2016 Outlook: Remember back when Favors was supposed to be the next Dwight Howard? We can pretty safely put that comparison to rest -- he is not going to be a prolific rebounder and shot-blocker, especially playing alongside Rudy Gobert, who is exactly that. However, he is just 24 years old, has shown growth in his game the past two seasons and will have a larger offensive role in the paint with Enes Kanter out of the picture. His upside may not be tremendous, but a realistic stat line of 17 PPG, 8.5 RPG and 1.8 BPG is easily within reach and would make him a solid big man in any fantasy format.
2016 Outlook: The Hawks have a team-centric approach under coach Mike Budenholzer, which means they don't need Horford to be a an impact scorer, nor do they need him to rack up double-digit rebounds with Paul Millsap tag-teaming with him in the paint. And since he isn't a prolific shot-blocker and is shoddy at the stripe, his overall upside is capped. Still, he sports a high assist rate for a center, which, combined with a terrific FG% and low turnover rate, make him a generally solid center in all formats. But for injuries that cost him most of two of his past four seasons, he would be one of the safer draft picks at his position.
2016 Outlook: Kentucky's roster was so deep that it limited Towns' overall stats during his lone season there. We can get a taste for what he might do at the next level by examining his higher-usage games. In the nine contests during which he took double-digit shots, Towns averaged 16.9 PPG, 9.7 RPG and 2.3 BPG. Combine those stats with the 56.6 FG% and 81.3 FT% he posted on the season, and it's clear he has big-time fantasy potential. He will have plenty of room to operate within the Wolves system, but it will be interesting to see how many offensive touches he gets playing alongside reigning Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins. For the blocks alone, though, he should be the top rookie off of draft boards.
2016 Outlook: Big Al has proved to be prone to injury in recent years -- a legitimate concern, considering that he is now 30 and had injury issues early in his 11-year career. Also, with Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum (and perhaps rookie Frank Kaminsky) taking on more work on offense, Jefferson may not be leaned on as the Hornets' primary scorer. Furthermore, he really only contributes in three categories (points, boards, FG%), so his upside is limited in roto leagues. However, he is entering a contract year, so we can assume he will put all of his cards on the table. He should be a respectable center if you get him in the early mid-rounds.
2016 Outlook: From a fantasy perspective, it's kind of a bummer that Moose didn't choose a team with a thinner roster that would give him a larger role on offense. With the young Bucks, it is unlikely that Monroe will take enough shots to rack up 20 PPG. That's probably all right, because his game isn't really built to be that guy. Instead, he is such an efficient player that he should be a safe bet for his usual 15-16 PPG, 9-10 RPG, 1.1 SPG and a nice FG%. He isn't a great free throw shooter and doesn't stand out at any one category, but every team needs some safe-and-steady players like Monroe, who should also benefit from moving to his more natural center position.
2016 Outlook: D12's 2014-15 campaign was a complete mess -- basically his worst as a pro -- as he missed half the season due to a knee injury and averaged just 15.8 PPG, 10.5 RPG and 1.3 BPG (to go with his typical horrid free-throw shooting). The good news is that he was dominant in the playoffs and will enter this season healthy. That's countered by long-term concerns about his knee, and the fact that he will turn 30 in December and already has played 809 games at 35.6 MPG worth of wear and tear. Those issues and his FTs make him tough to draft in the early rounds of roto leagues, but he should be worth the risk in points leagues, where his FT woes carry less of an impact.
2016 Outlook: While hardwood elders like Kobe Bryant are falling apart physically, Duncan just keeps rolling along with no regard for Father Time. It's almost incomprehensible, but at age 38, he finished 14th on the Player Rater last season. The addition of LaMarcus Aldridge will push the big fella to center and probably result in fewer scoring and rebounding chances, but with defenses having to key on Aldridge in the paint it also will make things easier on Duncan. He should generate quality value in the middle rounds for teams looking for a solid big man to round out their fantasy frontcourt.
2016 Outlook: Dieng was a revelation last season, busting out with a pretty steady 10 PPG, 8.3 RPG and 1.8 BPG on the season. The bad news for his fantasy value is that the Wolves drafted Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns will eat up most of the frontcourt offense and rack up loads of boards and blocks which will limit Dieng's upside. The good news is that Dieng should start at the four and proved to be efficient last season, posting the aforementioned numbers in about 30.0 MPG and with only about 7.0 FGA per game, usage rates that are entirely realistic this time around. So we should expect more of the same during the 2015-16 campaign.
2016 Outlook: Two seasons ago, with the Trail Blazers, Lopez averaged 31.8 MPG, 11.1 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 55.1 FG% and 81.8 FT%. That level of production is entirely possible for Lopez this season, as he joins a talent-starved Knicks frontcourt. In fact, he could end up earning a legit double-double. He likely will be flying under the radar a bit, so don't sleep on his upside, especially in two-center leagues.
2016 Outlook: The 76ers used their first-round pick on yet another big man, but at least this time their man is healthy and ready to roll as a rookie. With Joel Embiid out for the foreseeable future, the Sixers have a good frontcourt pairing with the defensively minded Nerlens Noel and the offensively minded Okafor, who has the size and moves to be an impact scorer immediately. His overall fantasy game could be lacking, though. He wasn't a prolific shot-blocker at Duke, and he was horrendous at the charity stripe (51.0 FT%), which could bring down roto teams, if he takes a lot of FTA. He'll be more enticing in points systems, but his scoring potential will make him one of the top couple of rookies off of all draft boards.
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: There are no secrets to Gortat's fantasy game: he will score 12-13 points, snag nine or so boards and block about 1.5 shots per game. Those numbers aren't impressive, but combined with a plus-50 FG%, it makes him a decent player to round out your roster, especially in two-center leagues.
2016 Outlook: Although he lacks high-end athleticism, Nurkic has some nice long-term potential as a legitimate double-double threat who can block shots. After averaging 8.3 PPG, 8.0 RPB and 1.4 BPG in 27 starts as a 20-year-old rookie, it's not unreasonable to think he could do 10-10-1.7 in Year 2. Take a flier on him in the later rounds of your drafts, but note that his percentages are shaky and he may be eased into the season after offseason back surgery.
2016 Outlook: The general pre-draft consensus was that the 7-foot, 239-pound Turner would need to build strength and work on his shooting before he would be ready for significant NBA minutes. However, he landed in a suddenly talent-starved Pacers frontcourt, which means he will have every opportunity to prove he can handle an important role right out of the gate. After dominating Summer League play (18.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG and 4.3 BPG), it looks like he may be ready to make the most of the chance. Larry Bird said he expects Turner to play big minutes; he may even start at PF or C on opening night. Keep an eye on his preseason production -- Turner could be a real sleeper.
2016 Outlook: Entering his 15th NBA campaign at the age of 33, there are no real secrets to Chandler's fantasy game. He will have free reign on the glass in the Suns frontcourt and should be a shoo-in for a double-double with a terrific FG% and at least a block per game. Staying healthy at his advancing age is the only real concern.