2016 Outlook: Gasol has long been one of the steadier per-game players in fantasy hoops, thanks to his combination of rebounding, assists, blocks and percentages. Last season, he came through as a scorer, topping 14.6 PPG for the first time, finishing at 17.4 PPG. Could his scoring go even higher this season? It's a feat he accomplished when he took 15.5 FGA in 14 December games (20.2 PPG), benefiting from a Zach Randolph injury. He never topped 12.6 FGA in any later month. Even with Z-Bo in decline, Gasol isn't likely to pick up nearly three FGA per game, but he could get a couple and score in the upper-teens. Any way you look at it, the big fella is a top-20 player with room for statistical growth.
2016 Outlook: Although Conley isn't a beast in any one category, he is a terrific fit on fantasy rosters as the type of guard who chips in a bit of everything. He will contribute points, 3s, dimes, steals, quality percentages and even some rebounds; enough to give your entire roster a boost. He also is in a contract year, so he could dial it up a notch. Consider him in the middle rounds.
2016 Outlook: The big man may be pushing further into his 30s (turned 34 in July), but he has remained relentless as a scorer (16.1 PPG, 48.7 FG% last season) and on the glass (10.5 RPG). However, he missed 11 games last season, and with championship aspirations, the Grizzlies may rest him more to keep him fresh for the playoffs. Combine those concerns with the fact that he doesn't contribute much in other roto categories, and it's fair to wonder whether the limited upside is worth the aforementioned risks before latter middle rounds. By then, his solid double-double stats and FG% should give your team quality value.
2016 Outlook: It's too bad that Barnes didn't land in a better spot this offseason, like a team that would give him 30 MPG in a starting role (as the Clippers did), because he has the ability to score, hit the glass and chip in 3s. On the Grizzlies, he likely will come off the bench and play a comparatively limited role, leaving him useful only in deeper leagues.
2016 Outlook: Stephenson was such a bust last season that he couldn't even crack the rotation on a bad Hornets team. The offseason move to the Clippers can't hurt, but it likely won't help, since they have the talent of a contender. Even if he manages to start, he'll be asked only to play D, an aspect of his game that hasn't been reflected in box scores (career: 0.1 BPG, 0.6 SPG), so let him slide in standard leagues.
2016 Outlook: The NBA defensive specialist fills the same role for fantasy hoops rosters. You can pen him in for at least 1.5 SPG, and likely more, considering he piled up a career-best 2.0 SPG last season. Unfortunately, he offers nothing else beyond some boards and FG%, though even that rings a bit hollow at just seven or so shots per game. Take him in deep leagues if you need swipes.