With the 2019-20 NBA season approaching, NBA Fantasy Basketball is becoming more exciting. With so many dominant players in the NBA, the list of expected stat sheet stuffers is large.
But those stat sheet stuffers won’t always win you your league. Nope, you are going to need to do some work on the waiver wire throughout the years and like any NBA team, need some solid role players as well.
So here are a few guys who can really increase their stats this year and make an impact on your fantasy team.
When it comes to big men, points, rebounds, and blocks are what you are looking for. Bam Adebayo averaged 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks a game off the bench last year. After Miami traded away Hassan Whiteside this offseason, the plan is to insert Bam into the starting lineup right away.
The team believes in him so much that when it came down to possibly dealing him in a package for Russell Westbrook, coach Erik Spoelstra said that Bam was “one of the best centers in the league for the final months”.
Being placed into the starting lineup, the 22-year-old center will surely increase his numbers and be a great center this upcoming year for a team who will need all the help they can get.
- Ranked as the 24th best Center by ESPN Fantasy
- Projected Stats: 16 PPG, 10 RPG, 1 BPG
Here we have another young player with loads of potential in a new role. After being traded to the Pelicans, Lonzo Ball looks to be the starting point guard for this young team. Through two years where he hasn’t played more than 52 games in either year, he averages 10 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals a game. His ability to pad the stat sheet can bring fantasy owners lots of joy, even if his scoring isn’t top-notch.
Of course, the main concern for him is injury. If he can stay healthy for most of the year, he becomes a great fantasy player in his new starting role with the Pelicans.
- Ranked as the 17th best Point Guard on ESPN Fantasy
- Projected Stats: 13 PPG, 8 APG, 6 RPG, 2 SPG
The sharpshooter from Sacramento heads into his third season looking to continue to improve. Last year, after adding just 6 MPG to his totals, he managed to increase his scoring by 7 PPG and showed he is truly a possible All-Star in this league. I expect him to continue to improve from his 20.7 points, 5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Even if he was to stay on pace from last year, he is still such a valuable asset for your fantasy team to have this year.
- Ranked 12th best Shooting Guard on ESPN Fantasy
- Projected Stats: 22 PPG, 5 APG, 3RPG
Playing the entire season last year backing up Kyrie Irving, Terry Rozier showed glimpses of talent and hope for a young kid who hasn’t been in the spotlight yet. Terry averaged 9 points, 3.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. The point guard saw a large deal come his way from Charlotte at 19M a year for 3 years. I expect him to really break-through this year and show the league his talents. Many are overlooking this young guy, but he for sure will be ready to fill in that starting in Charlotte, a team with very few options.
- Ranked 20th best Point Guard on ESPN Fantasy
- Projected Stats: 17 PPG, 6 APG and 3 RPG
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