Small Forwards

1) James Harden (SG/SF) – While Harden is clearly behind Davis and Curry in terms of 9-cat production, he is a legitimate option at the top of the draft in 8-cat. In 2014-2015, Harden was superior to Davis on a per game basis in 8-cat  and posted nearly identical value to Curry. Ty Lawson is not a threat to Harden’s numbers. Lawson posted a usage rating of 20.9 in his final year in Denver. That is low for a starting point guard. The offense will continue to run through Harden and his 2014-2015 averages of 27.4 PPG and 7.0 APG are very repeatable.

2) Kevin Durant (SF/PF) – Durant is the only player that could challenge Davis for the per game crown. That is why, despite the risk, I can’t drop him any lower than five. We are only a year removed from Durant posting one of the best fantasy seasons of all-time. Despite being hobbled for most of the games that he did play last season, Durant was still a top-five per game player. His floor, when healthy, is higher than any player’s ceiling not named Davis, Curry, Harden, or Paul. There is a significant drop off in production after Durant. While some of players I have ranked below Durant as safer picks, you are at a huge disadvantage to those picking in the top 4 if you select one of them. A healthy KD makes that disadvantage disappear.

3) LeBron James (SF/PF) – You can’t go wrong picking any of the above five players but it’s at six where things get tricky. The days of LeBron being a top-tier fantasy asset are gone. While he’s still a good bet for first-round value, that is no guarantee given his decreased role and Cleveland’s openness to resting the King. In 2014-2015, for the first time in his career (excluding the shortened 2011-2012 season), LeBron failed to play in 70 games. This season also marked the first time since 2006-2007 in which James didn’t produce first-round numbers. LBJ is still a terrifying player to play against in H2H, but his floor is lower than it has ever been.

4) Kawhi Leonard (SG/SF) – I’m down on most of the Spurs’ roster this season due to their poor playoff schedule and the increased potential of Pop doing Pop things. However, Kawhi’s upside is too high to ignore. The former finals MVP is a true nine-category player. Leonard posted positive value last season in every category except assists. He’s not a perfect pick at the end of the first round due to his limited impact on both percentages, but Kawhi is a great cornerstone for those looking to punt points or assists.

5) Jimmy Butler (SG/SF) – With Fred Hoiberg now on the sidelines in Chicago, expect Butlers league leading minutes (38.7 MPG) and per game production to drop. In my pre-free agency top 40 I had Jimmy in the middle of the second round. Then the 2015-2016 schedule announced that the Bulls will play 13 games over the three fantasy playoff weeks. The fantasy playoffs are as much about quantity as they are quantity. While I expect second-round value from Jimmy this season, his playoff schedule allows for the possibility of top-5 production when it counts the most.

6) Klay Thompson (SG/SF) – Thompson is a tricky player to rank as his top-10 production last season was due to his contributions in two of the easiest stats to find; points and threes. Drafting is not just about finding the best value at each pick. Fit is at least as important as value in H2H. Klay is a solid bet to return top-15 numbers but make sure your team building strategy is rock solid before picking him. Thompson gives you less in the more difficult categories to find than most players available in this range.

7) Draymond Green (SF/PF) – Klay Thompson is generally seen as Steph Curry’s sidekick but make no mistake, next to the MVP, no one is more important to the Warriors’ success than Green. The heart and soul of the Warriors posts one of the most varied lines in the league. Fantasy players get excited about players that average one three, one steal, and one block a night. Draymond laughs at those averages as he put up 1.4 3PG, 1.6 SPG, and 1.3 BPG in 2014-2015. There’s still upside here as Green has improved his shooting every year since coming into the league and should see a bump in his relatively low 31.5 MPG.

8) Paul George (SG/SF) – I expect some rust and early on in the season George likely won’t see close to 36.2 MPG that he averaged in 2013-2014. However, Coach Vogel has stated that the usually deliberate Pacers (19th in pace in 2014-2015) will play much faster this season. Their trade of Roy Hibbert to the Lakers confirms that the Pacers are serious about the change in style. The faster pace should help all of the Pacers and offset any dips in efficiency that George may experience. I wouldn’t expect second-round returns early in the season, but as the focal point of what should be an improved offense, George should be close to his old self by the time the fantasy playoffs roll around.

9) Carmelo Anthony (SF/PF) – Carmelo will outplay this rank on a per game basis. Possibly by a quite a bit. But none of that matters if he’s in street clothes in late March. The Knicks have improved but with Melo’s knee issues and the possibility of the Knicks being long shots for the playoffs come March, there’s too much risk here to take him within the first two rounds. Expect Anthony to improve on his 24.2 PPG as he becomes more comfortable playing in the triangle.

10) Rudy Gay (SF/PF) – Gay has been quietly posting very nice numbers since leaving Dwane Casey’s ISO-focused offense. The former Raptor posted top-25 numbers in his first full season in Sacramento. Gay posted a surprisingly clean line including a very respectable 45.5% from the field. The addition of Rajon Rondo does muddy the water though. Rondo is a clear downgrade from Darren Collison on offense and I expect the switch to have a negative effect on Gay. With Willie Cauley-Stein also likely to join the starting lineup, spacing will be at a premium for the Kings. It’s not a lock that Rondo sticks in the starting lineup all season, but expect a small decrease in Rudy’s efficiency and scoring numbers as long as he does.

11) Gordon Hayward (SG/SF) – Hayward’s three-point shooting normalized last season and we got the breakout that we were expecting in 2013-2014. The Jazz’s top option posted top-40 numbers in 2014-2015 that included 19.3 PPG, 1.6 3PG, 4.9 RPG, 4.1 APG, and 1.4 SPG. 20/5/5 is not out of the question this season. Hayward’s across-the-board production makes him a great fit for almost any build.

12) Trevor Ariza (SG/SF) – The transition from the Wizards to Rockets went very smoothly for Ariza. Ariza posted third-round value for the second season in a row but his final ranking could have been even better if not for an early season shooting slump. Over the first three months of the season Ariza shot a putrid 37.7% from the floor. He was much better as the year went on and shot 45.2% over the last two months of the season which is in line with his shooting numbers in Washington. With the addition of Ty Lawson, I expect his FG% to be much higher than last seasons 40.3%. Ariza’s 2.4 3PG and 1.9 SPG give the swingman both a very high floor and a top-25 ceiling.

13) Nicolas Batum (SG/SF) – Batum had a torn ligament in his wrist last season and it showed. His FG% dropped for 46.5% in 2013-2014 to 40.0% in 2014-2015. His usage dropped from 16.5% to 14.6%. This lead to Batum barely posting top-70 numbers on the year and being difficult to own at different points in the season. Ignore last season and draft Batum with confidence. The Frenchman is still only 26 and will have a larger role on offense in Charlotte than he did in Portland. He is another player who is an especially excellent fit for the punt points build (9.4 PPG in 2014-2015, 13.0 PPG in 2013-2014), but he fits nicely with almost every strategy. Batum provides above-average production at his position in rebounding (5.9 RPG), dimes (4.8 APG), and blocks (0.6 BPG).

14) Danny Green (SG/SF) – Green will be slept on this season due his to low PPG (11.7).  To be honest, I’m nott sure that I’m not sleeping on the Spurs’ sharpshooter. Green was a top-10 per minute player last season and averaged a droolworthy 2.4 3PG, 1.2 SPG, and 1.2 BPG. His upside is through the roof. Unfortunately, due to Popovich refusing to play any of his starters heavy minutes, that upside is unlikely to be realized. Green is a dream pick for those punting points. Without points, Green provided first-round value last season and was a top-5 per-minute player.

15) Kyle Korver (SG/SF) – Korver has posted top-40 value three years in a row and is an excellent target in the middle rounds. I find that most drafts turn into a game of chicken with Korver. He’s always ranked too low and everyone knows it. Don’t be afraid to go a round earlier than what feels right for Korver. His threes (2.9 3PG) are obviously the main attraction, but the three-point bomber is also a sneaky source of out-of-position blocks (0.6 BPG).

16) Chandler Parsons (SF/PF) – Parsons had a poor 2014-2015 season, only managing to post top-60 numbers after back-to-back top-35 finishes. With Rondo in Sacramento and Deron Williams now running the point in Dallas, there’s a good chance that the Mavericks’ lead recruiter’s value looks more like it did in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 than it did last season. Parsons struggles from the line (72.0 FT%, but is fairly efficient from the floor (46.2 FG%) for a guy who hits 2.0 3PG.

17) Thaddeus Young (SF/PF) – Ignore Thad’s early season struggles. That was simply a case of a player struggling to adapt to a new system. After the slow start, Thad was back to his old self, posting top-55 value over the last three months of the year. With the Nets extremely thin up front, Young is looking at an expanded role in 2015-2016. The former Sixer was a borderline top-30 asset in both 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. He may not reach those lofty heights with the Nets, but it’s hard to find that kind of upside in the middle rounds. As always, Thad will be an outstanding source of out-of-position steals (1.6 SPG).

18) Tobias Harris (SF/PF) – While Harris hasn’t become the fantasy superstar that many predicted he would be become after his first year in a Magic uniform, he’s continued to improve and just missed cracking the top 50 in 2014-2015. Now a full-time small forward, Harris produces a well-rounded line that includes 17.1 PPG, 1.3 3PG, 6.3 RPG, and 0.5 BPG. If you need a points boost in the middle rounds, Harris is your man.

19) Khris Middleton (SG/SF) – With Jabari Parker returning to the Bucks lineup and Greg Monroe now manning the post, many are questioning whether Middleton can keep repeat last season’s top-50 finish. I think he can. Middleton will see his FGA drop this season but he should also see the quality of his looks increase. The breakout 3-and-D specialist is already an efficient player (46.7 FG%) and should see an increase in his 1.4 3PG.

20) Nikola Miortic (SF/PF) – Miortic will be near the top of everyone’s sleeper list and for good reason. The talented sophomore was extremely productive when given minutes in his rookie season. Over the last two months of the season, Miortic posted top-60 value despite only playing 26.0 MPG. Over that stretch he averaged 16.0 PPG, 1.7 3PG, 6.3 RPG, 0.9 SPG, and 0.9 BPG on 41.4% shooting from the field and 82.2% shooting at the stripe. Those numbers and poor FG% makes Mirotic a great target for those punting FG%. Mirotic’s minutes should be close to 30 a night this season and that gives the young Bull early-round upside. He’ll be expensive, but it’s unlikely he doesn’t return value if taken outside of the top 50.

21) Terrence Jones (SF/PF) – Jones took a small step back in 2014-2015 as his per 36 numbers dropped almost across the board but you should still target the young Rocket aggressively. Despite only playing 27.0 MPG last season, Jones was able to post top-70 per game numbers for the second season in row. With Josh Smith in a Clippers uniform, and Dwight Howard becoming increasing injury prone, I think we see Jones come close to cracking the 30 MPG mark this year. That could mean very big things for a player who averages 2.4 BP36. The versatile big man has top-30 potential. Reach for him.

22) DeMar DeRozan (SG/SF) – The 2014-2015 season was a tough one for DeRozan. The shooting guard struggled to stay healthy and didn’t really find his groove until the final stretch of the season. DeRozan’s final ranking of 82nd in 9-cat leagues was underwhelming but he did post top-50 numbers over the last two months of the season. DeMar is an ideal fit for the punt threes build as his 20.1 PPG is achieved almost entirely inside the arc (0.4 3PG). The Raptors’ leading scorer is also one of the better middle-round sources of FT% impact (83.2 FT% on 7.2 FTA).

23) Danilo Gallinari (SF) – A gentle breeze could knock Gallinari out for a week and that is why I am ranking a player with first-round upside in the seventh round. First-round upside is not an exaggeration. Over the last two months of 2014-2015, Gallinari produced top-10 value and looked both better and healthier than he has in years. The Nuggets are badly lacking scoring options and should look to Gallinari to shoulder the load this coming season. It’s doubtful that he stays hot enough to reach elite status in 2015-2016 but his 2013-2014 averages of 16.2 PPG, 1.9 3PG, and 5.2 RPG are very attainable. That season Gallinari finished ranked 46th-overall in 9-cat leagues.

24) Giannis Antetokounmpo (SF/PF) – The “Giannis is going to play point guard” nonsense that was being floated last preseason turned out to be exactly that, but The Greek Freak did manage to greatly improve his fantasy value in his sophomore year. Much of this improvement can be credited to his decision to stop shooting threes. Giannis saw his 3PG drop from 0.5 3PG in 2013-2014 to 0.1 3PG in 2014-2015. This lead to a huge increase in his field goal efficiency (49.1 FG%) which more than offset the drop in threes. Don’t overpay for the exciting young stud as his line still contains a number of holes. Aside from the lack threes, Giannis is also a surprisingly poor thief (0.9 SPG) and struggles at the line (74.1 FT%).

25) Robert Covington (SG/SF) – Covington’s role is up in the air despite a surprisingly strong sophomore year. Covington put up averages that included 13.5 PPG, 2.4 3PG, and 1.4 SPG last season but is not guaranteed to start due to the Sixers wanting to improve their starting lineup’s defense. Regardless of where Covington begins the game, he should see heavy enough minutes to post at least top-80 value. The Sixers have next to nothing on the wing and Covington is clearly their most talented swingman. Like Kobe, he is a nice target for those punting FG% (39.6 FG%).

26) Ersan Ilyasova (SF/PF) – Let’s give Ersanity one more chance. Yes, there’s a chance that he’s glued to the end of Stan Van Gundy’s bench when the fantasy playoffs roll around but the former Buck is stepping into a role that helped Ryan Anderson post first-round value in in 2011-2012. Last year’s final ranking of 122nd-overall isn’t pretty, but that ranking hides the fact that Ilyasova posted top-60 numbers over the last two months of the season despite uncharacteristically struggling from the line (67.2 FT%). Over those two months Ersan averaged 14.5 PPG, 1.9 3PG, and 6.2 RPG. With the opportunity he’s being given, it’s not impossible that those numbers end up being his season averages in 2015-2016.

27) DeMarre Carroll (SF/PF) – Carroll is coming off back-to-back top-60 finishes but is unlikely to complete the hat trick after signing with the Raptors in the offseason. Carroll is leaving the team that finished first in AST% and moving to the team that finished third last in that same category. For a player that is very dependent on his teammates generating good looks, that is very bad news. He’ll still be a solid source of threes (1.7 3PG) and steals (1.3 SPG) but should see his overall value drop a round or two due to a likely decrease in efficiency (48.7%).

28) Al-Farouq Aminu (SF/PF) – Let’s compare the Blazers’ new starting small forward’s 2014-2015 per 36 numbers and Draymond Green’s 2013-2014 per 36 numbers:

Aminu: 10.9 PP36, 0.9 3P36, 9.0 RP36, 1.6 AP36, 1.8 SP36, 1.6 BP36, 1.4 TOP36, 41.2 FG%, 71.2 FT%

Green: 10.2 PP36, 1.1 3P36, 8.2 RP36, 3.0 AP36, 2.0 SP36, 1.4 BP36, 1.8 TOP36, 40.7 FG%, 66.7 FT%

Get him on your team.

29) Wes Matthews (SG/SF) – The track record of players coming back from a torn Achilles is not good. Kobe is the most recent high-profile example. These days, a torn Achilles is actually a more difficult injury to return from than a torn ACL. Don’t expect another top-40 per game finish as Matthews is likely to start slow and have his minutes monitored. However, despite the intensity of the injury the former Blazer is recovering from, his floor is fairly high due to his elite three-point shooting (2.9 3PG).

30) Andrew Wiggins (SG/SF) – This ranking assumes that Wiggins will make a fairly large jump this season. The Canadian won Rookie of the Year but didn’t have much of an impact on the court or in the fantasy realm. Wiggins only posted top-135 value in his rookie year and struggled when Kevin Martin was in the lineup. His rookie year was up and down but his line does project as fantasy friendly. Wiggins has a shot at being a one three, one steal, one block player this year and will obviously post strong scoring numbers (16.9 PPG).

31) J.R. Smith (SG/SF) – You may never hire J.R. to be your life coach or teach your kids calculus but that doesn’t mean the man doesn’t deliver the fantasy goods year after year. Smith hasn’t finished outside of the top 100 since 2009-2010. Mo Williams is a threat to his minutes, but with how much the Cavaliers are likely to rest some of their older players and Kyrie Irving, Smith should be able to come close to matching the 29.7 MPG that he played last season. His 2.3 3PG and 1.2 SPG make him an absolute steal at his current ranking of 201 on Yahoo.

32) Kobe Bryant (SG/SF) – The Black Mamba looked pretty cooked in his 35 appearances in 2014-2015. The all-time great failed to post top-100 per game value due to his atrocious shooting (37.3 FG%) on massive volume (20.4 FGA). While that ranking and FG% are hard to look at, when on the court Kobe was still a top-30 asset for those punting FG%. Bryant still brings the heat when it comes to counting stats and his 22.3 PPG, 1.5 3PG, 5.7 RPG, 5.6 APG, and 1.3 3PG are a very nice addition to any team ignoring FG%.

33) Wilson Chandler (SG/SF) – The Nuggets are in very rough shape right now with Chandler and Gallinari being the only proven scorers on their roster. While that is very bad news for the Nuggets, it can be very good news for fantasy owners. Chandler is coming off of a top-85 finish and somehow managed to play 78 games without spontaneously combusting. The injury-prone swingman has only missed less than 10 games in a season twice in his eight-year career. Chandler can outplay this ranking as he provides all-around production (13.9 PPG, 1.8 3PG, 6.1 RPG) but he does have a lower floor than most players in this range. Watch out for his poor FG% (42.9%) as it comes with somewhat high volume (12.5 FGA).

34) Otto Porter (SF) – Porter played a major role in the Wizards taking down the Raptors and giving Atlanta a serious scare. The former third-overall pick will see plenty of time at both the three and the four as Coach Wittman has already talked about phasing out Nene and playing a stretch four more often. Porter is especially interesting because he has the potential to join the one three, one steal, one block club. He’s not Draymond Green, but Porter did average 0.9 3P36, 1.1 SP36, and 0.8 BP36. Otto is only 22, so those already very intriguing per minute numbers should improve. If Porter gets more than 30 minutes a night, and all indications are that he will, there won’t be many better picks late in the draft.

35) Kevin Martin (SG/SF) – Martin is A funny fit for the rebuilding Timberwolves but that hasn’t stopped the veteran from posting top-65 per game numbers in both his seasons in Minnesota. The problem is that per game numbers don’t matter if you’re never on the floor. Over his two years with the Wolves, the scrawny guard has missed 57 games. The Wolves haven’t been shy about resting their veterans at the end of the season, and with the young team likely to be out of the playoff race very early on, it’s hard to bank on having Martin’s 20.0 PPG, 1.9 3PG, and top-5 FT% impact (88.1 FT% on 4.9 FTA) in your lineup when it matters the most.

36) Jae Crowder (SF/PF) – Despite starting most of his games on the bench, Crowder was very useful over the last two months of the season, posting top-115 numbers that included 11.5 PPG, 1.0 3PG, 5.8 RPG, and 1.0 SPG. Like many young players he is held back by his lack of efficiency (41.9 FG%), but expect Crowder to improve on his strong finish. He’s a very strong late-round target for those punting FG%.

37) Joe Johnson (SG/SF) – The 34-year-old has aged fairly well, somehow managing to make the All-Star team in 2014-2015 and post top-95 fantasy numbers along the way. Johnson still provides owners with adequate points (14.4 PPG), threes (1.5 3PG), and assists (3.7 APG). Despite his advanced age, ISO Joe is still durable, only missing a total of five games over the past two seasons.

38) Paul Pierce (SG/SF) – Pierce, as we saw in the playoffs, still has something left in the tank. The California native posted top-115 value last season despite only playing 26.2 MPG. I expect his minutes to remain in that range as Coach Rivers will try to keep Pierce fresh for the playoffs. However, even with low minutes, Pierce should post top-100 per game value. What keeps him out of my top 100 is the inevitable rest days. Matt Barnes posted top-90 value last season in 29.9 MPG. While Barnes played more minutes, he’s not the player that Pierce is, even at The Truth’s advanced age. Pierce is also going from the 22nd-ranked offense that finished 18th in pace to the best offense in the league. Expect a rise in Pierce’s threes (1.6 3PG) and FG% (44.7%).

39) P.J. Tucker (SG/SF) – Tucker is continually underrated due to his lack of scoring (9.1 PPG) and has managed to return top-90 value two years in a row due his production elsewhere (1.1 3PG, 6.4 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 1.3 TOPG). TJ Warren will push him for the starting small forward role but expect the former Longhorn to come out on top in that battle as Tucker is by far the Suns’ best perimeter defender.

40) Luol Deng (SF/PF) – Deng will outplay this ranking but I’d rather roll the dice on higher upside options at this point in the draft. Deng posted top-90 value last season but will hard-pressed to repeat that finish with rookie Justise Winslow in town. Expect Winslow will eat into his 33.6 MPG. Deng doesn’t hurt you anywhere, but he doesn’t help much either.

41) James Johnson (SF/PF) – Johnson was in and out of Dwane Casey’s doghouse in 2014-2015 and there’s a good chance that he fails to gain the trust of Casey this season too. However, there is serious upside here, especially with the hole the Raptors have at power forward. Despite not even cracking the 20 MPG mark last season, JJ posted top-130 numbers due his awesome per minute production (1.4 SP36, 1.8 BP36) and outstanding out-of-position FG% contributions (58.9 FG%). If he was to ever get extended run, the former redhead would be a fantasy difference maker.

42) Donatas Motiejunas (SF/PF) – Motiejunas should see plenty of time behind Terrence Jones and Dwight Howard but his game isn’t fantasy friendly. Donut does provide you with a respectable amount of points (12.0 PPG), out-of-position threes (0.7 3PG), and rebounds (5.9 RPG), but his poor foul shooting (60.2 FT%) and lack of defensive stats (0.8 SPG, 0.5 BPG), limit his upside even when give extended minutes. Howard is a lock to miss games but Motiejunas doesn’t have the game to fully take advantage of the opportunity.

43) Harrison Barnes (SF) – One of Steve Kerr’s many impressive accomplishments last season was turning Barnes into a useful fantasy asset. After failing to crack the top-200 during his two years under Mark Jackson, Barnes produced top-110 numbers during the Warriors’ championship season thanks to a huge improvement in his efficiency (48.2 FG%). The fourth-year player is a poor ISO player and Kerr recognized that. Now that he is playing off the ball more, Barnes has top-100 upside. He’s a better Roto target than H2H target as the Black Falcon doesn’t have a single category in which he provides more than slightly above-average production (1.1 3PG, 5.5 RPG).

44) Jamal Crawford (SG/SF) – The perennial Sixth Man of the Year contender has been a consistent fantasy asset since joining the Clippers. Last season’s 88th-overall finish was actually Crawford’s worst finish since arriving in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, things aren’t looking as rosy as they have in past now that Lance Stephenson and Wes Johnson are in town. Crawford will likely struggle to match last season’s 26.6 MPG and could end up being no more than a streaming option for those chasing points (15.8 PPG), threes (1.9 3PG), and FT% imapct (90.1 FT% on 3.9 FTA). What makes Crawford draftable is Stephenson’s unpredictability.  Doc Rivers apparently likes what he sees in Born Ready, but if Stephenson falls on face once again, Crawford would return to the role that allowed him to be so useful the past three seasons.

45) Jabari Parker (SF/PF) – Jabari is esentially a rookie this year and that allows me to drop my one of my favorite fantasy facts. Over the last six years, only two rookie wings have managed to post top-100 value (Kawhi Leonard and Landry Fields). Andrew Wiggins didn’t come close and I expect Parker to fall short as well. Like all rookies, expect Parker to struggle with efficiency both from the floor (47.3% in his last year at Duke) and at the line (74.8% in college). Parker also projects as a below-average three-point shooter this season and won’t contribute much outside of points and rebounds.

46) Bogdan Bogdanovic (SG/SF) – The 26-year-old sophomore finished his rookie campaign with a flourish, averaging 15.6 PPG and 2.4 3PG on 53.9% shooting from the field over his last eight games of the year. Those averages came in 29.7 MPG, a number that he should approach in 2015-2016 as Bogdanovich has all but been confirmed as the starter beside Joe Johnson on the wing. He doesn’t project to give you much on the defensive end (0.7 SP36 and 0.2 BP36) but those threes that should come on reasonable efficiency (45.3 FG%) will make the Croatian relevant in standard leagues all year long.

47) Gerald Green (SG/SF) – Dwyane Wade is a lock to miss large chunks of the season and Green will be the primary benefactor when the former superstar is in a suit. The athletic freak is only a year removed from posting top-70 value and managed to do so in only 28.4 MPG. He won’t see that kind of run when Wade is healthy, but even 25 MPG would make him relevant to standard league owners. Green is a potentially major source of points (22.0 PP36) and threes (3.4 3PG) available for next to nothing. Just watch out for his poor FG% (41.6%).

48) Tony Allen (SG/SF) – Allen’s steals (2.0 SPG) are what make him relevant in 9-cat leagues, but the elite defender also gives you above-average blocks (0.5 BPG) and FG% (49.5%) from the shooting guard position. There’s not much to say here. If you need a steals boost late, pick Allen.

49) Stanley Johnson (SF) – The only rookie who has been more impressive than Johnson this preseason is Karl-Anthony Towns. Through five preseason games, Stanley is averaging an impressive 15.2 PPG, 1.4 3PG, and 4.8 RPG. He remains behind Marcus Morris, but the physically imposing rookie should be able to carve out about 25 MPG. Johnson is worth a look late, but don’t reach for him. Only two rookie wings have cracked the top-100 over the last six seasons.

50) Anthony Morrow (SG/SF) – Morrow was outstanding in limited minutes last season with Thunder. Over the last three months of the year, Morrow posted top-80 despite only playing 23.7 MPG. Those minutes look repeatable even with Kevin Durant returning to the lineup. He’s not a lock to start, but his 2.8 3P36 allow him to be effective in limited minutes.