Tyreke Evans Starting SF
The New Orleans Pelicans have a talented core of young players that include Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, and former ROY Tyreke Evans. With this roster, the Pelicans are expected to compete for a playoff spot in the ultra competitive Western Conference. To do so head coach Monty Williams is shaking up his starting unit from a season ago.
Evans was used primarily as the Pelicans sixth man last year, starting only 22 of his 72 games played. However, to begin this year Evans will be the starting small forward. That’s a solid backcourt for New Orleans, who will have some semblance of Holiday, Gordon, and Evans as the starting unit. The big question mark will be chemistry issues when they are all on the court together. There is only one ball to go around, but this group can create mismatches for opposing defenses.
What does this mean in terms of Evans fantasy upside? Well, he is currently being drafted in the late 60’s early 70’s overall. In MFST’s first mock draft, Evans was not selected until the 10th round–94th overall. That is great value for the slot he was picked.
While Evans has never lived up to the expectations he set for himself when he won Rookie of the Year averaging 20+ points and 6 assists for the Kings back in 2009-10; he is still a value to have in fantasy. Especially, if he slips down in your draft like he did ours. Having a starter on a team that will have offensive fire power will never hurt.