2016 Outlook: There are two looming questions when it comes to Kevin Durant's fantasy value this season: is he over his foot issue and how will his stats suffer now that Westbrook is in the elite stratosphere of players? As for his health, he was durable before this injury and surgery should have fixed it. As for his stats, his ceiling surely will be capped playing alongside Russ, but his floor remains elite. Small sample size, but both averaged about 30 points per game in four early February games, just as Westbrook was taking flight. Before the injury, he was the unquestioned top player in fantasy, so you may get some great value if he slips out of the top three.
2016 Outlook: Westbrook's 2014-15 supernova statistical explosion is something you can tell your grandkids about -- at least if they are fantasy geeks just like you. During his final 34 games, he averaged a Big O-like 31.4 PPG, 1.7 3-PPG, 9.7 APG, 8.6 RPG, 2.0 SPG, 43.0 FG% and 85.4 FT%. The catch, of course, is that he did so sans Kevin Durant, who will resume his heavy offensive role this fall. Obviously, Westbrook is not going to crank off 23.5 shot attempts as he did during that stretch. Regardless, even though both of their ceilings will be capped, Durant and Westbrook's floors are higher than all but a handful of players. The only thing keeping Westbrook from a top spot is his shaky shooting percentage, since he takes so many shots.
2016 Outlook: A knee injury cost Ibaka the final month of the 2014-15 campaign, though he should be 100 percent recovered from March surgery before training camp gets underway. His fantasy game has been changing in recent years, as his shot-blocking has dipped from a massive 3.7 BPG in 2011-12 to 2.4 BPG last season. Meanwhile, his charity stripe work has grown over that stretch from 66.1 FT% to 83.6 FT%. He also has proved to be a legit 3-point threat -- 1.2 3-PPG on 37.6 3-FG% last season. It will be interesting to see which stats new coach Billy Donovan opts to cull from the big man's skill set. Even if he isn't producing fantasy-league altering blocks, Ibaka's all-around game makes him worthy of a pick in the first two rounds.
2016 Outlook: Utah has long been a major annoyance to fantasy hoopsters, because its system has capped the value of players we know can rack up stats. Just like Paul Millsap before him, Kanter left the Jazz and -- as we all expected -- busted loose for the Thunder, averaging 18.7 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 56.6 FG% and 77.6 FT% in 26 games. Unfortunately, Kanter will be capped again this season, even if he becomes the Thunder's starting center. That's because he did most of his damage last season with Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka in the infirmary; both will be at full strength for training camp. Also of note in roto leagues is that he contributes basically nothing in the way of blocks, steals, dimes or 3s.
2016 Outlook: Someday, down the road, McGary is going to get full starter's minutes and will be a reliable double-double guy, perhaps in the 18-11 range, with a terrific FG%. He showed signs of that in spurts as a rookie last season; in the four games in which he took double-digit FGA, he averaged 15.8 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.0 BPG and 57.4 FG%. So long as Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter are healthy, though, McGary will remain a fantasy afterthought this season.
2016 Outlook: Foye can handle the rock pretty well and isn't afraid to hoist 3-pointers. Paired up in a backcourt with a 19-year-old rookie point guard (Emmanuel Mudiay), that means he should produce enough 3s, dimes and points to warrant a look in deeper leagues. He doesn't do much else, and he will be lucky to top 40 FG%, so he will be on and off the waiver wire most of the season in standard roto systems.
2016 Outlook: Because Morrow is such a terrific 3-point shooter -- career average of 42.9 3-FG% -- he will always have some value in roto leagues, so long as he is getting enough shots off. To wit, he averaged 2.6 3-PPG on 5.2 3-FGA after the All-Star break last season. If he starts alongside Westbrook and Durant, the 3-point specialist could post similar numbers this season.
2016 Outlook: Even if Waiters carves out a starting role in the Thunder lineup, he isn't likely to be much of a fantasy factor. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are going to hog the vast majority of FGA in the backcourt, and Waiters isn't a good enough shooter (career averages of 41.4 FG% and 32.6 3-FG%) to force himself into a larger role. Most likely he will get sporadically hot and help as a DFS GPP wildcard.