3 Spot: Rookies to Draft in your Fantasy Basketball League
Here are three rookies to consider drafting in your fantasy basketball league:
1. Jabari Parker, Bucks- Parker’s athleticism does not blow you away, but he has all the tools you want in a high draft pick–size (6’8 240 pounds, with a 7+ foot wingspan), shooting touch, and he rounds it all out with a solid low post game. Parker will be a starter from day one with the Bucks, and should easily get 30-40 minutes a night. Jabari is the best bet in terms of all fantasy basketball rookies.
2. Nerlens Noel, 76ers- Even though Noel was not a part of the 2014 draft class, he is still considered a rookie since he missed all of last season recovering from a torn ACL. Noel is a lock to contribute to many fantasy categories: blocks, steals, and rebounds, but his potential as a scorer will be the real litmus test to his fantasy value. If he can put up points consistently he is a valuable asset to own. The icing on the cake is that he plays for the 76ers, and he will play as many minutes as possible. I have Noel as my early favorite to win the ROY.
3. Nik Stauskas, Kings- Stauskas was probably the best shooter in college basketball last season, and that landed him as a lottery pick to the Kings. Don’t sleep on the talent Sacramento is acquiring–Stauskas will battle second year pro Ben McLemore for minutes at the two guard. In the beginning of the season, Stauskas’ minutes may be unpredictable and up in the air, but I expect Nik to carve out a nice role, where he should warrant a roster spot if nothing more than a three point specialist in deeper formats.