2014 Outlook: It will be almost exactly 18 months since Rose blew out his knee when he faces the Heat in the opener. Since it typically takes 12 months or so for an NBA player to return to full speed, we can assume that he will be no worse than the pre-surgery Rose, who missed just six games in his first three seasons. That means that he has top-three fantasy upside and the ability to rack up a ton of points, dimes and FTs. We may well see a boost in FG percentage and 3-point production, because he presumably spent months shooting jumpers while rebuilding his athleticism during rehab, and that could push him back near the top of the fantasy rankings.
2014 Outlook: We found out some things about Noah with Derrick Rose out last season. We found out he was tough as nails, as he played a career-high 36.8 MPG despite battling through plantar fasciitis all season. We also found out that he simply isn't going to be a dominant scorer, because if he can't top 10 or so shots and 12-13 PPG in any given month with Rose out, he likely never will. So, at age 28, we know now that he is simply a double-double machine who can block some shots and maintain a quality FG%. In other words, he's likely to be overrated in fantasy leagues, because there are plenty of guys who can produce similar numbers. Plus he's had a penchant for injuries in recent years.
2014 Outlook: Deng has been a steady and underrated fantasy asset throughout most of his career. Because he isn't elite at any one thing and has battled FG% issues in recent years, he is a better play in points leagues. He's entering a contract year, which often means bigger stats, but Derrick Rose is back and Deng could take a hit in FGAs if the Bulls decide to lean more on up-and-comer Jimmy Butler.
2014 Outlook: With Marco Belinelli and Rip Hamilton out of the way, the starting 2-guard job is all Butler's, which means he's poised for a breakout season. The big question now is just how high he can go statistically. His postseason production of 13.3 PPG, 2.7 APG, 5.2 RPG, 1.3 3-PPG and 1.3 SPG, as well as 43.5 FG% (9.6 FGA) and 81.8 FT% (4.6 FTA), shows his potential and isn't an unreasonable expectation for 2013-14. However, he did that without Derrick Rose and largely without Luol Deng in the mix, so it remains unclear how many touches and shots he'll get this season with both of them in tow. Expect quality boards, 3-pointers, FG%, FT% and big steals, and scoring in the teens would be a nice bonus.
2014 Outlook: Boozer is still due a ton of money by the Bulls and still holds a starting job, so he still has some level of relevance in fantasy. Unfortunately, he was and always will be a hollow fantasy asset, because he does nothing in 3s, steals or blocks. If you need 15-17 PPG, 9-10 RPG and a good FG%, then he's your guy. More likely, you'd be better off targeting a different player who offers more upside, though.
2014 Outlook: When he gets heavy minutes, Gibson is a double-double threat who could block a couple of shots per game and sport a FG% in the upper 40s. Starter's minutes rarely come his way, though, because the Bulls have Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer ahead of him. He won't have much value outside of deeper leagues unless Boozer is traded or injuries open up a larger role.
2014 Outlook: Hinrich may be a shoddy shooter, is 32, produces little in the way of defensive stats and can't rack up many assists, but he still has a job in the NBA. Even as a starter playing nearly 30 minutes a game last season, he was statistically irrelevant. With Derrick Rose back, Hinrich is destined for a backup role at both guard spots and will continue to have little to no fantasy value this season.
2014 Outlook: Dunleavy got away from the hapless Bucks to join a legit title contender with the Bulls. That's great for him personally, but it's a bad development for what little fantasy value he may still have at age 33. As a reserve at the 2 and 3 behind Jimmy Butler and Luol Deng, Dunleavy may struggle to get more than 20 minutes per game. You'll need to be in a very deep league to consider using him.
2014 Outlook: Teague is a quality athlete, but he is raw and just 20 years old. That means he's really a long-term project for the Bulls. They won't need to ask much of him with Derrick Rose back in action this season, though his role will increase some due to a thinned-out backcourt. Just don't expect more than sporadic production from Teague in his second NBA campaign.