2016 Outlook: Kentucky's roster was so deep that it limited Towns' overall stats during his lone season there. We can get a taste for what he might do at the next level by examining his higher-usage games. In the nine contests during which he took double-digit shots, Towns averaged 16.9 PPG, 9.7 RPG and 2.3 BPG. Combine those stats with the 56.6 FG% and 81.3 FT% he posted on the season, and it's clear he has big-time fantasy potential. He will have plenty of room to operate within the Wolves system, but it will be interesting to see how many offensive touches he gets playing alongside reigning Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins. For the blocks alone, though, he should be the top rookie off of draft boards.
2016 Outlook: The Wolves turned the Rookie of the Year loose the final 13 games last season, and he went off: 23.3 PPG, 3.5 APG, 5.8 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 45.1 FG% (16.5 FGA) and 81.5 FT% (10 FTA). That shows a lot of promise as a scorer -- especially at the free throw line -- but his overall fantasy game is ordinary, because he hasn't offered much in the way of 3s, rebounds, steals and blocks. That's not to say those things won't come in time; he is very talented and doesn't turn 21 until after the All-Star break. Target him this fall as a player who should score at least 20 PPG and has much more upside if the rest of his stat line develops.
2016 Outlook: Dieng was a revelation last season, busting out with a pretty steady 10 PPG, 8.3 RPG and 1.8 BPG on the season. The bad news for his fantasy value is that the Wolves drafted Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns will eat up most of the frontcourt offense and rack up loads of boards and blocks which will limit Dieng's upside. The good news is that Dieng should start at the four and proved to be efficient last season, posting the aforementioned numbers in about 30.0 MPG and with only about 7.0 FGA per game, usage rates that are entirely realistic this time around. So we should expect more of the same during the 2015-16 campaign.
2016 Outlook: There are no secrets left in Rubio's fantasy game. He is what he is: an injury-prone player who can compile boatloads of dimes and steals but can't shoot a lick. And it's not like he is simply a mediocre shooter -- he has averaged 36.7 FG% over his four NBA seasons and has never topped 38.1 FG% in any season. Because he takes 10 or fewer FGA, the impact of that isn't brutal, but it is a factor in determining his fantasy value. As for his health, his 82-game 2013-14 season was a tease, as he has totaled just 120 games in his other three seasons. And though he is over his ankle surgery, he will remain one of the riskier two-stat players out there.
2016 Outlook: As a rookie, LaVine averaged an impressive 21.1 PPG, 1.6 3-PPG, 6.6 APG and 5.8 RPG in eight April games running the point. He is slated to start over Kevin Martin at shooting guard this season, though he shouldn't get anywhere near the 39.6 MPG and 16.8 FGA he had in April. Nonetheless, this team is going young across the board, so LaVine will have plenty of opportunity to make a splash and makes for a fine sleeper pick in the latter rounds.
2016 Outlook: Because the big fella doesn't contribute anything but scoring, rebounding and (typically) good percentages, his value depends entirely on volume minutes and shots -- both of which should recede significantly this season. That's because he is recovering from surgery on his troublesome ankle and should be destined for a bench role behind No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns. If he gets healthy, and Towns or Gorgui Deng get hurt, nab Pek off of waivers.