The fantasy basketball season is only a little more than a week away so it’s time to get your fantasy league set up and think about who to pick. Prepare for your upcoming drafts with the TeamStake Cheat Sheet!
In addition to our cheat sheet, here are details on a few particularly noteworthy players heading into this year’s draft:
Hassan Whiteside, MIA C
Whiteside has the highest upside of all players currently being drafted in the second round. His usage rate should see a dramatic spike now that he is the team’s number one option. With his free throw concerns a thing of the past, a 25/12 line with 4 blocks a night is very believable. Expect Whiteside to be a top 5 player in 2017 drafts and feel confident reaching for him this year.
Jabari Parker, MIL SF,PF
Everyone is focused on Giannis taking the leap in Milwaukee, and while that’s understandable (and likely), Jabari Parker should be seen with similar optimism. Expect a dramatic improvement in his second full season as Jabari takes advantage of creating offense with Khris Middleton out of the picture. The lack of threes will be made up for with a solid 50/80 shooting percentage and low turnover numbers.
Ish Smith, DET PG
With Reggie Jackson out, Ish Smith will get the start and should put up decent numbers. He excelled at running the pick and roll in Philadelphia and will get plenty of opportunities with Andre Drummond this year. Smith should be worth more than just a flier because he’s guaranteed at least a full month of starting minutes and opportunities.