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1) Anthony Davis (PF/C) – Davis was arguably last season’s fantasy MVP. Only Durant was better on a per game basis and Davis wasn’t shut down until after most leagues had completed their playoffs. He kept rolling after DeMarcus Cousins came to town. After the trade, The Brow posted averages of 28.5 PPG, 0.6 3PG, 11.7 RPG, and 1.4 SPG while shooting 50.7% from the field and 80.4% from the line. The one category that might suffer from Cousins’ presence is blocks. After the trade, Davis averaged 1.5 BPG. That is a sharp decrease from the 2.5 BPG that he averaged prior to the trade. That is likely due to Davis playing more power forward and defending the perimeter more. Unfortunately, that will be the case again in 2016-2017 so it’s difficult to project what Davis’ blocks will look like.

2) Karl-Anthony Towns (C) – After Zach LaVine went down in early February, Towns was the most valuable player in fantasy. He averaged a stunning 28.4 PPG, 1.3 3PG, and 12.9 RPG on a ridiculous 59.2% from the floor to go along with an excellent 86.5% from the line. Jimmy Butler complicates things and hurts Town’s ceiling, but he should still be a top-4 player in punt assists and a great option for those punting points due to his outstanding percentages. KAT’s block rate is also a bit of mystery. He blocked 1.7 shots a night as a rookie, but only 1.3 per night as a sophomore. His blocks also fell off even further during his dominant stretch without LaVine (0.8 BPG). That was likely due to his increased role on offense. With Jimmy in town, he’ll be able to focus more on defense and 1.5+ BPG is very doable.

3) Nikola Jokic (PF/C) – Jokic was one of 2016-2017 biggest breakout players and his ascendance into fantasy superstardom should continue in 2017-2018. The Nugget is the best big man target for those looking to punt blocks (0.7 BPG) and is a reasonable option around the turn due to his absurd efficiency (57.6 FG%, 82.5 FT%) and outstanding out-of-position apples (4.9 APG). While punt blocks may seem like the obvious fit for Jokic, where I like him the most is punt points (16.7 PPG). The percentages categories are what make-or-break the punt points build. Due to the lower FGA volume, a poorly put together punt points team can experience quite a bit of volatility in those categories. Jokic helps avoid that.

4) Rudy Gobert (C) – After a disappointing 2015-2016 season, Gobert exploded and was a top-20 player during the 2016-2017 campaign. He posted first-round value in punt points and is a very good bet to do once again. Don’t fret over Gordon Hayward leaving the Jazz for the Celtics. Gobert’s usage and efficiency actually increased when Hayward was off the floor last season. The addition of Ricky Rubio, one of the league’s best passers, should help Gobert get some easy buckets as well. He is best paired with the punt points build and an elite point guard. Rudy dominates the rebounding (12.8 RPG), blocks (2.6 BPG), and FG% (66.3 FG%) categories and provides almost nothing in the assists (1.2 APG) and steals (0.6 SPG) columns.

5) DeMarcus Cousins (PF/C) – Like Gobert, Cousins needs to be built around properly or you will run into problems. Instead of trying to make up for his poor FG% (45.2 FG%), it’s best to give up on the category and pair him with one of the punt FG% guards. He’s dominant on the boards (11.1 RPG) and is a decent source of blocks (1.3 BPG), two categories that the punt FG% build often struggles with. All his other counting stats are ridiculous as well. He’s an elite scorer (27.0 PPG), has the three-ball down pat (1.8 3PG), and is one of the best sources of out-of-position steals (1.4 SPG) and dimes (4.6 APG). The move to New Orleans didn’t have a major impact on his value. Both his counting stats and efficiency were similar. I’d be much more excited about Cousins if he wasn’t such an injury risk. He’s actually missed more games than Anthony Davis over the past four seasons. His turnovers are also a major issue (3.7 TOPG). Having a 3.7 TOPG player at your center spot is more damaging than having a point guard who averages 3.7 TOPG. Most quality point guards are going to be in the 2.5-to-3 TOPG range. Most centers are much lower than that. Having such a high-turnover player at a position that most teams depend on to lower their turnovers, all but forces you into a double-punt. Managers pairing Cousins with an early-round point guard should embrace the double-punt. It’s almost impossible to avoid with Cousins.Trying to bring turnovers back will almost always prove to be futile and will only serve to drag the team down elsewhere.

6) Hassan Whiteside (C) – Whiteside improved greatly as a player in 2016-2017, but that improvement came at the expense of his fantasy value. Whiteside’s blocks dropped from a godly 3.7 BPG to “only” 2.1 BPG. While his scoring (17.0 PPG) and rebounding (14.2 RPG) both improved, it wasn’t enough to offset the drop in blocks and Whiteside failed to live up to his first-round draft spot. He’s a rock solid second-round pick this year and best fits into the punt FT% build (62.8 FT%). Prospective owners will need to watch out for his non-existent assists (0.7 APG) and steals (0.7 SPG) numbers.

7) Myles Turner (PF/C) – The main focus of the Pacers’ upcoming season will be ping pong balls. Turner’s development will be a close second. Expect the third-year player to have a much bigger role on offense this year. That should mean an increase in his scoring rate (14.5 PPG) but also likely a decrease in his FG% (51.0 FG%). Turner is still fairly raw on offense and will be receiving much more defensive attention than he’s used to. Don’t worry too much about his FG%. It will still likely be decent and you’ll be wanting to punt FG% with him anyways. This is your primary big man target if you are punting FG%. He’s in a great spot at the end of the second round and fits the punt FG% build perfectly. Finding enough boards and blocks is the key to punt FG% success. Turner should be very good in both categories. Expect an increase in his rebounding numbers (7.2 RPG) and he should continue to be a very good source of blocks (2.1 BPG). The only thing holding me back from ranking Turner even higher is his playoff schedule. The Pacers only play 9 games in the fantasy playoffs, the lowest of any team in the league.

8) Kristaps Porzingis (PF/C) – If Carmelo finally leaves the Knicks then watch out. If he doesn’t, well that’s OK too. Porzingis will still be a very good fantasy asset, especially in the punt FG% build. Like Turner, he brings the boards (7.2 RPG) and blocks (2.0 BPG) that the build needs to focus on. Unlike Turner, his offensive game is already excellent. Porzingis could break the 20 PPG mark this season (18.1 PPG) and is one of the best sources of out-of-position threes (1.7 3PG). Try to pair Porzingis with one of the sturdier first-round players. The Knick has yet to play more than 72 games in a season.

9) DeAndre Jordan (C) – Chris Paul leaving for greener pastures is definitely going to hurt DeAndre on the offensive end. There’s still a very good chance that he ends up being the best FG% anchor in the league, but with Paul in Houston, Jordan will likely see a small dip in his FG% (71.4 FG%). Despite Paul leaving, I’m still very high on DeAndre. The upcoming drop in FG% could be offset by an increase in minutes. DeAndre only played 31.7 MPG last season, and with the Clippers looking like a borderline playoff season, that number could jump significantly. It’s very possible that his popcorn numbers (12.7 PPG, 13.8 RPG, 1.7 BPG) rise this season. When to take Jordan depends on your league. If you play in a competitive league, you’ll likely have to spend a third-round pick on DeAndre. If not, you may be able to wait.

10) Marc Gasol (C) – As is the case with Conley, if the Grizzlies are going to be successful this year, they’re going to have to give Gasol all the touches he can handle. Like Conley, Gasol’s usage increased last season, and with Zach Randolph in Sacramento, that usage may not be done going up. Expect Gasol to continue to be a good source of points (19.4 PPG), blocks (1.3 BPG), and out-of-position assists (4.6 APG). Those blocks, and his low FG% (45.9 FG%) that has been brought on by his newfound love for the three-ball (1.4 3PG), make Marc and obvious fit for the punt FG% build. Those grabbing Gasol early will have to find a way to offset his poor rebounding numbers (6.2 RPG).

11) Kevin Love (PF/C) – Love has more upside than usual with Isaiah Thomas’ status up in the air. If Thomas was to miss extended time, Love would likely post second-round numbers. He’s one of the best targets for those punting blocks (0.4 BPG) due to his success on the boards (11.1 RPG). Those juicy rebound numbers also make him a very good pick for those punting FG% (42.7 FG%). Love produces a very unique line and is an excellent source of out-of-position threes (2.4 3PG) and FT% impact (87.1 FT% on 4.9 FTA).

12) Paul Millsap (PF/C) – Millsap slipped last season, but some of that had to do with playing with Dwight Howard. Howard’s limited offensive game forced Millsap to the perimeter and caused the former Hawks’ FG% to decline (44.2 FG%). The Nuggets are a much better fit for Millsap and he should find more success playing beside Nikola Jokic. Jokic is an even better passer than Millsap’s old frontcourt partner Al Horford was, and like Horford, Jokic can play anywhere, which should open up some space for Millsap to do work. The Nuggets were also a much better offensive team than the Hawks last season and that should help boost Millsap’s efficiency back to respectable levels. The four-time All-Star can fit into most builds, but is best suited for the punt FG% and punt points builds.

13) Blake Griffin (PF/C) – Blake will be a reasonable pick at the end of the second round if he returns during training camp or preseason. Until then, we can’t target him too aggressively. Assuming he’s healthy, Griffin is a dream fit for the punt FT% build. Only Draymond Green and perhaps Nikola Jokic will be a better source of out-of-position assists this season (4.9 APG). Chris Paul leaving means almost across-the-board increases for Blake, but it’s also fair to assume a small drop in efficiency (49.3 FG%).

14) Joel Embiid (PF/C) – Embiid is a very hard player to rank. Where to take him depends on your risk appetite. There’s a very good chance the Embiid produces first-round numbers. There’s also a very good chance that he misses 30+ games. Last season was considered a success for Embiid, but at the end of the day, he did only play in 31 games. If he plays 50+ games this season, the Sixers will probably be fairly happy. However, that’s not enough games to make fantasy owners smile. Build-wise, he can fit into anything. He’s a monster. The only numbers-related issue to keep an eye is his turnover rate (3.8 TOPG). He was DeMarcus Cousins-level bad at taking care of the ball in his rookie season.

15) Andre Drummond (PF/C) – Drummond’s development has stalled, but that hasn’t affected his fantasy value. He was still an extremely useful punt FT% player last season. He was a top-20 option in that build and as always, was a dominant rebounder (13.8 RPG) and a very good bet for out-of-position steals (1.5 SPG). What holds Drummond back from being a truly outstanding fantasy option is that his FG% is only very good (53.1 FG%) and not elite like some of the other punt FT% big man options. Expect an increase in blocks this season (1.1 BPG). His 2016-2017 block rate was easily the lowest of his career.

16) Nikola Vucevic (PF/C) – The Magic are rudderless, but that hasn’t stopped Vucevic from continuing to be a very effective fantasy asset. Despite a suffering a massive drop in his FG% (46.8 FG% in 2016-2017, 51.0 FG% in 2015-2016) and FT% (66.9 FT% in 2016-2017, 75.3 FT% in 2015-2016), Vucevic still managed to post top-50 value last season. Expect a bounce-back season from the stripe as his struggles were likely a fluke. Whether or not his FG% returns to normal is less certain. There’s been talk of Vucevic adding a three-point shot to his repertoire, a development that would obviously have a negative effect on his FG%. The Magic’s center is a very good fit for the punt blocks build because he doesn’t lose much value when blocks are ignored (1.0 BPG) and is a very strong rebounder (10.4 RPG).

17) Al Horford (PF/C) – Horford had a strong start to his first season in Boston, but his play fell off a cliff as the season went on. He was barely a top-50 player after the All-Star break and his numbers dropped almost across-the- board. Now that he’s 31, and has both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward to share the rock with, it’s hard to see Horford bouncing back in 2017-2018. The addition of the three-ball to Horford’s skill set has not been kind to his fantasy value. His FG% has declined four seasons in a row and will likely stay mediocre (47.4 FG%) as long as he continues to hang out beyond the arc. His declining block rate is also worrisome. Horford averaged 1.3 BPG last season, but that number is misleading. Over the last three months of the season, he failed to average a block a game (0.8 BPG). He’s not a terrible option in the fourth round, but owners drafting the Celtic should keep their expectations in check. Horford’s best days are behind him.

18) Nerlens Noel (PF/C) – Noel accepted the Mavericks’ qualifying offer and will be a unrestricted free agent following the 2017-2018 season. He’s going to have a hundred million reasons to try to put up monster lines this year. If he gets major run, he will be an early-round player, but it’s unclear if he will. Noel is, by far, the best center on the Mavericks’ roster, but Coach Carlisle was hesitant to play him big minutes last season due a lingering knee issue. If his minutes creep into the upper-20s, expect Noel to challenge Giannis Antetokounmpo as the best source of defensive numbers in the league (2.2 SP36, 1.8 BP36). The big man is also one of the better sources of FG% impact available in the middle rounds (59.4 FG%) and has greatly improved at the charity stripe (69.4 FT%).

19) Brook Lopez (C) – The move to Los Angeles isn’t great for Lopez’ value. Lonzo Ball’s playmaking ability should get Brook easier shots, but his shot attempts are going to come down. If you’re punting FG%, you should target Lopez aggressively. He now spends plenty of time behind the three-point line (1.8 3PG) and that has caused his FG% to drop (47.3 FG%). His blocks are desperately needed in the build (1.7 BPG) and he can help reinforce your points (20.5 PPG) and FT% (81.0 FT%).

20) Clint Capela (PF/C) – Capela has early-round upside if he’s placed in the right build. He was only a top-45 player in the punt FT% build last season, but provided borderline second-round value if you were punting points as well. Capela is only 23 and is entering his third year as a full-time player. We often see major jumps from players entering their third or fourth season. Having a guy like Chris Paul around doesn’t hurt either. Capela has all the makings of a fantasy monster and he might take the leap this year. He was the second-best source of FG% impact last season (64.4 FG%) and considering he only played 23.9 MPG, his rebounding (8.1 RPG) and block numbers (1.2 BPG) were impressive.

21) Serge Ibaka (PF/C) – Ibaka was on his way to having a rebound season before he was traded to the Raptors. With the Magic, he was flirting with early-round value, but with the Raptors, he was only a top-75 option. Expect some improvement as he gets more comfortable with his new teammates, but he will still be an afterthought on offense with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan running the show. Ibaka is another very good target for those punting FG%. He is no longer an elite shotblocker, but is more than serviceable at protecting the rim (1.6 BPG). The punt FG% build almost always struggles with turnovers and Ibaka can help you be competitive there (1.7 TOPG). He also gives you an advantage from deep (1.8 3PG), but showed no signs during his half season with the Raptors that he’ll be more than a mediocre rebounder next season (6.8 RPG).

22) LaMarcus Aldridge (PF/C) – Aldridge’s decline was very apparent last season with the biggest drop coming in the efficiency categories. Drafting Aldridge used to be a great way to win both FG% and FT%, but if last year is any indication (47.7 FG%, 81.2 FT%), that will no longer be the case. Those percentages are still decent, but not good enough to keep Aldridge in the early-round discussion. Despite his decline, Aldridge is another very good option for the punt FG% build. He can help your boards (7.3 RPG) and blocks (1.2 BPG) and he can keep your turnovers under control (1.4 TOPG).

23) Dwight Howard (PF/C) – Dwight may be a shell of what he used to be, but he is still an early-round threat in the punt FT% build. Last season, Howard was a second-round player in the build he used to anchor and provided very usable numbers on the boards (12.7 RPG) and from the field (63.2 FG%). His defensive contributions have slipped, but are still decent (0.9 SPG, 1.2 BPG). He’s been fairly healthy over the last two seasons and looks to be over the back issues that plagued him in Houston.

24) Jusuf Nurkic (C) – If you want to punt FT% (57.1 FT%) and go heavy on guards early, Nurkic is a great mid-round target. He was a top-45 player after the move to the Blazers and was a top-30 player when FT% was ignored. He averaged a double-double in Portland (15.2 PPG, 10.3 RPG) and was one of the league’s better rim protectors (2.0 BPG). He should be able to approach those numbers this season if he can stay on the court. That is a very big if. Nurkic has missed 87 games over his three seasons in the league and is coming off of a late-season broken leg.

25) Gorgui Dieng (PF/C) – Taj Gibson is not very good. He’s not terrible, but he’s not a starting-caliber player at this point in his career. Dieng was better last season and should be better again this coming season. Unfortunately, we all know that Coach Thibodeau likes to play favorites, and the Gibson signing puts Dieng’s playing time at risk. He should still see minutes at backup center, but it’s very unlikely that he approaches the 32.4 MPG that he saw last season. If he can overcome the Gibson threat, Dieng has early-round potential. Last season, he was a top-50 player overall and a top-35 player in the punt points build (10.0 PPG). He’s never going to light up the scoring column, but Gorgui is a efficient player (50.3 FG%, 81.4 FT%) who is active on the defensive end (1.1 SPG, 1.2 BPG).

26) Dirk Nowitzki (PF/C) – Dirk’s not quite done. It took a while for the legend to get over his Achilles injury, but once he did, he was back to providing owners with mid-round value. He was a top-60 player over the final three months of the 2016-2017 campaign and only missed three games over that span. He still helps boost owners’ points (14.2 PPG) and threes (1.5 3PG) and can help a little bit on the boards (6.5 RPG). One area where Dirk has really slipped is getting to the line. He’s still connects at an outstanding rate (87.5 FT%), but doesn’t get there enough (2.1 FTA) to be a difference maker in that category.

27) Jonas Valanciunas (C) – Valanciunas looks like he’s going to be a little underrated this draft season. We all know that Dwane Casey is not a fan of Valanciunas’ game. The center’s struggles on the defensive end often lead to him finding a nice spot on the bench during the fourth quarter. His minutes will be frustratingly low, but he will still be a nice option for those in need of big man stats, especially at his discounted price. If you look at Valanciunas’ ranking before and after the Ibaka trade, you’ll likely conclude that Ibaka’s presence had a fairly negative impact on Big V’s value. The rankings drop doesn’t tell the whole. Yes, he was less valuable after the trade, but that was mostly due to an unusually cold stretch at the free-throw line. Valanciunas is still going to be a very good bet for close to a double-double any time he steps on the floor (12.0 PPG, 9.5 RPG) and you won’t find many players this late in the draft who can help you in the percentages categories the way that Valanciunas does (55.6 FG%, 81.1 FT%). Watch out for his extremely low assists (0.7 APG) and steals (0.5 SPG) numbers.

28) Willie Cauley-Stein (PF/C) – The DeMarcus Cousins trade is going to make Cauley-Stein a lot of money. He was barely in the rotation before the trade and wouldn’t have had a chance to show what he could do unless Cousins was moved. Cauley-Stein took full advantage of the opening and was a top-80 player over the last two months of the season. Over those two months, he put up 12.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.1 SPG, and 0.9 BPG. He should start for the Kings and will be a cheap source of big man stats on draft day. Don’t worry about his middling FT% (66.9 FT%). He improved as the 2016-2017 season went along and doesn’t get there enough (3.8 FTA36) to do much damage.

29) Pau Gasol (PF/C) – It took a bit for Pau to adjust the Spurs’ system, but once he did, he was back to being a mid-round player. He posted top-70 numbers over the Spurs’ final 25 games and should still clock in as a top-100 player this year despite his advanced age. Pau actually pulled off a pretty impressive feat this season. He expanded his game beyond the three-point line (0.9 3PG) while raising his FG% at the same time (50.2 FG%). As a 37-year-old who plays for Popovich, he’ll be a prime candidate for some rest days during the fantasy playoffs.

30) Willy Hernangomez (C)  – If you’re punting blocks, Hernangomez needs to find his way onto your team (1.0 BP36). Boards and FG% are two categories that the punt blocks build usually struggles with as many of the shotblockers that you are passing on are some of the best options in both of those categories. Hernangomez is a solution to that problem. He is the favorite to start at center for the Knicks and has shown the ability to be a double-double machine. Over the last two months of the season, he averaged 11.4 PPG and 9.2 RPG while shooting 52.6% from the field.

31) Steven Adams (C) – Adams is a cheap big man option for those punt FT% teams that went heavy on guards early and missed out on the mid-round big men. Adams was very good from the line to start the season and started the season very strong in the steals department. The steals stayed, but the success at the free-throw line didn’t. By the end of the season, Adams was back to shooting below 60% from the line. His FT% hit is large and that makes him difficult to recommend outside of punt FT%. He can be a very good punt FT% weapon though due to his rebounding (7.7 RPG), steals (1.1 SPG), blocks (1.0 BPG), and FG% (57.2 FG%). He gets an even bigger bump if you’re punting points (11.3 PPG) alongside FT%.

32) Greg Monroe (PF/C) – In a better situation, Monroe could be a top-60 player. His per minute numbers are very good and his efficiency (53.3 FG%, 74.1 FT%) is almost as good. Unfortunately, Coach Kidd has declined to play him at the four and that leaves him in a timeshare with Thon Maker. He should see more minutes than Maker, but the difference likely won’t be large enough for Monroe to be a mid-round player. Expect useful scoring (11.7 PPG), rebounding (6.6 RPG), and steals (1.1 SPG) from Monroe in addition to his very good FG%. He’s a great, late-round target for those punting blocks (0.5 BPG) due to his boards and FG%.

33) Richaun Holmes (PF/C) – Holmes is a must-grab late in the draft, regardless of your team building strategy. Holmes has top-30 upside and the only guy standing between him and the minutes he needs to produce at that level has played 31 games over the past three seasons. He should still be roster worthy even when Embiid is on the court. Holmes was a top-90 player in only 20.9 MPG last season and has ability to produce in every category except assists and FT%. His best contributions come on the defensive end (1.3 SP36, 1.6 BP36) and from the floor (55.8 FG%).

34) Derrick Favors (PF/C) – Favors is going to come at a late-round price and that makes him a high reward/no-risk pick. Before the disaster that was his 2016-2017 season, Favors was a consistent top-50 player. The injuries are a major concern, but the big man is still only 26 and shouldn’t be done quite yet. The Jazz are thin up front so the minutes will be there if he’s healthy. Favors is exactly the type of player you want to be looking at late in the draft. He has serious upside in all of the big men categories and has been a very good source of out-of-position swipes in the past (1.2 SPG in 2015-2016).

35) Ryan Anderson (PF/C) – Anderson would be a mid-round player if he did anything on the defense end and was close to average on the boards. It’s pretty difficult to make 2.8 3PG and not be a top-100 player. Somehow, Anderson managed that feat in 2016-2017. He makes Enes Kanter look like a defensive stat machine (0.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG) and his once sizable FT% impact has dissipated due to a drop in attempts (2.1 FTA). Chris Paul will help, and 3.0 3PG has a good chance of happening, but Anderson hurts you as much as helps you these days.

36) Marcin Gortat (C) – Gortat is now 33-years-old and looked like it last season. His blocks rate fell off a cliff and the Polish Hammer only ended up averaging 0.8 BPG in 2016-2017. That number got worse as the season went on. After the All-Star break, the big man was only good for 0.4 blocks a night. That wasn’t the only red flag that was raised during Gortat’s 2016-2017 season. Once Ian Mahinmi returned from a knee injury, Gortat saw a significant drop in playing time. Over the last two months of the season, he only averaged 24.7 MPG. That destroyed his fantasy value and the center wasn’t even a top-200 player over that period. He’s still worth a late-round pick due to his history. However, he’ll need an injury to Mahinmi, a real possibility given what Mahinmi went through last season, to have any shot at, once again, being a mid-round player.

37) Dewayne Dedmon (C) – The Hawks’ new starting center was a top-85 per minute player in 2016-2017 and should have a much bigger role in Atlanta than he did in San Antonio. He has the ability to provide very useful big man numbers (13.4 PP36, 1.8 BP36, 62.2 FG%) and a top-100 finish isn’t not out of the question. A top-80 finish is possible if you’re punting points (10.5 PP36).

38) Tristan Thompson (PF/C) – Thompson is very good in two categories (9.2 RPG, 60.0 FG%) and forgettable just about everywhere else. He set a career-high in blocks (1.1 BPG), but his rim protection faltered as the season went on. Thompson only averaged 0.8 BPG over the last two months of the season. Thompson is just an option for those who are punting FT% and didn’t get enough big man stats early. If you’re not punting FT%, stay far, far away. Only five players had a larger negative impact on the category last season (49.8 FT% on 2.7 FTA).

39) Boban Marjanovic (C) – Boban is now Andre Drummond’s primary backup and will have the opportunity to show off his elite per minute production. Last season, only 9 players produced more on a per minute basis and those 9 players were all among the fantasy elite. Now, Marjanovic isn’t going to see nearly enough minutes to be an early-round player, but a top-100 finish, even if he only plays 18 MPG or so is still very doable. You can do a lot of damage in limited minutes if you produce 23.4 PP36, 16.0 RP36, and 1.5 BP36 while shooting 54.5% from the floor and 81.0% from the line.

40) Robin Lopez (C) – Lopez is in the same position as his teammate Dwyane Wade. He’s a veteran on a team that is going young and likely won’t have much of a role when the fantasy playoffs come along. Until then, Lopez is going to be worth a roster spot. He’s still a very good shotblocker (1.5 BPG) and his percentages are usually good (49.3 FG%, 72.1 FT%). Expect his FT% to improve as last year’s mediocre success rate was, by far, his lowest in the last five years. If you want to target Lopez late, make sure you have plenty of steals already on your roster. He’s one of the biggest drags on swipes in the league (0.2 SPG).

41) Cody Zeller (PF/C) – If the Hornets didn’t trade for Dwight Howard, Zeller would be a top-100 pick. He was a top-80 option in 2016-2017 and produces a very clean line. He is extremely efficient from the field (57.1 FG%) and active on defense (0.9 SPG, 1.0 BPG). He’s still a good option in the punt points build (10.3 PPG), but he’ll be on the edge of being roster worthy as long as Dwight is healthy.

42) Enes Kanter (C) – Kanter continues to be a great per minute player. His per 36 numbers are jaw-dropping (24.3 PP36, 11.3 RP36). His percentages are very good as well (54.5 FG%, 78.6 FT%). Unfortunately, Coach Donovan doesn’t like playing Kanter beside Steven Adams and that keeps Kanter’s minutes in the low 20s. He just doesn’t play enough minutes to be a top-100 player. You’ll be drafting Kanter for his upside and in the hope that Donovan changes his mind. For what it’s worth, the Adams/Kanter lineup was pretty effective last season (112.5 ORtg, 106.2 DRtg).

43) Kelly Olynyk (C) – Olynyk is another high-upside Heat player who will need to watched in Miami. The move to the Heat should be good for Olynyk’s value. He should see time both at the four and backing up Hassan Whiteside. The Canadian has a fantasy-friendly game and is one of the only players available late in the draft who can provide owners with out-of-position threes (0.9 3PG) while helping them win FG% (51.0 FG%). Olynyk is a very good late-round option for those punting blocks (0.4 BPG).