2013 Outlook: He's been dreaming of the day when he'd be 'The Man' on a team. That day has arrived in Philly, and all signs point to Bynum being ready to handle the pressure of his new role. He should have little problem averaging 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and close to 2.0 blocks per game. The upside is far greater if he gets enough shot attempts, but coach Doug Collins prefers to spread the ball around his offense, so there's hardly any guarantee that Bynum will get the 18 to 20 shots per game he'll need to become an elite fantasy player. There's also the matter of his lengthy injury problems. Risk aside, Bynum is one of the better centers out there and has the opportunity to finish as the best fantasy center.
2013 Outlook: Gone is redundant point guard Lou Williams -- usurper of many of Holiday's minutes, shots and dimes -- as well as point/forward Andre Iguodala. Williams and Iggy took a combined 9.0 assists per game with them; in addition to getting a chunk of those assists, Holiday should see a boost in dimes via his pick-and-roll pairing with Andrew Bynum. Holiday isn't a pure PG, but he has the general skills and opportunity to take a significant leap in dimes. Combined with good production in scoring and steals, Holiday is a solid guard option with breakout upside. We'd love to see him take more 3s (2.5 3-point attempts per game) and free throws (1.9 free throw attempts per game), because that could move him to a higher fantasy tier.
2013 Outlook: Coach Doug Collins said he wants Hawes to play the role of Pau Gasol next to offseason acquisition Andrew Bynum. He'd be better off hoping Hawes grows a third arm out of his forehead. Granted, both Gasol and Hawes prefer to avoid contact and shoot from outside the paint, but that's where the similarities end. Hawes is a serviceable big man who can provide quality fantasy stats, but we should temper expectations for a genuine breakout campaign. He's been far too inconsistent and will have to battle Thad Young for minutes at power forward. We aren't saying Hawes is not capable of establishing himself as a reliable fantasy stud, but the odds are not in his favor.
2013 Outlook: Turner has much the same skill set as Andre Iguodala and will be expected to fill Iggy's starting role this season. That gives him the opportunity to be a sleeper, but there remain a lot of questions regarding exactly how much of a workload he can handle and still be successful. His midrange game is still a work in progress and will have to take a dramatic leap if he is going to increase his scoring production. Because he doesn't play D as well as Iggy, we also won't see big steal totals. Nonetheless, he has the two most important requirements for sleeper potential: skill and opportunity. That makes him worth a roll of the dice in the late middle rounds.
2013 Outlook: Young has visions of starting at small forward for the Sixers this year, but that job should go to Even Turner. He'll have a better shot at beating out Spencer Hawes for the starting power forward position. But in the end, Young's best fit is as a sixth man, backing up both spots. Granted, he'd be an intriguing fantasy option if he gets starters' minutes, because he can board, knock down 3s and tally steals. As a reserve, he can still help by filling in field goal percentage and chipping in enough of the other stats to make a difference in deeper leagues. Keep an eye on him and his role during the preseason.
2013 Outlook: Wright should get a shot starting at 2-guard, but he makes a little more sense as the primary backup to starting small forward Evan Turner and/or as a reserve behind Jason Richardson and Nick Young. Regardless of his role, fantasy junkies should forget about his 2010-11 splash with the Warriors; he won't get touches like that ever again. Aside from moderate 3-point and steal production, Wright offers little to fantasy owners.
2013 Outlook: Nick Young is like a young Jason Richardson: a quality 3-point shooter who does little else statistically. Without a high-volume workload, it's hard for guys like Young and J-Rich to be regular fantasy contributors, and that's the rub about them this season. Regardless of which one ends up starting (assuming Dorrell Wright doesn't sneak into that job), they'll end up sharing minutes and touches, rendering each semi-useless.
2013 Outlook: The shooting guard spot in Philly will be manned by a three-headed monster of Young, Jason Richardson and Dorrell Wright. Starting the veteran J-Rich and bringing Young's streaky scoring punch off the bench, with Wright chipping in when needed, makes a lot of sense, but coach Doug Collins often has his own unique approach. In other words, minutes always need to be earned in his rotation, so we likely will see all three of them start and come off the pine at various points this season. With starter's minutes and shots, Young can score well and pile up 3s with a bad field goal percentage. He does little else statistically; as a reserve, he won't have much value in standard leagues.
2013 Outlook: Jenkins played additional minutes as a rookie during the Warriors' youth movement, becoming a pickup candidate in deeper leagues with averages of 8.6 points, 5.1 assists and 1.0 steals in 28 starts down the stretch. Though he showed signs of being a quality point guard, Jenkins lacks upside, particularly after the Warriors signed Jarrett Jack as a backup to Stephen Curry. With Curry and Jack ahead of him on the depth chart, Jenkins doesn't figure to have any value in fantasy leagues this season.
2013 Outlook: As long as Andrew Bynum remains healthy, Brown will have limited minutes available to him, which means he'll have little to no fantasy value. Of course, Bynum has missed long stretches of games in many seasons. Should that happen again this season, Brown will be an acceptable waiver pickup who can snag a few boards and block some shots.