The 2015-16 NBA season is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start preparing for your Yahoo! NBA Fantasy draft!
Use our Fantasy Toolkit to find out which players are the best at each position and outsmart your competition. Make sure to check back to NBA.com/Fantasy throughout the month as we reveal positional rankings, feature articles and more.
Undrafted Players To Watch
These six players (all selected in less than 20 percent of Yahoo! drafts) could produce solid fantasy stats this season
O’Quinn Slam From Grant
Jerian Grant penetrates the defense and finds Kyle O’Quinn inside for the slam.
O’Quinn continues to excel in the preseason with averages of 11.5 points on 60.7 percent shooting, 7.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 blocks in 20.5 minutes over four preseason games. His minutes should be higher in New York than they were in Orlando (16.2 per game last season) and he will likely be the Knicks’ main backup behind Robin Lopez at center. If he can hit 24 minutes per night, O’Quinn will provide plenty of value in rebounds and blocks to warrant a spot on your squad. He’s currently being selected in only three percent of Yahoo! drafts.
Nik Stauskas likely will have a major role in Philadelphia.
The second-year guard will be one of the Sixers’ top scoring options this season after Sacramento traded him to Philly during the offseason. A right tibia stress reaction has forced Stauskas to miss the entire preseason, but it seems the Sixers are simply being cautious with the injury and it shouldn’t be a serious concern. Stauskas will see plenty of opportunities as the Sixers starting shooting guard and may even see time at point guard, according to coach Brett Brown. The minutes are there for Stauskas to provide ample points, 3-pointers and assists with Philly. He’s currently being selected in six percent of Yahoo! drafts.
Henson Swats Oubre Jr.
Kelly Oubre drives for a floater attempt and John Henson rises and blocks the shot.
You would expect the 24-year-old center to be getting more love in fantasy drafts this season after signing a four-year, $44 million extension with Milwaukee in early October. But the Bucks’ big man is only being selected in 16 percent of Yahoo! drafts mostly due to limited minutes last season. Henson should see more time in 2015-16 as the lead backup behind Greg Monroe. And with expanded minutes, Henson will likely provide elite-level blocks after he averaged 2.4 blocks in 18.8 minutes over his final 21 games of last season.
Anderson Varejao could be poised for a bounce-back season.
For as long as Tristan Thompson is out due to contract issues, Varejao could see enough minutes to be a fantasy contributor in 2015-16. Injuries have sidelined Varejao for the majority of the last five seasons, with 2013-14 being the only season since 2009-10 when he played more than 35 games. He appears healthy at the moment, averaging 7.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 15.7 minutes through six preseason games. He won’t post any world-beating numbers. But with enough minutes (20 per night) he should be able to grab around eight rebounds and three assists per game. He’s currently being selected in eight percent of Yahoo! drafts.
Jeremy Lamb has plenty of opportunity to shine in Charlotte.
The Hornets reportedly had their eyes on Lamb for a long time prior to acquiring him this summer. Now finally in Charlotte, Lamb has plenty of opportunity to produce after the loss of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder). Lamb is averaging 9.3 field goal attempts and 3.5 3-point attempts in 24.6 minutes per game so far in the preseason. The loss of MKG clears the way for Lamb to receive major minutes and perhaps be a solid 3-point source this season. Lamb is going undrafted in most Yahoo! fantasy drafts.
NBA Rooks: Bobby Portis
Selected 22nd overall by the Bulls in the 2015 Draft, Bobby Portis proves that he belongs during the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League.
The Bulls rookie has been impressive in the preseason to average 12.2 points, 0.7 3-pointers, 10.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.8 blocks in 23.8 minutes over his first six games. There’s a lot of talent in front of him on the Bulls bench (Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott) and it will be hard for Portis to find minutes when the team is at full health. But as long as Mike Dunleavy (back) remains out, Portis should be able to find enough playing time to keep an eye on in fantasy. He’s currently going undrafted in most Yahoo! drafts.
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