2014 Outlook: It's only a matter of time until Valanciunas breaks out statistically, and as long as he stays healthy, that time likely will come this season. He flashed his upside late last season when he averaged 14.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG and 2.4 BPG, with a 55.8 FG% and 85.3 FT% in seven April games. The amazing thing about that stretch was that he did that on just 7.4 field goal attempts per game (he also took 7.7 free throw attempts per game). Expect his rebounding production to steadily creep closer to 9 RPG, and his FGA and FTA should rise dramatically as a primary scoring option. He'll be on everyone's short list of breakout players, and for good reason.
2014 Outlook: A gritty guard who plays with high energy and passion, Vasquez was a fantasy revelation last season, averaging 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.1 3-pointers in 34.4 minutes per game as the full-time starter in New Orleans. Now in Sacramento, Vasquez will face serious competition for the starting point guard job from third-year guard Isaiah Thomas. We expect Vasquez to eventually win out, but he should see a dip in production due to the depth in the Kings' backcourt. Although Vasquez still should earn 30-plus minutes per game, fantasy owners should keep a close eye on the position battles in Sacramento during training camp, as his value will be heavily tied to playing time.
2014 Outlook: Lowry has had his moments as a fantasy option, but he's really just a mediocre point guard, whose negatives (mediocre scoring, assist numbers, awful FG percentage) outweigh his positives (some 3-point and steals production). He also could be trade bait, since he's in the final year of his contract and will share duties at the one with another mediocre option in D.J. Augustin.
2014 Outlook: It took Johnson eight seasons to finally get comfortable enough in the NBA to produce reliable stats, but he's just 26 years old now, so he should be coming into his prime. He's also locked in as a starter this season and should push up on a double-double with some blocks and excellent percentages. Johnson is a perfect second center in leagues that start two or as a big man to round out any roster as a flex option.
2014 Outlook: If there's one thing DeRozan can do, it's score points in bunches. If there is a second thing he can do, well, we'd sure like to hear about it. He is the quintessential one-category wonder in fantasy hoops, though he can help you out peripherally by taking and making a lot of free throws. Since he doesn't shoot 3s or pile up steals, he's going to leave you wanting more, though.
2014 Outlook: A crafty and versatile veteran, Salmons has seen his minutes and production drop significantly over the past few seasons. Averaging just 8.8 points, 0.7 steals and 1.3 3-pointers in 30 minutes per game last year, Salmons may have more opportunities this season with Tyreke Evans out of town. That said, it's highly possible that the Kings go will play some 3-guard sets this season, which could potentially leave Salmons on the bench for certain stretches. With limited upside, Salmons doesn't figure to play a huge role for fantasy teams this season.
2014 Outlook: Expected to be part of a three-man rotation at power forward, Patterson will need to impress during training camp to solidify his role on the Kings this season. After a midseason trade sent him to Sacramento, Patterson averaged a modest 8.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in 24 games for the Kings in 2012-13. With a time-share looming, he will struggle to earn enough minutes to be a fantasy factor this season.
2014 Outlook: Ross is a freakishly good athlete and should have a bright future in the NBA; however, with DeMar DeRozan solid at the 2-guard spot, the Raps won't need to push Ross faster than necessary. He's a long-term project who shouldn't have much fantasy value this season. He'll be worth keeping an eye on, though, especially if DeRozan is felled by an injury.
2014 Outlook: Most guards and outside-shooting small forwards would be content if they could shoot 43.3 percent from the field, which makes the fact that Novak has averaged 43.3 percent from beyond the arc over the course of his seven-year career quite amazing. Of course, he literally does nothing else, so his value will be strictly for roto leaguers who want to stuff their 3-point category. It's unclear how many he can get off with the Raps this season as a reserve, though.
2014 Outlook: Fields has a balky elbow, and is stuck as a reserve this season, so there isn't much upside to be found in his fantasy game. He's proved in the past that he can rack up some stats for short stretches, though, so if Rudy Gay or DeMar DeRozan misses time due to injuries, then Fields would be a worthwhile waiver-wire pickup.
2014 Outlook: With just 12.8 minutes per game on the season, de Colo struggled to find minutes alongside Cory Joseph and Patty Mills as Tony Parker's backups. Of course, he did average 7.3 points, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 3-pointers per game in six starts, but will have a hard time separating himself from the pack, even if Parker were to suffer an injury this season.
2014 Outlook: The Raptors picked up Hansbrough during the offseason to give them some depth in their frontcourt. It's actually a pretty good landing spot for Hansbrough, since he'll back up the unproven Jonas Valanciunas and the overachieving Amir Johnson in the Raptors' thin frontcourt. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he does basically nothing but score, and even that comes with a poor FG%.
2014 Outlook: Hayes is a scrappy, undersized big man who can do some of the dirty work under the boards, but his efforts don't typically translate well to the fantasy game. He managed just 2.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game last year, and will continue to come off the bench behind DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, Carl Landry and Patrick Patterson this season.