2014 Outlook: The fantasy hoops world has been waiting a long time, but it appears that Green finally is in position for a genuine bust-loose campaign. He's no longer battling for touches with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce or any other studs. After the C's dramatic offseason roster changes, Green is the clear-cut top scoring option and he has a genuine shot at 20 PPG. Green's ability to contribute some steals, blocks and 3s, combined with quality percentages, make his fantasy production in all formats worth an early-round pick. His FG% likely will take a hit as he attempts more shots and defenses will key on him, but it should still remain respectable.
2014 Outlook: Deng has been a steady and underrated fantasy asset throughout most of his career. Because he isn't elite at any one thing and has battled FG% issues in recent years, he is a better play in points leagues. He's entering a contract year, which often means bigger stats, but Derrick Rose is back and Deng could take a hit in FGAs if the Bulls decide to lean more on up-and-comer Jimmy Butler.
2014 Outlook: A 17-to-19 PPG scorer for the Sixers from 2006 to 2010, Iguodala has become more of a facilitator in recent seasons, averaging a versatile 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 3-pointers per game for the Nuggets last season. He's unlikely to return to his high-scoring ways now that he's joining Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in Golden State, where he'll start at small foward, but he'll do a lot of little things for the Warriors that should show up in the box score, such as boards, assists and steals. His declining free throw percentage has been a concern, but Iggy is still a solid mid-round selection thanks to his all-around game.
2014 Outlook: Oops. The Bucks traded Harris to the Magic in the J.J. Redick deal. Redick left via free agency and Harris exploded in his time with the Magic. That trade will be a thorn in the side of Bucks fans for a long time if Harris continues to be a force. All signs point to him continuing in that manner, because the skills are there and he has a direct line to as many minutes as he can handle. The 17.3 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.4 BPG, 0.9 SPT, 1.0 3-PPG and decent percentages he produced with the Magic are all entirely realistic for '13-14, if he can continue getting 14-15 shots per game. He's just 21 and all upside.
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: 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: An underrated fantasy option, Parsons quietly posted 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers per game in 76 starts for the Rockets last season. It remains to be seen if Parsons will still be able to get 5.2 3-point attempts per contest with Dwight Howard in town, but he should still be a big part of the Rockets' plans this season. He makes for a fine selection in the mid-to-late rounds.
2014 Outlook: Harkless is the wild card in the youthful Magic lineup. He carries physical upside but still is acclimating himself as a pro when it comes to offense. On the other hand, he does have the chance to start and play big minutes. Also, he proved capable of scoring in the low teens after the All-Star break, and he averaged 2.2 steals, 1.2 3s and 0.9 blocks in 16 March games. That hints at a versatile fantasy game as he gets more comfortable at the next level. The question this season is how much will the Magic need to lean on Harkless offensively? Probably not enough for a genuine breakout, but he should be a reliable contributor.
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: 2012-13 was a disastrous campaign for Wallace ; his PPG were basically halved from the previous season, he sported an embarrassing 39.7 FG percentage and failed to contribute significant hustle production, which used to be his statistical hallmark. He was granted a bit of a reprieve, though, when he was shipped off to the Celtics, a team that's now short on talent and in a rebuilding phase. Expectations should be kept in check, because he's in his 30s and the C's have a surplus of rebounding big men. On the other hand, if he manages to carve out 35 MPG, he would be a nice option to round out your roster.
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: Barnes grew up right before our eyes during Golden State's 12-game playoff run, averaging an impressive 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 3-pointers in a surprising 38.4 minutes per game. He was solid enough during the regular season with 9.2 points, 4.1 boards and 0.6 3-pointers in 25.4 minutes per game, and it was great to see the Warriors trusting him in big spots during postseason action. We'd be a lot higher on Barnes if it weren't for the addition of Andre Iguodala to the lineup, but we still like his outlook as a sophomore nonetheless. Jarrett Jack's departure will help offset the addition of Iggy, and Barnes should still be able to carve out close to 30 minutes per game, making him a nice late-round fantasy selection.