The weekly stock report provides a progress update on some of the hottest and coldest names across the fantasy basketball landscape.
Joel Embiid, C Philadelphia 76ers
Despite Sam Hinkie’s departure, Trusting the Process looks like it’s going to work very well in Philadelphia so long as Embiid (foot) is able to remain on the floor.
Myles Turner, F/C Indiana Pacers
The Myles Turner is live on stage for the Pacers, and it’s become abundantly clear in a very short amount of time that this kid is the realest of real deals.
Julius Randle, F Los Angeles Lakers
Randle looks like a matured player both physically and mentally, and it’s clear that he’s being groomed to play a Draymond Green-esque role in Luke Walton’s offense. Given his versatility to play multiple positions and ability to present mismatches, Randle is on the way up.
Jusuf Nurkic, C Denver Nuggets
It’s hard to believe The Bosnian Beast just turned 22 in August, but it’s incredibly exciting to think about what could be in store ahead. He’s very obviously going to be a focal point of what the Nuggets do this season, and there is a reason his ADP was rapidly rising leading into the campaign.
Justise Winslow, F Miami Heat
For some, Winslow was a player that was deconstructed, overanalyzed and tossed aside in fantasy. For others, he was a great discount draft day steal who should make his ADP look foolish by the end of the year. This is a player who was drafted to be one of the next faces of a storied franchise and has drawn nothing but praise from the coaching staff and front office all while maintaining a very tangible desire to achieve greatness. Start him with confidence.
Nikola Jokic, F/C Denver Nuggets
Jokic has large and undeniable appeal to his game, but to pretend like an improved Jusuf Nurkic and a lurking Kenneth Faried couldn’t impact his fantasy value was to live in a dream rather than reality. Jokic should still have high-end value when it’s all said and done, but I don’t believe his statistical upside is as game-changing as someone drafted right around his range like Myles Turner.
Luol Deng, F Los Angeles Lakers
Deng’s most valuable role on a rebuilt Lakers team will be as a mentor both on and off the floor, but unfortunately that does not translate to anything we can use in fantasy. Brandon Ingram is only going to get more playing time as the season progresses. Deng should be on the wire in 10-team formats and barely warrants a hold in 12-team leagues.
Trey Lyles, F Utah Jazz
I’m not all that down on Lyles as a stash, but it was disappointing to see him play behind Boris Diaw without Derrick Favors (knee) in there for the opener. If you invested in Lyles’ development on draft day, you have no option but to hold now instead of regretting an emotional decision later.
Nerlens Noel, F/C Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Embiid looks awesome, Jahlil Okafor is only getting more involved and Richaun Holmes can flat out play. Noel’s recovery from knee surgery leaves an uncertain timetable for his return and his role is clouded at best when he does finally get back on the floor. Unless Noel is traded elsewhere or there are injuries ahead of him, it’s hard to get all that excited right now.
Joakim Noah, F/C New York Knicks
Although Noah self-admitted to not being in proper game shape quite yet, it’s hard to see how his best conditioning will lead to a sudden resurgence in fantasy leagues. Noah won’t be asked to score on this Knicks team, will likely have his minutes monitored in an effort to keep him healthy and has more value between the lines than he does in the box score.