP (Paul Pierce) and KG (Kevin Garnett). The only problem with that notion is that Johnson's game is different from Ray Allen's. Allen is better as a spot-up shooter; JJ prefers to break a player down to get his shot off. On the other hand, he'll get every opportunity to drop a career high in 3s this season, something he is fully capable of achieving. At this stage of his career, and with a much deeper roster, we will have to keep expectations in check for Johnson this season. View him as a 3-point specialist who can chip in some dimes, and anything else will be a bonus.
2014 Outlook: Only two years removed from averaging 16.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 1.4 blocks and 1.7 3-pointers with the Knicks, Chandler certainly has quite a bit of talent, and he'll have an opportunity to earn extended minutes early in the season with Danilo Gallinari on the shelf until January or February. Chandler offers some unique fantasy talent given his ability to contribute in multiple categories, and he should be an extremely productive option at least until Gallinari returns.
2014 Outlook: After he averaged 22.3 points, 4.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.9 3-pointers for the Clippers in 2010-11, injuries have derailed what was looking like a bright career for the 24-year-old Gordon. Playing in just 51 games in two seasons for the then-Hornets, Gordon has frustrated fantasy owners with his inability to stay on the court. Still productive when healthy, Gordon is a high-risk, high-reward type of player who can be found in the later rounds of your draft due to his injury concerns.
2014 Outlook: Armed with elite athleticism and a smooth jumper, McLemore is considered by some to be a steal as the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He had some troubles with his efficiency and ball security during summer league action, but he has the talent to contribute immediately in Sacramento despite their backcourt depth. Penciled in as the starting shooting guard ahead of Marcus Thornton, McLemore should be able to earn close to 30 minutes per night where he should have value as a scorer and 3-point shooter as a rookie. Like the rest of the Sacramento backcourt, fantasy owners would be wise to watch the Kings' position battles closely during training camp.
2014 Outlook: A shooting guard who can't shoot 3-pointers seems ironic, but that's just the way it has been for Henderson. He reportedly has worked hard on that element of his game and should see far more open looks from the perimeter this season with Al Jefferson and Cody Zeller in the paint. He shot 33 percent from beyond the arc last season on just 1.5 3-point attempts per game. If he really has improved his shot and new coach Steve Clifford lets Henderson start slinging 3s in bunches, he could finally have some legit fantasy value. If not, he offers little beyond scoring and quality free throw production. Let's see how many 3s he's putting up in the preseason.